This Roadster is a major DIY project that the groom made!
Photographer: Sweet Little Photographs
Shared from our friends at Love & Lavender
Photographer (groom pics and wedding): Jilda Gildenhuys and assistant, Jo-Anne Stokes
Videographer: Emdom Videos
Dressmaker (Bride dress and Bridesmaids and mothers): Leonie Jardim
Shoes (dyed by): I love shoes by Lady Jane
Bridal portraits: Claudia De Nobrega
Bridesmaid shoes: Bata
Groomsmen suit: Markhams
Bride’s Hair and Make-up: Candice Leigh
Bridesmaids’ Hair and Make-up: Rosalina De Oliveira
Church: St Mary's Cathedral
Venue: Forest 44
Decor: Weddings by Sue
Thanks to Melissa for sharing her beautiful wedding with us!
Here's what Melissa suggests for your big day: Do not make a set schedule for the day, as nothing runs on time. Be sure to have pre-drinks, snacks and entertainment (I had a photo booth) for the period when you are off taking pictures. Don't make any plans for the day before the wedding, unless it's at a spa and last, but not least, try and enjoy every moment!
Her team for her wedding:
Venue: Fraaigelegen, Paarl
Photographer: Billy-Jean Photography
Hair piece & veil: Carrie B
Venue: Longmeadow Function Venue, Fourways
Co-ordinator: Ruth Fraser (at Longmeadow)
Décor: FF Décor
Photographer: Andrea Carlyle
Wedding dress: Olivelli
Groom’s suit: Polo
Cake: Salon de Culinaire
Stationery: Handmade by my aunt
A few words form Lauren:
Our wedding day was a dream. We were blessed with great weather and a relaxed atmosphere. Having our ceremony in the garden gave it a more personal and friendly feel, and we just felt so happy and chilled the whole day. Everything worked out as planned, and even the small hiccups (like the protestors across the road (some demonstration was going on, but our guests said the toy toying gave the day an “African feel” J; or flowers drooping a bit from the heat (they still looked beautiful)) couldn’t detract from the specialness and happiness we felt on the day.
My advice to brides would be to try and get everyone involved, if you have a family member that can contribute (like my aunt who did our gorgeous invitations, seating plans, menus, etc) then ask them to. It helps cut down costs and its something fun you can do together.
It’s an extremely stressful time, I promised myself I was going to be such a chilled bride, but life happens and there is inevitably some drama, either with money, guests, family, etc. Just try to stay calm, take some time with you and your fiancé to do “non-wedding” things, and take a step back and remember what it’s all about, the two of you coming together in marriage.
Our wedding couple of the week was so kind to share their wedding with us at theweddingday! Juanita and Jason tied the knot last year in October. Here's a few of their beautiful moments captured at the wedding and their story.
Our wedding couple of the week was so kind to share their wedding with us at theweddingday!
Juanita and Jason tied the knot last year in October. Here's a few of their beautiful moments captured at the wedding and their story.
How we met
A Holiday Romance in Kenya. A holiday romance can sweep you off your feet and also leave you feeling deserted and heartbroken, but fortunately for us it was different, we managed to find true love. He was British, I was South African, two completely different backgrounds, but yet we fitted each other perfectly.
How we got engaged
After 3 wonderful years of being engaged, surviving a long distance relationship, living abroad, living in South Africa, we finally decided to tie the knot and settledown. Jason came to visit me in August 2010, we went off on a romantic trip to Dullstroom, he waited for the perfect moment, the sun was touching the horizon to take its night's rest, the Springbuck, Impala, Wildebeest galloped by on their way to the waterhole, and then….as he went down on one knee I realised this was it, this is the moment I have been waiting for, I was going to be Mrs Birkwood!
Our wedding day
Vintage elegance, two words that best described our perfect Wedding day.
My dress was made from Spanish vintage lace, designed by Manuel Mota, 'Pronovias', and my beautiful nude pink shoes I found in a small boutique in Regent Street London. My accessories included a traditional vintage fan, umbrella and a 1900’s handkerchief that my husband had embroidered with our unique emblem. I spent over 9 months searching for the perfect accessories. Then of course to continue our theme my future husband needed to wear something time-less and classic. He looked like a true gentleman in his pale-grey fitted 3 piece suit.
We exchanged our vows under two enormous intertwined Fig trees, located in the middle of Limpopo at Euphoria G&H Estate. Stunning weather and decor by Ruby Rain, who transformed the bush into a vintage wonderland. Traditional period lanterns, chalked calligraphy blackboards, white dated birdcages and the music by the Harp player created a scene from the past. We had a brilliant photographer, Andre from BlackFrame photography, who managed to capture every detail. The reception area looked picturesque, after months of scratching through antique stores/French romantic boutiques, finally it all paid off. Our sweetie table was my favorite wedding feature with vintage cookie jars filled with old fashion sweets and off course the wedding cake and a true 'Victorian' layered sponge.
Our first dance amongst candle light was to the famous Brandi Carlile's song, 'The story', sung by our wedding band, Hoot 'n Anni, just magical. The rest of the evening planned out to be quite the party but unfortunately or fortunately, it started raining at 3am as we all retired to bed (possibly a blessing from above). We couldn't have imagined a more perfect day!
Juanita's tips for brides to be
We had our wedding rehearsal dinner the night before, but we didn’t actually rehears the ceremony. A walking order rehearsal is a must. Ask the priest to take you through his thoughts and notes before the ceremony as it is important that his reading is relevant to your situation, also ensure you give him specific time limitations. A photo booth is a real treat, it keeps the guests busy throughout the evening. Don’t allow your day to be ruined, not by anyone or anything, stay strong and keep a happy face. Remember there is only a hand full of people at the wedding that knows the detail of the proceedings and decor, if you don’t make a scene of something that has gone wrong no one will even notice.
This gorgeous vintage wedding was held in the Franschoek community church and hall. The photos were taken by pretography.com at the Monument in Franschoek and L'ermitage.
The couple planned every detail of the wedding together. They were very hands-on and used their own creativity for the decor, they made some of the floral arrangements, designed the wedding cake, arranged a sweet treats table at the wedding, and also made a gifts table decorated with their engagements shoot pictures and candles.
This is such a cool fifties vintage wedding! They really didn't forget any details! Even the pphotography has that true fifties black & white grainy feeiling! Love it!
All the way from downunder....enjoy!
Photographer: Stewart Leishman
Shared: Ruffled Blog
This wedding is an absolute treat, not only do we love the yellow and grey colours, but the bride and groom (Kate & Nate) is an absolute inspiration with all their DIY skills and creativity that they put into their big day!