I woke up on Saturday, 5th March 2016, in Elandskloof Farm. It’s an apple orchard and cattle farm, so incredibly beautiful and peaceful and I was in my element being surrounded by nature. It also had accommodation for 100 guests and the rest of our guests found accommodation in Greyton and on the neighbouring farms.
I showered and headed up to the Willow Cottage, where I would be getting ready with my bridesmaids and the 2 Moms.
My Lilikoi heels…
Spending some time with George… My bridesmaids had beautiful mint infinity dresses for the second day and instead of the fresh flower belts or even small bouquets, our florists, Green Goddess created beautiful wreaths for them to hold.
Kimlyn Sisam did our hair and make-up again. Yesterday was all about the modern and feminine low bun and today would be my signature look of the curls and braids.
Look at my face when I saw my bouquet! Haha! It was just magnificent! Green Goddess were amazing!
My bridesmaids “Mooo-ing” with the cows in the background. So funny!
My Dad going through his speech…
Sox’s Goddaughter, Sloane was our little flower girl. Gabriel, my Godson was our page boy.
On the bouquet I had my late grandmothers brooch and the Eye I wear around my neck every day – it’s an heirloom from Sox’s family.
My Mom helping me with my something borrowed – her earrings.
The men also got ready in their Frank Bespoke suits. Sox added a fresh new shirt and a waist coast to his suit, to change it up from the day before. They wore Happy Sox in the Mint green and each man wore wooden cufflinks with their initials carved in, by Wooden Lace.
Sox and Max – they have such a cute bond! Sox is going to make the best Dad one day!
Just before we were getting ready to drive into the forest where our ceremony would be held, Top Billing came to interview me. I must admit, I was a little anxious to have them covering our special day. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but they were amazing. The team acted like flies on the wall (in the nicest possible way) and were really respectful of our time and space!
I didn’t think I would feel emotional or have the butterflies again, since I had walked down the aisle the day before, but I felt all the emotions again and I really relished being able to do it all over again.
Gabriel… the cutest Godson and page boy ever! At 17h30, we got married under the trees, near the bubbling river by a great friend of ours David, affectionally known as Tox! He was incredible and everyone told us afterwards how lovely the ceremony was. We did have a good laugh when he said: “I’m going to tell you all something that most of you were hoping to hear yesterday: You may be seated!” Our ceremony was much shorter, but it was so special to have the wedding ceremony I’m traditionally used to. We got to say our vows and at the end we heard: You may kiss your bride! It was magical!
We were showered by rose petals, more rice and herbs.
We had rice for fertility and good fortune…
Lavender for good luck and devotion
White rose petals for eternal love…
Rosemary for long life and courage
While we went for our family and couple photos, our guest enjoyed themselves under the trees, with wines, beers, Vita Coco coconut waters and cocktails.
The canapes we had reflected our heritages. Swiss, Greek and South African.
Dimitra, my Mom in Law made all the little spanakopita and cheese pies for the Greek influence.
Our caterer Picnic Company and Mustard Catering did the rest…
For the Swiss influence we had: Emmental Cheese Balls and Emmental Cheese Wedges Served With Crisp Crostini’s And An Exotic Purple Fig Preserve.
For the South African influence we had: Juicy Boereowors Skewers Served With A Homemade Tomato Dipping Sauce, Biltong Slices and Cream Cheese & Biltong Sushi or Droewors Served With A Cream Cheese Dip.
The sun set and our guests made their way to the stone barn for our reception! What a party it was! Coming tomorrow…
PS. A HUGE thank you to Jadee Fernandes from Watermelon Events and also to Kirsty and Kerryn du Toit from KDT Communications for helping us with sourcing suppliers and arranging so much! We are so thankful!