It’s been hectic here at Bontle Bride HQ but I love it. Thank you so much for reading the blog, joining the facebook group( if you haven’t joined yet, you can do it here) and for following Bontle Bride all across social media.
Oh, have you heard? Bontle Bride is now a beautifully curated publication. It has been a labour of love to put together the first issue. It is full of wedding inspiration, tips and advice on all things weddings. Therefore if you’re planning a wedding and are stressed or need budget-friendly ideas, get a copy here. If you’re not planning a wedding, this first issue would make a nice cheap present for someone who is.
I’m not sure whats happening but I’ve been featuring clued up grooms of late. The proposals have been out of this world. It’s wonderful to see.
The love story
We met at a mutual friend’s games evening in Cape Town, where we were attending university. We met that night but we didn’t really hang out at all. He then showed up the following week at a church outreach program I was involved in. Turns out he went to the same church. He was passionate about serving youth and so was I. This is when the friendship began. We soon couldn’t stop hanging out. The rest is history.
We had a long-distance relationship for about 8 months. One weekend he took me to the Magaliesburg Canopy Tour. I had recently moved to Johannesburg. I had missed the beautiful Cape Town surroundings and at the time, was feeling quite homesick. Him taking me to the tour so reminded me of home. I was having the best day! He popped the question at a stunning spot along the tour. I slid down the canopy after he had gone before me. The view was breathtaking but I couldn’t find him. I went looking for him along the path and there he was, on one knee!
The planning process
The planning process was wonderful but honestly stressful at times. I was truly blessed to have the most wonderful bridesmaids and family who did everything! I also went with a venue that had a package that meant that they did the décor, the flowers and dinner. There was very little I had to outsource.
Most memorable moment
The most memorable part of my wedding day was walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband-to-be on the other side. It was funny because I wept from the minute my bridesmaids started down the aisle. My father was trying to calm me down while panicking that he may not know when to walk down. I was crying, my dad was nervous! It was hilarious!
Yes, the day before the wedding we had a ceremony at home where we welcomed my husband’s family. I had to stay in the room for most of it as my family did not want my husband’s family to see me before the wedding. My husband tells me it was a wonderful event!
Advice to future brides and grooms.
Don’t allow yourself to become too overwhelmed and don’t take everything too personally. During wedding planning, yourself and family members, (especially mom), can be very sensitive. It’s amazing how quickly things can go back to normal after the wedding and you just wonder why you allowed yourself to get so worked up!
Looking forward To
I’m looking forward to being with my best friend every day. To be able to build a life together, loving and serving each other. We are having so much fun already! We feel very blessed to have each other.
Photographer: Black Matter Media (Lwanda Mahanjana- 0824680921)
Venue: Hudson’s Wedding Venue and Restaurant (Rhiannon- 0218813590)
Dress: Bride & Co. (Clearwater- 0114754061)
Make-Up: Tia Honey Make-up (Tiara Swarts- @tiahoney_cpt)
Suits: Ahmed Massamba (0814131370)
Décor/Venue Styling: Hudson’s Wedding Venue and Restaurant
Flowers: Hudson’s Wedding Venue and Restaurant
Wedding Planner & Coordinator: K Dot Kreations- Events (Khanyisa Vokwana +27 (76) 757-3550)