I hope your weekend was awesome. Mine was pretty awful. My car broke down and I found myself at home wishing I could’ve been somewhere in London shopping for my friends upcoming wedding. All was not lost, though, as I live a stone’s throw from the mall ( I never, ever shop there, because it’s always packed and I hate rubbing on people, especially if I don’t have to). So I braved the rain and paranoia of rubbing against strangers and went. And I enjoyed it. Plus it wasn’t as packed as when I went before. So I decided every now and then I’m going to pay my local mall a visit.
On to today’s wedding. It is yet another gorgeous Cape Town wedding. The views alone have me wishing I was somewhere in South Africa, sitting on the veranda and enjoying a nice cup of tea with my grandma.
Mario and Alexis married at the beautiful Vredenheim Estate. Their wedding was relaxed, fun and love filled. Oh! and Mario’s proposal was just perfect. I’m telling you South African brothers rock when it comes to proposing tuu!
The Proposal Story
Mario had told me that we were going quad biking somewhere along the West Coast the Saturday morning that he proposed. Instead, we drove to De Heuvel Estate in Tulbagh where we went on an over hour long horse ride with a guide. I was still completely oblivious thinking it was just another one of his surprises! It was so stunning and the horses were lovely.
At the end of the ride we stopped at a point where our horses were collected and he lead me down a pebbled path to an awesome picnic area, with the most awe-inspiring view of the mountains, where a champagne lunch was set up and “Will you marry me?” was spelled out in white rocks on the ground. He then went on his knee and asked me to be his wife! Very unexpected and very very romantic.
The Planning Process
I found the planning to be a lot of fun. We were engaged for 1 year and 8 months so we had plenty of time to take the planning in our stride. Most of my décor I handmade and enjoyed that quite a bit. I found the planning relatively stress free and being well organized played a really important role in that.
We found our venue simply by doing comparative searches on the internet and choosing what best suited both our budget and style. I used the same the photographer that my best friend had used 2 years prior, so I was familiar with their work. A few of the other vendors were found through our personal connections and networks.
Hint Of Culture
We incorporated a marimba band and African face painters during the canape’s session on the grass. People really loved the down-to-earth entertainment.Our Wedding In 7 Words
It would be Fun, natural, beautiful, relaxed, memorable, love-filled, hot!
Other than exchanging our wedding vows it would definitely be our first dance. We had no practice, decided on the song the day before and it was completely impromptu and FUN!
Enjoy every moment of your big day and DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF! Also, your guests won’t remember half the details of your wedding but they will definitely remember how they felt on the day!
Photographer: DK Photography
Tel: 071 878 6996 Email: [email protected]
Suits: Mr Suit Hire
Tel: 021 946 3690 Fax: 021 946 4456 W
Décor/Venue styling: Done personally and venue assisted with set-up
Flowers: Mrs Verona Archillies (family friend) and Mrs. Charmaine Mufweba (mother of groom)
Face painters: Abahlobo African Face Painters
Tel: 083 599 1569 Email: [email protected]