Meet Ashraf and Amiee, a stunning Cape Town couple with gorgeous wedding style. Their love story is so beautiful, you’d think it was written in a romantic novel. Amiee planned her wedding to Ashraf over a period of time and from where I’m standing I think she deserves a medal for a job well done (she is such a perfect planner).
With a tractor for wedding transport (epic), a walk way path of their relationship photos since they’ve been a couple, many personalised details, this wedding fills my heart so much joy. It’s such a pleasure to share this Cape Town wedding with you. So enjoy…
The Proposal Story
I love our proposal story. The best birthday surprise ever! My 29th birthday was on 13 May 2014. My now husband, Ashraf, gave me a teddy bear from Brown’s Diamond Store, named Lucy, telling me it was part one of my birthday present. When I got overly excited he told me part 2 would only be happening in 4 to 6 weeks, there were plans in place and my family was already aware of them. I had no idea how was going to keep calm for 6 weeks!
On the same day though, I was told to pack a bag for a weekend away as my birthday present, separate though to Lucy. Lucy was not even allowed to go with us! We left on the afternoon of 23 May, bag packed, assisted by my mom who insisted I pack for a very cold weekend in the mountains but that I need to be comfortable. We drove out of Cape Town for almost 2 hours, he had a blind fold but we didn’t even need it, I was utterly confused!
We ended up at Aquila Game Reserve!! I was beyond excited! It was beautiful and going on a game drive is on my 30 things to do before 30 list, which is exactly why he chose it. It was amazing, we had this lovely cabin in the mountain, with a beautiful bathroom and an outdoor shower. I was blown away! We went to dinner, had lots of wine, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I even told him if he’s not proposing this weekend then I have no idea how he plans on topping it!
The next morning we were up for a 7am game drive and he wasn’t really himself. What I didn’t know was that he’d plan topropose on the game drive but was told that they didn’t have the private vehicles available. I was completely unaware, not expecting it at all, he’d stressed I’d be waiting 4 to 6 weeks!
After breakfast we relaxed in our cabin, watching the hippos and elephants play across the river just outside our room. I went to have a long bath and relaxed for an hour or so in this beautiful bath, watching the elephants outside. He kept calling to check on me and saying he was making a fire and we agreed we’d play scrabble when I was done, we always play scrabble on weekends away
I left the bathroom and he was so quiet, I assumed he was making a fire, looked around the corner and there he was waiting for me on one knee, holding the ring, with ‘Will you marry me’ spelled out on the scrabble board next to him with 2 glasses and a bottle of champagne. I was so shocked I could hardly speak. Of course I said yes and we spent the rest of the weekend in absolute bliss! We went on an afternoon game drive, saw all of the big five, had champagne at sunset among a herd of zebra! It was a perfect day and the best birthday surprise ever.
The Planning Process
Fun and stressful at times. We wanted the wedding to be filled with lots of personal touches which meant we did a lot of things ourselves. Finding a venue was our biggest challenge. We wanted a forest ceremony with space for guests to relax after and then a reception with a very open feel but enclosed as it was autumn. I also did not want to pay ridiculous venue hire fees. Solms-Delta was the lst place we looked at, we’d seen about 7 or 8, and I’m still not sure why it was not the first place. We’ve been to many wine tastings and have always loved the farm, once we were shown the magical forest at the back though, it was a done deal, we booked it almost immediately.
We met our photographer, Gustav Klotz, at the SA Wedding Expo. We loved his pictures, they seemed fun and personal and he was really great to chat to. I admired Marnel Toerien’s work on many blogs and in magazines and was so thrilled that I could book her for our wedding. Most of our vendors were found online or via word of mouth.
One Thing I’d Change
I’d start our wedding earlier so we’d have more time with our guests. Our ceremony was at 3pm and then everything just seemed to fly by. There are a few things I’d tweak, possibly not do as much myself, but nothing major that I’d change.
Hint of culture.
I’m not sure we incorporated many cultural aspects and I think we did that on purpose. Our wedding was very much a reflection of us as a couple. We had traditional cape coloured food but with a modern gourmet twist. Like bobotie springrolls, Solms-Delta specializes in this and it spoke to the foodies in us. The rest was simply focused on us. We honored our parents who have passed away with a candle lighting ceremony; our guests were transported on a tractor and then walked a path of ‘Our Story’ using photos strung between the trees. Scrabble letters were used everywhere because of our proposal and we had giant scrabble for guests to play while we took our pictures. I loved that when we spoke to guests after many of them said it was such a “Ashraf and Aimee” day!
Our Wedding in 7 words
Our day of love, family, friends & laughter
Advice To Future Brides And Grooms
Make sure it’s a day that speaks to you as a couple and that celebrates your relationship. During the planning I had a few people tell me ideas wouldn’t work, simply because they couldn’t picture it, but we could and we weren’t afraid to be different. Decide which aspects are important to each other, things you won’t budge on and things you’re more likely to let go of. It’s all about compromise and both of you should be happy on the day and looking back on it after.
Thank You Aimee and Ashraf for sharing your wedding on Pure Wedding Blog. Wishing you both a beautiful, happy and long marriage. Mwah!!!
Behind the lens: Gustav Klotz Photography
Videographers: Moments on Film
Venue: Soms-Delta Wine Estate
Dress: Lucille Richards Couture
Make-Up and Hair : Marnel Toerien
Suits: Euro suit
Décor/Venue Styling: DIY and help from family. Some elements hired from Happy Tree Designs
Flowers: DIY – my sister made our bouquets from wild plants on the guest farm as we got dressed at.