Morning Gorgeous! I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend. I was contemplating on how 2016 is dawning near. As I look into the future(no I don’t have a crystal ball just my gut feeling), I see nothing but epicness, good health, love, gorgeous weddings, beautiful marriages and everything good. I’m totally convinced 2016 is going to be Epic. I’m sure you have big dreams and I hope they all come true. Let’s make plans, set goals, and make it all happen in 2016. For now, though, I’ve this gorgeous Mzansi wedding to share.
Tebogo and Ruby had challenges during the planning of their wedding (decor/styling company disappeared with their money; disgraceful). But I’m glad to say even with those challenges they made it to the altar. Here’s insight into how it all came together.
The Proposal Story
I had just come back from my world travels, and my parents and now husband planned a welcome back party for me. He took me by surprise, got on his knee and proposed in front of all my family and friends. It was amazing. I really was not expecting it.
The Planning Process
It was rather stressful, we had planned and arranged things way in advance, but something just had to go wrong a few weeks before the wedding. The Decor Company we had hired to do our Reception disappeared with our money, so we had to scramble and do the Reception ourselves on a tighter budget. It was very stressful, however with God everything always works out for the best.
The Suppliers/ Creative’
Hahaha! As I’ve mentioned about the Decor company we used almost ruined our wedding. However, the caterer, photographer, cake maker were amazing!
One Thing I’d Change
I would definitely stress less! No matter how much you stress, nothing will change. What is meant to be will be. So I’d advise any bride and groom to just relax and not stress about details they cannot change.
Hint of Culture
Well being a Xhosa woman and my husband being a Tswana man, we come packed with a whole lot of cultural customs etc. So we dedicated our Friday and Sunday to our cultures, where the families exchanged gifts, ate traditional food. Then Saturday was our western wedding.
Describe Your Wedding in Seven Words
Beautiful, Warm, Joyful, Special, Love, Fun and packed with emotions.
Most Special Moment
It was when my dad walked me down the isle and gave me away to my husband, seeing my husband waiting on the other end was just magical and I can’t even begin to explain the joy and love I felt.
Advice to Future Brides and Grooms
Do not use any vendors that you have not shown you work they have done before, try to use vendors that have been used by someone you know. Photography is very important, use the best because the day goes by so fast and all you will have left are the photographs to look back on, so do not skimp on photography. Lastly do not stress!
Behind The Lens: Matt Stern Photography ([email protected] 0783006728)
Venue – Little Paradise ([email protected] +27 82 442 0177)
Dress – Over The Moon (Vanessa 0836872308)
Make-Up – Precious Rubies Spa & Beauty Salon (011 898 7093 [email protected])
Suits – Suits and Tuxedo’s (011 331 7461 Jerry)
Reception Decor – (Myself and Family)
Flowers – I used Ostrich Feather, my bouquet was done by the matrimonial venue “Little Paradise”
Cake & Cupcakes – (Phelokazi Tshongweni 0614955807)