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Stiaan & Elsje | Wedding Day

YOUR UNIQUE LOVE STORY & WEDDING DAY VENDORS:

Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another?

Me and Stiaan met in Great Brak in 2007. During that time he lived in George and I was in Stellenbosch. After university I did my community year in Mossel Bay and our paths crossed again. We became good friends over the years. 6 Years ago Stiaan unxpectantly needed a urgent liver transplant. I knew then that he held a special place in my heart. But it was only when my dad got diagnosed with canser in January 2018 that we finally realized how much we value each other.  We started dating again and got engaged in August 2018.

How did your husband propose to you?

We had a weekend planned on our farm in the Langkloof. The week before he asked me to marry him, I noticed that he was getting all funny and was not quite himself. We took a flask of tea and drove to a place in the mountains where me and my dad had started the foundations for a small mountain hut. I made us some tea and then he really got funny. He played some music for us and then the special song I have always loved started to play. He went on his knee and popped the question. I have not seen him so serious ever before. I of course said yes and out of the back of the bakkie champagne appeared!

Did your wedding have a theme:

We love the outdoors and wanted to bring in nature and the simplicity of it. I also love gardening and wanted to portray the wild garden into my theme. We did not want to spend most of the budget on flowers and I started picking flowers for the wedding 3 days before the wedding. Flowers came from our farm in the Langkloof where my dad use to drive past with his big red tractor, oom Piet’s se plaas in Herbetsdale and some from the farm my brother works at near Riviersonderend.

Wedding Planner: Me – I love DIY

Wedding Car: Stiaan’s boss – Mr. Pierre Conradie from George (He collects old cars and did it as a wedding favour)

Place where Bride got ready: The Minor at Somerset Gift Holiday Farm near Buffeljagsrivier.

Brides Dress: Stephan van Deventer at Bridal Inn George

Veil: Bridal Inn George

Brides Shoes: Shoes I bought in University – almost 10 years ago

Brides Jewellery: Lovisa

Make-up Artist: Anemari van Niekerk

Hair Stylist: Picture Perfect Hair Salon in Swellendam

Bridesmaids Dresses: Imported from China 😉

Bridesmaids Gifts: Put together by myself

Bridesmaids Accessories: Everyone’s old favorites

What did you choose for…

Something old: My shoes – more than 10 years old

Something new: My earrings

Something borrowed:My petticoat

Something blue: The garter

Place where groom got ready: The Eagle’s Nest at Somerset Gift Holiday Farm

Grooms suit: Edgars

Grooms Accessories: American Swiss

Grooms Shoes: De Jagers

Groomsmen Suits: Edgars

Groomsmen Accessories: Their own

Ceremony Venue: Old NG Church in Swellendam

Reception Venue: Chris Elle in Buffelsjagsrivier

Minister: Pierrie Kies

What did you choose for confetti: The colourful petals of bougainvillea

Who made your Wedding Cake: Stiaan’s bosses wife, Mrs. Ria Conradie

What type of cake did you choose? 3 Layers, red velvet, vanilla and chocolate decorated with flowers with a touch of gold.

Cake topper: only flowers

First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice: Jy is my alles from Bobby van Jaarsveld

Catering Company: Toitnette from the Rooikombuis at Barrydale

DJ: Just Music

Wedding Invite Design: Myself

Wedding Stationary: Myself

Any Other Vendors you would like to mention: 

Help with the decor:

Sandra Bredenkamp – Friend from Cape Town – my decor friend that’s a histologist full time and very creative after hours

Santie Tredoux – Friend from Hartenbos

Joanne Kritzinger – Sister in law

Chair covers and glases – LaFlor

Rudi & Catie | Wedding Day

RUDI & CATIE’S LOVE STORY & WEDDING VENDORS:
Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another?
We met via mutual friends. At first we were only friends but later on we started looking at each other differently and fell in love shortly afterwards. We were at umhlanga and Rudy even went on his one-year when he asked me to be his girlfriend. About a year-and-a-half to two years later he asked me to spend the rest of our lives together.
How did your husband propose to you?
 We were in plettenberg Bay and I kind of suspected that he would propose sooner or later. We went skydiving and I actually suspected that he might ask me then but he did not. About 2 days later we went on a hike,  the robberg hike; we ended up on a small deck with a beautiful Outlook of the ocean and then Rudi flew his drone all around us. Later the drone was very close to us and the next moment he went on his one knee and proposed. We then finished our hike and met up with my best friend and her husband and celebrated.
Did your wedding have a theme, if yes please give details:
The wedding was on the beach so it seem was not needed as the beach is already a theme
Wedding Planner: Jana Goodman
Wedding Car: Mercedes Combi
Place where Bride got ready: Sky Villa Boutique Hotel
Brides Dress: Bride&Co
Veil: Mother purchased is from her own supplier
Brides Shoes: Woolworths
Brides Jewellery: Angels Boutique Bloemfontein
Make-up Artist: Brides sister Merisa Oelofse
Hair Stylist: Hair Salon: Adam n Eve: Shantal Schmidt
Bridesmaids Dresses: Isabel
Bridesmaids Gifts: Robes which I made
Bridesmaids Accessories: they just wore their own
What did you choose for
Something old:
Something new: my wedding dress
Something borrowed:
Something blue: the ocean
Place where groom got ready:
Grooms suit: Bride&Co
Grooms Accessories: Bride&Co
Grooms Shoes: Woolworths
Groomsmen Suits: Woolworths
Groomsmen Accessories: Only buttonaires made by florist
Ceremony Venue: Beach area infront of Equinox,  Plettenberg Bay
Reception Venue: Equinox,  Plettenberg Bay
Minister: Schalk Scott,  my cousin’s husband
What did you choose for confetti: rose petals
Who made your Wedding Cake: I’m not quite sure the wedding planner knows but there were lots of doughnuts
What type of cake did you choose? It might have been vanilla I don’t know I don’t eat cake
Cake topper: the cake topper said finally
First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice: Lady Gaga- always remember us this way. There is no story attached we just love this song and the movie
Catering Company:
DJ: Jana Goodman knows who the DJ was
Live Band/ Instrumentals during the day: Jana Goodman knows who the live band was
Wedding Invite Design: website which I created
Wedding Stationary: Jana Goodman knows who did the stationery

Alwyn & Harveen | Afrikaans Wedding

YOUR UNIQUE LOVE STORY & WEDDING DAY VENDORS:

 Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another?

I bought a pair of handmade NAVA Apparel Warrior Boots (Alwyn’s own brand) from him in Woodstock, Cape Town and first and foremost fell in love with the unique pair of boots and then slowly formed a stronger bond and friendship with Alwyn and before we knew it we were married!  

How did your husband propose to you?

He proposed to me in my hometown in Tanzania in front of my parents. 

 Did your wedding have a theme:

Since we’re both from two different cultures, we decided to have an Indian wedding ceremony and a White wedding ceremony which was an enriching experience for everyone especially the pre-wedding rituals and customs leading up to the weddings which definitely broke the ice between the two cultures multiple times LOL. 

2 cultures, 2 weddings, 1 family. 

Wedding Planner: We planned our own wedding, did all the decor etc with the help of friends and family 

Wedding Car: Vintage Car Rental place in George

 Place where Bride got ready: Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Honeymoon Suite

Brides Dress: Indian Wedding Dress- From Raja Rani’s in Johannesburg

White Wedding Dress – From a shop called Bilqis in Oriental Plaza, Johannesburg 

Brides Shoes: Oriental Plaza, Johannesburg 

Brides Jewellery: Raja Rani’s and Oriental Plaza, Johannesburg

Make-up Artist: Wilma Cronje 

Hair Stylist: Candice Koen 

Bridesmaids Dresses: They bought their own dresses from different locations because I don’t like the whole concept of matching since everyone is an individual and should stand out equally 

Bridesmaids Gifts:

Bridesmaids Accessories: Diederik the Florist made all their flower crowns and hand bouquets 

Place where groom got ready: Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Villa 1

Grooms suit: White Wedding: Amigo’s Men’s Fashion, George
Indian Wedding: Raja Rani’s, Johannesburg 

Grooms Accessories: Raja Rani’s and Amigo’s Men’s Fashion 

Grooms Shoes: Alwyn’s Own Brand NAVA Apparel (Classic Men’s Ndebele Shoes) 

Groomsmen Suits: Raja Rani’s and for the White Wedding they bought their own

Ceremony Venue: Indian Wedding: Sikh Temple Mossel Bay
White Wedding: The Chapel at Gourikwa Nature  Reserve 

Reception Venue: Gourikwa Nature Reserve Hall 

Minister: Minister Le Fleur from Mossel Bay 

 What did you choose for confetti: Dried Wildflowers 

Who made your Wedding Cake: Mila Cakes, George

What type of cake did you choose? 1 Tier Vanilla Flavour + Cupcakes (Vanilla, Chocolate & Red Velvet) 

Cake topper: Mrs & Mrs, in Gold

First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice: We went old school and chose This I Promise You by NSYNC 

 Catering Company: Seeff Oosthuizen and Gourikwa Team 

DJ: None

Live Band/ Instrumentals during the day: & The Riddle 

Wedding Invite Design: My Sister

Wedding Stationary: We did the rest ourselves (I made the welcome sign on the gate, and Alwyn and I both made the seating arrangements board as well as the decorations for the wedding favours etc) the handmade soaps were made by Heaven Soaps in Wilderness. 

Any Other Vendors you would like to mention: Our Florist Diederik whose Company Name is Bossiegoed was the BEST florist I could have ever asked for and made our wedding so magical with all the proteas and wildflowers which really complimented the natural surroundings. He truly went above and beyond to create the most beautiful flower arrangements, bouquets, buttonholes, flower crowns and is an extremely calm and understanding florist to work with. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The rest of the decor we hired from Flowers4U in George, ISP Group in George and Elite Hire in George. 

Any Advice you would like to offer the future Brides & Grooms: Just chill and trust the process, most importantly, don’t forget to HAVE FUN and be present in the moment because it goes by so fast!