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Alwyn & Harveen | Afrikaans Wedding


 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!

Hendre & Andrea | Wedding Day


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

It’s a long, beautiful story. . .

How did your husband propose to you?

He made a riddle for me that I had to unravel by popping balloons and so he asked me on top of the mountain at Valley of Desolation just outside of Graaff-Reinet

Wedding Planner:                           Myself (bride) with the help of my husband and my sister

Wedding Car:                                   Didn’t need one. Got ready and stayed over at Madison Manor Boutique Hotel

Place where Bride got ready:      Madison Manor Boutique Hotel

Brides Dress:                                    Ebay

Veil:                                                    Besters Bridal Knysna

Brides Shoes:                                   Ebay

Brides Jewellery:                             Gift from my mother

Make-up Artist:                               Tanja Kramer from Just Me Professional Make-up and Eyeliner

Hair Stylist:                                       Gene @ Salon Hair Therapy

Bridesmaids Dresses:                     Made by a friend’s mother in my hometown

Bridesmaids Gifts:                           Bought it at different places to make up a gift box. My talented sister, Nicolene Taljaard, made the beautiful Shawls for me and my two bridesmaids. Check out her Facebook page: Missy – Handmade with Love to place your orders.

Bridesmaids Accessories:              Earrings bought at Metallic Mermaid in Knysna

What did you choose for:

Something old:                                Chest pin from my mother

Something new:                              Jewellery

Something borrowed:                    Chest pin from my mother

Something blue:                              Garter (Handmade by Missy-Handmade with love)

Place where groom got ready:    Madison Manor Boutique Hotel

Grooms suit:                                     Hired from Mr. Suit hire in George

Grooms Accessories:                      Skagen watched ordered online from Skagen website

Grooms Shoes:                                Tred and Miller in George mall

Groomsmen Suits:                          Pants and shirts bought separately from Edgars

Groomsmen Accessories:             Ordered on Ebay / Their own accessories

Ceremony Venue:                           Madison Manor Boutique Hotel

Reception Venue:                           Madison Manor Boutique Hotel

Minister:                                           Pastor Peter Meyer from Vineyard Church

What did you choose for confetti:            Rose petals ordered online

Who made your Wedding Cake:                A gift from a very talented friend, Bev van Eck

What type of cake did you choose?          As part of the gift it was a surprise. It turned out to be a delicious five layered cake with chocolate ganache and vanilla cream cheese frosting.

Cake topper:                                                    Came with the cake as a gift

Catering Company:                         Madison Manor Boutique Hotel catered for us

DJ:                                                       My husband bought a sound system and together with his brother in law, they made a playlist

Wedding Invite Design:                 Website created by my husband. Website link was sent to all the guests to RSVP

Wedding Stationary:                      Missy-Handmade with love was responsible for the beautiful guest names on the tables, table plan, welcome board, guest book, wooden flower holders, ring holder, etc. Custom made stickers were gifted by my sister in law, Marlize van den Heever, together with the cupcakes and consol jars

Any Advice you would like to offer the future Brides & Grooms:

Walk slow, breathe, take it all in, Eat! Time flies, so enjoy the moment. Don’t fret about small details. Spend less on flowers. People remember the celebration and the food, they won’t even know what flowers you had.

Dave & Jen | Wedding Day


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

A place I never thought I would ever meet my now husband…online 😉 I am not even great with technology and really have no idea who it works, but there it is…online. We chatted for around 3 months before physically sitting down and meeting one another, so by the time that first dinner date happened we knew one another quite well and felt as though we had known one another for years. The guess is as they say is history, 4 years later happily married as best friends.

How did your husband propose to you?

The story unbeknown to me at the time was that he was going to propose on new year’s new while on our holiday in Vietnam….until he consulted with my sister Candy who convinced him to propose on 26 December while in Knysna (my home town) before we headed on your holiday adventure. That day the plan was to try our new beach tent and then have a family braai that afternoon. Suffice to say the beach proposal never panned out, it was boxing day – packed beaches and windy conditions – so plan b ensued before the braai at 14:00. My best friend’s family home had burnt down in the Knysna fires so he convinced me to see the progress of the build en route to our family braai, he proposed right there, outside the house overlooking the whole of Knysna. Perfect!
We celebrated with friends and family over many glasses of champagne all afternoon. The perfect way to celebrate. Thanks candy 😉

Wedding Planner: Group collaboration – friends and family all chipped in.

Place where Bride got ready: Hired home on Thesen Island

Brides Dress: Besters Bridal Boutique- Knysna, Vanessa and her mum are just the best! My perfect dream wedding dress!

Veil: Besters Bridal Boutique- Knysna

Brides Shoes: Que shoes – Cape Town

Brides Jewellery: My mother in laws diamond earrings

Make-up Artist: The Art of Make-up – Karin Chan

Hair Stylist: The Art of Make-up – Karin Chan

Bridesmaids Dresses: Eye Love boutique – Knysna

Bridesmaids Gifts: I put together a box of little gifts – a gold ring I had made for each one, some beauty products, a g&t, a scarf, some slippers to get ready in.

Bridesmaids Accessories: The gold ring I gifted them.

What did you choose for:

Something old: A garter I had made for my best friend from the lace from my gran’s wedding dress

Something new: Another new garter which my dress maker had made for me

Something borrowed: My mother in laws diamond earrings

Something blue: A garter I had made for my best friend from the lace from my gran’s wedding dress – a blue ribbon was sewn in


Grooms suit: Woolworths & Country Road

Grooms Accessories: Fun socks

Grooms Shoes: Woolworths & Country Road

Groomsmen Suits: Woolworths & Country Road

Groomsmen Accessories: Socks which were gifted to each groomsmen

Ceremony Venue: St Georges Anglican Church – Knysna

Reception Venue: Project Bar, Sirocco restaurant – Knysna – Andrew, Liezl and their team were outstanding!!!

Minister: Revd. Colin Paine

What did you choose for confetti: My mom, niece and nephew stamped out shapes from dry leaves.

Who made your Wedding Cake: My talented sister Sam!

What type of cake did you choose? The bottom layer was carrot and top white sponge cake all covered in lemon cream cheese icing – delicious!

Cake topper: Fresh flowers and a cake topper gifted to me at my kitchen tea.

First Dance Song & is there is a story attached to your choice: I would walk 500 miles – we came across a slow acoustic version of the song and loved it, so we decided to ease in with this version and then combine it with the faster version to officially open the dance floor.

Catering Company: Project Bar, Sirocco restaurant – Knysna

Band: Me and Mr Green – the most incredible band from Cape Town, and wow did they get the party started at the wedding!!

DJ: Me and Mr Green

Wedding Invite Design: The groom

Wedding Stationary: The groom

Decor: Most of our other décor items were hired from ‘Plates and Things’ in Knysna, great service.