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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.

Ernst & Leandra | Wedding Day

Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another
His cousin, which is also my best friend, was our matchmaker. We’ve met before, but years passed that we didn’t see each other. A few days after Christmas in 2013, I paid her a visit, and there he was…It was love at 2nd sight.
How did your husband propose to you?
He took me to go “Christmas shopping”, on our way back he said we must go for a drive, and we drove to ballots bay. In the forest, we stopped for some photos. I admired the scenery, and when I turned around, he was on his knee. I immediately started to cry. But, the surprise wasn’t over yet. He booked the tree house for us for a few days, with our own private beach,right next to the forest. It felt like I was in my own Twilight movie, it was so romantic and special.
Did your wedding have a theme, if yes please give details: Gold, blush and white with greenery.
Wedding Planner: None, I organised everything myself.
Place where Bride got ready: Soeterus Guest Farm
Brides Dress: Christiaan Ras at Coco Boutique
Veil: Charei Crafford at Simply Sensuous
Brides Shoes: Tiger Lilly Dance Wear
Brides Jewellery: A gift from my husband
Make-up Artist: Wilna Allpass
Hair Stylist: Wilna Allpass
Bridesmaids Dresses: Glitter and Glamour Creations and Charei Crafford at simply sensuous
Bridesmaids Gifts: The Wedding Store
Bridesmaids Accessories: Help ‘n Bruidjie

Place where groom got ready: The Queen Hotel
Grooms suit: The Modernist Tailor Made
Grooms Accessories: Giorgio Armani (watch) 
Grooms Shoes: Aldo
Groomsmen Suits: Leandri Willemse at Leandri.W design (waistcoats and ties)
Groomsmen Accessories: Their own
Ceremony Venue: Dutch Reformed Church Calitzdorp
Reception Venue: Die Stasie
Minister: Ds van Loggerenberg
What did you choose for confetti: Olive leaves
Who made your Wedding Cake: Karooboom
What type of cake did you choose? Naked chocolate mousse cake
Cake topper: Flowers from Karooboom’s garden
First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice: Gebore om by jou te wees – Juan Boucher. It’s been our song for years, the lyrics says it all.
Catering Company: Debbie Calitz 
DJ: Michael de Kock
Band/ Instrumentals during the day: Michael de Kock
Wedding Invite Design: Ansi Vermaak
Wedding Stationary: Bride