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Recent portrait work of Jacey Searra Photography

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

George & Simone | Wedding Day

Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another?
We met in December of 2012 while I was on holiday in Gouritsmond. His parents lived there and so did my grandmother. He came to talk to me while I was sitting by myself on the beach while everybody else was chatting.  We had so many mutual friends and even knew each others brothers but had never met before. He was 20 and I was 23, and I took a little bit of convincing that he wasn’t too young for me! I visited him the week after the holidays, back in Cape Town, and we’ve been together ever since. Our son, Noah,was born on 13 February 2017 and he is the absolute love of our lives! 
How did your husband propose to you?

He took me away for a surprise weekend in Tulbagh. We stayed in a gorgeous honeymoon suite. On the Saturday, we had lunch at Waverley Hills and afterwards we went on a short hike. Halfway through, we sat down on a bench and he proposed.

Did your wedding have a theme, if yes please give details: No, I just wanted a lot of wood and glass and the colours were blush pink, minty blue/green and rose gold.

Wedding Planner:
I didn’t have a wedding planner as such, but Pam Fivaz from the venue does everything: food, decor, flowers, even bouquets.  I sent her loads of photos and ideas and the rest was up to her. 
Place where Bride got ready: My MIL’s dear friend, Petro, offered us her beautiful home in Gouritsmond to use. 
Brides Dress: A&T Eventique 
Veil: My grandmother’s veil, Joan Smit 
Brides Shoes: Queue shoes 
Brides Jewellery: Lovisa
Make-up Artist: Cara Gie from Bella Faccia in Mosselbay 
Hair Stylist: Louisa Pretorius from All About Me 
Bridesmaids Dresses: China Town
Bridesmaids GiftsLovisa
What did you choose for
Something old: My granny’s 60 year old veil
Something new: My jewellery and shoes 
Something borrowed: The dress – it was hired 

Something blue: My garter

Place where groom got ready: The best man’s grandparents house in Gouritsmond

Grooms suit: Mr Suit Hire 
Grooms Accessories: Woolworths 
Grooms Shoes: Bata
Groomsmen Suits: Mr Suit Hire
Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Excelsior Wedding Venue, Vleesbaai
Minister: Gerhard van Rensburg from AGS Mosselbaai 
What did you choose for confetti: Rose petals 
Who made your Wedding Cake: I did! 
What type of cake did you choose? My amazing, secret chocolate cake recipe… 
Cake topper: Gum paste peonies that I spent hours handcrafting (with a toddler on one hip) the week before the wedding, and roses that I put on at the  last minute, which my mom had actually bought for my MIL. 


First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice: We are both not dancers and agonised about our first dance. We chose Francois van Coke – Die Wêreld is Mal as the song, but the day before the wedding we just decided not to do the dance as it was stressing us both out. Some of our friends opened the dance floor instead, and it was so fun!

Catering Company: Pam Fivaz
DJ: Esther and Joos from Disco & Sound 

Wedding Invite Design: Reinette Robberts

Gareth & Michelle | Wedding Day


Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another?  We met in Plettenberg Bay over New Year when we were both home on holiday (he was living in Pakistan and I was in Singapore). Neither of us had planned to be there but circumstances took us both to the same bar that evening and we have been together ever since that day. He still has the piece of paper with the phone number I gave him. We got married after 11 years together – 3 and a 1/2 living in separate countries and the rest sharing a wonderful home.

How did your husband propose to you?                                                                                                           He planned a surprise weekend. We left early morning for a 3hr drive to “pick up the keys” for what I thought was an Air BnB booking. Instead we arrived at a private airport to board a helicopter which flew us down the California coast to Big Sur. He’d booked 2 nights at the most spectacular cliff-side spa resort surrounded by redwood forests.

Did your wedding have a theme, if yes please give details:
We had a navy, white and silver colour scheme rather than theme.

Wedding Planner: The bride (but I would always recommend hiring someone for the day itself to oversee things. This was a mistake I made)

Wedding Car: My Dad’s 4×4!! No one saw us arrive so I didn’t care about this. Dad drove and I sat in the passenger seat next to him. It’s one of my favourite memories from the day – turning up the radio and it being just us before the craziness took over.

Place where Bride got ready:  My Mom’s house

Brides Dress: Didi Couture, Cape Town

Veil: Didi Couture

Brides Shoes: Woolworths

Brides Jewellery: Tiffany’s bracelet that was a gift from my school friends who couldn’t be there. Diamond earrings borrowed from my Godson who inherited them from his mother who passed away in the year before our wedding.

Make-up Artist: Bianca Roode

Hair Stylist: Belinda Hougaard (Hair Therapy by Belinda)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Banana Republic

Bridesmaids Gifts: A set of silver earrings, necklace and bracelet – each different and bought in unique places in the 6 months leading up to the wedding

Bridesmaids Accessories: Shoes – same as Bride from Woolworths

What did you choose for:

Something old: My Dad’s car to drive us

Something new: My dress

Something borrowed: Earrings from my Godson

Something blue: My hair! I dyed the bottom layer of it blue

Place where groom got ready: Apartment on Thesen island

Grooms suit: Frank Bespoke

Grooms Accessories: Panerai Watch I gave him for his 40th birthday

Grooms Shoes: Tods

Groomsmen Suits: Frank Bespoke

Ceremony Venue: St George’s Anglican church Knysna

Reception Venue: Sirocco Restaurant, Thesen Island

Minister: Rev Colin Paine

What did you choose for confetti: rose petals

Who made your Wedding Cake: Ice Palazzo

What type of cake did you choose? It was a 2 tier ice-cream cake

Cake topper: Silver glitter words “Mr & Mrs Thom”

First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice:                                                                  The Best – Tina Turner. “Our song” is Lucky by Jason Mraz which i walked down the aisle to. For the reception we wanted it to be fun and lively.

Catering Company: Sirocco

Band/ Instrumentals during the day: Dylan and Tigger

Wedding Invite Design: Singapore designer

Wedding Stationary: Mainly e-vites

Any Other Vendors you would like to mention: 

My Mother handled all the flowers which were spectacular. Plates & Things were wonderful for prop/deco hire. We worked with a pair of Zimbabwean brothers to craft bead keyrings with the first initial of all guest’s names. We ordered  Khanyiso reed straws from Faithful to Nature to prevent serving plastic straws with cocktails.

Andrew & Luna | Wedding Day


Wedding Planner: Not officially, but Sue Lund and Claire handled everything at Newstead – what champions!

Place where Bride got ready: The Lighthouse, Brenton-on-Sea.

Brides Dress: Bride & Co, Rivonia

Brides Shoes: cheap ones 🙂

Brides Jewellery: Kathleen Barry Bespoke Creations

Make-up Artist: Debbie Jean (Knysna)

Hair Stylist: Nicola Smit (Pretoria)

Place where groom got ready: The Lighthouse, Brenton-on-Sea.

Grooms suit: David Jones

Grooms Accessories: Polo

Grooms Shoes: David Jones

Groomsmen Suits: David Jones

Groomsmen Accessories: Polo

Ceremony Venue: Newstead Vineyards

Reception Venue:  Newstead Vineyards

Marriage Officer: Gavin Brown

Who made your Wedding Cake: Clare Roode of Clare’s Cakes & Deli, Plettenberg Bay

What type of cake did you choose? The bottom tier was a combination of carrot and cheese cake and the top tier was hazelnut meringue

Cake topper: Made by Laser Link

First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice:

Catering Company: Newstead

Band/ Instrumentals during the day: Classic Flamenco Guitarist, Rudi Minnaar (George) 072 548 8468

Wedding Invite Design: The Secret Diary, Cape Town

Wedding Stationary: The Secret Diary, Cape Town

Any Other Vendors you would like to mention: You – we feel so blessed for having met you xxx

Joubert & Henrietta | Wedding Day

   Joubert & Henrietta’s Love Story & Wedding Vendors:
How did your husband propose to you?
   An all surprise one-kneed classic at the same spot where we first kissed four years prior – stretched white beach, remote spot, picnic with    sushi and champagne; Stilbaai – where we met, started dating, got engaged and the venue for our wedding. Perfect!
Did your wedding have a theme, if yes please give details:
   Not a specific theme, but would say chic rustic. Very plain venue but super well kept – renovated barn, surrounding forest. 

Wedding Planner:
Self – with a super supportive bridesmaid team and family.
Place where Bride got ready: Prepared room at the venue. 
Brides Dress: Fatima Duarte, The Seamstress – by private consult only; absolutely amazing (moving to Cape Town soon)
Veil: Handmade by The Seamstress
Brides Shoes: The Dance Boutique – Germiston
Brides Jewellery: Custom handmade – House of Kallie (Muizenburg)
Make-up Artist: Hairotic, Worcester
Hair Stylist: Hairotic, Worcester
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jacoba Clothing. Unit A057, Selwyn Street Studios, The Palms Decor and Lifestyle Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925

Place where groom got ready: At venue – double rooms accross the road
Grooms suit: Three piece Carducci – Khaliques Sandton
Grooms Accessories: Cufflinks – Handmade by House of Kallie, as with wedding band; Watch – Skagen; Tie&Tie clip – Nick Harry
Grooms Shoes: Woolworths – David Jones
Groomsmen Suits: Self purchased; Wooden bowties&cufflinks – Woodiz (081 017 8240); Braces – de Jagers
Ceremony Venue: Jongensdal, Stilbaai/Jongensfontein – outside around fountain
Reception Venue: Jongensdal, Stilbaai/Jongensfontein (Lindie Enslin – 076 672 6485)
Minister: Francois Taljaard – 061 460 6404
What did you choose for confetti: Bubbles
Who made your Wedding Cake: Baked by by super sister; stacking and decoration – Natasha Von Molendorf, Stilbaai (071 899 5940)
What type of cake did you choose? Layered carrot and chocolate with white chocolate buttercream

Cake topper: Wooden carved dolls – self owned


Catering Company: Foxtrot Cuisine ( Rhona van Heerden, 072 785 1582)
DJ: Henry Hansen,  0825345751

Band/ Instrumentals during the day: Acapella singer, Leah Gunter, 082 390 0389


Wedding Invite Design: Self –
Wedding Stationary: Random