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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!

Dave & Jen | 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?

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

WEDDING VENDORS:
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