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? We met at the hotel in London that we both use to work in.
Wedding Planner: Featherbed
Place where groom got ready:
I would like to thank Liezel Volschenk for assisting me on this wedding, your work and style is incredible.
Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another?
I lived in London with a friend called Katie, who happens to be Martins sister. martin had gone travelling and was going to visit his sister before heading back to his hometown, Torquay. I met Martin on a very early week morning, I had no makeup, hair a mess in my worst track suit outfit ever!! Needless to say he was so polite and lovely, he was all handsome and sunkissed from his travel. Trying to hang my head down with embarrassment, I offered him a cuppa tea (as most English boys love their tea) it happened to be his very first cuppa tea since leaving the UK for his 9 months adventures. That is when i think I won his heart 🙂 We spend the weekend chatting and hearing all about each others lives and stories. We said our goodbyes at the end of the weekend and as he walked out the door i felt sad that I may never see thing guy again. Little did I know he felt the same. Katie then decided to play match maker and send him my number. After weeks of calling and texting, Martin booked a train to London to spend the weekend with me 🙂 and that’s when our adventure started.
How did your husband propose to you?
Martin and I always love to travel and visit new places together. So we planned a 2 month backpacking trip around Thailand and Hong Kong. After our 5 weeks traveling the most beautiful islands together, we found ourselves in a chic apartment in Bangkok overlooking the city. Martin proposed on our last night in Bangkok at the apartment. It was so perfect and so us! Great end to our Thailand trip with an exciting start to our Hong Kong adventure.
I would say yes. We wanted it to be romantic and we wanted to pull in elements that would compliment the venue. As I am originally from South Africa, therefore wanted to incorporate some elements that we both love, such as the outdoors.
Wedding Planner: Jana Goodman from Confeti events
Place where Bride got ready: The Knysna Elephant Park
Brides Dress: Allure
Veil: Richard Designs / UK
Brides Shoes: Rainbow club
Brides Jewellery: My grandmothers ring & diamond ear tunnels.
Make-up Artist: Kaley Meyer
Hair Stylist: Brent from 9 on Gray.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Romantic pink Asos, UK
Bridesmaids Accessories: Rose gold necklaces, from NEXT
What did you choose for:
Something old: Grandmothers ring
Something new: My ear tunnels
Something borrowed: Didn’t have an item
Something blue: I had blue gems underneath my shoes
Grooms suit: NEXT
Grooms Shoes: NEXT
Groomsmen Suits: NEXT
Ceremony Venue: The Knysna Elephant Park
Reception Venue: The Knysna Elephant Park
Minister: Pieter Niemand
What did you choose for confetti: Rose petals
Who made your Wedding Cake: Cakes by Nicky in Knynsa
What type of cake did you choose? A two tier cake, light pink and cream with African trees on.
Cake topper: Succelents
What was your “First Dance Song” & is there a story attached to your choice:
Mumford and Sons / Baabba Maal – There will be time. We thought this song was just so beautiful and the lyrics represented us. We also thought it was a great British band and African band that collaborated together.
Catering Company: Dee Caterers, Plett
DJ: Confeti Events
Wedding Invite Design: My sister actually designed all my wedding invitations
Wedding Stationary: Wedding day stationary done by Jana at Confeti Events
It wasn’t a surprise at all, he didn’t get down on one knee and secretly plan an elaborate proposal. We’d been together for a few years up until that point, and been through quite a bit together. He had taken a year off and was about to start his full-time MBA, so we’d been discussing the next steps in our relationship and what we wanted to do next. We were actually lying in bed one night chatting about it, and he summed up how he felt about us so beautifully (I can’t even remember what he said, but it was amazing, I might have cried). We decided to make it official on the evening of 9 January 2014, where we went to have dinner at our favourite steak restaurant, The Hussar in Rondebosch. It was just the two of us, eating delicious food and drinking great red wine, so it was very special. We are very non-traditional, so it was perfect for us.
Wedding Planner: My sister, Ash, and myself planned the wedding together. we live in Shanghai and she lives in Cape Town, so it was quite the mission getting everything together. She’s amazingly talented though, and a fantastic event-planner.
Place where groom got ready: His family home
Catering Company: Kelvin Grove
Band/ Instrumentals during the day: n/a
Any Other Vendors you would like to mention: Decor by Puccini Creations, cocktails by Brent Perremore
Wedding Planner: Jana Goodman (Confeti Events)
Place where bride got ready: Suite 2 of the Lodge at Knysna Elephant Park
Brides Dress: Blush and Ivory Maggie soterro Marianne Style number 3M5763
Veil: Cathedral Ivory
Brides Shoes: Corral Boots, Tan with Fleur de Lis – (Fleur de Lis is native to New Orleans- Grooms hometown)
Brides Jewelry: Vera Wang – Blue Sapphire
Make Up Artist: Karin Chan (The Art of Make-up)
Hair Stylist: Karin Chan (The Art of Make-up)
Bridesmaid dress: Inspired by Sorella Vita Metallic Rose Gold Style 8718
Something New: The dress
Something Old/Borrowed: The boots
Something Blue: Blue Sapphire Earrings
Place Groom got ready: Knysna Elephant Lodge
Suit: Classic Tux rented from Black Tie
Grooms Accessories: Rose Gold Bulova Watch; rose gold cuff links, personalized socks with date and initials
Grooms Shoes: Rented from Black Tie
Groomsmen: Classic Tux rented from Black Tie
Wedding Venue: Knysna Elephant Park- Chapel
Reception: Knysna Elephant Park Lapa
Minister: Chris du Preez
Confetti: Rose Petals
Wedding Cake: Confeti Events
What type of Cake: It was a two-tier buttercream decorated with proteas.
Cake topper: Proteas
DJ: Freddy DJ with confeti
Instrument: Cellist – Lani Groves
Wedding Invite Design: Onyx with Golden Chandelier and black border.
Wedding Planner: Mother – in – law and myself
Something blue: Garter
Place where groom got ready: Knysna Elephant Park
Lights & sound : Outeniqua Sound
Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day: We met through Mutual friends… Marnus asked me to go with him on a road trip to a wedding in Kimberley. We chatted non-stop the whole way. Our friends encouraged “the first kiss” by telling us that it would be so special to have a photo of the moment. They took the picture at Wando’s in Khayalethu and that is where the romance officially started. Marnus asked me to marry him at a secluded spot at Groenvlei beach near Sedgefield about 2 years later.
Did your wedding have a theme, if yes please give details: Simple/Elegant
Place where Bride got ready: Villa Castollini
Brides Dress: Pebbles Mosselbay
Make-up Artist: Vida Marais
Hair Stylist: Belinda Hougaard – Hairtherapy
Bridesmaids Dresses: Helen Barnes
Place where groom got ready: Brenton on Sea Cottages