Living in South Africa’s perfect climate you don’t often see winter weddings. However when Springbok Blitzbokke player, Stephan Dippenaar wed his beautiful fiancee Louise, they showcased the perfect winter wedding with a Swartland backdrop.
- Date: 17th June 2017
- Location: Riebeeck West
- Venue: Groenrivier Venue
- Number of guests: 120
Roxy: Why did you decide on the venue you chose?
Louise: We wanted a venue where you did not need anything else but flowers and a simple white backdrop to work with. When I saw Groenrivier I was instantly in love. The chandeliers and fairy lights sold it for me. It was one of the few venues that could accommodate 140 guests. It was also not too far from home and offered accommodation. We saw it fitting to get married in Riebeeck West as it is now our neighbouring town and we wanted to show our guests how beautiful the Swartland area is.
Roxy: What look and feel were you going for with your decor and overall mood of the wedding?
Louise: We love bright colours and didnt want the traditional boring wedding decor of pastel and cream colours. We decided on bright colours such as pink, purple, yellow, orange and of course greenery.
Roxy: What flowers did you use?
Louise: For greenery we used granadilla mixed with eucalyptus and schinus molle also known as pink peppercorns. The flowers used where orchids, tulips with bulbs, roses, carnations, green pears, poppies and orange and red berries.
Roxy: Are there any other special decor elements you used/created?
Louise: Victoria and Rose created a beautiful logo for us and we wanted to incorporate it throughout the wedding. The Logo was at the entrance of the venue as well as in small elements throughout the wedding. I come from a farm close to Vlees Bay and so all of our guests went home with a little bit of honey all the way from Ouland (our farms name).
Roxy: Tell us about picking out your dress? What did you wear and what inspired it?
Louise: The designer of my dress is a friend of the family, Kobus Dippenaar. The dress was long sleeved and had a classic, timeless look to it. I had always dreamed of having a winter wedding and felt that the long sleeves would compliment and accentuate the romance winter brings with it. On my first visit with Kobus I basically gave him free reign to make something for my frame and to suit my personality. I basically just gave him an idea of what I liked and trusted him completely to make something stunning.
Roxy: How did you get ideas for your wedding? Did you have a coordinator or was Pinterest your best friend?
Louise: Pinterest was defnitely my best friend. It didn’t give me exactly what I was looking for but I came across a photo of a flower in a teacup and just provided that photo to all my vendors as my colour scheme.
Roxy: Tell us about your bridesmaids/groomsmen’s outfits?
Louise: Stephan and his groomsmen were all dressed by TM Lewin, South Africa. Stephan loves modern and sleek designs and so they had suits specifically selected for them from the TM Lewin range. The colour was a classic royal blue and the fit was very tailored. The royal blue tied in nicely with the colour scheme of the day. They had personalised cufflinks made by Silvery, with their initials and the wedding date on. They also tried to bring in the colour scheme with fun Happy Socks.
The bridesmaids were dressed by Kameo Designs, available at YDE. Karla from Kameo was a dream to work with and specially sourced the fabric for the dresses.
Roxy: How did you pick your photographer and/or videographer? Was there a particular style you were looking for?
Louise: The photographer, Inecke de Kock, is a close friend and we simply love her work. We found our videographer, White Jasmine Films, by watching a friend’s wedding video. We loved that his videos are not just based around talking and speeches.
Roxy: Tell us about the menu.
Louise: Our menu was a set menu which included a Biltong Soup as starter and beef fillet as the main. Our amazing wedding cake, by Emma’s Cakes was the dessert as well as a crepe station, as we are mad about pancakes. We paired our menu with various Nederburg Wines from the Heritage Heroes collection.
Roxy: Tell us more about your wedding cake.
Louise: We just loved the idea of a tiered wedding cake as it gives the feeling of a fairy tale. We chose a 3-tiered wedding cake and wanted a little bit of everything and so Emmas Wedding Cakes created our dream design! It was made up of chocolate ganache, red velvet, pistachio on the top covered with meringue and a cheese cake on the side. YUM!
Roxy: Is there a particular moment that stands out from the day?
Louise: Walking out the church knowing it is really our wedding day and feeling the confetti falling!
Stephan: When Louise gave me the most perfect gift – a painting from Christiaan Koen that I always wanted.
Roxy: Stephan, how did you feel when you saw your wife for the first time walking down the aisle?
Stephan: It was a very emotional moment for me and I really fought to keep the tears back when I saw my perfect bride walking towards me.
Roxy: How would you describe your wedding day?
Louise: For me, my wedding day was one big celebration of myself and Stephan. The decor represented our personalities of outgoing, bright colours. Our wedding day was definitely how I imagined it from the rain in the morning right up until walking home after all the celebrations.
Stephan: I would describe our wedding day as a proper winter wedding from soup and pancakes to heaters and morning rain. I wanted my guests to have a great time and the fact that I got into bed at 4am is proof of a proper celebration and a job well done.