In May last year it was a privilege to witness my long-time friend, Kelly Fisher, marry her beau Leandro Trindade. Having first met in Mozambique while on holiday (cue “Summer Lovin’) they rekindled the spark a while later and finally ended up in Cape Town together. I could not think of two people more suited for one another.
Another well suited event was their wedding. The location, mood, atmosphere and celebrations that spanned a weekend fit them to a tee and really captured the essence of who they are as people: easy-going, warm, loving and untraditional.
If it weren’t for them I don’t think I would have ever visited the quaint town of Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape and for that I am eternally grateful since this little place is a true South African gem. We happened to be there the weekend of their annual Olive Festival and I must encourage you to give this a visit at some point in your travels. It was truly special!
Here is their olive leaf and boho chic inspired wedding which I loved every minute of. Thank you Kel and Leo for including me in your amazing weekend!
- Date: 2 May 2015
- Location: Riebeek-Kasteel
- Venue: Goedgedacht
- Number of guests: 100
Roxy: Why did you decide to have a location wedding?
Kelly: We moved to Cape Town in 2012. Cape Town is our new home and is rich with such beautiful venues. We also thought it would be a nice weekend away for our friends and family. There is definitely a sense of excitement building up to a wedding out of town. We decided to have a weekend wedding, our festivities started on Friday a night with a casual gourmet braai, the wedding on Saturday and hangover breakfast on Sunday.
Friday was especially special, in that we got to socialize and chill with our friends and family that had come all that way to celebrate with us.
Roxy: What look and feel were you going for with your décor and overall mood of the wedding?
Kelly: We decided to get married on an olive farm, Goedgedacht in Riebeek Kasteel, which kind of makes for a very natural botanical back drop. I drew inspiration from that. I wanted our wedding décor to be very organic without being over bearing and cluttered. I wanted something slightly different.
Roxy: Tell me about picking out your dress? How did you eventually pick “the one”?
Kelly: Oh my dress! So I decided to make it myself. Since I studied fashion design, I always knew I would be able to make my own wedding dress!
Kelly: While walking the streets of OBZ in Cape Town I came across a little second hand store. I walked in and hanging from the ceiling was this incredible full lace vintage wedding gown. I though to myself “ I have to do something with this”. The style was out dated and some of the lace was damaged but my mom sat hand mending the little holes in the lace and we managed to make the full circle skirt from the vintage lace. My dress will always be so incredibly special to me as my mom and I spent hours putting it together.
Roxy: And your accessories as well as hair and make-up?
Kelly: I m not a big accessory girl. I found some locally made heart earrings at the V&A market and I wore my favorite day to day Dear Rae Rings. I also chose to wear a ring given to me by Leandro’s Parents, a Rose gold (Portuguese gold) band his gran received in 1944. I met with my Dale, my makeup artist, originally I wanted a Smokey eye, but I changed my mind a few days before the wedding. I just wanted light natural make-up and she did exactly that. She also did my hair, I just wanted natural loose boho curls.
Roxy: Was it important to wear comfy shoes or was it all about the look?
Kelly: Both. Style and comfort are of equal importance to me. Luckily I found something beautiful and comfy.
Roxy: Tell me about your bridesmaid’s dresses?
Kelly: I knew I wanted something different. I knew I wanted a print of some sort. One of my bridesmaids, Bianca Warren, is also in fashion design and offered to make my dresses. She managed to source a couple of fabrics for me, I chose my favorites, sent her some sketches and VOILA! There were a few times I wondered if it was going to be too much but I am so grateful I went with my gut. I absolutely adored my Bridesmaids dresses.
Fashion Designer: Bianca Warren
A special bridesmaid… Kelly and Leo’s dog, Annie
Roxy: How did the groom and groomsmen dress?
Kelly: After deciding on the ladies’ fabric I decided I wanted the guys in an army green slim trouser. But this was no easy task! We finally managed to find some at Country Road, we paired that with a white shirt, navy tie and tan shoes. Leandro also had beautiful custom belts made by Wolf and Maiden here in Cape Town.
Kelly: Leandro made all his own attire decisions. He found his navy suit at Zara, shirt from Hugo boss and his shoes from Ted baker.
Roxy: What about your flowers?
Kelly: I found Opus Botanical Florist while reading through a blog and loved their style. They specialize in botanical and hanging flowers. I did not choose a specific flower I just decided on a colour pallet and Marissa from Opus made it come to life.
Roxy: What did you do for a wedding cake?
Kelly: I wanted a beautiful naked cake and Ian from The Counter did exactly that! Leandro chose the flavor.
Roxy: Tell me about the menu.
Kelly: We knew we wanted something delicious and something people enjoy eating! We decided on a hearty veggie soup and build-a-burger!
Kelly: We decided that our favourite burgers were cooked by Megan and Ian from The Counter in Jozi. Those delicious burgers from Arts on Main! I got in contact with Meg, she drew up an entire menu for the weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Roxy: Did you give your guests any wedding favours?
Kelly: We did! Chopping boards/place boards that the burgers were served on.
Roxy: Is there a particular moment that stands out from the day?
Kelly: Ah, I can’t choose one! It’s such an incredibly emotional day! From getting ready, to having photos, everything was just so special. I think the moment they opened the chapel doors! My heart literally felt like it was beating out of my chest, I was overcome by so many happy emotions!
Kelly: Remember when I told you we wanted to elope and you said “No friend, you will regret it”? I am so grateful we had a wedding. We spoke about eloping many times but looking back it WAS and will always be one of the best days of my life. A weekend we will treasure forever! (I used to think that sounded cheesy, whatevs!)
- Venue: Goedgedacht
- Catering/food: The Counter
- Stationery design: Phrosne Ras
- Flowers: Opus
- Dress: Self made by the bride and her mother, Louis Fisher
- Hair and makeup: Dale Titus
- Cake: Ian Vos – The Counter
- Photographer: Lad and Lass Photography
- Videographer: Orpen Films
Thank you for sharing this beautiful bohemian wedding with us, Kel and Leo!