Simplistic Wedding Elegance: Stuart and Sarah-Jane

I find such beauty in simplicity and Sarah-Jane’s wedding encaptured this idea to a tee. On top of that, her flower head garland was EVERYTHING and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to feature her wedding.

Wedding Snapshot:

  • Date: 10 October 2015
  • Location: The Cape Winelands (Stellenbosch)
  • Venue: Langverwagt
  • Number of guests: 114

Roxy: Why did you decide on the venue you chose?

Sarah-Jane: From rustic vineyards to traditional Cape Dutch architecture, the Cape Winelands are packed with beautiful wedding venues, so we were definitely spoilt for choice. Having said that, Stuart and I wanted something different. Our relationship started, and blossomed, whilst we walked together along enchanted forest paths, through ancient trees, and Langverwagt reflected that significant scenery.

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Roxy: What look and feel were you going for with your décor and overall mood of the wedding?

Sarah-Jane: Langverwagt is a magical place, so again, we wanted to echo this rather than over-power it. We went for an ethereal simplistic look, with a delicate palette of neutrals, blush, navy and hints of ivory. It was so romantic! The theme for our stationary was “Lovely”, as this is the nickname Stuart and I have for one another, and this expression resounded in every moment of our day.

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Roxy: Tell us about picking out your dress? What did you wear and what inspired it?

Sarah-Jane: My inspiration came from visiting Robyn Roberts’s studio. I must have tried on every dress she had, and together we built my dress from about 7 of “my favourites”. I wanted something elegant, soft, but also something that paid homage to my Mum. So, after multiple appointments and many “Dear Robyn, I’ve been thinking…” emails, I finally had my perfect dress. The final design included a figure fitting stone champagne lining, Chantilly lace and a low illusion back with a slight train. Paired with a stunning flower crown, rather than a veil, it was my idea of perfection.

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Roxy: How did you get ideas for your wedding? Did you have a coordinator or was Pinterest your best friend?

Sarah-Jane: Pinterest! However, it was through discussions with Stuart and our mutual creativity that our wedding was born.

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Roxy: Tell us about your bridesmaids/groomsmen’s outfits?

Sarah-Jane: I had four bridesmaids, all of whom I share at least 15 years of friendship with. Having said that, selecting dresses was extremely difficult. They all have strong characters, different opinions as well as different body types! I had to find something that would suit all of them and I also wanted to do something different and unique. So I went against the tradition of a dress and opted for a crop top and a high waist floor length skirt. The crop tops, were lace and an off white/ivory colour, which my darling Mum handmade. The skirts were a stunning blush colour that were bought at Forever 21 and were finished off with a nude shoe.

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Stuart took care of his three groomsmen. Each wore tailored navy suits by Tidy Tucs, with crisp white shirts and brown shoes.

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Roxy: How did you pick your photographer and/or videographer? Was there a particular style you were looking for?

Sarah-Jane: I have a few friends whom had married a couple years prior to me, and one had used Kristi Agier. I had a look at her portfolio and fell in love with her work. However, I do believe that you have to gel with your photographer so I set up a meet and greet over coffee. She had me at hello 😉 Kristi’s style of photography was exactly what I was looking for; crisp, clean and not posed. She tends to focus on capturing the natural, special moments that happen during the day rather than, “right you look here, you look there, etc”. I also loved that we built a shoot list together. There were certain pictures that needed to be taken, family group pictures, sibling shots etc, and there were certain poses that I wanted her to capture, for example my twirling bridesmaids. Kristi was so laid back and gentle through out the process that it made working with her a dream. She was efficient and professional when it came to responding to emails and concerns and she was always willing to hear my opinion.

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Roxy: Tell us about the menu.

Sarah-Jane: In keeping with the simplistic theme, our menu was simple but delicious.

Canapés: Smoked Salmon and cream cheese on whole wheat; sage corn cakes with streaky bacon and avocado; butternut, feta and thyme phyllis and biltong and cashew nut cones.

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Starter: Grilled butternut, avocado and rocket salad drizzled with balsamic glaze and olive oil served with ciabatta.

Main: We had two options. First was a grilled fillet steak with a creamy pepper brandy sauce on grilled Mediterranean vegetables and crispy potato wedges and secondly we had roasted Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and Parmesan cheese and wrapped in bacon served with tarragon wine sauce with roasted vegetables and new potatoes. Our veggie option was a large brown mushroom stuffed with sundried tomatoes, olives and Danish feta, served with vegetables of the day and potato wedges.

Dessert: Our dessert was something special as it was made by our close friends, Gary and Sarah Power. Both are professionals in the food industry and with Sarah being a well-established pastry chef with a baking book out (For the Love of Baking) it was only logical to ask them to make our desserts.

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Roxy: What did you do for a wedding cake?

Sarah-Jane: Master pastry chef, Tara, at Centerpiece Cakes, made our cake. We had a three-tier cake, two tiers being chocolate, and the top tier red velvet. It had a white fondant covering and the most incredible, blush ombre heart cut outs stuck over it. It not only tasted delish, but it looked magnificent.

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Roxy: What about your flowers?

Sarah-Jane: What about my flowers, my flowers were the best flowers of any wedding ever?! (Not biased at all). The floral wizards at Fleur le Cordeur created floral art for our centre pieces. I couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular spread! They were magical. The bases of the arrangements were King Protea’s surrounded by white and blush roses, with various leafy plants to fill the gaps. They were magnificent.

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Roxy: Is there a particular moment that stands out from the day?

Sarah-Jane: The whole day was so magical it’s hard for me to select a particular moment that stands out. I have a few favourite memories that always make me smile though. I kept my dress a secret not only from Stuart but from my bridesmaids too. They had no idea what it looked liked and seeing their reactions at the reveal was so special. Walking with my dad down the isle and seeing Stu waiting for me at the end, cheeks damp from tears was overwhelming, the first kiss, entering our reception as husband and wife for the first time to resounding applause and cheers, the first dance and the list goes on. But the most special moment was Stuart saying in his speech, “home used to be a place, but now it is a person, and that person is you Sarah-Jane.” GOOSEBUMPS!

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Roxy: How did you feel when you saw your husband for the first time walking down the aisle?

Sarah-Jane: In a word, home.

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Vendors:

  1. Wedding planner/coordinator: Myself
  2. Venue: Langverwagt
  3. Catering/food: Melliam Catering
  4. Décor: Langverwagt, Stationary: Jaimie Pattison (Stu’s sister)
  5. Flowers: Fleur Le Codeur
  6. Dress: Robyn Roberts
  7. Hair and makeup: Nicole Grant Hair & Makeup Artist
  8. Cake: Maison Gateau
  9. Photographer: Kristi Agier
  10. Videographer: Jaimie Pattison

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