Bailey Schneider is undoubtably one of the most sincere, down to earth and all round amazing human beings working in broadcasting today. I met Bailey years ago when I was attempting a career in radio. She’s one of those people who has time for everyone. She makes you feel special! Like you deserve her whole hearted attention.
And I’m assuming it’s these qualities in Bailey that Sox was attracted to!
Do you ever look at a couple, without even necessarily knowing them intimately as a pair, and think; “Wow, they just make sense together?” That’s how I feel about these two. Even though I’ve only chatted to Sox a handful of times you can tell that this is for real. Which is why I’m so happy that I’m able to share their amazing celebration with you.
They love each other so much that they decided to do it twice! Here’s the story of Bailey and Sox’s journey down the aisle…
- Date: 4th and 5th March 2016
- Location: Greek Orthodox Church in Woodstock & Elandskloof Farm, outside of Greyton
- Venue: Elandskloof Farm, outside of Greyton
- Number of guests: 200
RB: Why did you decide on the venue you chose?
BS: We chose Elandskloof Farm in Greyton because we both fell in love with it’s beauty. It’s on an apple farm, with a river running through, gorgeous forest like areas and it’s romantic stone barn, which was a perfect reception area for us to create the party we imagined. Since we were having a destination wedding with our friends and family coming from all over the world, we also loved that it could accommodate half of our guests.
RB: What look and feel were you going for with your décor and overall mood of the wedding?
BS: Sox and I are happiest when we are in nature, so we had the English ceremony under the trees, in a forest, by the river. As we had a very natural element, we didn’t want it to be too rustic. We worked together with Green Goddess, who were excellent at ensuring that our look was kept really elegant. Their work was outstanding and their attention to detail was incredible. Our colour palette was mint, greens and white. We had lots of candle light for ambiance, fairy lights, greenery, green leaves and white flowers.
BS: It was actually a 3-day affair and one of the best weekends of my life. It started on 4 March 2016 at the Greek Orthodox Church, which is absolutely spectacular – it’s painted in murals from floor to ceiling.
BS: On Saturday the 5th of March 2016, I spent the day getting ready with my mom, Sox’s mom and my bridesmaids: my sister Tandi Bruyns, my BFFs Karolina Sky and Lucia Oreb.
BS: At 5pm, I walked down the aisle with my Dad in the forest, where Sox and I said our vows under the trees. We had glass bowls of white rose petals and herbs (rosemary and lavender), which represented love, fertility, blessings, happiness and abundance. It gave our guests a choice on what blessing they wanted to throw on us!
RB: Tell us about picking out your dress? What did you wear and what inspired it?
BS: Having 2 weddings means 2 days of flowers and 2 gorgeous wedding dresses designed especially for me by Hendrik Vermeulen.
I was in DRESS HEAVEN! I’m was excited to be wearing not one, but two wedding dresses. They were designed perfectly for me, my personality and who I am. The fabric was lush and exquisite and I feel like a queen in them.
Hendrik is a true professional who understands a women’s body, how it moves, what to accentuate and how to make you feel incredible. I felt like a queen! I couldn’t stop swirling! Each gown was perfect for each ceremony. The Greek dress was very regal and elegant. The English ceremony dress was ethereal and dreamy!
The Greek: Silk Dupione wrap around neckline, re-embroidered and hand beaded Chantilly lace bodice over a silk Dupione full circle skirt.
BS: The English: Tri-dimensional effect re-embroidered and hand beaded Chantilly lace bodice over mesh, mermaid cut panelled silk chiffon skirt and removable silk chiffon petticoat. Once removed, the chiffon had two sexy slits for my legs.
RB: Tell us about picking out your suit? What did you wear and what inspired it?
Sox: Grant from Frank Bespoke dressed us in our very own custom-made suits. We sat together and conceptualized the look and feel and opted for a very classic and clean look. Grant truly is remarkable at what he does, and the attention to detail is everything.
We wore navy blue suits, ties and pocket squares with tan shoes. On Saturday, I added a navy blue waist coast and changed the colour of my tie. We also wore personalized cufflinks with our initials carved into the wood, made especially by Wooden Lace.
RB: Tell us about your bridesmaids/groomsmen’s outfits?
BS: On the Friday, they wore fresh flower belts on their navy blue dresses from Gelique in the Greek Church. On Saturday, my bridesmaids wore mint dresses from Gelique and held gorgeous green leave and white flowered wreaths! I loved that it was something different from the standard bouquets.
Sox: We wore two different outfits to the 2 wedding ceremonies. My groomsmen were stylishly suited in dark navy blue suits from Frank Bespoke Suits.
RB: What did you do for a wedding cake?
BS: We had a forest fairytale 3 tiered cake made by The Cake Duchess. The attention to detail was incredible and all the flowers and leaves were edible – sugary delights! We had carrot, red velvet and chocolate tiers.
RB: What about your flowers?
BS: We used mint coloured succulents to bring in the mint colour that acted as a place name and a party favour for guests to take home.
BS: My bouquets were absolutely exquisite – full of green leaves, touches of gold, white cluster roses and Dahlias! As for the bridesmaid’s bouquets, we chose something quite unique. On Saturday, my bridesmaids wore mint dresses from Gelique and held gorgeous green leave and white flowered wreaths! I loved that it was something different from the standard bouquets.
RB: Is there a particular moment that stands out from the day?
BS: All of our friends and family being in one magical room to celebrate with us. The energy was tangible and you could feel the love! The special moments we had in the Greek church, when we would look at each other and smile. Looking into Sox’s eyes as I said my vows on Saturday, and seeing the love in his eyes is something I will never ever forget. I’m also really glad we took advice from so many and grabbed a bottle of champagne, slipped away for 5 minutes and took a moment as a newly wed couple to look in on our party and really take it all in.
Sox: I can’t pinpoint it to one, saying “I do” obviously, getting formalities over and just partying with my wife and feeling the outpouring of love and elation from all our guests.
RB: How did you feel when you saw your wife for the first time walking down the aisle?
Sox: Having already seen her walk down the aisle at the Greek Church the day before, I thought I was going to be immune to the emotions I felt the day before. How wrong I was. She was a picture of perfection walking towards me in the most beautiful setting. I couldn’t help but mouth “Wow” – shed a tear and grin from ear to ear.
Read more about Bailey on her amazing blog, Vanilla Blonde.
DRESS: Hendrik Vermeulen Couture
SUITS: Grant vd Berg for Frank Bespoke
CAKE: The Cake Duchess
PHOTOGRAPHY: Shantelle Visser Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER: Brian Seymour from Shoot and Create
WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR: Jadee from Watermelon
BAR: Thirst Bar
SOCKS: Happy Socks
CATERING: Mustard and Picnic Company
FLORIST AND DECOR: Green Goddess