I love weddings. They’re such incredibly happy days when friends and family come together to celebrate two people and their love for one another. But when a wedding involves two people that you’ve known forever and two people who really are perfect for one another it makes that day just a little more magical! My husband and I have been honoured to know Carina and Allen for many years now and it was even more of an honour to witness them marry one another during one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever attended. They are both as beautiful on the inside as they are on the out. Here is their spectacular and magically modern day.
- Date: 9 January 2016
- Location: Lanseria, Johannesburg
- Venue: White Light
- Number of guests: 120
Roxy: Why did you decide on the venue you chose?
Carina: Allen and I were looking for a venue that was unique and also not typically ‘wedding’…if you know what I mean? We originally looked at venues in JHB CBD as we both loved the idea of a city wedding with a very modern minimalistic feel. Unfortunately we came to realize that this idea would be impractical in the end as my Gran is 93 years old and in a wheelchair so trying to get her around a multi-story building was too challenging and too much of a strain on her.
You then recommended we go see White Light as it was a relatively new venue and you showed me pictures of a colleague of yours’ wedding there and it looked stunning. We loved the venue from the second we walked in as it was a blank canvas yet perfectly decorated and in a beautiful environment.
The ceremony was held in an open air chapel between two rows of pine trees where our guests were seated on elegant garden benches and the reception hall offered ample natural light which comes through the glass stacking doors on either side of the venue.
Roxy: What look and feel were you going for with your décor and overall mood of the wedding?
Carina: I wanted a modern, unique look and feel to the wedding, but was also wary as I wanted everything to be timeless as well. The venue was completely white so we had many options. I loved the idea of white ceramic bunnies on the tables along with a grey striped runner, many different pastel coloured flowers, green succulents and then of course, touches of brass/copper and glass. Thank goodness for the creative genius, Claire Woods (Fields of Colour). I sent her a few pictures with ideas and she created the perfect and most beautiful setting. In fact, the day would have been a complete flop without her!
Roxy: What flowers did you use?
Carina: We used various pastel coloured flowers, I wasn’t too bothered about which particular flowers I just wanted the right colours on the tables. My bouquet was also a variety of soft pastel colours along with some beautiful green succulents and finished off with matching grey stripped ribbons. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were plain white roses, as this was one of my Dad’s favourite flowers.
Roxy: Are there any other special décor elements you used/created?
Carina: We had copper lanterns down the aisle in the chapel and then a special candle and white roses in memory of my Dad. We also hired a stunning white stretch tent for the guests to enjoy the canapes under, and thank goodness we did! It poured with rain for about two hours right after the ceremony and our guests would have been drenched without it.
Roxy: Tell us about picking out your dress? What did you wear and what inspired it?
Carina: I had my dress custom made by Zita Contente at Zita Contente Couture. I did originally try on a few dresses to buy but was far from blown away by the quality and fit. Zita is incredibly talented and managed to create my dream dress even though I wasn’t too sure what I really wanted to start with!
Roxy: How did you get ideas for your wedding? Did you have a coordinator or was Pinterest your best friend?
Carina: Pinterest did help a lot! Spent many hours looking for different and unique ideas that I liked. Also, luckily I had Claire and her incredible creative mind to help me and share her creative genius!
Roxy: Tell us about your bridesmaids/groomsmen’s outfits?
Carina: Bridesmaid’s dresses I ordered online from Miss Selfridge in London. I loved the idea of the sequin metallic/rose gold miss-matched cocktail dresses and luckily Miss Selfridge had an incredible range to choose from at the time. I let the girls decide which styles they wanted and I thought that style was also something they could use again. All five of my bridesmaids are so beautiful it didn’t take much to make them look incredible!
Carina: The groomsmen’s suites were also bought in London from Ben Sherman. Allen chose blue suites for the boys with matching tan belt and shoes, and a crisp white shirt.
Roxy: How did you pick your photographer and/or videographer? Was there a particular style you were looking for?
Carina: I had seen loads of Ryan Graham’s work before and I always loved how he captured ‘natural moments’ as well as the required posed pictures. I think black and white pictures are so elegant and he is the master of this!
Roxy: Tell us about the menu.
Carina: We changed our original menu choice after or first tasting as we wanted the meal to be plated and elegant but also substantial and obviously delicious! We finally went with a classic fried local feta with tomato confit for starters & a filet of beef with roasted marrow bone for mains which was a total hit! Instead of a plated dessert we had a sweetie buffet with a variety of delicious mini-cakes and tarts. We then also served a ‘mid-night snack’ which comprised of freshly wood-oven baked pizza accompanied by a couple shots of tequila!
Roxy: What did you do for a wedding cake?
Carina: We had a cheese cake with various different local cheeses layered on top of each other. It was served with fresh fruit, home-made confit and preserves, crackers and melba toast.
Roxy: Is there a particular moment that stands out from the day?
Carina: When our pastor was 45 mins late! Although, in hind sight, I’m grateful that he was. I got to spend half an hour relaxing and laughing with my five bridesmaids and my Mom…it was really very special, we got some amazing pictures and had a good laugh. It really helped with my nerves and emotional state before walking down the aisle.
Roxy: How did you feel when you saw your husband for the first time walking down the aisle?
Carina: I was so anxious to see him and didn’t want to have an ugly cry face that by the time I actually got to walk down the aisle and I saw him I felt so relieved! I couldn’t wait to hug him and hold onto him!
- Wedding planner/coordinator: Claire Woods – Fields of Colour
- Venue: White Light, Lanseria
- Catering/food: White Light
- Décor: Claire Woods – Fields of Colour
- Flowers: Claire Woods – Fields of Colour
- Dress: Zita Contente – Zita Contente Couture
- Hair and makeup: Morag Steyn
- Cake: White Light
- Photographer: Ryan Graham
- Videographer: Capture Light – Wedding Films