With today being my 2nd wedding anniversary I figured it a good day to post about the best day of my life. I had heard so many brides say this of their wedding day and until I lived out those 24 hours I didn’t truly appreciate what that meant. It really was. And still is.
Marriage is an ongoing journey with your relationship constantly evolving and changing. Let’s be honest. Sometimes it’s tough. But memories such as these remind you where the essence of your love lies and why you committed yourselves to one another.
So as a celebration of the best day of my life (the song was popular at the time and we walked into the reception to it!) here is a visual journey of the 19th of April 2014. Scroll to the bottom to watch our amazing wedding video. It’ll make you cry. Promise.
We were married at Forest Hall in Plettenberg Bay. A 150 year manor house which is the only private property in the Tsitsikamma Forest.
As part of my gift to my bridesmaids I personalised the hangers that their dresses hung on with their name and the date.
I wore Forevermark diamond earrings with a matching rose gold pendant as my engagement ring is also a Forevermark diamond from De Beers.
I spoilt myself with a pair of nude Jimmy Choo’s. I made a conscious decision to buy a colour and heel height that I would wear again. And I’m happy to say that I’ve worn them to death!
I had a bit of “dress drama” having not picked “the one” (which I always thought was a ridiculous notion until I discovered that this really is a thing). So in a panic I called my friend, Liza Mann, and we embarked on Project Runway Wedding Dress. I kept it a secret from everyone until I was sure we had it right. She created the most amazing gown for me and I am forever grateful.
This was taken while we were waiting to walk down the aisle. Please note: I was on time! The guests weren’t ðŸ˜‰
We hired the most amazing local band, The Muscadels, to welcome our guests and keep them entertained during the canapés.
I made these confetti cones myself having bought mix and match paper at a scrap booking shop.
Wedding wands for those who wanted to make some noise!
Neil and I both wanted a casual ceremony hence we decided to get married by my bridesmaid, Selae, and say our vows under a tree. With a chandelier of course ðŸ˜‰
A fun thing I did was create button badges for everyone. The bridal party had their titles for all to see incase there was any doubt and guests had the choice of an array of slogans. From Mean Girls, Clueless and Anchor Man quotes to “B*tch Stole My Look” and “Let’s Take a Selfie” there was something for everyone.
So I’m an ugly crier. Like, Kim Kardashian ugly cry. And I knew that seeing Neil for the first time while I walked down the aisle would have been too much for my waterproof mascara. So we saw each other for the first time BEFORE the ceremony! PLOT TWIST!
We had a big reveal, got the crying out the way and then took photos in the forest next to an old elephant swamp. It was magic. I would highly recommend this to any couple for a few reasons. Firstly, you can take a moment before the chaos for just the two of you. And secondly, you can enjoy the canapés and champers and spend time with your guests instead of taking pictures. Those canapés are expensive yo, you should enjoy them too!
I put my bridesmaids in all black because, one, black is timeless and elegant. And two, everyone looks great in black! It also made my life easy as I told the girls they could do what they wanted and pick the style they liked and with the colour being black there were ample options. Retti being the individual she is went for a jumpsuit which I loved. The gowns and jumpsuit came from Gorgeous Couture and AQAQ.
The theme tune for the wedding was Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love”. Imagine it being butchered, very loudly, in the photo.
The reception area was encased in glass with the most beautiful glass ceiling. And came with built-in Siamese cat. Me and cats… it’s a thing.
My colour scheme was nudes and pinks with a hint of gold and a pop of deep purple to break the monotiny. My accent flower was an Anemone which I had to import with it’s nearly black centre.
I couldn’t have pulled all this off without the amazing Claire Woods from Fields of Colour. Coordinator extraordinaire!
I bought this old wooden door, exactly as is, in a junk yard in Cape Town. We then wrote the table seatings on the glass panes. I have since turned it into a photo frame which hangs horizontally above our bed. I’ll post about this soon ðŸ˜‰
And here is the pièce de résistance! The wedding video. Hand Stitched Films are just phenomenal and captured the essence of our day perfectly. Get your tissues out…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching this as much as I enjoyed remembering it. This post is dedicated to my late father-in-law who lost a short battle with cancer in January this year. We were so lucky to have you with us on this day Uncle Mike and we will treasure these memories forever. We miss you and love you always.
Photographer: Charlene Schreuder
Filmmakers: Hand Stitched Films
Decor and Plett Coordinator: Jacky Pepler from Events and Tents
Flowers and Coorindator: Claire Woods from Fields of Colour