I can’t believe that we’ve been married for nearly four months, but in a sense it feels like it was ages ago already and at the same time like it was only yesterday! I love looking back on our special day and although it has been a while I still wanted to share a few of the details.
Although we were getting married in the middle of spring, it was pouring rain the whole day before our wedding and throughout the night. I remember waking up, feeling so nervous that my hair and makeup would go to waste if it was raining (I have very frizzy hair!). Luckily the rain gave way on the day, leaving behind grey skies and cool air.
We really wanted to evoke a sense of elegance, a wedding where glamour, femininity and minimalism could co-exist. It was a hard-line to tread, but our venues really set the tone for our whole wedding. We chose to get married in one of the oldest churches in Paarl with both Gothic and Romanesque influences. The church was far to big for our intimate ceremony, but I love the dramatic view from the back of the church. We’d settled on our colour palette quite early on of soft grey, blush and gold punctuated with pink flowers. I had hoped for peonies, but we missed them by days. I wanted the flowers to be decorative, but not dominate the venues as both the ceremony and reception venues has so much architectural detail. Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche has beautiful picture frame moulding, golden chandeliers, double-volume French doors and of course no less than three marble fireplaces! I’d always been opposed to massive arrangements and the moment I spotted a floral and bluegum garland I was sold.
Ryno and I really tried to make the wedding feel like “us”. One of the easiest ways to do so is to decide what is important to you and which traditions you’d like to keep versus ones you might object to or feel uncomfortable with. As we’ve attended many wedding over the years, it was easy to rule out a traditional wedding cake in lieu of an impressive dessert, skip the dancing and add more snacking opportunities versus multiple courses with long waiting periods in between them. The menu was a really important aspect of our reception and having the famous Bosman’s restaurant prepare an Italian main course and French dessert (my perfect menu) was a real treat! Although my favourite part of the whole day (except having Ryno as my husband) was the coffee we enjoyed with friends long after most of the guests had already left. It felt like the end of a real dinner party at someone’s home and I really didn’t want the evening to end.
I love how every wedding we’ve attended has been different and reflected the couple. When I look back at ours, I think we approached it as we approach life and I hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
Our wedding would not have been such a big success without all our friends, family and wonderful vendors who worked tirelessly to set up and break down our venues. If you’re shopping around for some wedding vendors, I can highly recommend the following talented Capetonians.
Venue & catering: Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel | Photography: Dehan Engelbrecht | Wedding dress: Bride&Co | Flowers: Aartsappel (church was a family member) | Paperie: Lezanne’s Designs-Wedding Stationery | Hair & makeup: Chanel Olivier-Professional Hair and Make-up | Decor hire: Blooming Wonderful