WEDDINGS

Adele & Lourens’ fun & colourful intimate wedding

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When someone in the wedding industry gets married, you know it’s going to be a spectacular day!  Photographer Adele Kloppers married Lourens in a fabulously personal and creative DIY wedding near their home in Cape Town.  Instead of a traditional church ceremony, they chose the local registry office where just a handful of their closest family and friends witnessed them make their lifelong commitment.  Afterwards, they headed to one of their favourite café’s for a relaxed reception filled with quirky personal details.  A teal and grey palette with pops of red makes for a really fun scheme, all the details including the flowers, were made and styled by the couple & their friends.  Even the bride’s and bridesmaid’s outfits were DIY {although it helps when you have a fashion designer bridesmaid and talented seamstress for a mum!}.

The fun and celebrations were captured by friend and photographer Alexandra Graham.  Prepare yourselves for lots of DIY details, and keep an eye out for some rather unusual dinosaur cake toppers!!

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Over to Adele for their story ~

We first met about 5 years ago at a rock show! 3 Years later, he took me up to a lookout point on the Gordon’s Bay Mountains in the Western Cape where you can see the whole of False bay. It was absolutely beautiful! He then got down on one knee and popped the question. I said yes!

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I tried to keep the wedding as DIY as possible. My mom made my dress from a Vintage Vogue 1957 pattern. I loved how classic it came out. The veil I made myself – an almost impossible task! I also loved my shoes with the lace detail. I found them in a small shoe shop in Cape Town. My bridesmaid made her own dress as well. Luckily she studies fashion design! Her hair was done in a classic 1950’s vintage roll. I got the groomsman a tie in teal to match our main colours.  I spent hours on Pinterest and first trying out the hair styles on myself before I made a choice. Lourens always tells me I look beautiful with my hair up, so I knew that was the way to go! In fact, most of my inspiration for our wedding came from Pinterest as well as seeing ideas from photographers that I follow.

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We got married at Home Affairs because that meant that we would be able to walk around in the city afterwards to take photos like we wanted to. We had quite a small budget, so this also meant that we could spend more on other details. The reception was in Somerset West at Coco Bella Patisserie. Coco Bella was great because of the already vintage inspired décor of the venue itself. The food there is also amazing, they made us the most divine red velvet cake!

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I designed and had all the stationery printed myself. Table flowers and décor where styled by a friend. I also made our cake toppers using dinosaurs I bought at a toy shop – Lourens wanted to be a T-Rex! The straw flags has a quote from one of our favourite movies that we thought really fit with our relationship: “The juice was worth the squeeze.”  My mom and I went to a florist the day before the wedding and got a whole bunch of mixed flowers that I liked. Because flowers don’t come in teal, I wanted to use different colours and have my bouquet look wild and colourful. I also found some red wild berries, bougainvillea’s and fern leaves in my mom’s garden that I incorporated into the flowers.

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photographer

Being a photographer myself, everyone thought that this was going to be difficult for me. I chose to go with Alexandra Graham Photography not only because she is my friend, but because I knew that I was going to get the best from her! I love her natural style and she is so good with posing her couples.

favourite moment

One of my favourite moments was when we stopped at a bar for a beer in between having our photos taken. It was good to relax for a few moments with our bridal party and our photographer.

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first dance

We had a very short reception – only wine, snacks and cake – so no dancing. If we did, it would have been Don’t Stop Believing by Journey.

advice 

There is nothing that I would do differently. I’ll get married like that again to Lourens if we could! My advice to brides is to absolutely do what makes you and your future husband happy – it is your special day after all! If you have a tight budget, rather splurge on the details that are going to make great photos because those photos are what you will be looking back on for many years!

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Suppliers
Photographer: Alexandra Graham Photography // Dress : Linda Kloppers {mother of the bride} // Venue & Catering: Coco Bella // Bridesmaids dresses: Kaydee van Eyssen {bridesmaid} // Groomswear: Tuxedo Junction

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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