WEDDINGS

Karin & Rudi’s relaxed farm wedding

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Morning lovelies! Are you all knee deep in wed-min?

Today, I’ve got another stunning wedding to share from Monica Dart Photography.  As always, her creative eye and fine art style mean I had trouble limiting the number of images to share from Karin & Rudy’s wedding!  This is without a doubt the most beautiful couple shoot I have ever featured!

If you’re a regular b.loved reader, you’ll know I often talk about your day being a true reflection of you, and Karin & Rudi’s day really was a reflection of their love.  They have long been sweethearts, which shows in their patience and attention to detail with all the personal touches.  Their love of the outdoors is evident in their farm venue, they are relaxed, happy and free-spirited.  They also both clearly love South Africa, which shows in their protea-lined aisle, choice of table names, and beautiful décor reflecting their love of their home country.

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Here’s gorgeous bride Karin with the details of their day ~

Rudi and I met when we were both in high school – but living 1500kms away on different sides of South Africa.  I wanted to become a pilot, and my cousin put me in touch with his friend Rudi who just earned his learners licence.  We chatted about planes, but soon the pilot talk made way for talk of everything else except pilot talk! Eventually I went to Gauteng to visit my cousins, and also to meet Rudi in real life for the first time (he lives across the road from my cousin). There were butterflies in stomachs, pins and needles on palms of feet, and twinkles in our eyes. I returned to Cape Town a few days later, my heart feeling heavy. It was another 5 years before Rudi finally asked me to be his girlfriend! We saw each other every two months while we both studied at different universities, and when I finished I decided to make the move to Gauteng (very difficult for a Capetonian). I took a leap of faith and arrived with two suitcases with my most important belongings at O.R Tambo airport.  Our relationship grew and developed, and on the 19th of November 2011 he asked me to marry him. Neither of us became pilots, but we were in the clouds and are still flying high!

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Rudi and I are keen explorers. We love camping, hiking, and being outdoors. He suggested that we hike the Fanie Bothe hiking trail in Mpumalanga, and I was so keen I set a date (I later learned that he didn’t set a date because he knew I would, so then I wouldn’t suspect anything). We arrived in Graskop, where the first overnight hut is, and I went to bed early. I woke up some time during the night to see Rudi in the darkness, rummaging through our backpack. I asked him what he is looking for, and he sheepishly spun around and said, “My wallet.” I was so tired I dozed off again immediately but I remember thinking to myself, “what on earth do you need your wallet for, in the middle of the night, in a place where the nearest shop is 15km away, and we don’t even have a car?!”  We started hiking at 4am and it was absolutely beautiful outside! It was misty and sacred, that atmosphere where you don’t want to talk because your breath might melt the mist. After an hour or two Rudi asked if we could stop, because there is something in his shoe. He had his shoe and sock off, in a type of kneeling position, and next thing he pulled a ring out of his sock and asked me to marry him! I was flabbergasted! And of course the answer was yes! That day was very special, because as we had no signal, nobody knew that we were engaged until the day after. So that day was the day just we knew, and we could celebrate before the rest of the world knew.

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One of the biggest honours on the day was to wear the wedding dress my mom made for me. She asked me what I wanted: style, colour, material and detail. We went back and forth and sideways with ideas and designs, and finally settled on an idea that fit my personality, and that will suit my figure. The back was the real magic: my back was covered (from my neck up to my middle) with invisible tulle, and on the tulle was the finest lace making it look like the lace was on my back – beautiful!  Not only did she make my dress, but also the two bridesmaids dresses, her own dress, a waistcoat for my father and a bowtie for my father (made at 03:00 in the morning on the wedding day!). I made myself a beaded crown for the wedding day with pearls and crystals, which looked beautiful with the dress. My two bridesmaids wore different dresses made by my mother, so they could pick something that they wanted to wear, they also chose their own accessories and shoes. The boys wore dark brown trousers & light coloured shirts, and their buttonholes brought colour to their outfits, as it was an arrangement of colourful wild flowers.

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My favourite part of the day was when we walked out of the chapel. Everyone’s love surrounded us and everywhere I turned where were hugs and kisses, smiles, and best wishes. Rudi’s favourite part of the day was the festivities after we did our speeches. He made a toast to his parents and to me, and I made a toast to my parents and to him. We greeted everyone before the speeches, so the atmosphere was relaxed and refreshing. I am a saxophone player, so naturally there was a saxophone quartet playing during the ceremony and also after.

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My head was spinning with many ideas for our wedding, and I looked at many pictures and ideas (many from b.loved!). We decided to have a morning wedding, as we are both morning people, and we liked the idea of a new beginning at the beginning of a new day. I told (note: told, not asked) Rudi that we will have our wedding in Cape Town, because it is my hometown and I will not get married anywhere else. He agreed 100% and things got under way. I searched for venues but found that most of them offered you a pre-cast package with flowers and caterers and décor, and I wanted a place that gave me freedom to do everything myself. I found just that place: the beautiful farm called Welbeloond in Durbanville, my hometown. It is a working farm, and it was perfect!  We decided to keep everything natural, to tie in with the natural feel of the farm. We didn’t have table numbers (I think it is so boring) but instead each table was named after a bird species found in the Cape Town area, I drew silhouettes of the birds on hardboard and the birds were hung in the trees in front of the reception hall.  We bought throws in many colours for the guests to take and sit outside on the grass, and it proved to be a hit especially with the children!

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What was your first dance and how did you choose the song?

As it was a morning wedding, we decided not to have a dance floor. The venue has a stunning green lawn on either side of the reception hall, so guests were lounging around on the grass, eating their cake outside, sitting under the umbrellas, and enjoying the fresh air outside. We didn’t want to spoil the natural relaxing atmosphere with a dance floor – everyone danced with nature instead.

What advice would you give couples planning their wedding?

Our fabulous photographer, Monica Dart (HIGHLY recommended), said after our wedding: “Your wedding mirrors you.” All our guests complemented us on the originality of our wedding and all the unique little details, saying it’s typically “you.” We were relaxed and happy, so our guests were relaxed and happy. Plan and execute your wedding the way you want to – don’t try to impress anyone or make anyone other than you happy. If you plan your wedding like you want to, you will enjoy it, and that enjoyment will be mirrored by your guests.

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If you like what you see, why not get in touch with Monica, who will be in the UK in June & July this year. She’s also got a very special offer for b.loved readers, who will recieve a free couple shoot {worth £300} when booking their wedding!

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Photographer: Monica Dart // Dress:  Brides Mum // Shoes:  Earth Addict // Veil & accessories: Made by the bride // Stationery: DIY // Venue:  Welbeloond Boutique Wine Farm // Flowers:  Mon Petit Fleur  // Hair & Makeup: Nicola Loots  // Catering: Oestervanger Guest House // Cake: Elsa Crohn at Oestervanger Guest House // Music: Saxit
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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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