WEDDINGS

real wedding: south african farm wedding {michelle & rory}

Good morning lovers! A very happy Wednesday to you all.  I have a little confession to make this morning, when editing the images for this post, I just couldn’t narrow them down, so there’s rather a lot of wedding pretty for you to oogle today!

And very pretty it is too!  In South Africa a farm wedding is pretty much the norm, a bit like a marquee or barn wedding here in the UK.  Except in South Africa a lot of weddings take place on family farms, with homemade details, local flowers and everyone in the community mucking in to help!  The end result is pretty cool, unique, quirky and full of personal touches!

Oh how much do I love those red shoes!!

Michelle and Rory’s wedding took place on Michelle’s family farm, a place full of memories and providing the perfect venue to gather all their friends and family from all around the country.  Although they didn’t choose a theme, their overall look is very rustic, with signs and props from around the farm incorporated into their day to create an authentic feel.  Oh, and of course a tractor too!  Michelle picked a short wedding dress, perfect to show off those stunning red heels, and Rory got in on the colour pop action with a fun red tie and clashing socks!  Their day was captured by talented photographer Estefania Romero, a natural light photographer with a fresh, and light style. Estefania was brought up in Mexico, before moving to East London in South Africa with her husband.  She now shoots weddings all over South Africa, and in Mexico.

I moved to Cape Town from a small town in South Africa, and having left finding somewhere to live to the last minute I ended up living with a friend’s boyfriend and his brother. Rory was our unofficial  4th house mate. Two weeks later he was also my boyfriend. We did break up briefly but when we got back together we knew it was forever and ever after!

On a sunny day in October Rory tricked me into thinking I was going to the rugby and then out for dinner with my sister. I had no idea he had actually organised a picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens, with champagne, strawberries and a diamond ring, followed by dinner and a night away in Franschoek.  He and Shelley (a special friend and owner of The Shelley and Harry Jewellery Collection) had been sneaking around for months, diamond shopping and making my lovely ring!

Our reception was on my parent’s farm, near Cathcart. It’s where I grew up and 3 generations of my family have lived. It was special to be somewhere that meant so much to my grandparents since they aren’t alive anymore. It was also lovely to have everyone from the big city see our farm in the country.  More than anything we wanted people to have fun at our wedding. For us it wasn’t about having the best of everything, it was about having the best of times!  It was so awesome having so many people we love to celebrate with!  Wedding magazines made me feel very overwhelmed so I only looked at a few. I developed a serious wedding blog addiction (that still continues today). I loved looking at other people’s weddings and they gave me a much better idea of what I did and didn’t want for our day. I mostly looked at South African blogs The Pretty Blog (one of my faves too!) and Before the Big Day.

We didn’t choose a theme as such, but there are lots of words that floated around – shabby chic, romantic, rustic, vintage, but basically we chose what we thought was beautiful and suited us.  We tried to make everything as personal as possible. So many people were involved from my Dad’s right hand man who drove us up the driveway on a tractor, Rory’s uncle who did the wedding ceremony, my mom who ran the show, our sisters who regularly bossed me around (usually I do the bossing), my cousin who did the vinyl signs and all the ladies who did the flowers, not to mention all the time Rory’s mom spent making our stunning cake – I could go on forever! All the staff on my parent’s farm deserve a special mention for all their hard work and not complaining at all my crazy ideas. Don’t be afraid to get as many people as possible involved.

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

“Thing Called Love”  by Johnny Cash. We have never had a special song so had endless options but wanted to go with something sweet that was going to be fun and not too slow. A friend sang “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele in the ceremony and there was not a dry eye in the church.

What advice would you give brides & grooms currently planning their wedding?

Breathe, relax and just love being with your friends, family and new husband!!! It’s one of the few times you can have everyone you love all together, so bust out your best moves!

Check out more of Estefania Romeros’s stunning work at www.estefaniaromero.com

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Suppliers

Dress ~ Kim Johnston, Edinburgh

Shoes ~ KG by Kurt Geiger

Bridal Accessories ~ The Shelley & Harry Jewellery Collection

bridesmaids dresses ~ DIY

Stationery ~ DIY

Ceremony Venue ~ Church of Saint Alban, Cathcart

Reception Venue ~ Ellington Farm, Cathcart

Marquee ~ Naartjie Moss

Flowers ~ Joubert Roses (Stellenbosch)

Signs ~ Spatial Poetry

Hair ~ Lyn Purdon, Cathcart  (0720504211)

Makeup ~ Jennifer Fletcher, Cathcart  (0794428331)

Catering ~ Country Caterers, Queenstown (0833017393)

Music ~ Rick Earth

Bagpipes ~ Bagpipers for Hire

 

 

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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