Hayley & Pierre’s just peachy wedding
Oh my loves you are going to love today’s real wedding soooo much! A perfectly pretty peach palette and mismatched ‘maids in stunning dresses, a Princess-worthy Pronovias lace gown, romantic bouquets of roses, gerberas and gypsophelia, and the cutest flower girl delivering a hand-written note to the groom waiting patiently for his bride. And if that’s not enough there’s hanging floral arrangements over the reception tables and a ton of steal-able DIY details made by the bride and her mum from the wooden ladder table plan to a unique pallet guest book. The loveliness was captured by Fiona Clair.
Get ready… set… PIN!!
My dress was made from Pronovias. I ordered it through a local bridal shop in Durban who imported it from Spain. I am obsessed with lace and I just loved the simplicity with no other added beading. The lace work was beautiful, cascading down the one side of the skirt. I LOVED the big skirt, I felt like a princess and have yet to see another dress I like more! I did, however, add a simple “Dior” bow detail around the bust line. It gave it my own signature and just finished it off beautifully. I found shoes that were the perfect colour and the lace matched almost exactly. I also bought the matching clutch bag which completed it all. I had the most amazing hair and make up artist who I told to just do what she thought would suit best – and she did the most incredible job. I wanted my hair soft and wispy with an up-style and curls – Laura nailed it – I couldn’t fault her – she knew what my face needed and complimented it just perfectly.
The bridesmaid dresses were my FAVOURITE part of the whole thing! If found a picture off the internet and my mom and I spent AGES trawling through material shops to find exactly the right fabrics. I absolutely LOVE bridesmaids in a carrying colour palette, and these colours just blended in so beautifully. Each colour perfectly suited the girl’s skin tones too, which was a big win. The style was flattering for all figures, and super comfy! I absolutely LOVED them and thought my girls looked STUNNING! For the boys, Pierre wanted to be traditional in dark charcoal and white shirts with a black skinny tie – we both agreed that this look is timeless and will never date.
My whole theme was “romantic vintage country” – I wanted loads of flowers, and lots of lace! I spent most of my time on Pinterest, and did a lot of DIY stuff from there. I also spent a lot of time looking at The Pretty Blog and Snippet & Ink – great for mood boards and real wedding inspiration. I did page through few magazines, but didn’t use too much from them. I wanted soft vintage hues, so obviously there were a lot of roses, soft pale peach gerberas, gypsophila, and I can’t remember the names of the rest! I loved them though!
My mom spent hours sewing 150 real lace cupcake holders for each cupcake – It was one of my favourite details. The pre-reception tea also had gorgeous cable drum tables that I’d persuaded Pierre to get from work – My Dad and I whitewashed them and the big one I used as my cake table out on the field. The others I used with some Wimbledon Chairs for people to sit around and have drinks/ tea / cake. I also found an old wooden palette which I whitewashed and used as a “Words of Wisdom board” – everyone wrote a piece of advice on life/love relationship – I plan to mount that on my wall as a piece of art. I also made all of the name tags, the table lists (which my wedding coordinator hung off old ladders) as well as the menus, order of ceremony and the jam and honey jars gift favours.
My favourite moment was walking down the aisle, seeing such happy faces as I walked towards Pierre – It was such a celebration. For Pierre, he said his most memorable moment was as my flower girl Jessica walked down, when she handed him a note from me that said “I can’t wait to kiss you!” Also, we both took a moment at the reception to sit down quietly together and eat our delish ice cream from the ice cream booth – it was great to chill out and take it all in.
My photographer was the best decision next to getting married :) I met Fee at the Natal Wholesalers Bridal Fair in Durban, and I recognised a couple that were featured in her portfolio. I started chatting to her and just really loved her personality and warm friendly nature. One of my bridesmaids was with me and we were both totally convinced she was the one – her photos were fresh, funky and exactly the type of thing I wanted. Pierre and I also booked an engagement shoot with her prior to the wedding – it was liking spending the day with an old friend. We consider a Fee a great friend even now that the wedding is over!
What was your first dance song?
Labrinth ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’
Is there anything you’d do differently now, or do you have any advice for other couples?
We wouldn’t change a thing – we could not have asked for more perfect weather and people to celebrate in our special day. I truly was a dream wedding that every girl dreams about. I feel very blessed.