WEDDINGS

our wedding: lovely little details {part four}

I’m a little sad that I’ve got to the last post I’m sharing of our wedding, but as they say, I have definitely saved the best ‘till last. Don’t miss the rest of our story here.

You can also see more of our wedding today over on South African wedding blog CapClassique! Thank you to the lovely Gaby for featuring our day, and also introducing me to the wonderful world of wedding blogging! If you’re considering a wedding in South Africa, CapClassique is a must-read blog. If you’re getting married here in the UK, or elsewhere you should go and take a look at weddings South African style, they will really inspire you!

I am a big fan of the little things, the small, often unnoticed details that transform your day from run-of-the-mill, to a truly personal celebration with WOW factor. Making all the stationery and choosing all the details were the most fun, creative and personal part of our wedding planning. They are what kept me up at night obsessing, and what I love most about other weddings I feature on Bijoux Bride. I know just how much love and effort goes into these little touches, and I know just how amazing it feels when someone notices the significance of them.

During the cocktail hour, we set up a guest book table with candles and photo’s from our engagement shoot as well as two little albums that our parents put together of Andre and I as children. I made little postcards for our guests to leave their wishes on from A6 address cards, I printed the words ‘love’ and ‘liefde’ (love in Afrikaans) and used samples of wallpaper to decorate the backs (a reminder of my day job, and the inspiration for our stationary design). Throughout the venue I placed frames with menus and notes about our day, and created signage in English and Afrikaans to bring together our theme of two cultures coming together.

We held our evening reception on the thatch-covered patio overlooking the lake. I was adamant (much to some people’s dismay) that I wanted a long reception table, with all our guests seated together for our reception dinner. André and I sat centre, facing the lake and mountains, with our loved ones around us. As I mentioned when describing my bouquet, we wanted a clean, modern but very African approach to our florals, so our florist came up with the most amazing variety of different displays for our table, combining some of my favourite local flowers, proteas, strelizia and fynbos. In between, sat different height candles, and it was all set off with a backdrop of white voiles and fairy lights which created a wonderful warm and intimate atmosphere on the patio.

At each place setting, we placed a printed menu (which I also designed). We had a different starter for the male & female guests, which was a really fun way to get people talking, and sharing each other’s meals! The menu was wrapped in a white linen napkin, and then wrapped again in a shimmering silver band (wallpaper samples again!) finished with the guests name and a diamante.

The only problem with the banquet-style table was designing the table plan! We needed it to be flexible as not all guests had confirmed when we left for South Africa, so I came up with the idea of individually detailed name cards which we then stuck onto a ribbon, and hung in a white frame. I spent hours sticking ribbon and buttons onto these cards, but I think they turned out really pretty!

Our cake was a three-tiered white chocolate spectacular by the amazing ‘cake lady’ Kanya Hunt. It was decorated with beautiful white chocolate roses, and the display was completed by our vintage Bride & Groom forks, purchased from Etsy.

We surprised our guests after the speeches with our first dance, which we performed around the table! It was quite funny as we had a little less space than anticipated, so spend the routine avoiding wine coolers and chair legs! It was so much fun, and the looks on our guest’s faces were priceless as they realised what we were doing! The song was a special candlelight remix of Bruno Mars ‘Just the Way You Are’ performed by AHMIR. Unfortunately I can’t link to the actual song as it was recorded just for us, but you can hear the original version here and the AHMIR version here.

I have to finish with my absolute favourite image of the day. This one is going to be appearing on the walls of my home for many, many years! At the end of our dance we just swayed along to the final notes, sharing this beautiful, intimate moment.

A huge thank you to Chistine Meintjes for being a part of our day, making sure we knew what to do, and for leaving us with the most amazing images that capture the detail, atmosphere, love and emotion of our day perfectly. I’ve just finalised my wedding album, and I can’t wait to hold the memories in my hands.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our wedding journey!  Would you like to see more real wedding stories?  Are you a bride-to be or newly-wed who would like to share their story? Please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

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dress: kelly by augusta jones from the ivory boutique, farnham

veil: from the ivory boutique, farnham

shoes: ASOS, customised by the mother of the bride

hair & makeup: sanmarie, somerset west, south africa

groom’s suit: hugo boss

groom & groomsmen’s ties: tie room

stationery: letterpress printed by blush publishing

venue: morgansvlei country estate, tulbagh, south africa

catering: cognito, stellenbosch, south africa

cake: kanya hunt, melkbosstrand, south africa

flowers & decor: leipzig floral design, stellenbosch, south africa

music: amaAmbush (marimba’s) & alwyn of baha entertainment (dj)

{all images by the lovely chistine meintjes}

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Footnote: In 2015, I separated from my husband, Andre.  Now living alone in London, I’m enjoying life as a thirty-something single, running B.LOVED and travelling around the globe with friends.  I will always look back on my wedding day with fondness, without it I would never become a part of the amazing community of entrepreneurs I now get to call friends! Oh, and I’m still as in love with the love, romance and pretty of weddings as ever!

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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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