our wedding: preparations {part one}

Today is the big day!  I am so excited to share our beautiful wedding pictures with you, but a little nervous too, I hope you like them!

On the morning of our wedding we woke up (not very traditional I know, but we stayed together, we had been living together for seven years!) to the most beautiful sunrise across the lake outside our room.  Seriously, we woke up to THIS!

What better way to start our day than with this beautiful big blue sky?  This view was the whole reason for choosing Morgansvlei as our venue!  We wanted somewhere that captured everything we love about South Africa.  It has it all, the vineyards, the Cape Dutch architecture and the mountains.  Oh, the mountains, how I miss you.

Morgansvlei is a small and intimate venue, accommodating 30 guests on site and with ceremonies taking place in the most gorgeous little chapel built in 1710.

After breakfast, the girls and I gathered in my room for the pampering session to commence.  I chose André’s sister and his brother’s girlfriend as my two bridesmaids, and André’s younger cousins to be my flower girl and ringbearer.  It was such a lovely relaxing morning getting ready with my lovely ladies.

Sanmarie, my makeup & hair stylist, worked her magic to creat this style.  I have (in real life) a short bob, but I wanted a completely different look for my wedding day.  I bought some clip in hair extensions in the UK before I left (incidentally a perfect match for my hair colour) and she curled, tonged and prised the length into the most amazing updo for me.  I love the way it echoes the detail on my dress and shoes.

Oh, the dress and shoes.  Dress shopping was a really stressful experience for me.  I had a clear idea of what I wanted, yet couldn’t find it anywhere.  Add the fact that I only had 4 months before my wedding when shopping (queue horrified gasps from bridal boutiques everywhere!) and I felt completely under pressure to find the dress. Eventually I found my beautiful ‘Kelly’ gown from Augusta Jones.  I didn’t have a moment when I knew it was ‘the one’ when I first tried it on, but when I took it off and saw it hanging from the ceiling full length I just couldn’t take my eyes off it.  Of course, the designer in me couldn’t just love the dress as it was, so I made a few adjustments to the design, removing a rather boho floral strap, and adding my beautiful sash.  The organza flower is from the strap that we removed, as are the flowers on my shoes (a customised ASOS steal!) and the ring cushion, all lovingly made by my mum.

My look was based on styles I liked and found on bridal accessories sites, rather than other real weddings, so I knew my look would be unique.  My makeup was a bit ‘baby-doll’ with a natural base, pink cheeks and big, black eyes.  I loved my falsies. Seriously, I would wear them every day if I could!  They did not budge once, even in the heat (it reached about 38C at midday!).

I was so excited when the flowers arrived, I was blown away by the bouquet isn’t it stunning?  My concept was modern Africa, with beautiful bright, happy oranges and yellows and our wonderful florist got it spot on!

Later in the day, Andre surprised me with my ‘something blue’, a stunning tanzanite and diamond ring!  I’d been dreaming of owning a piece of this brilliant blue rock, like, forever, but it was a complete surprise to receive something so beautiful on my wedding day!  To complete my look, I had a pair of crystal drop earrings, borrowed from my mum, an old ring of my Gran’s tucked into my bouquet, and a beautiful peacock comb as my something new.  I also wore a simple veil with tiny crystal details, and in the evening I swapped my tanzanite ring for a sparkly beaded and sequinned cuff from flo & percy (which I still find every excuse to wear!)

I loved spending some time with my mum too.  Doesn’t she look stunning in this little purple number?  We decided to give her a wrist corsage as something a bit different, it looked sooo pretty.

Although our ceremony only began at 4pm, this part of the day went by so quickly.   Before I knew it my Dad arrived and we were ready to make our way over to the chapel…

Our ceremony was the most beautiful part of the day, and I will be posting it just a little bit later today!

{all images by the lovely chistine meintjes}


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!



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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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Hello, I am absolutely loving these daily blogs of the wedding and looking at all the photos of the day again :-) it was such a stunning day, getting ready in the morning was so much fun, still can’t believe how beautiful Sanmarie made our hair look! gorgeous! X x x