our wedding: the ceremony {part two}

Welcome back ladies, I hope you enjoyed part one of our day!

The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, we wanted to keep it simple and reflective of us.

My Dad arrived just before we left for the chapel.  This is such a memorable moment in any girls wedding day, he didn’t need to say anything, the look on his face said it all!  I love this picture of me and my dad.  He was such a star, looking out for me, and making sure everything was just perfect.


When we first saw pictures of this lovely little chapel, we fell in love with our venue all over again, but inside was a different story.  Not keen on the venues decor choices, we hired in our own chairs and aisle runner to create a really white, bright space.  Top tip – if you don’t like something about your venue don’t be afraid to change it! When I first walked in with my dad I was amazed at the transformation!

We considered every little detail of the day.  Tulbagh is notoriously dry and hot, so we provided refreshments outside the chapel for our guests, and paper fans on the seats to help keep them cool.  To coordinate with our invitations, I designed a simple program with our logo, containing a heartfelt message to our guests and parents.

I walked down the aisle to the piano solo of Pachabel’s Canon in D.  It was a beautiful moment!  My dad had to hold me up as I was shaking so much, but as soon as I made eye contact with my husband-to-be I knew everything would be ok.

We chose a non-religious marriage officer and ceremony, which was perfect for us.  It was full of laughs, love and poignant moments.  André’s two Gran’s did readings that reflected our feelings about love, and we recited our vows Andre’s in Afrikaans and mine in English, a poem declaring our love for one another.

André chose his two brothers as his best men.  All three of them looked completely handsome in their grey suits and yellow ties.  His older brother decided to break the tension during the vows by dropping one of the rings… fortunately for him I laughed!

One of my favourite moments of the day was being announced as Mr & Mrs Beukes, our guests throwing confetti and love at us, outside the chapel.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the final two parts of our sunshine filled day, including all the gorgeous little details!

{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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