real wedding: a boho farm wedding with DIY details {tarryn & isaac}

I’m so thrilled to share today’s wedding, and introduce you to the lovely Eileen Laubscher of Brightgirl Photography, based in Durban, South Africa who sent this gorgeous submission!

Tarryn and Isaac’s day is full of heartfelt DIY details, heartfelt not just for the reasons they chose them, but the love poured into them by family and friends who helped create them to make their day personal and unique.  They chose a stunning venue with natural beauty, and a rustic farm theme that suits their relaxed and easy going style, holding their ceremony outside with guests seated on hay bales and surrounded by hanging heart wreaths, home-made bunting and wildflowers.  Tarryn paired her soft, pretty wedding dress (hand made by her mum) with a simple veil and soft up-do finished with a braid, giving her a gentle boho-inspired look.  I totally love the bridesmaids dressed in mismatched white dresses, who says only the bride can wear white when they look this cute!

Over to beautiful bride Tarryn ~

We met through my brother.  Isaac was friends with my brother from school days.  We first got together at a News Years street party and our relationship grew through studying at University of KwaZulu Natal together and working part time at a pizza shop. Isaac and I have a tradition of going on long off road trips over Dec/Jan each year.  Last year we decided to go to Mozambique.  We had gone on two big trips prior to this and because we had been dating for a good number of year’s family and friends always had bets on whether or not that years trip would be the ‘proposal trip’.  Isaac decided that Mozambique was the one.  On New Years Eve exactly 8 years since we first got together he asked if I wanted to go for a walk on the beach before heading to a party.  It was a stunning evening and the tide was low enough for us to walk across to the middle of the estuary, where Isaac made his very nervous, but amazing proposal!  We spent a good time after that just staring at the stars and dancing on the sand, it was unforgettable.  Before leaving the estuary we tried to pinpoint landmarks to remember where it had happened and planned to come back the next day to plot the co-ordinates on Isaacs GPS so that we would always know the exact spot where he proposed.  So we set off the next morning only to find that the tide was not so low any more!  To cut a long story short we got to our spot and plotted the co-ordinates but by the time we had finished the water was knee high and Isaac ended up having to pull me, with bag and camera on my head, out of the raging water that was now flowing very heavily into the estuary!  A great little adventure!

We had always said that we wanted to have our wedding outside and we felt that the Natal Midlands was great because we could have an away wedding that wasn’t too far away.  We both fell in love with Cranford the minute we drove into the parking lot.  The relaxed vibe and beautiful scenery made it an easy choice.

My mom designed my dress from a picture I found.  I loved the fact that it was elegant with lots of lace, which gave it a vintage feel but at the same time the low back made it that little bit sexy.  I knew the moment I saw it.

We both wanted to keep it simple and I wanted to match the venue with its country theme.  So we stuck with very simple décor and country flowers.  Pretty much everything about our wedding was DIY, which is exactly how we wanted it. We have very talented family members who were more than happy to help out wherever they could. We made our invites on our home computer and printer.  My mom and aunt made my wedding dress and all the bridesmaids dresses, including the flower girls dress.  My cousin and aunt made the thank you gifts, small pots planted with ‘peace in the home’.  My cousin made the pots by hand and my aunt grew all the ‘peace in the home’ and transported it to Cranford from Joburg.  Isaac and his mom made the hanging hearts that were strung from the chandeliers.  We used doilies and fairy lights as draping for the dance floor.  Isaac’s mom made the bunting.  My sister Kaitlyn made our wedding cake.  We made the candle holders out of whisky glasses and lace.  My mom and aunt did the flowers and all the décor for the ceremony.  And last but not least my Aunt performed the ceremony.

What was your favourite part of the day?  That is a very difficult question but we both agree that it was when we said our vows to one another.  We wrote our own vows and just being able to stand in front of one’s closest friends and family and say how you truly feel about the one you love is really amazing.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?  We went for 3 dance lessons before the wedding where we learnt a short dance.  It was great fun.  We danced to ‘Your Song’ by Ellie Goulding.  We chose it for its beautiful simplicity and because all of ‘our songs’ were too crazy to use for our first dance :)

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?  Have fun and make sure to step back every now and again during the day to really take it all in because the day really does fly by.



Photographer: Eileen Laubscher, Brightgirl Photography // Dress:  Rita Spiro (Mother of the Bride) and Lorli Aylmer // Shoes: Foschini // Veil: Rita Spiro (Mother of the Bride) // Accessories:  Borrowed from Mom and Sister // Bridesmaids Dresses: Rita Spiro (Mother of the Bride) and Lorli Aylmer // Stationery:  Home made // Venue & Catering:  Cranford Country Lodge, Midland // Flowers: Lorli Aylmer and Rita Spiro (Mother of the Bride) // Hair & Makeup:  Robyn Bowles // Cake:  Kaitlyn Spiro // Music:  Ross Morum



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.

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