real wedding: pretty DIY vintage farm wedding {christine & james}

Oh so many lovely details in today’s wedding! Christine and James’s country farm wedding is pretty, rustic and vintage-inspired, South African style with an English country twist! The bride and her family crafted lots of the details, including chalkboard table numbers and a super creative table plan displayed on an old ladder, handpicked flowers and a soft and romantic pink and grey colour scheme.  I totally adore Christine’s vintage-feel tiered lace wedding dress and her pink and grey bridesmaids, I also love Jame’s relaxed lounge suit, waistcoat and cute boutonnière!

Their gorgeous day was captured by South African photographer Szerdi of Knot Just Pics

Here’s Christine with their story ~

The day we met James was working for an events company at a golf day and I was one of the promotional girls helping out. We met at the company’s offices and then worked together for the day on the golf course.  James surprised me with a weekend away at a private game reserve in KwaZulu natal. One evening we were taken on a private game drive and stopped for sundowners on a hill overlooking the most stunning view. He called me over to sit with him on a log, overlooking the reserve and next thing he jumped up off the log and looking very pale and nervous proceeded to get down on one knee and popped the question.  It was a complete surprise! After tears and much giggling I replied “of course” and turned around to see the driver had laid out a table with champagne, strawberries and cream! 

We wanted to get married close to my home in the KwaZulu Natal midlands. We were originally going to be married on my parents farm but we thought a venue would be easier and more practical. We both LOVED this venue, it was big enough to fit up to 260 guests and from the chapel you could see some of my parent’s farm which made it more special. We loved that it was on a farm with Nguni cows (an indigenous breed to South Africa with a beautiful hide) and beautiful fields and dams all around.  It was honestly, without a doubt, the most amazing day either of us have ever had!

I loved the vintage, pretty feel of this dress and wanted something that went in at the waist. It was actually a toss up between two dresses but I felt this one suited the whole feel of the day better; the other one was almost too sophisticated!

Our theme was vintage-inspired rustic, pastel colours in blues, pinks, beige, white, greens and mauves. We wanted to use wood, tins and coffee pots. An old English countryside garden feel.  We had a friend cut the planks of wood that were placed along the middle of each table. We made our own table numbers out of wood and chalkboard paint. All of our friends in the farming community and family lent us their silver coffee pots and table cloths, they also all picked flowers from their gardens and we all arranged the flowers together. The day before the wedding my mum bridesmaids and I went through my mums garden and cut all of her hydrangeas and other little flowers, it was such fun!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

We knew the ceremony would be very emotional and so we wanted something light hearted and fun. We both love Kings of Leon and their song “Mary” fitted perfectly. It wasn’t too slow, had a great ‘old school’ feel to it and was fun to dance to. It set a good mood for opening up the dance flood and made people happy.

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Don’t feel you have to do everything yourselves and don’t try and control everything. People cant see into your head so don’t expect things to turn out exactly how you want them, be a bit flexible and it will take off LOADS of pressure. I was good at delegating and gave everyone an idea of what I wanted and left them to it. Everyone had a job to do and it took pressure off my mum and I.

My aunts were decorating the cake and doing my bouquets. They knew what colours and feel I had in mind but I left it up to them to be creative. I didn’t have an exact picture in my head but knew they understood the feel and theme of the day and what they produced was so lovely and so special. It was like that with everything and I was never disappointed. Everyone added in their own touches but kept within the theme. It was stress fee and easy.

After all, its not actually the décor, food or flowers that are important. You are getting MARRIED and the commitment and covenant you make with your partner and how you carry them out in your relationship from that day onwards is what counts. Think beyond your wedding day, think about your partner, your relationship is the most important thing.



Photographer: Knot Just Pics // Dress: Bridal Mall // Shoes: YDE // Veil & accessories: Bridal Mall // Bridesmaids dresses: Hilton Weiner //  Stationery: Paperless Post // Venue: Netherwood // Flowers: Perfect Petals // Decor Hire: Kerry Dinkleman // Hair: Knotts Salon (+27 033 266 6545) // Makeup: Beauty Fusion (+27 071 090 807) // Catering: Country Kitchen  // Cake: Sharon McKenzie (a friend) and my aunts // Music: Friends from my church Lee and Kelly and DJ Benny from The Wedding DJ


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