real wedding: tara & nick’s pretty pastel farm wedding
Good morning my loves! Are you all ready for the most beautiful wedding and lots of inspiration? Tara & Nick’s pretty pastel wedding, set in the Cape Winelands, is so beautiful and full of romance! They planned an elegant day of fun and family, using a soft palette of pink, purple, yellow, blue and green. Tara wore beautiful bespoke dress, contemporary in style with a touch of vintage lace, and dressed her bridesmaids in trendy grey dresses and nude accessories (love this laid-back look!), the groom and groomsmen coordinated in modern grey suits and ties. They kept their reception décor simple and fresh, with spring flowers and a touch of local fynbos (a South African foliage), displayed in a mismatched collection of pots and vases set along the long tables and finished with plenty of DIY details. They also included the sweetest looking dessert table as an evening treat for their guests! The pretty pictures today are all from the gorgeous Cheryl McEwan.
Nick and I met through Nick’s sister, Margaux, in 2006. We were studying and living together at the time in Stellenbosch and one evening Margaux invited me to join her brother’s birthday drinks. Although I initially hesitated (I had never met her brother before and didn’t particularly feel like gate-crashing!) I was eventually persuaded to go. Nick and I got chatting about 5 minutes after I arrived and ended up spending quite a bit of time together. As I was leaving that night, Nick took my hand and told me that I was going to be his next girlfriend, which I just laughed off at the time but it turned out he was right…a week later we went out on our first date and have been together ever since. On the second evening of a holiday in Mauritius, Nick told me to be ready at 7pm because he had something planned for the night. He lead me down to a jetty that went out into the water where a table was set up for the two of us – it was the most romantic setting. He handed me a card with a beautiful message to me before getting down on one knee and popping the question. It was such an unforgettable night.
I bought my dress 8 months before our wedding, although when I bought it, it looked nothing like it did on our wedding day. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted for my dress and I was lucky enough to have the most amazing designer who totally transformed by dress into exactly what I had in mind. I absolutely loved my dress; I would describe it as a vintage, romantic style. For the bridal party we kept things simple by sticking to black, grey and blue-grey colours. The groom Nick had a different colour suit to stand out from the rest of the boys.
We got married at Bon Cap Organic Wine Farm just outside Robertson. When we went to go and have a look at the venue, we instantly fell in love. I wouldn’t say that we had a specific theme for our wedding, but rather elements that we wanted to incorporate as part of our special day. We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun so we tried to include those elements. I found plenty of inspiration from wedding magazines, but I also found wedding blogs extremely useful. One of my favourite blogs was The Pretty Blog (ours too!) . I gradually gathered together all those things I loved and put a mood board together to create my vision. In terms of colours, I wanted the colours to be light and cheerful while at the same time being romantic so I selected a combination of colours: pink, purple, yellow, blue and green. We also added a touch of vintage to the table décor.
There were some DIY projects I took on for our wedding, although in hindsight this took up a bit too much of my time leading up to our wedding. All our ceremony programs, table numbers and seating charts were folded into the shape of a heart, although it looked beautiful it really was a lot more work than I thought it would be. I also personally made each guest a yarn bracelet made up of 4 different yarn colours (in the colours of our wedding) that were handed to each of the guests after our ceremony; during the ceremony our rings were passed around to each guest who warmed the rings with their love and support of our marriage – the yarn bracelets were given to guests as a reminder of their support for our relationship. My mom and sister also took on the big task of making the bridesmaid dress when we couldn’t find dresses that I liked.
It was incredible special to have all of our closest friends and family in one room to celebrate our love. We had so many guests that travelled far and wide to be with us that day which meant so much to us. Some highlights were walking down the aisle (an incredible emotional moment for both of us) towards my husband-to-be and saying our vows to each other.
What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?
The song we chose for our first dance was “I’ll Love You ‘Till the End” by The Pogues. The title of the song really says it all…
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?
After all the months of planning, when it comes to your special day, try not to stress about small things on the day, if you realise you forgot something or if you realise something isn’t exactly as you wanted it to be, it doesn’t really make a difference because no one else knows how it should have been. Honestly your wedding day goes by so quickly, take the time to take a step back, take a deep breath and soak in everything happening around you. And invest in a good photographer and videographer, you won’t regret it – once the celebration is over, that is all you have to hold onto.
A late addition, but nevertheless a special treat! Here’s Tara & Nick’s wedding video from the incredible Desert Rose Productions