In January I said YES!!!
After many years of working in the wedding industry of hair and makeup.. I have stolen many an idea with my eyes. I have walked through decorated venues and wondered how they have managed to build a forest on the ceiling. I have made googly eyes at breathtakingly beautiful dresses. I have admired the beautiful stationary and thought behind it. I anticipate my clients photographs, wanting to see their love story. My favourite questions to ask the bride is, “Where did you and your Fiancé meet?” and “How did he propose?” I love hearing these stories and they are always different!
On January 24th, my now Fiancé rather casually suggested we do lazy sundowners at the Hyde Park Hotel. Our best spot for Frozen Margarita’s, Jozi sunsets, yummy food and good conversation. It was a Sunday, initially I thought great! However by the afternoon I was lazy on the couch and rather casually suggested.. we stay home. “No don’t be a lazy bum, lets go! So off I wandered to the bathroom, best I put some mascara on..
Luckily we found a spot overlooking the northern suburbs, Roger moved his chair next to mine. He snuck off to order our drinks and I simply admired the view. Before I knew it, our waitress arrived with a bottled of Moet and Roger was fiddling around in his jacket. He looked panicky.. He found what he was looking for and promptly moved down to his knee to propose. Apparently he didn’t get to ask me as I gave him a kiss before he could ask. The rest is history!
Its been three months, we have chosen a date, venue, band and photographer. All the big ones are done, know comes for the inspiration. Now we add colour, ambiance and life to our wedding. Roger and I love the Karoo, I think you will see the strong influence with the olive leaves, fynbos and gold tones.
I am using a free APP called The Brides Office, its local and helping me with my planning. Also found some awesome wedding vendors through the APP!
One of my bridesmaids had pots of herbs on her table which were a part of the decor as well as gifts for the ladies. Yes we have stolen her idea… We’ll wrap each pot with hessian, calico or a terracotta pot to add texture.
We’re having a 15h00 ceremony, we don’t want guests to get hungry during photographs. So we’re cutting the cake after the ceremony, we have chosen a cheese cake. Rounds of beautiful Brie, Camembert, Gouda, Goats Cheese, served with Gluwein, preserves, breads and cold meats. (if guests don’t finish it, keep the rest for a late evening snack) My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
I am blessed with many friends. I have six bridesmaids, I could probably have more.. My friends are beautiful women with different personalities and styles. What better colour to suit a winter and earth theme, black. I am in love with this above image.
With a beautiful elegant black dress, I hope to dress it with a delicate silk scarf for each of my bridesmaids. The scarf will also keep their necks warm, though the gluwien will also help with that!
I won’t divulge into too much detail here regarding my dress, though the above image is a sneak peak…
The number one question I have received after my engagement? “Who’s doing your makeup?”
The day has come that I will get to do my makeup for my wedding day. I am so excited nonetheless!
Now engaged folk, doesn’t matter how you do it, find the money. Find the best photographer, there are so many talented photographers in South Africa. Their passion and inspiration will inspire you. I have known Christiaan since I started eleven years ago. He has a warm and welcoming personality, he also makes jokes which I like. Christiaan’s style is warm and unposed, with our winter theme we wanted Christiaan to capture that warmth. You spend a lot time with your photographer on your wedding day, choose one that you like!
Another thing that gets me excited? Music!! Live music, through one of my bridesmaids, I discovered The Motherland Band. They sing, they set up your sound and microphones for the speeches, Sean has also guided me with a schedule which has been a huge help. We are going to have a proper celebration!!
Party Karate x