It’s not often that we get to post weddings from East London, but we’re thrilled to share this East London Real Wedding of Alex and Qhama which was held at the East London International Convention Centre. Laura from Ruby Jean Photography says of the couple: “These two are a true example of a power couple, they exude playful unconditional love. It is an instant pleasure to be in their company.” The bride’s only request was to avoid the generic East London beach photos, so they had to get pretty creative with their locations, and we think it paid off!
What was the theme of your wedding?
Classy, clean, warm, romantic, happy and fun. Expressed in gold and ivory, with touches of magenta.
Tell us about your dress?
My dress is an off-white Marlin Hadassa from The Bridal Room in Pretoria East. I love my dress so much because it shows my shape in all the right places. It is classy and sexy, adequately reflecting my personality and youthfulness. I think its timeless and I know I will always love it, even 50 years from now when I look at my wedding pictures.
How did you pick your photographer?
Laura did my sister’s engagement photo shoot and wedding. I loved her work then and she was the only photographer I considered. Her work is amazing every time!
Where did you cut costs – what is a good saving tip?
We didn’t buy wedding favours, my mom made little sweets for the guests instead. We didn’t hire a videographer because we trusted our photographer to beautifully capture all the moments worth remembering, plus we’ve found that it gets quite messy when you’ve got the photographer and videographer up at the front all vying for the best line of sight. We also minimised on the printed stationery by having bi-folded cards on the tables displaying both the programme and the menu. And we mostly used electronic wedding invitations.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
Our first dance was to a Freddie Jackson song titled All I’ll Ever Ask. It’s a beautiful song that reflects exactly what we believe marriage is about: sharing each other’s dreams, being each other’s sanctuary and leaning on each other. I get teary every time I listen to it.
We just adore how Laura captured the couple’s playfulness. It truly looks like it was a day filled with love and laughter.
Venue: East London ICC Photographer: Ruby Jean Photography Wedding Dress: Bridal Room Decor: Umvini Stationery: Rebelove Stationery
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