Faul and Marlé had been together for 8 years when they finally said their I Do’s at De Waal Wines in Stellenbosch this August. It was an intimate evening with touches of Navy and Copper. They met while at university and have been together ever since, discovering a love for travelling. They got engaged in Paris in December 2013 and planned their Winter wedding to reflect their love of European Winters.
Where did you get your Ideas and Inspiration?
Most of our ideas came from our personalities. We wanted to reflect who we are in everything. We decided early on that the colour scheme would be Navy and Copper, and just worked from there. I guess most of it was just from our imaginations. I did spend a lot of time on photographers’ blogs and Pinterest, and our ideas evolved from there too.
Tell us about your dress?
My dress was made by one of our best friends’ mother-in-law. I had tried on a particular dress while in the process of dress shopping and fell in love with it – but it was simply too expensive. In the end, we made the dress similar to the one I tried on. I wanted the dress to be elegant but comfortable too, and the lace bodice ensured that I felt comfortable enough to dance, hug and jump around. Since we got married in the winter, I knew I would need to have something to keep me warm. I spent a long time looking for a marsala coloured fur, and my mother-in-law graciously loaned me her proper Siberian fur. It was perfect.
How did you pick your photographer?
I found Migneon early on in the planning process. It was one of the things I was most worried about since I am a photographer too and wanted to find the perfect photographer. When I saw her images, I knew she was the right person – I loved her style.
What made you choose your venue?
We wanted to have a small and intimate wedding above all else, and De Waal Wines was the perfect venue for our wedding. The venue is warm and cosy, the owners are truly amazing – they opened up their home to us, and were so helpful in the days before the wedding.
Where did you cut costs – what is a good saving tip?
We kept our guest list small – only 45 people. We decided that we would only invite our closest friends and family. Sometimes it was hard to make a cut on the guest list, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We didn’t have a videographer either, which saved us quite a bit. I also started buying little things months in advance, a little at a time.
What did you splurge on?
The thing that was important to us was to make sure we had quality suppliers – the photographer, my dress, the suits and the food. It was really important to us to have amazing food that everyone could enjoy, and we felt it made our guests feel special.
What was the most difficult part of the planning process?
All the decisions. I don’t really like making decisions, and normally leave it up to Faul to decide, but with a wedding, the bride has to have the final say, so I was forced into making a lot of decisions! Other than that, budgeting was quite difficult too, as we tried to pay for most of the wedding ourselves.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
We chose Only You from Yazoo. It is a song that is used in our favourite episode of the BBC series The Office, and it’s quite a big moment in the series. The guy gets the girl. It was fitting.
Did you do any DIYs?
Yes – almost all of it! We purchased flowers but did all of the bouquets and floral arrangements ourselves. My coordinator and I did all of the table arrangements and setup. My sister and I made the glitter jars for the tables from a Pink Book DIY post
. We made the fleece blankets and had them embroidered with our Wedding Logo as our wedding favours. I spray painted toy cars in copper because Faul loves cars and I wanted to incorporate that with my love of photography in our decor. The doilies were made by a group of lovely ladies from my mother’s church. We spent many nights making the cork boards, and jars and blankets. We even did the stationery ourselves.
We wanted our wedding to be a personal reflection of ourselves, but more importantly, we wanted our guests to have the best time. We hired a photo booth which turned out to be a big hit with the guests. I changed into a glamorous second dress at about 11pm which gave new life to the party and the final cherry on the cake was the Jack Rabbit food truck we hired to serve late night sliders – it was a special touch and everyone enjoyed the burgers. It truly was the best night of our lives.
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