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shot at the amazing Pretoria East venue Bushwillow Wedding Venue. This is a Traditional Wedding with touches of Lilac
, transporting you to simpler times, and the venue beautifully reflected that with its Stone Chapel with stained glass windows and cobbled walkway. Melanie and Martin were completely relaxed on the day, leaving them to enjoy their Traditional Wedding Celebration!
What was the theme of your wedding?
The theme that fit best with our style and venue is a Romantic French style. The main colour was lilac and we also incorporated pink and silver into the decor and flowers.
Tell us about your dress?
After fitting various styles of dresses (and expensive ones too) +- 15-20 dresses, I just did not get that “this is my dress feeling” until I came across this affordable imported dress from a small little shop in Johannesburg. I tried the dress on and my sister’s face lit up and she immediately said “that is YOUR dress” and I had that same feeling. Just like choosing the venue and the photographer everything just fell into place and planning was easy.
How did you pick your photographer?
It was another easy choice…we compared all the different photographers’ photos listed on a wedding website and we knew right away that Miss Wang Photography’s photos fit perfectly with our wedding style – soft and romantic. We loved how they used natural light and their photos stood out from all the usual wedding style photos.
What made you choose your venue for your traditional wedding?
Bushwillow venue was the second venue booked for viewing and we knew right away that it was the one for us. We fell in love with this beautiful gem with its beautiful stone church with the colourful mosaic windows, the romantic setting by the river and the beautiful gardens.
Where did you cut costs – what is a good saving tip?
I would say that it is never too early to start planning. We planned our wedding in just 8 months. We decided on a date and started planning right away. We made sure to tick off at least 2 or 3 things off our to-do list per week so that by August / September everything was finalised which resulted in more time to relax and to enjoy every moment of the special day just before and on our wedding day.
Did you do any DIYs?
We did most of it ourselves – from Save the Date magnets to our invitations and menus. My favourite is that Martin made this beautiful big marquee lights himself (“Liefde” – Afrikaans for “love”). We used this at our reception for decoration. We ordered loose flowers and with help from our family, the bridesmaids and groomsmen arranged the flowers for the table décor and the church ourselves the day before the wedding.
Have a look at our Traditional Weddings board on Pinterest.