Carla and Peter got married in the heart of Winter in the Winelands in a Protea and Fynbos-filled wedding celebration at Ashanti Estate. The bride was a bohemian vision, with a gorgeous wreath in her hair and just a pop of colour with her red lips. The intimate reception perfectly captured the couple’s idea of a minimal bridal affair. This Real Wedding was captured by Johann Bekker Photography.
The Love Story – How we met
We were the only two single people at an engagement party of a mutual friend. Our friends were convinced we were a match and coerced us into sitting next to one another and talking (all eyes on us). We then landed in a group discussion where our embarrassing past stories were shared. To say it was the most awkward first encounter with someone is an understatement! I thought he was gorgeous, and that I didn’t stand a chance – especially given that, as a stranger, he knew my most embarrassing stories. Our friends continued trying to set up a “blind date”, but we caught on. He then made contact with me on Facebook (thank you Facebook!) and we chatted about how ridiculously funny our friends are. But the chatting continued, and we were so taken by each other that we decided to do our own date on our own terms. After that night, I knew something amazing was happening to my life. And now we’re married, and I often re-read our first conversation on Facebook. It has been the most beautiful journey, and I wish that everyone could find this kind of happiness.
How did he propose? Tell us everything about that special day!
He made a whole day out of it. My favourite flowers are Proteas (and Fynbos in general), and from the moment he woke me up, everything he did and everywhere we went was “protea themed”. Bouquet when I woke up, a walk through Kirstenbosch Gardens and breakfast at Moyo (Proteas on the table), wine tasting the Protea range at Anthonij Rupert farm. Spa afternoon at Lanzerac. Received little gifts along each drive (Protea soap, flowers etc), dinner at Tokara with the most breathtaking sunset. He then proposed and completely mumbled his speech. I was so excited about what was happening that I kept blabbering things like “Is it happening right now?!” while he was trying to get through his prepared words. Luckily, and thoughtfully, he then handed me the handwritten card (self-made from picture cuttings and a Fynbos flora booklet) that had the contents of his speech written out, which I am so thankful for because I do not remember a word of what he said while he was down on his knee! We then stayed the night at the Protea Hotel in Stellenbosch and celebrated over some bubbly. My most perfect day. Could not have wished for a better day in my life (other than the wedding day).
Tell us about your dress
Classic, lace, vintage. It was the first dress that was suggested by the consultant when myself and bridesmaid and maid of honour walked in Bride & co. We all three shook our heads but she insisted. I tried on a few dresses, not feeling satisfied, and then decided to try on that first dress for fun. It fit like a glove, and felt amazing, and when I looked up at my bridesmaid and maid of honour their eyes were wide with awe. I knew I had the dress, and I was so amazed at how comfortable it was (I am big comfort freak). The consultant just smiled a little “I told you so” smile while I was twirling around and ecstatic with excitement.
What made you choose your venue?
The fireplaces in the chapel and reception area, since the wedding was in winter, as well as the French style decor that was to be included in the venue hire.
Where did you cut costs – what is a good saving tip?
Have a Winter wedding – everything is at a discounted rate. My wonderful bridesmaid Carly did our hair, and a very dear friend and her sister did our makeup, free of charge. We also kept our guest list of a maximum of 40 people.
What did you splurge on?
The food! My husband and I are big foodies ourselves, so good food was a non-negotiable.
What was the most difficult part of the planning process?
Ensuring that the vision of your service providers aligns with yours. What minimalism meant to me, was different to that of the decor artists, cake baker, photographer etc. It is so important to ensure that your providers understand what it is that you want, so don’t hold back on going the extra mile to ensure this.
What was the Highlight of the day?
Bride: If I HAD to choose, it would be Peter’s speech. When he got to the part where he addressed me, he showed a blank page with no notes and said “I have not written anything for this part of my speech” – Everyone gasped – “Because it is impossible to put perfection into words”. I was overwhelmed for the first time that day.
Groom: In his words: “Seeing you dance in the middle of the crowd and knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life with that beautiful smile”.
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