We start this week with Anja and Mark’s wedding which was held in the beautiful Old Castle Brewery, in Woodstock. These two very creative people tied the knot on a beautiful sunny (but windy) winter’s day in August. We’re loving the stunning venue and also Anja’s cheeky short dress. Anja describes the colour as butter yellow. Sounds good to me!
The lovely couple made (almost) everything for their wedding, from the cake to the stationery. Anja even made all the pretty paper goodies! Sean and Jenna-Lea Kelland was there to capture their big day.
The love story…
Six years ago I met this gorgeous man when I worked for him as a waitress at his restaurant, while completing my studies. But for the first two weeks Mark point blank refused to speak to me, as I supposedly left him speechless. Nevertheless after we eventually started conversing, he kept me laughing with his dry wit and sense of humour and we became close friends. Mark’s policy was to never date someone he worked with, so after his partner fired me he got his chance and promptly asked me out. The rest as they say is history.
So how did he pop the question?
Mark and I have always done things a little differently and the proposal or should I say proposals where no different. Mark proposed to me three times to which I responded: “Maybe”, “ok” and “of course yes!”
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
Anja: Feeling Mark’s hand shaking with pure excitement before we said our “I do’s”.
Mark: watching my lady walk down the aisle, in a pair of high heels (which is amazing in itself as she never wears high heels)
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Just enjoy yourself as much as you can. All the people at your wedding are there because they love you and just revel in that love.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
Instead of waiting 5 years before we got married I should have asked Mark in the leap year of 2009 if he would marry me.
Did anything unexpected happen?
My dress kept flying over my head, which meant I showed the world my brookies a lot.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
Having my mom in Johannesburg and my four bridesmaids living in different corners of the world made going to dress fittings very lonely. A wedding is such a joyous occasion and I would have loved to have had the people closest to me closer to me.
Any time saving or organising tips?
Start early, once you have a venue the rest seems to fall into place. And ask for help, you would be surprised at how many people would love to get involved in helping you create your happy day. Lists are an absolute must, plus you get the added benefit of satisfaction whenever you are able to cross something off them.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
We didn’t have an opening dance but the song I walked down the aisle to was “All I want is you” by Barry Louis Polisar, from the “Juno” soundtrack, because it was quirky and made my heart smile.
Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?
Yip, pretty much everything was done by me: save the dates, invites, our recipe wedding programme, origami flowers and cranes, to confetti popcorn stars and photobooth props
What was the “theme” of your wedding, and why?
I initially started making paper flowers, as I loved the concept of guests being able to take the flowers home with them, which meant they could look at them over and over again and remember a happy day. After that I started making other things out of paper, so the paper theme just stuck.
Bridesmaid’s dresses: the bridesmaids had their own dresses bought or made
Cake: we made our delicious lemon Poppyseed cheesecake cupcakes with candied lime slivers ourselves (super yum!)
Church: our minister John de Beer from Joshua Generation church
Décor: All done by the bride
Dress: Rene Heydon
Entertainment: two friends of ours playing guitar and saxophone
Flowers: paper flowers by “papertales” the paper company I will be starting soon
Food: Jacques de Jager
Hair: Janique from Mooi Hair
Hiring: Chairs from Downings
Make-up: Lindsey Boucher
Photographer: Sean and Jenna-Lea Kelland
Rings: Anpa (bride) and Ornament (groom)
Shoes: my faboulous blue heels from San Marina
Stationery: all me “papertales”
Venue: ceremony at the “Old Castle Brewery” in Woodstock and reception at “Salt” at the Ambassador hotel in Bantry Bay
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