Henri and Dedé’s wedding is right up my alley. The long tables decorated with wooden boards, herbs, textured runners, beautiful designed stationery and clean lines are so refreshing, and an absolute feast for the eye. Dedé chose a natural berry red to add to the layers of earthy whites to create a simple, yet warm look.
The beautiful couple tied the knot on a lovely spring day in October, and it was a merry, relaxed affair. The smell of barbecued kebabs welcomed guests at the venue and guided them to the grass terraces where they could play boules and enjoy fun cocktails.
Dedé looked like a film star in her silk chiffon dress designed by Elbeth Gillis. It had lots of movement and we agree with Dedé that the back detail and flow of the dress is simply exquisite. Nikki Meyer did a wonderful job capturing the big feast.
Tell us your love story?
We met on the beach in Vleesbaai one December holiday five years ago. Henri just finished his degree in winemaking at Elsenburg and I was working as a graphic designer in Johannesburg. After a few months of long phone calls and flying back and forth weekend after weekend I packed my bags and followed him to Cape Town. And as the popular saying goes, the rest is history.
Henri got down on one knee in the windy Simons Town. He planned a romantic weekend away for us and after I said yes we celebrated till three in the morning with lots of bubbly and dancing.
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle next to my father and seeing my handsome husband nervously waiting just for me.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
My advice for brides-to-be is to enjoy every moment, it is your party after all.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
Looking back now, there are loads of things that I would have done differently. But I would not want to change a thing, because it is part of what made the day unique and we can laugh about it now.
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
I found inspiration everywhere. Mostly on blogs, magazines and of course Pinterest.
Any time saving or organising tips?
I think if you can afford it make use of a wedding planner. If not, choose a venue that already has an atmosphere that reflects your personality and that you can then just build on.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
I’ve got you babe by UB40.
Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?
We wanted the day to be a celebration of us and therefore where we could we created elements ourselves. From designing the stationery to Henri making a special wine just for the day, we aimed to achieve an atmosphere unique to us as a couple.
Service Providers listed on The Pretty Blog:
Gift Registry: Yuppiechef Wedding Registry
Other Service Providers:
- Wedding Dress: Elbeth Gillis,
- Rings: Dear Rae,
- Entertainment: DJ René - The Frenchman,
- Groom Suit: Country Road,
- Flowers: Elmarie from Elle Fleur,
- Co-ordinator: Hannes Maritz from Kraak,
- Make-up: Helga Bridal Make-up and Hair,
- Hair: Robyn from Strange Love,
- Rings: Hoo-doo Design,
- Hiring: Mint and Magnolia,
- Hiring: To-Netts,
- Church: NG Wellington,
- Catering: Pauline Schreuder Catering,
- Photographer: Nikki Meyer Photography,
- Gift Registry: Woolworths,
- Country Road
- Dear Rae
- DJ René
- DJ René - The Frenchman
- Elbeth Gillis
- Elmarie at El le Fleur
- Elmarie from Elle Fleur
- Hannes Maritz from Kraak
- Helga Bridal Hair & Make-up
- Helga Bridal Make-up and Hair
- Hoo-doo Design
- Mint and Magnolia
- NG Wellington
- Nikki Meyer Photography
- Pauline Schreuder Catering
- Robyn from Strange Love
- Yuppiechef Wedding Registry