I am lucky to live not too far away from one of the most inspiring places in South Africa, a beautiful Cape Dutch farm called Babylonstoren, with breathtaking gardens and two restaurants where guests can enjoy glorious food made from the farm produce. So you can imagine my delight when we discovered this rustically romantic wedding held at Babylonstoren. Léan and his beautiful bride Janina tied the knot early December, last year.
They wanted to keep everything very authentic in order to tie in with the pure surroundings of the farm. “We wanted it to be very natural as if it was one big dinner party with good food and great wine shared with the best company”. The couple likes to boogie, and their dream was to dance the night away under the stars.
Janina looked so effortlessly beautiful in her flowy Abigail Betz dress. We love everything about Janina’s look, from her “spontaneous curls”, 1920′s inspired dress to her nude heels. The team from welovepictures, captured this unforgettable affair.
Tell us your love story?
Although Léan and I went to schools right across the street from each other – he went to the boys and I went to the girls school – we never ever met during our school years even though we shared the same friends. We only met a few years later at a communal friend’s braai and ended up talking till the sun came up!
After a year of long distance while I was studying in Stellenbosch and he was finishing his undergrad in Pretoria, he moved down to the Cape. We had an awesome almost 5 years living in Cape Town and Léan asked me to marry him in the December of 2011 while on holiday in Stilbaai! We took the boat out on the river to celebrate our 5 years anniversary and after a bottle of our favourite lovelyRosé (to calm the nerves, I would realise later) and an adventurous trip down the river banks, he parked the boat and totally unexpectedly went on his knees and asked me to marry him! I did not think I could get more lucky than that! I felt like a princess and the most lucky girl in the world!
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
Oh my goodness, it was a day woven together with highlights! Every single part was a highlight on its own!
The amazing thing was, that our close family and some good friends were all staying at the venue the whole weekend, so it was more like a weekend celebration than just a one-day affair! Whether it were lunch, spa, golf, wine tasting, pizza evening or breakfast together, we all shared the same memories all weekend long! It was so special!
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Be relaxed and soak in every moment and appreciate every little hand that helps to make your day a celebration!
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
Pinterest was probably my main source of inspiration, however we wanted to keep it very natural and in-sync with the surroundings of the venue so we kept away from too many “thingies” and decor. The amazing farm with its heavenly gardens and fruit and vegetable plants formed a beautiful backdrop for what we wanted for our celebration. A lot of ideas also came from what was in season at the farm.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
The guest list.
Any time saving or organising tips?
Remember that you have awesome bridesmaids and best men that are there to help you with all your tasks, especially on the day! They are there for support and help and lovingly offer their assistance.
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?
We were blessed to have a few friends that are creative and wanted to make things for our wedding – our wedding stationery,Léan, his best men and my two brothers’ bow ties, and then the gifts for the ladies! It was original and personal and something very special!
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
A thousand years by Christina Perri – the most beautiful song!
How does your wedding reflect your personalities?
It was a real celebration that we wanted to keep to only inviting the closest people in our lives. Family is a very important part of our lives and we involved our family as far as we could -Léan’s three brothers were his best men, and my sister and two brothers blessed us with the most beautiful music during our ceremony!
Service Providers listed on The Pretty Blog:
Gift Registry: Yuppiechef Wedding Registry
Other Service Providers:
- Venue, Catering, Decor & Flowers: Babylonstoren,
- Co-ordinator: Anelle from Babylonstoren,
- Wedding Dress: Abigail Betz,
- Entertainment: Wiam Otto,
- Hair: Jeanette Genis,
- Make-up: Chrizelle from C.A.K.E,
- Photographer: Welovepictures,
- Rings: Kim Boezaart from Boezaart Jewellery,
- Stationery: Marli Heunis,
- Groomsmen bow ties: My friend Katryn,
- Groom Suit: Tiger of Sweden,
- Ladies Gifts: Oh Lief,
- abigail betz
- Anelle from Babylonstoren
- Boezaart Jewellery
- Chrizelle from C.A.K.E
- Jeanette Genis
- Kim Boezaart from Boezaart Jewellery
- Marli Heunis
- My friend Katryn
- Oh Lief
- Something Different
- Tiger of Sweden
- Wiam Otto
- Yolandi Otto (my awesome siblings) & Josh Oosthuizen
- Yuppiechef Wedding Registry