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Botlhale & Baikagile’s Vow Renewal

December 3, 2012 by
We are so excited to share our very first vow renewal with you. Botlhale and Baikagile celebrated ten years of marriage in September this year. The guest of honour look absolutely radiant in her asymmetrical, beaded dress. It is hard to believe she has been married for ten years! Botlhale is the owner of Cake Couture, so it’s no surprise that she made a deliciously moist “naked” cake for the big celebration. 
For the decor they kept it classic and simple, opting for natural colours. Monaghen Farm in Johannesburg made the perfect setting for Botlhale and Baikagile’s outdoor renewal ceremony.Wesley Vorster was there to capture the joyous occasion.

What were the highlights of your wedding day?

Being with family and friends that have been great support throughout our ten years of marriage.

Any advice for brides-to-be?

The day goes by so quickly you have to enjoy it for what it is.

Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?

I tried to do everything by myself, which got overwhelming towards the end. I would have gotten help earlier.

Did anything unexpected happen?

It started raining so everything had to be moved inside because it was all (ceremony and reception) meant to be outside.

Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?

I got all my ideas from blogs.

Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?

Keep it simple.

Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?

We wanted it to be an easy, laid-back affair and wanted the decor to reflect it. We only used baby’s breath for table decor, and I baked the cake. To show our ten years in marriage, we had ten framed pictures of us hanging from a tree.

How does your wedding reflect your personalities?

Having been married for ten years we wanted our anniversary celebration to be simple and easy, which is what our relationship is like.

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6 Responses to “Botlhale & Baikagile’s Vow Renewal”

  1. Beautiful Again Bridal December 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    This is so beautiful – and that dress is stunning. I hope to do this for our 10 year anniversary!

  2. kirstin December 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    unbelievable good photos!!

  3. Jackie December 4, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    What a beautiful couple; and clearly still so very in love. Wishing them much happiness as they grow old together, being witnesses to one another’s lives.

    The ceremony looked so elegant and joyful; understated and sophisticated. Just lovely!

  4. Mrs Bhells December 6, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Ohhh my word!!! this is so beautiful and blessed. Truly inspiring. I have been married for just 12 days :):) and this is definitely what i’m going to do for my 10 years #tearyeyes#

  5. Phumi December 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    This is a beautiful post and equally beautiful couple and although it was a renewal of vows and not a wedding per se – I personally wouldn’t mind something as elegant yet simple as this event for my own wedding. Congrats to B&B on 10 years of marriage…

  6. Nikki Meyer Kapp December 7, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    So, so beautiful! What a radiant couple – congratulations to them! The photos are pure perfection.

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