Jacques & Antoinette’s Wedding in the Woods

Destined to meet during a hiking expedition up Groenberg, Antoinette and Jacques were attached to nature from day one. Consequently, tying the knot in the woods two years later the couple couldn’t wish for a more idyllic setting.Antoinette’s creative talent as a graphic designer is evident in the design work, whilst the helping hands of friends and family assisted this hard-working couple to perfect the day with soft finishes and DIY details.
This ‘story book’ get-together reflects so much warmth in the décor and loosely arranged flowers. Natural Light Photography, as always, captured every detail perfectly.

Their story.


Jacques and I grew up in the same town, but because of our five year age difference we never met until 2010. At that time he was living in London and I in Cape Town. He was visiting his family and friends as he did every August. I don’t know if it was fate, but a mutual friend invited both of us to go climb the notorious Groenberg in Wellington with him. That was IT for both of us – we’ve never looked back. We had a (very) long-distance relationship until May 2011 when he finally moved back to South Africa and started a teaching job at St Andrews College in Grahamstown. I packed up my life in Cape Town and joined him there in 2012. The rest is history.

What were the highlights of your wedding day?


The day before the wedding actually, when my bridesmaids, my family and Jacques’s best men all helped us on the farm. It was amazing. Also the fact that I was so calm and relaxed before the wedding ceremony.

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


I would have loved to see what happend while we were taking photos. Everyone walked down to the venue to have some cocktails while Mr Cat and the Jackal was playing. Wish I could be a fly on the wall.

Did anything unexpected happen?


Yes, a friend of ours, Newton Theron, a really good live act was not able to sing at our wedding. Then at the last minute he phoned us up to tell us that he will be available. It was great to have him sing our first song.

Any time saving or organising tips?


Jacques and I thought it would be cheaper not getting married at a venue. We found out the hard way that it’s not at all.Google docs! Use Google Documents to share you budget and to-do lists. It worked really well. Go local, you can save a lot of money using local vendors.

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


Do not be afraid to use bits and bobs from your home. Also ask friends to collect things for you. Black and white printing can save you half on printing costs.

What song did you choose for your opening dance?


Harvest Moon by Neil Young, we had a lot of trouble choosing a song. Our favourite song is actually Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, but it’s too slow. When Albert Frost came to play in Grahamstown last year and he played Harvest Moon right after he played Wish You Were Here. We decided it was fate.

Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?


Oh yes! The whole wedding except the catering and the music. All of the stationery, invites and flags were done by me. I worked months in advance. It was so much fun though. We used old scrap paper and linen for all the flags. Old linen for the hay bales. Even the dance floor was built by the farm workers a week before.