Monday is real wedding day! And we are so exited to share Dylan and Emma Jane Harbour’s earthy celebration. You might remember these two from a previous post when we featured their stop motion video invite. If you haven’t seen it, do check it out, it’s sooo cute.
These two creatives said their vows on a perfect day in Johannesburg, earlier this year. Inspired by their wonderful time in Paris, they decided to go for an informal countryside feel. So plated food made way for picnic baskets with baguette, red wine and cheese. Simple and oh so delicious.
We just love the the navy and red colour scheme, love Emma Jane’s flower wreath, love the invite and love the couple shots in the field. Love, love love it!
Tell us your love story?
We met when I was 17 and he was 19 at a friend’s 21st. Nobody from his table pitched up so I was friendly. I liked him the first time I saw him with his dark “swooshy” hair. We became friends and knew we liked each other but nothing really happened until 2 and half years later (well besides a few stolen kisses) It was just God’s timing. It was perfect. and after 2 years of awesome dating we got in engaged.
Please describe the proposal.
I planned a trip to see my sister in London for a month and convinced Dylan to join me for a week as well as a week in Paris. It was a month after our 2 year anniversary and it was Paris! :) so I did suspect it. But the day he did it caught me off guard completely. We woke up early to take sunrise pictures of the Eiffel tower, and took a little breakfast picnic of croissants and fruit. (He planned it so that nobody would be around, Parisians/tourists are not up by 6.30) So we had the Eiffel tower to ourselves and started taking pictures together on time, after a few photos/poses he set the camera again for a photo of us looking at the eiffel tower but as he ran towards me counting down the seconds til when the picture was going to take he got down on his knee and held out the ring to me. :) It will be one of the most memorable days of my life. We had such a special day in Paris, eating Laduree macaroons to eating at a fancy vino restaurant.
What was the highlight/s of your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Dylan and all our friends and family. It was an unreal and beautiful moment.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Don’t go crazy :) or let your family go crazy. It’s such a special time and wedding planning does put you and your families under pressure. If there are any issues resolve them as quickly as possible. You don’t want to remember this time as a time of conflict.
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
I only bought about two magazines, the rest I followed The Pretty Blog, 100 Layer Cake, Once Wed and Green Wedding Shoes. They are a lovely source of inspiration. Our food inspiration really came from our time in Paris, the day after we got engaged we basically planned our wedding. We wanted it to be simple but delicious and at the time we were enjoying french loaf, cheese and wine ;)
Any time saving or organising tips?
I say do digital invitations! If you have peoples email addresses to send them a link to your invite you won’t have to design, print, deliver a whole bunch of invitations. I was very happy we did that.
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?
Again the digital invite. It was so fun and easy and really saves a lot on printing costs. I can’t believe some people spend R40 – R50 per invitation.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
Just the way you look tonight’ – the Maroon 5 version. We listened to sooooo many songs! Some were pretty but a bit sad, some were upbeat but not classy. This song is gorgeous, the words were great and we had fun, and it was also easy for our guests to join in on it. a.
Were any of your family members or friends involved in the wedding and what were their contributions?
My mom helped so much, I had the ideas, we would source the materials and she would find practical solutions to them :) she cut out about 80 % of the bunting triangles. She was just amazing. All my siblings and Dyl were involved. We made and sourced everything ourselves.
Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?
Yes :) I had so much fun making things. We made the bunting and the table cloths. I made little brown paper packets for the petals and punched a heart out of the fold and stuck some of the material from the bunting on the inside. I made all the red flags, the ‘here comes the bride’ one’s for the bridesmaids and the table names. I designed the programme, menu and seating chart. It was great creating everything by hand.
How does your wedding reflect your personalities?
We’re really free creative people. We love doing things a bit differently. We were also inspired by our time in Paris, and our many little picnics with bread, wine and cheese. The French culture is so free and it’s all about community and sharing and enjoying your food and your wine
What are you looking forward to now that you are married?
Living life together, sharing our life with people and going on a lot of adventures together.
Please describe your wedding dress. What made you “fall in love” with the dress?
I bought a Maggie Sottero dress, It was one of the first ones I tried on and loved but went to 3 different shops and tried on about 20 dresses to come back this one. I loved the softness of it. Its gossamer chiffon so its so flowy and soft. I felt free, like I could move around and jump and hug people. I’ve seen so many brides look so awkward and uncomfortable in their dresses and I wanted to make sure I felt like myself and I felt free :)
Bridal Accessories: Diva (hair wreath)
Necklace was vintage
Bridesmaids dresses: Bride & Co
Cake: Not by bread alone
Church: under the trees ;)
Coordinator: That would be my mom and I
Décor: We pretty much made everything. seriously ;)
Flowers: Alby Justino
Food: Petra & Norman Burger
Hair: Denise at HQ hair design
Hiring: chairs and bicycle from by Word of Mouth and Pink Parties for cutlery/crockey and red carpet
Make-up: It was airbrush make up, done by my cousin Penny Robinson
Photographer: Lamplight Collective Photography
Rings: Browns. Wedding rings made by Daniel Swanepoel
Shoes: Nine West & Urban, Dylan – Country Road
Stationary: Designed by me
Venue: Parktown Girls School