It’s the start of a new week, which means there’s another beautiful real wedding coming your way. Today we feature the wedding of Stephan & Melani Grobbelaar, who said their vows in March this year. Even though this wedding looks flawless and oh so elegant it still looks inviting and warm.
I’m loving the laid back vibe of this celebration that the earthy decor creates. Another favourite element from this wedding is the bride’s 1930’s inspired flowy dress. Judy Stofberg from Just Judy Photography was behind the lens on their big day.
Tell us your love story… When and where did you first meet?
Through a mutual friend in our circle of friends, which we are very lucky to still have.
Please describe the proposal. Did you suspect anything before he popped the question?
After dating my best friend for almost 6 years, he finally popped the question the day before Christmas 2009 at our family’s Beach House in L’Agulhas. He very romantically wrote it on a rock on the waters edge and after luring me to this spot by telling me that he was struggling to get a good photo of some washed up sea treasure, I pointed out the rock with the inscription “Melaan marry me? 24 Dec 2009”. I thought this was very romantic that someone had gotten engaged there! I realised seconds after uttering this aloud, that the message was meant for me! A year of planning our big day lay ahead of us and we were both very involved in the process. From the designing of the save the dates, invites and table favours to the small specifics like fun clothing accessories for the photos. When our big day finally arrived, it was everything and more than we ever hoped for! Breathtaking weather, the perfect temperature and a lot of excitement bubbling in both of our tummies! We had a fabulous day that went by all too quickly but surrounded by friends and family, it is a day that we will treasure for many years to come.
What was the highlight of your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Stephan looking ever so handsome waiting for me was something indescribable. With God’s blessing we said our vows surrounded by the most amazing views, our friends and family close by, made the entire day unbelievable. We also had the most amazing time while the photos were taken.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Try to stay together throughout the evening. Plan your day carefully, and most importantly enjoy every second! It goes by at the speed of light!
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have placed some of my guests at different tables.
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
Being a photographer, I get to see other people’s weddings and also being a guest at weddings, a person sees a lot. After a while we knew exactly what we liked and did not like. The other details just started to fall into place from there. We also always went back to base when doubts about decor etc arose. “Is this us?” was a question we often asked ourselves.
Any time saving or organising tips?
A wedding coordinator is a must!
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?
The flowers that we decided on were chosen and displayed in such a way that it could be taken home and planted in the garden.
What song did you choose for your opening dance ?
“Just say yes” from Snow Patrol .
Were any of your family members or friends involved in the wedding and what were their contributions?
My mom and husband were both a major help in all aspects of the Wedding planning. We sat up late many nights, just talking and tossing ideas back and forth.
Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?
Both my husband and I are quite creative and we put our heads together and drew inspiration from other wedding invites on the Internet and finally created our own wedding invite design. We did have a little bit of help with our “logo” from a friend at Adams Rib and the printing was done professionally by Event and Design.
What was the “theme” of your wedding, and why?
There wasn’t really a definite theme to our day – only elements of all the things that the two of us enjoy and love. We both love music, fashion, spending time with our family and friends and most of all having fun!
How does your wedding reflect your personalities?
We both enjoy stylish things in our lives and tried to bring this through in the decor and setting. All the tablecloths were chosen by Stephan and I brought in my photography through a decor element by displaying some images of the two of us which was wrapped around a tree.
What are you looking forward to now that you are married? What’s next for you as a couple?
We are looking forward to building a house and filling it with love and laughter.
Please describe your wedding dress.
It was soft and flowy, with gathered straps over the shoulders and an open back with button detail. It had a rounded neckline, rouging on the fitted bodice till just below the hips and then flaring slightly out to the bottom. It also had tulle netting. My dress was inspired by an image taken in the 1930’s of a lady in a long satin dress.
Coordinator: Event and Design – Barry
Décor: Florist, Classy Hire and Bridal Couple
Dress: Didi Couture
Entertainment: BAHA Entertainment – Dirk
Flowers: Karin Viljoen – Family Friend
Food: Malita Joubert
Hair: Riana Ehlers – Friend
Make-up: Jani de Koker – Friend
Photographer: Just Judy
Rings: Van Deiljs, Browns, Viljoens Jewellers