Attention all vintage lovers, be warned, today’s Real Wedding will have you swooning over every picture. Frans and Stephne’s outdoor soiree is jam-packed with inspiring details.The couple introduced a subtle bird theme, that they used in the table numbers, boutonnières and centrepieces.
We can’t get enough of Stephne’s beautiful lace dress. We’re also loving the bridesmaids’ outfits. (Your little trend tip: skirts instead of bridesmaid dresses is big news at the moment.)Nikki Meyer was behind the lens.
Tell us your love story …
Even though Frans and I attended the same advertising school in Cape Town, we never really got to know each other. He moved to Johannesburg and I started working in the same company as his best friend, who was always talking about Frans and their hilarious boyish adventures together. It was only a few years later, when Frans moved back to Cape Town, that we were properly introduced to each other by our mutual friend, Kate, at a party one night. We were literally inseparable ever since!
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
The whole day was truly one highlight after another! From getting ready with my lovely bridesmaids, to seeing Frans, so handsome and dapper in his suit, waiting at the end of the aisle … to rounding off the evening at a small pub in the town of Stanford.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
It’s not just your day. I think brides tend to forget about the groom! I tried to involve Frans in the aspects he’d be interested in – he didn’t care about which flowers I picked, but he did want to have a say in the food and the music.Pretty doesn’t have to be expensive. Utilise your and your friends’ and family’s talents and DIY it.Stay true to the two of you. We aren’t the silver-candelabra, salmon-starter, snooty-venue type, so we looked for a venue and style that suited us.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
I told myself before the big day that I wouldn’t sweat the small stuff and I approached the day with an ‘everything is perfect’ attitude. I think mulling over small details that you had envisioned otherwise, will just ruin the mood.
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
Blogs and websites that featured the style of a wedding that we had in mind, such as The Pretty Blog and Style Me Pretty. We also used our venue’s surroundings as inspiration, e.g. Stanford’s rich bird life led to the bird theme and the natural beauty of the environment inspired us to keep the decor rustic and simple.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
Budget is generally the biggest obstacle in any wedding. But, with careful planning, finding the right suppliers and doing a lot ourselves, we managed to have our wedding exactly the way we wanted it to be.
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?
DIY, DIY, DIY! With talents such as my mom-in-law and her friends’ knack for arranging flowers and my dad’s woodworking skills, we saved a lot. Also, don’t go with the first quote you get from a supplier, if it seems too steep, phone around some more. For the reception, we compiled our own playlist, which we played from a laptop through a sound system that we hired – this cut the cost of a DJ.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
We chose the song Love, love, love by Avalanche City, as the lyrics expressed the life of adventure that we hope to lead together.
Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?
I did our wedding programmes, place cards and menus, folded hundreds of origami birds, made our cake toppers, boutonnières and the bridesmaids’ brooches. Frans’s mom embroidered a napkin for each guest, arranged the flowers with the help of friends and family, and my dad made small wooden apples as favours.
Any time saving or organising tips?
Make a detailed to-do list.
How does your wedding reflect your personalities?
Like us, it was laid-back and quirky.