We end this week with Jon and Lauren’s beautiful wedding. They said their I do’s under the most beautiful flower arch at Nooitgedacht Estate in Stellenbosch. We’re loving how they went all out with the garden ceremony with the flowers and all the details. Floral artist Elmarie from Elle le Fleur did such great job with loads of to-die-for blooms.
We’re also loving how they really used their stationery and other elements to really personalise the celebration. Jon and Lauren’s wedding is filled with lots and lots of little romantic touches, which I am sure you’ll find super inspiring. Drikus le Roux was there to capture their special day.
Tell us your love story …
Jon and I met through a good friend Tammy Lewis. Eight years later, after living in Cape Town and then London together and travelling all over, we returned to the sunny shores of South Africa. A couple of months after returning it was December holiday and I thought something was up and wasn’t sure why he was acting so strange when he asked me to go for a walk one windy but sunny morning. It was then, on the beaches of Kleinemonde in the Eastern Cape (a very special place for us both), that he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Of course I said yes!
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
I looked at lots of international and local wedding magazines, and of course followed The Pretty Blog and Martha Stewart weddings religiously! My mom is also extremely creative and she came up with the most wonderful, stunning ideas.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
The guest list!
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
I woke up in the morning to the most perfect, beautiful day. I sat on the verandah having some tea with my dad and mom and felt so excited and happy, it was a really special moment. Having my hair and make-up done and seeing all my beautiful bridesmaids all dressed up was also really special. Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Jon standing under the beautiful flower arch. Having my sister with me to share in my special day, as she nearly didn’t make it due to visa issues in London.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Just enjoy it and go with the flow and most importantly brief your photographer to capture all the minute details of the wedding as you probably won’t notice them! Our photographer was amazing at that. The other thing I found really amazing was the pre-wedding build up – having so many friends and family around the week before the wedding made our big day even more special because we had the chance to speak with them and spend time with them.
Did anything unexpected happen?
The minister got very flustered for some reason and called us by the wrong surname when he announced us! Luckily we were floating on cloud nine so it didn’t bother us too much and we were all laughing.
What was the “theme” of your wedding, and why?
Magical, romantic, fairy garden, soft, relaxed, pretty and whimsical. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a princess, so I naturally gravitated to all imagery that fitted this theme and when I looked at my mood board it occurred to me that I was obviously recreating this childhood dream!
How does your wedding reflect your personalities?
Jon and I are both happy, care-free, relaxed people who are very close to our family and friends.