We end this week on a major high! I am beyond thrilled to share Christine‘s sister’s beautiful wedding with you. Lance and Lydia tied the knot in April this year at the beautiful Lourensford Estate in Somerset West.I knew their wedding would be breathtakingly beautiful, as Lydia is just as stylish as her big sister Christine. Lydia and Lance both love modern, timeless design and so they wanted their big day to reflect that. Grey and white are Lydia’s favourite colours, so when it came to choosing the colour scheme for her wedding, that was her first choice.
But their wedding was not only beautiful to look at, this celebration had heart! Each guest’s name card had the meaning of their names on the back. They also kept their guests looked after with the most delicious food and great entertainment. Did I mention that this oh-so-in-love couple looked absolutely dashing? The wonderful Catherine Mac was behind the lens.
Tell us your love story. When and where did you first meet?
We met on the 14th of February at a singles party, it was in the first few months after we both moved to Cape Town. A bunch of us started doing things together, going for dinner and crazy late-night dips in Camps Bay. It was such fun times and the perfect time to get to know each other better. We planned a dinner and we both said we will invite friends. At 4 that afternoon all my friends cancelled (I’m not joking) and I did not know what to do! I couldn’t tell Lance, he would have thought I never organised with my friends with the intention to create a date. So in the end I got the courage and I phoned him. The most random thing happened as his friends also cancelled with him at the last minute. In the end we still decided to go for dinner, this was our “first date”. Just me and him, getting to know each other better.
Please describe the proposal.
On a Sunday morning Lance suggested that we go for a walk at the Pipe Track, behind Table Mountain, and then for a nice breakfast. I did not suspect a thing because this was something we often did over weekends. Lance had a backpack with our water and a few snacks.We stopped at a massive rock and he told me to face the ocean. He took out a blanket and we just sat chatting and eating our snacks. After a while he got up and surprised me with a few special things and very loving words. He said he had another surprise and he read me a poem/prayer that he wrote a long time ago. It was so beautiful and the tears just streamed down my face. By this time I knew what was coming. By the time he opened a gorgeous box I could not see anything, there were to many tears. I could just see something very shiny. The timing was perfect and the journey began in preparation to marry my handsome one and only.
What was the highlight of your wedding day?
Driving through the lane of trees towards the polo field deck where Lance was waiting for me. When I saw him as we drove to the stand I could not stop crying. It was the most overwhelming time of the day.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
We decided to enjoy it and not to allow that small things to upset us. I would advise brides to look at the bigger picture, look at what is important and focus on that. Don’t spend all your time on the small nitty-gritty details. It will just exhaust you in the end. Ask friends and family to help where they can. Very important! Keep records of all the emails and prices that you received from suppliers and make sure everything is documented. Make sure the day represents you as a couple!
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
I had a very good idea of what I liked and what I didn’t like. It might sound very funny, but I kept in mind how I would decorate a dinner party at our house and how I would like to decorate the table. My favourite colours are white and grey. I love simplicity and different textures, so we decided to play around with that.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
Cut the cake, we were having so much fun on the day that we forgot to cut our cake!
Did anything unexpected happen?
Yes, we were amazed by the love and blessings that we received from all our friends and family. The cherry on top was when Lance’s uncle came all the way from London just for the weekend, to spend the day with us.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
We felt a little disappointed with the service we got from one of our wedding suppliers. So my suggestion is to make sure you confirm all verbal agreements in writing.
Any time-saving or organising tips?
First decide on the venue, after making 100% sure what they have to offer and what the extra costs will be. If you have a venue and a date, the rest just follows.
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?
Ask your creative friends and family to help. My friends and family were such a blessing.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
Lance decided on the song, The Way You Are by Jason Marz. He wanted it to be a surprise for me on the day, but I couldn’t not know so I told him we have to practice at least once before the wedding.
Were any of your family members or friends involved in the wedding and what were their contributions?
My sister was of GREAT help and she made it all so easy for me as she knows many people in the industry. My mother and mother-in-law also helped me a lot with the small things that I didn’t get time for. My sister-in-law designed our stationery.
What was the “theme” of your wedding, and why?
Celebration, on so many levels it reflects how we felt. Celebrating God’s goodness and favour, celebrating each other, our friends and family.
What are you looking forward to now that you are married?
The everyday sharing of our lives, the highs & lows and being with each other.