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Mark & Anja – Old Castle Brewery Wedding

October 17, 2011 by
We start this week with Anja and Mark’s wedding, which was held in the beautiful Old Castle Brewery, in Woodstock. These two very creative people tied the knot on a beautiful sunny (but windy) winter’s day in August. We’re loving the stunning venue and also Anja’s cheeky short dress. Anja describes the colour as butter yellow. Sounds good to me!
The lovely couple made (almost) everything for their wedding, from the cake to the stationery. Anja even made all the pretty paper goodies! Sean and Jenna-Lea Kelland were there to capture their big day.

The love story …


Six years ago I met this gorgeous man when I worked for him as a waitress at his restaurant, while completing my studies. But for the first two weeks Mark point blank refused to speak to me, as I supposedly left him speechless.
Nevertheless after we eventually started conversing, he kept me laughing with his dry wit and sense of humour and we became close friends. Mark’s policy was to never date someone he worked with, so after his partner fired me he got his chance and promptly asked me out. The rest as they say is history.
For the first two weeks Mark point blank refused to speak to me, as I supposedly left him speechless. Nevertheless after we eventually started conversing, he kept me laughing with his dry wit and sense of humour and we became close friends.

So how did he pop the question?


Mark and I have always done things a little differently and the proposal or should I say proposals were no different. Mark proposed to me three times to which I responded: “Maybe”, “ok” and “of course yes!”.

What were the highlights of your wedding day?


Anja: Feeling Mark’s hand shaking with pure excitement before we said our “I do’s”.Mark: Watching my lady walk down the aisle, in a pair of high heels (which is amazing in itself as she never wears high heels).

Any advice for brides-to-be?


Just enjoy yourself as much as you can. All the people at your wedding are there because they love you and just revel in that love.

Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?


Instead of waiting five years before we got married I should have asked Mark in the leap year of 2009 if he would marry me.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?


Having my mom in Johannesburg and my four bridesmaids living in different corners of the world made going to dress fittings very lonely. A wedding is such a joyous occasion and I would have loved to have had the people closest to me, closer to me.

Did anything unexpected happen?


My dress kept flying over my head, which meant I showed the world my broekies a lot.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?


Having my mom in Johannesburg and my four bridesmaids living in different corners of the world made going to dress fittings very lonely. A wedding is such a joyous occasion and I would have loved to have had the people closest to me, closer to me.

Any time saving or organising tips?


Start early, once you have a venue the rest seems to fall into place. And ask for help, you’d be surprised at how many people would love to get involved in helping you create your happy day. Lists are an absolute must, plus you get the added benefit of satisfaction whenever you are able to cross something off them.

What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?


We didn’t have an opening dance but the song I walked down the aisle to was All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar, from the Juno soundtrack, because it was quirky and made my heart smile.

Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?


Yip, pretty much everything was done by me: save the dates, invites, our recipe wedding programme, origami flowers and cranes, to confetti popcorn stars and photo booth props.

What was the “theme” of your wedding, and why?


I initially started making paper flowers, as I loved the concept of guests being able to take the flowers home with them, which meant they could look at them over and over again and remember a happy day. After that I started making other things out of paper, so the paper theme just stuck.

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11 Responses to “Mark & Anja – Old Castle Brewery Wedding”

  1. Kerry October 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I love Woodstock, and what a STUNNING ceremony venue, I had no idea you could get married there!

    • anja October 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Kerry, our wedding venue was actually a friend of ours loft apartment, of which I am very jealous of :) but it was a stunning location!

  2. Gabi October 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    me neither Kerry… It is the most gorgeous venue… love all the ideas… so creative… I really love planning other peoples weddings but can’t wait to put my own together!

  3. Kim October 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Such a beautiful couple and a beautiful wedding!

  4. AmyC October 18, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Oh my goodness! What a stunning wedding and those BALLOONS! LOVE!

  5. Nicola van Niekerk October 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Really beautiful unique wedding! The balloons in the background are wonderful!

  6. saloni vencanica November 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Fantastic idea for a wedding. You did really nice work, thanks

  7. vencanice June 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Awesome place for a wedding. Nice couple and nice wedding. Fantastic post.

  8. Lesley Marks August 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    something different, but just have to love the concept… colourfull and stunning setting!!

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