T-Bone Walker calls it “Stormy Monday”. And yes, most Mondays feel kind of stormy to me. But there’s always a beautiful Real Wedding to brighten my day. The answers of the brides and grooms always put a smile on my face. And today’s sweet wedding is no exception.Nic and Nikki (sounds like a scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding), tied the knot in December. Nic says: “Our wedding was themed around beginnings and adventure. On our invites we had illustrations of us setting sail on a boat behind a ship’s wheel. Throughout the wedding decor we had different “love is…” illustrations,
but all consisting of the trials and tribulations of a classic adventure in the wild and in a marriage”. Nikki describes the style of their wedding as “classic with a touch of quirkiness”, and I say that’s right up my wedding alley!We heart this wedding for so many reasons. Well, to start with, the blush and coral colour scheme is simply gorgeous. And that ruffled cake has made my cake-loving heart skip a beat. Last but certainly not least, the stationery is out of this world. We can’t get over the table numbers! Anyhoo, this wedding is for all you detail lovers out there. Enjoy!
Tell us your love story. How did you meet and fall in love?
I had recently visited a new church and I remember seeing this really tall, seriously handsome guy with dreadlocks and tattoos. He intrigued me, a lot – he just looked different, in such a good way. I had just met some new friends and they were very into the Cape Town music scene, with boyfriends and friends in bands. Being quite into music myself, I took an interest. Nic happened to be in a band with my friend’s boyfriend and she invited me to one of their shows in Stellenbosch. Of course I went! I don’t even think we spoke that night, maybe a word or two … but I was childishly skittish whenever he was in my immediate vicinity. We started hanging out more, in groups, we had poker evenings and most nights we would sit next to each other sharing jokes and making small talk. It was so much fun. Nic is quite a dreamer and I don’t think he picked up on my very obvious flirtatious ways, so I eventually decided to take it upon myself and ask a friend for his number whilst we were out one night. I asked what he was up to and he ended up joining us. I then made a very obvious move and invited him to walk my seriously cute sausage dog, Sniff, on the beach with me (I think that’s when it clicked). He accepted, we got ice-cream, chatted and walked Sniff for hours. I didn’t know then that dogs (and food) are the keys to his heart. We chatted more and more, sometimes until 3 in the morning. We became such close friends, which last for a few months. Nic used to draw me little pictures, and educated me greatly on all his favourite bands and artists, we used to go out and play pool together, eat ice-cream and walk Sniff … until Nic took me out for dinner one night, held my hand and asked me to be his girlfriend (romantic, right?). We kissed for the first time that night (in my drive way), when he dropped me off at my house. We were together for three wonderful years, got engaged and got married one and a half years later.
So how did he pop the question?
I was totally shocked and completely surprised! So, to mark the three year date of “being happily together” – we decided Panchos would be a good idea for dinner … We wanted to go the night before because the FIFA Soccer World Cup was starting the next day and places would be totally crazy. Panchos is one of our absolute MOST favourite restaurants, possibly in the world – I had booked because Nic had told me he had no airtime … he downplayed everything so well, and because I’m so inquisitive he had to do ANYTHING in his power to prevent me from picking up even the slightest whiff of a proposal! EXCELLENT job you ;) Even before we left, he claimed to not want to dress up and wanted to wear shorts (to dinner?), I practically had to force him to primp up. Straight after I called Panchos and booked, Nic got onto the phone with them and told them his plan, and instructed them to give us the best and most private seats in the house! And they did. I knew nothing about this so was very chuffed when we walked in to find the best table waiting for us, I thought we had simply gotten lucky. We decided to order a delicious jug of strawberry and lemon margarita – somewhat of a tradition. We chatted and toasted to our three years going strong and eventually ordered some dinner. Nic didn’t finish his food – which I found odd as he eats (probably) too much generally. He was acting a bit strange after we had our main meal, I just thought he wasn’t feeling so good and I still asked him what was wrong. Turns out as he was so nervous he had to force feed himself. We sipped on our drinks, pondering dessert, as I am a huge fan. The waiter came a few moments later and put dessert menus on our table – not asking if we wanted to have a look or not, he was under strict instruction by Nic to put them down and run in case I had said I didn’t want to look at them. Panchos don’t have menu folders – the ones with the sleeves inside, they normally have laminated ring-bound ones. But Nic had organised some fancy pants ones, through a friend of mine and had been there earlier that day to drop them off. Nic had typed and printed out his own dessert menus to put in the sleeves. As I opened the menu, the first page read: “Our chef recommends …” in very fancy script and I still remember thinking to myself … “WOW, Go Panchos – how snooty”. Then I turned over and the 2nd page read: “that you say yes…”. At first I was VERY confused, I turned over again and there was nothing there … so I looked at Nic and he was staring at me not saying anything, so I stared back … this continued for a few more seconds until I clicked and looked down as Nic held a beautiful handmade wooden box with a sparkly ring inside. He slipped the perfect ring on my finger and when we got back to his apartment, we were welcomed by a path of rose petals and candles, an ice bucket with champagne and some chocolates, even balloons. We sat on the balcony and drank champagne listening to the Soccer World Cup concerts happening all over town, talking about our future. The night could not have been more perfect.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
I think I would’ve given my people more to do. I just didn’t want to be one of those brides that is all about her wedding. I didn’t want to impose my wedding on anyone else’s life. But looking back on it, everyone was so eager to help, which I should have been a little more open to. If I think about it, I will force my help upon my friends’ weddings, even if they say no – just because it’s such a special event to be involved in.
Were any of your family members or friends involved in the wedding and what were their contributions?
So many people were involved. The bridesmaids of course were there every step of the way, I am so thankful for them! My stepmom Lindy was hugely involved in running errands, picking up ribbons and brown paper bags, jars and candles for the tables to name a few. She really pulled out the stops for me, was such a rock of emotional support and it wouldn’t have been possible without her. Nic’s mom, Jane, is an absolute bargain queen, to put it lightly. She has a knack for finding anything you need, no matter how rare or non-existent. She helped so much with all the little things, the boys’ outfits, the little wooden fans for our order of service, and so much more. What a star! Karen, my step-cousin made all the petal cones for the guests, over 100 of them. All of my friends were so supportive and constantly offering their help. One of those Sundays I drank tea with my two friends, Sigrid and Kristin, as we tied favours in string with little thank you tags, which took about five hours! So many people helped out, for those I didn’t mention, we really do appreciate every little thing. We are so blessed to have such kind and willing friends and family. I would also like to say a special thank you to Jan, my mom’s best friend, who sent me a gorgeous flower to wear in my hair, all the way from Australia, it was just perfect.
Our wedding reflected our personalities perfectly, as we created a lot of the theme ourselves. The colours and decor were beautiful and crafty, and the illustrations of the two of us on our adventure added a quirky, unique and fun feeling – this sums us up quite nicely.
- Bridal Accessories: Accessorize |
- Bridal Accessories: Summer Blossom |
- Bridesmaids Dresses: Mr Price |
- Cakes: Vicious Delicious |
- Cakes: Patisserie Claire |
- Dress: Sharon Burrows |
- Entertainment: Blaze Function Band |
- Florists & Hiring: Joanna and Nicky - The Vintage Room - 071 2896930 /0835061685 |
- Catering: Meliam Catering |
- Hair & Make-up: Cheryl Parker |
- Photographers: Gavin Casey |
- Jewellery: Rohan Cherry Design |
- Shoes: Forever New |
- Stationery: The Bride |
- Venues: Langverwagt |