I just returned from holiday, so for me this is the first day in the office. And we’re starting with a bang – Pieter and Lize’s beautiful wedding! As much as I believe that “less is more”, I’m a more is more girl at heart. So when I received these beautiful images from Adene Photography, it was love at first sight.
I’ll start with the dress, it’s simply fabulous! Not to mention the stunning bridesmaid dresses, you can stare at them for hours. We’re also loving how Lize combined her opulent attire with rustic decor.
We met seven years ago at university. We both knew of each other, but had never actually met. Two of our mutual friends took on the role of matchmakers and made sure that we ‘accidentally bump into each other’. Pieter asked me to his formal dance a week later and the rest (as they say) is history …
How did you pop the question?
After seven years, of which two and a half was at university and the remaining years in the United Kingdom, we were very keen to get married and settled in South Africa. We always knew we would get married one day, but wanted to take the big step once we got back home. During February 2010 I bought a ring during a brief visit to SA, with the plan to get engaged within a few months in the UK or Europe. Lize and I then planned a 2-week holiday to Cape Town in September 2010 and I knew that the holiday would serve up the best opportunity to ask for her hand in marriage. For seven months I had to hide the ring from her, waiting in anticipation for our holiday… Finally the holiday commenced and one of the first things I had to do was to ask her parents’ permission to marry their daughter. I was quite surprised by how easy it was, especially considering how nervous that situation made me feel. The only thing I had to do now was to find the right time and place to get engaged. As I woke up on the morning of the 17th September, the sun was out for the first time that week and I knew this was the big day! Lize and I drove along the coast of False Bay and stopped at one of the viewing points where I asked her to marry me. A whale even appeared closeby to join in the occasion and to welcome us back in sunny SA …
What was the highlight of your wedding?
The moment my mother, father and bridesmaids saw my dress for the first time. I kept it a secret. Walking down the aisle towards my future husband was extremely emotional! When Pieter said in his speech that I am his ‘happy place’. Oh, and our first dance of course!
Any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Involve your fiancé in everything you can and once you have conceptualised everything, ask your friends and family for help! Remember what the day is all about. I read somewhere: “It is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then all went perfectly” – So don’t sweat the small stuff and try to constantly stay ‘in-sync’ with your life partner.
How does wedding reflect your wedding?
We are both in love with this country and its diverse nature and loved Italy so we decided to give the church a South African feel. We had proteas down the isle, fynbos bouquets and springbok badges for the groomsmen. At the reception we incorporated the Italian theme in the food and décor, we kept it simple and organic ~ The Italian way.