Henri & Déde’s Countryside Charm

Henri and Dedé’s wedding is right up my alley. The long tables decorated with wooden boards, herbs, textured runners, beautifully designed stationery and clean lines are so refreshing, and an absolute feast for the eye. Dedé chose a natural berry red to add to the layers of earthy whites to create a simple yet warm look.The beautiful couple tied the knot on a lovely spring day in October, and it was a merry, relaxed affair.
The smell of barbecued kebabs welcomed guests at the venue and guided them to the grass terraces where they could play boules and enjoy fun cocktails.Dedé looked like a film star in her silk chiffon dress designed by Elbeth Gillis. It had lots of movement and we agree with Dedé that the back detail and flow of the dress is simply exquisite. Nikki Meyer did a wonderful job capturing the big feast.

Tell us your love story.

We met on the beach in Vleesbaai one December holiday five years ago. Henri just finished his degree in winemaking at Elsenburg and I was working as a graphic designer in Johannesburg. After a few months of long phone calls and flying back and forth weekend after weekend I packed my bags and followed him to Cape Town. And as the popular saying goes, the rest is history.Henri got down on one knee in the windy Simon’s Town. He planned a romantic weekend away for us and after I said yes we celebrated till three in the morning with lots of bubbly and dancing.

What were the highlights of your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle next to my father and seeing my handsome husband nervously waiting just for me.

Any advice for brides-to-be?

My advice for brides-to-be is to enjoy every moment, it is your party after all.

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

Looking back now, there are loads of things that I would have done differently. But I would not want to change a thing, because it is part of what made the day unique and we can laugh about it now.

Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?

I found inspiration everywhere. Mostly on blogs, magazines and of course Pinterest.

Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?

We wanted the day to be a celebration of us and therefore where we could, we created elements ourselves. From designing the stationery to Henri making a special wine just for the day, we aimed to achieve an atmosphere unique to us as a couple.