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Ernst & Christine’s Whimsical Vintage Wedding

May 30, 2011 by
If I were engaged I would so copy this wedding. I just love their idea of having a whole day to celebrate with friends and family. Ernst and Christine decided to ‘split’ their wedding day in two. The lovely couple started their big day with a laid-back picnic surrounded by the beautiful Franschhoek vineyards. They then said their vows, and celebrated their union with a glamorous Old World party.
Christine, a designer, wore two beautiful dresses. One very cute short dress and a long vintage style dress for the reception. The couple had a very hands-on approach to their wedding, including lots of DIYs. Christine also shares some very sensible advice about DIYs.

Tell us your love story?

Both of us were playing at a big music event at church (Ernst plays saxophone and I play violin). He says that when he saw me for the first time, he though: “I am going to marry that girl!”. When we eventually started a conversation, we couldn’t stop talking. Three weeks later we were dating!

Did you suspect anything before he popped the question?

He took me to Mozambique for a “diving” holiday. On the third day of this holiday he took me to the most beautiful place on the beach: There were coral stairs leading up to an old broken pier from the pre-war period, leading into to the crystal clear azure blue ocean. The sun was setting, and just as we sat down he popped the question. He proposed with a temporary pearl ring, knowing that I would probably want to design my own later.

What was the highlight of your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle knowing that “this is it!” and having confidence in the decision we were making.

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

I think I should have taken on less DIY projects. We really made everything … from the stationery to the wedding favours. I love projects like those, but it is unnecessary to put so much stress on yourself and on those who help you.

Any advice for brides-to-be?

The best advice came from a married friend: Make a point to stop every now and again during the day. Take in what it looks like, sounds like, smells like and feels like. Those are the moments you remember most.
Also, talk to friends who recently got married. We often only think about the bigger elements of planning and don’t realise that those hundred small tasks will hit hard two weeks before the wedding!

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

The Pretty Blog :) No jokes.

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

Working till late afternoons, coming home and organising a wedding until 2 am – The same pattern for months on end!
Bridal Accessories: Hair jewel by Lilyblue Bridesmaid dresses: MonsoonDress: Christine O’Kennedy Flowers: Joybells (mother-of-the-groom) 082 802 1212 Entertainment: DJ Charlie Brown from Club Mercury, Hair & Make-up: Helga Bridal Hiring: To-nett’s Photographer: Wil Punt Shoes: (Pumps) Lilyblue Stationery: DIY with the help of Heleen van Heerden Save the date: Heleen van Heerden Venue: Holden Manz Wine Estate, Kleingenot Franschhoek

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8 Responses to “Ernst & Christine’s Whimsical Vintage Wedding”

  1. Anne May 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Awww! What a lovely wedding. I especially love the two dresses. The lace one is just so perfect and I really like the short one, because it is wild and fresh. I so understand why you would copy the wedding :-)

  2. Karla May 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Love, love, love everything!

  3. Monica Dart May 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    ooh love all the beautiful details. Well done Will, these are tres chic!

  4. Heleen May 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    wow I relive your wedding with every word and photo, was so so special. love you my friend*

  5. Alana Meyer June 1, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Oh my goodness this is AMAZING!! what stunning photos – I could look at them all day! I’ve already lost 10mins of my day staring at them :)

  6. Rachie June 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Truly a beautiful wedding – the details are incredible and i love the photography x

  7. Nadia June 3, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Totaal en al MAL oor dit!!!!!

    Soveel idees vir my.. :)

  8. Haroldine vermaak June 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I am a professional wedding planner in Robertson in the western Cape, when I saw these photo’s my heart stopped! It is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on making your wedding memories extravagant! Wish you all the best, you make a beautiful couple!!
    Haroldine – dvineweddings@gmail


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