A Wedding Fairytale Under The Stars

Linda and Werner’s wedding was certainly one  right out of a fairytale. The bride’s gorgeously feminine gown by Stefania Morlandwith delicate and intricate detailing is ethereal. The dreamy reception saw the guests dining under the trees. Long inviting tables set the stage for an open air feast, all gorgeously lit with fairy lights and chandeliers. The fine details so perfectly complimentary – with an array of white flowers and beautiful touches of blue flowed throughout, with Delft inspired stationery and decor, elegant blue bridesmaids dress and the groom’s navy attire. All perfectly captured by Moira West

Their Story

We met for the first time in 2012 at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We were both in other relationships and didn’t think twice about each other in a romantic way. We are both doctors and Werner is six years older than I am. I finished my studies at the end of 2013. Following the degree is a 2 year period of internship,which was my next step. Werner was then specialising in internal medicine to become a Specialist Physician and was close to his final examinations. It was a miracle that I was accepted to do my internship at Groote Schuur hospital, since it is impossible to get a post in the Western Cape. For some reason, although I know it sounds very Grey’s Anatomy-ish, I knew I would meet my husband there. Werner and I ended up working in the same department and realised we really enjoyed each other’s company. We were also finally both single.

At a stage of he asked whether I would like to have coffee with him, or go for a hot air balloon flight…you know, things friends do. I told him if there were any motives apart from friendship I wasn’t ready, and he agreed. Six months later we got engaged…in a hot air balloon!

The Proposal

We started talking early on about marriage as there was just not a single doubt in my mind, or his. We however agreed it was all a bit sudden and we should wait at least a few months more to get engaged. We were on holiday in Plettenberg Bay with my parents, and one day he suddenly announced we were going away for one weekend.

He took me to Oudtshoorn for the weekend. We stayed in a tent and had to get up the next morning at 4am. When I saw the bakkie coming to fetch us with the big basket on the trailer, I knew what was coming! He asked me the question in a hot air balloon flying over a game farm outside Oudtshoorn. The thing we so often joked about in the beginning stages later became a symbol of love and freedom. We touched down at 7am, in time to have a whole day to celebrate with our families. The car unfortunately broke down and we had to hitchhike back to Oudtshoorn, but that was definitely part of the fun!

The Style

We both have a love for earthiness, antiques and simplicity which we wanted to portray on our wedding day. We are very relaxed people, and wanted our guests to feel at ease and create a sense of community. Having the wedding outside was never a doubt in my mind, much to the dismay of our families, especially being in Cape Town with the unpredictable weather! I wanted to have an open air feast under the trees, with plenty of light, white flowers, greens and Dutch inspired Delft. I love blue patterns, and when Werner insisted on wearing a navy suit, I started toying with the idea of bringing blue, especially Delft and Toile in as our second colour/theme. Long tables, fairy lights and our amazing live band all contributed to the festivities of the day.

Most Memorable Moments


Seeing her walk down the aisle was completely overwhelming – a feeling not easily described. Eating together as husband and wife under the lights. The first dance, unaware of anyone else but one another.


Everyone’s faces as soon as I got dressed. Seeing Werner fight the tears as I walked down the aisle. Seeing loved ones in the crowd who I knew went to great lengths to attend our wedding. Walking between our rows of tables, seeing our guests pass food on, seeing the fairy lights and listening to the musi. And thinking – this is exactly what I wanted!

The Unexpected

Two weeks before the wedding I didn’t have a dress, as the one that was being made 8 months in advance was a complete disaster. Stefania Morland created something spectacular in literally two weeks.

The Dress

I saw a similar dress on a picture and I took it to a dressmaker soon after we got engaged. The original dress progressed very slowly and I had a strange uneasiness about the evolving product which I hoped would pass.

When my mother first saw the dress her face was enough to tell me that it wasn’t good.  Three weeks before the wedding my mother contacted Stefania Morland, who was making her wedding outfit, and she originally agreed to try and alter the current dress. After seeing it, she decided it would be better for her to start from scratch, which she did very speedily.

I loved the airy fairyness of the dress with loads of material, the asymmetry and the beaded lace which was hand stitched on. It came out much more extravagant than I thought but I loved how it felt, and especially the little bows at the back! She is an amazing designer and artist.

Tips & Advice

Get a wedding planner! Izandi from I do4u is a bride’s greatest investment. Not only is she an amazing wedding planner, but she climbs quickly into all four chambers of your heart! Look at Pinterest and wedding magazines, but focus on what is true and significant to yourself and your husband and make that the theme and inspiration of the wedding. There are so many beautiful ideas for a wedding so it can be completely overwhelming. Spend more time planning for marriage than for the wedding day. Werner was very good at lovingly reminding me when my focus was not in the right place. Delegate – I was terrible at delegating, but people actually really like helping.

The Budget

Plan a budget and stick to it! Decide beforehand what are non-negotiable factors that tend to be pricey and try to cut back on the smaller unnecessary costs. An all-inclusive venue really saves a lot. Once again, a wedding planner really saves you time and money in the long run. Few people expect an open bars so opt for a cash bar or run a tab. 

The D.I.Y

I made dreamcatchers with cross stitching wooden circles, lace and ribbons to hang from the trees. We also had a Bible verse theme for each table printed on their place cards.

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