The slick and chic, seaside wedding of Andy and Leigh was celebrated at the scenic Salt Rock in Durban earlier this year. Despite it being winter, the weather was just as warm and sunny as the disposition of the 87 guests who attended their special day. After 6 years of dating whilst residing in the UK, both Andy and Leigh wanted to tie the knot on home shores. We love the effortless simplicity of the couple’s approach to the visual designs of the day and how it complemented their fresh seaside setting. The colour scheme of mainly white with touches of soft sage allowed for timeless appeal and speaking of timeless elegance, Leigh looked completely ‘ à la mode’ in the wedding dress which was in fact also worn by both her grandmother and mother. Pickle Photography captured these momentous moments.
Andy and I first met as children. Andy was one of my brothers best friends at junior school and they’ve been friends ever since. This was a great source of entertainment during the speeches at our wedding. He moved to London a year after I did and moved in with my brother. We started seeing each other at various events and parties, and one night in Notting Hill, we officially got together. 6 years later, Andy proposed on a balcony in Paris with the most incredibly beautiful ring he had made in South Africa. We had the most perfect 3 days in Paris. The entire weekend felt like the proposal and we floated around the city on cloud 9.
The whole day passed in such a blur, but there are definite snapshot memories that I cherish, like being down on the beach with the bridal party and my husband when we had our pictures taken. – Leigh
Planning a wedding includes a lot of administration and planning and also involves many people. How did you keep track of everything and everyone? Planning a wedding when you’re living in a different country is a massive challenge. Luckily it was one I didn’t have to face when my mother, sister and god mother came to my rescue. My mother in law and aunts also were a huge support system. My mom had this magic file with all the suppliers’ details and when I arrived in Durban two weeks before the wedding. I came armed with a number of spreadsheets. Most people mocked me about my spreadsheets but I think having a very detailed time line allowed me to enjoy more of the day, knowing that everyone knew where they needed to be and when.
One of my favourite moments was our MC, Leigh’s brother Jonathan, getting the bridal party up to rein act how we met. It was so funny and a really special moment to share with everyone. – Andy