Sam & Layla ‘s Countryside Wedding

Another week filled with ideas and pretty things comes to a close with this delightful Franschhoek wedding. Layla met her English gentleman while working and living in London and they decided to tie the knot here in South Africa. They chose the beautiful Vrede and Lust Wine Farm as their wedding venue for its beautiful scenery and of course the good food and wine on offer. Layla says, “People still comment on the delicious beef fillet main and copious amounts of good wine”.
For the decor they chose a  navy blue, duck egg blue, cherry red,taupe and white colour scheme to give the reception a relaxed
countryside feel. They also used an array of different fabrics for the lampshades and napkins. Tanya from Aartsappel created the most beautiful centerpieces all in shades of green. The wonderful Nastassja Harvey was there on Sam and Layla’s big day.

Tell us your love story …

I moved to London in 2005 for a few years to gain work experience. Little did I know I would meet my future husband and make London my home. Sam and I met at work. Our first encounter was in the lift where he mentioned he was off to South Africa on a hockey tour. He seemed so confident but I later learned he was shaking in his boots! That was the start and it developed from there. Four years later I organised a holiday to Kilifi in Kenya for some winter sun. He wanted to continue the African theme and caught me off guard and dropped to one knee in the midday heat. I was super surprised and wasn’t expecting it at all. I burst into tears not only from joy but also because I’d made him work for it and felt bad.

What were the highlights of your wedding day?

There were so many highlights on our wedding day but one of the biggest was being able to spend our special day with family and friends from all over the world. We were fortunate to have 110 people there and only a handful were actually from the Cape. The amazing setting during our ceremony is up there because we had the Simonsberg mountains as the backdrop, it was perfect!

Any advice for brides-to-be?

Let your friends and family help out. You cannot do it all on your own! It was pretty stressful, at times, organising a wedding in Franschhoek from London. Also, don’t bother spending any money on a cake; I had friends and family bake cakes, brownies and pies and they also set up the cake table on the day. It all looked amazing and delicious and there weren’t any leftovers at the end of the night. I would highly recommend a photobooth and props for the dance floor.

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

I put together colour and style mood boards to keep me focused because it’s very easy to change your mind a thousand times. I spent every spare moment on wedding blogs like The Pretty Blog and utilised the supplier list. Pinterest is also a fab tool for inspiration and I put together various mood boards to send to suppliers so they understood what I was after.

Any time saving or organising tips?

Mood boards! Send them to your suppliers so they understand your style.

Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?

Lots … I’m a graphic designer so I designed our save-the-dates and wedding invites. As mentioned before, the cakes were homemade. We had matching lampshades and napkins made for the tables. We also used blackboard paint for various signs and the seating plan.