Dan & Nicole – Modern Meets Rustic

Today is a blue Monday, but it is the kind of blue Monday you want! We have a fabulous wedding with a stunning blue and white colour scheme coming your way.Dan and Nicole, who both work in the creative industry, opted for a contemporary look for their wedding. They also added a few playful touches, which we love, like the gigantic balloons and paper flower bunting.But let’s get back to that pretty blue colour scheme, which we think is absolutely gorgeous. This particular shade of blue is fresh, timeless and perfect for a summer wedding.
We are also loving the abundant baby’s breath flowers and the perspex table numbers that they used for reception tables. What’s more is the lovely couple tied the knot at Rockhaven (you all know I am a fan), a beautiful venue in Elgin. Rockhavenis a wondeful venue, but what makes me love it even more is the delicious food they serve there. Absolutely morish!The wonderful Jani from Jani B Photography took these beautiful images. Thanks Jani for sharing them with us.

Tell us your love story …

We were staying with Dan’s folks, in Sedgefield, over the weekend of the Knysna marathon – I was running the half with my dad. That evening Dan’s parents had invited my parents around for a home-cooked family dinner. While we were having a catch up chat, to everyone’s surprise (except maybe my dad) Dan suddenly handed a stone statue of a bull and bottle of whiskey over to my father. He then explained to all of us that this was Lobola (an African tradition where the groom makes a payment in cattle to the father of the bride before he is given permission to marry her) and that he would like to officially ask my dad for my hand in marriage. It was about here where the tears started to flow from all sides! After he got the nod from my Dad, he then whipped out the poem – How do I love thee. Let me count the ways – and got each of our parents to read out a verse. When they were done, he dropped to one knee and in front of everyone, he asked me to marry him. I was completely blown away, but in between all the sobs, I did manage to get out an “of course, YES”. Seeing the looks on our parents’ faces is something I will never forget – it was so special!

What were the highlights of your wedding day?

I couldn’t possibly single out one thing. For me, just seeing everything come together after all the hard work and planning, was completely overwhelming in itself! There were so many special people involved in the build up to the day, that you couldn’t help but feel the love!

Any advice for brides-to-be?

Our number one priority was to enjoy every single moment of the day! I know everyone says this, but it really does go by so quickly. Oh, and obviously try your best not to sweat the small stuff!

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

To be honest, no. Dan and I both wanted our wedding to be a representation of who we are as a couple. We wanted to keep it small and personal and that’s exactly how it turned out. We have an amazing group of family and friends that really pulled out all the stops – I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Did anything unexpected happen?

Just before I was about to walk down the aisle with my Dad, water from the garden sprinklers started to leak through the wall of the boathouse leaving puddles all the way up the aisle. There was a brief moment of panic, but nothing a little emergency squeegee couldn’t sort out.

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

Dan and I both work in the creative industry so we had a few tricks up our sleeves. Otherwise, a lot of our ideas came from a combination of wedding blogs and it definitely didn’t hurt that my best friend is a wedding stationery designer with impeccable taste!

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

Keeping our guest list down to 80 people.

Any time saving or organising tips?

Book everything as early as possible.

Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?

Do as much as you can yourself, but remember not to overload things as you still want to enjoy the day! Take advantage of friends and family that want to help out and get involved.

What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?

Saving Grace by Pete Murray.

Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?

Absolutely! All the stationery bits – and there was a lot! My bridesmaids were absolutely amazing with this. They were cutting, sticking, and stringing things together until all hours of the night! Then there was the decor – this was covered by my mom, the superhero. She made all our ideas (no matter how ‘off-beat’) come together. I couldn’t have done it without any of them.

What was the “theme” of your wedding, and why?

There wasn’t really a theme as such. It was more like a mixture of things – a representation of us. There was a bit of modern, some classic, a few rustic elements and then some craftiness thrown in for good measure. We just had fun with it.

How does your wedding reflect your personalities?

I guess you could say relaxed.