Even though it feels like winter is back here in the Western Cape, the girls at The Pretty Blog are in spring mode. Out with the greys and blacks, and in with the sorbet colours! Even my home smells of jasmine and blossoms. And since we are indulging in fresh blooms, I thought it fitting to share a wedding with the most beautiful and dreamy flower arrangements with you today.Marc and Fran opted for a vintage chic wedding with a dash of Chanel, very romantic! Well-known floral company Okasie did the beautiful floral arrangements. .
We simply can’t get enough of the flower canopy and the centerpieces with the soft blush-coloured roses.But it is not just the flowers that blew us away, we’re also loving Fran’s Cindy Bam lace gown, the black bridesmaid dresses and the stationery, to name a few. But the most beautiful is the oh-so-in-love couple, whose spirits could not be dampened by the unexpected rain on their wedding day
Tell us your love story.
Marc spent a good few months courting me until I finally gave in and we started officially dating. From there things moved swiftly along, and after a year and a half of dating, Marc proposed on his birthday – which was the only day I would never have expected him to. He said it would be the greatest gift that he could ask for and that every year on his birthday he would carry the memory thereof
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
The general atmosphere, having our closest friends and family all in one place.Marc: Seeing how beautiful Fran was coming down the aisle, dancing through the night, the speeches.Fran: Seeing my family together, seeing Marc as I came down the aisle and most definitely the speeches.
Did anything unexpected happen?
The weather meant we were unable to use the outside areas as planned and our ceremony had to move to a much smaller (under cover) area. At least it was still outside – tight but beautiful.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
It is very difficult when the people you are working with or people you think would only have your best interest at heart trot to their own tune. Organising people proved to be very difficult. It is good to know your own and other’s limitations in order not to be disappointed.
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?
It is really important to do your own budget. Ask for the quotes to be all-inclusive; this might mean additional staff, additional kitchen equipment, staff transport etc. So before you start allocating your budget, get the quotes in and then after you have worked it all out, leave some budget for extra time or hidden costs. We found it best to be up front with suppliers. Having your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue as where you are staying or getting ready, means you can reuse the flowers, the chairs and whichever other details or accessories you might have.
Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?
Yes, most of the stationery – except for the invitations which were done by the very talented Lauren Fowler – was all DIY with great execution from the Good Letter Press.