Gavin & Gabby’s Autumn Wedding

This sweet Durban wedding is the first on TPB by photographer Alexis Diack, and it’s filled with girly eye candy. It’s so feminine, and we love the whole look,
 from the blush-coloured bridesmaid dresses to the mismatched vintage plates. Gabby looked like a princess in her Abigail Betz dress and accessories. Really, have you ever seen such a pretty headpiece?

A word from Gabby:

I found our wedding to be a wonderful experience. I am a creative person and love to create and try new things and our wedding was a great way to keep doing that. It was the perfect day to start our lives together. That is what a wedding is – the first day of the rest of your lives and what comes after it is even better than that one day. Make sure you focus on that and not just ‘the wedding day’.

Tell us your love story

We first saw each other at a mutual friend’s get-together. It was – like they describe in the story books – love at first sight! Over the next couple of years we slowly got to know each other first as friends due to the fact that we were living in different countries. Not long after, it got too hard to live apart so we moved in together.

Please describe the proposal.

For my birthday Gavin had given me a voucher for us to learn to dive. A few weeks before we were due to start the course we decided to test out all our new kit in the pool – as you do. I had my head under the water trying out my mask when Gavin dived in at the far end of the pool and swam up beneath me with a ring! It took a few seconds for me to realise what he was doing … without hesitation I shouted YES! It was a complete surprise – one I found out he had been planning for a long time.

Any advice for brides-to-be?

Stay calm, think things through and be prepared for a few difficult conversations with your family. Everyone has their own idea about what they would like to have at your wedding. Be patient, listen to what they have to say and let them know that you will take their suggestions into consideration. Give a little on the small things – what seems like a big deal now you will not even be thinking about during your day. Remember that it is your and your husband-to-be’s wedding and your family will enjoy it no matter what. It all comes together in the end!

Any time-saving or organising tips?

Keep lists, from when you first get engaged, of ideas that you like. Do a lot of looking around in magazines – not only wedding magazines – for decor ideas. Write everything down. When you find a venue, keep a record of all the things that you discuss – it will come in handy when you are talking money down the line. Check out it may be an Aussie website but it helps you plan everything! And will help you with any difficult planning situations that you may have, they even have a section that helps you plan your table seating.

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

The More I See You by Chris Montez. It’s a beautiful song that suited us as a couple, our wedding and is not one that you will think back and wonder why on earth you chose that song.

Ooh we love your dress, tell us more.

My wedding dress and I first met in a magazine – SA’s Wedding Album. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I never actually thought that I would wear it. On my first shopping trip for a wedding dress in the first shop that I went to – Abigail Betz – I chose three dresses to try on. The second dress that I put on was heaven and I was in LOVE! I couldn’t bring myself to take it off – I couldn’t believe that it was so easy to find THE dress. I bought and, after a deep breath, paid for it that day. When I walked out the door I suddenly realised that I had seen the dress before … in a magazine! I had just bought my dream dress.