There’s only one way to describe today’s bride, and that is breathtakingly beautiful. Vicky married her love Glenn on a warm winter’s day in July in Hillcrest.We’re loving the bride’s lacy mermaid style wedding gown and pearl headpiece.She looked perfectly regal. Images by Bright Girl Photography.
Tell us your love story …
I met Glenn after a series of unfortunate events that led to me resigning my job and going back to varsity. Before we had met, we’d decided that we wouldn’t get into any relationship and would take time off for some introspection.When I moved into my flat I started looking for a church, and the one that was my last resort ended up becoming the best. I met Glenn after service and discovered that he ran a life group (small group to others) next door to my flat. He says that when I opened my mouth at the life group he immediately regretted making a decision to stay out of a relationship for a year. Earlier that day during the service, I had mentioned to Jesus that one day I’d like to marry someone like Glenn, purely because he seemed to love God more than anything else.Two years and one break up later, he asked me to have coffee with him on my day off, he said that we’d meet at a coffee shop we frequented a lot. Upon arriving I was given an envelope by one of the waiters. Inside the envelope was a letter instructing me to follow a series of steps to redeem my “stolen” heart. I had to go to the nearest jewellery shop and check my ring size, drive to the place we went for our first date (a hiking spot) in Cumberland and await further instructions. I arrived at our spot, to find him in a suit and a table decorated and ready for lunch. After force feeding myself all three courses, he finally popped the question!
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
The highlights of the day had to be my gran making me my favorite breakfast, which is all things fried … egg,bread, tomato. Seeing the joy in Glenn’s eyes as I walked down the aisle and the palpable presence of God in the ceremony and the reception was something I can take with me in memory till I die.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
If you can make it to the altar after the drama of preparing for a wedding, no obstacle is too great to part you from each other :)
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
I would take the time to enjoy watching my grannies shuffle into the church, rather than worry that we were running late. I’d also ask for help rather than take all tasks on by myself for fear of things not being done exactly as I want.
Did anything unexpected happen?
Yes! When Glenn and I walked into the reception, my gran jumped up from her seat and rather than clap with everyone she rushed up to Glenn and myself with a strange dance that looked like a cross between a shuffling robot and Zulu dancing.
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
I went online more often than not, I got wedding apps, used TheKnot.com and also just harassed my friends who’d gotten married before me for all their contacts.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
We had a problem in keeping the wedding as something bigger than an event, we wanted the focus to be on the covenant and have all the people in our community around us to witness us making this commitment to God. Finding a venue big enough and feeding all those people seemed like mission impossible but somewhere somehow there was more than enough to go around.I do remember crying because people were being so gracious and just giving us lots of gifts to help us realise our wedding and future together. I couldn’t wrap my head around how far people would go to see Glenn and I get married and have a great start up.
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?
Always ask family and friends if they have a “connection”. Basically, we all know some person who does something really cheap and really well. We found a beautiful white marquee that seats 300 people for our traditional ceremony for R2500 including chairs – because it was a certain uncle’s connection.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
We chose Avicci’s Blessed, because in my mind I wanted it to be a celebration and the instrumental of this track is just for plain, blissful getting down.