Lukas & Landi’s Handmade Wedding

A gorgeous dress, a breathtaking location and darling details are all in store for you from today’s Real Wedding. And I can’t think of a more perfect way to end this busy week on The Pretty Blog! Lukas and his beautiful wife Landi tied the knot on a perfect summer’s day in Tulbagh. These two nature lovers opted to tie the knot in this sleepy town in the Boland winelands, as they wanted a creative, laid-back affair surrounded by a beautiful landscape.
And with the help of loved ones, it is exactly what they got.Now this is what I call a family wedding, seems like everyone was involved. And Landi is blessed with a bunch of very talented people in her family. Why not use them? Even Landi’s granny was put to work. Her sister Zani and friend Erna, the duo from Lace Blossom, made the gorgeous gown. And Landi’s brother-in-law, the formidable Du Wayne Denton, took the stunning pictures.

How did you meet and fall in love?

Lukas and I met ten years ago in Langebaan through a mutual friend. We had a holiday fling! Lukas is from Ceres and I lived in Cape Town so we only saw each other again three years later, when Lukas moved to Cape Town for his studies. We started dating early January 2006 and have been inseparable since! We knew we were meant to be and would marry one day!

So how did pop the question?

Lukas teamed up with my sister Zani and her husband Du Wayne Denton to plan a secret engagement couple shoot! Du Wayne’s been asking us for months to do a couple shoot for his portfolio. On the 5th of September 2010, a beautiful spring day, we set off to Grabouw to meet with Du Wayne. He took beautiful pictures of us – long grass with the mountain in the background. We had so much fun! After a few hours we went to our last location – fresh new blossoming apple orchards! Breathtaking! Lukas stood behind me while Du Wayne did his thing, then Lukas started to whisper sweet words into my ear … he once again declared his love to me and told me he had a present for me! He handed me a cute black and white box with green ribbon and broccoli (I’m vegetarian and broccoli is my favourite!) printed on the lid. I completely froze with shock and excitement mixed together. He told me I had to open the present. When I saw my gorgeous vintage diamond ring, he asked if I’d please be his wife. I was stunned. He had to repeat the question again, as I had still not answered him I said yes! We kissed non-stop and embraced each other. I had no idea Lukas would propose that day, nontheless at our couple shoot. Our magical moments and emotions captured on film, how great is that!

Any time saving or organising tips?

Even if it’s a year in advance, start planning your wedding. If you want to make crafts, start straight away. When it’s done, it’s done. Also use what you have or can make yourself. For instance: we used desert roses from Lukas’s garden as table décor!

Did your wedding include any DIY projects?

Lukas and his best man made 100 placemats out of wire and chicken wire, which they rusted in pool acid. My bridesmaids, family and myself also got together to do and make crafts! My sister and her partner, Erna, who is also a friend of mine, made my wedding dress, bunting and crafts! Du Wayne, my brother-in-law was our fantastic engagement and wedding photographer! My mother Zetta played a very big role in the planning of our wedding. She surprised us with a poppy seed wedding cake and her ideas were neverending. We also made the brooches that we gave the ladies as a thank you gift. My grandmother even crocheted flowers for it. We made our table pieces, signs, placemats, décor, metres of bunting and many more. The gifts that we gave the men were mini bonsai trees. They were grown four months in advance by Russell Smal. They’re so small, they can stand on two of my fingers – too cute.