A Beautiful Bride For This Songwriting Groom

After years of friendship and romance, musician Matthew Mole married his beautiful muse on a stunning day at Babylonstoren. With the yellow Canola flowers in the background, and not a dry eye in the crowd, Jess walked down the aisle to a song Matt had written for her. The whole day played out like a fairytale for the couple. We love the down to earth feeling of this celebration – keep an eye out for the bride’s choice of shoes! 

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Their Story

Matt and I met at a cafe called Wolves, in Johannesburg, while on his first tour. We ended up chatting and exchanged numbers. Matt moved to Jo’burg a short while after that and we continued to meet up. We were friends for two years before we started dating and, while Matt kept pursuing me, I wasn’t interested in dating – silly me. I came to my senses and went out with him, which was the best decision I ever made. For our first date, Matt surprised me with a day trip to Durban, where we bungee jumped off the skytrain at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Many more adventures followed, including a few hot air balloon rides and memorable road trips.

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The Proposal

While on a trip to the UK, Matt chose a romantic, moonlit pier on the Thames river to propose to me. After dinner at a little Italian restaurant, we walked along the promenade, mesmerised by the city lights reflecting on the water. When we stopped to take it all in Matt pulled out a deck of cards, asked me to take one, remember it and to put it back. He pulled out a card and asked whether it was the one I had chosen. It wasn’t, but it did say “Marry me?”. Getting down on one knee, he told me why I was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with and of course I said yes! Celebrating with some friends in Soho and drinking champagne, we reminisced about all the moments leading up to that day.

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The Style

Babylonstoren was the perfect venue for us because it had so many components which reflected our style and what we wanted for our wedding. The flowers, fruit and veggies were all from their own gardens, which we loved because natural is always best.  Being down to earth and minimalistic, we really appreciated the attention to detail and the clean, elegant feel which was balanced with the earthy, farm vibe. 

The Big Day

Our DJ was great and we were able to put together a playlist for him which reflected not only our personalities, but also some memorable moments. Our first dance was to 99 Red Balloons by Nena, which reflected our goofy side. Having invited only our closest friends and family, there were 100 guests for the intimate gathering. Our friends from Gangs of Ballet performed during the pre-reception and we had little areas where our guests could take polaroid pictures, write in the guest book and stamp the fingerprint tree.

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Most Memorable Moments 

Besides walking down the aisle, which was the most memorable part of the day for me, we had a quiet moment together before entering the reception and it was so nice to be alone for a minute to take it all in.

Matt also wrote a brand new song for me, which he performed during the reception and it was a moment I will always remember.

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The Unexpected 

My veil blew off while I was walking towards the aisle, though luckily there was a huge tree in the way so no one could see.  My mom quickly rescued the day and it is a funny moment we shared, which we can laugh about to this day.

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The Dress

I have always dreamed about designing my own dress and having it custom-made. Visiting Olivelli, I wanted to get a feel for the style of dresses I liked. When I tried on this particular dress, I burst out crying because I knew it was the one. It had every tiny detail I had envisioned.

Though I still think about the other dress styles I tried on, I know I made the right decision with this one because of the story behind it and the way it made me feel.

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The Planning Process

Writing lists and creating timelines really helped us and having an amazing wedding planner, Kelly Hartmann, saved the day.  She helped me flesh out a lot of what needed to be done and helped me think of the little things, which I forgot about or didn’t know about, like planning the timeline of the reception (what time the guests eat and timing of the speeches etc). The decor gets done a lot faster when you have some help but the key is to delegate! Don’t try to do everything yourself or you will end up feeling stressed because you can’t get to the important tasks. Lastly, when you find the perfect dress you just have to keep reminding yourself why you chose it and the story behind finding it, and all the ‘what if’s’ fade away.

The Budget

Try to save where you can on things  you don’t really need, so that you can splurge on your favourites. I know it’s difficult, but it’s easy to go overboard with small items – which can add up quickly. If you have a small budget try to negotiate with people for better prices, because it never hurts just to ask.

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The D.I.Y

We made a fingerprint tree for the guests to sign their names, a seating chart with white markers and a black board, as well as many other black board signs. Matt also drew the ceremony programmes for the guests.

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Have a look at another Babylonstoren wedding that perfectly captures the earthy theme – keep an eye out for the bride’s unusual bouquet!