Merve & Marize’s Summer Celebration

Hydrangeas are some of my favourite flowers, unfortunately we do not see them at weddings quite that often here in South Africa, as they are in season for only a short while. Hydrangeas are also notorious for wilting quite easily. So you can imagine my delight when Wesley Vorster sent me this beautiful soiree filled with dusty pink and lilac hydrangeas. It was love at first sight!Marize only decided on the flowers for her wedding two weeks before the big day as she wanted to use flowers in season.
 In an effort to save resources, time and money, the couple took a very practical approach to planning their wedding. And using seasonal flowers was part of their attempt to live a greener lifestyle.We are totally smitten with the wedding colour scheme, so soft but also summery and romantic. We also can’t get enough of Marize’s beautiful Mantilla veil and hair accessories. What a gorgeous bride!

Tell us your love story.

We met in Bloemfontein on a very cold night during the June holidays in 2006. Coincidentally we both lived in Stellenbosch along the Eersterivier at that time, so we had so much in common, which made it very easy to get along right away. What is even more surprising, is that we only met in my final year at varsity and his first year of his working career

So how did he pop the question?

Merve went to great lengths to keep the proposal a secret, because to him the surprise factor was everything! The actual proposal took place in the beautiful town White River at Oliver’s Lodge. The 5-star lodge is situated on the first green of the White River golf course. Merve loves a game of golf, and he quickly converted me to become an avid golfer myself.So while we were at Oliver’s Lodge, went for a romantic dinner the one evening. There were candles and rose petals on every step leading into the cellar and more candles and rose petals on the table. Merve  is quite the romantic, so I decided that it was simply a lovely treat for me.When he said grace for the meal we were about to receive, he asked for our relationship to be blessed from here on and the road that we are going to embark on … And then when I opened my eyes he had the ring in his hand and asked me to marry him. It will always remain one of the most memorable days of my life!

What were the highlights of your wedding day?

It must be the church ceremony. Walking down the aisle to the wedding march with my dad … wow! We will always treasure the beautiful message by Ludwig Alberts, who also happens to be a dear friend. Looking into my husband’s eyes whilst making the biggest promise to him before God was a beautiful moment I will never forget.

Any advice for brides-to-be?

Not to get swept up too much by the wedding buzz. Always remember why you are getting married, which is to celebrate the love you have for one another!

Any time saving or organising tips?

Set-up a time-frame diagram in the beginning and map out when you want to be finished with what. You will probably fall behind schedule very quickly but it helps to keep everything together.

Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?

Do not underestimate your own creativity. My husband for instance helped me to make hearts out of grape vines. It was hard work, but we had so much fun. Shop around – I found that the hiring companies in the northern suburbs are cheaper than the southern suburbs.

QuestionDid your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?

The hearts made from grape vines. We also curated our own sweetie table.