The wedding of Cisco and Lani has gone beyond inspirational and defies the concept of conventional formalities. After a beautiful open-air ceremony at Molenvliet Estate, guests were treated to a festive ‘street festival’ in the vineyards and preceded to a reception area, filled with a variety of chic colonial-inspired lounge areas. The reception area was even adorned with potted plants and trees. No traditional tables or seating allocations were present and the result was a relaxed yet lavish ambiance with guests casually mingling during the entire evening.
Lani looked like a princess in her slim gown. It’s hard to believe that the couple planned their entire wedding over the internet and so left their trust in the hands of Sven from W.Collaboration. They couldn’t be more thrilled with the end result and the immense attention to detail is clearly evident in the images so beautifully captured by Zara Zoo Photography.Take note, all brides-to-be, that the warm hues and rich textures of this elegant wedding provide the perfect combination of colour palettes and natural elements for a romantic autumn soiree.
What were the highlights of your wedding day?
The very first time I saw Lani coming down the aisle was an unforgettable moment. I also then took her engagement ring, which I personally designed to get polish, but got a wedding band added without her knowing. She only got the surprise when I placed the ring on her finger at the ceremony. It was the cutest thing to see her face light up. One other amazing special moment was when Lani and I arrived at the wedding and saw the venue decorated for the very first time. It was overwhelmingly beautiful and exceeded our expectations by everything we could possibly try to imagine.
Any advice for couples currently planning a wedding?
It is highly recommended to use a wedding coordinator that you are comfortable with. Also on the day of the wedding relax and enjoy, it is over in the wink of an eye. Whatever has not been done or has not taken place how it should have, doesn’t matter. It will still be the best day of your life. Think about it. The most precious possession that has come to you is your partner’s heart!
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
Absolutely nothing! If anything, I would say spend the extra money and find yourself a videographer. The photos and video are there to cherish forever.
Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?
We think most of our ideas came from traveling for years around the globe and most of all from our line of work. Even thought we are not in the wedding trade we are very much so in the upmarket hospitality industry. Sven Crofton who was our wedding co-ordinator has been very helpful taking our ideas and his own ideas and compiling them into a magical fairytale.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?
The fact that our wedding was all planned via e-mail and Skype calls and the two of us being thousands of miles from South Africa. Everything was picked via the internet with a tremendous amount of trust in Sven Crofton, our wedding co-ordinator. It all worked out amazingly at the end!
Any time saving or organising tips?
We spent days on the smallest detail, which is important to us but your guests would never know the difference. Do not get concerned about the small things and even if something does not go the way you planned, it all works out at the end with no one even noticing.
What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?
Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me, it was an old-time favourite of ours and the song is an absolute classy classic. We could really be ourselves on this song.