We do love a beautifully minimalist wedding and this one is a beaut! Lucius and Siobhan’s stylish day just stole our hearts when we spotted it. The combination of minimal decor and a stunning couple shoot is the perfect way to start our month of Clean and Calm inspiration. Look out for the unique way these newlyweds entered their reception!
Lucius and I met in our honours year at Stellenbosch University and dated long distance for three years. We were then blessed by being able to move to Amsterdam for an 18 month adventure where we worked and travelled through Europe.
We made the best memories, saw amazing things and to top it all, we returned home engaged. Lucius had popped the question on a beautiful little Croatian island called Vis. He had also arranged a surprise engagement shoot which was then featured on The Pretty Blog! It was just the beginning of our story and we’ve loved every second of dreaming up our big day.
We set our hearts on having a weekend celebration, were our guests could have a weekend away and be surrounded by the beautiful South African Karoo scenery. Cradock is a very sentimental town to Lucius, as his family run a farm where many of his childhood memories were made. We kicked off our wedding weekend with a braai (barbecue) the Friday night. It was amazing to see our guests become friends, standing around a bonfire, enjoying a drink or two. Looking back, a weekend wedding was one of the best decisions we made as we got to spend more time with our friends and family and enjoy the celebrations to its fullest. We decided we wanted lots of earthy, natural tones for our décor and flowers with hints of Delft as a little reminder of our time together in Amsterdam. Our stationery was done by the very talented Anzel, from White Kite Studio, which captured the essence of our décor and colour scheme. Having someone take care of our stationery was a big weight off our shoulders as we were overseas for most of our engagement.
Jacques, from Die Waenhuis, was amazing – right from the get-go, he was just as excited about our décor and flowers. He exceeded all our expectations and helped to create the day we had dreamt of. We wanted bare, wooden buffet-style tables with big vases of white flowers and Delft side plates. Most of all, we wanted a big, relaxed and fun-filled celebration with all our friends and family. A special touch we included in the celebration was a tequila, sugar and lemon shot in remembrance of my fun-loving stepmom, who had passed away in early 2016.
What do you love most about each other?
What I love most about Lucius is his huge love for family and friends. His fun-loving and outgoing personality and his ability to make everyone smile with his infectious, positive, go-getter attitude towards life. I love that he looks at me as if I’m the only girl in this world and that I always feel treasured.
Siobhan is my best friend and she is always there for me. She makes me happy and smile no matter what! She has the best personality and just is the most wonderful person on earth. On top of that, she is truly beautiful and I love her with all my heart!
I was one lucky bride! I had known that I wanted Janita Toerien to design my dress long before I was engaged. I have always enjoyed weddings and wedding blogs and, from the many hours looking at photographs, I fell in love with her style and her ability to compliment any body type. After I visited Janita at her studio (and tried on all of her dresses), I quickly realised what style suited me and which ones I should avoid. I knew I wanted simplicity and clean lines, with long sleeves and an open back. Janita designed three dresses for me with the elements I loved, bringing my gorgeous dress to life.
Tips for planning a wedding
Choose service providers whose style you love and who understand your vision for the day, as it makes a world of difference to have people on your side who you trust and who share your excitement with you. Decide which elements of your wedding are most important to you and cut down on the smaller things to help with the budget.
We sourced and made (with the help of my bridesmaids) the beautiful cheese cake tower, which part of our pre-drinks and I handmade the backdrop for our polaroid photo booth. My mother in law is amazing at sewing and she handmade all the bowties for our bowtie station, which added a fun element to our day, as well as contributing delicious fudge and brownies for part of our dessert table.
Tell us about the honeymoon!
We decided to go local, after 18 months of travelling through Europe, and enjoy what South Africa has to offer. We spent two nights in the Mountain Zebra National Park, in a secluded chalet. We had no signal and it was the perfect spot to relax and break free from the world. Next up were two nights in the Camdeboo National park, in a beautifully renovated old farm house. We visited the Valley of Desolation and soaked up the sun next to the pool. Then we stayed at Kuzuko Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park for two nights, which was wonderfully luxurious. The best was saved for last – as a wedding gift from a few of our guests, we spent our last night at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a world-class, Big Five safari game reserve. It was an amazing experience!
Quick on the draw
We had confetti poppers for our first dance and as our guests gathered around us, our MC explained when they should pop the confetti. Some of the guests got a little excited, though, and started popping them as soon the music started. For a moment, I though it was going to be a domino effect but it ended as a good laugh and made for an amazing photo, captured perfectly by Celeste. Also, our eight year old cousin and flower girl caught my bouquet! It was hilarious and I can’t wait to show her the photos when she is a bit older!