We are staying in Stellenbosch today for another outdoor wedding. High school sweethearts Ter and Helene tied the knot earlier this year on De Waal Wine Farm just outside Stellenbosch. They had a perfect summer wedding made possible by the help of their loved ones. Ter and Helene’s family also made sure that it was a day filled with little surprises.
We are loving the dusty pink colour scheme, festive outside tables and all the fruit arrangements. Not to mention the beautiful surroundings. Leani Holmes was snapping away on Ter and Helene’s wedding day.
I will never forget the day he called me and said he was downstairs! I couldn’t believe it! It was a movie moment! That was when we knew!
Tell us your love story. How did you meet and fall in love?
My best friend invited me to Struisbaai for the first time in December 2001. Ter (my best friend’s cousin) and some of his friends were staying next door. We were so shy back then – he held my hand for two days before even thinking about a kiss! Luckily this wasn’t just a summer romance. We dated for the remainder of my high school years (he would meet me EVERY morning before school with a present of some sort.
Ter had to go to London after school, so we decided to break it off. We stayed in contact and chatted for hours on the phone whenever we had the opportunity. I will never forget the day he called me and said he was downstairs! I couldn’t believe it! It was a movie moment! That was when we knew!
So how did he pop the question?
I planned the proposal myself without even knowing it! I asked him if we could go to Struisbaai for a weekend getaway. While we were driving I suggested that we should go for a walk on the beach before we go to the beach house. He was more than eager! I kept on wanting to sit down somewhere and enjoy the view.
He wanted to walk further down the beach, till he found the perfect spot where we used to sit when we met. I was chatting away and he was very quiet until he told me how much he loved me and popped the question! I was SO surprised he had to ask me twice! Through the tears, I managed to say yes!
What was the highlights of your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Ter with the biggest smile ever!
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Make use of your contacts! People are so eager to help … it’s the best feeling ever.
Did anything unexpected happen?
We got a few awesome surprises – Ter surprised me with a beautiful wedding band, Ter’s father surprised us with special wine labels on all the wine bottles served at the wedding and Ter’s aunts surprised us with a videographer! We felt so blessed.
Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?
Ter’s mom made all the flags and serviettes, Ter’s aunt did the entire flower arranging herself and my mom made all the hearts, table numbers and the table placing. Robyn wrote all the name tags by hand. We were so blessed, because every single part of our wedding was done by someone we love! The day simply would not have been all that it was had it not been for their brilliant ideas and hard work.
Everyone was involved in our wedding! We couldn’t be thankful enough! The people in our lives are absolutely amazing!