This winter wedding is the perfect mix between wildwood simplicity and fairytale romance. Long wooden tables, burgundy accents and the bride’s chic velvet wrap (though we’re glad she braved the cool weather for their beautiful couple shoot!). We loved their unique ceremony spot and the abundance of fairy lights, which just adds a touch of magic to any day.
Barend and I met eight years ago while studying at Tuks university. We were both in res and had a lot of mutual friends, but only met when his company had lunch at the restaurant where I worked as a waitress. I noticed him staring at me – he later asked whether we had met before but it turns out that he’d confused me with another Yolandi. Nonetheless, he got my attention. Later, we bumped into each other again and he asked for my number – the rest, as they say, is history!
After varsity, I moved to Cape Town for work and we ended up having a long distance relationship for four years, flying between Cape Town and Pretoria every second month. In my final year in Cape Town, Barend came down for a weekend and we went hiking in Stellensbosch. We walked to the waterfalls in Jonkershoek and when we arrived, there was a couple and their child. Barend asked them to take a photo of us standing under the waterfall. It was here that he went down on one knee on the slippery rocks and asked me to marry him.
I definitely think my flowers, done by Bloom Floral Design, were amazing and the colours that I envisioned really made everything come to life. The tables and decor I rented, like the gold cutlery and side plates, really finished off the romantic look with the burgundy and marsala colours of the flowers. The greenery of the natural gardens and the pop of colour really came together in the end. We also strung fairy lights throughout the garden and when the sun set, it was the most magical experience. It made the night feel like fairytale with all the fairy lights around us!
We both love dancing and our first dance was such a special moment. It was such an immense feeling of joy and happiness that I didn’t want it to end! – Yolandi, bride
I bought my Casey Jeanne wedding dress at Calegra in Pretoria. I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I love the simplicity and femininity – the thin strap detail, low back and stunning beading on the bodice really suited my personal style. I also love how the soft tulle skirt had movement and gave the dress a romantic and soft feeling. I also loved that it was very comfortable and I could enjoy my whole day without feeling uncomfortable.
Tips for planning a wedding
I must say, the wedding venue you choose plays a big role in all the planning. I used a lot of suppliers close to my venue which helped with logistics on the day, like the flowers and entertainment. The venue also did all the catering and helped with set-up and packing-up – they definitely took a lot of my stress away. I’d advise researching what the venue offers – the more they can provide, the easier it is to plan all the other additional things.