On a rare Cape winter’s day, where the sky was blue, the sun was out and the wind was still, Jeannie and Nick said their vows at the picturesque Nooitgedacht Estate. Braving long distance wedding planning and travelling all the way from Bristol, England, to tie the knot in Stellenbosch, this stunning couple’s opulent winter wedding is a beauty to behold. The rich winter florals are perfectly punctuated by stunning touches of blue, with the gorgeous shades of navy bridesmaid’s dresses and classic touches of delft. All perfectly captured by talented Jenni Elizabeth.
Nick and I met in 2007 through a mutual friend in a small dance bar in the ‘Platteland’. The jury is still out on who came up to who, but Nick is adamant that I made the first move. I give him the benefit of the doubt though, because after that first kiss he chased me for an entire year. We became good friends but soon realised he was never going to give up! In 2008, he cleverly made his way out of the friend-zone, as I decided to give him a chance, and it was the start of an amazing adventure. In 2014, we moved to the UK, and got engaged just outside of Bath.
The most obvious highlight would be when I saw Jeannie standing at the bottom of the isle in her beautiful dress – gorgeous as ever. I knew she had been dreaming of that moment since she was a little girl, and I was so taken by the energy that it brought tears to my eyes. Her dad luckily broke the ice a bit when he started shouting ‘Beautiful, beautiful!’ as they strolled down the isle.
Our MC was a revelation. He told jokes, stories and brought a personal feel to everything. He set the tone for the wedding, and I think much of the atmosphere was thanks to him. We also planned to do a dance routine that took me so far out of my comfort zone that I had sweaty palms all the way through the evening. Again, I think our dance took the mood up another level, as we put ourselves out there and let our guests know that we are were there to have a good time. It was the greatest day of my life so far!
The whole day was a highlight. We had almost 40 friends and family flying internationally to celebrate the day with us. If I had to pick the most special part, I would say the ceremony. Our ceremony was something I’ll never forget, seeing Nick for the first time, with tears in his eyes, and reading the vows we wrote ourselves – it was so personal and real. The love, happiness and intimacy that I felt during that time is something I’ll treasure forever.
The three words that I would use to describe the style of our wedding would be romantic, warm and timeless. It was a winter wedding and therefore we decided on warm colours for the flowers filled with a few pastels and lots of greenery. There was never a doubt in our minds that my sister-in-law Nikki Du Plessis, of Bridesidekick, and her mother, Karen, would be the ones to rely upon in ensuring our wedding would be the picturesque scene we had envisioned in our minds. Being 6000km away, I had to trust Nikki with my ideas, and let her run with them. With her added elegant touch, she surpassed our imagination in every way! It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I still look back at the photos in awe!
I’ve never had a set idea of what my perfect wedding dress would look like, but I did fall in love with a dress in the Elle Saab perfume ad many years ago, which gave me a starting point. I’ve known Zani Lombard for years, and with living abroad, I knew she would be the one to help me. Getting a dress made in South Africa whilst living in the UK wasn’t that easy, but Zani exceeded my expectations. I wish I could have another opportunity to wear it!
Advice & Tips
- Don’t wish time to pass – enjoy the build up, because before you know it the day will be over.
- Have 5 minutes to yourselves after the ceremony to take in the moment and enjoy each others’ company as newlyweds!
- Spend as much time as possible together on your wedding day, it is about the two of you after all.
- Greet people up to a certain point and then just enjoy the day.
- Open the dance floor early to get the party started.
- The MC is crucial for setting the atmosphere of the wedding.
- Be the last ones to leave.
One final tip would be to have a get-together the next day – like a brunch or lunch. The wedding goes so quickly, so take the opportunity to extend the time you have with your guests. You also hear some great stories from your wedding, because obviously it is impossible to witness it all. If you are worried about cost for this day, do it somewhere that has a bar and where people can order their own food. In our view, this was essential to the whole wedding experience and we couldn’t recommend it more.
Have a look at their stunning wedding film, captured by Filmish, here:
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