An enchanting wedding on the blog today of two beautiful Brits who travelled to South Africa for their nuptials. The story behind this Cape Town wedding, bride Carolyn explains “I’m originally from Cape Town and it has always been my dream to get married on a winery in the Cape. Although James is English we both met in Cape Town and also got engaged there too, so it was extra special to get married in South Africa.”
“It was of utmost importance to us to hold the party outside, under oak trees enjoying the amazing weather, something you could not do in the UK!”
Carolyn paired her strapless lace Annasul Y wedding dress with delicate tulle veil for the ceremony. Hair was loose and the make up natural to fit with the laidback style of the day, note how the blush pink lipstick perfectly matches the pink rose in Carolyn’s bouquet.
And as a real feet treat, Carolyn dressed her tootsies in glittery gold Jimmy Choos.
These nude strapless dresses were discovered in French Connection and an instant win with Carolyn’s three bridesmaids.
The adorable flower girl however was dressed in all white and wore a light fresh floral headband, pretty as a picture.
James combined a pale blue summer suit with regimental blue tie and watch. Rather than a traditional flower button hole our groom James picked something more personal, a family medal.
Destination weddings do have their downfalls but Carolyn advises that “The best thing we did was get a wedding planner. Organising a wedding overseas is not easy and we could not have organised the logistics of an outside reception on our own.” And what a outside reception it was, organised by Izandi! The stark white tables, chairs and dancefloor pop against the lush green backdrop of the vineyard and just scream ‘wedding’.
“Our wedding planner put together a mood board which portrayed the colour scheme, style and decor that we were after. This ensured the decor and ambiance was absolutely spot on and I could not have wished for anything more regarding how it looked on the day. I really think this is a great tip for brides, create your own mood board of images to communicate with all your suppliers your ideas, colours & style.” I second Carolyn’s advice and if you haven’t got the time or know how to do a full on mood board, get pinning on Pinterest.
These white cut out table names are such a great idea and don’t detract from the pretty flower arrangements.
I want a Cape Town wedding with mismatched bunting and fairy lights!
I think everyone would choose to having their wedding reception outside if you could guarantee warm weather and no bugs! “I am so pleased we chose to have our wedding outdoors in South Africa – we will always remember celebrating in the beautiful surroundings, under the African sky and ending the evening dancing in the rain with everyone’s shoes off, sliding all over the dance floor.” I can think of nothing more perfect than dancing under the stars, pure heaven.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Carolyn’s advice “Splurge on a great photographer who’s style you like, as at the end of the day that is all you have to remember your special day in years to come.” Carolyn was extra lucky though having met her amazing photographer Charlene Schreuders whilst studying in Cape Town, Charlene’s editorial magazine style was exactly how Carolyn wanted the day to be captured.
Congratulations Carolyn and James, may your marriage be filled with nothing but sunshine and lots of dancing under the stars.
Wedding photographer, Charlene Schreuder – http://charleneschreuderphoto.co.za
Wedding planner, Izandi from I Do – www.ido4u.co.za
Wedding Dress, Annasul y – www.annasuly.co.uk
Bride’s Shoes, Jimmy Choo – www.jimmychoo.com
Bridesmaids dresses, French Connection – www.frenchconnection.com
Venue, Nooitgedachit Estate – www.nooitgedachtestate.co.za