Photographer: Stephanie Norman
Hair: Anre Erasmus
Makeup: Kelly May
Dress: Lady Marmalaide East London
Suits: Strand Outfitters
Venue: Morgan Bay Hotel
Flowers: Sarah May Floral Art
Cake: Bees Cupcakes
Videographer: Big Day Symphonies – Kevin Adams
Event Co-ordinator : Karen - Lush Events
Décor: Silver Fox Events
Pastor: Marius Swart
How you met:
I worked at an orthopaedic surgeon, Tyler came in for a knee injury around October 2013. That’s where we first met, but we didn’t make any moves until March 2014.
One of my best friends met a guy, he so happened to be gym partners with Tyler. I hung out with her and Quinton for a while and eventually Tyler asked him if I was the girl that worked at the Dr’s room – small world! Thereafter we went to a shooter party at Numbers and Tyler was there and that’s where we officially met and spoke. The good old Numbers days!
The next day I got a message asking for my number and if we could go out. We went on a double date to Tuesday Sensation and we hit it off immediately. I was moving to Pretoria at the end of March, which I did. We stayed in contact every day, spent hours on the phone and just couldn’t pull away from the fact that this may be the real thing. I decided to move back only 6 weeks later and we picked up right where we left off and the rest is history! It was so natural, comfortable and so easy from the beginning, it was like we had known each other for years. It was meant to be. Fate.
How you chose your dress:
I had a vision of this fitting, slim, lacey dress. I went to Mandy at Lady Marmalaide with my mom, my mom in law and my 3 bridesmaids and started the search for my perfect dress!
After trying on almost every style that there was, everything I had in mind, I still felt like I hadn’t found THE ONE.
Nothing felt perfect and I didn’t get the OMW bride feeling, until I tried on a fairy tale princess dress! Two things I didn’t want or rather two things I didn’t think would suit me! A boob tube and puffy dress! Those are the two things that looked PERFECT.
I walked out, they all gasped and the reaction just did it for me. I turned around, saw myself and felt like an absolute bride, like a perfect vision of a bride! I was so taken back that I fell in love! What you think you want and what you think may look amazing on you, is total opposite! The best decision I made. I felt like the most beautiful bride on my day! I was and am still so in love with my dress.
What inspired your wedding style:
I wanted something elegant, different, classy, and stunning. I found that copper and dusty blue went gorgeous together and so I mixed it in with some greys and voila! I used only white flowers and greenery to pop on the colour palette we chose.
Karen from Lush Events and Sarah May are just beyond amazing and they far exceeded my expectations for the décor and flowers. I told them what I wanted and they brought me the most amazing set up. I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. The guys wore a handsome blue suit and the girls wore dusty blue dresses that complimented our wedding perfectly.
Our day was a literal perfect fairy tale. Everything went so smoothly, and the weather held out until we had done our photos. We lost light really quickly and being overcast we didn’t get the golden sunset, but we got the most stunning backdrops from the cliffs.
There is nothing about our day I would change. It was the best day of my life and I got to marry the man of my dreams. The love of my life and to spend forever together as husband and wife is a dream come true.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay – Ruth 1:16
Venue : The Blue Barn
Dress : Nicole Spose by Lady Marmalaide
Suit : Best Man Suit Hire
Flowers : Sarah May Floral Art
Cake: The Blue Barn
Hair: Anre Erasmus
Makeup: Kelly May
Photographer: Stephanie Norman
Videographer: Michael Beyers
Bridesmaids dresses : Bridgette Russon
Pastor: Roy Stevens
How we met?
Jeff and I were always in the same circle of friends in Kidds Beach growing up, but never really got to know each other properly until the end of 2010.
We spent a lot of time with that group of friends over the December holidays but neither of us were brave enough to say how we really felt. We carried on spending time together over the course of the next few months, our shyness disappeared. One thing lead to another, the rest is history, 9 years down the line.
How I chose my dress
I am a huge fan of supporting local. I contacted Mandy at Lady Marmalaide because I had heard amazing reviews.
I booked an appointment and decided to take Jeffs mom, my mom and my sister with me.
On arrival, Mandy made me feel so at ease and asked me a series of questions to figure out what I had my mind set on. She picked out 5 dresses and the room was filled with emotion and excitement as I walked out in the first dress.
We loved this dress, but it wasn’t the ONE. I tried on the third one, the one which I liked the least on the hanger. I put it on and walked out feeling super confident and beautiful. The room filled with gasps and tears. I knew this was the ONE. I didn’t want to take it off!
Mandy had become such a special part of our day and even put up with my constant need to see this amazing dress all the time – haha! Mandy at Lady Marmalaide makes you feel like the most beautiful bride in the world and puts your mind at total ease. I highly recommend her to all future brides.
Wedding style inspiration:
We got engaged in June 2017. We wanted a long engagement and this is every girls nightmare because the day we got engaged I started trolling pinterest.
With styles and fashion changing every so often, my mind changed a few times. It wasn’t until we went bridesmaid material shopping that I knew exactly what I wanted. I knew when I saw the material, my mind had been made up.
Our style was Rustic Romance. I wanted a laid back wedding with neutral colours, as much as possible. I loved our use of dirty pink with hints of red, cream and white.
Sarah May smashed all expectations as well as. I showed her the bridesmaids material and told her to go wild! I was blown away as to how well the flowers complimented my colour scheme.
We wanted picture perfect sunset for our special day but instead the heavens opened, and it absolutely poured with rain.
I prayed for the rain to subside just for our day and photos. I decided that I was probably being the most selfish person. We were in fact having the worst drought in our area in many years. I prayed again and said whatever is meant to be will be.
I had complete peace and calmness over me as I knew the weather didn’t matter as long as I got to marry Jeff. We celebrated in the pouring rain and had the best day with our closest friends and family.
Photography: Stephanie Norman Photography
Styling advice and Decor/linen rented from: The Juniper event | East London
White King Proteas and styling advice provided by: Sarah May Floral art | East London
Guest favours, custom perspex key rings by: Making Memories Events & Decor | Midrand Gauteng
Cake & Biscuits: Bee's Cupcake corner | East London
Chalk art on floor: JO Creative studio | Bloemfontein
Setting up of tables and decor: Myself and my awesome bridesmaids.
(First arch I ever did, massive thanks to Juniper Event for the oasis, and for my bridesmaids for passing ciders and giving their fine eye at a distance during this mammoth task standing on a chair.)
Assistance in setting up of venue & tables: Rene (Owner of Blomfontein) and her awesome staff.
Grooms Suits: Eurosuit | Canal Walk Bloemfontein
Magical Moments , the smell of roses, dust and Karoo air. All of the moments were special, setting up the hall with my bridesmaids on Friday. Greeting family and friends as they arrived in numbers at the venue.
Enjoying the beautiful Karoo setting and the most pleasant company.
My heart, when the owner of the venue said that the roses will be fully open for our special day.
Friday night meet and greet braai. Everyone was there from close friends, vendors and the pastor. The morning of the wedding, looking down on the venue, seeing things happen and having to pinch myself to remember all this is for our special day.
Our first dance to our special song was sung live by Jason Gladwin. One of my husbands local favourites.
My dance with my dad and the memory when he asked me if I wanted to stand on his feet as we started dancing. When I was little I used to dance standing on his shoes.
My husband and my brothers speech they both had me laughing and in tears.
Watching the sunset while taking the last of our photos, over breathtaking landscapes.
Most of all, my most cherished memory, seeing my husbands face in the chapel as I was walking towards him. Feeling a brand new bigger and stronger love than ever before.
Minimal yet elegant, to fit with the feel of the area.
Loads of clear glass and clean cut perspex surrounded by shades of duck egg, dusty blue, silver and grey.
The grooms and groomsmen suits were a challenge but with the massive help of Daniel and his team, the Groom and Groomsmen looked smart and stylish on the day. Groom wore Admiral blue suit and Groomsmen were styled in grey suites with modern blue floral ties.
Photographer: Estefania Romero Photography
Venue: The Grove
Dress: Evette's Bridal
Suit: Best Man Suit Hire
Flowers: Those Blooming Girls
Cake: Kelly Colin
Hair: Hair by Nicole Somaroo
Make Up: Belle Maree House of Beauty
Pastor: Matt Francis - I Take You
Bands: Lucas Reunion and South Bear
DJ: Dynamic Sounds
Dane and Leila own The Grove Wedding and Function Venue. When they set their wedding date they wanted to be different and out of the box.
Dane and Leila decided to have a little more of an “old school” themed wedding. A wedding adorned with wooden center pieces, candles, crochet cloths and macramés.
With the help of their families they planned an unforgettable wedding day. Organizing everything from food, music, bar, external coordinators, right down to their own bar list.
Being a local business, they love supporting local. Every vendor who was involved in their wedding was either East London or Port Elizabeth based. The bands; Lucas Reunion and South Bear added a completely different dynamic to the wedding.
Leila's wedding dress was designed and made by Evette Olivieri. Evette, who not only knew Leila's ideas, but could put them to life. Leila confesses that she is not a girl who particularly enjoys wearing dresses, but her wedding dress was the most amazing, comfortable and beautiful piece of clothing she has ever worn.
Needless to say, the stress was all worth it and their crazy idea to get married at their own venue was the best idea they have had yet!
MY CONFETTI HEART'S MARCH WEDDING FAVOURITE
I'm forever keeping a look out for eye catching weddings, as well as anything wedding related.
To celebrate all the pretty that goes around, once a month My Confetti Heart will be featuring a personal favorite.
For the month of March this wedding had me at the get go. I did an inspiration post at the beginning of the year featuring coral http://www.myconfettiheart.com/inspiration/always-coral-me-your-love so when I spotted this wedding with all it's pops of coral, it was perfect! For those of you that didn't know coral was announced as Pantone's colour selection for the year. I fell in love with all the pretty little details. It has a perfect balance of classic with bright and airy, pops of colour, as well as coral!
The flowers are everything in this wedding. Brighter blooms melt my heart, especially before all the winter colours will be coming in. Can someone say favourite, favourite! More of Sarah's pretty blooms here: www.sarahmayfloralart.com
I'm a huge fan of D Photography, all of these images capture every detail so beautifully. See more of her work on her facebook page: m.facebook.com/d.photography.EL/
All the acrylic signs are done by Witty V and I am so excited for the talent that East London has. Witty V is able to do the most gorgeous acrylic and vinyl signs.
Amy's minimalist/classic dress with off the sleeve shoulder detail is exquisite. My preference is to always opt for classic as well as go with your personal style, rather than what is trending or in the moment. If a bride has to look back at her wedding photos in 20 or 30 years time is she going to love how she looked, and love her choice of dress? Amy has classic taste. My personal opinion is that their wedding photos will always feature in their home.
Take a look at Ryan and Amy's beautiful wedding. All the coral, pink, rose gold classic inspiration you need. The perfect combination of classic, bright and airy.
Photography: D Photography
Pre-wedding venue: Stonehaven wedding venue
Venue: The Blue Barn
Pastor: I Take You - Matt Francis
Make Up: Sumari Ross
Flowers: Sarah May
Vinyl Designs: Witty V
Videographer: Michael Beyers Videography
DJ: Wesley Thatcher
Venue: East London Golf Course
Glass Tent: Silver Fox
Florist: Sarah May
Videographer: Michael Beyers
DJ: Dynamic Sounds
Photography: Estefania Romero Photography
Second Photographer: D Photography
Love Story - How they met:
Paul and Taylor, as well as Taylor's dad, share the same passion for spearfishing.
Paul and Taylor's dad became friends through the sport. The first day he came over to their house Taylor had , at most, said two words to him.
Although, by the time he had left Taylor told her parents that she was going to marry Paul. Taylor's parents laughed and thought it was really sweet that she had a crush on Paul, although they brushed off the marrying part and didn't take it seriously at all.
Paul and Taylor became close friends, diving together. Taylor's dad, unfortunately, became ill with leukemia. To try help take Taylor's mind off things he would take her out diving. Taylor's dad is now in full remission!
On the 2nd January 2016 Paul and Taylor started dating. They had a fun filled relationship, travelling together, and making the most of their lives together. Paul proposed out at sea on his boat after a dive and had organised the family to meet them at the slipway as they came in.
Taylor's maid of honor and her mom booked them to go see seven different bridal stores in PE in one day! They travelled to PE for the day and Loca Bridal was the first bridal shop.
Taylor picked one dress and the rest of her bridal team chose a few. The dress she chose was beautiful, however the second dress that Taylor tried was the one that they had mixed pieces together. It was absolutely beautiful. That was THE dress!
The whole day Taylor could not stop thinking about that dress and knew it was the one for their special day.
What inspired their Wedding Style:
Paul and Taylor are not ones for a lot of colour. Taylor had a very simple colour pallet.
She originally went for a full white wedding with penny gum but decided to bring in some blush pink and gold to bring in a little vintage feel. They had in total, approximately 340 guests! Talk about a large wedding!
Proudly South African:
Paul and Taylor had so many family members come down from all over the world and they absolutely loved their wedding venue, as well as East London.
Paul and Taylor had their wedding on a Friday. Family stayed through to the next Wednesday which made it almost a whole weeks celebration. Taylor didn't have the help of a wedding planner, however her maid of honor, Esti, and one of her bridesmaids, Lauren, helped her with all the planning.
The East London Golf Club loved hosting their wedding so much that they used Paul and Taylor's wedding pictures as their banners and boards for the Bridal Fair.
Venue : Gonubie Manor
Dress : Evette’s Bridal Gowns
Suit : Best Man Suit Hire
Flowers : Sarah May
Cake : Zee’s floral and Wedding Cakes
Hair : Anre Erasmus Hairstylist
Make up : Kelly May Makeup Artist
Photographer : Stephanie Norman Photography
Videographer : Digital Emotion Creative Media
How they met:
In 2009 Nadia went to Shamwari Nature Reserve to do a game ranging course. Little did she know that she was going to meet the man of her dreams.
Nadia's room mate was besotted with the Shamwari TV Program which was airing on Animal Planet at the time, so she knew exactly who everyone was. The one day, Ranger Morne, came driving past on the way to the canteen and their lecturer stopped to have a chat, when her roomy explained to everyone who he was.
That evening a friend started a Facebook profile for Nadia and she received her first friend request and inbox message.
Nadia then finished her course and came back to her hometown. Morne got an offer to go work in Qatar. He was there for 6 years, but they always kept in touch.
When Morne returned in 2015, Nadia decided to take a drive up to the Krige’s Farm in the Karoo, where he was staying as he has some game there. That was it, their love for each other just kept on growing. They did long distance for about a year and then Morne moved down to East London to be with her.
New Years Eve 2016 into 2017, while they were watching the fireworks on the beach in Struisbaai, Morne proposed and of course it was a YES!
Nadia always wanted to get married in her mom’s wedding dress. So, she has always kept it safe.
However, her parents got married in 1985, so obviously the dress was a bit outdated.
Nadia went to see Evette. Evette was so excited to take this challenge on, together they had a look at some photos of what might work, and what won't and put the design together.
Evette is absolutely amazing, she makes a dream turn into reality and nothing is ever too much for her!
Nadia says "Oh believe me… I changed my mind a few times! Then one night I woke up thinking, OMG that’ll look so pretty!!
I believe that simple is more. I always wanted a red and white wedding and Morne wanted a touch of blush pink (don’t laugh).
I had a chat to Sarah regarding the flowers and she convinced me that the deep reds and light pinks work well together. She is absolutely incredible!
We decided to do deep red, white and pinks. I absolutely love orchards so we used them as the main focus on the tables with a greenery runner and some red roses. We got some stunning blush pink floral napkins from Basics to Bling and added a copper serviette ring, which Morne and I made just for a little personal touch."
Photos: RDK Photography
Wedding Planner: Roelien Muller Events
Reception: Morgan's Bay Hotel
Dress: Casa Blair Bridal Port Elizabeth
Hair: Hayley - Rock Paper Scissors
Make Up: Shana Dixon Makeup Artist
Suit: Best Man Suit Hire
Flowers: Sarah May
Cake: Queen Bee's Novelty Cakes
Craig was born in East London and grew up in the small farming community of Maclear in the Northern Eastern Cape, where everyone is either known as “Oom or Tannie”.
The Burton Family later relocated to East London where Craig matriculated from Stirling High School in 2009. It was during this period, at the tender age of 16 and 14, where Craig met Lisa-Mari. A young lady from Durban at the time. Lisa-Mari was born in Nelspruit but grew up in East London. Sticking to their true “voortrekker” roots, the family later relocated to Durban and then back to East London where Lisa-Mari matriculated at Merrifield College in 2011.
Having met through a mutual friend, Craig took a massive leap and invited Lisa-Mari on Mxit. After a few months of Mxit conversations Lisa-Mari convinced her parents to let her go stay with her Aunt, based in East London for the upcoming school holidays as she apparently needed to go visit her old friends from Gonubie Primary, whom she missed so dearly. Pocket money was saved and flights were booked for the very next school holiday. No one knowing about the movie date that was already planned by Mr. Burton and some friends.
Movies at Hemingways it was. The nerves and excitement of finally meeting each other, after months of text messages and phone calls had gotten the best of Craig. He broke out in the worst teenage acne just a few days before and thought it would be appropriate to send Lisa-Mari a picture beforehand to “prepare” her in typical Craig fashion. Needless to say, the megapixel camera used, greatly under estimated the real-life situation.
It would be nice to say that it was love at first sight. If you had to ask Craig he would probably say that Lisa-Mari had just never met anyone as charming as him before. If you had to ask Lisa-Mari she would say she was not very impressed, luckily Craig is persistent or at the very least stubborn (a fact that all his customers will agree to!) and a second date night alone was agreed upon. Lisa-Mari saw past Mount Everest and they got on like a house on fire.
The rest, for now, is history. They did their part in supporting SAA, every public holiday, every long weekend and every school holiday. They shared everything together: matric farewells, driving licenses, 18th and 21st birthdays and Bachelor of Commerce Degrees, to name a few.
In the year 2012 after years of dating Craig and Lisa-Mari made the leap to move in together. The couple found a lovely loft apartment in Port Elizabeth. They were just two kids in love and didn’t manage much apart from white plastic chairs, which served as a lounge suit and an upside-down, empty box which was used as a TV stand. It is also a well-known story that their 30’’ Telefunken would leak during the Titanic movie. Yet the happiness and excitement of this journey outshone any challenges and it was the happiest home.
In 2014 panic struck the young couple. A wide-eyed Craig was speechless. Lisa-Mari didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The couple rushed back and forth between pharmacies and Pathcare to confirm that the 7 home pregnancy tests were in fact not faulty. 2015 was the year that Craig and Lisa-Mari were blessed with the birth of their beautiful daughter, Sienna Sage. Like everything else that comes their way they tackled parenthood like pros. Believing once again that together nothing was impossible. What an incredible journey and blessing it has been for them. Those closest to Sienna know that she has a way of crawling into one’s heart. Her smile lights up the room and her presence is like a ray of sunshine, even though Lisa-Mari did not quite feel like a ray of sunshine while writing a few exams balancing the table on her belly. Craig neither whilst having to study for his last exam in the labour ward.
The stories of self-sacrifice, love and determination have landed this young couple where they are now and they would not have it any other way!
Lisa-Mari had a very specific picture of what she wanted in her mind, but had no idea what it was going to look like on her body type.
Needless to say she organised a spontaneous roadtrip to Port Elizabeth. She joined Craig on a business trip and decided to try on dresses whilst he was attending meetings . It was very last minute! Thankfully she had a very close friend who stayed in PE and she joined the dress fitting as well as Lisa-Mari's daughter, who was two and a half at the time. When Lisa-Mari walked out in that specific dress and her daughter looked at her and said "Wow, mommy is a princess!" Lisa-Mari knew it was the one. It was the second dress she tried on and she fell absolutely in love and it was nothing like the dress she had initially had in mind, but it made her feel like a princess! Lisa-Mari wanted a dress with sleeves and definitely not an off white dress, but the ivory beige complimented her hair and skin tone perfectly and the flaring bottom made her feel comfortable and elegant. Once again proving to her that one actually has to be open minded and go and try on before deciding on a specific design.
After looking at numerous magazines, Facebook pages and Pinterest for inspiration, Craig and Lisa-Mari knew from the start that their colours needed to be white with a touch of rose gold and natural greenery. Their bridal party wore navy blue with rose gold accessories. They did not carry the navy through to their table set up and décor, as they wanted to keep it simple and elegant.
Wedding planning can be particularly stressful which often makes one question whether eloping is a better option. Lisa-Mari's advice is to get a wedding planner that is very well organised and that will set your mind at ease as well as make the process more enjoyable.
It will also give you the opportunity to focus on finer details. In the end it will be worth every single late night and every bit of stress. Lisa-Mari says that she truly cannot explain all the emotions they felt on their day. As a couple, they connected on a whole different level and realised how much they actually mean to not only their partner but to their guests. The people that are near and dear to you. Craig and Lisa-Mari felt like they were living in the most beautiful fairytale and it truly was the best day (after becoming parents) of their lives!
Photos: Stephanie Norman Photography
Suits: Best Man Suit Hire
Hair: Jerome Naude
Venue: Blue Barn
Dress: Rina Nel
Flowers: Murambi Roses
DJ: Les Venter
Photobooth: Amuse Photobooths
How could I not feature this wedding! It is after all my Si-star's!
Yes, a whole lot of rustic, outdoors, natural, wilderness pretty...
Richard and Kaylie are the typical high school sweethearts. Always being the best of friends, their love blossomed and grew into something really special.
Seeing these two as the best of friends as well as the way they love each other is enough to warm anyone's heart.
Kaylie has always been the casual, jeans and takkies, outdoors kind of girl.
A farm girl at heart.
At first coming up with a whole lot of different designs and ideas, eventually the final dress style was decided and the material was chosen.
Kaylie's dress was a real surprise to all her family, friends and loved ones.
Especially when she told her bridal party that she wanted a low back, lace and fine bead work.
Rina Nel delicately put the final product together so well, her handwork and fine detail was beautifully sewn together with love.
Kaylie looked beautiful. Richard would agree, he couldn't keep his eyes off of her.
Wedding Style and Inspiration:
Richard and Kaylie's wedding style came long before the wedding even started being planned.
Before Kaylie and Richard started dating, we had a family joke saying that Kaylie will land up getting married someday in a barn with cowboy boots and her horse in the background, well...
Richard and Kaylie both love the outdoors and wildlife. They drew a lot of inspiration from their natural surroundings, rustic wilderness. There is even some proudly South African inspiration. How cute is the cake display?
East London never really had a very rustic barn wedding venue, and a couple of years ago if a person had said they wanted to get married in a barn; people would think that you were a little bit crazy. Luckily by the time Richard and Kaylie decided to get married, the sweet little venue, Blue Barn, came a long and really took East London by surprise.
Richard and Kaylie both knew right from the beginning that this is, definitely, where they would be saying their "I do's".
Steph from Blue Barn is so accommodating in so many ways and made Richard and Kaylie's dream wedding come true.
Photographer: Stephanie Norman Photography
Venue: Morgan Bay Hotel
Dress: Whimsical Bridal Studio
Suit: Best Man Suit Hire
Flowers: Sarah May Floral Art
Hair: Anre Erasmus
Make Up: Kelly May Make Up
Decor: Border Cater Hire & Love For Events
Gareth and Genevieve's Love Story:
Gareth and Genevieve's love story began eleven years ago!
They were high school sweet hearts who met in Grade 11. They attended some of the same classes, but never really got to know each other until they started spending time with the same group of friends. Genevieve admits that Gareth was always the guy that got up to mischief and was an epitome of a "bad boy".
Months went by with them just being friends, until one day Genevieve said that this blonde guy with the nicest calves came running onto the field at their schools' first team rugby game, had caught her eye. When he turned around, to Genevieve's surprise, she realized that it was Gareth! There was just a little something about the way he looked that day. He smiled and greeted. After that day they started spending a lot more time together and the more they got to know each other, their love grew.
As the years have gone by, they have grown together and the "bad boy" that Genevieve thought Gareth once was has become the most loving and caring person, who is definitely husband material. Genevieve said that she couldn't be happier that she listened to her instinct all those years ago and took a chance on the "bad boy" that she now calls her husband.
Gareth moved to East London from Pretoria about three years ago and Genevieve joined him a year later. When they got engaged and started doing the wedding planning, Genevieve knew that she wanted to involve her mom and sister up in Pretoria as much as possible. Especially with regards to wedding dress shopping.
Genevieve ended up asking her mom to organise the bridal shops to shop for her wedding dress in Gauteng, as there were a lot more options.
Genevieve's mom had already had an idea of what Genevieve was looking for from the photos she had sent. Genevieve's mom organised for them to go have a look at three different bridal shops.
The second bridal shop they went to was the amazing Whimsical Bridal Studio where they had met a lovely bunch of ladies who really made them feel like gold. Genevieve went there with two of her sisters and her mom.
Genevieve had them each choose a dress for her to try on. Elimanating the options down to a final two, thereafter the bridal studio ladies chose the final dress.
Genevieve tried on each dress with her mom's choice being the second one that she tried on and she absolutely fell in love! Everyone in the room, including herself, burst into tears at how lovely she looked. Genevieve knew that this was THE dress.
Even though Genevieve didn't say YES to the dress straight away she continued to search around, but couldn't stop thinking about THAT dress in the days following the fitting. In the back of Genevieve's mind she knew she had one more bridal store to visit, holding out to see what they had in store for her. It must have been a sign as the third bridal store called the day before Genevieve was supposed to visit them, and cancelled the appointment.
Genevieve quickly organised a second fitting for the dress with Whimsical Bridal Studio and Belinda was more than happy to open up the shop early for her to do a last fit on Sunday morning before her flight back to East London. This time Genevieve took her dad a long with her to get approval, and when she walked out in the dress with veil and all the trimmings, her dad broke down in tears and handed her the "I said yes to the dress" sign. Genevieve left that day knowing that she had made the right decision.
What inspired their wedding style:
Gareth and Genevieve are both minimalistic people who don't like over the top details. Genevieve says that she is very much an "old" soul at heart so they had what she calls a rustic, vintage theme with hessian as the main fabric, pearl and rose gold details.
The colour scheme was inspired by their favourite colours; mint green and aqua blue but balanced out with ivory, and grey touches.
They felt that the colours tied in well with their venue but they wanted to freshen it up a bit by bringing in touches of pink and white.
This is where Sarah May did such a wonderful job with the flowers as it really added the finishing touches to the decor and tied everything up so well together.