Ashley & Jen were married in the beach at Boesmanland in Langebaan South Africa just last week (gotta love that SA weather huh!?) “Ashley is a surfer so it was inevitable we have the wedding on the beach!” newlywed Jen told me. “We wanted the day to reflect our fun and outgoing personalities. My walking down the aisle song was “White Wedding” by the legendary Billy Idol! Ash and I are the best of friends, we enjoy every minute we spend together and really wanted this to be reflected on the day. We didn’t do any of the traditional things like cut the cake, throw a garter or bouquet (this uses up very important dancing time!) and our guest book was a custom made surf board made by the awesome Ian from Blank Boards.”
“Most of the details were made by ourselves which we really enjoyed as it added our personal touch to the day! I didn’t want flowers, how sad that they are beautiful and fresh the 1 day and dead the next? My bouquet was inspired to my beautiful fur-kid, Holly, who passed away, rest in peace Mommy’s baby! I religiously read wedding blogs for a year to get loads of ideas but add our own twist, thank goodness for the world wide web, especially the rocking Kat at Rock n Roll Bride!”
Pretty much the entire wedding was DIY. Ashley made all the centre pieces and Jen’s sister made the flowers that were added to them. “My sisters fiancé spent the day before the wedding making all the paddle fans,” continued the bride, “and we spent the week before the wedding getting most of our family and friends who were staying with us to finish off all the small details! The MR and MRS signage was a lovely surprise that my man made for me! We spent many a weekend painting and sanding things down, all the hard work was so worth it in the end!”
Jen wore a beautiful second-hand dress for the ceremony which she found on Designer Resale. For the reception she changed into a vintage dress which she’d found on eBay. She also bought her veil from Designer Resale, a cute mini top hat made by The Little Hattery. It was important to Ashley to be comfortable and cool so instead of a stuffy suit, he wore shorts from YDE, a waistcoat and tie from Markhams, a shirt from Vertigo and hat from Mr Price.