Nicola and Joe were married at Mountain View Farm in Cape Town which is a five minute drive from where the bride’s parent’s live. The couple now live in Abu Dhabi but wanted to return to the bride’s home for their wedding.
“Our wedding was loving, full and chilled”, the bride explained. “We live in the UAE so this was a destination wedding for us, even though my family still lives in South Africa. Joe is from England and so we had a big crowd of our friends from the UK and Abu Dhabi too. As Joe is a firefighter we had to do some photos in the local fire station!”
The bride wanted something unusual and colourful for her dress, which she initially found quite tricky in the UAE. “There’s not many places that cater for western wedding dresses – Dubai, maybeeeee, but not in Abu Dhabi. I did some serious research and bought quite a few dresses but after one that was very poorly made, another that I ordered online and when it showed up it wasn’t remotely like the picture, I eventually found out about the only boutique in Abu Dhabi. It was really hidden, on the mezzanine floor of a small building near a pizza joint. The staff were great and very excited! I tried on about 15 dresses and took photos of every one on me, but I instantly fell in love with this one. However, it was all white and I wanted some colour so I went to a material shop and got the perfect turquoise lace. The boutique offered to add it for me. It wasn’t cheap in the end but it was perfect!”
Vinique and Craig were married on their ten year anniversary. The day was inspired by steampunk and Victorian influences. “Our wedding was Victorian steampunk inspired with a hint of vintage and a twist of gothic charm!” said the bride. “Our inspiration came from what we love as a couple. It’s a celebration of who we are. We wanted it to be a reflection of our personalities and interests.”
“Everything was uniquely us and custom made by us. It was a celebration of our love for each other and our sons. We opted for a short, non-traditional ceremony keeping it neutral and light with a feel good celebratory message. While our guests where seated, and the groom made his entrance to Come to Me by the Goo Goo Dolls. I was walked down the aisle by my brother to Love You to Death by Type O Negative.”
Chanel and Ray’s South African wedding was a quirky affair implementing their favourite colours… plus dinosaurs and lots of other things they love!
“We took everything we loved and put it into our wedding”, the bride began. “Ray inspires me every day and I wanted that to show in our wedding. We make magic together and I wanted our quests to not only see it, but feel it.”
The bride wore a green dress designed by the bride and groom with the help of a dressmaker. “My dress maker, Rose van Staden, has made countless cosplay outfits for my husband so she was the obvious choice. I decided to not go with white, but rather my favourite colour: mint green with touches of charcoal. My dress also had gold studs on the chest just to add a bit of edge. We bought all of the material and trimmings from our local bulk fabric outlet. My shoes were a present from my husband, he’d surprised me with the most spectacular pair of Converse All Stars I’d ever seen! They’re white leather, with scales like that of a dragon. My flower crown was made by our friend Cynthia but what made it special was that it had little turquoise skulls in the flowers.”
Tatum and John were married in South Africa in April. They planned the wedding from London, where they now live. “Our wedding was boho-ish”, said the bride. “We really wanted the day to reflect who we are, so we didn’t follow any set theme but used elements of many things that we loved. There were lots of fresh flowers, candles in jars and pretty fairy lights everywhere. We also wanted to stay true to our African roots so included elements of traditional Xhosa fabric in the bunting, napkins and blankets.”
“Something we did differently to a lot of other weddings is that we walked down the aisle together”, she continued. “It was important to us because we’re partners in life so as cheesy as it sounds we wanted to do that together.”
The cute AF wedding of Michelle and Riaan was inspired by the bride’s love of Alice in wonderland, Unicorns, Cats and Glitter! Originally the South African couple thought they’d keep things very small and basic, but when they started to plan things they decided ‘to hell with it!’ and planned the creative wedding of their dreams!
“In our country most weddings are the same”, began the bride, “very normcore, always on a wine farm and they all follow the same script. We wanted our wedding to be individual and unique. All our guests commented on how they absolutely loved the wedding because it was such a memorable experience because of all the small unique details. It was very visually appealing and also entertaining. We made sure we DIYed all our décor and stationery to make sure it was one-of-a kind too. There were many nights I was covered in glitter and glue, but I’m not complaining, who doesn’t want to be covered in glitter anyway!?”
Nikyla and Jonathan’s nature reserve wedding was themed around a romantic forest with lots of lush greens and flowers everywhere.
“Our venue, Grin Court Nature Reserve, was the perfect venue for our day”, said the bride. “Jonathan and I really wanted nature incorporated into our wedding. There were so many great places for photographs and being within nature was exactly what we were looking for. I have also always been obsessed with Britain so the English countryside was a huge inspiration too.”
“We kept our wedding completely true to us”, she continued. “Jonathan and I are both huge introverts so having all eyes on us was so nerve-wrecking. The ceremony was short and sweet and the reception had to be the best part because then we could just relax.”