Chirese and Jannie had a fully DIY wedding at a game lodge in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains in South Africa. Their theme was bohemian and creative with a hit of geekiness thrown in for good measure.
“We chose to do a lot of the planning ourselves, by calling upon our family and friends to help out where needed”, began the bride. “Pinterest and blogs were a saving grace for us as we would easily share ideas with everyone involved. We got married at Shumba’s Rest Game Lodge in the lakeside chapel overlooking the sunset of the African bushveld. Our reception was at the main thatch roof hall at the lodge.”
“The aim was never to break away from the traditional wedding in the formal sense of the word”, she continued. “We just chose to combine the things we love as a couple and as individuals, such as his love of all things geeky and my love of all things funky! We both love Game of Thrones and Vikings and movies like Avengers so these were the inspiration for both of our hair styles!”
Timo and Kriss were officially married on March 18th. They had an intimate ceremony, just a few of them, and then a bigger Cinco De Mayo inspired reception a couple of days later. The bride wore an amazingly colourful skirt made for her by a friend.
“I am allergic to anything white”, said the bride, “white plates, white cups…drives me insane. I live in colour and am surrounded by colour so we wanted our wedding gold and bright pink! I spray painted vases with gold glitter and ordered the biggest bunch of pink carnations from my favourite florist. I decided to make carnations cool again.”
“There was no other way than going with the Cinco de Mayo vibe. In November 2014 we both ran a race in Chile, and as soon as we got there and had dinner in a small café with plastic table cloths, mismatched cutlery and plastic flowers, I knew this was how I wanted our wedding one day!”
Sally and Jacques were legally married in September 2014, however they wanted to have a casual beach wedding so had a non-legal blessing with their family and friends there in January of this year. “We did not want to have a long boring ceremony”, said the bride. “We’ve both been so so many weddings with long boring sermons and we didn’t want that for our own.”
The day was held at The Umtamvuna River Lodge, a unique wedding venue and holiday destination set in a tropical paradise on the banks of the Umtamvuna River. “We kept it sweet and simple. The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin played and we both entered by horse. Jacques came over to me and helped me off mine and we walked down the aisle together. We exchanged rings, gave a hug and kissed. Said we loved each other and bam! It was done. That’s how we liked it.”
There are some weddings I see where I wonder if it’s actually photo shoot with models. Tyrone, Camilla and their whole wedding party are so goddamn stunning, they almost don’t seem real!
But I assure you, this is a real wedding. It took place in South Africa on March 28th. “I’m not a traditional kind of girl, so I knew our wedding wouldn’t be very typical”, began Camilla. “I think if I had to choose the things that made our wedding slightly more unique were definitely our photos; I loved the idea of having a wedding album that looked more like a fashion editorial and I spent the day yelling ‘Vogue!’ at the groomsmen to get their Blue-Steel on!”
As if you’re not already feeling envious enough, Camilla actually designed her own wedding dress as well as the dresses her bridesmaids wore (is there no end to her talents?!) and had them made by a local dressmaker. They also planned and executed the entire wedding themselves, without the help of a wedding planner. “Champagne and nude have always been my colours, so I knew I wanted a different kind of dress”, she continued. “The fabric can from Bridal & Fabric World and was exactly what I had envisioned. I was also so keen to get my bridesmaids in leather jackets. I had a vision and it worked out so well! I think also having my brother-in-law with all of us girls put the cherry on top; he was our ultimate accessory.”
Andel and Pieter were married between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Riversdale, South Africa. They chose Die ou Tronk, an old prison, as their venue. Surprisingly this unusual location has been converted into the most gorgeous event space! From outside the building looks as you would expect, but once inside you are met by a beautiful, bright courtyard with lots of flowers and trees.
“We decided to get married during the most festive time of the year, when no one is working and everyone is in a GREAT party mood”, the bride told me. “We live on Mauritius in the Indian ocean, but wanted our wedding back home in SA so that all our friends and family could attend. Because we live so far away, and have not seen anyone in ages, we wanted to focus and the party and not have too many formalities in order to spend as much time as possible with our guests!”
A dairy farm in South Africa was the location for Philip and Lily’s steampunk wedding. Wearing a unique dress and thrifted accessories, the bride planned the day to reflect their mutual love of their chosen theme.
“Initially the wedding was just inspired by the steampunk theme”, said the bride. “Although, as I worked for about a year on pulling everything together, the end product seemed to combine steampunk with DIY and Alice in Wonderland! I wanted it our wedding to be a little bit fantastical without making it look like a Halloween dress up party. We wanted things quite simple and pretty.”