An Owl & The Pussycat Themed Wedding: Kerryn & Joel

January 27, 2012

“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea. In a beautiful pea green boat, They took some honey, and plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five pound note…”

With The Owl and the Pussycat as inspiration, it would be hard for Kerryn & Joel to go far wrong when planning their cute and quirky wedding. Although the wedding wasn’t overly themed to match the poem, its message resonated throughout their planning and on the wedding day itself. They used it on their wedding invitations, had an owl and pussycat cake topper and Kerryn read the poem as part of her speech. “The Owl and The Pussycat popped up because around the time that we got engaged, I read The Owl and The Pussycat to my 3 year old niece, Amy,” Kerryn told me. “At the last page there was a lovely illustration of the owl dancing with the pussycat in mid air…”

“And they danced by the light of the moon, the moon. They danced by the light of the moon”

“When Amy saw that picture she looked at me very seriously and asked ‘Is that what happens when you get married?’ I thought that was very beautiful and it just stuck with me.”

“Even though there was a lot of planning involved, our wedding just sort of happened the way it did because we were very relaxed and decided to concentrate on being happy”, Kerryn continued. “We have quite specific taste and definitely didn’t want an overly orchestrated, perfectly manicured day. So really, our wedding couldn’t have turned out any other way.”

“We made the jam, we shopped for individual gifts for all the children and my brother made the bunting and the chuppa from a quilt that we’ve kept. The flowers were all unusual roses, more like garden roses than perfectly symmetrical blooms and we had them scattered in silver tea sets.”

Kerryn wore an Abigail Betz gown and emerald green shoes. “I knew that I wanted a combination of a 20s and 50s look for my dress and ruby slippers (they ended up emerald but I loved them!)” the bride explained. “We also asked everyone at our wedding to write us a letter rather than buy a gift so we have very special messages from the special people who were with us that we can keep forever. I never imagined that I would get married so I had no pre-conceived ideas about the perfect wedding, so it was just 100% us that sort of materialized on the day.”

Thank you to Kerryn & Joel and their photographer Lauren for sharing these today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Lauren Kriedemann Photography
Venue: Fynbos Estate
Bride’s Dress & Shoes:Abigail Betz
Cake: Nelle Cakes
Flowers: In Tu It
Hair: Candice Wyatt-Minter
Make Up: Nikkila Mann
Stationery: Essie Letterpress


  1. Kirstin Macsween

    I looooove this! Lovely feel to the photographs and Emily and Chris make such a sweet couple, I’m hoping for this kind of vibe for my own big day, I have wedding-envy 🙂

  2. Now there is cool and there is cool…and these guys and this wedding is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo COOL, love em x

  3. Laura Hensleigh

    I’m shedding a happy tear for you two! Memories of my wonderful friend Chris have come flooding as well. So happy he’s found his match in you Emily. What a fabulous layout here! I’m quite jealous of how badass it all turned out..And Rain on the day before, day of, has some ChineseProverb (which I can’t remember word for word) but means the washing away & welcoming a new beginning before ones Wedding. Congratulations!

  4. Ilona

    So beautiful pictures and the wedding decorations and the couple and oh my… I got something in my eye…

  5. Katie Fortune

    Just came across this post!!
    Beautiful! Would you be willing to sell your Greenbow Lace dress I’m searching everywhere and can’t find one 🙁
    If you are please contact me, I’m in Ireland 🇮🇪

  6. Kelly Doyle-Mace

    Is there any way I could get in touch with the bride and groom to get a few more pictures from their table setup that I could use to help plan mine? I have been obsessing over the picture of the multicolored depression glass for MONTHS but would love to see a few other angles 🙂 I have already contacted the lovely photographer and unfortunately as it has been so long, she no longer has the pictures from that wedding. If anyone could put me in touch with the couple, I would be eternally grateful! 🙂


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