Super bright orange and blue were the main colours Tyrone and Rozlyn picked for their South African wedding in November. From the groom’s trousers to the bridesmaid’s dresses and Rozlyn’s customised shoes, the day oozed colour and style. After their Anglican church ceremony, their reception was held at Freedom Cafe in Greyville, Durban.
“We didn’t do anything according to the norm”, began the bride. “We wanted our day to be an expression of our personalities and our relationship. Traditional weddings are beautiful but it just wasn’t what we wanted. We focused on the day being about love, happiness, family, friends and a huge celebration of our union.”
“One of my favourite things was my dress, it was amazing!” she continued. “But most of all I loved having all our dearest family and friends celebrating our love and special day with us. We splashed out on the food and music. We found our band, The Shotgun Fakes, on Gumtree and I had a niggling feeling for weeks after booking them that it was a potential scam as the one member is Pam from Arrows. However we met them one week before the wedding and they turned out to be the best choice ever and rocked our reception from the minute we arrived. All the guests were in awe and acted like groupies at a concert!”
“Instead of using expensive fresh flowers at our reception we had paper origami flowers which were different and saved us money. “My family and I collected all our jars for the tables for weeks before the wedding too. Choosing a funky and non-traditional wedding venue like Freedom Cafe was a great decision because it already had so much character that it minimized the need for much décor from us.”
“Don’t get side-tracked by weddings in bridal magazines and expectations”, Rozlyn advises in conclusion. “Make your day what you want it to be as a couple without the pressures of society. Focus on what’s important to you both to ensure its a day filled with wonderful memories. This day was hands down the best day of our lives and the most perfect way to begin this next chapter of our lives together. It was worth every cent spent.”