David and Nicoline’s South African wedding had a very obvious theme – rainbows! They wanted their day to be colourful, cheerful and fun. “We wanted the day to be special, a day that our guests would always remember and talk about”, the bride said. “We did a lot of things differently but one of the most obvious ones was that there were no girls in the bridal party – we had ‘bridesmates’ instead!”
“The ceremony was very special, our guests were sitting on straw bales and on the grass,. It had a very casual vibe. The officiant gave a beautiful speech and afterwards we planted a tree.”
Jacques and Emma’s summer wedding took place in Rondekuil, a farm venue in rural Durbanville, Cape Town. They had polka dots, jewel tones and woodland touches throughout their decor.
“We had two main objectives: for it to be a true reflection of who we are and for it to be a fun celebration of our love surrounded by our loved ones”, said Emma. “We didn’t want anything formal and traditional. I knew that I wanted colour, but it began with knowing what we didn’t want and through the process we began to realise what we actually wanted.”
“Jacques and I are not traditional people and we wanted our wedding to be an extension of who we are. We didn’t believe in following the supposed rules and didn’t want to spend a fortune. I am the DIY queen, I love creating things. This had two major positives for us. We saved a lot of money and we were able to create the exact decor we wanted. Every weekend was spent creating something for the wedding. I sewed over 100 metres of polka dot table runners, we planted our own wedding favours and even baked our own thank you ornaments out of clay. I bought hundreds of inexpensive plastic animals and spray painted them gold. Nothing was safe from my gold spray paint! I found light up bunny lights which we had all over the tables. I decided to forgo the normal bridal and bridesmaid bouquets and instead made giant paper flowers out of crepe paper.”
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!”