What could be more blissful than a picnic on a bright Summer’s day? And as the weather in South Africa is notoriously glorious in December that’s exactly what Steven & Demi chose to do for their wedding. The venue was Solms Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
“In our hearts we really wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere at our wedding”, explained the bride. “A place where people felt free to kick off their shoes and be themselves. This definitely gave a sense of freedom and fun to our wedding. It was not a stiff, pretentious event but rather a special and ‘real-deal’ celebration of our commitment and the value of others in our lives.”
Demi went for a simple, elegant and almost innocent bridal look. I adore her long flowing hair, fuss free and minimal make up and carefree wedding gown. She wore ballet flats to begin with but for most of the day she ran around bare foot. “I ran around in bare feet all day which was one of my favourite parts of the whole wedding”, she continued. ” Steven said he best moment was seeing me walk down the aisle.”
Describing their day to me as a ‘pants themed wedding’ didn’t fill me with the utmost confidence about what Candice & Mark’s South African shindig might look like… but I’m pleased to report that my fears were unfounded. Pants themed weddings rock!
“I suppose I should start with where ‘pants’ comes from?”, began the bride. “I picked up the nickname ‘Candi-pants’ from an agency I was working at, it stuck! Then, when I started dating Mark I called him ‘Monkey-pants’! Needless to say it was a mouthful and now it’s just ‘Pants’. Our first date was hugely unusual, quirky and our-kind-of-romantic which set the tone for our relationship. Pants managed to completely surprise me with the engagement, I always joked that I would just know, as he is terrible at keeping surprises (his expressions always give him away). He proposed on Christmas Eve, while we were cruising down the Nile in Egypt.”
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it’s going to be full on winter soon. I personally don’t mind when it starts to get all icy and crisp outside – it’s the perfect excuse to wear something knitted and cute, order a ridiculous sounding coffee drink (Cream! Caramel! Sugar! Marshmallows!) and snuggle up close with your lover. Perfect.
Plus we get to see weddings like Tertius & Melissa’s…
The wedding took place at Oakfield Farm in South Africa. The ceremony was held in the onsite chapel, and the reception in the homestead. For the decor, the couple went for a dramatic look with deep reds and earthy tones. “I’m not fond of the idea of ‘colour schemes’, but I love textures so we went for the earthy feel with just a little dash red”, explained the bride.” We added deep red roses and the bridesmaids wore red jackets. The rest we left up to mother nature!”
But you know what, I know you guys, and you’re all waiting for me to tell you about about Melissa’s amazing backless wedding dress aren’t you!? Oh go on then…
“I’ve always known I wanted a long-sleeved wedding dress, so when the time came I knew what I wanted, but the only problem was there wasn’t a single long-sleeved dress in any bridal shop. So instead I made my own. I had the basic design idea down and then went to see Peter Bondisio who made it all come to life! And what a masterpiece it was! My taste has always been somewhat unique and sometimes a little way out and my wedding wasn’t going to be any different. I decided to go for some dramatic red lips and nails. I chose this because I felt nothing embodies a real woman quite as much as red nails and fiery lips, and a wedding day is the day that allows a woman to be just that; 100% pure woman!”
And holy moly lady you look seriously sexy! Lucky Tertius…