Venue: Morgan Bay Caravan Park / Morgan Bay Hotel / Mitford Hotel
Cake: Jackie Warren-Smith
Hair: My sister
Make-up: Kelly May Make-up Artist
Wedding Coördinater: Jackie Warren-Smith
Willem and Robynne came all the way from Thabazimbi together with their friends and family to promise themselves to each other. The views during their ceremony was breathtaking and they were even congratulated by a school of dolphins that came by.
It warms our hearts to know that South Africans from all over the country plan one of the most important events of their lives around our beautiful shoreline - Morgan Bay certainly did not disappoint!
How did you choose your dress and where did you find it?
My mom and I both on seperate occasions searched the internet and magazine pages for examples of dress designs that we thought would suit me well. We ended up having three dress matches - exactly the same dresses!
My mom contacted Carissa Stoltz who lives on a farm just up the road from us. Carissa is a wonderfully talented dressmaker in Thabazimbi. We discussed the designs with her and which of the elements of the dresses we wanted to incorporate and a few days later she sent over a sketch of what my dress would look like.
How did you meet Willem?
Willem was a nature conservation student completing his practical year on the farm where i lived. We did a lot of things on the farm together and a friendship quickly blossomed between us within the first few months of our acquaintance.
What was the highlight of your day?
Willem and I both loved the whole day. It was exactly what we wanted for our wedding. I think a very special part of my day was the long walk my dad and I took on our way to the ceremony all around the coastline.
Tell us about your wedding entourage.
I decided that I would love to have all my closest girl friends to be a part of my big day without putting too much pressure on them. There ended up being 6 bridesmaids, who could all wear what they felt pretty and comfortable in as long as it was blue or red - if they had a dress in those colours.
The groomsmen wore beige chino's with a colour shirt that would fit their dates' dresses - from maroon to blue to orange!
How did Willem propose to you?
Willem invited me over to his house for dinner one evening. He had candles placed outside on the walkway leading up to his outside fireplace. He had made a huge roaring fire outside and prepared some delicious snacks and a bottle of wine arranged on a little table that was placed next to a couch he moved outside.
I did not suspect a thing - he did afterall do romantic things like this all the time.
He got down on one knee and asked me to be his outside in the candlelight. We were so excited that we did not even get to eat the lovely meal he prepared for us!
What was the theme of your wedding and how did you decide on it?
We had a simple outdoor champagne breakfast reception, preceded by an outdoor ceremony on the cliffs of Morgan Bay.
Our only 'theme' for the wedding that was it could not be contrived, shouldn't have too much tradition and that the beauty of nature would play the biggest role in making the day special.
Tell us about your décor.
Our breakfast tables, that were wooden picnic benches, were decorated by simple foilage that we picked ourselves, paired with white candles and some gyp. The benches were randomly placed under two large stretched tents, with the food tables beautifully decorated with a variety of flowers inbetween all the platters of food and sweet treats.
We had a few fairy lights draped around the tents poles and along the ceiling of the tent just to create some extra atmosphere.
Willem and I did not like the idea of sitting infront of our guests at an elaborately decorated table like a king and queen, so we chose a simple wooden table placed just to the side for the two of us.