Warren's carefully laid plans to propose to Angie were met with mammoth challenges from all angles! We felt his frustration with nothing going according to plan but we are so glad she said yes because we got to feast our eyes on this beautiful vintage meets boho wedding!
There is nothing that catches our attention more than when a bride says 'hand-made'. Not only does it mean that everything will be original, but also that it would show a whole lot of love and attention to their wedding. With Warren being a hunter and Angie being an arty soul their wedding was a beautiful combination of the two - from a top notch floral deer head seating plan to homemade biltong for the guys and brownies for the ladies.
As he got out the car to "look at the waves", I phoned his phone under his seat. I got out to pick up our dog that jumped off the back of the bakkie when he said "What's that odd piece of board over there?" When I turned around, he was down on one knee next to it! I was so shocked, all I could do was giggle thinking back on the day and realising what he who plans everything to death, had to go through to get me here! He pulled it off though and remained calm throughout! There were tears of joy and I was completely overwhelmed and surprised!
What was the theme of your wedding and why?
I wouldn't say we had a theme as such, but if you had to name it, I would say Vintage-Boho. I tried to incorporate a little bit of both of us into everything.
The candleholders were glass bottles onto which I glued beads for the feet of some and other were sprayed gold. I made the table numbers from wood cut outs and a friend collected the craft beer bottles. The colour scheme was rose gold, gold, blush, beige, periwinkle blue & floral motives with a mix and match feel to it.
What was the highlight of your day?
Walking down the isle and seeing Warren standing there smiling, he looked amazing and my heart felt so overjoyed that our day had finally arrived! Everything else turned out better than we had hoped - the whole day was a highlight!
Trevor was our MC and always so organised! We would have been lost without him - he drew up a spreadsheet with an itinerary and ran around sorting it out all day - we could not have asked for any better. They were all such gems and made our day carefree.
Photographer: Stephanie Norman Photography
Flowers: Sarah May - Fine Art Florals & Styling
Dress: Casey Jeanne @ LOCA Bridal
Venue: The Blue Barn
Cake: The Blue Barn
Hair: Storm Johnson @ Storm Hair Design
Make-up: Nicci Hobbs @ Blush Beauty East London
Videographer: Michael Beyers Video
How did you choose your dress and who was the designer?
My dress was designed by Casey Jeanne. I knew I wanted something different and comfortable. I had tried on a number of dresses but I just could not cope with the amount of fabric that I would have to lug around all night. I wanted something that flows and was light.
I was not a bride that put a wedding dress on and became emotional - it was a very awkward experience for me. So I took two friends and we had a roadtrip down to Port Elizabeth. I went to a couple of places there but ended up at LOCA Bridal, which is where I found my dress. When I tried it on, it just felt like me and what I was looking for. I tried on a couple of others there as well but went back to the one I originally felt was right for me. I loved my dress.
How did he propose?
Warren plans everything, he is a very structured person and does not cope well when there is no plan. So he had been planning the proposal for months but as life would have it, it proved somewhat of a challenge for him. There were a number of weekends he tried to get me to go away, but I wouldn't go anywhere as my horse was about to foal at any stage. So once the foal was born, we planned to go to Mpame in the Transkei where my parents live for my birthday with a bunch of friends. He took this as the perfect opportunity!
His original plan was for us to drive down to the cottage and for my parents to write 'Will you marry me?' across the beach. A couple of days before we arrived, the wedding turned nasty with gale force winds and rain and to make things worse, I invited a friend to drive with us, much to his dismay! My mom had made a small wooden pallet board with 'Will you marry me?' written across it and my dad drove to a small beach called Shelley Beach about 1km from the cottage, and placed the board upside down about 30 minutes before we arrived!
Warren stopped on the little road next to Shelley Beach to "stretch his legs", which annoyed me to no end as we were literally just down the road from the cottage! Obviously I was none the wiser that the poor guy was trying to think of a way to get me down to the beach. He got back in the car and we headed to the house. His heart must have been in his chest, hoping that none of the friends or family (who was in on the plan) congratulated us upon our arrival as that would have just been the final straw for him!
Once we were there, he came to me in a panic and said he think he dropped his phone when he got out the car at the side of the road and could I please come with him to help him look for it. When we got there, he started to drive down to Shelley Beach, at this point I thought he was losing it. Why would you drive down to look at the waves when you are supposed to be looking for your phone?
Tell us about your décor
Warren is a hunter/game breeder and I am what you would call an artsy crafty person so I tried to incorporate both of us into our decor. Everything at our wedding was handmade and personalized and nothing was rented except the fairy lights.. I made our seating plan board with my brother's help and put a pair of antlers at the top of it which was what our invitations were designed around - bucks and flowers.
Our favours for the guys were glass bottles filled with biltong from Warren's farm and homemade chocolate brownies for the girls. The table runners were made out of gold curtain lining which a family friend sewed up for us with crocheted doilie runners placed on top - all crocheted by my mom which proved to be an enormous undertaking, resulting in the odd blister or two. She is my hero - our day could not have been possible without her.
Tell us about your wedding entourage
I had 3 bridesmaids. Michelle in pink is one of my oldest and closest friends. We have been friends for 16 years. Jaime in beige is my brother's wife and has been a part of our family for a very long time. I pretty much see her everyday. She also walked down the isle with my little nephew Jedd, who is the apple of my eye! Fiona in periwinkle blue is a friend I met through Warren and who now also works with me. She is also pregnant with twins so the dress fittings were very interesting! They were all so helpful and did so much to contribute to our day. They also threw the best bachelorette party! Warren's godson, Riley and his little sister Laila were the ring bearer and flower girl.
Warren also had 3 best men. Jethro is Warren's really close friend - they probably have more telephone conversations than we do! Also there was Brad, a friend from Durban that we do not see nearly as often as we would like and Mike, who has been a friend for years and was on crutches as he had broken his leg 5 weeks before the wedding but this did not keep him from standing at Warren's side.