Old school charm…

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by Carolyn No Comments

As a talented and sought after events planner, the bride made sure her wedding day would be nothing less than perfect.  When I chatted to Natalie and Ryan, it became clear that their special day exceeded all expectations.  Let`s be honest though, what better setting could one have than the beautiful Cape in South Africa.  I am sure you will agree with me that their couple images in the streets of Cape Town`s city centre are super stylish while keeping with the old world charm that their wedding reflected.  The Mount Nelson hotel in Cape Town was all they needed to set the perfect scene and backdrop for their wedding day.  Natalie`s dress is the kind you dream of as a little girl, when you imagine yourself marrying your prince charming.  Well this love story is a real life fairytale captured by Lauren Kriedemann.

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Your love story…

Ryan and I met at University in Plymouth – we lived in the same student accommodation block and met in the first week. We were part of the same friendship group and were friends for a year before Ryan asked me out.


The proposal…

 Ryan proposed at midnight on New Years Eve on the beach under the fireworks with lots of friends and family around – it was very romantic!! He had asked my parents that afternoon so they were prepared with glasses of champagne and we celebrated for the rest of the night. To this day Ryan still tells people that I actually didn’t say yes when he asked – I was so surprised that I just cried (sorry Ryan).

The highlight of your wedding day…

The highlight of our wedding day for me was standing at the bottom of the aisle and seeing Ryan smile. It was such a magical moment knowing that in a few short steps we’d be saying our vows in front of our closest friends and family and starting the rest of our lives together


Advice you can suggest to brides planning their wedding from Dubai but getting married abroad…

Try and get help from someone in the country you’re getting married in – having someone on the ground in cape town was a great help for us. Also, try and give yourself as much time as possible before the wedding day in that country, we spent 2 weeks in cape town before the wedding organising last minute details – there will always be something you’ve forgotten!

Suppliers from Dubai…

The dress came from Dubai, from the bridal showroom in JLT which was such a great place – Lana was so helpful and they tailored to dress to exactly what I wanted. We also got my ring from Karas in the gold and diamond park – another great find! They helped customise my wedding ring to fit perfectly with my engagement ring. Everything else came from the UK and South Africa.

Your dress…

It took less time than I thought to pick my dress! I didn’t ever think I wanted a full skirt with a long train but that’s exactly what I fell in love with. My dress was off white with a sweetheart neck line that was cinched at the waist covered in a floral lace and then turned into a full skirt. The back of the dress had white buttons all the way down and I also added tulle straps.

Challenges while planning your wedding…

We were quite lucky and didn’t really have any major challenges while planning the wedding. The most difficult thing was trying to coordinate all of the wedding party. We had some in SA, some in the UK and some in Australia all arriving at different times!


 Your first dance…

Our first dance song was a cover by Charlene Soraia -Wherever you will go. We already loved the original and the cover was perfect

Your wedding website…
We created a wedding website usingmywedding.com and filled it with information about Ryan and I, Cape Town, the wedding and lots of other information. We also had a online RSVP system and guestbook to help manage our invitations from all over the world. Lots of our guests had never been to South Africa before so we created a ‘to-do’ list on our website with information and links to everything we could think of that would be fun for our guests. In the run up to the wedding we planned several trips including a wine tour, table mountain and day trip to a private game reserve.

Wedding favours…

We had a candy cart – all the guests were given sweet bags (in our colour scheme) and they could help themselves to sweets throughout the night. Having a destination wedding (we had lots of people travel to SA) we wanted something that people could enjoy on the night and didn’t have to worry about taking back with them.

Activities to keep your guests busy while you had photographs?

We had a photo booth installed in the reception room where guests could dress up in props and take pictures. The photos were printed twice, once for the guests and once for us. We also had a raffle with prizes and competition to guess the length of my dad’s speech . We asked guests to donate to play and all the proceeds went to Cancer Research

A few extra words from the bride…

Our wedding photographer Lauren was so incredible & creative and took us into the city to do some amazing shots on the streets and in an old church – we also had photos taken in a derelict building with graffiti on the walls which was so different and unique. We asked Dan & Starla to attend our wedding and asked Dan to perform our marriage ceremony which was so incredibly special – it meant so much to us both that they could be there. I guess the most special thing about our wedding was being able to celebrate with our amazing family and friends, having them as part of our special day was unforgettable.

Service providers:

PhotographerLauren Kriedemann – she was the most stunning creative wedding photographer and we were incredibly happy with her work.
Venue and catering – The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
Wedding dress –  The Bridal Showroom – JLT




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