Summer Romance

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Carolyn No Comments

Bursts of pinks, lace, candles and Stellenbosch, what could be more romantic!  Marzelle and Gus are not new to `i am captivated`  as you may remember their desert engagement photos.  They tied the knot surrounded by their family and friends at the beautiful Nooitgedacht Estate.  There is just something so peaceful and dreamy about getting married in the natural surroundings of the Cape.  Something else I love, is Marzelle’s stunning wedding gown: soft, elegant and timeless.  Not one bit of detail was forgotten and even the’ little guest’s were treated to something special: personalised boxes filled with fun activities to keep them busy.  Although this special couple met in Stellenbosch, they are currently living in Dubai and have been for some time.    They wanted to incorporate an element of their Middle Eastern lifestyle so each guest received Bateel dates as wedding favours, how clever!  Du Wayne captured their wedding day.

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 It all began…

Gus and I were studying the same course at University of Stellenbosch – South Africa.  We had seen each other around in class but we had never formally met until one cold winters night.  I was out with  friends when someone walked behind me and “accidentally” spilt his drink all over the back of my jacket.  We started talking straight away and during the next couple of months we met occasionally and even shared a few secret kisses.  It wasn’t long until Gus decided to make our relationship official by asking me to be his girlfriend.

The Proposal…

We were in South Africa for a friend’s wedding and we had stayed on a little longer on holiday with Gus’ family.  Gus had planned the whole proposal but the weather was not playing along so each day he would check the weather and as it was not right, he had to delay it by another day until it got close to the end of the week.   He decided just to go ahead regardless of the weather.  He told me he had planned a nice lunch on a farm close by.  It overlooked the Oribi Gorge.  After our meal Gus told me that we were going to have a massage.  Afterwards the owner of the resort asked if we would like a tour around as it was still a very new.  We agreed and he took us into a villa overlooking the gorge, the view was stunning, thick  mist rolled over the mountains.  It was the perfect setting.

Whilst I was admiring the interior of the villa Gus kept calling me to come and have a look outside on the balcony, when I got there I saw Gus was on his knee with the biggest smile on his face…..

 The highlight of our wedding day…

Having all of our friends and family (from near, far and very far) together in one place to celebrate the special day with us.  My personal highlight was seeing my future husband waiting for me, with tears in his eyes and with the biggest smile on his face.

My wedding dress…

I chose a princess style dress from the 2012 Pronovias Glamour collection that was made in tulle and delicate lace and that had a romantic look set off by a sweetheart neckline.  I chose to wear the matching cathedral length veil that also had a front veil.

Advice to brides planning their wedding from a distance…

Decide on what is important to you and focus on that.  I knew I wanted great food, good entertainment and beautiful flowers.  We focused on these areas and at the end they turned out to be better than I could have imagined.  Don’t stress about the nitty gritty stuff, but most importantly, take a few minutes and just look at your husband and remember those moments, because that’s what matters most.  Appreciate the blessing of what is happening around you and take mental photos and remember to have fun.

Getting bits of my to do list done in Dubai…

My wedding dress, Gus’ suit and the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses were all bought in Dubai.  We had a very detailed wedding and we searched for months looking for a variety of home and tableware items to suit our wedding theme  We looked at Debenhams, Zara Home, The One, Galeries Lafayette, Crystal Gallery, Marks & Spencer, Home Center and Life Style. I bought the flower girl’s fabric at Cairo Fabrics and Rivoli Textiles in Abu Dhabi and her accessories and other little female guest’s gifts at Accessorize.  Other textiles such as a french lace runner for the main table and french lace for the vases were sourced from Al Esayi Textiles in Abu Dhabi Mall. Our wedding favours were KSA dates from Bateel (their wedding collection).  The confetti containers were ordered online from The Bride Side of Life

 Choosing a country and venue…

We are currently living in Dubai, UAE and we decided to get married back South Africa. There was so many venues to choose from in the Western Cape, but after months of searching all over the internet and sending our family to each venue to check it out & send us photos of the venues, we finally decide on Nooitgedacht Estate – Stellenbosch.  Planning the wedding from Dubai was a challenge as we had to rely on family & friends and a trip back to South Africa to put all the arrangements in place.  We were very fortune to have the amazing help and guidance from my mom who lives here in the UAE.  Without her help and many hours of coordinating we would never have had such a special day.

Challenges while planning our wedding…

In proofreading our wedding stationary, one of the biggest challenges was that computer monitors displayed colours differently.  After some queries and an inspection by the National Department of Agriculture Cape Town International airport finally allowed us to take 35 kg of dates for our wedding favours into South Africa.  December is a big month for weddings in South Africa.  We had to wait for all the groomsman to  arrive in South Africa before we could commence our search. It was a bit of a challenge to find 5 groomsmen suits 3 days before the wedding.  As my family are Afrikaans and my Gus’ family are English we had to compromise to ensure that both our cultures were incorporated into our wedding arrangements. For example, a good friend of Gus’ performed our wedding ceremony in Afrikaans and English. Some of the speeches at the wedding reception were also in Afrikaans and English.

DIY…

As our wedding theme was ‘Summer Romance’, we focused on the very essence of the word ‘love’, we have chosen/written special poems and quotes about ‘love’ for all our wedding stationary and signs.  I had special poems displayed in frames at my sisters places. I wanted them to know that although I am now married, there will always be a special place for them in my heart.  Gus had a ‘Shark’ (a SA rugby team) inspired grooms cake and the groomsmen were surprised with personalized gift bags that were filled with their ties, socks, small Scottish whiskey bottles and Cuban cigars. The groom wrote each groomsman an individualized, special message to thank them for their friendship!  Lots of attention was paid to decorating the room where I got dressed.  Special dress hangers were decorated with small peals and ribbon, candle vases were wrapped in lace, love quotes was displayed. The groom also had pink cupcakes wrapped in white lace with small signs “I do” delivered to my hotel room.

Our first dance…

Michael Buble – Everything

Suppliers

VenueNooitgedagchtPhotographerDu WayneVideographerMissing Pieces – David StoneWedding DressPronoviasHair and Make upSan-Marie, Wedding coordinator: Lisa SchoemanWedding Decor & Hiring: LeizigFlowers: LeizigWedding CakeKanya Hunt, Catering: NooitgedagchtEntertainment for pre-drinks: amaAmbush Marimbas, Entertainment for reception: DJ Brendon, Car Hire: Classic Cats, Wedding Stationary: Lara Design

 




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