True Love

Posted on: May 10th, 2014 by Carolyn No Comments

It is incredibly hard to describe how I feel when I come across a photograph of a couple on their wedding day.  You can actually feel the bond between them and the love that they share when you look at their photos.  This is how I felt when I saw Peni and Jeremy`s photographs.  Pure, uncomplicated and unconditional love!  They simply adore each other.  I had to borrow this from Peni`s answers to my questions below as it gave me goosebumps when I read it… “I remember standing there holding Jeremy’s hand, knowing that a photograph would never do it justice and knowing that I’d never forget that moment.  It was perfection.

I think another thing that struck me was the focus on getting married and being surrounded by close family and friends.  So often we can become consumed by what the wedding should look like instead of remembering what the most important aspect is…saying I do for the rest of our lives. The wedding took place in Sri Lanka in the beach town of Mirissa where the couple were surrounded by their close families and friends.  The couple wanted as little planning stress as possible and decided to enjoy their time with everyone instead!  You are going to love these images dedicated to this truly beautiful love story between to beautiful people.  Thank you to kellyandphotography for the pictures!

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Your love story…

Jeremy and I met about 13 years ago at a show in South Africa.  He was 16 and I was 18.  When he finished school he moved to Dubai. 11 years later he was visiting family in South Africa.  His brother, Josh and Josh’s girlfriend, Mignon were trying to set us up.  We hadn’t spoken in years and Jeremy basically led with the question “so Mignon thinks we’re soul mates… what do you think?”  I liked everything about him.  We started a whatsapp fling.  Four months later he flew me to Dubai for our first date.  He swept me off my feet and we started dating.  Four months later I moved to Dubai.


The proposal…

Seven months after we started dating he flew me to Sri Lanka.  We hiked to the top of the 1500 year old palace ruins of Sigiriya.  It was absolutely breathtaking.  Jeremy got down on one knee and asked me to be his special friend forever.  A complete surprise.  I was completely in love.  I said yes.


The highlight of your wedding day…

I loved every moment of my wedding.  I still wish I could rewind time and relive that entire week again.  It was perfect, saying our vows with all our family and best friends around us was something I will always treasure.  One of the highlights was definitely on location for the shoot.  We took a scooter up the hill and we were standing on a lookout, palm trees everywhere, the Indian Ocean as far as you could see and the lighting was perfect.  I can’t even explain it.  The sky had the most ridiculous light, the sun was backlighting the clouds with that incredible gold lining and it was the most perfect moment.  I remember standing there holding Jeremy’s hand, knowing that a photograph would never do it justice and knowing that I’d never forget that moment.  It was perfection.


Advice for brides planning their wedding from Dubai but getting married abroad…

My advice to brides planning their wedding from Dubai but getting married abroad is to have a small wedding:)  My wedding plan was to not plan:)  We kept it super small. 30 people.  We only invited immediate family and close friends and we all spent the week together on the beach.  It was exactly what we wanted.  Minimal planning.


Getting things done in Dubai…

I used a few suppliers in Dubai.  I had tote bags made as wedding favours which I had printed through a company in Bur Dubai.  The rings were custom made through Cara Jewellers in Gold and Diamond Park in Dubai.  They were amazing, really helpful and accommodating.  Decorations were super simple, just fairy lights which we bought from Ace Hardware in Dubai.  I did my own stationery.


Your dress…

My dress was a two piece  It was a simple full tulle skirt with a hand stitched beaded lace bodice.  A tailor in Satwa, Dubai made the skirt for me and I made the bodice.


Challenges while planning your wedding…

Probably the thing that was the most challenging was the dress.  I had a few bad experiences with the bodice.  Two different tailors attempted it but they both were very far from what I wanted and so I ended up hand sewing the bodice myself.


DIY elements…

So much DIY.  As I`ve mentioned, I made the bodice of the dress.  I am a graphic designer and so I did all the stationery too.  I also designed tote bags and koozies as part of gift bags I put together as favours.


Your first dance…

We didn’t have a first dance, but we walked down the isle to Ben Folds – The Luckiest.  Bliss.


Service providers…

Photographer –

Sean Kelland Photography.  A good friend of mine and fantastic Cape Town based photographer.



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Venue and catering

Coral Beach Guesthouse, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.  They were amazing.

the caterers were raffles hotel, colombo, mirissa the food was incredible.


Wedding dress –

al Etifaq Tailor in Satwa made my skirt.  I made the bodice.

Contact number: +971-4-3490806


Hair and make up

Romesh Atapattu, Capello Salon, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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