Whimsical Bohemian Elegance

Posted on: November 10th, 2013 by Carolyn No Comments

It was a dream come true to plan our own wedding, everything about it was more than what Andy and I could imagine and we felt incredibly blessed.  I thought it would be a good idea to write about our wedding first as it was during the planning process that I was reminded of how much I love anything beautiful and decided to start ‘i am captivated’.

We wanted to create a whimsical, romantic and warm atmosphere (our wedding was in the middle of winter) by using lots of candles and a combination of flowers and foliage inside copper, bronze, and gold containers.  The colour scheme was carefully selected so that it would blend in with the surrounding winter colours of the midlands, I do love the bursts of purple in the bridesmaids bouquets.  Guests were treated to hot bowls of soup after the ceremony and blankets were available to keep them warm.  Once all our guests were inside the mist rolled in and added to the cosy ambiance.  Heather Fitchet captured the day and all it’s details.


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Service Providers

Venue: Netherwood Natal MidlandsPhotographer: Heather FitchetVideographer: VideoccasionsWedding Dress: Barbara Newcombe-hoban, Hair and Make up: Lindsay NixonBridesmaids Dresses: Kathrin KidgerWedding Decor & Hiring, Kerry DinkelmanWedding Cake: Sharyn Breval, Catering: Rita Lea, Entertainment for pre-drinks, Des Rasmussen, Entertainment for reception: Dave Ward Top Jocks, On the day Co- ordinator: Emma Lockhart


It all began….

Andy and I met during the second week of our time at Stellenbosch University.  We were introduced to each other through mutual friends on our first day of classes and that was the start of a long four year friendship before we started dating.

The proposal…

We were in Durban and planned to spend a day in the Midlands tree swinging in the Kaarkloof gauge and picnicking near the waterfall.  We organised it together so I had no idea what Andy was planning at the same time.  I was completely surprised and it took a few minutes for it to sink in before I realised what was happening.  We had just finished our picnic and I was packing up, when I turned around Andy was on his knees telling me that he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together…that was the start of an incredible adventure together!

The highlight of our wedding day…

It may sound ridiculous but every single minute was a highlight!  If I had to choose only one I would definitely say seeing Andy as I walked down the aisle.  I had told myself before that I would fix my eyes on him to savour each minute of that amazing moment.  (Another one was leaving the venue knowing that we had had the most incredible day surrounded by all the people we loved and that we were now husband and wife about to start our lives together).

Any challenges while planning our wedding…

We were living in Dubai while we planned our wedding which may have been a challenge as we got married in South Africa but we were so blessed to have such helpful parents and families that everything exceeded our expectations and went according to plan.  Collecting our containers for the table decor was a challenge as they came from all over.  Friends and family very kindly let us use them and Andy’s parents worked hard at fetching them all and bringing them to the venue.

Advice for couples planning their wedding..

Celebrate the fact that you are getting married at every opportunity, relax and enjoy the exciting journey.  I took my mum away for the night to stay at a B&B near our venue, so we were able to enjoy planning together.  My bridesmaids hosted a lunch for me months before just to show me they cared.  Communicate all your ideas to each other to make sure your wedding is a day that reflects both of your personalities.  Finally on the day, take in each moment together without thinking about what is going to happen next.

Advice for expats living in Dubai planning their weddings abroad…

The internet and skype make planning a wedding from abroad so much easier.  I spent two weeks in South Africa a few months before our wedding to meet all my suppliers.  I spent time creating a scrap book with all my ideas beforehand, I tried to put in as much detail is possible.  The fact that I had something to show them that was visual meant we were all on the same page.  Make sure you are in constant communication via email or skype and if you have good suppliers your wedding day should be everything you dreamed of.


Andy’s granny bakes the most incredibly delicious rusks that Andy and his family love.  So we asked her to bake us rusks to give to the girls as our wedding favours.  Andy’s mum, sister, sister-in-law and aunt were all involved in helping her to bake and package them for us.  My brother is an architect and he very kindly designed the wedding stationary for us.  We are also very blessed to have talented family and family friends who arranged the beautiful flowers in the chapel as well as the exquisite bouquets and the button holes.  I was thrilled with their creations.

Incorporating our personalities into our wedding…

I was beside myself with excitement to be able to plan our wedding, so it was very hard for me to choose what I wanted.  However after using lots of pictures and creating a scrap book with all my ideas I decided to come up with a theme, ‘whimsical bohemian elegance.’  We felt it captured the essence of romance and it was inspired by a book called ‘Captivating’.   Luckily Andy was very happy to let me run with this but I always showed him what I had in mind.  He did ask if we could have relaxed at the end of our theme.  So our final theme was ‘Whimsical Bohemian Elegance and Relaxed`.  We wanted to create an atmosphere where our guests felt a sense of warmth, figuratively and literally and we were blown away by the love and joy that filled our venue, we couldn’t have asked for anything better!

My wedding dress…

After looking around at wedding dress shops I could not find anything that I liked.  I think this was because I already knew what I wanted and I had a picture of the dress I loved.  Finally I decided to take my picture to a dress maker here in Dubai.  She was amazing and we changed the style slightly to suit me.  When I went for my dress fittings I would stand in my dress for as long as I could just looking at the soft fabrics and how it all moved while I walked.  It truly was everything I could have wanted and more.

Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue…

My something old was my gran’s wedding band, it means so much to be able to wear it on my finger.  Something new was my stunning dress.  Something borrowed was my gran’s gold bracelet, I borrowed it from my mom.  Something blue was the letter ‘B’ sown into my dress.

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