When it comes to weddings, we love ’em big or small, but there is something about a sweet soiree that makes you want to wiggle out of your shoes before the dancing starts. They are often a bit more sweetly simple, yet stunning nonetheless, and always put a smile on our faces. Especially when the wedding is captured in a bundle of amazing images – which DNA Photographers always produces. Click here for the full bundle!
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Andy and I have travelled together since we first got together at music college in 2004.
Our first trip to Africa took place after only few months of dating – we headed to Nairobi and the hotel room we checked in to had a toilet a few feet from the bed with just a shower curtain around it for privacy! At the time I thought ‘I’m not ready for this!’ but of course the trip was great and it was the first of many. Since then we’ve been to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Zambia, so it made sense for us to get married in South Africa, especially given the fact that Andy was working for a charity in Malawi for a year.
We were so lucky with all the aspects of our wedding, given we were planning it from the UK and Malawi. A lot of the choices we made went down fantastically well and were really pot luck! The photographers welcomed us for a pre wedding shoot the day of our arrival and put us at ease with a walk round Deer Park below Table Mountain and the wedding photos were spectacular.
I chose the vineyard venue because they took WWOOF-ers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), something I had been involved with in New Zealand in 2007. I knew the ethos would be right and when we finally arrived along with 20 friends and family from the UK it exceeded everyone’s expectations. The swimming pool, beautiful scenery, table tennis, hiking, grape picking – there was something for everyone to do to unwind before the wedding, even a piano to play!
Diana and Johan were excellent hosts and provided the most amazing food throughout our stay, and the wedding day was no exception. Diana coped with a wedding plan on a scrap of paper and turned it into the most special day.
A few craft sessions in the UK provided the buttonholes and bunting and on the wedding day we were making and hanging pompoms. The music was provided by our friends – violins, guitar, flute, djembe, and a few singers and whistlers – which involved some intense practicing the morning of the wedding!
Photography: DNA Photographers / Flowers: Fennel from a field on the Fynbos Estate / Décor: DIY / Bottles, Vases, Table Clothes: Fynbos Estate, Malmesbury / Venue: Fynbos Estate, Malmesbury / – Food: Johan, Fynbos Estate / Wedding dress: 1950s vintage from Annie’s Vintage Clothing / Bride’s Shoes: ASOS bought on Ebay / Fascinator: made by a friend, firstname.lastname@example.org / Engagement ring: Vintage, brides grandmother’s / Suit: Daniel Hechter Paris / Groom’s Shoes: Raffles Shoe Shop, Harare, Zimbabwe / Groom’s Shirt: Marks and Spencers / Tie: The Silk Tie Company / Flower girl’s clothing: Boden / Groomsmen clothing: Debenhams + Vegetarian Shoes