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South Africa DIY Wedding from dna photographers

First off, I just have to tell you that reading the bride’s description of her day is sort of like reading a fabulous love poem because it reminds you of why you’re getting married and what’s really important. Not only is this gorgeous bride a wordsmith, she’s also one heck of a DIYer and with help of her loved ones, created a unique and spectacular day. dna photographers snapped up all the pretty details and love and you can see it all right here.

From the Bride… I’ll start by quoting the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson: ”Life is a journey, not a destination.” As for this blissful day, I would say it was and still is about the relationships and not just the wedding day.  And so, everything really started when I met Michael, who has always inspired me to get those things done, those wonderful ideas, that keep lingering in my mind. When he proposed, it simply catapulted us into an awesome, fun, passionate seven months of weaving friends and family, cotton and string, paper planes and striped paper straws, into a wedding day. While Michael went beer tasting with his dad, my mother and I spent interesting hours in the passage of my parents’ house, creating countless meters of bunting! My brother-in-law printed the most gorgeous serviettes for us, and my varsity buddy gave me her collection of old keys from student days. I was teaching my girlfriends how to crochet the lantern covers while Michael was networking with the farming community to organize straw bales!  

The venue? It was a little thumbnail image I fell in love with when I Googled “free state wedding venues.” The beautiful repetition of the timber trusses in an old sandstone dairy shed, out in the country off the beaten track, was pretty much cast in stone when Philna told us we could tie the knot anywhere on the farm. Michael and I love going out of our way for the thrill of adventure, and we both had a sneaky grin that all our friends and family would have to do it with us this time! They would need to get some dust on their polished shoes under those gorgeous eucalyptus trees … and come to think of it I would probably need some ankle boots then…

Just because you do things differently doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or detail. We prefer  a simplistic outlook, but also think what you do should be true, necessary and beautiful. Oh, and it must work.  I loved the idea of brass, timber and sandstone; from childhood, we both have been drawn to the expansive open spaces of the Free State’s cosmic landscape. But it was really the friends and family who climbed the trees to hang up the bunting and filled up the tree-chapel benches a few hours later, that completed the loveliness and made the whole day special, blessed and truly God-given.

Wedding Photography: Desmond Louw + Antonia Heil of dna photographers / Wedding Venue + Catering: Vlakbult Guestfarm in Clocolan, South Africa / Venue Contact: Philna Le Roux (083 761 7621) / Floral Design, White Chairs, Candelabra + Vases: Maretha of Function & Wedding House / Drinks: Clarens Brewery / Wine: Chamonix  / Decor: DIY / Wool for Crochet Projects: Orion Wool and Crafts / Wedding Invitation + Napkin Printing: Tobie Groenewald of I Love Screenprinting Studio / Napkins: DIY with Materials from Lowry’s Fabric Wholesalers in Cape Town / Tablecloths + Table Runners: DIY with Material from Fabric Castle in Cape Town / Burlap for Aisle: Fabric City in Cape Town / Brass Candlestick: Milnerton Market / Packaging: Ebony and Ivory / Decorative Hole Punch: Merrypack / Paper Materials: The Deckle Edge + NOR Paper (021 5113810) / Cake Stand: Price Home of Mud Studio / Glass Bottles: Consol Factory / Striped Straws: Natalie Royston (082 408 5739; / Getting Ready Location: Annemarie of MAKAODI gaste plaas (082 854 6166) / Wedding Dress: Lisa Nel / Bride’s Ankle Boots: Etsy / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Made by the Bride’s Mother / Groom’s Attire: Country Road, Woolworths + Canal Walk / Groom’s Shoes: Woolworths / Groomsmen’s Suits: Their Own / Groomsmen’s Ties: Woolworths

Intimate Cape Town Wedding from DNA Photographers

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, / 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

Wrap It Up Pretty Little Black Book!

While our summer, and by extension our Wedding Season, is cooling off in the coming weeks, the entire other half of the globe’s is warming up. So this Cape Town engagement session from dna photographers seemed the perfect way to send you off into your August weekend. After the week of gorgeous soiree after stunning affair we’ve had here on the LBB Blog, a finale like this is fully deserved. Have a wonderful weekend my LBBers! xoxo

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The week wrapped up in a pretty bow:

a Costa Rica highlight film with views as pretty as the bride
a sweet Southern soiree with all the fab fixin’s in South Carolina
a Lilly Pulitzer inspired fête in Costa Rica you’ll flip over
a Camarillo wedding dedicated to the girly girl in all of us
a super classic Carmel affair that is pretty as can absolutely be
a collection of tantalizing tabletops that are pure perfection
a fabulous Santa Barbara engagement session on a boat, complete with pup
a bunch of the prettiest garters you will ever lay eyes on
a super cozy and ultra gorg wedding day blessed with pretty rain in Sarasota
a Connecticut soiree with the perfect touch of Southern Hospitality
a fête in the Florida Keys that may just be the prettiest you’ve ever seen

A few links you need to check out ASAP:

a perfect appetizer: pear pancetta crisps with goat cheese + honey (YUM) via
a fab chevron printable for you party announcing via On To Baby
a gorgeous and chic Los Angeles DIY wedding via Grey Likes Weddings

Brides + Grooms to be – Don’t forget about our LBB! This week’s Don’t Miss List spotlights our Little Black Book VIPs who take the stress out of planning your big day. In between saying “Yes!” and exchanging “I do’s,” plan to perfect your soiree with the professionals WE couldn’t live without.

You’ll definitely want to start thinking about who is going to be capturing those memories you’re making, so make sure to pop into The Book for some of the best in the biz. KT Merry PhotographyLa Dolce Vita StudioLachance PhotoLaura Leslie PhotographyA Simple PhotoAdeline and GraceCraig Photography, and Doug McGoldick Photography are all phenoms behind the lens.

Our Little Black Book is the perfect spot to find your wedding planner too. You’ll find pros like Storied EventsStyled CreativeSuzy Berberian Weddings and EventsTC Event DesignTiger Lily Weddings, and Weddings with Tara hanging out in there. And our LBB designers rock. Synergetic Sounds and LightingWinston FlowersKD Event DesignsLilacs FloralsPat’s Floral DesignsYellow Canary, and Beautiful Days are all fabulous.

If you’re in the need of some fab stationery? Yep! We’ve got some absolute geniuses - Regas New YorkRosann Konieczny Calligrapher, and Smith Letterpress, among others.

And perhaps one of the most important things to consider – where you will be saying I do… Check out the LBB to find gorgeous spots like The Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa and SO many more!

Beautiful Days, Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs, Weddings with Tara, TC Event Design, Yellow Canary, Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher, KD Event Designs, Lilacs, Craig Photography, Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events, Winston Flowers and The Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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