I was in love with autumn for as long as I could remember, from the colourfull beauty of the leaves changing on the trees, to the crispy air in the mornings hinting towards a new season, April seemed like the perfect month for wedding bliss and happily ever after in non other than one of the most beautiful towns in southern africa- Robertson
Following our december engagement, the wedding date of 14 April 2018 was a date me and my fiancé at the time both felt connected to, with our friend and my uncle celebrating their birthday on that date. And so we started looking for the perfect venue….it was hard at first as cape town and our surrounds somerset west and stellenbosch were obvious favorites for both of us, plus it’s the wedding mecca of cape town where else would one want to tie the knot?
However my other half and the man I couldn’t wait to spend the rest of my life with had his heart going back to the place he calls home….
Surrounded with beautiful vineyards and picturesque mountains, we found a intimate yet attractive venue, perfect for our 200 plus close friends, family and colleagues who we wanted to spend this special day with. Duvon wine estate just outside Robertson, now also an up and coming wedding venue was where we chose to give each other our hearts and exchange our I do’s, with Gods present’s strongly reflecting in the beauty he has created around us.
The build up to the wedding was perfect and I was blessed to have a few “angels” making this journey so worth while and keeping me grounded.From dress fittings with friends and seeking all the right decor , I new what I wanted – romantic, elegant, plain and simple and not to overdone. The last few weeks before the big day I was blessed to have a group of extraordinary wedding industry right hands assisting me to put together my big day.
I wanted a elegant look and because I love flowers I wasn’t going to hold back on decor and table setting.
Lene from authentic planning really owned up to their professional standards and gave me the most beautiful look just as I wanted. Soft pink, rosegold , green and popping purple color made for statement floral decor and bouquets inside our venue, while outside the green grass was setup perfectly to host all our guests for a canapés and gin pre drinks. We had the honor of having singers jakkie louw and mari bosman entertaining guests while we quickly slipped away for our photo shoot at highlands farm with our amazing photographer friends justin and simone and videographer janco from the adventurers. After a few heartfelt speeches short and sweet, we opened the dancefloor and danced the night away in true tradition like only robertson locals knows how to do! With jakkie louw and mari bosman keeping the crowd on their feet, the sweet aroma of boschendal and frranschoek cellar wine filled the air. And outside the autumn crisp I referred to made me take a breath every once in a while! It was everything we ever hoped for and more!
Every person who mattered to us were there, and we were beyond blessed to share this special day with them.
There for to My bridesmaids michelle botha, carine van der westhuizen, bianca hoffman, charlene wolmarans and riette steenkamp thank you for your hard work and giving me such a classy yet incredibly awesome bachelorette and kitchen tea, and being by my side on our special day.
My husbands groomsman johan bruwer, corne viljoen, andre wessels and andre liebenberg plus master of seremonie Anton bruwer in true Robertson class standing tall besides their friend and looking the part. We are forever greatfull.
To all the familly who contributed in special ways, my aunts and cousins who came from far, for helping with last minute setup, friends elouise, and linda whom with a child attached to the hip was my rock on the morning and during the week, rolandi rottcher, ilke Nieuwenhuizen lize Nortier ,helia wessels and karen jurgens who went out of your way to help, and the mommies anel uys, Nadia viljoen, rita bruwer, elizann van tonder assisting with the kids, I will never forget your gratitude. And I was blessed to have you as part of our beautiful day!
Special thanks to:
Decor, styling and flowers: Authentic planning
Dj: Andre from Dj Dean
Music guests: Jakkie louw and mari bosman
Coffee and icecream setup: Wedding coffees capetown
Lekker trou ligte: lights
name cards and labels: Tonettes
Menus and programs: linda kirsten
Bridesmaids gowns: Alleswatmalis
Bridesmaids dresses: YDE
Groom and Groomsman suits: Woolworths V&A
Kids dresses and clothes: woolworths and bloc kids
Leather bow ties: Masch (stellenbosch)
Hair: Mischa latsky (Durbanville)
Makeup: krisna kleinhans (Robertson)
Dress and jewelry: brides of somerset
Photographer: Justin and Simone Photography
Videographer: The Adventurers
Venue: Du von wine estate (Robertson)