ANJA & JOSUA
A small-town celebration turns into a weekend away
Anja and Josua knew from the start that they wanted an intimate autumnthemed celebration. Inspired by nature’s colour palette, they planned a sumptuous harvest feast…
1. Anja and her dad Durr walking down the aisle. 2. A velvet bow finished off the look. 3. Josua’s Arum lily, dusty miller and privet boutonniere. 4. Here comes the bride! 5. Feather seatmarkers. 6. Tables were adorned with lush arrangements of peonies, hydrangeas, tulips, dahlias, pepper tree berries and leaves, palm berries, privets, garden roses, stocks, jasmine leaves and Calla lilies. 7. Just married! 8. Anja wore dendrobium orchids, garden roses, privets, snapdragons and olive leaves in her hair. Josua proposed while we were on holiday in New York. We had rented a boat and were rowing around the lake in Central Park. Not suspecting a thing, I was giving him a hard time about his rowing skills when our rowboat veered towards the bank and we ended up under the branches of a beautiful old willow tree. Josua dropped onto both knees (he nearly tipped the boat over in his attempts to get down on one knee – talk about rocking the boat!) and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It is a moment I will never forget. We wanted our wedding to have a ‘small-town’ feel, and Roodezand was the prettiest venue I’d ever seen; small, intimate and unpretentious, with loads of character and French farmstyle charm. It’s high up in the valley, surrounded by the dramatic Saronsberg mountain and I figured having a foundation that good would make my job so much easier. An added bonus is that everything is available right there. Karin does the catering, there’s a beautiful rustic chapel, wooden tables, pretty chairs, fairy lights, lanterns, decor items and everything else you might need. Ever since getting engaged we’d talked about getting married in the shoulder season, and choosing autumn meant less chance of rain and wind. It was also a practical consideration; many vendors and venues offer low-season rates. The most important prerequisite for the dress was that I wanted to feel like me, but nothing I tried on felt right. I knew that my ideal dress did not yet exist, so it was a question of finding the right person to make it. Alana van Heerden was the perfect choice. She didn’t bat an eyelid when I said I wanted a nontraditional blue-grey dress. Alana hand-dyed vintage lace to get that gorgeous colour, and dyed the tulle
skirt to match. We incorporated a navy blue bustier and velvet ribbon to finish off the skirt. It was an absolute dream to wear, and so comfortable. It is so easy to get lost in the details. We both wanted a small, intimate celebration, and this really made a difference to the feel of the day, as we had a lot more time to spend with our closest friends, family and each other. It also saved us some money, which meant we could splurge on the things that were important to us, like good wine and bubbly, awesome photographers and live entertainment. Our wedding included a manageable amount of DIY – enough to have everyone feel part of the proceedings without requiring them to work too hard! We made the feather place settings on the Thursday night in front of a roaring fire at the Tulbagh Hotel, and spent the Friday morning hanging bells, writing chalkboard menus and arranging décor. My mother and sister-in-law made the flower wreaths and I designed all of the stationery. We went with nature’s colour palette – we just used what was already around us! The feel of autumn’s golden hues inspired the use of gold and lots of fresh flowers, loosely arranged with fruit and candles – a harvest feast to reflect nature’s bounty. My brother had the fantastic idea to use song lyrics as table names. We asked the DJ to play each song once during the night, and when the table recognised their song they could all get a free shooter from the bar. It turned out to be great fun, the older generation being the most eager of all! 9. Song lyrics served as table names. 10. Saronsberg mountain. 11. Anja’s Nine West shoes. 12. Making an entrance. 13. The bridesmaids wore black lace tops with tulle skirts. 14. Opening the dance floor to ‘So Happy Together’ by The Turtles. 15. Enjoying the speeches. 16. Doily decorations. 17. Romantic candlelight lit up the reception area. 18. Josua and his groomsmen. 19. Anja’s art deco design ring features a gold band with a cognac diamond set between two diamond trillions. 20. Anja’s navy bustier and blue-grey tulle skirt. PHOTOGRAPHER: DNA Photographers a@dna photographers.com www.dnaphotographers.com DRESS & VEIL: Alana van Heerden 082 749 6393, https://alanadesign.wordpress.com/ VENUE & CATERING: Roodezand 082 337 4703 www.roodezand.com FLOWERS: Anli Wahl Floral Design anliwahl@ me.com www.facebook.com/AnliWahlFlowers RINGS: Thérèse de Villiers 083 235 2266 www.theresedevilliers.co.za HAIR & MAKEUP: Iza Cloete 082 218 8340 firstname.lastname@example.org www.izacloete.co.za BRIDE’S SHOES: Nine West GROOM’S SUIT: Topshop BRIDESMAIDS’ OUTFITS: lace tops from The Lot 021 424 0182, skirts custom-made GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Own navy jackets, grey pants from Woolworths STATIONERY: Six Ways to Sunday email@example.com www.sixways.co.za SOUND & LIGHTING: Audiopimps www.audiopimps.co.za
Since most of their guests joined them for the whole weekend, Anja and Josua got everyone to spend some time together before the actual wedding. ‘I feel it made a big difference to the vibe on the day,’ says Anja.
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