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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 pho­tog­ra­ www.dnapho­tog­ra­ DRESS & VEIL: Alana van Heer­den 082 749 6393, https://alanade­sign.word­ VENUE & CATER­ING: Rood­ezand 082 337 4703 www.rood­ FLOW­ERS: Anli Wahl Flo­ral De­sign an­li­wahl@ www.face­­liWahlFlow­ers RINGS: Thérèse de Vil­liers 083 235 2266 www.theresedev­il­ HAIR & MAKEUP: Iza Cloete 082 218 8340 info@iza­ www.iza­ 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 SOUND & LIGHT­ING: Au­diopimps­

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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