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This ar­chi­tect cou­ple wed in min­i­mal­is­tic, ur­ban style

Ar­chi­tects Lila and Cliff headed down­town for their wed­ding, cre­atively com­bin­ing an in­dus­trial ur­ban set­ting with quirky pa­per el­e­ments and rus­tic veld flow­ers for a sparse, min­i­mal­is­tic look.

1. Cliff’s ‘Lila wood you?’ ban­ner was a prom­i­nent part of the dé­cor. 2. Pa­per jets made a fun re­place­ment for con­fetti. 3&4. Lila’s vintage-style, oys­ter­coloured dress. 5. Bunches of veld flow­ers were sus­pended from the ceil­ing. 6&7. Lila’s Aldo plat­forms and wolf ear­rings. 8. The cou­ple ex­changed brushed ti­ta­nium wed­ding bands. 9. Po­laroids of the guests be­came part of the dé­cor. 10. To cut costs, the brides­maids wore their own black dresses and shoes. liff pro­posed at an aban­doned mil­i­tary site in Pre­to­ria called Mag­a­zine Hill. He had de­signed a brass foundry with artists’ stu­dios on the site for his ar­chi­tec­tural dis­ser­ta­tion the year be­fore, and I had al­ways wanted to see it. It has such a mag­i­cal and nos­tal­gic at­mos­phere due to the history and the time that has passed since it was de­com­mis­sioned. One Satur­day, Cliff sug­gested that we take a tour. He led me through a nar­row maze of old ce­ment bag bunker walls into an over­grown bunker space, where he had set up a white ta­ble with snacks and cham­pagne. There was a colos­sal 25m-long ban­ner hang­ing on the wall that read, ‘Lila wood you?’ As soon as I caught sight of it, Cliff dropped to one knee and opened up a wooden box – in­side was an en­gage­ment ring made of ki­aat (hence the play on the word ‘would’), which he had de­signed him­self. Cliff’s brother was hid­ing in the bushes with his video cam­era and doc­u­mented the whole thing. This video was played on a pro­jec­tor at our wed­ding as part of the dé­cor. Since Cliff and I are both ar­chi­tects, we feel very con­nected to the in­ner parts of cities that most peo­ple tend to fear, and we’ve de­vel­oped a real love and hope (of re­ju­ve­na­tion) for them. For our wed­ding, we re­ally wanted an ur­ban set­ting; in fact, it was our dream to have it in an aban­doned fac­tory, but that idea had some ob­vi­ous lo­gis­ti­cal and safety is­sues! Tur­bine Hall was the ideal com­pro­mise – it had the tex­ture and raw beauty of an old in­dus­trial struc­ture, with the con­ve­nience of an in-house event com­pany – what could be more per­fect? Due to the cost of the venue we tried to keep all other costs as low as pos­si­ble. Luck­ily the types of

veld flow­ers we like are more cost ef­fec­tive than tra­di­tional wed­ding flow­ers, and we de­signed and made al­most ev­ery­thing else. The flow­ers ar­ranged in the blouwilde­bees skulls were inspired by the im­age of a skull ly­ing in the field with some wild flow­ers grow­ing nat­u­rally through it. My dress was a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of an Elie Saab de­sign. It was mainly oys­ter, but had a very sub­tle om­bre that faded to a warm grey colour around the trim to give it a hint of grungi­ness, and so it wouldn’t look bad af­ter a long night of danc­ing. We used the ‘dou­ble whammy’ ap­proach to cut costs. Our cake was a stack of cheeses, served as canapés; our wed­ding favours had tags in­di­cat­ing ta­ble seat­ing and our bridal party wore their own black clothes; we supplied their ac­ces­sories only. The big­gest chal­lenge was cut­ting down the guest list. Once you start writ­ing down the names of all the peo­ple who play a sig­nif­i­cant role in your life, you re­alise how blessed you are, and you can’t help but feel bad about not invit­ing ev­ery­one. But once they get mar­ried I am sure they will un­der­stand. Get­ting friends and fam­ily to help you col­lect things works very well. We gave a few bags of lol­lies to a teacher and asked her to give one to each stu­dent who brought an empty glass jar to school. We had enough of ev­ery­thing in no time. We put small white pa­per squares with pens on the ta­bles so that our guests could draw the per­son sit­ting op­po­site them. This was turned into a beau­ti­ful and en­ter­tain­ing piece of wall art for our new home.

11. The first dance was to ‘Anemone’ by The Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre. 12. Laser­cut menus dou­bled as ta­ble num­bers. 13. The cou­ple said their vows in front of a pa­per-sculp­ture back­drop. 14. Card­board rolls were re­pur­posed as flower hold­ers. 15. Strings of lights were hung from the ceil­ing. 16&17. Tur­bine Hall. 18. Lila’s neph­ews, Zanru and Ke­han, were the ring bear­ers. 19. Cliff and his grooms­men. 20. The skulls added African flavour with ‘a cow­boy twist’. 21. The guests’ art­work. 22&23. Lila’s bag and dress had in­tri­cate de­tail­ing. 24&25. Skulls and veld flow­ers were a re­cur­ring theme.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: Pic­ture Me&U hey@ pic­ture­me­ www.pic­ture­me­ DRESS: Ves­selina Pentcheva 011 442 7501 www.ves­ RINGS: Ina Steenkamp from House of Auri­o­ HAIR: Pasquale Hair Cre­ations 011 391 3105/6 BRIDE'S SHOES: Aldo CLUTCH BAG: For­ever New EAR­RINGS: Bride’s own (wolf ear­rings, for a bit of rock n roll!) EN­TOURAGE’S AT­TIRE: Their own AC­CES­SORIES: Scarves, head­bands, belts and bow ties made by the bride’s mom GROOM’S SUIT: DKNY VENUE, CATER­ING & CHEESE CAKE: The Fo­rum at Tur­bine Hall 011 492 3888 www.the­fo­ FLOW­ERS: La Bella Dé­cor 011 976 1727­bel­ DÉ­COR & BOU­TON­NIÈRES: De­sign and DIY by the bride and groom LASER­CUT­TING: Fine Line Stu­dios 072 277 4040 www.fine­lines­tu­ STA­TIONERY: Cot­ton On MAKEUP & BAND/DJ: Friends of the cou­ple SOUND EQUIP­MENT HIRE: FireHire 011 822 4799

Through their work, Lila and Cliff feel con­nected to the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment and wanted their big day to have a gritty, in­ner-city feel to it.









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