Last weekend we went to a morning wedding in Constantia, and I just loved how laid-back everything was! It wasn’t formal at all, but still tastefully done and an enjoyable day. Kids were welcome, and after the speeches people who weren’t enjoying the ice-cream stand were playing a spot of crocket or French cricket on the lawns at Little Stream Estate. It was a perfect summer’s day, and the bride’s father’s speech may have made me a little sniffy.
Congrats, Mr and Mrs Heslop!
There was no seating plan- you simple grabbed a chair/bench/blanket under the trees.
The food laid out on a help-yourself table, meaning we could go back for seconds [twice].
And after almost a month away there is so much to catch up on. For now, a few wedding pictures. You can see the rest here.
The St Anne’s chapel.
The men getting ready.
St Anne’s admin building and front lawn.
My amazing maid of honour, Nina, who I love even a million times more [if that were more] post-wedding!
Reading my vows.
Praying at the ceremony.
My Loubis [of course].
Super love this picture.
One of my favourite pictures ever.
In the chapel.
It was pretty cold. Love this picture, too.
Dancing with my dad.
Just love this picture of my new brother in law.
The night was just perfect from start to finish. Best wedding ever.
I have to mention Clip-In Hair. Yes, Natalie is a magician with hair and make-up but she would not have been able to create such a fab up-style with the measly bit of shoulder-length hair I have! They helped me out with some gorgeous, super duper long extensions. It took all of ten minutes to walk in, find a colour, attach them, and leave! They’re not permanent so you can re-use them as and when you please, without the pain and hassle of those glue-in ones. Can’t wait to use them again and be a Unicorn Mermaid Princess!
My bridesmaids are amazing. Specifically, in this case, Kazi, who put together the most incredible bridal shower EVER!
We started with a fabulous high tea at the Cape Grace. There were speeches, and everyone shed a tear during my mum’s speech. I opened presents and we sipped champagne and ate a bajillion carbs. Later we went to Asoka for cocktails and snacks, and then worked our way down Long Street, ending up with eating fries and drinking alcoholic milkshakes at Mr Pickwick’s at 2am, after a million R12 shooters at Bob’s Bar. Fun!
Oh, and the theme was Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I was Audrey Hepburn for the day! Id est, I was the most beautiful woman who EVER lived for the day. She is. It’s a fact.
With Mama Unicorn.
Bridesmaids and bride!
High school friends!
With my fashion fairy godmother and bridesmaids. Love.
For my wedding hair, there were several things I did NOT want. These included [but were not limited to]:
To look like I come from Pretoria North…
To look like a poodle…
Twirly things that make my head look like a pastry…
Frizzies and flyaways…
Something VERY styled, not a single hair out of place, that obviously need 5 cans of hair spray to stay so, soooo perfect.
Something very tight/austere…
An up do with no volume…
Something that looks like it was entered into a graphic design for hair expo…
Look, there’s nothing wrong with any of these. Well, actually, there’s a lot wrong with many of them, but to each his own! These are simply my personal preferences.
So I went to @NatalieRoos’ house for a hair and make-up trial. Also to see BABYCAT, her kitten. But mostly for hair and make-up.
This is what we came up with:
I really do like it a lot. It’s soft and youthful. It’s natural but not like I DIYed it ten minutes before. It’s perfect for a spring wedding, and I think it does a lot for my hair, which is this annoying barely-shoulder length right now. Instead of ribbon I’ll have lace, and the cameo is my “something old”.
Now that 90% of our guests have their invitations, I feel I can post them online. I am just so happy with how they turned out!
It wasn’t easy to decide what to do. There are SO many options out there! From the very minimalistic, to the interactive, crazy expensive, intricate, unique. Eventually we decided we didn’t some crazy bells-and-whistles pop-up laser-cut machine that signs a song written especially for us when you about it. We wanted great design, something very personal, and great paper. I think we ticked all those boxes!
The front. Our stationery was mostly navy blue, red, and cream/white.
We stuck with the travel theme: Post card; plane; stamps; maps.
We had some stamps designed for stamping the envelopes.
A great personal touch, I think.
We printed our invitations on gorgeous paper that had tiny dots pressed into it. Very fancy, but understated.
We tied everything, including our registry card, together with red and white twine.
I love them!
Once again, by the talented Ashleigh Rodda, who I simply cannot recommend enough.
I’ve given my bridesmaids free-ish rein with their accessories. There are basic guidelines but there’s no sense in making a Michelle Williams wear Kardashian-eqsue bling. It wouldn’t look right. So they can pick earrings, bracelets, rings, and hair accessories that speak to their personal style [but are not hideous].
Nina just got her clutch for the wedding. Not that it will be a feature in pictures or anything, but I just LOVE this!
How gorgeous? The Secret Garden. I so want a book clutch now! My birthday IS next week, you know…
Plus this is so Nina [and me]- we have a traveling book club! Sure. there are only two members [me, Nina], but it is a great book club! Global, nogal!
SC ordered two sets of cufflinks from over the seas recently, and they have arrived! I love them both. Quirky, like him [think: half-white beard (which is natural, not bleached); brightly coloured sneakers; interesting sense of humour], and fun without being too silly [think: naked women or talking mouths].
Option 1: Red Vespas. Cute, hey? Also perfect for two people who love Vespas, and who are going to Europe on honeymoon [totes taking Paris and Provence by Vespa in October!].
Option 2: Silver paper planes. Still quirky, but slightly less so. Fits in with the “travel” theme of our stationery, though.
Decisions, decisions! Can’t we just get married twice so we can use all the amazing ideas we have stored up?