We haven’t had a wedding on the blog in an absolute age and i’m so excited to be sharing this particularly beautiful day with you this afternoon. When Anna from Anna Louise Sleepwear contacted me about her and husband Richard’s perfect day – i jumped at the opportunity. I am such a fan of her brand and absolutely love my pyjamas which i bought about 2 years ago. She’s just launched a new range which i’m going to tell you all about in another post later this week. For now though, let’s hear about Anna’s perfect day…
Tell us a bit about yourself and your new husband – what do you guys do, how did you meet and tell us about your vision for your day?
Richard and I met at the age of 3 at preschool. He remembers me chasing him around the play ground, trying to catch him in kissing catchers. He grew up seeing each other at gala’s as we both swam for Natal. After matriculating I moved to Stellenbosch to study fashion design and then onto Cape Town where I lived for 5 years. It was only a few years ago when I moved back to Durban, that our love story began.
What were looking for in your venue for the ceremony and reception?
Rich and I both come from large families, so we needed a venue that could comfortably take 200 guests. We wanted something close to Durban, so guests traveling from far didn’t need to drive to far, and local guests could drive home that evening. I fell in love with Camp Orchards a few years ago, when I used the location to shoot a winter collection for Anna-Louise. From that day I dreamt of getting married there. Once taking Rich and our families there to view Camp Orchards, it was clear this would be our wedding venue. Camp Orchards is 20 minutes outside of Durban, but once you are there, it feels like you in the middle of the Midlands, they have a reception venue, and the grounds are perfect for an outdoor ceremony. Our vision for our wedding day was elegance. All white with a touch of gold.
Tell us a bit about your planning – how did it all begin, what did you do and any DIY details and help from friends and family that contributed to the success of the day?
I have dreamt about my wedding day from a little girl. From young I knew I wanted my bridesmaids in black. Black is my favourite clothing colour to wear, and for some reason this has always been my dream. I love simplicity, which is why we decided to have everything mainly white. Both my mum and mum-in-law helped put together our dream day. Without them, the day wouldn’t have been as perfect as it was.
Was there a theme for the day? What was it and how did you carry the various visual and symbolic threads through the celebration?
Our dress code was black tie. The theme was elegant, all white with touches of gold.
Tell us about the décor and floral details?
The décor was elegant, off white table cloth’s with mirror toppers. Glass candelabra’s, white hydrangea’s and white roses, with lots of candle.
Tell us about some of the personal moments that were so special on the day?
I remember seeing Rich at the end of the aisle and getting so excited. As I got to the top, I just kissed him! The preist laughed and said it was there first time seeing that happen.
Tell us about your dress?
Casey Jeanne made my wedding gown. The dress was a fitted corset top with lace and netting, going into the most exquisite layered and detaied skirt. I wore a black tie around my waist for the reception to tie in with my bridesmaids.
And we’d love to know about the food and the cake – what was the style of food and did you have a special cake?
Straight after the ceremony, we cut our wedding cake. The cake was a three tier wedding cake covered in white chocolate lint balls. The guests had drinks, cake and high tea while the bridal party had photograph’s.
Our starters were the most incredible vegetable stacks – Brinjal, mozzarella, parmesan & pine nut fritter with grilled brinjals, roasted red peppers, chunky tomato sauce, rocket & herb pesto, grilled artichokes & olives followed by the most delicious Fillet of beef with vegetable stir-fry on wasabi mash & Thai coconut broth for our mains.
Dessert was served by waiters on trays. They were all white finger desserts: Dark chocolate brownies, Coconut ice, Nougat, Meringues with whipped cream & lemon curd in shot glasses, Mini doughnuts dusted with icing sugar. As well as a cheese board.
Describe your most memorable moment?
Being welcomed into the reception as “the new Mr & Mrs Downes”. I remember being so excited and having the biggest smile on my face.
…your advice to a couple about to embark on the adventure of planning a wedding…what should they remember amongst all the chaos?
Rich and I did a six week marriage course leading up to our wedding which I would highly recommend. It focuses on the reasons why you getting married, what marriage is all about and things you should chat about before getting married that you might not think about. As exciting as all the wedding prep was, the marriage course highlights the main reason why you getting married, which actually got me most excited.
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