• Hello lovelies, i am so sorry i’ve been AWOL – my website’s backend was fighting with me and i have been unable to post since Monday! Touch wood the gremlins are gone now and it’s back to normal…

    Jo and I used to work together at House and Leisure Magazine and i had seen on Facebook that she’d got married –  I knew her wedding day would be beautiful and down-to-earth, just like she is – read all about the big day in her words. I know you’ll love all the gorgeous details – from Ant’s top hat to the fabulous decor and of course, Jo’s gorgeous dress.

    The text below is from Jo and Ant’s blog

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    Ant and I pictured our wedding being an informal, fun celebration of our love witnessed by our friends and family. It was infinitely more wonderful than we had imagined…

    From the moment we gate-crashed the harvest (grape stopming) party at Kalmoesfontein, that fateful day early last year, we knew it had to be there. We ventured out into the Swartland looking for a wedding venue, and found ourselves welcomed in by the exceptionally warm and generous Badenhorst family, Adi and Cornelia. Not only did they insist that we join in their festivities, they kindly put us up in their dreamy guest cottage when our car broke down on our way out (and 8 strong men from the party had to lift the bakkie off the road). The next morning Adi cooked us breakfast while his son Samuel yelled “Dad, Dad, Lucy (the pet lamb) just peed on the couch!”). We were sold.

    Kalmoesfontein is a beautiful place. The old, weathered farmhouse with its terraced lawns provided the perfect backdrop to the ceremony, with views down the Paardeberg valley and purple mountains framing the horizon. Marius Brand gave a very special and surprising ceremony – he somehow got us in all our madness, inspiring tears and laughs in volumes. Thank you Marius! Ant’s Mum Sue’s reading of when I’m 69 by the Beatles was the cherry on top.

    A remarkable, rambling stoep runs the length of the back of the old farmhouse, where we ate, drank and partied the night away. Cornelia Badenhorst who also co-owns wedding decor company De Liefde decked the rustic wooden tables in cascades of pink, coral and white flowers she sourced from the area, setting the tables with her inimitable flair. The ceiling was strung with an installation of 300 cream, pink and red laser cut birds we had made. Thank you to our long-suffering friends and the trusty Fortein for all your help putting up gazillions of birds, ribbons and fairy lights the day before. It was beautiful!

    Judy Badenhorst is Adi’s mom and a superb chef, who served us a great feast which we washed down with Adi’s yummy Secateur wines and his latest offering, Papegaai. The cake table was a jaw-dropping spectacle! I asked friends and family to bake cakes and desserts rather than opting for a traditional wedding cake. Girls, you blew my mind with your gorgeous delicasies. The table was devoured by eyes and mouths alike!

    It was a magical evening peppered with heartfelt words and wicked tunes. Giles, you made a master MC! We’re so lucky to have such talented, quirky and generous friends! Not only can they cook, create and charm… they can play music! Olly, Toby, Richard, Regan – best DJ’s in the biz. Thank you for rocking the party ALL NIGHT LONG!

    Last but not least, thank you to the girls who made me feel like a princess… Monique, who did my hair and make-up (you’re an angel Mon!) and Mareth and Colleen marethcolleen.blogspot.com who made my beautiful dress and contributed so many lovely details to the occasion.They are seriously talented young designers – watch this space for world domination! And Colleen is from the neighbouring farm to boot… A perfect fit.

    There were funny speeches, devotions, skinny dips, cheesy Dirty Dancing moments, loyal pooches, beautiful bridesmaids, skanky ho’s, wrongi’s, wild bonfires and lots and lots of love and laughter. Thank you beloved family and friends!

    Thanks SO much to Jonx Pillemer for his incredible shots.

    Jo – your and Ant’s wedding looks and sounds like a dream – wishing you so much love as you start this next phase of your life together. V x

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