Jeandre and Dan come from two different parts of the world and wanted to marry somewhere that was foreign to both of them – they chose Mozambique and what an incredible destination it turned out to be. With pictures by Kate Senekal of Storybook Photography, you too will be singing “do you know the way to Mozambique, tra la la la la la”…read all about their story as told by Jeandre.
I am from Howick, KwaZulu-Natal and Dan is from Halmstad, Sweden. We both work in the online world which enables us to travel and work remotely!
Dan and I met on the 14th February 2010 at La Med Club in Camps Bay, Cape Town. He then left the following day to go back to Sweden and we kept in touch on skype. Within 2 weeks of Dan being back in Sweden, he had booked a ticket back to South Africa to see me. We spent the 6 weeks gallivanting around South Africa, including taking the 15 hour drive to meet my parents in Howick. I then decided to quit my job and moved to Sweden with Dan.
We wanted the venue to be on “neutral” land. A destination wedding for our South African and Swedish family and friends. We both love the beach and wanted the ceremony and reception to take place outdoors. We settled for Coco Rico Resort, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique. The resort offers excellent accommodation and so the guests were able to stay over. Some guests even arrived a week before the wedding – a week long celebration!
It took a year to plan the wedding and I planned and co-ordinated everything. From the ceremonyto the reception and arranging the guests accommodation and border transfer arrangements. I have a passion for event management having been in the events industry previously. I am an avid listmaker. Excel spreadhseets were my best friend. Action lists, guest lists, order of ceremony, checklists – they were all there.
Our theme was BOHO-CHIC. The Bohemians are all about “Truth” , “Beauty”, “Freedom”, and “Love”, represented by the table numbers and general feel of the day. My dress bought online from BHLDN and my hairpiece was very simple and reflected bohemian style and fashion. I used a combination of fresh beige/sand colours (chic) and old rose pink (bohemian).
The use of antiques and recycled materials in the decor added to this. The beach as well as the more rustic buildings in and around Ponto contributed to a more artsy/simple atmosphere. The use of old suitcases represented the bohemian’s nomadic way of life nicely. Our choice for our first dance and ceremony songs was indie music.
Dan’s most memorable moment was him standing at the altar waiting for me to arrive and when I walked in. Mine was that first hug and kiss after being pronounced husband and wife!
Our photographers Kate and Brad from Storybook Photography were amazing! They did our engagement and wedding pictures and I just love their creative photography The venue Coco Rico were very accommodating and bent over backwards to ensure all was arranged prior to the guests arrival, on the wedding day and the day after.
I made the wedding invitations, the seating plan, even the flowers out of cut off fabrics as you are not allowed to bring flowers or seeds across the border. Each table name was named after a positive word that the picture symbolised such as “FREE”, “LOVE”, “HAPPY”. White doilies were the place names and the guests favours were bags of Loveheart sweets and a pair of beach slops. The table cloths were hessian overlays and the centre pieces were paraffin lamps draped with ivy. The table numbers were old picture frames I found. I painted chalkboard paint on cardboard and stuck a polaroid shot of either Dan and his family in their youth, or my family in their youth
Our wedding day totally exceeded our expectations. Creating a relaxed atmosphere meant that the guests as well as Dan and I could chill and try to enjoy every moment rather than to stress. A well planned wedding payed off as it allowed me to sit back and reflect on the day instead of rushing around. The weather couldn’t have been better and our photographers captured the exact feeling and atmosphere of the day that was reflected in their photos