There are so many wonderful and inspired ideas in Nikki and Nic’s gorgeous wedding that i really struggled to edit down my pics for this post. Their theme was ‘love is a journey’ and with this in mind they peppered their beautiful big day with wonderful travel references – and a good dose of nostalgia for even more depth. Nikki has included some excellent advice on how to achieve a wedding as details-driven as this one – i think you’ll like what she has to say…
The gorgeous pix are by Eileen Laubscher of Bright Girl
For our wedding we chose a vintage travel theme ‘love is a journey’ and included vintage items such as a vintage Landrover, an old safe, a wooden sign post, books, wooden crates, doilies, cameras, typewriters, globes, clocks, milk cans and so much more. The colour palette was mainly pink and silver/grey, but we had soft pastel tones throughout, as we wanted everything to look relaxed and natural.
After we decided on our theme and colours I hopped online and Pinterest became my new best friend! I started collecting images of everything I loved in the beginning. I also looked up timelines for how to plan your wedding and bought a couple of A4 journals to keep notes and special images that I wanted to show people as reference.
It’s easy to get carried away when there is so much inspiration online, but it is important to narrow things down and choose a few personal touches you’d like to add.
Our cake was made by my aunt, which looked amazing and was delicious. I hand made the cake topper of Nic, myself and our two furry kids, Ember and Pyra. We cut the cake just after the ceremony for our guests to have with tea while we were out on the first part of our creative shoot.
On the day I carted a bakkie load of personal items to the venue and we started adding all the personal touches while the service providers did the set up. It was important for me to communicate exactly what I was aiming for so we were all on the same page. Everyone made such a huge effort to ensure the day went smoothly and looked beautiful.
When we were planning the wedding, I started a DIY list to keep track of what needed to be done, I would definitely recommend asking for help and not trying to do everything yourself! I had a specific idea for an overall look and feel for the day that I had been developing in my journals, so it was easy to show everyone what I was thinking.
Orchid House at Collisheen in Ballito seemed to be the perfect fit for our wedding! It’s close to Durban, has rooms for bridal prep, a gorgeous chapel and the reception area all within walking distance. Even if the weather turned ugly we could still have an outdoor reception on the veranda, but luckily it was a perfect day. It was the perfect size for our wedding of 90 guests and it suited our vintage theme
I tried for a long time to find ‘the dress’ and then I realised that I just need to try on a whole bunch to find what suits me, so often we have an idea of what we like, but it may not be suitable.
I dragged some of my bridal party to Bridal Mall and decided on a ruched taffeta dress with a chapel train and an embellished bead and lace bodice. The girls wore dresses from Forever New.
Nic and I met at a Rugby braai and seemed to have hit it off straight away! He proposed at the top of Moses Mabidha Stadium and so began our planning for our big day… We both decided we wanted a small wedding to share with our closest family and friends, that was close to Durban and we also wanted to choose service providers who had a real passion for weddings too. We’re on opposite ends of the scale in terms of our careers, as I’m a Graphic Designer and he’s an Engineer, so I have to say I bombarded him with all sorts of creative ideas and he brought a lot of them to life with his engineering brain!
We gave each person a postcard, as our guestbook, that we felt said something about them too. We also did a sparkler send off, which was a big hit.
My mom in law and gran in law hand made the jam favours and my mom put together the sugared almond favours. I created all the stationery for the day, the seating plan, thumbprint guest poster and photo station props, which thankfully I had help assembling!
We chose an assortment of flowers that just topped off the look, some of which were Alstroemerias, Veronica, Hypericum Berries, Leucadendron, Lisianthus, Snowberry, Pink Heather (Cape Fynbos), Crocosmia.
I would say my Dad and Nic’s speeches were most memorable, but there is just so much that happens on the day there are so many great moments!
We chose ‘You and Me’ by the Dave Matthews Band. We both loved the lyrics and it gave us a sense of victory and hope as we were preparing to start our life together.
Words of Wisdom:
Inevitably the bride always ends up directing the wedding preparation, but I would really advise the groom to be interested and offer to help. There is so much to do and it can become quite overwhelming if the bride tries to handle everything on her own, so ask for help too! Becoming a Bridezilla isn’t ideal and it puts a damper on the wedding prep and the day.
Take care of your bridesmaids and mothers, make sure they are happy with their outfits, as their happiness makes a huge difference to your day.
Have fun, the day really does fly by and so much effort goes into getting things ready, so enjoy every moment.