- 5 months ago
- Wedding: April 2017
On Saturday the 8th of April 2017, my highschool sweetheart and I got married in front of 55 of our nearest and dearest friends in Auckland, New Zealand. We are both 26 and just celebrated 9 years together and were engaged for 11 months. We are both immigrants to New Zealand from South Africa and our families have always known each other (though it was not arranged I promise haha).
We just got back from honeymoon and I’m happy to report that our wedding went absolutely perfectly. I kept waiting for the stress/anxiety to kick in and it just never did. My husband I and decided to forgo a traditional bridal party and it was the best thing we did. The night before the wedding I stayed at a hotel with my mom and felt so calm. I planned and styled this day almost single-handedly down to every last detail and it also came in under budget so I am very pleased 🙂 We thoroughly enjoyed every part of planning our wedding so much so that I am considering becoming a wedding planner (would be a nice change and I currently work in IT haha)
My mom and I set up the venue the morning of the wedding and then got ready with my dad and brother. A total family affair. One of my brother in laws and his girlfriend handed out programs pre-ceremony and everyone pitched in to make the day go well. DH’s dad was our MC, our parents sat beside us at the bridal table and we each asked a brother to be our witnesses. My brother drove my dad and I to the ceremony in DH’s car (why hire when you have one!?) and it was a memory I’ll never forget. A truly magical day was had by us all. Even more special to see everyone as we are moving to a new city next week.
Our custom made classic YG rings:
I also had my shoes custom made and got my flower crown online 🙂
My Dress hanging:
My folks getting ready and playing around with my headpiece :
Me during hair and makeup:
A couple details – invite designed by DH and I:
My husband getting ready with his two younger brothers:
Our car scrubs up pretty well haha – add a ribbon and you’re good to go =P
My dad and I pre ceremony (I told him to smile, take it slow and just have fun and we did!) and walking down the aisle:
We wrote our entire ceremony ourselves and included a part in it recognising our parents and how their strong marriages have inspired us to get married. That made my dad tear up:
A few ceremony pics including a candle unity which was beautiful IMO. A huge reason we chose this venue was the massive window in the chapel overlooking the greenery. It meant we could have an outdoorsy feel regardless of the weather.
Post ceremony everyone blew bubbles outside the chapel and had so much fun 🙂
Also included a photo of us with both sets of parents (both married almost 30 years) and our younger brothers who are all friends . The sun was starting to set by then as it’s Fall here in April.
I love this one of my dad and I:
Our bridal portraits:
I volunteer at a thrift store and my gown is a satin 1950s basque-waisted ball gown with beaded off shoulder sleeves and a corset back that was donated by an old lady and I had altered to fit, train shortened and sleeves modernised, I posted other pics on the Bee of it pre-alterations and also pre-weight loss. I felt like a classical princess all day. We had so much fun doing these photos hence the ones of us laughing – was hard to be serious at times haha!
I highly recommend eyelash extensions lol. =P
Our reception was on the same estate in the reception hall that included a large dining room and a separate bar and dancefloor. All overlooking a lake, hills and forest. Was truly amazing.
Including all the stationary we designed ourselves, the table settings my mom and I did that morning. I bought 99% of the decor online or second hand and we went flowerless to save money. Our DIY honey favours that DH and I assembled for hours! We also had a guestbook puzzle made which was cool. We designed our own cake and it was nice to have something unique 🙂 I felt like the day was very ‘us’.
My mom and dad have been together since they were 14 and look how she still looks at him – swoon!!!
Me, my husband and his mom sharing a laugh 🙂