- 3 years ago
- Wedding: April 2017
We got married at DH’s family beach house in South Africa, and it was a casual ceremony next to the ocean view followed by a picnic and open mic reception. Almost every aspect of the day was DIY’d. Words can’t describe how wonderful it was to be surrounded by our family, friends, and loved ones. Everyone really pulled together and honestly this wedding wouldn’t have happened without our community’s help and input.
A lot of our photos aren’t ‘picture perfect’. Shots weren’t set up or posed, and we hired our photographer because she was documentary-style, but I don’t regret it for a second. For me, if was more important how the day felt rather than how it looked. For any alternative brides out there – don’t be afraid to steer away from tradition. I promise, as long as the decision is true to you and the person you’re marrying, you’ll never regret doing something that made you happy.
Our reception tent with the sign my sister DIY’d for us, featuring shwe shwe bunting sewn by one of my bridesmaids and her sister – we had about 150m of the stuff. It was EVERYWHERE.
My grandmother sewed my dress (not sure if anyone remembers my post panicking about it, but I ended up being so in love with how it turned out) and I dip dyed it to match my hair!
My handsome husband wearing the shwe-shwe tie my grandmother sewed for him, posing in front of the ‘photobooth wall’ we painted together:
My beautiful bridesmaids! I told them to wear whatever made them feel beautiful and confident, as long as it was blue. I love how their outfits all ended up perfectly showing their personalities, and I think the variety looks amazing.
We stayed up the night before making popcorn for our confetti and I love how it turned out!
We took our formal photos at the smallest desert in the world, a place called Red Desert just five minutes away. It was otherwordly and the light was just so incredible. My SIL who lives in London lent me her amazing white fur coat and it was freezing so it was stylish AND functional.
I loved our open mic picnic reception. I got to sing with my best friend, my new Father-In-Law, and I got to watch all my other incredibly talented friends perform.
(Our first dance song started out sappy but quickly turned into ‘You never can tell’ from Pulp Fiction)