Our Wedding Story
Wesley: “Our Wedding Story started almost 7 years ago when an eager 1st year article clerk (Wesley) spotted an attractive 2nd year clerk (Sarah) across the room. Eventually a “suspect” stock count brought the two love birds together and it was during the opening of the Soccer World Cup in 2010, when we officially became an item (even though to this day Sarah still believes that I never asked her out officially).”
Sarah: “What followed was a few wonderful years (6 to be exact!) of courtship, travel, relocation to another city, the purchase of a home and the adoption of two beautiful furkids. Around our 6-year anniversary, Wesley finally got down on bended knee and proposed!”
Even though we share similar interests (fitness, health, animal lovers, outdoor enthusiasts), we have completely different personalities and have become best friends during this adventure.
Our Wedding Photographer
We wanted someone we knew and trusted to capture our special day and could think of no better person than Sue. She took AMAZING photos and captured the essence and intimacy of our beautiful day! Not only did she make us feel comfortable and relaxed but she gave us time to enjoy and soak in all the precious moments…
Our Wedding Venue
Wesley’s response – It was the first venue we saw and loved =P.
Sarah’s response– We wanted a venue that we could have an intimate garden lunch. Langerwagt was perfect! The “wild” garden was beautiful and reminded me of the time I spend on my grandparent’s farm in the Klein Karoo, especially all the peacocks (my gran’s favourite), geese, ducks and chickens.
We also connected immediately with the Le Roux family (owners) and knew this would be the perfect place to celebrate the next chapter of our lives.
Our Wedding Style
Wesley – Elegant, navy suit with white collared shirt from Zed Menswear
Sarah – While not what I had initially though I wanted, I fell in love with my dress as soon as I put it on. I knew I didn’t want the traditional wedding dress, but something plain, simple and elegant.
Our Wedding Theme
Our theme was an “Intimate Garden Wedding” with only closest family and friends. Langverwagt provided a wild garden setting with beautiful views of Table Mountain, the Cape Town wine valley and surrounds.
Flowers were kept simple. I wanted my bouquet to look like I had gone through a local field and picked a bunch of wild flowers.
Our Wedding Highlights
Just before the ceremony, we received some last minute advice: “The day goes by so quickly so take the time to capture ‘Memory Snapshots’ on the day and I promise you those will those remain with you forever”. We are so glad we took this advice!
Our Memory Snapshots:
- Wesley: Seeing Sarah walk down the aisle for the first time;
- Sarah: Trying and failing miserably to read our wedding vows without crying;
- Wesley: The wedding speeches (the most vulnerable I have been in years);
- Wesley: Wedding photo session by the lake (and yes we did get wet);
Sarah: Our ‘morning-after’ wedding shoot in the beautiful gardens!
Keep it small and intimate. By doing this, planning stress was kept to a minimum.
We also kept décor simple, using all the natural beauty the garden venue provided and simply accentuating it by adding a few flowers to the table. As a result, we didn’t need to hire anything and simple is beautiful. Remember why everyone is there – to enjoy and celebrate the moment with you (the rest does not matter!).
Also, by having a small wedding it makes the day so much more memorable and unforgettable. Also remember to take those “Snapshots”!
Finally, we made the decision to write our own vows. While this was considerably emotional to do on the day, I’m glad we did as it was truly special. You forget that you are surrounded by all your guests and literally have that moment to yourselves.
Our Wedding Suppliers
Photographer | Sue Hill Photography
Venue | Langverwagt (Le Roux family)
Dress| Robyn Roberts Bridal wear
Flowers| Passion Flower
Cake | Vanilla Cinnamon
Hair and Make-Up | Helga Strydom
Suit | ZED Menswear
Ring | Cape Diamonds
Marriage Officer | Peet Venter