A Natural, Classic, Beautiful Wedding Day to be remembered.
Photography: Lilly Leigh Photography
Décor and Flowers: ICT Flower Design
Alex and Michelle met whilst they were both at university at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday party and soon after connected on Facebook. Alex then asked Michelle out on a first date and took her to the popular Tribeca restaurant. Fast forward, two and a half years later, he took her to the exact same venue, only this time to propose!!
Michelle describes their relationship as an extremely understanding one. She says that both of them feel the same about a lot of things, but also disagree on things at times; however, she adds, love abounds and they are also very lovable and affectionate with each other.
The word they use to describe their wedding is “inspiring” and they rolled out their wedding plans at the beautiful Oxbow venue, the very first venue they visited. They viewed a couple of others too, but they admit that none of them took their breaths away like Oxbow did. Michelle says, “The absolute pure beauty of the open, light and lots of space of Oxbow, was a perfect fit for their vision.”
To set the tone for their wedding they opted for an e-invite via a website and the save the date was a photo of the two of them in the background and her hand with the date of the wedding. They felt that this was truly a way to express the theme of their wedding, just plain and simply themselves, no fuss and no frills.
The theme or vision they had for their day was simple, very classic, natural and very clean without the fuss. The colours chosen for the flowers were soft pinks, purples and white. To set a romantic mood for the evening, loads of candles were used.
Isabel of ICT Flower Design did the flowers and décor for their wedding and Michelle was so elated at the service she provided and tells that Isabel was able to take all of her ideas and Pinterest images and combine the into something even more amazing than what she ever hoped for.
To achieve her wedding look, Michelle chose a classic gown with soft lace. She found the perfect gown after trying on a few and knew that she had found “the one” after it fit perfectly and she felt beautiful in it. She also found a reasonably priced company for her bridesmaids’ gowns who offered a huge selection of styles to choose from.
To finish off her look she wore simple earrings and a bracelet and a bit of hair jewellery just to add a little more bling. Her make-up and hair was kept very natural.
What seemed to steal the limelight was the Cheese Cake made with layers of paprika and pepper Gouda, chives Gouda, white rock with cranberry and camembert that was served with the canapés and as an appetizer. Michelle says “the guests really enjoyed it, and there was hardly any cake leftover!”
As wedding favours the guests were given a CD with great music on and some of the songs played at the wedding. Ironically the one thing that did not go according to plan on their day was them entering the venue as Mr and Mrs. The music was not played and there was silence in the room until they were seated!!
Michelle says the highlights of her day was when her brother walked her down the aisle to the chapel, and then her dad took over to walk the rest of the way to where her soon to be husband, was waiting for her. Both of them smiled and cried at the pure joy of the special moment in their lives. She loved the way they pledged their vows to each other and she will never forget their first kiss as husband and wife.
She also found that the time out alone taking photographs after the ceremony was very precious, and made her realise and be grateful that she had married the best person in the world.
Their first dance was just as the rest of their wedding day, unrehearsed and natural, dancing like they always had together to Ed Sheeran’s song, “Perfect.”
Michelle’s pearls of wisdom regarding planning a wedding includes keeping it practical and not wasting the budget on unnecessary elements.. “Remain focused on the important things. Take lots of photos, but don’t stay away for hours. When things go wrong, and sometimes they do, only you will know. Take a step back and just breathe; enjoy your day as it really does fly by in an instant. Most important is to enjoy the day/night with your new husband”.