An unconventional meeting results in a perfect bushveld wedding celebration

An unconventional meeting results in a perfect bushveld wedding celebration

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Danelle and SD met in a somewhat unconventional place for a romantic meeting – in court! In June 2015 a friend of SD’s was Danelle’s opponent in a court case while SD was in court on a different matter entirely. The friend asked Danelle if he could give her number to SD, but she refused; only to find both men in court two months later due to both cases being postponed to the exact same day. Her opponent then introduced her to SD, who asked if he could take her out for coffee… and the rest they say is history.

Because both Danelle and SD can think of nothing better than being out in nature, the perfect place for him to propose to her was during a weekend away with friends in the Klaserie Nature reserve just after sunset. A huge herd of elephants arrived at the house, and when Danelle remarked that nothing could be more perfect then than that precise moment, SD ran into the house to fetch the ring and asked Danelle to marry him. And so this unconventional meeting and perfect moment for a proposal culminated in the wedding in early November 2018.

While they are both very strong personalities and very similar in many ways, according to Danelle she is the neater and more organised of the two. As a natural result of their mutual love of wildlife and the bush the couple decided on a game lodge in a reserve as the venue for their wedding. The ceremony was especially personal to the couple, as SD’s father presided over the proceedings as the marriage officer/priest; Danelle says that walking down the aisle with her father was an intensely emotional moment for her.

They chose a very relaxed, modern bushveld theme and incorporated several fun elements because they wished   for their guests to have as much fun as they hoped to. While photographs were being taken after the ceremony the couple had an exhilarating close encounter with the reserve’s rhino which gave them more than one reason to enjoy the shooters drunk out of glasses made of shotgun cartridges upon their arrival at the reception. These unusual “glasses”, and under plates were able to be used as cheese boards (which subsequently were given to guests as wedding favours) helped reinforce their bushveld theme. The couple did all the planning themselves, and as a result many things were personalised, including their towels, the table clothes and the wood signs. According to Danelle they had a kudu logo on almost everything. Their choice of décor and flowers was clean, simple and white with a touch of blush pink.

Despite the mishap of SD’s losing his wedding ring in the evening just after dinner was served, the party continued with the opening of the dance floor by SD and Danelle, who describes their first dance as “feeling like we were on a cloud, it was so memorable.” After the first dance,  they had what they referred to as a party medley which incorporated a number of props and fun items such as glow sticks, pom-poms, hats, ties, balloons, streamers, wigs, funny glasses and similar items. All the guests were encouraged to participate, and this proved to be such a success that literally every single guest was on the dance floor during the course of the evening.

Danelle always knew that she wanted a wedding dress with a beautiful featured back, and therefore chose what she regards as the perfect dream dress. How she got her dress is a story on its own.  Whilst planning her wedding she visited a bridal expo and there was a competition to win a gown from Bridal Wardrobe and she entered.  She was the lucky girl who won the dress and Danelle says she had to book a consultation at Bridal Wardrobe to fit some of the gowns she liked.  She says “upon arrival we received flowers and champagne to congratulate me as the winner.  I tried on a few of their beautiful gowns however; the “Enzoani Mindy” took my breath away.  My measurements were taken and set to their branch in Italy where my dress was made and in July I collected my dream dress.  I feel so blessed to have won this prize and cant thank Bridal Wardrobe enough”

Because her ring is a teardrop shape she decided to wear earrings of a similar shape. Her colour choice for shoes was blush pink as it went well with both the décor theme and the dress. She was very happy with the effect that her make-up artist achieved as she knew exactly what Danelle wanted: bold and dark, yet still simple makeup. In order to show the detail on the back of the dress Danelle’s hair was styled in an up-style until after the photographs had been taken, after which it was unpinned so that the effect could be seen of the hair extensions she was wearing together with her natural hair.

Describing their wedding as “a dream come true”, Danelle says that she believes that while every bride’s marriage will be unique and special, for her their day was unique because they did all the planning themselves; which made it very personal.

Her advice to brides is the following: “Make sure that from the moment you wake up on your wedding day that you embrace every single minute. Be calm, take everything in and enjoy it. Take moments where you pause to take everything in, because time really DOES fly! Don’t worry if anything goes wrong – make sure that you just enjoy the day with your (now) husband, because that is really all that matters. “