Finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it, is exactly what happened to this couple, who celebrated their union in a simplistic yet spectacular way.
Sheryaar and Fatima met at a coffee shop in Sandton, Johannesburg. From the minute they laid eyes on each other it was love at first sight. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and this is true for this couple as they dated long distance whilst Sheryaar completed his studies at the University of the Free State. He would visit at every opportunity and a year later he proposed. He took the opportunity on New Year’s Eve, at the stroke of midnight, on bended knee in the most spectacular garden at a friend’s home in Cape Town.
Summerplace in Sandton was their venue of choice as they fell in love with the way this venues spectacular gardens provide its own natural décor and makes the most of the beautiful South African summer days. Their vision for their wedding was to ensure that the service was impeccable and that the staff was friendly and warm, something this venue excelled at.
When asked what word they would use to describe their wedding, it was “serendipity”, which is the act of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it!! We at Wedding Collection love that.
This auspicious couple describe their relationship differences or similarities as being very similar in many ways. They love doing many things together, they enjoy cooking and they both love travelling and discovering new cultures. “Our relationship is one of balance, a little bit of everything, but most of all based on trust and being able to rely on each other for everything in our lives”, beams Fatima.
The most important element of planning this elaborate yet laid back celebration, Fatima and Sheryaar wanted their guests to enjoy the day, be comfortable and feel special. To achieve this goal, they felt that attention to details was key. They also wanted their special day to reflect them as a couple, polished/simplicity were the words that came to mind. They both planned their day together, from the menu to the floral choices. “We wanted to play off the natural beauty of the venue, without overpowering it and that really led us to making our choices, ensuring the beautiful gardens were the centre of attention on the day” says Fatima.
Fatima chose understated colours for her décor and flowers, not being a fan of typical wedding arrangements. Classy shades of grey and black with a hint of antique rose were the colours that reflected both of their tastes.
Unusual blooms were chosen, like eucalyptus in neutral shades which created bold, tall pieces that accentuated the gorgeous rich tones of the ball room.
Fatima chose only the very best, but unique look for her wedding. Her gown was an easy choice because of the wonderful ladies at Pronovias who were happy to oblige an unconventional bride. This “no bling”, but modern bride had no difficulty selecting a gown which was paired with a custom shoulder wrap and ethereal black butterfly sandals. Fatima says choosing black instead of white reflected her personal style and really made the bridal look her own. Her flower girls were dressed in dark grey ballerina style dresses with black sashes and the flower girls wore gorgeous antique rose mid-length gowns.
For this exceptional groom, his vision for his look was very classic yet slightly vintage, with a modern twist. He recreated his own look, with the assistance of OS Man. Sheryaar says OS Man was very accommodating to find exactly the right fabric, and the fit was perfect as well as the details from the cufflinks to the pocket square.
For wedding favours, this couple opted for miniature cake cones, personalised with each guests name and a perfectly blossomed dusty pink rose in it, which doubled up as the place card seating at the reception. Their goal was achieved when they witnessed their friend and family enjoying themselves, laughing, taking photographs together, enjoying the food, and just enjoying all the features of the day that they took months of planning to achieve.
Highlights of the day for Fatima was when she saw her husband for the first time and realised that they were standing at the altar and getting married, both could not stop smiling. “It is an all-encompassing feeling when every part of you is smiling, knowing you are about to begin the greatest journey of all with your best friend in the world. And how lucky to share this day with our special family and friends enjoying the venue, food and company,” Fatima concluded.
Lastly, Fatima’s advice to brides and grooms to be is “to remind yourself that this day will live with your forever and it should represent the timeless elements of your own style as a couple. It’s your day, and your photos should always make you smile”
Luke Tannous Photography