Meeting someone on Facebook that you don’t really know, with the possibility of falling in love is quite risky; however for this modern couple, it was fait accompli! Later, after meeting face to face, Chris determinately pursued Sian for months, always treating her as a princess and his first priority and of course, they fell deeply in love. He knew he had to ask her parents blessing for her hand in marriage, so he arrived bearing gifts and a heartfelt letter for each of them. There and then planning the proposal began…
Sian, organised a lavish 30th birthday party for Chris at a prestigious Sandton roof top hotel, and he secretly planned to make use of this special occasion to propose to Sian. On the night of the party, Chris got up to say thank you to the guests who took the time to share his special day with him, however, he asked Sian to join him upfront and he then proceeded to read a letter he had written to her, expressing his appreciation for all she had done to plan his fabulous birthday party. Unexpectedly he got down on bended knee and popped the magic question; Sian was overwhelmed with excitement and could not have been happier!
Chris, being exceptional at keeping and making memories, videotaped all the special moments of their lives, like the day he decided to marry Sian, as well as the day he went ring shopping, the day he asked for her parents blessing, many of their favourite moments whilst dating and to top it all, even the proposal. This sentimental montage of memories (which he presented to her soon after the proposal) made Sian realise how incredibly thoughtful Chris was to record these amazing moments and all the effort he had put into making her feel particularly valued and deeply loved.
This classy couple knew exactly what they wanted in a venue to enjoy their special day and found Summer Place in Hyde Park, the quintessential pinnacle of elegance and sophistication. Timeless elegance being on the top of their list, their electronic invites had a live count down to the date of their wedding as well as pics of their engagement in Mauritius. The tone was set for their wedding with a strict black tie dress code and a hint of what was to come. The invites were designed in white, cream and gold.
Chris looked the epitome of a dashing groom in his bespoke suits made by Frank Bespoke, He wore a black jacket during the day, and then changed to a white jacket with black lapels for the evening. Wearing a hand crafted tailor made suit made by Grant at Frank Bespoke, really set Chris apart and he felt as special as his bride for the most important day of his life.
It was pivotal that all the elements of their wedding were classy and elegant. So their choice of flowers and decor was, as their invites, white, cream and gold. Talk about making a grand entrance, Chris and Sian had a custom made high gloss white aisle constructed, which led to a custom made 3m high white draped hanging chandelier, under which they said their vows!! Sian says they only wanted the very best in the business for their flowers and décor and Splendid Wedding Company made their dreams a reality. The brief for their décor was to not have any greenery anywhere, only white, cream and blush tones, not any easy feat for most, but Splendid pulled it off. They wanted lots of candles, and the light from the flames appeared to bounce off the crystal candelabras, which created a spectacular atmosphere! The entire room was bursting at the seams with flowers and the glitz of the crystals and glass elements bouncing off the white room was breath-taking, exactly what they had dreamed of for their exceptional reception.
Sian wanted to achieve a timeless look on her wedding day, ensuring that in time she wouldn’t look dated, so she opted for a simple yet classy look. Pronoivas was the place to find the gown fit for a princess, and Sian selected a stunning yet sophisticated and a little sexy mermaid design gown which had a sweetheart neckline, ruched body and an exceptionally long cascading ruffled bottom of the gown and train. The look was finished off with a 4m long veil.
With the emphasis being on the gown, for the rest of her style, Sian opted for a simple yet elegant swooped to the side down hair style, with her curls cascading down the side of her face and finished off with a little accent fascinator. Understated drop earrings and a bracelet finished off her look. Striking make up with extended lashes, enhanced her already beautiful face.
When asked about their wedding day highlights, Sian says that she absolutely loved getting ready with her bridal party “it was a truly relaxing morning,” she says. She also says that nothing could prepare her for the emotions she felt walking down the aisle on her father’s arm towards her husband to be and their future. Another highlight was walking into the reception area and seeing how spectacular their dream had turned out, and she adds that every vendor they had hired exceeded all of their expectations. She admits that they were worried that this elegant affair would come across as pretentious and cold; however, she says that they were overwhelmed with the warm, genuine love and appreciation from everyone who attended. Last but not least on her list of highlights, was the chart topping Majozi, who opened up their dance floor and got the party started.
Sian’s word of advice to brides would be to not follow trends, as in her opinion, they always date. “Create a wedding that is indicative of your personal style, as weird or outlandish as it may be, I recommend keeping your guests entertained during the couple photo session, “we had a saxophonist and a myriad of eats and drinks offered to our guests, including a custom cocktail, a table with delicious eats as well as scrumptious roaming canapés.”
Photography by Ryan Graham