Mid-Summer Night Dream Come True
The beautiful Chantelle from the M-Net TV Show, Single Wives SA tied the knot to her now husband Marc McRae, exactly one year after their first date on the popular TV show. It was an intimate ceremony at a friend’s house which has a stunning view of the Jukskei River from the balcony, attended by a close few friends and family.
Marc and Chantelle were not strangers when they met on the show, they had previously met at the Rugby World Cup on the 2nd of November in 2019. It was an emotional day for Chantelle as it was the same day that would have been her wedding day to her ex-fiancé who sadly ended their engagement 4 days prior to her birthday in August 2019. Meeting someone new on that day was the furthest thing on her mind.
However, fate was not done with this couple, as it was on the very last night on the show that Chantelle needed a “bum in a seat”, not a date, and Marc was happy to oblige. But when Chantelle saw Marc at the bottom of the staircase, she knew that it was going to end in a spectacular way. That was the 20th March 2020 and the reason they chose the 20th March 2021 as their wedding day.
Both Marc and Chantelle share the same star sign, the feisty Leo. Chantelle is certain that it’s the reason their relationship works. She says, “I keep him on his toes and challenge him and he keeps me grounded and shows me a kind of love that only loyal Leo’s can have.”
We asked this couple what made them fall in love with their wedding venue and they replied that they never wanted a traditional wedding. Both being married twice before the charm of the white wedding never seemed to work for them and they chose something completely opposite. Amid Covid, trying to find an intimate setting was quite a challenge, but one day in January, as they were having sundowners at their friend, Janey’s house in Riverlair the both fell in love with the romantic vibe and privacy and a big plus, the Jukskei River as the back drop.
Chantelle admits that she used Pinterest to find inspiration for their wedding ideas. They wanted a touch of what brings out their personalities; so, they went with a spontaneous, boho-chic, old school modern and once in a lifetime theme. Chantelle bravely wore a striking black dress, she says it’s her happy colour, but in order to not make it gothic she had to rely on other individuals’ input. “It was a wedding completely designed and manufactured by dedicated friends with extraordinary vision and talent, I would never have been able to achieve this on my own. I am most thankful to Caitlin, Kirsty and not forgetting Marc who helped to put the most beautiful day together,” exclaims Chantelle!
Chantelle’s favourite flower is the protea, but she also wanted everyone to choose what they thought would be mystical and magical. These beautiful huge flowers were softened with roses, but some everyday fynbos and eucalyptus leaves brought out the fun for their choice of flowers for their special day.
How did you achieve your wedding look, Chantelle? “I was very specific in my vision to achieve the look I was after; I bought a basic black dress, added some lace and some elements from my matric farewell gown to add some personal touches. I wanted a tiara that had a gothic look, flower crowns are so out of fashion now, so I found something I love and painted the stones that were on it with nail polish. I wore shoes that I had at the TV show, but I added black roses and gothic crosses to them. My jewellery was all gold, so I painted the earrings with red nail polish and bought a rosary to wear as a lucky token around my wrist. As I am a registered internationally recognized makeup artist, my makeup was done by yours truly!” smiles Chantelle.
There were no formalities at this wedding, sticking to the unconventional style they wanted, there was no garter or bouquet throwing, no speeches, no first dance the only formality there was the eating of the cake, but there was some skinny dipping at midnight.
As wedding favours, their guests each received a thank you bottle that served as glasses. Caitlin, Chantelle’s best friend came up with a great idea for the kids to have fun which comprised of a popcorn party and after eating all they could, the rest was stomped on, which was perfect for making snow angels… the kids had an enormous amount of fun.
Chantelle says the highlight for them was when they saw each other and his reaction to seeing her made her very emotional. Also, the fact that it was a small, intimate wedding, working with one of the best photographers, Lena Luh from ML Photography Inc. and spending the evening with closest friends was very special to them.
What was unique about their wedding is the fact that Chantelle made her own dress and veil. Most of the wedding décor was from her own and their friend’s homes, the plates and cutlery were from their great grandparents and she was very grateful that they were able to stream their live ceremony to all the family and friends locally and abroad that were unable to attend, which also allowed them to stay within the Covid Level 1 restrictions.