A proper Winter Wedding Celebration

A proper Winter Wedding Celebration

Stephan Dippenaar is a South African rugby union player. He currently represents the South Africa National sevens team in the IRB

Way back then, when Stephan was not a sports celebrity, and Louise a mere 16 years of age, little did she know that at a brief encounter at a function in Mossel Bay, she had laid eyes on her future husband.  Louise says that Stephan will always be her first love, even though they didn’t start dating until later in life.  They describe their relationship as a partnership, preferring to do things as a team, but Stephan says that he would prefer to be the one overseeing important documents, as sometimes Louise can be a little disorganised, and then not remembering where or what happened to them.

Louise had no idea that Stephan decided to propose a day before her birthday in 2016 at the exact spot they used to visit during school holidays to enjoy a sunset and the spectacular view.  This place is Fransmanshoek in Vlees Bay, where the sea breaks right on the rocks and there is a 360 degree view of Mossel Bay and Gauritsmond in the distance.  Louise says that they had arranged for a few friends to join them for her birthday celebration weekend, and that they were going to have a braai at their special spot.  After this, everyone went to go take some photos before returning home.  It was at that moment when Stephan took both her hands into his and looked deeply into her eyes, and on bended knee, popped the question.  Needless to say she was on cloud nine, as the moment she had dreamed about all her life became a reality.  Their friends cheered and threw streamers as they celebrated the moment with them.

This couple describes their wedding in one unique word, “amazeballs”!!  Fortunately they have very similar personalities and tastes, and they both agreed that they would prefer a venue that needed little else but flowers to make it amazing.  Groenrivier in the beautiful Swartland area of the Cape, was exactly what they were looking for.  It offers a blank canvas to work with, and the magnificent chandeliers and magical fairly lights was what tipped the scales for them.  The other huge advantage was that Groenrivier could accommodate their rather large guest list, as well as accommodation and the other plus was that it is close to home.

Stephan and Louise decided to go against the trending traditional wedding décor pallets and went with bright colours that they both love.  Pink, purple, yellow, orange and of course greenery were their colours of choice.  Victoria and Rose Designs created a logo for them which they included throughout their wedding.  This logo was placed at the entrance to the venue, described as a big moss logo that was created by them, and also used on their wine bottles, stickers etc.

They say that they were quite relaxed about the details, and after briefing their service providers about their vision for their day, they were open to ideas which worked out very well.  They loved the “greenery” look and wanted to include a touch of elegance and of course some sparkle.   Granadillas mixed with eucalyptus and pink peppercorns, were used to achieve the “greenery” in the décor.  The selection of flowers used were orchids, tulips with bulbs, roses, carnations, poppies, green pears, oranges and red berries, which made the greenery really pop with vibrant colours.

Louise always dreamed of having a winter wedding, so her gown included long sleeves, which gave her a classical and timeless look.  Louise says that long sleeves just compliment and accentuate the romance winter brings.  Louise gave her designer carte blanche when it came to her gown, and trusted him to make something which would suit her frame and personality.  After briefing him on what she liked, she knew he would create something stunning, which he most certainly did!

Stephan and his groomsmen had suits specifically selected for them from his brief to their supplier.  He loves modern and sleek, and the classic royal blue, tailored suits, were a perfect match for the colour scheme they chose.

They loved the idea of a tiered wedding cake, for them it added a bit of fairy tale to their day.  They chose a decadent 3-tiered cake which included chocolate ganache, red velvet as well as pistachio flavours which were covered in meringue.  They also had a cheese cake to cover all the guests’ tastes.

Their unusual menu included a biltong soup as a starter and as they both are crazy about pancakes they had a crepe station on offer.  Their menu was perfectly paired with various Nederburg Wines from the Heritage Heroes collection.

As their wedding favours, the couple presented each guest with a jar of honey, a special gift from Louise’s family farm, namely Ouland, which included a special thank you tag.

They were unsure about the caricature they hired to sketch the guests, but they said it was the best decision they made, as this was a real hit for everyone.  He also insisted to be placed with the guests and had a great time at pre-drinks.  The other decision they were extremely happy about was the use of a circus ticket system for the bar, which eliminated long queues.

When questioning them about the highlights of their day, Louise says that walking out of the church, being covered in confetti, made it a reality that she had finally married the man of her dreams.  For Stephan the highlight of the day was a precious gift from his wife, a Christiaan Koen painting that he had always wanted!!

Louise says that her wedding day was one big celebration of them as a couple.  She loved that the brightly coloured décor represented their outgoing personalities.   “Our wedding day was definitely how I imagined it would be, from the rain fall in the morning on our special day, till walking home after all the celebrations”, beams Louise.

Stephan describes their wedding day as a proper winter wedding celebration, from delicious soup and pancakes to heaters and morning rain. “I wanted our guests to have a great time, and for me getting into bed at 4am on our wedding night, is most certainly indicative of a job well done” smiles Stephan.

Their advice to brides and grooms to be planning their wedding day is to ensure that you have someone or something to entertain your guests whilst having your photos taken.  For them it was the caricature which really worked extremely well.  Also, relax and allow all of your vendors to get creative, that’s what they do best. Only you will know when something has not gone according to plan, your guests would not have a clue, so just enjoy every moment!!



Venue: Groenrivier

Catering/food: Malita Joubert Catering

Décor: Victoria and Rose

Flowers: Paradiso Flowers

Dress: Kobus Dippenaar & Kameo Designs

Hair and makeup: Nadia Professional Hair and Makeup

Cake: Emma’s Cakes

Photographer: Inecke de Kock

Videographer: White Jasmine Films

Jewellery: Colette by Colette Hayman

Wedding Attire – Groom/Groomsmen: TM Lewin, Dune London, Happy Socks

Wedding Attire – Bride/Bridesmaids: Kobus Dippenaar & Kameo Designs