A CLASSY, ELEGANT, UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING CELEBRATION IN THE HEART OF AFRICA
PHOTOGRAPHER: XAVIER SAER
Cartier is a well-known celebrity and was formerly, Miss Earth Zambia, she is also a Fashion Model, a Social Media Brand Ambassador as well qualified as a lawyer.
Floyd and Cartier met at a school at a high school rugby game in 2010 when she was a mere 17 years old towards the end of her Matric year, Floyd was 22 at the time, finishing his Physiotherapy degree and they have been inseparable ever since.
Floyd first tried to propose in 2017. He gave the proposal much thought and attention to detail and booked a surprise phenomenal luxury holiday in Thailand. He hired an international planning team, flying in photographers, making sure hair and makeup artists were organized, setting the perfect platform for the perfect proposal only to discover on the day of the departure that Cartier needed a VISA to travel to Thailand as a Zambian passport does not allow entry into the country. Defeated he had to cancel everything and when he told Cartier she was completely devastated!
The second proposal, also being a total surprise, was just as special even though Floyd made sure to keep it local. He went all out, ensuring every detail was in place for the big day. He organized with her boss to fly Cartier to Cape Town for a “launch event” which she was brand ambassador to at that time. The event would take place at the Cape Grace Hotel. He made the event look completely legit; he even drew up an itinerary which was e-mailed to Cartier by her boss.
He organised a custom gown by one of her favourite designers, hair, makeup, videographer and photographer. Lastly the “event” took place on a lavish yacht – Cartier says it took her breath away.
The front of the yacht was set up with rose petals and candles; while the captain made sure to dock in front of the most perfect sunset with Table Mountain as the backdrop. ”My husband then went down on one knee and popped the question with the most beautiful engagement ring ever made,“ smiles Cartier. Thereafter he organized a private rose petal dinner at the phenomenal Hilton Hotel restaurant. “Definitely one of the best days of my life,” she grins.
Floyd and Cartier made use of the excellent service and advice of Andreas Salver for their rings, the pictures speak for themselves.
We asked Cartier what made her fall in love with her wedding venue and she responded with the following:
“The chapel and reception could be held at the same location, making the logistics easier for guests. The garden encompassed our exotic green wedding theme. The reception hall exuded elegance; the ceiling chandeliers gave a fairy tale finish. The venue itself had the space to be transformed into my visionary dream wedding, which had to be decidedly elegant.”
The vision they had for their wedding day was clean with only white, gold and green. Their wedding logo which was in gold tied everything together as it appeared on the chapel window.
Setting the tone for their wedding, the invitation and stationery made by the talented husband and wife team at Fralenco, made her dreams a reality. They kept the colours clean and simple and all the invites and stationery embodied the same theme with gold and pearl white colours. To add to the elegance, the dance floor was white with only their wedding logo printed in gold. The tables had gold plate settings with crystal glasses, gold candles and the crockery was also gold. To round it all off the table numbers were cut in gold mirror.
As for the spectacular décor, Cartier’s father who is an event co-ordinator prepared the flower walls and was the mastermind behind creating their gorgeous full ceiling of white wisteria flowers. The grand cake stood 2 metres high with 3000 roses and 1000 orchards. The guests could not believe the beautiful floral structure positioned in the centre of the venue which was in fact their wedding cake.
Cartier’s wedding gown was handmade green beaded masterpiece; her mother wore the same wedding gown 20 years ago. The train was long, depicting royalty. Cartier and her bridesmaids opted for a luxurious gold hue, encapsulating their vibrant personalities and overall excitement for the celebrations. Together with her designer they decided to do detachable skirts, keeping the whimsical flowy feel for the ceremony, and then revealing the fitted chic style for the reception. The bridal party had the best of both.
Cartier wanted a veil to compliment the dramatic train on her opulent wedding gown that her mother wore, unheard of these days! Stacey from Miss Boss refurbished the Couture Gown and designed a 6m royal length champagne sparkle veil to complete her bridal ceremony look. Mom of the Bride wanted to look extra special for the big day and had 2 custom beaded gowns made, both dresses designed to match her elegance, as well as her vibrant demeanour. Cartier wore a classy pair of Jimmy Choo’s and Swarovski jewellery to complete her look and chose loose and light cascading curls for her hair.
The initial idea for the wedding favours was to have their logos printed onto white slippers but they were unsure of shoe sizes. So they opted for a symbolic wedding favour instead. The wedding favour encompassed their union; napkin rings. The big crystal stone gold napkin rings also tied in with their wedding theme and décor.
When enquiring about their most favourite and unforgettable moments, Cartier says, our pastor gave us a moving and meaningful sermon in the chapel. Her most favourite and unforgettable moment was walking down the aisle to her favourite song and seeing her husband cry as he saw her. They did not take their eyes off each other for a second as she glided down the aisle. Another fond memory was the first dance; Cartier says it went off beautifully. This classy, elegant and beautiful wedding was enjoyed by every guest and the vibe was loving and laid back.
Cartier’s advice to brides and grooms planning their weddings is; “As hard as it is ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ the wedding day goes by so fast. Make an effort to enjoy every moment. So many months of planning go into one day so make sure to be present throughout and communicate your feelings. Also do delegate!”