A Perfect Wedding day – in every possible way!
Photography by Abri Kruger
Roxy and Matt met in high school when they were a mere 17 years old and were friends at first, but slowly he started to win Roxy over and she says it took him about a year of really hard work to finally start to date her.
Matt planned a ten year anniversary road trip holiday through the Eastern Cape Escarpment and the Wild Coast with their furry kids. On the day of their tenth year anniversary he planned a picnic on a never ending stretch of beach. Roxy remembers “it was on the 31st May and the beach was deserted and the weather was incredible. We were playing fetch with our furry kids, when my hubby pulled out a dog toy that he had made, threw it for our dogs and when they brought it back, he opened it, pulled out a ring and took a knee, asking me to marry him. I said yes, of course!!” Matt strapped a go-pro to the dogs to film the engagement and this video was used to send out to guests as a save the date.
The reason they fell in love with their wedding venue is that the landscape and the architecture are in a perfect state of symbiosis and fit perfectly together, “you cannot be breath taken when you see what Bosjes has to offer” state the couple.
The vision they had for their wedding was a contemporary one that was tastefully styled and not over the top. They were clear from the outset of what they wanted and provided the suppliers with a concise understanding of their needs. The focus was entirely on the guests, they wanted to keep them entertained at every turn and Roxy says that they didn’t even miss them whilst they were taking the couple photographs.
Tracy Branford and her team of Trunk Events co-ordinated the wedding from start to finish, they played an integral role in ensuring that everything ran smoothly on the wedding day. Tracy worked closely alongside the couple to ensure that their every wish became a reality on their special day, she also did the styling and décor for this spectacular wedding. Their choice of flowers was for more greenery rather than a plethora of flowers. Inspiration came from the local surroundings and the use of king protea flowers mixed among foliage completed the picture. The bride had a single king protea as her bouquet, for this couple “less is more” applied.
Much thought was put into this couples choices for their special day. Their colour palette chosen was restrained and muted. Olive green, navy and white with metallic and wine red accents were used. The thought behind the muted palette was to enhance the beautiful natural surroundings rather than dominate them. The colour palette was carried throughout the wedding which created continuity and a visual connection from ceremony to reception.
They specifically requested low-lying flower and table decorations so that guests could always see and speak to each other. The use of candle lights, again in a moderate manner, set the mood. The reception area, already rich in texture with timber clad walls and ceiling and expansive glass facades offered incredible view of the Breede Valley and Ceres mountains. The end result was uncluttered and the natural beauty of the area was accentuated with their ubiquitous flower and décor choices.
When quizzed about how Roxy achieved her wedding look, she said “We picked what we instinctually love, some things just spoke to us and we couldn’t walk away from them”. Roxy actually bought the first gown she tried on, “when its right, it’s right” she says. Minimalist jewellery was chosen as the focus was to be on the bride and her gown. Roxy wore her wedding ring and was surprised with a pair of diamond earrings from Matt on the day. She didn’t want anything to ‘perfect’ or ‘neat’ and her hair style on the day reflected this perfectly. Her make-up artist emphasized her eyes, it was all about the eyes and to finish off her look she had a nude lip and a touch of highlighter to accentuate her natural features.
In the opinion of this couple, wedding cake never gets eaten, so they decided on a cheese wheel stacked cake with preserves and crackers and in this case it was a real hit. It doubled up as an additional canape and was enjoyed by all the guests.
To keep guests entertained they had a caricature artist that sketched their guests, which was their gifts to their guests, as well as hangover kits, which were in real need the next day! A gin bar with a variety of gin and mixers and a knowledgeable mixologist kept their guests educated on all things gin.
We asked them what went wrong or where there any surprises. One of the bridesmaids had to be stitched into their gown a mere 10 minutes before the ceremony was due to take place, as the zip split, which caused a slight delay to the program. During the first dance the DJ abruptly cut the song just before the end, this was a technical hitch which led to some on the spot improvisation.
Matt describes his highlights of the day:
- Watching my wife walk down the aisle
- Photo and video sessions were so much fun! Abri and Andre are amazing to work with. They captured our day perfectly!
- Gin Bar = Delicious!
- The caricature occupied and entertained guests while we were away for photos and provided lots of laughter. It was also a great ice breaker for guests who didn’t know each other too well.
- Jimm Harrison, an alternative acoustic, rock, blues band from Cape Town set the mood and got the party started. Highly recommended.
- Reception was an awesome party! Exactly what we wanted.
This couple had an extremely intimate wedding, only the people closest to them attended which allowed them to spend quality time with the people they love on their special day. They also spent a week before the day with friends in the Cape which was unforgettable and got everyone super excited for their big day!
For this couple, it was all about keeping their guests entertained as they felt that as they spent a lot of money and time to make the effort to be there, it was the least they could do. The advice they give to our reads is to keep your guest list to a minimum and rather spend the day with the people you love most. This also allows you to spend more on the few guests providing better quality food, wine and entertainment. “Don’t get carried away with spending too much on flowers and décor, rather spend more of your budget on the things you and your guests will remember. Food, drinks and the entertainment are key! Choose the right photographer and videographer as those are the only thing you have to really relive your most special day. Make sure you choose people who will timelessly capture your once in a lifetime day. Restraint is the word of the day here and again they say, less is more,” they beam.