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Real Wedding – Ben and Amy

I am so thrilled that Amy and Ben have allowed me to share their wedding with you. When I first saw Amy’s beautiful dress I knew I had to have a look at the rest of their wedding and it does not disappoint. Wait till you see the stunning brooch bouquet which Amy made herself.

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Ben and Amy's wedding venue

From Amy:

Both the Groom and I had a clear vision for our wedding day: a day of celebration in a natural setting with a cosy feel. Once we found the venue, Beloftebos, it made the actual planning process so much easier as it greatly influenced our ideas! We wanted to steer clear of a wedding that would be impersonal as well as cost a fortune, however we wanted to keep the style and integrity of the day. We made use of good quality, above average, vendors for those things we did not want to ‘skimp on’ such as the invitations and the cake, and where we could we relied on a bit of DIY and family and friends to help with the photography, décor and the like.

Recycled food tin-cans as well as glass coffee jars were used to pot our centre pieces. I made the table numbers from Scrap Book Paper and sourced the heart garlands from In Good Company. We used aloes to ‘decorate’ St. Thomas Anglican Church as to keep it simple and fuss-free. We wrapped them in hessian and tied a ribbon around it as to echo the country feel at the reception venue. We decided against dancing at the wedding, and in the place of the dance floor positioned a ‘low lounge’ – made from hay bales – where guests could relax and enjoy the bonfires and fairy lights which complimented the venue.

Erna, from Eterna Couture, made my dress. After an uncomfortable session with various dress-makers, I met with Erna and she immediately understood the look I was going for. It made a very big difference to have someone listen to me and advise me accordingly as to what I wanted for my day, instead of being told what I would look good in.

Again, in order to save on costs, the bridesmaids and myself did our own make-up. I bought their bouquets (bunches of ‘snap dragons’) for R30 each at a local flower shop, as apposed to the amount I was quoted per bouquet. I also made my own bouquet. Little things like this made a huge difference to the wedding budget, as well as added to the character of the day.

A bit about the wedding day:

Although this might sound cliché, it really was a perfect day! Even the weather played along! I refused to get wound up about the little things and tried to enjoy every moment of it! It is difficult to single out a particular highlight – from when my dad walked me down the aisle, when I saw Ben’s face, to the reception – with old ‘band stand’ hits playing in the background and amazing food – it was magical!

    • Venue & Food: Beloftebos, Stanford (Meat: Eatwell Meats)
    • Dress: Erna @ Eterna Couture
    • Groom’s attire: Country Road
    • Invites: Bianca @ Lucky No. 9
    • Cake: The Cake Box
    • Bouquet: Amy (Bride)
    • Veil: Michana White
    • Bridal Accessories (earrings): Attitude; Forever New
    • Church: St. Thomas Anglican Church, Stanford
    • Décor and Flowers: Amy (Bride);  Quirky Parties;   In Good Company
    • Hair: Janine @ de Lau Wellness Centre, Sandbaai
    • Make-up: Amy (Bride)
    • Photographer: Sven @ Sven Ragaller Photography
    • Living Wall: Garden Up
    • Confetti: Scatterlings

Thanks Amy and Ben, your wedding was stunning and your dress amazing

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  • SaSa October 11th, 2010 at 4:05 pm/time

    But where do they find such awesome shoes Carol????

    I love that pair

    So much unique ideas here I likes

    And as for “have them eat cake” Consider it Stolen :-)

  • Kelly-Anne October 11th, 2010 at 8:27 pm/time

    Where are the shoes from? I have to have them.
    This wedding was WOW

  • Natalie October 13th, 2010 at 12:17 am/time

    How beautiful, and Pinata’s…. So novel.

  • Louisa Sadiq October 13th, 2010 at 5:00 pm/time

    I bought the shoes from Truworths or Miladys last year. It had an ankle strap that I took off and instead had ribbons made in a very similar material and colour. I tied them in big bows around the ankle.

    So tip of the day: Buy a pretty pair of simple shoes and doll them up for next to nothing. You could probably also make or get a similar flower made if you wanted.

    Thanks for the comments.
    GOD bless.

  • Megan October 13th, 2010 at 11:10 pm/time

    So, so gorgeous. I love the bouquet and the pinatas.

  • Nikki October 21st, 2010 at 2:38 pm/time

    I was at the wedding and it was GORGEOUS!!!! Suited them perfectly and such fun!!!!

    Awesome couple!

  • Erin November 1st, 2010 at 5:34 pm/time

    Gorgeous!!! Love it to bits!!! One question, where did you order your chinese take-out boxes from??? It is sooo cute. I also want those:-)

  • Nadine November 2nd, 2010 at 2:39 pm/time

    Absolutely stunning!!! Any advice on where to find birdcages like the ones you had? Been searching but have had no luck other than to hire, and i’de really like to be able to keep them as gifts?

  • Ammara November 6th, 2010 at 5:46 am/time

    so here i was searching for potential ideas and look who’s wedding i come across?!what an amazing wedding (and im not being biased AT ALL here!!)…the smallest personal touches made it such a special day for everyone…my favourites were – the venue, the colours u picked and blended, the love-bird theme which u carried through everything and that “wowwww” veil!!! so question for u Lou – where DID u get the veil?! :)

  • Maggs November 6th, 2010 at 12:14 pm/time

    The lemonade stand is too cute. Where can I get one and what is the font used on the word Lemonade>

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