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Real Wedding: Retha and Juan

Retha and Ruan celebrated their wedding at the family farm belonging to Retha’s parents. No detail was overlooked at this gorgeous affair. Just Judy Photography was on hand to capture the special moments.

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From the bride:

Juan and I met while studying in Stellenbosch. A mutual friend briefly introduced us to each other. After some time we went our separate ways. Juan moved to the Southern Cape to work and I stayed on in Cape Town. When Juan realized I was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with we started our long distance relationship resulting in an 800km roundtrip to see me every weekend.

Eventually Juan moved back to Cape Town and life carried on for another year. On my birthday last year he took me to Franschhoek and after a special breakfast he popped the question. Immediately we took off to my family’s farm to celebrate and in the excitement my birthday took second place

We were married on the Family Farm just outside Wellington on the 7th of May 2011.

The celebration kicked off with an amuse-bouche of teacakes and macarons. A coffee booth was set up with lattes and espresso’s to warm up the chilly morning.

The ceremony took place outdoors with the incredible view of the majestic mountains of the Daljosaphat Valley ahead. On arrival each guest received a gift bag, which included the programme of events, bottles of Karoo water and sweet nibbles.


After being showered with rice and confetti we joined the bridal party for a photo session in a shocking purple 1970’s Apache.

Starters of oysters, bacon wrapped cherries; rooster brood, sushi and more were served while master pianist Helmut Meijer entertained guests. During this time a game of golf was going on with cases of wine up for grabs for the winners.

For the reception a marquee was decorated as a magical secret garden

Birdcages and chandeliers hung from the roof with the most stunning flower arrangements including cutouts of birds of all shapes and sizes. Green and gray floral tables cloths completed the garden feeling.

The main course was setup in a delicatessen style, complete with a deli marquee and hanging blackboards. There was a huge variety of food, something for everyone

After the main course a dessert table was setup with decadent cakes, truffles, cheese cakes, traditional “melk tert” and a variety of sweet treats. We also decided on having a candy buffet so that our guests can have a treat on the way home

The coffee booth was set up again with cheese platters with fresh fruits, figs and stunning home made preserves, jams and farm style breads.

This day was a dream come true and an unforgettable celebration of love for both Juan and myself.

Service Providers;

Photographer: Just Judy

Flowers: Rustic Affairs Stellenbosch – Matilda

Make up – Helga Bridal

DJ – Baha Entertainment

Wedding Dress Long – Elizabeth Stokenstrohm

Wedding Dress Short – Nevelene

Décor – Tonetts

Wedding Coordinator – Elsabe Du Plessis

Venue: Imbuko Wines – Uitkyk Family Farm – Wellington

Catering: Heartworx – Linda Bruyns

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  • Nastrauvia May 19th, 2011 at 11:53 am/time

    WOW this is stunning, i love the bouquet, the cake, the decor and well the bride is an inspiration to me as she did a few DIY.

  • Samantha May 19th, 2011 at 1:46 pm/time

    I love the relaxed and casual feel to this wedding. The bouquet is really unique.

  • Kaylae May 19th, 2011 at 1:52 pm/time

    I love the bouquet since I am anti-flowers.Amy your wedding was very beautiful.Thanks for sharing

  • Elene May 22nd, 2011 at 8:21 pm/time

    A very pretty dress. Love it.

  • Mallory May 22nd, 2011 at 11:16 pm/time

    Awesome wedding. I love weddings with a bit of DIY. Well done to the bride for making her own bouquet.

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