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Real Wedding: Sandi and Arthur

Sandi and Arthur were married on the 15th December at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg, South Africa. The wedding had an African inspired Pearls & Peacocks theme. From the bridesmaid dresses to the decorations, the hues of blues, greens and purples flowed throughout.
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Sandi was the ultimate DIY Bride – she designed and made all the invitations, the flower arrangements, the table decorations, the catering and even the cake!

The attention to detail reflected the Brides creative touch and the couple’s personality. There were lovely little touches everywhere, a favourite being: on each table, each guest got a small bottle of Kalahari sand (you’ll see in a minute why the Kalahari sand has relevance!). After the speeches Sandi asked each guest to share a small amount of their sand in a large bottle, which will be kept in Sandi and Arthur’s home as a reminder of their special day! What a unique idea and so fitting for them as a couple!

Sandi wore a dress of her own design and what was particularly special about her dress, was around her waist she wore a leather wedding band – a gift from her Bushmen Mother! To fill you in, Arthur does a tremendous amount of conservation work in Botswana, in particular the conservation of indigenous Bushmen. Sandi often accompanies Arthur on his trips to the Bushmen camp (deep in the Kalahari) and they have both been accepted into the Bushmen tribe! Officially part of the Bushmen family! So it was only fitting to have those little touches that reflected a life-long work!

The ceremony was held in the gardens under the trees, followed by the reception at Eagles Fayre restaurant, literally a 5 min walk from ceremony.

Their special day could not have been better; it was filled with so much love and laughter, tears of joy and endless smiles! They were so happy they were literally doing handstands and jumping for joy!”

Venue: Eagles Fayre Restaurant, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg
Photographer: Kat DeSarigny Photography   Facebook: Desarigny Photography
Cake, flowers, stationery and dress: the Bride

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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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