Every week we have been showing all of you a different aspect of our wedding, which took place earlier this year in Cape Town, South Africa. We know that those who were there love to see the pictures from this special day, and those that were not, well, they get a chance to see as many details as possible. What follows are some snapshots of our wedding venue – Nelson’s Creek Wine Estate – and the beautiful flowers and decor.
What a gorgeous view of the mountains, vineyards, and the Nelson’s Creek farm! As you can see, we picked a stunning venue, but let me tell you that doing so from the other side of the world was not easy.
We were very happy with our decision.
The bride – me, of course – stayed at the venue the night before the wedding. I prepared all of the chalk boards that you see in this post, and well as a few other small details that were not yet ready. One of my lovely bridesmaids slept there too to lend me a helping hand. Boy oh boy, was I glad she was there to help. There was so much to do!
You can read about our hilarious night time activities here: Day Before Wedding.
The Garden Ceremony Area
We bought theses bubbles in the States and my in-laws brought them down to South Africa about two weeks before the wedding. One of our evening activities – after sightseeing and and spending time meeting family/ friends – was preparing ribbons for things such as this.
The Mountain View Room
There were three venue room options on this wine farm, and we decided on the biggest one because we loved the feel of it. Rather too much space than too little, right? More space for dancing and moving about!
The entrance hall to the reception hall was filled with paper cranes… about 500 of them! The Essers helped us with this FOR DAYS! Bryan, Sue, Nick, Justin and I all folded while we sat around our rented apartment in downtown Cape Town. I’m speaking for myself here when I say that I will probably never forget how to fold a paper crane. After all this folding, I had dreams about making paper cranes.
More about that coming later.
Find your name and take a seat – Contrary to what most people say, making our seating plan was fun. We had to do it a few times while we waited for the final numbers to be confirmed, but still every time we did it, it was enjoyable!
Our modern guestbook
Our wedding colours: White, Grey and Yellow
The decorative items: Trees, Birds, Cranes, Bird Cages, Chinese lanterns,
Bells, Antique books and Chalk boards,
I printed some pictures from our engagement shoot in China and used our favourites to decorate these two chalk boards. They were placed in the entrance way to our reception hall. The truth is that we had BIG plans for this area, but due to time constraints we were not able to pull those ideas off. So much creativity, so little time 😉 I guess someday in the future, when we renew our vows, I can perhaps pick up on some of the ideas that I had. Maybe even on a wall in our house one day.
We picked out the menu and the menu strip designs in the days before the wedding.
Seriously, planning a wedding from the other side of the world means a busy last few days, no matter how much you try to plan ahead of time. Despite this – it all worked out great – I really liked our napkin strips containing the menu (and others with our names on, further below).
Beautiful flowers – Our wedding co-ordinator did an amazing job!
Our Reception Hall
“Once in a Lifetime… Comes a Love Like This”
We bought these in the States and added ribbon to them in South Africa just before the wedding. Each guest had a bell at their table and they were instructed to ring it whenever they wanted us to kiss. This was a great idea, and resulted in MANY laughs. I will elaborate on that more a bit later.
“Join us in ringing the bell to celebrate a lifetime of Love and Happiness”
The flowers at our table.
Each table was decorated slightly differently, but each matching the same theme with vases, candles, bird cages, books and ribbon. It was all so beautiful, and everything that we wanted it to be.
The Bride and Groom Table
– Best seats in the house –
Our “Wedding Cake”
Instead of a traditional cake, we went with cupcakes for our “wedding cake”. They were supposed to be vanilla with caramel inside because Justin is not a big fan of chocolate. During the “cutting of the cake” ceremony, we opened up a cupcake and fed it to each other. I didn’t even notice that the cupcake was chocolate, Justin did but he ate it anyway. No problem at all – they were delicious!
We ordered the cupcakes at a local bakery, asked for the silver wrapper inside of a colourful one, and then had these flag placed into them after they were picked up from the bakery. There are many way to save money when planning a wedding – This was a big saving for us!
Ready for the ceremony
Beautiful venue, gorgeous weather, and all the decorations ready for the ceremony to occur. I loved being here when no one was around. It was quite and peaceful. The white Chinese lantern and ribbons blowing softly among the trees. This was were I would marry my best friend. Perfect!
To view the beautiful afternoon click here: Our Ceremony
Thank you so much to everyone who helped set up, organise, carry, fold and prepare!
Everything turned out perfectly, and we love you all!