Bronwyn and Brian had their real wedding abroad at The Strandkombuis, South Africa in December 2007.

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WHERE: The Strandkombuis, Yzerfontein, South Africa

WHEN:22nd December 2007

PHOTOGRAPHER: www.pinkapple.co.za

How they met

Bryan quite literally swept Bronwyn off of her feet – twirling her around the dance floor at a mutual friend’s birthday party.

Proposal

Bryan took Bronwyn on a helicopter ride in the morning, then for a picnic to a beautiful wine estate overlooking the Franschoek valley. He finally popped the question on top of Table Mountain looking out at a breathtaking Cape Town sunset. They ended the evening with a wonderful seafood dinner at Blues Restaurant in Camps Bay.

When they arrived back at their hotel Bronwyn discovered that Bryan had phoned ahead and organized a bottle of champagne, some lanterns on their balcony, and hundreds of rose petals to be strewn everywhere
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What the bride wore at her real wedding abroad

Bronwyn’s ivory crepe sheath dress featured a cowl neckline and thin shoulder straps. It was bought as a sample from Oxfam in South Hampton, and Bronwyn asked her bridesmaid to sew pearls and clear glass beads on it

Jewellery

Bryan surprised Bronwyn with a beautiful pair of diamond and platinum earrings. He gave these to her via his mum on the morning of the wedding

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He wore

Bryan wore a sand coloured linen suit, with a white linen shirt and dark tan leather shoes

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Bridesmaids

Each of the five bridesmaids wore a dress that reflected a different flavour of ice-cream – mint green, powder blue, rose pink, honey and lavender. Bronwyn hand-made a dark cerise orchid and crystal comb for each of them and completed their look with a white, Thai paper parasol, which they were very grateful for on the day because it was so hot!

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Flowers

Bronwyn chose the South African national flower – the King Protea – and used this in her beautiful bouquet for her real wedding abroad.

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Reception Décor

In combination with the relaxed, rustic theme, each table was decorated with pure white linen tablecloths, napkins and bamboo table runners. Natural branches were collected from the surrounding area; these were then entwined with fairy lights and King Proteas. The tables were scattered with shells and small tea-light candles were placed in glass votives. As favours, guests received an African river pebble, personalised with their name.

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Transport

Bryan secretly hired a red vintage convertible Mercedes Benz to drive them on to their honeymoon destination

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Cake

Chocolate ganache, light chocolate mousse and vanilla tiramisu were the flavours of each tier of this cake. Decorated with white Belgian chocolate frills and fresh lavender, the guests were thrilled that it was served as a dessert

Special moments

The ushers released 15 Thai sky lanterns and the guests watched as they floated up and out to sea. www.skylanterns.com. One lantern was left for the newly weds to release and make a special wish as they did so

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Bride’s tip

“Be creative with your decorations and try to keep it simple – it is amazing the effect that can be achieved using simple lighting and natural materials sourced locally and in season.”

Groom’s tip

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“Enjoy and appreciate every moment of the day. Don’t hold back on anything – your wedding is a once-in-a lifetime experience.”

Honeymoon

They spent their honeymoon on the beautiful wild coast of South Africa where, most of the time, they were the only people on the beach

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