Although my dream trip has always been to Australia, these last few years I have put a trip to South Africa at a very close second. Now I know these are dreams that may never occur, but I was reminded of my traveling dreams after reading about this couple. Lindsay and Danie, who is from South Africa, met by chance on a online dating website (man those things are getting popular). I say by chance because Danie’s membership was due to expire in a matter of hours when Lindsay took the brave step of contacting him. I think fate definitely stepped in and brought these two together culminating in a picture perfect proposal and equally picturesque blush pink and ivory ceremony. Take a step back and enjoy the view of this romantic and sweet wedding with photos by Atlanta’s wedding photographer, Alternative Life Photography and Design.
Tell us how you met…
Danie and I met on match.com a popular dating website. At the time, Danie was working extremely long hours as a tennis pro (which he still does!) and I attending a private all women’s college getting my Master’s degree in occupational therapy. Due to the circumstances at the time, it was becoming very hard for either one of us to meet anyone. I found Danie’s profile on the website and contacted him literally one day before his membership was going to expire, talk about lucky! We went to dinner the following weekend and the rest is history!
Now for the proposal… details!
Danie is South African, sexy accent and all! So after we had been dating for 3 years we had finally been able to save up enough money to fly to South Africa. It was amazing! I got to meet his sister and her family for the first time as well as many extended family members. We also took some time to ourselves to do some exploring of this beautiful country. I was realllllly hoping this would be the trip Danie would propose but I actually had no clue if it was going to happen or not. During one of our mini trips alone we went to Cape Town, South Africa. It is known for its beautiful mountains and it is right on the Atlantic and Indian oceans. He took me to an amazing lookout point, called Signal Hill and that is where he popped the question! It was absolutely beautiful looking out over the ocean as he asked me to be his wife!
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
We had invited 150 guests to the wedding but due to a lot of Danie’s family still living in South Africa we ended up having only 90 guests, which ended up being a perfect number. Our ceremony was very traditional but the small amount of guests gave it a more intimate feeling and it allowed us to really share the day with every single guest that attended.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
The event took place in the evening in a beautiful garden of an old historic home. It had a very romantic feeling with light pink and ivory florals. The ceremony took place just as the sun was setting under a large trellis completely covered in large romantic blooms of roses, peonies, and hydrangeas. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour on the side lawn where waiters came around with a variety of hand passed hors d’oeuvres. The reception took place in the ballroom. The tables were decorated with large centerpieces full of big blooms and draped with crystals. There was a buffet, carving station, and open bar for the guests to enjoy. With the small guest amount the reception felt very intimate and like a big celebration surrounded by our closest family and friends.
Was there a specific theme or style?
The style of the wedding was very romantic and had some vintage touches. There was a “mini” theme of a winery. Both Danie and I love wine and visiting wineries. We had our engagement photos done at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonegha, GA. The wine touches were seen in our wedding invitations, programs and table #’s; there was a grape leaf incorporated into the design (these were made by Alternative Life Photography and Design also, multi-talented). The wine touches were also seen in the place cards for the guests, the cards were placed in a wine cork. Also, the card box was made out of wine corks and during the cocktail hour we had monogrammed wine bottles on every cocktail table.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
One of my favorite things that we did for the wedding was allow each bridesmaid/groomsmen to pick a song and dance to be announced into the reception with. It made it very playful and unique because they all got to show a bit of their own style instead of us choosing for them. Another great thing we did was provide transportation for the guests to and from the hotel and the venue. We had an open bar so this allowed guests to really enjoy the evening without worrying about driving home after!
Did you DIY any of the details?
We had a great time doing DIY projects. The bridesmaids, my sister and my Mom got together one Saturday and made many of the DIY items. We created the card box that was covered in wine corks. We also made the place cards and the wine corks that held the place cards. We also made signs for the yard that had cute sayings pointing to the location of the ceremony and the reception.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
I got my wedding gown at Bride Beautiful in Roswell. The designer is Allure. In one word, princess! I have always dreamed of having a beautiful princess gown and that is exactly what I got. I’m a very petitie person so we had to make sure it didn’t swallow me up but it was perfect. It had a sweet heart neckline with a drop waist. My favorite part of the gown was that it looked different at every angle you looked at it. The bridesmaids wore a light pink long dress from Alfred Angelo. It matched my dress in that it was also a sweet heart neck and had a very flowing light feel. The grooms men wore black tuxedo’s with pink ties and vests. The groom wore a tuxedo with an ivory tie and vest. The flower girl wore a light pink dress and the two ring bearers wore little tuxedo’s that matched the groomsmen.
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment for me was when I first walked out of the doors to walk down the aisle. I saw Danie and the way he smiled and looked at me was the best feeling in the world.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The food started out during the cocktail hour with hand passed hors d’oeuvres of pan seared shrimp cakes, spanikopita, panko crusted mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese, and mini beef wellingtons. During the cocktail hour the guests could also have a variety of cheese and fruit set up buffet style. For dinner, we had a buffet dinner per the groom’s request. The buffet offered a greek salad, almond and orange crusted chicken breast, brown sugar glazed carrots, sundried tomato, spinach, and Portobello mushroom with penne in a cream sauce. We had a carving station that featured Teres Major Bistro Filet and an attended station of smoked gouda macaroni and cheese with a variety of toppings the guests could add to their mac and cheese. For dessert we offered 3 different types of wedding cake. The top layer was carrot cake with a cream cheese icing (the groom’s favorite), the second layer was white cake with lemon filling and butter cream icing and the third layer was strawberry marble cake with white chocolate ganache filling and butter cream icing. Later in the evening, we had hand passed beef sliders for the guests as a “midnight” snack.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
We had a DJ, DJ Louie Londono. He was awesome! He provided beautiful uplighting in our colors (light pink and gold) and wonderful music during the dinner and then really pumped it up later for dancing. He was able to control the up lighting so that it changed colors with the music. We had a great mix of some of the popular 80’s and 90’s with the now music. I think DJ Louie got almost every single one of our guests on the dance floor, even our grandparents were out there!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I know most people probably say this but I wouldn’t change anything about our wedding day. It was the most terrific day of my life and everything was exactly like I planned it!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
The best wedding advice I received was from my sister-in-law and was given to me right as we were pulling up to the ceremony site. She said “Take a moment to take a deep breath, look around, and really enjoy what is going on around you because it will be over in flash and you will never want to forget everything that happened!”.
Venue: Carl House | Photographer: Alternative Life Photography and Design | Floral/Decor: Perfect Petals | DJ: DJ Louie | Desserts: Sugar Kneads | Videographer: Creative Video Moments