My wedding day was always from the offset going to be an interesting day.  Even though I never fantasised about getting married (it was not really on my to do list), I knew that whatever life experiences I have, they need to be epic.  Average just won’t do, life is too short and our time is too precious.

As you know life happens whilst you are making other plans.  In my case I met a very special man, and 8 years later we have become a happy family dogs, kids the works.   As our plans changed and our life became full a wedding was most certainly on the cards.  Not just any wedding, my DREAM WEDDING.

The Venue

BOSJES, located at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain in the Breede Valley lies this beautiful, unmissable luxury destination.

The Chapel, undoubtably the the centre piece of this very special location and has been featured in countless publications.  This very special place was master-pieced by South African born Architect, Coetzee Steyn, based in London.

The structure’s design was inspired by a passage from the Bible, from Psalm 36:7, which reads, “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” These wings manifest in the roof’s baroque holbol gables (a feature of South African colonial architecture), which form peaks and valleys within the roof itself.  The chapel is perfectly framed in between vineyards and a pomegranate orchard,

All Images by @MarkLaGrange from MLG Studios
Beautiful Bronze and wooden finishings inside the Chapel lends itself to less decor as it is naturally beautiful
Beautiful Bronze and wooden finishings inside the Chapel lends itself to less decor as it is naturally beautiful
The picture perfect mountains visible from all angles of the chapel with its glass panels
The picture perfect mountains visible from all angles of the chapel with its glass panels
Walking on water
Walking on water
You cannot fault this architecture on anything its simply phenominal
You cannot fault this architecture on anything its simply phenominal
 Mark La Grange
Mark La Grange
 How stunning?!
How stunning?!

The wedding venue also has stunning luxury accommodation and the farm house is a must see.  We enjoyed the pool and boma-style braai and fire pit with our family and friends the night before which really added to the memories we will cherish forever.   The kids play-area (even though we did not have kids at the wedding except mine and my sister’s) is really something special as well.  Everything was really perfect from the accommodation to the hospitality.  We were so well looked after by the staff and management.

Water feature on the way to the Tea Garden
Water feature on the way to the Tea Garden
The Gardens are immaculate
The Gardens are immaculate
I have NEVER seen such a cool jungle gym in my life!
I have NEVER seen such a cool jungle gym in my life!
Farm House
Farm House
BOSJES kombuis
BOSJES kombuis
The kids enjoying the view
The kids enjoying the view

The Dress

What is a wedding without a dress.  Since 2006 one of my best friends, Kobus Dippenaar and myself have been planning a dress.  THE Dress.  When I say “we”  I really mean him.  He has been phenomenal and because he knows my body better than I know myself, I have had very little to do with this part.  Kobus designed the dress to harmoniously work with the architecture and chose a style that he has never created before.  I can thus say that there was more than one architect in this wedding.  Well done Kobus for Pulling off the dress of the century.

Just a few finishing touches
Just a few finishing touches
Planning our dressing session
Planning our dressing session
Kobus most beautiful man inside and out xxx
Kobus most beautiful man inside and out xxx

Jewellery

No dress is perfect without the perfect accessories, for the best advice on diamonds and customer service that goes above and beyond,  Diamond Works you are the absolute best in the business!  From custom making my engagement and wedding rings to helping me pick the perfect diamonds, the experience was flawless just like the diamonds.

Decor

Julie from Julie Killias events hit the nail on the head with the minimalistic yet glamorous flowers and table decor.  With a couple of big names under her event-planning belt, I was privileged to have her in my corner on the day.  Everything ran flawlessly from start to finish.  (apart from the part when we lost the rings for an hour)

Sound and lighting was done by TMN Entertainment based in close proximity.  The outside tree was made up with chandeliers and fairy lights.

The Hand-painted mural at the BOSJES kombuis symbolising the tree of life
The Hand-painted mural at the BOSJES kombuis symbolising the tree of life
Potjie Kos area
Potjie Kos area
natural earthy decor, my happy place
natural earthy decor, my happy place
Entrance to the reception venue
Entrance to the reception venue
BOSJES kombuis
BOSJES kombuis
Flowers done by Julie, Necklace and earrings from Diamond Works
Flowers done by Julie, Necklace and earrings from Diamond Works
Pre Drinks Area in the Tea Garden
Pre Drinks Area in the Tea Garden

Reception

The style of the reception was informal and even though no cost was spared with the menu, I did opt for a more traditional menu and guests were encouraged to sit where they pleased instead of allocated table seating.  We kept everything light, fun and cozy to give guests the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other.  The night was really so much fun and we had the absolute best time with family and friends.

Wine was supplied by Deetlefs wine 

Craft Beer was supplied by Diesel and Dust

The very popular Bubbly Bar was done by Pongracz

The gin cocktail bar was also a massive hit and a nice feature for any outdoorsy wedding by Gordons Gin

I also just have to add that an event is only as good as your DJ and for that I would HIGHLY recommend DJ Branny who kept the dance floor buzzing until late.

John Allan
John Allan

Let Them Have Cake

By far my best part of the evening was smashing the cake…..

Thank You

Firstly my 7 bridesmaids, Cindy, Leigh, Elouise, my big sis Inge, Donne, Robyn and Heather you guys made this day and the whole experience so pleasant and special.  Your caring and genuine love and patience made me realise how lucky I am and how much favour I have with

my God to have surrounded me with you EPIC lot!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Leigh and I
Leigh and I
Donne (blondie) and Robyn
Donne (blondie) and Robyn
left to right:  Leigh, Elouise, Robyn, Me, Donne, Inge, Heather Cindy
left to right: Leigh, Elouise, Robyn, Me, Donne, Inge, Heather Cindy
Leigh and Donne
Leigh and Donne
Donne and Matt (Sammy's cousin)
Donne and Matt (Sammy's cousin)
Left to right: Heather, Elouise, Leigh, Inge, Donne, Cindy
Left to right: Heather, Elouise, Leigh, Inge, Donne, Cindy
Leigh, myself and Inge moments before the wedding
Leigh, myself and Inge moments before the wedding
My Sister Inge and Sammy
My Sister Inge and Sammy
Lovely-Leigh
Lovely-Leigh
Donne natural beauty inside and out
Donne natural beauty inside and out
Cindy giving everyone a makeup 101
Cindy giving everyone a makeup 101
Think Elouise might be in love
Think Elouise might be in love
Rod surrounded by women
Rod surrounded by women
Beautiful Cinds
Beautiful Cinds
My special D
My special D
BFF for a lifetime
BFF for a lifetime
BFF from JHB
BFF from JHB
My Sis Inge
My Sis Inge

A big thank you to Rod’s groomsmen, James, Eugene, Lean, Simon, Werner, Mike, Keegan, Bruce and Bob.  Rod appreciates each and every one of you more than you will ever know.

The boys from left to right.  Simon, Bob, Bruce, James, Mike, Werner, Rod, Eugene, Keegan, Lean
The boys from left to right. Simon, Bob, Bruce, James, Mike, Werner, Rod, Eugene, Keegan, Lean
Rod and Mike (my brother in law)
Rod and Mike (my brother in law)
Rod and BF Bob
Rod and BF Bob
Lean Swartz
Lean Swartz
Werner Kok
Werner Kok

A very big thank you goes to Ard Matthews for our church song that was very special.  As well as John Allan who travelled like a mad man to get there on time.

Ard Matthews
Ard Matthews
John Allan
John Allan

A big thank you to La’eequa  for the perfect make up

Additional pics

Leigh and Donne
Leigh and Donne
Ard Matthews
Ard Matthews
 How stunning?!
How stunning?!
Walking on water
Walking on water

Watch the wedding here

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