The Hlefana matrimony...

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Wedding Date chatted to Mpho about their most memorable day.

Here is her story…

Bongi and I noticed each other in church but neither of us had the guts to approach the other. After a few years we bumped into each other at an industry book review and the rest is history. After 2 years of dating Bongi proposed during a romantic dinner on my birthday.

Planning our wedding was almost an absolute dream. We kept it as simple as possible and both were very active in the planning process. It made it much easier to make decisions when we were both involved. I had a clear vision in my mind of what i wanted and lets just say, Pinterest helped me develop a very clear vision board which i sent to all my suppliers. We also made sure that we had an engagement shoot which helped us to become familiar and comfortable with our photographer, Tali, and to clearly articulate what we wanted our pictures to look like.

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Our wedding day ran like a clockwork all thanks to the amazing spreadsheets that my maid-of-honor had shared with me post her wedding a few months before. Everything looked spectacular - the venue was pristine with perfectly manicured gardens and the decor inside the reception venue looked more beautiful than we had imagined. Of course the stars of the show looked dashing, we made sure that our outfits were one things we did not compromise on!

We decided to keep the wedding relatively small, making sure that it was as intimate as possible and that we would be able to mingle with all our guests.

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My tip to brides planning their wedding is to choose a few things you know you can not compromise on, stick to that, and everything else will not matter as much.

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Thank you to Mpho and Bongi for sharing their beautiful story with us, we wish you all the biggest blessings for the future!

Photocredit : Blackdot Photography

http://www.blackdotphotography.co.za

a Wedding outside the city...

Marius and his lovely bride, Jolandie told us about their love story that began in Polokwane. Almost a year after they started dating Marius got down on one knee.

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Here is how their love story unfolded:

On a chilly spring morning, Marius took Jolandie on the adventure of her life. With a map Jolandie had to direct Marius to Broederstroom where they arrived at an airfield filled with hot air balloons. While crossing Hartebeespoort dam, Marius got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. After their landing, they celebrated with a champagne breakfast. Little did Marius know this was exactly how Jolandie wanted to get engage.

The couple got married on the farm in the Freestate where Jolandie grew up.
Most of the wedding was planned by themselves, from the pulpit to the photo booth accessories, rounding the day off with homemade ice cream.  Each of their table names represented an interesting highlight during their relationship. Something precious to Jolandie was the chapel among the pine trees,which her brothers built. They had to clean the bush and surroundings in the pine forest, and planted crops four months in advance in order to create the perfect wedding scenery.

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Her advice to all brides dreaming having their wedding on the farm, is to keep it simple, and make use of what is available. 

Photo credit : Sagely Photography 
http://sagelyphotography.com

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To trash or not to trash!?

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Would you ever consider trashing you wedding dress?

These breathtaking photos were taken by one of our talented photographers Alexander Smith in Umhlanga in South Africa 5 months after the couples wedding.

Although its called trash the dress, the dress is not always trashed! Most brides are a bit concerned about trashing their wedding dress, but it does not often ruin, and in this case the dress ended up cleaner than after the wedding!

A shoot like this is just pushing the location and poses to the limit and not having to worry about doing your first dance soaked in water!

We would highly recommend you to put on your wedding dress one more time, be rockstars and capture some amazing photos for those empty frames upon your wall!

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