Today I am thrilled to share this ethereal & sentimental South African Wedding with accents of duck egg blue and dusky pink.
From the rugged landscape to the meaningful personalised details and styling, and delicate colour palette this beautiful celebration is full on dreamy.
Images were captured by Silver Dune Photography.
Silver Dune Photography is Jude who lives in Yzerfontein on the Cape West Coast.
She is a full time photographer who absolutely adores romance, light and candid moments.. Three key elements to how she approaches wedding photography are ‘Fun, Elegance and Honesty.’
I hand over to beautiful Bride Jo…
How did you meet?
I was avowed to remain ensconced in my widowhood of then three and a half years, after losing my husband to cancer.
Girl friends of mine (after a little too much wine) linked me on an online dating site – which was overwhelming but Philip stood out.
I gave him my mobile number and we soon clocked up 200 hours of talk time (we are both night owls).
He lived near Cape Town & I lived 1400 km away – working for an NPO in villages around a game reserve.
So, by the time we met face to face at Cape Town International Airport – we both felt quite sure that we were soul mates divided by distance.
We visited each other several times over the next few months. I was selling our family home – he was selling his home…
We decided to move in together and found the most ideal tranquil wilderness on the West Coast of South Africa – north of Cape Town – in which to live.
Tell us about the Proposal…
Philip designed my ring to reflect the colours of the ocean, the sunsets and the fynbos (indigenous plant life) in our environment and arrived home one evening with a turquoise gift bag.
From the top I could see a fine, white organza bag – he asked me to look inside.
I carefully removed the very light organza bag – to find it was empty (we had a good laugh, and hugged).
He then got down on his knee on our patio overlooking the ocean and asked me to be his wife – with the ring in hand.
Wine at the beach followed.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We had eaten at a simply wonderful rustic restaurant on the West Coast and Philip thought it would make an ideal wedding venue – at the beach, with the sounds of the ocean – under a large Bedouin tent so we booked the venue.
I found Alana van Heerden online and booked a consultation.
On meeting her I knew that she would be the person to collaborate with me on the design for my dress – I had designed it myself but needed a talent such as hers to make it a reality.
I met with Karen Moyle (Flowers on the Stoep) who understood from the get go that I wanted the floral and table décor to be unique and we began putting together a plan of action.
We booked a DJ – Criss from Cape DJs and Philip and I began to put together our playlist.
Gay from The Cake Story exceeded our expectations – her delectable “brownie cakes” responsible for not only a few extra pounds but also a taste bud delight.
I found Catherine M online and met with her to discuss the natural look we wanted for hair and make up and her talent was obvious in the finished look – besides which she is an adorable person.
Jude our photographer was recommended to us – and again on meeting her and viewing her extraordinary work we just knew that she was the photographer for us – she put us all at ease with her professionalism and sincere passion for her creative work – beyond sublime
We had a very definite idea for handmade paper stationery – edged in water colour and eclectic table décor… silver boats & cutlery, and glassware – the floral arrangements being centre to the look we wished to create (elegance mixed with a relaxed ocean atmosphere, with a splash of colour)
Any special touches/DIY?
We had our symbol – everlasting happiness engraved on the glassware (candle holders & vases) for guests to take with them as their gift – from us.
The conceptual design of the table décor and colours were developed by Philip, Karen Moyle, & myself.
As a keepsake of our day – each guest was given scrapbooking supplies & paper and asked by us to create a scrapbook page for our A3 wedding journal of thoughts, advice, photographs, quotes, and or messages.
What we received was an astounding array of creative pages that reflect each individual’s artistic flair, love, and amazing wishes.
We display this journal in our home and have spent hours paging through this treasure of memories and moments.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We chose a duck egg blue fabric runner – old silver accents; on the table and wax seal.
The flowers were roses (a coffee/ dusty pink colour – called Café Latte) & this mixed with indigenous silver green leaves – Karen was magnificent in sourcing the exact colours.
What was the best bit of your day?
The utter joy that surrounded us from beginning to end.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Be mindful, and present in the moment
Venue – Die Strandkombuis – Yzerfontein
Photographer – Silver Dune Photography
Wedding Dress – Alana van Heerden
Bridesmaid Gowns – Forever New
Suit – waistcoats made by Chantelle Boshoff
Decor – West Coast Event Shed
Cake Maker – A Cake Story (Gay)
Florist – Flowers on the Stoep (Karen Moyle)
Rings – Alex’s Jeweller (Craig)
Stationery – A collaborative effort between a number of people
Photobooth – Oh Snap Photobooth
DJ – Cape DJs
To Contact silver Dune Photography
Website – https://www.silverdunephoto.com/
Email – email@example.com