Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Medieval Themed Wedding in South Africa.
Dina-Mari and Calvin were married at Riverside Castle, a romantic Medieval Castle, made of natural stone and wood in Zwavelpoort, east of Pretoria.
Images were captured by DGR Photography.
Dean Randolph Goosen is a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer based in Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
Her style of photography is clean, and romantic.
She loves to capture the moments of true emotion, passion and discreetly capturing the day as it happens to give you real and unscripted images.
Dean says of the couples Big Day…
“These two got married in the middle of the winter at the beautiful riverside castle.”
“The whole wedding was set in a medieval times, and all the detail reflected this era.”
“Dina-Mari’s dress and shoes everything were tailor made to this look and feel.”
“Calvin decided he was going to reflect his heritage being dressed in a Scottish kilt, accessorised by a sword and smaller details.”
“This wedding was rich in details, witharmour, gold cups, thousands of candles, their family crest colours hanging in the church, Dina-Mari’s shoes and so much more!”
“They finished the night off with a beautiful fire dance show and cake cutting!”
“This was one amazing detailed and unique wedding that I would never forget!”
I now hand over to gorgeous Bride Dina-Mari…
How did you meet?
“We met on an internet dating website and after a few days of constant chatting I ignored all dating website rules and invited Calvin to my flat for dinner, luckily he ended up not being a psychopath.”
Tell us about the engagement
“We attend a medieval fayre annually as both of us have a love for the medieval and renaissance era.”
“These fayres are amazing since you get a chance to dress up in full medieval costume and experience a part of the medieval lifestyle, thus making it the perfect place for Calvin to propose.”
“It was raining the whole day so we were both sopping wet and it made it very difficult for Calvin to choose the right moment.”
“Eventually the rain cleared so Calvin took me up on a hill, under the stars and got down on one knee asking me to be his wife.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Our wedding planning went quite smoothly, we decided on a date rather quickly giving us 8 months to prepare for the wedding.”
“We knew straight away we wanted to have a medieval themed wedding so finding the perfect venue was crucial, after spending countless hours on the internet we found a venue that was ideal, a medieval style castle.”
“Decor played a big role in the wedding theme; the inside of the castle was so beautiful so we didn’t want to over complicate the decor, it was also important to keep it as authentic as possible.”
“We didn’t have the traditional wedding decor items instead we had a full suit of armour, goblets and over 200 candles to give the castle a medieval feel.”
“We wanted an intimate wedding and our budget was also very small so the only difficulties we had were friends and family members who wanted to come to the wedding but didn’t fit into our budget, fortunately that was sorted out eventually.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“The day was filled with so many wonderful things but the best bit by far was seeing each other for the first time when we did our first look.”
“It was just the 2 of us with our photographer; it just felt like everything had led up to that moment, we were finally going to get married and we had a few minutes by ourselves just to take it in and enjoy it.”
What advice would you give other couples getting married?
“Just remember it’s not about your hair being perfect or that exact shade of pink that you want your napkins to be, it’s about the person you’re going to marry.”
“In a few years time you will forget the shade of your napkins but you are with your spouse for the rest of your life so the most important thing is keeping each other happy.
Thank you so much to Dean for sharing her amazing imagery.
Thank you also to Dina-Mari and Calvin who have shared their special day and have gone into so much detail to create an amazingly authentic medieval themed wedding day.
I love the way the guests have entered into the spirit of the celebration, and the styling is so in keeping with the period.
Venue: Riverside Castle
Photographer- DGR Photography
Dress – The Bridal Shop
Kilt – Cargo kilts
Cake and cake pops – Extra Mile Patisserie
Rings – Bride: Nightingales – Groom: VA tungsten
Stylist: Maids of Honour Decor
Stationery: Kalypso Kreative
Make-up: Lize professional hair and makeup
Hair: Zen for Hair
Armour: Robertson Armoury
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