Katie And David had one of the most atmospheric weddings I’ve seen in a long time. In fact it’s so awe-inspiring that I had goosebumps as I was putting this delicious wedding together and you’ll completely see why in just a moment…
For a start, their rustic homespun wedding was hosted at The Cairn of Old Kilgobbin in South Africa. If that doesn’t sound like something straight out of The Hobbit then I don’t know what does and it looks every bit as amazing as it sounds. Think New England colonial houses crossed with an American style ranch.
And then there’s the appearance of the little Jack Russell half way through their church service, the wild ponies roaming freely in their portrait shots and the mist. Yes folks, MIST and by heck it’s sexy.
But you don’t want to sit here listening to me witter on…go and have a look for yourselves…
Katie The Bride: I panicked about my dress, as I had only left two months to get one! But one of my bridesmaids, a shopper extraordinaire, found the perfect dress online through Pinterest. I made sure I measured myself meticulously and compared it to the website measurements, clicked ‘pay now’, and held my breath. Apart from the sleeves and armpits, it fitted perfectly. SO, I sent my sister in Australia millions of pictures and she gallantly took on the daunting task of removing and resizing the sleeves.
I clearly had luck on my side because that worked out perfectly too! For accessories, I did as my sister did on her wedding day: I wore my great aunt’s pearl necklace and earrings. The headpiece I wore is a very special item made by my sister. The satin flowers were surrounded by a portion of Annie’s old veil from when she got married, and she carefully placed some teal feathers in amongst them as my ‘something blue’. I specifically found some teal shoes to echo the colour of the feathers.
I did something very brave for the groom and groomsmen. I let them all do their own outfits so that the walk down the isle would be a surprise for both of us! Knowing that they had to keep it country and casual, thankfully they did really well and it worked out just perfectly!
Infinity dresses are all the rage at the moment, but I just didn’t feel these really fitted the theme of the day. I wanted to go for something home-made and country-style looking. So I found the most vintage looking pattern I could get my hands on in Pietermaritzburg (not an easy task!) and got a local lady to sew them up for me. To accessorise I could only have got my girls some pearls of Wisdom (my new surname!)
Carl’s venue – The Cairn Of Old Kilgobbin – is fairly new on the Midlands Meander, and encompassed exactly what we wanted for our day: relaxed country vibes in a beautiful barn, eclectic decor, and animals. Carl is incredibly creative, and it just so happens that we have very similar taste in decor. When we discussed what kind of decor she has in her massive storeroom, it was as though she knew exactly how I wanted our wedding day to look. Vintage plates, wooden crates, antique books and wooden banquet tables… we were sold! So as a result there was no colour palette to speak of, just a lovely eclectic country vintage theme.
Kerry is wonderful to work with, and she made our not so impressive budget go a very long way, which we are eternally grateful for. We wanted a proudly South African flower to be a recurring theme throughout the decor and flower arrangements, so we chose to have dusty pink proteas as the dominant feature of every arrangement in table arrangements, and also my bouquet. It was Carl’s idea to then place the arrangements in wooden boxes that she made specially for our wedding. On each box was a meaningful word, like ‘Hope’ and ‘Love’, and it just so happened that one of them said ‘Wisdom’, which she put at our table. I pretty much just went with every other brilliant suggestions that Carl and Kerry came up with for the rest of the flowers and the arrangements, which I think is sometimes quite nice for suppliers as so often they know best. The result was more beautiful than I think I could ever have come up with.
The ceremony was taken by my school chaplain, Father Lloyd Smith. What a wonderful human being. Our first counselling session with him was just over 3 hours, mostly because we just had so much to talk about. It made for a very personal service on the day.The best moment of the day however was when a random little Jack Russell came wandering in from outside to enjoy our ceremony, right in the middle of our vows.
The only disappointing part of our day was that we couldn’t gorge ourselves on Margie’s delicious mezze starters for fear of being caught on camera! She has such flair when it comes to keeping food simple but still amazing to look at, and not to mention amazingly tasty! We got on like a house on fire, and she graciously accommodated the masses of people we brought with us to our tasting! The tasting confirmed our idea of having country pies served on Carl’s vintage plates, followed by a sweets table made up in part by Margie’s famous, most scrumptious and positively mind blowing chocolate brownies and nougat. Our cake, along with the wire cake topper, was made by my dear mum, who slaved away over the most delicious cup cakes made from an old secret family recipe.
The first time I heard about Sassy was while I was job hunting on gum tree. I didn’t need to be job searching at the time, but I just felt a strange urge to do so one evening. And there was Sassy’s advert, looking for a second shooter. Her advert said nothing about her personally, so when she said we should meet up (I actually at this point did not know if this person was male or female) in a quiet car park behind a bank and that she would be wearing a leopard print jacket and would be driving a black car, I was a smidge nervous! If only I had known that she would change my career entirely and would one day be shooting my wedding! She was amazing, and willing endured two very long flights to stay with us and our families for a week. We cannot thank Sass enough for all her hard work and patience, and we are absolutely smitten with our pictures!
Because of my new surname being Wisdom, I felt I wanted to gather as much ‘wisdom’ as I could before taking on the name. So I got my guests to scribble a few word of wisdom for us on bits of recycled wrapping paper from my hen party. The result has been decoupaged onto a wooden tray, and is pondered upon whilst drinking tea.