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Okay, so I've decided it's about time to document Our Wedding.
It's been 9 months since the wedding and I haven't even printed out a single photograph! shocking I know - I've clearly been too preoccupied with re-developing SampleBoard to realise that in and amongst this brainchild I GOT MARRIED!
So here we go - I'm going to take you through the initial phase of the planning - the look and feel of what we wanted to create.
It was clear from the start that we both wanted a Beach Wedding. It took me 30 minutes searching online to find the perfect spot : Strandkombuis. Situated right on the famous Sixteen Mile Beach in Yzerfontein, an up-market boma-style restaurant with beautiful sea views, along a stretch of pristine beach, good seafood and a relaxed atmosphere.
The drive to Yzerfontein is just over an hour from Cape Town, so we arranged accommodation at the rustic B&B situated right behind the Strandkombuis venue. A dune separating the B&B and the sea with wooden steps leading over the dune to the beach, with breakfast served on the deck, overlooking the sea the next morning after the wedding. It was perfect.
We created the color scheme around a seafoam/teal and rose palette. Our design inspiration motto became: Raw Beauty. Everything we chose had to fit in with the natural beauty of the west coast. This meant local west coast fynbos, king proteas, shells and pebbles collected from the beach in our December holiday in Elandsbay, twine, rope, wrought iron hearts which we bought from a local in Kalk Bay off the street and small glass “message in a bottle” type containers with a cork top which had love and friendship poems inside as our wedding favors.
All of our wedding décor was a DIY exercise. This did not only limit the cost, but in return it enabled us to use our wedding day décor in our current new home by the sea!