So I started this series months ago, and apparently forgot to finish it! Click the number for parts 1, 2 or 3. The next lot of photos are from the ceremony itself and some pre-dinner festivities. Rather than have people waiting through speeches absolutely starving, especially with some alcohol hitting an empty stomach, there are a ‘cheese’ cake – like a tower of cheese formed to look like a cake, surrounded by nuts, crackers and all kinds of other snacks. The beauty of this is that while family photos were being taken, people could fill up their growling tummies a bit and the ‘snack table’ lasted long into the night, there for anyone who got a bit peckish.
By the end of Friday, the venue was fully set up and ready to go. After a big family meal it was off to bed as the next day’s festivities started quite early. The wedding was only at 4:30pm but before that there were a lot of people to get ready, especially the bridal party (obvs) and the bride and groom were having their photos taken before the ceremony which was actually a great idea, I’ll explain more in Part Three. Essentially the morning consisted of make-up, nails, and hair. The P’s house became a hive of (rather feminine) activity, and the boys kept as out of the way as possible. The photos started right from the get go, both my myself, and the (excellent) professional photographer, Adrian Shields. With such a stunning bride, I might have gone
slightly totally overboard!
So as mentioned earlier on the blog, AP’s sister got married on the 1st of June. It was an absolute ball and I was lucky enough to help out from the beginning, at the venue and then on the morning of. Here are a collection of my photos from the big day’s venue preparations.
So on the 14th April, 2012, my cousin got married. This is the second ‘close’ family wedding I have ever been to and was an absolute ball from start to finish.
While my cousin is South African, his wife is French and they have lived together in Hong Kong and India-so it was essentially an internationally themed wedding with the bridesmaids dresses forming the french flag, french speaking taking place all around me, Indian dancing and I was seated at the ‘Ankor Wat’ table as it is was of the very, very many places the couple has visited.
The ceremony was a great mixture of light hearted-ness with the signing of ‘Going to the chapel’ and the bride getting the giggles in the middle of her vows, combined with enough moving, seriousness for the occasion that it was.
After the ceremony, we were treated to a surprise (the bride and groom knew nothing about it) performance by the Cape Town Highland Cathedral bagpipers while sipping on Pierre Jourdan champagne outside the beautiful Manor House on the wine farm. From here the festivities moved to the nearby marquee where we were all seated.
The bride and groom entered this area to Avicii’s ‘Levels’, starting off the party right then and there. From here on out the night became a blur of speeches in English and French, copious amounts of champagne and wine, an amazing 3 course meal and some hilarity from the misbehaving groomsmen.
All in all much fun was had by all, in the most beautiful setting, where there was literally not a thing anyone needed done differently. Here are a collection of the photos I took on the day (so much fun with such a beautiful bride!). The professional photographer was Wil Punt from Peartree and as you can see here, he did an amazing job on the day.