The morning of 8 April 2012 dawned cold, completely overcast and rainy. I was sick with flu, my hubby had to be rushed to hospital in the wee hours and Margaux was 7.5 months pregnant, but there was a wedding to be put together and co-ordinated and nothing was going to stop us! So, armed with gumboots, medicine and loads of determination, we made our way to Constantia where this Irish/Catholic wedding was going to be celebrated.
Dominic and Marie-Claire met on Valentine’s Day in 2009 when they both visited friends (she, her ‘maid-of-honour-to-be’ and he, his ‘best-man-to-be’) in Edinburgh. Their eyes met as Marie-Claire descended the stairs of the pub they both ended up watching a rugby match in and the rest…
The ceremony was to be held at the St John’s chapel in Kommetjie, with its amazing views of the bay and the mountains. It was led by a Catholic Priest and upheld all the Catholic traditions. Various friends took turns to speak out parts of the ceremony and two girls sang traditional Irish wedding songs.
The receptions was held at Constantia Glen wine farm and, despite the rain (or perhaps even because of it), it was a beautiful setting, cradled among the tall trees and the mountains. The wedding had a vintage theme and the colours were soft creams, ivories and the most velvety peaches. With the addition of tons of candles and fairy lights, the entire venue resembled a night-time fairytale.
The party was soon well under way and I quickly understood the Irish saying: “I’ll have what the man on the floor was having”. It was a great night and a beautiful wedding and we wish the happy couple all the luck of the Irish and years and years of wedded bliss!
Author: Sunelle van den Berg
Photography: Francois Pistorious Photography