Jennifer and I met over Skype a couple of months before their wedding. Skype is always a bit tricky if you are chatting to someone for the first time and you don’t have the camaraderie of shared memories to fall back on when there is a delay in signal or the video feed freezes, but with Jennifer, it was like chatting to an old friend. I couldn’t see her very clearly, but her kind voice and bubbly personality more than made up for those technicalities.
When we met in person for the first time a week before their wedding, I found that her beautiful interior matched a stunning exterior and I just knew that the photo’s from their wedding would be amazing.
Jennifer is originally from South Africa, but she met American military husband, Thomas, in Dubai where they both work. They looked so cute together – he, the towering soldier and she, the dainty flower. There were many who wondered why they didn’t just get married in Dubai or the States, but Jennifer had told Thomas that if he wanted to marry her, it would have to be in South Africa. And so here we were.
The ceremony took place in the beautiful stone church in Hout Bay, complete with wooden pews and a vestry and a string duet ushered our gorgeous Bride in to where she would say her ‘I do’s’. Decked in full military uniform, the groom and his groomsmen looked dashing and only Thomas’s smile when he saw Jennifer walking down the isle, could outshine the medals and badges on their perfectly pressed jackets.
The reception was held at Suikerbossie Restaurant and the hall was softly decorated in vintage creams, blues and pinks. The Bride very carefully brought the loveliest chocolate shells in dainty little boxes all the way from Dubai as gifts for her guests and candles and fairy lights provided the ambient accompaniment. Thomas’s motorbike fetish was jokingly portrayed in the cake topper and even ‘Cake Topper Thomas’ couldn’t keep his eyes off his gorgeous Bride riding pillion with him.
The weather was perfect for photographs in the harbor and the plantation behind the restaurant and Jennifer even managed to make rusty old boats and dried twigs look glamorous and elegant.
Jennifer and Thomas, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and adventure. May you always look back on your wedding day with a smile and make many more special memories in the years to come.
Author: Sunelle van den Berg
Wedding co-ordination: Blank Canvas Event Design
Photography: Tasha Seccombe
Wedding Cake: Vanilla House
Flowers and Decor: Four Every Event
Venue: Suikerbossie Restaurant, Hout Bay
Hair and make-up: Jenro Beauty