Lianie & Derick - Klein Bottelary - 15 December 2014
Lianie & Derick met in 2013 at Jan Kriel School where they both work. Derick is a teacher (intermediate phase) and Lianie is an occupational therapist. At first Lianie was not interested, especially after colleagues tried to set them up at a school event. But after initiating contact and congratulating her on her birthday, Derick persued communication via sms and asked Lianie on a coffee date. That led to a proper dinner date and an official relationship followed shortly thereafter. His perseverance and charm finally paid off!
How did he propose? "We went on a
romantic sunset cruise in the Waterfront for Valentine’s Day 2014. Although
Lianie knew about the trip, she did not expect the proposal as Derick said it
would be too much of a cliché… Everything did not go according to plan as the
boat was very full and Derick could not go down on one knee to pop the
question. While Lianie was looking over his shoulder at the setting sun, Derick
took the ring out of his pocket and proposed on the way back to the harbour.
The cruise was so noisy that nobody else even noticed! The next morning he went
down on his knee and proposed again."
The venue’s historical Manor House
set the tone for the antique feel of the wedding and the décor was inspired
accordingly. It was a rustic “boeresjiek” farm theme with a navy blue, red and
white colour scheme, with windpompies and bicycles on the tables and table
runners with Afrikaans expressions. The table flowers were long stem red roses
and baby’s breath in tall glass vases. Each table had its own glass jar with
sweets for the guests to enjoy. Instead
of a flower arrangement, a dried tree (garingboom) with decorations stood in
the wedding chapel. A Tree with doilies hanging from the branches was used for
the table placements.
Everything was DIY and the family
helped with making decorations and setting up of the décor. The stationery was
designed and printed by the bride. The groom’s father made the windpompies for
the tables and his mother baked the red velvet wedding cake as well as the
cupcakes as gifts for the guests.
The dress: A-line dress with layers of lace and a scalloped hem. Detail on the bodice included beading and satin ribbon rounded off with a silver brooch in the middle.
Bouquets: Red roses with diamond pins, tied with a white satin ribbon (made by a neighbour of the bride’s parents).
Something old- the bride’s mother’s
silver brooch. Something new- the bride’s red
wedding shoes. Something borrowed- the hired
wedding dress. Something blue- sapphire earrings.
"We both like the charm of historical buildings therefore the
venue’s Manor House set the tone for the whole wedding. Derick likes bicycles/
cycling and the colour blue J Lianie loves windpompe and
just had to incorporate it into a farm-style wedding."
your wedding in 10 words: calm, beautiful, fun,
relaxed, beautiful venue, excellent food, enjoyable, sociable
favourite moment of the wedding: When the bride walked
down the aisle (Derick) and when we exchanged our vows.
Did anything unexpected happen on your wedding day? While you try to plan everything to the last detail,
unforeseen things do happen. A few minutes before the ceremony started, the
welcome banting blew away… and I quickly had to redo it. Derick’s brother’s
heartfelt speech about their parents was very special and unexpected!
Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding
budget friendly? DIY definitely saves money, but it
takes a lot of time - so start early and get as many people as you can to
assist! It is not necessary to have a wedding planner but it helps to have a coordinator
on the day to make sure that everyone else knows what to do. Just ensure that
there are not too many people running the show - too many cooks spoil the
broth! Prioritise and stick to the budget.
Some things are more important than others. Choose a venue with a low venue fee
but which still includes the basics like tables and chairs, cutlery and
crockery. Weekdays are sometimes cheaper because everyone wants to get married
on a Saturday. Having the ceremony and reception at the same venue also saves
money. Flowers are very costly, but you don’t need that many arrangements. They
wilt almost immediately anyway. Look for cheaper alternatives or make flowers
from paper. Good catering is not negotiable -
people will talk about the food long after the wedding. And catering is expensive. Décor and
stationery can be very expensive and it really does not matter if the guests
sat on Tiffany chairs… Get people to use their talents by baking the wedding
cake or making the bouquet. Utilise your bridesmaids J Shop around for ideas and materials - buying bulk also saves
-Wedding dress: Anje Bridal Couture
-Photographer: Tertius Gous
Photograpy -Hair & Make-up: Helois from
Crazee Creations -DJ: Hein von Solms -Rings: Bride - Isabel Pfaff
(Kuilsrivier); Groom - NWJ jewellers (Cape Gate) -Wedding cake: Regina du Toit
(groom’s mother) -Stationery: Bride -Venue: Klein Bottelary -Bridesmaid dresses: YDE