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."

Describe your wedding in 10 words: calm, beautiful, fun, relaxed, beautiful venue, excellent food,  enjoyable, sociable

Your 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 money. 

Service providers:

-Wedding dress: Anje Bridal Couture (Stellenberg)

-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: