Enzoani Real Bride Story – Kyle & Stephy
The Love Story
Far far away in a kingdom called Johannesburg a boy and a girl met…We were in social groups that should never have even crossed paths. Me being Jewish and him not… I had just returned from living in France and had started at a new school, trying to fit in all over again with new and amazing people. As you can imagine, I was quite nervous and shy when it came to new introductions.
When I first met Kyle he had walked into a party that I was invited too and what struck me at first was his presence, almost everyone turned around and all greeted him by name, and with smiles. He had such a pure, kind and sincere aura about him that almost anyone can pick up and this truly amazed me. When he saw me I could see that he was intrigued at first and sort of looked from afar until his friend broke the ice and we all just couldn’t stop talking. We spoke as if we knew each other for years and almost instantly connected. I knew I may not ever see him again so I left the night saying “it was nice to have met”, however soon after that we almost always bumped into one another! Somehow our paths always met up in the most random situations… places you would never expect… and from there the best friendship grew between us.
One day he invited me out, after months of waiting for an opportunity, he took the risk of ruining this new found friendship, poured his hope and made it all happen. Deep down no matter what, it would be all worth it in the end! And it truly was! When Kyle puts his mind to something he always gets it. He always told his family that a French girl he would marry and that he definitely got! We landed up dating at the end of 2009 until he proposed to me last Year, the most amazing unexpected surprise day ever!
It’s been a tough ride and our relationship tested a couple of times over the years but we fought through it all, and made it all worth it in the end… ‘Nobody wants to see us together, but it don’t matter, no. Cuz I got you’ ♡
As a bride the choice of dress is one of the hardest yet extremely important decisions to make. For me, the choice of style for my dress that I always admired, was an off shoulder type design, however I also wanted to include an open back. I had sleepless nights thinking about it, especially since I had one particular wish, I wanted to find something semi modern, with soft elegant lace and a vintage touch. Where to find something that incorporated all that, I was clueless…
After almost 2 months of searching a friend tagged me on Blissfully Bridals page, and the more I viewed it the more I loved the designs! I was then asked to pick 5 of my top favorites. What made it so special for me and honestly proved to be fate; I was asked which of my choices I wanted to try first and I decided I would let Elmari (the owner of Blissfully Bridal) decide for me; since as you can imagine I couldn’t choose… The moment I saw myself in the mirror with that first choice on, I just couldn’t stop smiling.
I looked at myself over and over! When the curtains were pulled back, the smiles from my mother in law and Elmari included, said it all, not to mention the tears! I knew it had to be this one! I didn’t even bother with the other choices, I just couldn’t even see myself in anything else because this dress had all the qualities I was looking for, and it honestly made me feel like the bride I had always wanted to be!
Collection: Beautiful Bridal
Enzoani Reatiler: Blissfully Bridal
Advice To Other Brides
A bride carries a certain kind of strength and aura about her on her wedding day and this I believe protects her from any sort of jealousy or negativity that people may put her through. The one thing that I learnt and truly wish for every bride to remember is to never be afraid to say no, don’t be afraid to disappoint anyone no matter who they are. Regardless of what your profession may be, it’s the only time you get to have a final say and make final decisions. I was put through immense amount of tests by people, but what carried me forward is listening to my gut feeling, trusting my first instincts and most importantly, killing with kindness and burying them with a smile.True sincere happiness can overcome any bad amount of negativity that comes your way. Most importantly soak in every moment and indulge in every memory you can make. It is truly the best experience a person can go through and it goes by way too quickly.
Photographer: Andrew Knobloch
Wedding Gown: Enzoani
Wedding Venue: Galagos Country Estate
Wedding Planner: Kyle & Stephy
Decorator: Kyle & Stephy