I always had a picture visualised of how I wanted my dress to look like but I told myself to be open minded & try a variety of dress styles. After trying on quite a few, I went to Bridal Wardrobe. The third dress I took down immediately spoke to me as it was exactly as I’ve always visualised. I told my mom “this is the dress”. And she said Ok but still try on a few. I tried on dress no. 1, dress no. 2…and then when I finally tried on dress no. 3 I started crying before the dress was even completely buttoned up, saying ‘this is the dress…this is the dress”. My mom also started crying agreeing that THIS IS THE DRESS! I have never felt more beautiful than on my wedding day which I think is so important as ALL THE ATTENTION is on you that day. This dress was the perfect combination of tight and sexy yet still elegant. It had the combination of simplicity whilst still having finer touches such as the lace, lower back & thin diamond straps #Inlove
The Love Story
Wow! Where do I begin. In short – I knew my ‘husband’ about 2 years before we dated. I was in a different relationship at the time. I used to do Crossfit at his Box – so he was my coach. Eventually, me and my boyfriend at the time broke up… André (my husband to be) checked in on me a few times ensuring I’m okay. Both of us being very religious, we had ‘Word’ that we would be each other’s husband & wife. This was very weird at first because I never looked at him in ‘that’ way. So we made this a constant prayer until we both were assured that this was what we ‘got’ (felt). Not long after that we came together…it was awkward at first as we didn’t start liking each other then started dating – in fact, it was the other way around. We started ‘dating’ then eventually felt in-love. Our love for each other grew so strong as we were assured God has put us together. Since then it has just gone uphill. I’ve always believed that your partner should draw you closer to God which is exactly what André did. There is nothing more beautiful than when you and your partner can pray for each other. This brings ‘safety’ to your relationship/marriage as you will still face many problems & obstacles, but knowing you will make it through by the strength of God & by being able to humble yourselves before Him, you can humble yourselves before each other. Me and André have an amazing relationship. We do not bring up old fights, we do not keep each other accountable for our wrong doings. Every day is a new day and we focus on growing together & on becoming the best partner for each other as can be. So yes, our engagement happened fast. He asked my parents’ blessing after 7-8 months of being together and we eventually got engaged a year later. We were engaged a year and got married. He is my bestie & I love spending each day with him. I am content & I feel safe in my marriage which is the biggest blessing!
Advice to other brides
Things do NOT go smoothly…whether it’s your flowers, table setting, bridesmaid dresses…whatever it may be. Do not freak out & become a Bridezilla. You will only spoil the day for yourself & for everyone close to you. Just let go of what should’ve and could’ve been and focus on enjoying the day. You can worry about everything till the night before your wedding. But when you open your eyes the day of your wedding, get into a positive mind-set & focus on enjoying the day & taking everything in. Observe everything & everyone & ensure to capture moments mentally as this is all that’s left of your big day. It is sad to say but this day flies, so really just focus on enjoying every moment rather than freaking out about all the little nitty-gritty things. Besides, no one else knows what it should’ve looked like. At the end of the day everyone just wants to enjoy good food, good company & dance the night away.
Photographer: Faded Edges – Francois
Videographer: First Kiss – Jaun
Wedding Gown: Enzoani
Wedding Planner: Myself & my mom
Makeup: I did it myself as I am a Makeup Artist (FB: Yoane Makeup & Hair / Instagram @yoane_makeupartist)
Hair: Done by one of my bridesmaids (FB: Mirrors – Styling by Simone)
TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO CONTRIBUTED & WAS INVOLVED – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!