Jason and Melissa originally booked me to photograph their wedding at a different venue on a different date… then they contacted me and asked if they could move their date – who would say no to such a gorgeous couple? For me that meant I had a weekend with two weddings in a row – I never ever do two weddings on a weekend… call me lazy… but for these two people I just had to pull up my socks and do it. They chose an amazing boutique venue Castello Del Monte to host their intimate wedding. This place is just beautiful. From their beautiful Roman Plaster walls, Italian architechture, finely manicured gardens, royal bedrooms to the amazing view over Pretoria – this place is spotless and the perfect place to do your I DO’s. (Or maybe spend a romantic evening to celebrate your anniversary… wink wink – hope my husband reads this 😉
The groom’ family is Irish, and when you marry an Irish boy you do not get a normal wedding ring, nope, you get a Claddagh ring (I just googled that)… Clasp hands in Roman times where seen as a symbol of pledging vows, if you want to read more about a Claddagh ring… well… click here…. otherwise back to Jason and Melissa’s wedding pictures!
Melissa’s bridal preparation suite was in all honesty the busiest bridal room I have ever had – everyone was so excited to share the day with them – every few minutes there would be a new face popping through the door wishing her well, super excited kids running in and out and happily emotional parents trying to keep their composure. Every now and then there would be a moment of calmness and this is where I would try and sneek a few pics in.
The whole week leading up to the wedding it was raining every day, constantly… Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday… and then on Satruday – the best weather any bride could ask for! And Melissa could have her outdoor ceremony!
You have to believe me when I tell you: This was the most delicious wedding cake ever! Head over to Belle’s Patisserie – they know what they are doing!
I am a very emotional person… I would like to think that I am in touch with my emotions and those of others… and while Jason was professing his love to Mellissa I felt a lump in my throat… I was struggling to “stay professional” (don’t cry, don’t cry)…. but as I looked around I saw that there was almost no dry eye in the room… to me it was like a license to just let go of “staying professional”… and yes…tears rolled down my cheecks… Jason’s speech was so heart felt… with no pretense… so filled with emotion – Jason you might have shed one tear while giving your speech… the rest of the room including me shed quite a few!
…. I think I might be hungry… I don’t normally post food pictures… but these just look so yummy…
VENUE & CATERING: Castello Di Monte
BRIDAL GOWN: BRIDAL ROOM
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: FOREVER NEW
BRIDE SHOES: DUNE
MAKE-UP: BEAUTIFULL BEGINNINGS
FLOWERS & DECOR: CHERRY BLOSSOM FLORIST
SUITS: BRIDAL AND TUXEDO
PASTOR: LIGHUIS – DAWIE 079 948 9000
CAKE: BELLE’S PATISSERIE