Simon & Leslie, South Africa

Simon and Leslie said ‘I do’ in a gorgeous ceremony under the sultry sunset in Cape Town, South Africa

Simon and I both knew we would have a destination wedding. We have family scattered across Europe and Africa, so we had to find a common ground.  We ended up shortlisting two countries: Portugal at the Douro Valley and South Africa, near the Western Cape. Eventually, we both decided on Cape Town due to family ties.

Before we chose our venue, we first chose our wedding planner. Jadee from Watermelon Collection was the only one to survive my four hour Skype inquisition, so we knew she was the perfect planner for us. Then we moved onto selecting our venue. After arduous Instagram stalking and plenty of video conference calls with Jadee onsite we decided to go with MolenVliet in Cape Town.  We finally saw the venue for the first time two weeks before the wedding and it was everything we had hoped and dreamed. Having the grandiose Simondium as our backdrop, coupled by the beautiful sunset of the vineyard was perfect.  It was great for our guests as well. MolenVliet had accommodation on site, so we got a travel concierge to help us with guest reservations, and we had some staying opposite the road at ZorgVliet. That meant that we were all together.

We made an effort to keep to the budget. Having flight alerts, booking tickets in advance and getting my cathedral veil made by a local seamstress helped me save a lot. I also found the illustrator for our save the dates and stationery on Instagram and she was a bargain. Finally, we managed to cut down on the flower costs by having fewer tree arrangements and smaller vase arrangements.  

My wedding dress was from a Caroline Castigliano flagship store in London. It was my last appointment after a full day shopping for a wedding dress. I wanted it to be timeless, but I also wanted to be able to run, jump and twirl around in it. I instantly fell in love with the “Tertia” gown. It was love at first sight! I wanted my hair and makeup to keep within the soft, romantic timeless theme. I didn’t have a definitive look in mind, I just knew I needed to have my hair secure and makeup that looked polished, clean and natural. For our colour palette, I went for white, nude and hints of blush because I liked the softness and romanticism of the colours. Having my wedding party in a champagne colour kept it timeless and complimented my ivory dress. – Leslie

Notebook // Wedding Planner Jadee McGowan | Florals Heike at Fleur Le Cordeur | Photography Rebecca von Rehn // I Heart-Weddingphotography | Venue MolenVliet Wine Estate | Cakes Wades Cake | Structure and Lighting Something Different | Videography MvR Films | Stationary Secret Diary | Hair Stylist Mary Gouveia | Makeup Artist Algria



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