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Reformation

every day i go online i think, this is it – there’s nothing new for me to discover. i know all the clothing designers, i have seen it all. nope. wrong. every day there’s something new-to-me. i was actually surprised i hadn’t come across Reformation before (pardon me Americans if i am super slow on the uptake, so uncool!) they make these damn beautiful dresses that you can buy in a variety of colours & patterns. yes! that’s the dream.

oh, and there’s a wedding section which is pretty sweet. i could see a cool bride in this.

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Alexandra Grecco Bridal

i have been following Alexandra Grecco’s career since i posted about her waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2010 when she was still selling her wares on Etsy. she still has her own line, but just launched a beautiful bridal collection which you can shop here.

Looking for a gown in advance of her own wedding in 2013, Alexandra Grecco saw an opportunity to create a bridal line of her own and pair her aesthetic with high-quality fabrics and intricate hand-embroidery. the Alexandra Grecco bridal line features ethereal gowns for the less-traditional bride.

i also think you can actually wear some of her other pieces as wedding dresses, if you’re looking for something more simple.

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Marriage

yesterday i listened to an amazing story on The Moth by critically acclaimed author Andrew Solomon about his journey to becoming a father. Andrew is gay, and he got married to his partner John after initial hesitation as he wasn’t sure if he believed in the idea of marriage. they wed in a civil partnership ceremony in the UK (at Althorp, Princess Diana’s childhood home – love that) and what he said in the podcast* about the act of getting married is lovely:

I found that though our commitment had seemed to me to be permanent and declared and established before that, that the experience of having all of these hundreds of friends gathered together witnessing our love shored it up and strengthened it and gave it a new depth, and gave it a new resonance that I had never imagined or anticipated. And I found the fact that we were celebrating that love in a ceremony that echoed in some sense the one my parents had had, and the ones my grandparents had had, and the ones that presumedly went back generation upon generation exalted the feeling between us. And it was very joyful.

on a related note, Capetonian illustrator Lauren Fowler shared her beautiful wedding to Gene on her blog, and the reading given by her brother Russell is now up there with my favourites:

The best description of marriage I ever heard was made in reference to architectural structure, that its strength is the result of a delicate balance between stress and support. I like that description because it implies that active forces are required to make it work, a kind of dynamic tension between the mundane and the sublime that makes the act of marriage one of purposeful intention, of daring, courage and high adventure.

i wish i had had similarly eloquent words to express myself on the day we got married, but i couldn’t pull myself together in my rambling thank you speech (emotions, guys!) even now it’s hard to find the words. i’ve always been a more visual person, which is why these help:

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wedding video shot & edited by Jonathan Sidego. photos by Love Made Visible.


* PS: what podcasts are you guys listening to? i have my firm favourites – This American Life, The Moth, Nerdist… but i am always looking for new recommendations. Death, Sex & Money is a new favourite, too. let me in on your podcast secrets!

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Our Wedding Day

my fingers are hovering over the keyboard and i’m just sitting here thinking, how do i begin to describe this day? our wedding was held on a fruit farm about 2 hours from Cape Town, and the weather was cool and overcast: just perfect for us. it was the best day of our lives, and it was indeed the Best Day Ever.

the week leading up to the wedding was a mixed bag of emotions: excitement, nerves, laughs, occasional stress… but most of all a lot of love. our friends and family literally made our wedding day, everyone pulled in to help – be it with the flowers (thanks Amy), the decor, the tables, the cakes, printing menus and name cards and signboards, standing on ladders tying things up so the wind didn’t blow anything away, bringing me hayfever pills at 7am on the morning of the wedding (thanks Jess), making enough coffee that everyone was buzzing (thanks Pete). it meant so much to us that our favourite people were involved, adding their own special touches, and that our wedding was such a team effort.

it was very important to us, from the get go, that everything would be kept very simple with few frills and that the focus of the day would be about celebrating with our loved ones. our photographers, Rebecca and Bruce from Love Made Visible, really captured that feeling in their beautiful photos. you can see some more here.

my only advice to anyone planning their wedding: don’t stress the small stuff, and savour every single moment. it goes by SO quickly. people tell you that, but you won’t realise until you’re truly IN it.

photos: Love Made Visible. my dress: Jessica Harwood of Take Care. Anton’s suit: Spaghetti Mafia. venue & food: Olive Rock. flowers & co-ordination: Amy Ellenbogen. flowers sourced from: Cape Fynbos. laser-cut table numbers & best day ever sign: Artymiss. make-up: Claire Ellenbogen. hair: Kate Brand. cakes: Jené Steyn & Jessica Shepherd. cupcakes: Lady Cupcake. coffee cart: Seattle Coffee Company. music: Dario Leite.  hiring: Something Different. stationery: me. wedding officiant: Marius Brand.

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Best Day Ever

i thought i had it all figured out. i’d schedule a ton of posts, get married, go on honeymoon and just not look at the internet for 3 weeks or something. of course that did not happen. the wedding weekend took over and i just let go. we got together with our family and friends on a rustic fruit farm about 2 hours away from home, set up the reception (with the help of my amazing bridesmaids) and the rest just unfolded… exceeding every expectation we could have ever had. it was the best day ever.

we are bursting. bursting with happiness and love and just being on a hiiiiigh. an incredible high. if you follow me on instagram you would have seen some pics by now, but here are two more (thanks to our friend Joel). i will share more – and all the details – when we get back from our trip & receive the photos from our amazing photographers. until then we’ll be eating some NYC pizza, because now i don’t have to fit into the dress anymore. welcome back to the family, carbs.

PS: got any NYC recommendations for us? please share in the comments.

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Laure de Sagazan

when we first got engaged i blogged about French bridal designer Laure de Sagazan, and now we’re getting married in less than 5 days – so i thought i’d show you their beautiful new collection. these are dreamy & timeless lace creations, don’t ask me how much they cost, but if you are ever lucky enough to wear one you should probably hand it down to your daughters.

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The Flowers

it is now just over 2 months till our wedding. 11 weeks to be exact. i have been thinking about it a lot this month, mostly because there are admin things that have to be sorted out – stuff i haven’t had to give any thought to because they weren’t pressing, until now. i can’t get away with the “oh, but the wedding is months away!” excuse anymore. classic procrastinator.

one of those things is the flowers. we decided right in the beginning that we are not involving a florist – partly to save money, partly to avoid having yet another person in the wedding brigade (and trying to avoid a wedding brigade altogether), and because we want to keep things simple. drawing from the hopeful attitude that we can do things ourselves & it’ll work out okay.

i do believe it will work out okay! mostly because you can’t really go wrong with flowers. if you know what you like, and don’t like, it is just a matter of picking blooms that are in season, roping in some friends & family who are good with flower arranging, and making your tables as pretty as you can.

to be honest, i cannot think back to a single wedding i have been to and remember what the flower arrangements were or what the tables looked like. i DO remember how much i danced and how great it was celebrating with people i loved and rolling into bed knowing i was totally going to pay for it the next day – i remember that WELL. that’s why weddings are awesome. i just have to keep reminding myself of that fact when i start stressing about whether or not ranunculus will be in season (they are though, i have already checked).

photo by Color Me Rad via Elizabeth Anne Designs

left: photo by Steve Steinhardt | right: photo by Line Klein via Emmas Designblogg

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photos by Erin + Tara via Ruffled

photo by Jose Villa via Once Wed

left: Everyday Needs | right: vtwonen

courtesy of Rachel Craven (whose linens are on the table)

left: floral arrangement + photo by Kim Ludy | right: floral design by Amy Merrick

floral design by Nicolette Camille

left: photo by Laure Joliet | right: photo by Cramer Photo via Style Me Pretty

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The Dress

Carolyn Kennedy's dress by Narciso Rodriguez

just like many women i’ve always had an idea of what kind of wedding dress i’d want to wear. if at any point in the last decade you had to ask me on the spot i’d probably reference Carolyn Kennedy on her wedding day (her dress was designed by Narciso Rodriguez). looking at that photo again now that scene seems to encapsulate everything i’d imagine a perfect wedding to be. a rustic venue, an elegant dress, simple shoes & an even simpler bouquet, pulled back hair…

this is a long, wedding-ey post. so if you’re interested, read more below…

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