I’m sure you’ll know by now that I’m a big fan of BYRON LOVES FAWN so anytime I get to feature their work in MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE I get pretty excited about it! This beautiful shoot expertly styled by HOUSE OF HANNAH is full of gorgeous colour and the florals by FLEURISTE are so luscious they practically leap off the page! The model wears a gorgeous JENNIFER GIFFORD DESIGNS gown. How adorable is that floral adorned swing?
Savannah & Yuri wanted to keep their wedding as simple and natural as possible and let their gorgeous venue do the talking! Which along with these gorgeous images from YOLANDE MARX, it certainly has done! Loving all the pretty apple orchard shots! Being a ‘less-is-more’ kinda girl, gorgeous bride Savannah chose a timeless, elegant dress from LA SPOSA. They had guests travel from the world over to enjoy the entire weekend with them in this beautiful area of South Africa.
How and/or where did you meet? I’ll never forget the moment I first saw Yuri, seven years ago. I remember thinking to myself, “This must be the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen!” He was a bartender at a nightclub in Johannesburg. Probably the last place I expected to find love! Being the shy girl that I am, and a firm believer in the rule that the man should always be the one to make the first move, I went through the night fluttering my eyelashes at him, but to no avail. By the end of the evening, it was time to go home and if I didn’t do something, I would surely never see him again. So I decided to break my rule just this once, and take matters into my own hands. Asking for his number in person was far too intimidating, so I decided to write him a note on a piece of paper and hand it to him. Unfortunately, I had no paper in my handbag and no pen, so I wrote my love note on a piece of toilet paper using my black eyeliner. I folded it all up and gave it to him, and ran as fast as I could in my high heels to the car! By the time I reached the car my phone was already beeping with a message from him. We went on our first date shortly after, and since then we’ve been inseparable.
Tell us about your proposal: We woke up on a Saturday morning, with no plans for the day. We went out for breakfast at our favourite Italian deli down the road, where Yuri told me he had booked a surprise weekend away for us at the beautiful Babylonstoren farm in Franschhoek winelands. We enjoyed an amazing couple’s massage at their spa and wallowed around the swimming pool for a few hours. On our way back to our hotel room after having lunch at the restaurant, Yuri said he had heard about a little boathouse somewhere on the estate and wanted to go explore. We asked the staff if we could use one of their golf carts, and off we went to explore. When we arrived at the lake and could see the boathouse from afar, I noticed there were white balloons and umbrellas set up outside. I told Yuri to turn around as someone was clearly having a private party and I didn’t want us to intrude, but he insisted we go and take a look. We parked outside and got out to admire the view when I saw beautiful bunting that spelled out “marry me” hanging from the top of the boathouse. (My brother and sister-in-law had driven out to the boathouse while we were inside the spa to set everything up!) When I turned around there he was with a little black box and before I knew it I had a beautiful ring on my finger! We drank champagne on the little blanket that had been set up on the wooden floors, and went for a paddle on the lake to watch the sunset.
Favourite detail of the day: We loved the wooden arch for our ceremony. The Décor company we used were kind enough to personalise it by writing our names on the top. The lighting (candles and fairy lights) also made a huge difference to create a warm and romantic ambience inside the reception hall.
What advise would you give out to a couple planning their wedding? It can be easy to get wrapped up in wedding fever! But always keep the bigger picture in mind: It’s a day that celebrates your love for each other. Don’t allow silly things to stress you out, or other people to tell you how your wedding day ‘should’ be – It’s a reflection of who you are as a couple, not anyone else. Most of all, have FUN planning your wedding because it’s a very special and exciting time that will bring you even closer together.
Most memorable moment? When I woke up on the morning of our wedding day and jumped into my parents’ bed (just like the old days like when I was a little girl!) and the three of us drank hot coffee, talked about the day ahead, and listened to the pouring rain outside. Walking down the aisle with my dad to “Somewhere over the rainbow” playing and I’ll never forget the sight of my handsome groom waiting for me at the end of the aisle! After having our couple shoot (after the ceremony) our photographer gave us 10 minutes alone together on the wooden deck by the lake, while she made her way up to the reception hall where our guests were waiting to welcome us. The sun had just set and we spent a few quiet minutes together and actually take-in everything around us, and everything that had just happened. It was so special to spend this time alone together, as the rest of the evening was just one big party with our friends and family!
Photographer YOLANDA MARX | Photographer’s assistant REBECCA VON REHN | Videographer CHRIS WALLEY | Cake LAURA MITCHELL CAKE COUTURE | Florist and Décor | 4 EVERY EVENT | Stationery | SEVENS SWANS | Venue OLD MAC DADDY | Dress Designer LA SPOSA | Shoes | ERROL ARENDZ | Hair ANNEMIE FROM HAVE A NICE DAY | Make up GORGEOUS ME Flower Girl Dresses D.LILES COLLECTION |Grooms Attire HUGO BOSS | Planner WENDY SIMPSON FROM OLD MAC DADDY | Caterer | OLD MAC DADDY | DJ NICO BRUYNS | Marriage officiant WILLIE VILJOEN
Oh GRACIE BLUE, you have wooed us with this elegant and charming southern wedding – which features one of the sweetest first looks ever! Check out the brides expression as she realises people are watching them from the house! Bride Lauren moved from Connecticut to Atlanta as a young girl and instantly fell in love with the charm of the South and has always wanted to get married in a historic Southern home full of character and elegance. Her vision was to have a venue that offered it’s own beauty without the need for additional decor, and in discovering KIMBALL HALL, they got the perfect result. Choosing a neutral colour palette with a few soft blues and greens – mostly in the bridesmaids dresses – the wedding had the crisp and clean feel they were after.
The Proposal: We met in May of 2008 at the University of Alabama. My roommate, invited me to Lake Tuscaloosa to spend the day on the lake with her friend Jake. Jake and Jonathan went to high school together and both worked at the marina on Lake Tuscaloosa. We spent the day on the lake, but Jonathan and I didn’t spend much time together because he locked his keys in his car, and spent most of the day waiting on a locksmith. When my friends and I left the lake, we made plans for all of us to hang out at our house later that night. Jonathan and I were finally able to get to know each other and by the end of the night, he nervously asked for my phone number. Fast forward four and a half years later, we were living together in Athens, AL. Jonathan called me on his way home from work and said he had a surprise for me. I was told to go sit outside by the pool. When Jonathan got home, he opened the back door and our dog, Charlie, ran up to me. I looked down and noticed a diamond ring on his collar. When I looked up, Jonathan was down on one knee. I screamed! To this day, I’m not sure if he ever asked me to marry him, or if I actually said yes!
The Dress: I actually found my dress on Pinterest of all places! I followed the link to the photographer’s blog where the woman wearing the dress was married on a beautiful Italian hillside. Luckily for me, her vendors were included at the bottom of the article, which included the designer and style of the dress. The dress was exactly what I always envisioned myself wearing–simple and classic with a hint of Southern elegance. As soon as I tried the dress on, I knew it was the one. My mom and sister were shocked at how easy finding my wedding dress was. They later confessed that dress shopping was what they were least looking forward to. I have a reputation for being terribly indecisive, however, this was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made!
Details: The detail that I was most excited about was incorporating the the farm fresh cotton bolls. Jonathan wasn’t as excited about the cotton. Growing up in North Alabama, he considered cotton to be just another crop grown on the side of the road. The first time I saw a cotton field ready for harvest, I fell in love. Even though it’s 80 plus degrees in Alabama, the cotton field looked like a blanket of snow. The fact that Jonathan’s mom hand picked buckets of cotton for us in October and saved it for our wedding in April made it that much more special. Being from Connecticut and since most of my family were Yankees, I really wanted to showcase the beautiful Southern crop that I fell in love with.
Memorable Moments: Jonathan and I both agreed that our most memorable moment was seeing each other for the first time when we did our “first look” before the ceremony. Even though we have been together for almost six years, I still had butterflies until we saw each other for the first time that day. Once I saw Jonathan, my nervousness was eased and I was ready to marry my best friend. The other memorable moment from our wedding day was after the ceremony when we were whisked upstairs to grab a bite of dinner and have my dress bustled. It was so nice to have a few minutes alone with my new husband to refuel and enjoy this quiet moment with just the two of us. After we ate, I remember being so excited to go downstairs to see all of our family and friends that had traveled so far to celebrate this special day with us.