Jaco & Yolandie | Wedding Day


How Jaco and I met:

We met on a Friday night at a church gathering where Jaco and the rest of his band were playing. It was my birthday and I was sitting on the porch drinking my coffee. One of my friends’ little brother brought me a rose and when I looked up Jaco’s friend blew me a kiss. Before we left the gathering I went to say goodbye to Jaco and when I hugged him I whispered in his ear that I know it wasn’t his friend who sent me the rose. Today his friend is our great friend.

When we started dating I was just starting high school and Jaco was on his way out. It was frowned upon to have a grade 8 go out with a matric and we had a lot of battles to deal with but with grace and guidance from above no battle was too big for us to overcome. Because we started dating from a really early age we could hold each others’ hands through all the massive experiences in both our lives – through school, Varsity and Collage, through first jobs, through moving to Cape Town to starting our own life in Heidelberg.

How did Jaco propose:

We were visiting my brother and my sister-in-law in Heidelberg the weekend he proposed to me. The Sunday morning before we had to leave for home in Cape Town, he proposed we go on a walk on the train tracks. While we walked down the train tracks we were talking about how pure and raw our love for one another is and how we don’t find happiness in the “shiny” things in life, but rather in the more simpler things that most people overlook. While we were sitting and chatting I picked up two train track rocks that fit perfectly into each other to form a heart. I showed it to Jaco and started to walk back to the house. He called me back and when I turned around he was on one knee proposing to me.

Wedding theme:

Our wedding theme was rustic and cosy.

Wedding Planner:

Hanlie Xander. She did our decor, food and everything else I bothered her with. She is absolutely amazing. She can do damage control like no one I have ever met and she has this way of calming the bride and groom when they think everything is going crash, burn, boom. We could not have done our wedding without her support and kind soul.

Place where bride got ready:

Fleur Bleue Guest house Heidelberg Western Cape

Brides dress and Veil:

I designed my own wedding dress and had a lovely lady make it for me in Wellington.

Bride’s shoes:

I got my shoes from Queue in Tyger Valley.

Bride’s Jewellery:

I wore a necklace from my gran that passed away when I was little. It was a way to have her there with us for our big day. She gave me a ring when I was born and I have been wearing that ring on my pinkie finger for the last 9 years or so and I never take it off. The morning of our wedding my mom came to me at my guesthouse and she had two rings she had made for both of us. The one ring only has a heart and the other one has a hollow heart – so the one fits into the other. From the day of our wedding she wear the one and I the other. One day, if we are so blessed, I will pass these rings onto my kids when they get married or have children.


We decided that it would be much cheaper to buy quality make-up that I can use long after the wedding and so we did. We all did our own make-up at the hair salon. It was almost like a slumber party vibe.

Hair Stylist:

Cutting Chair in Heidelberg did the hair of the bride, the groom, the father of the bride, mother of the bride, mother of the groom and bridesmaids. The flower crowns were organized by our wedding planner.

Bridesmaid dresses:

I gave my bridesmaids the colour pallet of their dresses and they went out and sourced their own fabric and dressmakers. Because my maid of honour lives in Heidelberg and my other two bridesmaid and bridesman lives in Wellington and Cape Town it was difficult to get them all in the same place at the same time for fittings and so on. We bought my bridesman’s tie at S-Studio (www.s-studio.co.za).

Bridesmaid’s gifts:

The way I asked my bridesmaids to be my bridesmaids I made a cookie that said “sal jy my strooinooi wees” with a round hole on the one side. With the cookie I made two smaller cookies saying “ja” and “nee”. The “ja” cookie was round and fitted perfectly into the whole, but the “nee” was square and unless they ate it round it won’t fit. I also bought small Nutellas and made my own label with their name on and a small bottle of J.C. Le Roux that I changed to “J.C. Beste”. I put everything in a big box with a big bow and gave it to them. I also made a cookie for our ring carrier.

For the Groomsmen proposal, I designed an Olof Berg Brandy label with their faces on with the wording changed and gave it to them.

On the day of the wedding I gave each of my bridesmaid and bridesman a box of Lindt chocolate and for the girls I also included earrings they wore at the wedding.

Place where Groom got ready:

Jaco got ready at Heidelberg Hotel.

Groom’s suit:

Jaco had a custom Jacket made by a tailor in Wellington.

Groom’s accessories:

The bow tie the men wore came from S-Studio. I engraved cufflinks for him with his initials on them that he wore on the day.

Groom’s shoes:

Open Door Wellington.

Ceremony venue:

NG Church Heidelberg.

Reception Venue:

Heidelberg Skougronde.

Venue Minister:

Our minister that married us was one of Jaco’s varsity friends which was very special.


Small, white flowers.

Who made your wedding cake?

Jaco’s sister has her own business in Wellington called My Spensie and she baked and decorated our chocolate wedding cake.

First Dance:

You are Loved by Mathew Mole. We were listening to a few songs to try to decide what our first dance song would be and so we listened to the words of the song and it spoke to who we are as a couple and what we are aiming to achieve with our marriage.


Charles -Just For You (info@just-for-you.co.za)

Wedding invite:

I designed and made our wedding invites and Save the dates.

Wedding Stationary:

The pen we used to sign with was the bride’s granddad’s pen.