Stiaan & Elsje | Wedding Day


Tell us about your love-story leading up to your special day – how did you meet one another?

Me and Stiaan met in Great Brak in 2007. During that time he lived in George and I was in Stellenbosch. After university I did my community year in Mossel Bay and our paths crossed again. We became good friends over the years. 6 Years ago Stiaan unxpectantly needed a urgent liver transplant. I knew then that he held a special place in my heart. But it was only when my dad got diagnosed with canser in January 2018 that we finally realized how much we value each other.  We started dating again and got engaged in August 2018.

How did your husband propose to you?

We had a weekend planned on our farm in the Langkloof. The week before he asked me to marry him, I noticed that he was getting all funny and was not quite himself. We took a flask of tea and drove to a place in the mountains where me and my dad had started the foundations for a small mountain hut. I made us some tea and then he really got funny. He played some music for us and then the special song I have always loved started to play. He went on his knee and popped the question. I have not seen him so serious ever before. I of course said yes and out of the back of the bakkie champagne appeared!

Did your wedding have a theme:

We love the outdoors and wanted to bring in nature and the simplicity of it. I also love gardening and wanted to portray the wild garden into my theme. We did not want to spend most of the budget on flowers and I started picking flowers for the wedding 3 days before the wedding. Flowers came from our farm in the Langkloof where my dad use to drive past with his big red tractor, oom Piet’s se plaas in Herbetsdale and some from the farm my brother works at near Riviersonderend.

Wedding Planner: Me – I love DIY

Wedding Car: Stiaan’s boss – Mr. Pierre Conradie from George (He collects old cars and did it as a wedding favour)

Place where Bride got ready: The Minor at Somerset Gift Holiday Farm near Buffeljagsrivier.

Brides Dress: Stephan van Deventer at Bridal Inn George

Veil: Bridal Inn George

Brides Shoes: Shoes I bought in University – almost 10 years ago

Brides Jewellery: Lovisa

Make-up Artist: Anemari van Niekerk

Hair Stylist: Picture Perfect Hair Salon in Swellendam

Bridesmaids Dresses: Imported from China 😉

Bridesmaids Gifts: Put together by myself

Bridesmaids Accessories: Everyone’s old favorites

What did you choose for…

Something old: My shoes – more than 10 years old

Something new: My earrings

Something borrowed:My petticoat

Something blue: The garter

Place where groom got ready: The Eagle’s Nest at Somerset Gift Holiday Farm

Grooms suit: Edgars

Grooms Accessories: American Swiss

Grooms Shoes: De Jagers

Groomsmen Suits: Edgars

Groomsmen Accessories: Their own

Ceremony Venue: Old NG Church in Swellendam

Reception Venue: Chris Elle in Buffelsjagsrivier

Minister: Pierrie Kies

What did you choose for confetti: The colourful petals of bougainvillea

Who made your Wedding Cake: Stiaan’s bosses wife, Mrs. Ria Conradie

What type of cake did you choose? 3 Layers, red velvet, vanilla and chocolate decorated with flowers with a touch of gold.

Cake topper: only flowers

First Dance Song & if there is a story attached to your choice: Jy is my alles from Bobby van Jaarsveld

Catering Company: Toitnette from the Rooikombuis at Barrydale

DJ: Just Music

Wedding Invite Design: Myself

Wedding Stationary: Myself

Any Other Vendors you would like to mention: 

Help with the decor:

Sandra Bredenkamp – Friend from Cape Town – my decor friend that’s a histologist full time and very creative after hours

Santie Tredoux – Friend from Hartenbos

Joanne Kritzinger – Sister in law

Chair covers and glases – LaFlor