Melanie & Paul’s Wedding Flowers:
Earlier this year, we had the joy of doing wedding flowers for the ethereal Mel, and her groom Paul. With a dream for all things delicate, soft and whimsical and a colour palette to match – this was just a pleasure to create!
Paul and Mel met through a mutual friend…
“We were drawn to each other straight away and after one date and a little yellow post-it note in my post box, I knew I wanted to marry him. 6 years on, we have already shared so many beautiful memories – including becoming first time parents to our precious little girl & most recently our wedding day which was a very small & intimate celebration of our love & our little family.”
The wedding was hosted at Goedgedacht in Riebeek Kasteel. It was a perfect, blue-sky day, the warmth of the weather mirrored in the smiling faces of family and friends who came together to celebrate this charming couple.
“In planning this special day it was important to us to stay true to who we are & not get caught up in the traditional extravagance that can accompany a wedding. We limited our guest list very tightly to immediate family & very close friends – all the people who have loved and supported us in our journey together so far. We wanted to use the opportunity to make them feel special too so we decided on a weekend away.
We came across the venue by mistake while visiting Riebeek Kasteel for a weekend… We fell in love with Goedgedacht immediately… A beautiful olive farm that had everything we needed in one place, including a spectacular view of table mountain but mainly – they do so much good. They are a non-profit organization that run a development programme for underprivileged children in their community. They also take the time to offer their olive groves as a memorial where visitors can dedicate trees to loved ones they have lost. We couldn’t wait to tell our families we had found the perfect venue and in doing so found that both knew the venue well – Paul’s mom had spent time there with friends and my uncle had actually dedicated a tree to my aunt & godmother who we lost to cancer a few years ago – this solidified our choice and we knew we had chosen the right place.”
Melanie’s bridal bouquet was a trailing delight of pastel blooms. Inspired by the silk flower garlands which accompanied Reem Acra’s gorgeous gowns down the runway at last year’s Bridal Fashion Week, Mels’ garland was a mix of all buds soft and pretty, and was the perfect accessory to her incredibly beautiful Vintage-style gown.
“I work in the fashion industry and have a background in design. I have dabbled in photography and am always furiously collecting pretty images and making pretty things so it was natural that our wedding ended up having a very personal DIY touch to it.
In deciding on a theme & color palette for the day, I knew I wanted to play with the concept of “bloom” – I felt I could tie together all the pretty romantic things that I love in a way that was symbolic of our relationship & family which we had allowed to just blossom & grow without much planning or foresight. I decided to keep a fresh palette of pinks with highlights of mixed metals, mainly inspired by romantic and ethereal florals & antiques. The flowers were key to achieving this and The Rose Cafe did such a fantastic job! It made me so happy to send our guests home with beautiful bunches of flowers on the Sunday morning – the perfect end to a perfect weekend.”
The blossoming theme and the romantic antique pink colour palette were carried through from the delicate blooms in the bride’s hair, to the hanging garlands over the windows, decorating scenic views beyond.
The tables were embellished with an abundance of dahlias, garden roses, prince of wales and lisianthus, amongst other things, held in a mixture of rose gold mercury urns, brass and gold bud vases and bowls, all reflecting the twinkling fairy light canopy above.
Melanie and Paul’s little cherub Georgia Rose was an absolute delight in her dainty lace dress, and her Baby’s Breath head garland!
The Bridesmaids all wore soft grey-green Eucalyptus garlands, with the Maid of Honour wearing a floral side garland in an array of pinks created using garden roses and tiny carnation and chrysanthemum buds, all the layers of frilly petals adding to the prettiness.
Doing weddings is a passion of mine and I love being a part of the joyous celebration of two special people coming together but what makes it even more memorable is when it’s someone that I know. It was such a delight contributing to this beautiful day. Mel’s softly spoken manner and gentle nature are such appealing qualities and we loved working together with her and Paul to put this dream of theirs together.
It was also such a pleasure to work with the amazing photographers, Rebecca & Bruce – from Love Made Visible again.
Some of the other talented vendors that participated in making this breath-taking day what is was, are as follows:
- Food & Venue – Goedgedacht (www.goedgedacht.org)
- Cake – Charly’s Bakery (www.charlysbakery.co.za)
- Decor – Blooming Wonderful (www.bloomingwonderful.co.za)
- Chairs & Lighting – Style Hire (www.stylehire.co.za)
- Wedding Dress – Robyn Roberts (www.robynroberts.co.za)
- Hair & Make Up – Simply Blush (https://www.facebook.com/SimplyBlushMakeupArtistryByKimlyn)
We love making someone’s dream wedding come true, and it fills our hearts to overflowing when we receive notes of happiness from our lovely Brides!
Here is what Melanie had to say:
“Thank you so much! The flowers were absolutely beautiful!! I couldn’t have asked for a better florist – you are like an artist! We had the most magical day. Lots of love and thank yous! The Bez’s xx”
Oh happy heart!