Our ‘Just Hitched’ series is taking us to the beautiful Florence Guest Farm in Mpumalanga. Top photographers Amanda & Rodolfo from Custo Photo are showcasing their incredible Photography. Amada said: “The reception was held in the farm hall, guests enjoying a sumptuous home-cooked dinner (PS: the pumpkin fritters are to die for) and lots of dancing until the early morning hours.We had a blast shooting your wedding, N&J. Thank you so much for traipsing the woods with smiles on your faces!”The couple is sharing more of their moment from their very special day.
I Propose | Elaborate on how the two of you met
Early in 2005 my friend Sanette asked me to join her for a Vodka and Tropica (Egoli’s signature drink) at Egoli (the name of Oppirif’s bar that used to open on campus every Wednesday night). There she introduced me to a very arrogant JP, whom I did not find the least bit attractive (so no, it was not love at first sight). He asked me out for a coffee date on Good Friday – and oh boy, was it a GOOD Friday! The conversation was flowing effortlessly; after coffee we had dinner and after dinner we went to Greenside for a drink. JP was no longer arrogant; he had grown into a handsome man of God; a true gentleman.
During 2011 and 2012 we went on a lot of dates and spent a lot of time together. On 27 May 2012, JP called me on his way back from a camping trip and told me that I had to start packing for a one-night breakaway. He said he just wanted to spend some QT (quality time) with me and he booked a room at De Hoek Country Hotel. This place is spectacular and only an hour’s drive from Joburg. Because it was a Sunday evening, the hotel was really quiet and JP and I were sitting in a beautiful room all by ourselves with our own dinner service. After the main course he said that he wanted to take a picture. Instead of taking the camera out of the bag he went down on one knee, said a few blah blah blahs (I can’t remember a word) and slipped a stunning ring onto my finger. I was surprised, but not shocked!
Bride & Prejudice | Express some memorable experiences you had during the planning
Early on in our relationship, when JP was still trying to impress me, he invited me over for dinner. It was the beginning of winter. So, to set the atmosphere, JP got the fireplace ready to make the first fire of the winter season. After he lit the fire, the inside of the house was filled with smoke within minutes. We opened the windows and the doors in an attempt to clear the air. JP realized that the chimney must be blocked, but since it was pouring with rain outside, he was unable to do anything about it. We escaped to one of the other rooms, lay down on the carpet under a blanket of smoke, and talked the night away…
My Fair Wedding | Describe an event that you feel was unique
On the morning of my wedding I woke up, overwhelmed with the presence of the Lord. I took comfort in the fact that everything was in its place and that everyone knew their responsibilities and the programme. I also knew that JP is my ONE and ONLY. The ceremony was held in a majestic plantation, with trees reaching to the sky. Guests were quiet and in awe. Heinz Winkler led the praise and worship, the presence of the Lord was undeniable and hands were stretched out to the sky, worshiping the Creator of it all. During the ceremony I just couldn’t stop smiling; I was filled with excitement to marry the man of my dreams. After the ceremony the guests enjoyed fresh homemade breads, with a variety of cheeses and homemade jams. Guests were festive and ready to celebrate all night long. And so they did – the guests partied all night long, the chairs were empty and the dance floor full. It was a night to remember!
Don’t Tell The Bride | Reveal something that happened behind the scenes
The day before our wedding, JP called the DJ just to check up and make sure everything was in order. Instead of getting the confirmation that he needed, he got bad news. Our DJ had been admitted to hospital and was unable to attend the wedding. The DJ referred us to his colleague (backup DJ) that would fill in for him. JP contacted the backup DJ and this DJ then demanded an additional payment. JP decided he wouldn’t make use of the backup DJ and that he would make another plan. JP asked Nelis if he would take on this additional responsibility (on top of all his groomsman responsibilities and his MC task), and Nelis agreed. And what a great DJ he was – like I mentioned earlier, the party was on the dance floor. Thank you Nelis for stepping in!
No More Wedding Woes | Share your wedding advice for future brides
If you want the day to be relaxed, you have to plan everything perfectly beforehand. Also, make a conscious decision that you won’t get upset if something goes wrong and that nothing or nobody will spoil your special day. I am a perfectionist and I did all the hard work and planning ahead of time. I packed everything in, labelled boxes and put instructions on each box to make sure that whoever touched that box would know where to take it and what to do with the content. That way, everyone knew what had to be done and I was just able to sit back and relax and take it all in.