Izelle Labuschagne has a special treat for us today. She is sharing her work and experience of this amazing wedding with us. Izele says she cannot even begin to describe how much fun Ishe had at Claudi & Luan’s wedding! She couldn’t help but giggle as she edited their photographs – Mr & Mrs ten Cate really enjoyed poking a bit of fun at typical wedding poses! Claudi & Luan said their vows on the 25th of October 2012 at Olive Mystery in Bapsfontein.
The ambience was amazing; the vibe was fun and relaxed and I adore the shots we took on the day :) It is clear to me that Claudi & Luan are meant to be – I can’t believe it took them so long to say “I do!” but my team & I am so glad we had the chance to be a part of it all. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs ten Cate! All I can say is your wedding was absolutely gorgeous! I wish you both a lifetime of random, spontaneous and FUN moments together!
I Propose | Elaborate on how the two of you met
Luan and I met in 2006 at the Prue Leith Chef’s College in Centurion. In May of 2011 Luan applied for a position as Inflight Chef for Etihad Airways. He got the position and moved to Abu Dhabi in September of 2011 In February 2012 he came to visit for the 1st time since leaving SA. It was strange seeing him again but in a good way, a very good way. On February 22 we went for dinner at a Top 10 Restaurant in SA, Mosaic Restaurant at the Orient Hotel in Magaliesberg, we always wanted to go but never had the opportunity to do so. I remember sitting there after 3 courses, drinking wine and feeling blissfully happy, when Luan suddenly took my hand with tears in his eyes, with a wooden box in front of him and the waiter standing there talking about the next wine.
Bride & Prejudice | Express some memorable experiences you had during the planning
My mother and I did all the décor and flowers using all the items we have collected and bought in the most unconventional places, it is not typical to buy wedding décor from charity shops, salvage shops and antique shops. The guests could help themselves to some freshly made “roosterkoeke” with apricot jam and refreshing lemonade while we slipped away for the couple photo session!
My Fair Wedding | Describe an event that you feel was unique
We decided to give each table a lantern and all will be sent off into the beautiful clear night sky together to create the perfect AAHHH moment… Guess again!? The wind was slightly breezy but not gale force but boy did this create some funny moments. Out of the 10 lanterns only 2 made it into the sky!
Don’t Tell The Bride | Reveal something that happened behind the scenes
If something happened behind the scenes, it was so well hidden I did not even notice it… ;)
No More Wedding Woes | Share your wedding advice for future brides.
My advice to other brides would be to not sweat the small stuff… Remember what the day is actually for! It is to celebrate your union as a couple, not to become bridezilla and make the groom doubt the wedding!
Wedding Friends Suppliers:
Photography – Izelle Labuschagne
Wedding Dress and Bridal Accessories: – Ivy Bridal House
Venue – Olive Mystery Wedding Venue
Décor and Flowers: DaisyDoo Décor and Styling
Wedding Cake and Candy Buffet – Daisy Doo Designer Cakes
Bride and Bridesmaids’ Make-up – Angelstar Make up
Bride and Bridesmaids’ Hair – Bruzette Willemse
Lighting, Sound and DJ – TUKS FM Nolz van der Merwe