Our Wedding

29 January 2010 Beloftebos, Stanford

On Saturday the 29th of January it will be me and Kappie’s 1 year anniversary and I thought of sharing a short story in words and visuals about us and our wedding day.

I think a couple’s wedding day says lot about their personalities and tastes. When Kappie and I got engaged in October 2009 on Yzerfontein’s beach we immediately started thinking of where we would like to celebrate this day, when and who the photographer must be! Since weekends are a luxury for a wedding photographer, we had to work around 2 dates which I still had available till end of May 2010. We prefered an outdoors wedding, so the last off weekend in January won. I felt a sudden rush of panic as I knew it would be a difficult task finding a photographer and venue for a specific weekend only 3 months away!

Luckily my friend and amazing photographer, Lizelle Lotter, was still available on the Friday the 29th of January and our venue of choice, Beloftebos, was also still available! Since Fridays are not as popular as Saturdays, most of the service providers we wanted, were still available. I believe the venue really sets the mood and atmosphere for the day. Kappie and myself are very laid-back and informal and love the veld and see. Beloftebos is nestled in between large trees a few kilometers from Stanford. I always wanted to get dressed at my parents’ beach house in De Kelders (Gans Bay) which was 25 minutes drive from Beloftebos.

Thirdly, I had to start thinking about the look and feel for the day. Since I see beautiful inspiration at most weddings over weekends, it was a difficult task! In the end I decided not to think about it too much and choose something that fits with our personalities. Kappie and I both have gentle spirits and love life so I thought of choosing soft ice cream colours.

Fourthly, like all brides, I wanted a dress that fitted my personality and figure. I have always loved anything vintage, romantic and soft and when I saw Elizabeth Stockenstrom’s dresses, I knew I did not have to look any further. Next was the flowers and décor – this also had to fit in with the soft colour scheme. Unfortunately I soon discovered that very little of the flowers I loved was available in the hot Summer months! For the décor we used some of my grandmother and mother’s silver and glass ware together with items we hired.

Something Kappie and I did, which was different to most weddings, was to see each other before the ceremony. For us it was the best decision since we had ample time to laugh and cry before the ceremony and have some beautiful pictures taken at the beach.

From a bride and photographer’s perspective, I have the following pieces of advice:

Ensure that you have a well-planned time line and that all your service providers are aware when their contribution to the day must be finished (especially for hair and make-up!)

Ask your photographer when the best time of day will be for the start of the ceremony so that you can still utilize the golden hour (1 hour before sunset) for the couple photos.

Try to relax and simply enjoy all the emotions of the day – both the tears and laughter!

I think at the end of the day your wedding day is just the start of a wonderful new phase for you and your fiancé and long after the photos and wedding dress have gathered dust you must still be able to remember what it was really about!

Serice providers:

Venue: Beloftebos

Photographer Lizelle Lotter

Dress: Elizabeth Stockenstrom

Hair & Make-up: Sebastine Pepler

Bridesmaid dresses: Margaretha (084 607 4251)

Décor & flowers: Cindy van Rensburg (021 913 4747 / 082 774 1910)

Videographer: Riaan Conradie

DJ: Jean Damant

A few pages from our coffee table book that tell the story:


  1. Happy Anniversary Nikki and Kappie! have a wonderful day and just loved looking at your photos! just gorgeous!


  2. Wow nikki! Ek kan nie glo dis al ‘n jaar terug nie!!!
    wow! Smile steeds as ek aan julle troue dink.

  3. Jy was soooo ‘n mooi bruid Nikki! Was ‘n awesome troue!! Julle twee is great!

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