Stunning Couple Portraits at the Vineyard Hotel ♥
Beautiful bride, Wisal, and her dashing groom, Wasim, were married on Wisal’s 21st birthday in Cape Town. Their breathtaking bridal portraits were captured by Jo-Anne Stokes photography in the magnificent gardens of the Vineyard Hotel.
While Wasila says she wasn’t very picky and allowed her mother to deal with the details for their short and sweet brunch reception, she labored for hours to hand bead her own wedding dress, completely custom made by herself and her grandmother! The magnificent gown was made up of three layers of delicate fabric including a layer of fine satin and a beautiful brocade lace in soft shades of romantic ivory. Wasila could not find the exact fabric she envisioned for her gown, so she cut out motives of her bridal lace and appliqued them onto similar netting, beading each by hand so that the dress had a bit of sparkle, yet still having vintage appeal.
“Most ladies have their dresses made and only touch their dress to either fit it on or wear it on the big day. I always think about how special it will be telling my kids that I actually hand beaded my entire dress.”
Love Story: I met Wasim at High School. We had loads of fun times and did anything to make each other laugh. We had a lot of mutual friends and therefore started spending a lot of time together. After high school we both did a year of Islamic studies at the same institution and then started studying formally at Universities. During the transition from high school, Islamic studies and finally University, we shared a lot of experiences and could relate to changes easily. We decided to get married at the end of our 1st year of studies, with about three months to plan the wedding!
Handmade DIY dress: I designed my wedding dress in the limited time of three month, bought the material and helped my grandmother cut the dress into shape. The make-up of my dress consists of three layers, a stiffening layer, satin layer and beautiful brocade lace. I decided to stay away from the conventional white wedding dress and went with a soft, romantic ivory material. After buying the material, I decided to change the design, which required more material. I came out of the fabric shop pulling out my hair, as bridal lace sells like hot cakes and didn’t even bother looking for something similar. I then resorted to cutting out motives of my bridal lace and gluing them on similar netting. This process was messy and took a very long time, I was so close to giving up but persevered. You only get one wedding dress after all! I also ended up beading my entire dress – which took FOREVER. I bought beautiful pearls to run down the zip of my dress and beaded each motive, so that the dress had a bit of sparkle, yet looked vintage.
The headgear was handmade and put together to match the dress design including a diamante and pearl tiara, hand beaded cap to cover all my hair, pearl brooch on the beaded cap, a champagne veil with silk edging, and a snood (to cover my neck) with a string of pearls
Wedding Reception: We chose to follow the traditional ceremony of having our ‘nikkah’ (morning ceremony) in a mosque, where all men attend and where our marriage is confirmed. The dowry is handed over to the brides father and the groom signs the marriage certificate. We then exchanged rings later at the reception instead of doing this before, as is customary. Traditionally Muslim brides can have groups of as many as 20-30 children in the wedding, but I decided on a small group of flower girls instead. Islamic weddings are normally very big with two receptions (one for the grooms family and one for the brides family) but I decided I wanted a short and sweet wedding that ended in the morning so that I could enjoy the rest of the day with my husband.
Advice for Brides:
- I’d advise any bride to have a sweet and short wedding reception, your day shouldn’t be overly focused on entertaining others. This also saves so much time for you to spend time alone with your husband.
- It’s easy to find a gorgeous wedding shoe, but very difficult to find something comfortable, yet stylish. DO consider how long you’ll be on your feet and go for comfy.
- Hire a great photographer, not a good one…but GREAT!
- The little things like designing ‘thank you’ cards for your guests and handing out gifts really adds value to your wedding and makes your wedding memorable. Its also great to add to your wedding scrap book as memories.
- Be brand new in everything you wear. New lingerie, shoes, makeup, hairdo, dress etc. I even went to the extent of buying new body products, perfume and contact lenses to feel EXTRA special on my wedding day
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