Imke and Marnes wanted their Cape Town wedding to have a natural feel, using lots of fresh, natural wedding greenery set against a palette of neutrals, with touches of gold and marsala burgundy. “We like simplicity and we wanted something timeless,” shares Imke.
Seasonal blooms and greenery spilled over floating shelves with naked bulbs that hung from the ceilings at Bel Air. Their beautiful black, white and gold table placements and menus featured hand-illustrated botanical designes, lovingly created by Imke’s sister-in-law. A custom gin bar allowed guests to mix their own cocktails using a variety of fruits made available by the couple. These images, captured by photographer Nicola Bester, show off all the pretty details. Yay!
Greenery Gold and Marsala Wedding
Love Story: We started dating toward the end of our time at varsity. When the time came to propose, Marnes took me to the Bezweni Lodge nestled in the beautiful Hottentots Holland mountains. He surprised me with a picnic from the restaurant at which we had our first date, Stommejonge. He proposed right there, as I came into the room beautifully set up for the picnic!
My wedding bouquet was white with pops of marsala. The cascade bouquet included peonies and tulips. My dress was form fitting, with simplistic clean lines and an open back.
My groom wore a navy suit that he had custom made. He chose the cut, design, buttons and lining which added a nice personalised touch. His tie was deep red, and he had a special tie clip made.
The groomsmen wore bow ties in different colours and styles, with navy suits.
The bridesmaids wore maroon dresses all in different fabrics of their choice. I loved the fact that they chose their own fabric and dress design but that they were all wearing the same colour. Their bouquets were smaller versions of mine.
We were married under a beautiful vine and floral wedding arch. I walked down the aisle to a classical medley by Beethoven played on the violin.
My father in law officiated the ceremony which was very special. We took communion together at the altar.
The wedding reception room was filled with jasmine enwrapped pillars, which is what attracted me to it initially. We hung floating shelves draped with greenery and flowers from the ceiling.
Naked bulbs hung between the flowers over tables to provide light to the guests. Our DJ was amazing, playing a nice range of music. We shared our table with our bridal party and it was so lovely to have good friends and family surrounding us.
[clickToTweet tweet=”If you keep things simple, your #wedding will be timeless and not as expensive.” quote=”If you keep things simple, your #wedding will be timeless and not as expensive.”]
Wedding Service Providers: Venue Bel Air // Photographer Nicola Bester // Dress The Wedding Boutique // Brides Hair and Make up Marzaan Lotz // Flowers, Decor + Planning San-Marie Jacobs of Creative Nook // Cake The Red Velvet Cake Co // Music DJ Riaan // Stationery Mariette Boshoff