Conrad & I met each other when we were both in Grade 8. Although we were in separate schools we had mutual friends that subsequently led to a lot of socials together. We both had a secret crush on each other since then, but only started dating in our first year. Our relationship started out as long-distance for the first three and a half years, as he studied at University of Stellenbosch while I completed my studies at the University of Pretoria. Lets just say we got really good at counting sleeps. The relationship flourished against all long-distance relationship statistics and even more in the year and a half after we had both completed our studies and lived in Gauteng.

After being closer than 1000 km to each other for about a year and a half he proposed on Saturday the 16th of September at Coetzenburg in Stellenbosch – the same place where he had asked me out five years earlier. I did not expect anything at all as he kept telling me that he still needed to ask my parents’ permission to marry me. I even went bold and had my nails done in blue (definitely not the colour I would have chosen if I knew what was going to happen, but now I will never forget that). As we walked up the hill he told me to look to the right and when I turned to face him again he was on one knee – cliché I know, but it was incredibly special. He had initially planned to pop the BIG question the following day at The 12 Apostles Hotel with a nice picnic and roses, but he just could not keep the secret any longer.

Everything about our wedding was fun, from the planning to the setting up and definitely the BIG day itself! There was definitely difficult decisions to be made and a few factors that had an influence on our experience of our wedding, but in summary our wedding was PERFECT! The day that we booked our venue (with an outdoor ceremony) we knew that the rain could have an affect on everything as there was no plan B on the venue. The morning of the wedding blessings came pouring down, even though we did not exactly see it as blessings at the time. That was honestly the very last thing we wanted to hear. Luckily the rain stopped midday with the aftermath leaving everything crisp and clean. As my dad and I were approaching the venue in a vintage car, I started to feel the nerves. While walking down the aisle I couldn’t help the tears rolling underneath my veil. Our emotions definitely got the best of us at times during the ceremony, but it added to the fondness of the memories. The moment is too big to describe to anyone. Nearing the end of ceremony, the sun came through – shining on my dress – and the crystals sparkled! I wanted to jump up and down with joy!  After the ceremony we had a chance to interact with all our guest before heading off to take our photos. The atmosphere was electric and happy with live music in the background and lawn games such as, Giant Jenga and Fingerboards. We really enjoyed this time, as the evening and the day in its entirety passes by so quickly. The song Best day of my life led us into the reception hall and that was such a fun moment. Our speeches was short and sweet, the food and wine was absolutely amazing, our first dance was so special (even though we forgot a few steps) and everyone just had a great time. The entire day was ethereal and as mentioned earlier, our perfect day was PERFECT in every possible way.