Marc and I met in 2012 when he came to Cape Town from Canada to do his MBA at UCT. He was only supposed to be in Cape Town for the year, but 4 years later he was still there!
We decided to immigrate to Canada in August of 2016, so in July, we went back to my family farm for a farewell… We were leaving in a month and there was no ring or engagement. The concern among some family members was growing…!
My dad is terrible at keeping secrets, so on the afternoon of the 14th of July, Marc took himself up the road to my dad’s house to ask the big question. My dad asked “well, when are you going to ask her?!” Marc replied, “this evening” (cue dad getting choked up with tears).
Later that afternoon, I was packing the cooler box for our sundowners. My dad was in the kitchen with me, and in hindsight, was behaving very strangely! Marc and I went up to a beautiful spot overlooking the valley – and that’s where he proposed!
Upon our return, we were met with huge excitement and lots of champagne – we proceeded to have one helluva celebration around the kitchen table!
The best part about the proposal on the farewell weekend was that it all turned into a huge celebration rather than a sad event of saying goodbye!
Wedding theme-wise, I love yellow roses – so that was number one and I built the rest of the wedding décor around that essentially! I wanted to keep it simple, so did a fair bit of DIY and props from home. We had to bring everything in from Port Elizabeth (200kms away) so everything came at a premium!
The farm venue is so stunning that it required little effort to make it beautiful!
Hayley from Wedding Belles was incredible – she made life so easy for me. She did mock ups of the table décor and flowers, and sent photos. All our communication was done over Whatsapp calls and messages, and emails – with a 9 hour time difference! I met her the day before the wedding for the first time. I can highly recommend them as wedding planners!
Our videographer was absolutely incredible. At first, I had doubted having one at all, but honestly, he made our day. Apart from what he produced, he is an exceptional person, made us feel so relaxed and directed us well. If anyone is ever doubting getting a videographer, I would tell them it’s essential!
I traveled to the heart of the Eastern Cape to capture Marc & Louise's beautiful wedding on her family farm in the Cowie Valley, what a spectacular weekend it was to witness!Big thanks to Craig Blewett for 2nd shooting with me.Pics by Flywall Photography, always such a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Ant Hoard Films on Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Venue: Glen Gregor Farm, Bedford, Eastern Cape
Photographer: Flywall Photography
Videographer: Ant Hoard
Caterer: Keith & Karen Morgan
Flowers & Decor: Wedding Belles (from PE) My mom, aunt and local ladies arranged flowers
Dressmaker: Sophia Tolli (Australian designer, bought in Canada at Isabelle’s Bridal)
Theme: Grey, white and yellow
Wedding Cake: Mrs Luttig aka Tannie Koek (The most ridiculously delicious red velvet cake EVER!)
Groom’s suit: Zara
Hair: Claire Hanlon (local hairdresser)
Makeup: Robyn Bowles