When Jaclyn submitted her real-life wedding, I just couldn’t stop looking at her photo’s! This couple’s warmth, happiness, joy and pure love for each other shines through in every shot!

Jaclyn and Ken got married in November 2012, at Isiphiwo Boutique and Hotel in Pretoria, and their beautiful day was captured by Melanie Wessels Photography.

Love, Life, Faith & Hope – Jaclyn loves quotes and quirky comments – so incorporating those words into their day was important to them…

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How did your husband pop the question?

We went on holiday to Mauritius in 2011 with my sister and a friend where one afternoon on a secluded beach at sunset, he got down on one knee and as cliché as it may sound, I don’t mind as it is my cliché!

What was the inspiration behind your wedding day?

I am all about Love, Life and Faith – and that’s what I wanted Our Wedding day to be about. Everything was based on 1 Corinthians 13v4 – “Love is Patient, Love is Kind”.

Tell us about your theme.

Love, Life, Faith and Hope  – Everything was inspirational for us – I love Quotes and Quirky comments so to incorporate that into Our Day was important for me.

Tell us about your dress.

My Dress was by American Designer Demetrios and I bought it from Lady Marmalade in Monte Casino – I was never the girl who dreamt about what her Dream Dress would be like so going Dress Shopping for me was like finding a needle in a haystack as I had no idea what I was actually looking for but I laughed when people told me, “No, you will know when it is “THE” Dress” as I thought how on earth would you know? And well I most certainly did because when I put this one I just knew!

What were your feelings on the day and how do you feel it went? In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?

We started planning Our Big Day when we returned from our holiday with our Date Set and Venue booked, 10th November 2012 was D-Day… I planned little by little each month and I truly believe that’s why on the day I was so calm and relaxed. Nothing could have stressed me out, not even the pouring rain which decided to appear after the Chapel Service. Looking back on it, even with the rain, I wouldn’t have changed a thing – everything was as it was meant to be and to Ken and I, it was perfect. Needless to say Ken got pneumonia thereafter, perhaps taking photos in the rain wasn’t such a good idea but they do say “in sickness and in health” which we tested early!

What were the highlights of your wedding day?

Dancing with My Dad… We had practiced the Waltz and I thought it would be a breeze, well the minute we started dancing I was finished, totally lost count and forgot all the steps – I never realised how much of an “ugly” crier I am until I saw the photos. Just proves that no matter what I am always going to be “Daddy’s little Girl”.

Any advice to other brides & grooms?

Weddings don’t need to be stressful – in fact they really aren’t when you take the time to sit down together and make a list of to do’s. Lists save lives and Google is the most amazing thing ever. Do a little by little each month and set out a budget – BUT if there is one things that you must have that maybe your budget doesn’t allow, try and make a plan. You don’t want to look back and think “I should have”, but always remember that once you have an idea or theme in mind stick to it. There are so many different things out there that you will be changing your mind every day if you don’t and that will always leave you back at square one.

Girls, don’t feel bad if your hubby to be doesn’t seem very interested in the little details, truth be told they really couldn’t care what flowers or table cloths you choose – they just want you to be happy. My Hubby let me do most of the planning, I’d show him a picture here and there and that was that, but whatever you do DON’T do the cake and food tasting without them, apparently that’s a deal breaker!

On your Wedding day, take a moment with your hubby – step back and watch as everything unfolds, take a moment to share a kiss and then enjoy because I promise you, before you know it your Big Day is over. Oh, and ask someone to keep you a piece of your wedding cake – you’ll know why after everything is said and done!

Service providers:

Venue – Isiphiwo Boutique and Hotel in Pretoria

Catering – Isiphiwo

Photographer – Melanie Wessels

Florist & décor – Fransi and Caron Fisher

Stationery – Tanya from SPS Print/Sugarberry Bridal

Bride and bridesmaids’ dresses – Lady Marmalaide and Bridesmaids was Wendy from Wrapture Designs.

Hair – Sonya Smith – Pin Curl Hair Studio

Makeup – Karen Jacoby

Videographer – Salome from Designer Videography

DJ / entertainment – Black Tie Events and Elegant Entertainment (They were a surprise from my Mom)

Cake – The Cake Genie and the Sweet Bake Shop (Candy Buffet)