Amber and Wayne had a beautiful all-white wedding day with all their favourite people, at their favourite place: Home, in Hankey, in the Eastern Cape.
About the wedding:
There were no posed photographs. No bridesmaids, groomsmen, speeches or first dances. Simple and understated was the order of the day. The all-white ceremony was held under the old oak tree in the Manor House Garden; a beautiful way to start the day. Drinks and canapés were served at The Milk House; a farmstyle bar also situated on the property.
After that, lunch was served under the bottle brush tree in the guest house garden. Adorned with simple white flowers and gold Bottega champagne bottles, the long table was a feast for all the senses. Guests wined and dined until late afternoon and then they cut the wedding cake – which had an added surprise. The top tier of the 4-tiered cake was a gender reveal – a big blue slice revealing that a little baby boy will be joining our family in March 2017! Congratulatory hugs were shared amongst tears of joy. When the sun set, the after-party started – more champagne was popped and the celebrations continued well into the early hours. It was a simply dreamy day!
About the venue: English country at its best.
The Meadows farm, situated in the heart of the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape played host to its first wedding on the 15th October 2016.
The Meadows farm, owned and loved by the Pearson family, is a true slice of heaven. Established in 1889, the Meadows was the biggest jersey cow dairy farm in the Eastern Cape. The old dairy and all the other buildings still remain and have since been refurbished to bring the farm back to life and glory. Now a working citrus farm, The Meadows consists of a 5-bedroom guesthouse, a farm style bar and an exquisite manor house garden that can accommodate up to 100 guests. Just a short 40 minute drive from Port Elizabeth, and a stone’s throw away from St Francis Bay, The Meadows is a wonderful getaway for the whole family and also plays perfect host to weddings, end-of-year functions, birthdays and garden celebrations.
The venue’s main focus is creating exclusive English country garden weddings.
Amber’s advice for brides-to-be:
“Enjoy the day! Lose a few traditional elements and make it your own. I would also highly recommend an ‘unplugged’ wedding. This allows you to have control over the photos that are shared and posted. Let the guests know that you’ll share the professional album once received so everyone can relax and enjoy the day.”
Photography by Anneli Young Photography