Couple: Armand and Mireille
Wedding date: 25 February 2012
Venue: Mosaic farm
Photography: Jacques Lloyd, Real Simple Photography

Some words from the bride…
Our wedding day was inspired by Japan because Armand (we are high school sweetheart) proposed in Hiroshima. (Imagine a cold winters evening in Hiroshima in a private tatami-clad room, with tranquil Japanese music, a Zen garden and a 10 course Japanese cuisine meal, featuring a frightening experience with Fugu.)

I took on the task of organizing the whole wedding myself, with the support of a very enthusiastic and participating groom – from folding a 1 000 origami cranes (which is a Japanese tradition symbolising a bride’s patience and perseverance to her husband and being granted a wish afterwards!) to working hand-in-hand with Marguerite le Roux, the wonderful designer who made my dream dress a reality. The smallest personal details were put into the wedding; the menus featured photos of our trip to Japan, the wedding favours were chopsticks, sandalwood fans (which came in handy for cooling down during the late summer afternoon) and a fortune cookie with a personal “thank you” note inside. The bride’s wedding present to the groom – a Taiko (Japanese drum) drumming performance which also served as some interesting entertainment for the guests. Glass vases filled with orchids and cherry blossoms lined the table together with fishbowls filled with lavender, roses and a touch of the Western Cape – fynbos. We incorporated our favourite colours as accents in the decor colour scheme (purple for the bride, blue for the groom) while the tables were filled with crisp white tablecloths and white candles sparkling in clear glass tumblers.

The wonderful team at Mosaic Farm received some extra hands – the families and friends jumped in to help with the flowers and the decor. We were blessed with an amazing cloudless day with only a slight breeze to cool everyone down – the clear skies reflected in the still waters of the Hermanus Lagoon where sailboats drifted on the horizon. Everybody (even the minister) came from Gauteng to witness the special occasion, and despite the hiccups with Velvet Sky, most of the guests were still able to make it! It was an intimate ceremony and a fun reception – from eating the “cake” (which consisted of Sweetie Pies) to the special first dance where the guests lit sparklers which illuminated the dance floor. The whole wedding day was intimate, relaxing yet exciting – from getting ready (although the bridesmaids, and not the bride, were fashionably late) to the first steps down the “aisle”, ending the celebrations by dancing until the sickle moon faded behind the majestic mountains.

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