When I stumbled across this lovilee deer and bohemian themed wedding I contacted Rawmotive Lifestyle Photography immediately for a feature. The stationary was designed and made by Colleen from Lieflingkind Design. Burger and Inge tied the knot earlier this year at The Stone Cellar in Heidelberg. The couple met at their parents’ University reunion. They were 10 and 11 years old at the time… They “officially” met again in 2008, both being students at the University of Pretoria during RAG week. Little did they know that they would tie the knot seven years later.
It’s quite the privilege to live through so many memories together, semester tests, care free student life, our first jobs, our second jobs, highs, lows and finally the commitment and promise to take a front row seat for all of the rest.
How long did the wedding planning take?
The wedding planning took about 6 months. In the beginning it was quite hectic to book all the vendors that we wanted but after that it was a breeze. It’s a lot of fun planning for that BIG day. As you go along you get to see everything fall in to place, with a few hiccups here and there, but in the end you are planning the most important day of your lives, that’s an awesome feeling.
The DIY details
We did the signage for the ceremony and also to use around the venue like a sign by the road that said “Bonthuys troue” and one at the entrance that said “whoohoo, julle is hier”. We made the signs with ply-wood and dowel sticks and stained the ply wood and dowel sticks with wood stain. Then used wood glue to paste the dowel stick to the back of the sign. We then made use of laser cut vinyl stickers for the words and writing. For the seating plan we just used a piece of ply wood, stained it and put it on a canvas with a floral arrangement on the top.
The sign for the dessert table was made in a similar way. We used old frames that I bought from the hospice. You take out the back of the frame so that it’s just the frame and the glass. We then used a glue gun to secure the glass on the inside of the frame, so it doesn’t fall out. We used laser cut vinyl stickers for the words.
The little golden mercury jars/votives for the candles and flowers on the tables were also hand-made. I bought an assortment of different glass jars and votives wherever I could find it. Some came from the hospice and most of them were Consol jars. I wanted the glass to have a vintage feel to them, so I got a tutorial off of Pinterest on how to create a mercury look.
The sweets on the dessert table was homemade by my awesome mother in law, we had so many guests ask for the recipes afterwards, the candy jars was empty at the end of the evening!
My garter was made from off cuts from my dress and some lace. I used a pendant and put one of our engagement shoot pictures inside to personalize it.
We made the cement planters that we used for the table décor ourselves. They are super easy to make but it can get quite messy. We used a tutorial that I got off Pinterest and a huge collection of yogurt containers of all sizes. http://www.33shadesofgreen.com/2010/07/making-hypertufa-pots.html
Each bridesmaid made her own hair comb the night before the wedding. I was planning on doing all of them myself, but time got away from us. In the end this was an awesome DIY/ bonding activity for me and my bridesmaids and each bridesmaids hairpiece was unique. We used some of the leftover flowers from the table décor and just glued them onto plastic hair combs. Glue gun works perfect for this. You just put a dollop of glue on the comb and start layering the flowers. Keep adding glue where needed. The flowers still looked beautiful and fresh the next day!
Do you have any advice for other couples planning their wedding?
Do not let the wedding planning become a frustration between the two of you. Planning a wedding isn’t all fun; there are some aspects that take a lot of time and A LOT of compromise, especially in the beginning. As soon as the admin and figuring out of the guest list is out of the way, the real fun begins. You get to see your biggest day fall into place piece by piece, all your hard work, planning and list making, all worth it!
Our second piece of advice would be to get the DIY’s out of the way as soon as possible. To leave stuff for later just piles on stress, get it done as soon as possible and get your bridesmaids or friends to help where possible.
Our last piece of advice is to always be clear about what you want. You only have one wedding day and you want it to be exactly what you dreamed it to be. Changes are easy to make, especially if it’s beforehand. When you meet with your service providers, be sure to tell them if you are not happy or would like to make some changes, it’s also important to them that you are happy with the end product.
Other lovilees that made the day possible
Stationary & boutonnieres: Lieflingkind design
Wedding Cakes: Kirstin’s Kitchen
Envelope Box: CUT – handmade décor and accessories
Wedding dress: Janita Toerien wedding gowns
Hair: Michelle at Kimani
Make-up: Carmen’s Make-up
Venue: The Stone Cellar
Décor & Flowers: Love & Grace
Pebble & Lace Décor
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