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Bright & Cheery Yellow wedding {Nikki Meyer}

Byron and Lizelle’s is the fairytale portrayal of a happy-ever-after couple. They met whilst studying and decided to tie the knot after multiple years of studies. The wedding took place in the lovilee Western Cape and was a bright and cheery yellow affair.

How did you meet?

Our varsity hostels (Sonop Ladieshostel and Helshoogte Mens hostel) did rag together in 2006, when we were both in our first year. Even though Byron had my number for over a year after that, we only really interacted on a train trip to Potchefstroom after a sport trip. After 3 months, our friendship started changing and after his 21st birthday he asked me out whilst sitting on a small wall on top of a mountain looking out across Gordon’s Bay.


How did Byron pop the big question?
Byron brought a bright yellow baberton-daisy to my place of work and asked me on a date to celebrate the end of our exams. I thought it strange that he would come to my work with a flower, but he explained that he was in the vicinity and wanted to spoil me somewhat after studying so hard. He suggested a sushi restaurant – Beluga in Greenpoint, a restaurant that we frequent.


Upon arrival we were seated upstairs in the wine cellar, very romantic, but with a large table next to us. I remember commenting that there would probably be quite a bit of noise from the table should the occupants arrive, but hoped that we would be done by then. We ordered champagne to celebrate the ‘end of exams’. The next moment the waiter entered with an enormous bunch of yellow flowers and an envelope.


The envelope contained a photo taken of us at a hostel dance three years prior, he on his one knee with a long-stem baberton-daisy in hand (similar to the one he brought me earlier in the day). At the back of the photo there was a lovilee message from him, after reading it he went down one one knee again and popped the question! Off-course I said ‘yes’. Then, another surprise: In came my parents, his parents, my sisters and some of our friends… A pre-arranged engagement party! The big table was for them and I was more than happy for them to be as noisy as they wanted to be!

What was the best part of planning the wedding?
We really enjoyed searching for our venue – we wanted to get married at a venue with lots of greenery and vines. We used this as an excuse to visit multiple wine farms and attended various wine tastings. It is so exciting to think that everyone you love will be gathering under one roof to celebrate the union of your love and promise to each other.

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be?

I have two important points: (1) do not fret over things that might go wrong on the day. Your guests don’t really know the details of how everything is supposed to be and they probably won’t realise these little things. Enjoy every moment as the day will be over in a blink of the eye! And (2) remember to hydrate throughout the day and to eat, even if it is only snacking. One gets so carried away with everything that you only realise the hunger and thirst that evening.

Did you have any DIY projects?
We were very lucky to have Izandi Serdyn as our wedding coordinator. She was brilliant and really pulled everything together perfectly. My sister (Trudi Turner) regularly makes cakes, cupcakes and cookies for weddings and birthdays and assisted with the wedding cookies and desserts.

What is Byron’s strengths?

Byron is the perfect example of a “mens-mens” – he easily interacts, is not biased, very loyal, down-to-earth, dependable and talks the hind-leg off a donkey!
He is also an absolute gentleman, he will always ensure that I am comfortable, make sure that I am warm and bring me something to drink at home or away. He will also easily give a stranger assistance when seeing them doing heavy lifting.

What aspect{s} of Lizelle do you love?
The first time I really “saw” Lizelle was on the train to Potch. She stood on the platform, whilst I was already seated inside. She turned and looked in my direction and I was immediately captivated by her big blue eyes. These Eyes still make my heart skip a beat!

What do you think is the recipe for a successful marriage?

Communication, respect and love.


Photography: Nikki Meyer Photography
Venue: MolenVliet Wine & Guest Farm
Wedding planners: Izandi from I DO
Hair & make-up: Alicia Buckle
Dress: Elizabeth Wedding Gowns
Stationary: Chrizanne from Sugarbird Creative
Décor & flowers: N Concepts & Designs
Bridesmaids dresses: Alana van Heerden
Cake: Birdcage in Stellenbosch

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