Other than my own wedding, this has been the wedding I had most looked forward to to attend! And was it a great one! Not just because of the lovilee decor, the amazing food and good company, but because I truly know that this couple was meant to be. This was just the final step to unite this couples love as they set out on their life journey together. The focus was not just on the wedding day, but their marriage that awaited…
I met Jacques, now known as “Joshua na die Reen” at Rhema Bible School where we both studied the Creative Ministry course in 2005, he is an excellent musician with a passion for God and love that is visible in every aspect of his life. Whilst I proceeded to go back to full-time work after taking the year off, he enrolled at TUT in Pretoria to further his musical studies. This is where this love story began…
Jacques met Danel, who studied at Pretoria University, through mutual friends and was immediately intrigued, he then asked her for a coffee date, stating that she could bring someone along if she felt more at ease. Danel said that she was more than capable looking after herself and agreed to meet him for the “date”. A coffee date turned into a late evening of good conversation, friendship and eventual dating.
I still remember the excitement when Jacques told me that he was going to pop the question in mid 2011. He was responsible for the music on a tour to Israel and had designed a custom ring to be hand-made there for Danel. The excitement mounted as he waited for the ring to arrive back to South Africa, as it took longer to make than initially anticipated. When it finally arrived he set up a quite, romantic evening with dinner for the two of them on the farm and later that night popped the question! And the rest is history…
It took a lot of planning and energy, but the 25th of February finally arrived, and was it wow! The event took place on the family farm, Erfdeel in the South of Johannesburg. Although overcast and rainy outside, the excitement and atmosphere soon cleared the air as we anticipated the arrival of the bride. The old milk shed was transformed into a lovilee chapel and we were served iced tea and ginger ale before the ceremony started. You could see the absolute joy and appreciation on Jacques face with tears flowing as his bride entered the venue, looking radiant and absolutely breathtaking. The ceremony also included a song sung by Danel’s sister, accompanied by one of Jacques brothers and literally gave us goose bumps and brought tears to our eyes.
After the ceremony we were led to an open field next to the church with a live band in the background, with mouthwatering eats to choose from. There were fresh fruit, biltong, nuts, freshly baked farm bread with preserves and much more. From the spot we could view all of the couple’s photos being taken and felt part of the whole day.
The main reception took place in a massive marque tent that could seat their 160 guests, it even had space for a dance floor! It was lined with fairly lights from the ceiling and chinese laterns and candles on the tables created a truly romantic atmosphere. The night turned into a celebration of the couples’ love for each other as we chatted and shared till late…
Jacques had also written a special song for the wedding on which Danel entered the church, click on the link below to listen to this amazing song!
Other lovilees part of the day included
Photography: Picture Me & U
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