Gloudina Klopper and Gian Potgieter secured their wedding date at Hudson’s more than a year in advance.
The big day is set for 20th April 2019. Beauty therapist Gloudina and her metallurgist fiancé Gian live in Richard’s Bay.
How did you meet?
We met at a gereformeerde kerk camp in Stellenbosch in 2011. We were both first years at the camp and instantly became good friends. We started dating on 29th February 2012 – but he asked her and not the other way around, despite the age-old leap year tradition!
What’s your engagement story?
Gloudina: On 18th November last year Gian took me on a “double date” with a friend who just happens to be a photographer. We went for cocktails at the waterfront in Cape Town followed by a sunset ride in the VIP gondola of the Cape Town big wheel. He went on one knee (sort of) at the highest point with the sun setting in the background. At first he could not open the ring box, then when he got it open the ring was upside down! Luckily on the third attempt he managed to get it on my finger.
How did you go about venue hunting?
We decided that the wedding had to be in Stellenbosch as this is the place where we met. The venue had to have a beautiful view of the mountains, be big enough for our large guest list and have pristine gardens for the pictures. We’d heard of a few venues and went to view them but nothing impressed us. We decided to go for a wine tasting after the long day of venue hunting and arrived at Vredenheim wine farm. Hudson’s venue immediately caught our eye as there was a wedding taking place there later that day. It was beautiful! We instantly decided that this was the place that we wanted to get married.
Do you have any advice for couples still looking for venues?
If you are not sure about a venue, don’t take it. The perfect venue for your wedding will speak to you the moment you see it.
What part of your wedding are you most looking forward to?
Gloudina: Dining, dancing and having a great day with our friends and family.
Gian: The honeymoon!!
We are delighted to be hosting Gloudina and Gian’s big day. To get excited about planning your wedding with us get in touch to schedule a viewing.
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