The first time we met Leandra and Ruard was the day they came to view the venue in October last year.
We talked non-stop for over an hour. The story of how they met on Signal Hill in Cape Town is both beautiful and fascinating. Ruard is a paragliding instructor and Leandra went to do a jump. Planning their celebration with them was a fun journey. Now that the big day has happened Leandra told us more about it in her usual chatty fashion.
Venue & Food
The venue was absolutely gorgeous: a huge garden filled with all types of flowers in different colours. It was just like something from a fairy tale. Plus a large modern hall to celebrate the festivities in. We couldn’t ask for a better place with better people to help us make our dream wedding come true.
To this day all of our guests rave about the food. It was a something everyone remembered and couldn’t stop talking about. In most of our photos there are guests either about to take a bite, with full mouths or standing in groups all with plates of food! It was very special for us to see everyone enjoying it so much.
Flowers & Décor
Our flowers and décor were done exactly how we wanted but even prettier. Walking into the hall and seeing how months of planning had come together was amazing. The purple and turquoise orchids combined with soft white blooms were exquisite and brought the modern feel that we wanted to the tables – just how we’d imagined and more.
My bouquet looked so beautiful. I absolutely loved it. I decided to throw one of my bridesmaid’s bouquets rather than spoil mine.
I first saw Lucille’s work when a friend showed me her engagement shoot photos. Right then and there I knew I wanted to use her for our wedding. I loved her way of keeping her work light and natural. She captures all those ‘in the moment’ shots that you miss on your special day.
Dress / Suit
After searching Cape Town and not finding my dream dress my mother in law asked me to visit her in George. We went to a few boutiques and at one of them I found my dress. The moment I put the dress on I knew it was the one although a few changes needed to be made to make it MY dress. Within a few days the alterations were complete. Analida, the designer, is so happy to help and does it with a smile and a warm heart.
Finding my dress was a challenge and it wasn’t any easier finding Ruard’s suit! We searched in a few malls and finally came across Romens in Century City Mall. The consultant was so helpful. He helped Ruard to get the correct suit size, shirt, the works. After we made our decision they tailored it to customize it to his height.
Hair / Make-up
Elle has been my hair stylist for three years. I absolutely love her way of working with my hair. The honesty and guidance she gave me from the first day was invaluable. I didn’t tell her how to colour my hair for our wedding. In fact I had no idea what to do as I was growing out my highlights but she knew exactly what to do. I will be using her for many years to come!
A few years ago one of my friends got married and I absolutely fell in love with the way her make-up was done. As soon as I got engaged I asked my friend for her make-up artist’s number. Caren made me feel right at home when I went for my make-up trail. On the wedding day she was joking with everyone. Her happiness is contagious. Her make-up style is like her personality: light, soft and happy.
On a side note – I thought I went through some pain to look beautiful on our wedding day but imagine my surprise when Ruard told me his and his father’s experience aon the morning of our wedding. He was supposed to just get his hair cut, nicely styled and his beard shaved a little bit shorter. However once the barber heard it was his wedding day they gave them the full treatment! They had their eyebrows plucked and nose and ear hair waxed and love to dramatically recount how painful it was.
Ceremony / Marriage Officer
We were very blessed as my father-in-law happens to be a pastor. It was his lifelong dream to marry his son. This made our wedding message even more special to us.
DJ Dean was absolutely spectacular. Not once did we have to request any songs. He just felt the vibe and played the perfect music all night long. Everyone raved about the great party.
Bride’s Last Word
If it wasn’t for the spectacular team at Hudson’s our wedding wouldn’t have been as special as it was. The team really have a feel for the industry. They make sure that everything runs smoothly on the day in the background so you don’t have to worry about all the details. Absolutely the best place to get married!
Venue, Food, Flowers, Décor: Hudson’s
Photographer: Lucille Scheepers
Suit: Romens at Century City
Marriage Officer: Gert de Bruyn
DJ / Sound: DJ Dean
Cake: The Birdcage
Hair: Elle at Azurelle
Make-up: Caren Blom Fourie
Men’s grooming: Sorbet man at Greenpoint
Favours: Wedding Essentials