Colleen and Darrel’s Wedding {A Touch of Tartan}

by Monique on August 15, 2012 · 2 comments

Everyone loves a beautiful wedding, from those delightful handmade details to sublime photography, but what really makes a wedding uniquely beautiful is often unseen. It’s what the bride and groom learn about themselves and each other. In Colleen and Darrel’s case, she learnt just how important his Scottish heritage is when he wanted to wear a kilt. And while working on wedding DIY projects to reduce costs, Colleen uncovered a creative side she never knew she had!

Tartan South African wedding

If these two look familiar, it’s because their forest engagement shoot was featured here. I recall Colleen telling me about their wedding colour scheme back then, when chatting about their engagement shoot. I remember thinking ‘brave choice’ because call me a colour-sissy but getting these two strong colours right is no mean feat. Colleen and Darrel combined the colours excellently and the touch of tartan made their wedding distinctively beautiful.

{The Wedding} 

The wedding consisted of 50 people, close family and friends only and about eight kids. Although there wasn’t a definite theme, everything we did was a reflection of us and our life.

Darrel was adamant he wanted to wear a kilt to honour his Scottish gran. I honestly didn’t think it would work until two days before the wedding but I must say I now love it! I’ve always loved the idea of black bridesmaids’ dresses, lovely contrast against the white plus it’s timeless and pretty so I stuck with that. I added red as there is red in Darrel’s family colours on his kilt.

His family came down from Joburg, Ireland and London. We chose to have our reception at Café Roux in Noordehoek, a restaurant we enjoy. It’s important to choose a place that reflects you. We dealt with Deo from Café Roux, the man is amazing!!! So full of energy and positivity, it’s difficult to be stressed in his company. Café Roux is also very family-orientated and our younger family are very special to us so I wanted to involve them in our day. I organised party boxes with goodies and toys inside for them, they all had so much fun, dancing and running around sugar hyped. A lot of people believe kids can ruin a wedding, I believe they give a wedding character.

{What made our Wedding Down-to-Earth} 

The planning was done primarily by me, it was hard work! I did a lot of DIY to keep the costs down. As a result, I learned a lot about myself – I learnt that I’m creative, something I never expected!

{Memorable Moments} 

In the morning there was a pretty moth that wouldn’t leave my room until I left for the ceremony, I never believed in that sort of thing but maybe it was my dad reassuring me. He passed away in 2008 due to Alzheimer’s disease. I honoured him by hanging a picture of him from my bouquet.

One of the most memorable moments for me was my husband’s speech, he was so nervous but it blew me away!

{Advice for Brides-to-Be} 

If you’re planning the wedding yourself, hire a day planner or ask someone whom you trust to oversee things on the day. My husband’s brother from London took over and was amazing on the day, without him it would have been a disaster! We honestly don’t have enough words to thank him.

 {Venue} Café Roux {Photography} Illuminate Photography {Flowers} The Flower Café {Make-up} Nadia Swart Email: {Cake} Wades Cakes {Officiant} Dion of Wedlock {Kilts} Staghorn


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lesley Marks August 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Great story, and stunning wedding…


2 Boracay Wedding August 16, 2012 at 5:07 am

I love it. The boys are really cute. Congratulations!


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