Judika and AJ’s Winter Wedding {Berry Beautiful}

by Monique on January 30, 2013 · 5 comments

This beautiful berry coloured winter wedding is proof that an off-season ceremony can be just as lovely as summer wedding! I’m hoping this trend will take off in 2013 because there some delightfully cosy ideas for winter weddings (I’m collecting a few over here).  But today’s wedding, regardless of the season, really got me think about the value of a smile.

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Have you ever noticed that the best smiles are the ones that break through, as though they can’t be held back? They’re often the result of feeling so ridiculously excited that the joy simply overflows! These smiles, the ones that reach the eyes and make them sparkle, are often seen on children’s faces. As we grow up, we’re taught to hold back and smile out of courtesy, even when we don’t mean it. Adulthood is a fickle and tedious thing don’t you think?

Thank goodness for weddings, one of those days when the uptight adult world steps back, without reminders of responsibilities and Monday mornings, and allows a couple to simply have fun! Yes, brides and grooms (the awesome ones) do some silly and smile-worthy things on their wedding day.

And what could be better than sitting in the middle of courtyard, wearing sensational sleeveless wedding dress on a crisp winter’s day while talented photographer Nikki Meyer snaps your portrait shot? Like the bride Judika, you’re bound to feel a little silly at first, but only for a split second. Then you realise that 1) silly feels FANTASTIC and 2) there’s nothing to worry about when you’re about marry a man who makes you smile… for real!

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beautiful bride portrait and wedding flower arrangement

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South African wedding sweets and cookies

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purple and pink wedding cake

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{How We Met}

Our friendship began beneath the enchanting oak trees of Stellenbosch where we were introduced through mutual friends at a typical residence “braai”(in Eendrag se quad).

{The Proposal}

We live in Shanghai and although it is an urban jungle, it can be a romantic city. We went for a walk in People’s Park, a huge park in the centre of the city situated in the famous and historically significant People’s Square. It’s an eerie feeling to walk amongst rock pools, waterfalls and weeping willows while in the centre of one of the world’s largest mega-cities. In this surreal setting and with a light drizzle settling in, AJ asked me to marry him! We celebrated with a glass of champagne in one of the tallest buildings in the world!

{The Wedding Details & DIY}

We played with all the berry colours – blackberry, mulberry, strawberry, raspberry, strawberry an d plum. The colours added so much warmth to our winter wedding!

We got married on 18 August 2012 and in Chinese tradition, the number eight is the ultimate number of good fortune. We planned our wedding on a budget and being engaged for a year gave all the people involved time to save up. Literately everything was done by family members and friends.

We didn’t hire a wedding planner – my mom was our wedding coordinator and the best one ever ; ) The Friday before the wedding, family members, the bridesmaids and the groomsmen met at the venue and did the set-up. The Saturday morning of the wedding, my dad did the table seating plan and printed out signs to direct guest to the venue. It was on big family affair!

{The Memorable Moments}

I would say walking down the aisle with my Dad was one of the most memorable moments for me! And cutting the cake – our cake unique and had 4392 edible sequins. It was the most beautiful sparkly cake!

{Advice for Brides-To-Be}

  • Don’t settle for anything less than what you want – this is the one day in your life that you don’t want to regret or neglect things.
  • Let the groom be part of it all.
  • RELAX! Enjoy the time ahead. I think it is very important to have fun and relax because this will reflect on the day! Don’t rush things, take it easy.
  • It’s important for the bride to have a good hair stylist and make-up artist!
  • Have a videographer!

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{Photography} Nikki Meyer and second shooter Mariska Muller {Venue} Forest 44, Stellenbosh {Videographer} Jacques from Guava Graphics {Hair and Make-up} Marli Basson {Cake} Amandre from Pretty Cake (072 3626594)

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claudz January 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Such amazing photos. I love the colour combos and that has to be one of the best smiles I have ever seen!


2 M February 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

wow!!! Juds, sal nooit oor dit kom hoe mooi jy gelyk het nie! you are sooooooo beautiful monkey! :)


3 Carla February 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Meisie…sien nou eers jys getroud, geluk jongie!
Sulke mooi photies!!
Wil graag weet waar in die wereld jy die “edible sequence” gekry het???? Dis stunning!
Ek’s vreknuuskierig en is opsoek daarna!
Geniet jul lewe saam!


4 Judy Van Zyl March 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

Carla, elkeen van die 4800 + sequences is afsonderlik gemaak deur Amandre Ferns by Pretty Cake! Sy maak ongelooflike koeke. Ek het die voorbeeld van die koek reeds Februarie aan haar gewys en sy het nie vir die uitdaging weggeskram. Jy kan Judika inbox indien jy haar kontakbesonderhede benodig.


5 Judy Van Zyl March 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

The colours blendid in with Judika’s warm personality and the grooms love for her! It was a beautiful and joyful wedding on a sunny wintersday. A privilege to have planned it for two very special people.


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