Lelanie & LeRoux’s DIY Wedding {A French Affair}

by Monique on August 4, 2014 · 0 comments

While set in South Africa, this DIY wedding combined budget-savvy ideas with French flair!

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Lelanie & LeRoux first met during a Transkei outreach programme but, it was only when they bumped into each other three years later that sparks started to fly! This is their love story and their gorgeous DIY wedding, captured by Expressions Photography

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How We Met 

We met on an Outreach Programme to the Transkei in 2008. We were about 12 people in the group and spent two weeks in a little town called Cala helping matric learners prepare for their exams. We spoke to each other a few times, but there were no romantic vibes. We didn’t plan to see each other again after the trip.

Time passed, and in 2011 I moved back to Stellenbosch, because I got a teaching job in Cape Town. Le Roux was staying and working in Paarl. One random Sunday in May, my friend and I decided to try out a new church in Stellenbosch. After the sermon, my friend recognised Le Roux and trotted over to him to say hi. I followed reluctantly (I am quite shy). So we “re-met” at church that night, and it was not long after that we went on a few dates.  Its three years later now, and the dates are still continuing!

The Proposal

In July last year we went on a trip with Le Roux’s family to the Kruger National Park. It was only a few weeks earlier that we started talking about getting engaged. I showed Le Roux a few pictures of ring designs that I liked, but it was nothing serious, as I thought we will only be getting engaged this year…

It was a Sunday afternoon in the rest camp Satara. His parents decided to go on a game drive, but Le Roux said we must stay at the camp and take an afternoon nap. Le Roux and I were sitting on our stoep discussing the meaning of the name Satara. Le Roux said the meaning was “Where love and nature meets.” I googled the meaning and told him he was wrong.

After our 20 minute nap, Le Roux told me he wants to go for a jog, and I must go to the curio shop to choose a bangle that he wants to buy me. I was quite irritated – I was still sleeping and did not really want to go to the shop. Le Roux forced me to go, he even jogged back to check if I was in the shop.

When I came back from the shop, Le Roux was still jogging (or so I thought), I went in the bungalow and it wasn’t long when I heard him outside. He called me and said I must come and drink a glass of wine with him. When I got outside, he had snacks ready and two glasses of champagne… I found it quite surprising. I walked closer to him and there it was… in the glass of champagne… my perfect ring. He got down on one knee and made a beautiful speech, and then he proposed. Satara truly is the place where love and nature meets!

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Our Wedding  

From the beginning I had the idea of a touch of French, because both our names started with “Le”, so I came up with the idea of “Le Wedding” and everything escalated from there. We chose Delvera as our wedding venue, because we liked the laid back and informal atmosphere, as well as the beautiful surroundings. It also reminded me of French country side.

The Décor & DIY

We did have a budget and because we didn’t want to get carried away with unnecessary things, we appointed a wedding coordinator.  We shared a few ideas and decided on something classic, crystal, glass and green with a touch of light pink here and there.

I like doing creative things myself, so I wanted to make some of the décor items. That included the table lists, the menus, white drapes around the trees, crystal beads hanging from the Bedouin tent, table numbers with solar powered consol jars and jars with candles and lace that were used on the stairs leading into the venue. Making things for my own wedding wasn’t just rewarding, but I think we saved quite a lot of money.

The wedding could not have been so successful if it wasn’t for all the family and friends that helped out. For example – the live band was the minister and his wife singing traditional French songs, accompanied by an accordion, the wedding DJ is a friend and work colleague of mine, the cake was made by one of my girl friends, my mom and aunt folded all the confetti cones and the wedding video was recorded by family friends.

To us, our wedding was perfect! Everything went according to plan, and if it didn’t, we did not know about it :). All of our guests, including us, had a lot of fun – we know this because people did not want to leave when we reached the venue’s curfew!

Advice for Brides-To-Be

  • Use PINTEREST! It is a great source of neverending ideas.
  • Remember it is you and your husband’s day, don’ t let anyone spoil the happiness.
  • Enjoy every second of the day! You spent so much time planning and dreaming so don’t stress about anything! Everyone will tell you your wedding day will happen in a flash, and they are right. Focus on every moment.
  • Choose good photographers that make you feel relaxed. Our photographers made us feel so comfortable, and the photos speak for themselves. It also helps to go for an engagement shoot just to get to know each other and their way of shooting.
  •  Take a video! Whether it’s professional or a home video. We enjoyed watching our own wedding because you do miss little things and you remember things you forget easily. Plus you can show your kids one day :)

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{Photography} Selma and Andre of Expressions Photography {Venue & Catering} Delvera {Decor & Coordinator} Sunelle Crous of Story Concepts {Dress} Elizabeth Stockenstroom {Bouquets & Corsage} Marlize of Flower Heart {Hair & Make-up} Marnel Toerien {Wedding Cake} Annalie Bothma (friend) {DJ} Geran Fourie (friend)

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