When these neighbours made their love official, they combined modern minimalism with ornate vintage décor to create wedding that exudes sophisticated style!
Lee and Lyall lived next door to each other but, their romance didn’t start while collecting the mail. If they hadn’t met at a mutual friend’s party, it might have taken them a lot longer to “love thy neighbour” enough to walk down the aisle together. The moral of the story, is be kind to your neighbour – you never know if they could turn out to be a great friend or… a husband!
How We Met
We officially met on Heritage Day (braai day), which is very apt for us, at my friend’s birthday celebrations at Asoka bar in Cape Town. We clicked straight away and danced the night away! It also happened that we were living next door to one another as well. This worked out quite well for us as we started dating not long after… love thy neighbour :)
We set off for the Valentines weekend away in Pringle Bay with friends. We were on the coastal road, just past Koel Baai, when Lyall decided to pullover to watch the “waves,” which wasn’t unusual, until he decided to stop for a quick sundowner drink which consisted of a bottle of Moet & Chandon, which was when the alarm bells rang out!
We sat on the side of the mountain, popped the bubbles and then Lyall popped the question. We celebrated the rest of the Valentines weekend with close friends, who had all been waiting with baited breath for us to arrive!
Planning the Wedding
The initial planning went quite quickly – we were engaged in the February and venue, date, bridesmaids and grooms were all confirmed by the March. The finer details probably took a lot longer, and were finalised in the last month.
We decided on all the big details together, and split a few of the responsibilities. I focussed on the “pretty” things and Lyall sorted out more logistic things like transport, music and the Friday braai/dinner.
The Décor and DIY Details
The venue and the wedding dress dictated the theme, which had a vintage feel.
The decor was simple and the only DIY object was the chalk board writing for the table setting, which was beautifully written by my new sister-in-law. Otherwise the invites were all printed digitally, and the bouquets & flower crown were all created by Green Goddess.
Advice for Brides-To-Be
- Don’t sweat the small stuff! It all works out at the end.
- Focus on food drinks and music & you can’t go wrong!