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We Said I Do!

We finally said “I Do” on the 5th of May 2018!! The sweetest (and long awaited) moment ever was when the pastor said I know proclaim you husband and wife! Warning This post contains many photos!

Hattingh Wedding, the best day of our life! best moment ever when we said I Do

Getting Ready

The wedding day for me started at 7:00. I took a relaxing bath and then ate some breakfast with my mom and sister. After breakfast, we went straight to the hair salon for our hair. The hair took a bit longer than expected but we were still on time for the makeup girls. We got our makeup done at my Grandmother’s home and we also got ready.

attingh Wedding, bride getting ready

attingh Wedding, bride's attaire | details | jewelry | perfuum

 Makeup  | Dress | Perfume | Earrings | Gater 

Wiehann’s day started with a bang, because he and my mother in law, sister in law and had to set up the whole reception before 12:30 when he got ready. Afterward, I only heard about all the drama that went on, I was blissfully unaware of it all!

attingh Wedding, groom getting ready attingh Wedding, groom details

Suit | Tie | Shirt | Accessories were from Wish

We say ‘I Do’

We said I do in the NG Moederkerk. It was a must for me to get married in this church. I love older buildings that have iconic architectural styles. My theme for the wedding was to achieve a Baroque vibe, but a lot simpler. Such an opulent wedding would have cost us a fortune!  And the church was the closest I could find to this particular style, even if it was built in the Neo-Gothic style. I just overall love the architecture of this church.

attingh Wedding, vows and I do

attingh Wedding,church

Interesting fact: the angels that surrounded the pulpit were made in Scotland. The church commissioned six angels but only five arrived. They send two photos of two local girls to Scotland so that the artist can make the angels to look like these girls. The church was concerned that the angels would look too much like European girls otherwise!

Couple photoshoot

After the ceremony, we took the family photos and then we did the couple photoshoot! All of the stress disappeared after the ceremony and we just enjoyed ourselves. Here are some of my favorite photos, but honestly I love them all!

Hattingh Wedding, after the I do's, Couple photoshoot

Reception

The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed themselves. We got so many compliments that we had a great wedding and that is all that I wanted! For me the highlight was our first dance because we got help from a professional to choreograph the dance. It turned out beautifully!

Hattingh Wedding, reception | Festivities| wedding cake | love | decor | Flowers

Venue | Flowers, and Decor | Dance 

Everything is how I wanted it to be. We and our guests enjoyed ourselves. I wish sometimes that we could have the day over. Maybe in 10 years time, we will do a vow renewal and do it again!!! So much fun!

Related: Wedding budget breakdown; Wedding budget redo’s

Married life has been blissful, but there are a few little challenges that started to poke out its head since moving in with Wiehann. I thought it best to share these little challenges and the solutions as I grow in my new role as wife and homemaker.

Some of these challenges include:

New routines in the morning and evening;
Cleaning and organizing our new home;
Laundry;
Decorating our home!

Do you want to follow our wedding journey?

Our Wedding Journey | Our Wedding Journey – how I plan to stay sane

Our Wedding Journey – Update

Wedding budget breakdown | Wedding budget redo’s

As always;

Keep it Classy!

Wedding – Update on our Journey

Wedding journey | free budget worksheets!

 

Hi there friend, it is about time that I update you on the wedding planning progress. Well, it doesn’t really feel like there is much progress at all at this point, but there is some.

Let me quickly vent about how ridiculously expensive everything is!!! I knew that planning a wedding would be expensive, but not this expensive!! I just hope our budget will cover everything at the end. (Maybe I should do a post about how much everything cost us when the wedding is over. Mmmm…)

The previous post was about our color theme; if you want to catch up on that you can read about it here.

Here are the things that we booked so far:

The church and the pastor;

The venue; and

The photographer;

I went to see two florists. Man, I was shocked about how much it cost for the flowers alone. I wanted to have those rectangular wooden boxes filled with flowers and greenery, more greenery than flowers, but still, I wanted it to feel luxurious. But the price changed my mind. So, I am changing my ideas again to fit the budget, a very tight budget might I add. The conclusion I came to about the flowers was this: bigger vase = more flowers = more money. Eish… so smaller arrangements it is!

Our photographer is very affordable and we worked with her before and we were really pleased with the way the photos came out. I also looked at her portfolio for weddings that she photographed before and the photos were stunning!

We booked the Queens Hotel’s restaurant, The Colony, as our venue. The restaurant had a renovation in the past month, and the end result was disappointing to me. They exchanged the warm traditional look for a cool modern one. In my opinion, they kind of ruined the feel of what the hotel is known for. The new colors are tones of grey, which messes with my color scheme! They also changed out the wooden chairs for grey upholstered chairs. When I saw the new chairs I immediately asked if they still have the old ones, luckily, they still do. And they agreed that we can use the old chairs for the wedding. Phew, one thing that makes it a bit better.

You might ask why I do not want to change the venue as the wedding date is still a long way off.  The answer is simple. The budget. They charge us nothing to rent the restaurant for the wedding, we just pay for the food and the champagne. That is a big win in my book! I think that you will not really notice if the wedding color scheme clashes with the rest of the restaurant when the lights are dimmed and the tables are beautifully decorated! And guests don’t really remember the color scheme and the decorations a few months later.

We will be spending our first night as husband and wife in the hotel as well. Which is great, because then we don’t have to go anywhere when we are tired from all the dancing! I plan to close the place down with dancing! The hotel gave us a nice discount on our stay and also a bit of a discount for our guests.

Everyone tells you that planning a wedding is stressful, but you don’t know how stressful until you are planning one. I think the most stressful thing about planning the wedding is fitting everything that you will need within the budget and still get everything you’ve dreamed off.

The past two months of actively wedding planning I learned that you have to be flexible. You probably won’t find everything you see on Pinterest, and you have to be okay with that. You will have to be creative and find ways to make your dream wedding a reality.

I think because I mentioned the budget so much, it is only fitting for me to give you a free printable that is wedding budget-related.😊 What do you think?

Wedding budget planner |  Trou begroting Werkkaart

(PS – if you find a grammar or spelling mistake in the printable, please let me know and I will fix it, I didn’t really excel in language subjects in school!)

Till our next coffee

Nadine

Previous Post in this Series:

Our Engagement

Wedding Journey

Wedding Journey – how I plan to stay sane

Wedding Journey – All about That Color

Wedding Journey – An update  You are here