Little Pink Book would LOVE to share this beautiful Real Wedding by Gauteng based Stella Uys Photography with you. Stella adores people in love! Wedding photography is her heartbeat, and she loves it! She loves the romantic moments, fun moments, touching moments, serious moments, silly moments, happy moments, embarrassing moments, quiet moments, but and most importantly, she loves capturing special moments so that they can be treasured forever.
Valmé told us their love story: “Gerbrand and I went to primary school together. They moved to Hermanus in high school and we lost touch. He played professional rugby and traveled all over. I studied at Potch, graduated and started my career in nursing. Thanks to my career and a broken foot we bumped into each other in 2009. My goodness, he grew up just fine and so handsome. We tried to fool each other being friends for a few months and then gave into that loving feeling!”
Choosing your photographer is always a tricky part in the wedding planning process. How did you decide on Stella as your photographer? I saw Stella’s photos on Facebook for the fist time and I just loved it. Her photos captured so much emotion, love, comfort, playfulness, and the list goes on. I just knew she had to be there to capture every single special loving happy moment of our fabulous day. She made me feel so at ease and I enjoyed every single moment of the photo shoot! She’s a stunning photographer and awesome person.
What was the “theme” of your wedding, and why? I wanted an old school, fun, festive feeling for the wedding with a touch of vintage. Coca-Cola signs, different centerpieces that have a vintage look, that could tell stories of other festive celebrations.
You had a beautiful dress! Tell us more about the designer, the fit, elements you loved, etc. With the dress I looked for something vintage, lots of lace that showed off my curves and something feminine that would make me look and feel beautiful. I went to a local wedding shop, Eden Bridal, to look for my dream dress and lucky me, I saw a Justin Alexander dress that I fell in love with. The flower detail was my little twist to the dress. I must confess that I bought my wedding shoes before I even found the dress. When you know you know…
What were the highlights of your wedding day? Seeing Gerbrand getting emotional (not something a tough rugby player will admit to) when I walked down the aisle. The way he looked at me… priceless! It made me feel so loved. I just wanted to run to him and hug him.
How did you decide on your wedding venue? We didn’t go extreme venue hunting. We attended a function at Zakopane and we both liked the openness of Zakopane. We looked for a barn at first but then realised we would end up renting tables and chairs and crockery and too much stress!
Did anything unexpected happen? There are some wild baboons in the area of the venue that usually comes around when they think there is something to eat. They came to have a look and messed around with some of the décor. We had to chase them away! Luckily they didn’t damage anything. It was a scary situation for a moment or two. For our confetti we had about a 100 red balloons. Suddenly the wind picked up and we lost some of them. The guests had to share but they didn’t mind.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently? I wont change a thing!! I enjoyed every single moment of our wedding. Although, I should have tried harder to convince Gerbrand to allow us to have a live band!
What every Bride should know: Keep all your invoices together to help you keep track of your expenses. Make a spreadsheet of the vendors you will be using and their contact numbers, and follow up with them just to make sure they are still on the same page as you. I did almost all the DIY elements myself and had to rush some of the projects at the end. Start in advance and get your family and friends to help (they love it, believe me, I discovered it a little bit late, though!). I loved every moment of putting my personality into our wedding.
What every Groom should know: A 100 of cups of coffee where served to me by Gerbrand while I was busy with cutting and pasting and signing and folding. That was his way of supporting me. He also pitched in with some of the DIY. Grooms: be supportive, listen, agree and be a part of the planning.Suppliers: Photographer: Stella Uys Photography Other Suppliers: Coordinator: the venue coordinator helped to make the events of the day flow smoothly; Bridal Accessories: Her something old, a bracelet that she bought some time back, unaware that she will wear it on her wedding day; Venue, Church & Catering: Zakopane; Wedding Dress: Eden Bridal; Hair and Make-up: Bride’s cousins; Shoes: Luella; Décor: the Bride and her mom’s cake and cookie tins. She also found an old hat box that she fixed up; Flowers: Daisy Flowers; Hair: Bride’s cousin; Stationery: Bride’s cousin; Cake: Bride’s Mom and Aunt, Sandra Snyman.
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