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“We looked at about 16 venues in and around the Natal Midlands.” THIS energetic couple met in Cape Town through playing in a mixed touch rugby team and then again on a party bus in 2004 and they haven’t looked back since! What was your theme/colour scheme? Country vintage / Dove grey with white and baby yellow accents. What made you choose your venue? We have a very large family and a big group of friends and wanted to be able to invite everyone (our final number was 210 people). Unfortunately most of the venues in the Midlands had number restrictions to about 120 people and those that could cater for more were out of our price range (Ryan and I saved for a few years to pay for our wedding with some help from both of our parents). One of my bridesmaids then suggested her mother-in-law’s farm which is right on Midmar dam and they had been thinking of using it as a wedding / party venue for years. We went to see the farm and, as we drove over a small hill with fields, old farm buildings and Midmar Dam spread out in front of us, we both knew that we had found our venue. Relaxed, unique and unassumingly beautiful. Your dress – did you know what you wanted? I was actually going to use my mom’s wedding dress and just update it. My mom can sew (she made the bridesmaid’s dresses) so we decided to still go wedding dress shopping so that I could find the style I liked which would help my mom work out how to alter her dress (it had long sleeves and was made of a beautiful thick satin). While at the third shop, the consultant got me to try on one of their ‘once off’ designer dresses and it fitted like a glove – it was on a half price sale and looked fabulous so we decided that it was a sign and bought it which ended up saving my mom a lot of work! I fell in love with it and loved wearing it! Things to avoid? Try not to take on everything yourself – delegate and then don’t obsess or worry!

16 • REAL BRIDES • 1 March 2012


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