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ADRIAN & TANJA SCHNEIDER “Adrian’s speech addressed to me, had every girl in tears”

THIS delightful couple fell in love somewhere in between being best friends on the volleyball court and sharing lunches under oak trees. What was your theme/colour scheme? As the wedding was held on the KZN North Coast, we decided on a tropical colour pallet with focus on fuchsia, bougainvillea, coral, chartreuse and turquoise which were brought alive with lots of tropical flowers as well as just the general beauty of the surroundings. Highlight of the day? Walking down the white carpet surrounded by tropical palms and flowers with the ocean in the background and the sound of the steel band was just magical – everything I ever wished for! Funny moments? The speeches – the best men were all amateur comedians! Hearing that the groomsmen had to ‘blowdry’ the Bougainvillea blooms used as “confetti” as it had rained the day before! Any surprises? It started raining two minutes before I was due to walk down the aisle but luckily my Mom and the wedding planner had done extensive scenario planning and we were able to quickly move under cover. Any useful tips? Set a timetable and stick to it – including the length of speeches! Finish the formalities early to let everyone enjoy themselves, hit the dance floor and have a good time. Keep the number of guests to a bare minimum. Only invite people you are close to and mean something to you. Things don’t always run perfectly so don’t sweat the small stuff. Meet with all suppliers before the wedding to ensure they meet your expectations. Organise a tasting session with your caterer. Look at your venue and surroundings when you decide on your colour pallet. Organise late night snacks to be eaten after dessert - people get hungry after dancing! Enjoy the weeks of planning as the wedding day itself passes by so quickly. The memories should consist of not only the wedding day but also all the emotions, ideas, brainstorming, organising that goes into making it an unforgettable day.

20 • REAL BRIDES • 1 March 2012


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