Real Bride Laura
Posted on October 08 2018
Lovely Laura - a long distance bride. We often receive enquiries from out of town brides about Blackeyed Susan wedding dresses. We know how daunting buying your wedding dress can be, let alone deciding on having your dress made by someone who is 1742 kilometers away! Laura's first communication with us was via email - she knew what she wanted from the beginning - she loved the " Dream a Little Dream of Me Gown". Unlike most out of town brides we were lucky enough to meet Laura for her first fitting, where she chose her dress and left the rest up to us to make her dream dress. We loved meeting her and we were even more excited to see the photos from this incredibly beautiful bride's wedding!
Tell us how you met your partner (please include the proposal story☺)
We met in our first year of medical school - we were actually chemistry partners (the source of many jokes now) - but we only started dating a year later. At the end of university the government placed us apart for internship and after lots of tears and frustration we both managed to get posts in Nelspruit. Our friends came to visit us last year for a Kruger holiday, and unknown to me, were bringing the engagement ring with them. On a sunset game drive we stopped next to a river for sun-downers and Daniel chose that spot to propose. It was perfect! And best of all, our closest friends were there to witness it and celebrate with us.
When and where did you get married?
We got married in March this year on a beautiful farm in Magoebaskloof, Limpopo. The venue was Mina’s Cafe and is owned and run by the Tooleys, who are just the loveliest people.
What made you choose the venue and the date?
One of my bridesmaids actually found the venue before we were even engaged and we just loved the relaxed, laid-back feel of it - we didn’t even look at any other venues! Magoebaskloof is beautiful in March, very green and foresty, and the timing was perfect in terms of getting everything planned.
What was the theme of your wedding?
With a venue as naturally beautiful as Mina’s, we didn’t really need to think about a theme.
We wanted a relaxed celebration with our friends and family surrounded by natural greenery and some wildflowers.
We wanted the wedding to feel very intimate and personal, so we made a lot of our own decor, including the napkins, my aunt did my hair and makeup and my uncle married us.
How did you hear about Blackeyed Susan?
Having relocated to Nelspruit from Cape Town I felt like my wedding dress options were very limited. I did a lot of internet searching but couldn’t find anything just right. My parents were visiting and my mom commented on the Blackeyed Susans growing on our balcony and when I Googled the flower, Blackeyed Susan popped up - very serendipitous!
What made you choose the dress you chose?
I loved the unique lace and the beautiful simplicity of it. I wanted to be able to move, eat and dance comfortably in my dress, and I was definitely able to do that.
How was your experience with fitting your dress and the final product?
They were so responsive on email, which was important for me as I would only be able to meet in person once or twice before the wedding. I sent them my measurements and a couple weeks later went for my first fitting.
Melissa made me feel so comfortable from the very beginning of the fitting. I remember her asking nervously if the dress was how I’d imagined, and it was even better.
Any advice or tips for bride-to-be’s when choosing their dream dress?
Try to decide what kind of dress you want and what’ll make you feel comfortable - and then try to find someone who understands that. Also, don’t feel like you have to spend a huge amount of money on a dress just because it’s your wedding.
Your beautiful documentary style photos were taken by: Dani Smith from Koa Photography
Why did you choose this photographer to capture your special day?
She was just amazing and so enthusiastic. She takes the most beautiful photos and nothing feels staged or posed - it doesn’t hurt that she’s actually got a degree in it.
She helps you to feel comfortable in front of the camera and by the end of it you feel like you’ve been hanging out with an old friend.
What was your most memorable/favourite part of your special day?
During the couple shoot we told Dani and Grace (the second shooter) that in all the rush of the day before we’d forgotten to practice our first dance again. They stopped the car next to this open field and when we got out to take photos they played our first dance song through the car speakers and we got to practice our first dance in the middle of this beautiful field.
Any advice for future brides for the overall planning of their wedding and how to deal with their nerves on the day?
Take time to just be and enjoy yourself in the morning. Daniel and I had breakfast together that morning, a little unconventional, but it was a special time of quietness before all the business.
And then to just enjoy the day and being with all the people that mean the most to you. It really does go by so quickly.
Please List Vendors/services involved in making your day so special:
Wedding Dress - Blackeyed Susan
Photographer: Koa Photography
Venue: Mina’s Art Cafe and Farm Venue
Flowers and decor: Becca, Denise and Lulu Tooley
Hair and makeup: Alexandra Botha Makeup
Ties and pocket squares: His Apparel
Rings: Dear Rae
dawn-fresh, moon-lovely, sun-radiant,
ravishing as the night sky with its galaxies of stars?"