SAM! Wow, what can we say, an absolute treasure of a woman. We LOVED making this completely unique bride's wedding dress for her completely unique wedding day! What's even more inspiring is how chic and original her low key wedding inner city wedding celebrations were!
Tell us how you met your partner (please include the proposal story)
We met at a club on Halloween in 2009. It was a dress-up event, and for some reason Martin was walking around with a toy whip offering to discipline “naughty people”. My group of friends thought this was so funny, and we got chatting. Martin & I became friends thereafter and hung out together regularly for a few months. He was interested in more than friendship, but at the time I was happy being single. Eventually he won me over with his amazing sense of humour and caring, honest nature. Ultimately, I fell in love with my best friend, and we have been inseparable ever since :)
Neither of us considered ourselves the “Marriage” type and we were quite content with our relationship as it was. But at some stage in 2017, talk of a deeper commitment came up, and we started warming up to the idea of becoming husband and wife.
Martin proposed in December 2017, on the pier in Kalk Bay. It wasn’t actually a surprise as he wanted to include me in choosing my own ring so that it was perfect for me. He also gets so excited about things and can’t help sharing them with me – he is totally unable to keep secrets. It only makes me love him more…
When and Where did you get married?
We got married at Kloof Street House on the 18th of August 2018
What made you choose the venue and the date?
I saw photos of the venue online a while back, and was blown away by the beautiful, eclectic décor and romantic feel. I then visited the venue for a staff function, and the food and service were amazing. I told all my colleagues that this was going to be my wedding venue. Just after we got engaged, Martin & I went for lunch at the venue, and he loved it just as much.
We chose the date based on the fact that we officially started dating on 14 August 2010. Unfortunately the 14th of August 2018 fell on a week day, so we pushed the wedding date out to Saturday the 18th. Coincidentally, this is also the date that Martin’s Grand Parents got married, His Parents got engaged, and it’s his father’s birthday. A special date indeed!
What was the theme of your wedding?
We wanted an intimate event with only our closest family and friends. Our idea was to hold a laid-back evening celebrating love. No formalities and old-fashioned traditions.
How did you hear about Blackeyed Susan?
I always knew that if I ever got married, I could never wear a stiff, structured and “poufy” dress. I wanted to feel comfortable while also feeling beautiful and romantic. I had created my Pinterest board and found I was leaning toward a more bohemian style. I knew the traditional bridal boutiques would not carry the kind of dress I was after, so I started searching online for local designers. When I came across The Blackeyed Susan website, I knew I had found my designer and looked no further…
What made you choose the dress you chose?
I saw a dress on the The Blackeyed Susan website and I was sure that this was he dress for me. I made my bridal fitting appointment, and told Melissa what dress I was after. She was so kind and patient, and reminded me that I had an hour, so I should try on a number of options. While I LOVED the initial dress I came for, she gave me another dress that had short sleeves. I was having a winter wedding, and wanted a long-sleeved dress. I wasn’t going to try it on for this reason, but Melissa said she could add a long sleeve for me. I tried it on, and fell in love! I was still undecided between this dress, and my initial choice, but after looking at the photos Melissa took while I fitted, I realised that the dress she suggested was the one for me!
How was your experience with fitting your dress and the final product?
Melissa & Helena were such a pleasure to deal with! They made me feel so welcome and the entire process, from fitting to the final collection of my dress ran like clockwork. My finished dress was even better than I could have imagined, and I didn’t want to take it off. It was the perfect dress for me!
Any advice or tips for bride-to-be’s when choosing their dream dress?
Stay true to yourself. There will be so many people offering you advice and you may feel overwhelmed and unsure whether you are making the right choices. At the end of the day, it’s YOUR wedding and you will be glad you went with what YOU wanted.
Your beautiful documentary style photos were taken by:
Tara Franken from TARA-JANE Photography
Why did you choose this photographer to capture your special day?
Tara and I used to work together, and I knew she had taken up photography as a hobby. It was important for me to be comfortable with my photographer as I really don’t like being the centre of attention, and I shy away from having photos taken. Tara was so calm and professional – she made me feel comfortable and at ease.
What was your most memorable/favourite part of your special day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing my Fiancé smiling at me. He looked at me in a way he had never looked at me before, and I felt like my heart was going to burst with happiness.
Any advice for future brides for the overall planning of their wedding and how to deal with their nerves on the day?
Again, I have to say – Stay true to yourself. Don’t concern yourself with the opinions of others. We had a tiny wedding with only 22 guests. At first, we were so concerned about offending friends & family that we didn’t invite, but in the end it was our choice to keep it intimate and we needed to stick to that plan. We are so happy with our choice and we were able to spend quality time with all our guests instead of stretching ourselves thin over the evening and feeling overwhelmed. This also helped with our nerves as we knew we were going to be surrounded by only those closest to us. It was a magical evening!
Please List Vendors/services involved in making your day so special:
- “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other…” 1Thess. 3:12