Lana & Devon

Credits

Decor: Function Flair

Cake: Lana’s Cakery

Venue: Ammazulu African Palace

Photography: Photography by Geoff Feldon

Music: Corne Broodryk

Flowers: Pink Goose

Dresses: Cheryl Moore

Makeup & Nails: Sandawana Spa

Hair: Love my hair do Salon

Stationery: Shindig Decor & Events

Thank you to Lana, the stunning bride for this beautiful write up and stunning photos!

We got married at one of the most exquisite venues in the Upper highway area – Ammazulu African Palace, Kloof (you really need to take a look at their website to understand why I say it is unique and exceptional). It is uniquely South Africa and incredible to say the least. The African arts and crafts and the design of the venue alone is worth a write up. Further to this though, we just had so many incredibly talented suppliers and i would love to do something exceptional for them and honour them in a written article.

Just to give you a brief outline, Devon and I got engaged in December 2015 and planned our wedding in 3 months. We wanted a very authentic South African feel to our wedding which is why we chose Ammazulu. Our invites were full of African theme, our cake had Africa and owls on it, all our suppliers were local based suppliers, our food was all uniquely South African food, our first dance songs were South African artists, our walk down the aisle music was South African etc. The lead up to the wedding and the planning was fairly stressful as I was juggling planning and getting things done for the wedding (which included many handmade items that we really wanted to do ourselves to make everything as authentic and South African as we could), with a USA brand launch at work of our new locally made Natural Organic Family care range – juggling all of this was quite something but our suppliers and local creatives were unbelievable in all of this. Then the Tuesday before our wedding I was booked in to hospital for an emergency gall bladder removal, but not even that could deter us from getting married that weekend. We all persevered and it was exceptional to see family, friends and our incredible suppliers just rally around to ensure the wedding continued.
The day itself was extra ordinary with such a South African feel and just the true spirit of Africa and what people rallying together could achieve. it was beyond my wildest dreams.

I would really love to share this story and honour those incredible small local businesses who really went over and beyond to make the day possible, as well as showing how incredible a truly South African wedding can be without spending thousands upon thousands to achieve. I wish I could explain it all over email but its about being able to achieve an incredible wedding without taking out a second mortgage, by sourcing local talented incredible suppliers which in turn boosts local businesses, it’s about honouring a country we love living In and are proud to call home, it’s about people and the spirit of making things happen despite the odds.

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