Hayley and Francois – barefoot beach wedding
Both Hayley and Francois knew what they wanted – a barefoot beach wedding with a relaxed but fun reception setting. In 2007 Timeless Weddings had co-ordinated Hayley’s sister Tanya and Paul’s beach wedding, so we were thrilled when she contacted us to say she had met her prince, Francois and that they would be getting married on the 1st of September and would love us co-ordinate and be part of it.
Hayley had always wanted a Spring Day wedding, and the fact that it fell on a Monday in 2014, did not perturb her in the slightest. After visiting numerous venues with Timeless Weddings, they decided on Orchid House at Collisheen Estate with the ceremony taking place at the beautiful Granny Pool beach setting in Salt Rock, KZN. The weather on the beach was pristine, and Timeless Weddings set up a rustic style gazebo with white wimbledon chairs, which fitted perfectly with the couple’s chosen theme and style of wedding. Being a Monday, the couple had the beach to themselves, which was perfect for a intimate ceremony.
On arrival at the beach guests were each given a bottle of chilled water with a personalised label on it and a sign indicating where to leave their shoes. This set the tone for the relaxed barefoot beach wedding. Thus Hayley wore beautiful beaded beach sandals for the ceremony but changed into lovely silver heels to dance the night away later. Francois looked cool, calm and collected in white pants and shirt teamed with a pale blue linen jacket – perfect for a beach wedding.
Hayley’s siblings are very talented musically, so it was an obvious choice and privilege for them to provide the music for the beach ceremony, before they had to fly out that evening back to Europe.
Having a large bridal party to dress and prepare, meant a busy day for Nixon make-up’s team, but without any stress, Lindsay ensured that Hayley, her bridesmaids, mother and Master of Ceremonies arrived all looking very glamorous, and manage to stay that way throughout the evening.
The decoration for the evening was kept very simple but totally elegant and visually stunning. Hessian look table runners with cross sectional tree trunk slithers were used on all tables as the base setting, then half the tables were decorated with mason jars filled with baby’s breath flowers, and the other half of the tables had a selection of different bottles with single stem flowers. Interspersed between the flower arrangements was a selection of small pillar and votive candles to add a romantic feel to the setting.
The guest’s cutlery was tied together with twine, and each place setting a wooden cut out of their names was displayed. Around the perimeter of the venue were hanging jars with candles, and from the gazebo where guests enjoyed pre-reception drinks, we suspended a selection of bottles with babies breath flowers. Scattered through the garden and down the paths were white bags with candles which glowed beautifully through the evening. Mokka Blooms not only excelled on the table flowers, but created beautiful bouquets for the bridal party.
<a title="Rand Video" href="http://www navigate to this site.randvideo.co.za” target=”_blank”>Rand Video captured the wedding on DVD and Justin Erasmus, who had also photographed her sister Tanya and Paul’s wedding was a perfect choice for this wonderful Spring Day wedding. I am sure from the photographs on this blog, you will agree that he captured the ambience to perfection! Hayley and Francois chose a simple design for the cake – the wooden cake stand tied in with the rest of the décor, and the laser cut cake topper certainly is certainly a momento to be kept. The uniqueness of the cake came through when it was cut, as the cake tiers were in the colours of the wedding, which was shades of blue and green. Everyone agreed that not only did it look terrific but tasted just as good. The cake was created by Lemon Canary.
There were also numerous personal touches throughout the wedding, one of them being the personalised signs that were placed around the venue and that were meaningful to the couple. These signs were then reflected on a set of coasters which was given as guest favours. Finally the guest book was created in the form of a puzzle with a large infinity image printed onto it, and this is where guests were asked to write their own special message to the newly weds.
This was certainly a wedding that we loved being part of – thank you for entrusting Timeless Weddings with another “Sayer” wedding! We are confident your marriage with be a wonderful one, and we look forward to watching your family grow as we have done with Tanya and Paul. All the best to Hayley and Francois – you have a wonderful foundation to build your lives together!