Stephanie and Matt – Elegant estate wedding
Childhood sweethearts Stephanie and Matt celebrated their nuptuals at an elegant estate wedding. This is their story: the couple from Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, met whilst she was still at school, meaning that Matt not only accompanied Stephanie to her matric dance but was by her side throughout their University years. They got engaged around her 21st birthday, and having dated for such a long time, they decided that there was little point in wasting further time to set a wedding date – so one was agreed upon which was only six months later.
First came the search for the right venue. They knew immediately when they visited Maroupi that this was where they wanted to be wed. It was central to where both of them were brought up. Matt is a born and bred North Coast Natal boy and Stephanie grew up in Durban. Maroupi estate is a family owned venue tucked away in the rolling hills of the sugar cane fields and surrounded by a gorgeous garden.The venue itself has stack doors that create a flow onto the natural surroundings. It therefore creates the perfect indoor/outdoor areas.
Deciding not to take a chance on weather, they held the ceremony in the quaint chapel which is located onsite. This was followed by canapés and cocktails served under the beautiful tree whilst their photographs were taken. During this time the guests could partake in a number of games. A large Jinga set being the favourite followed by lawn croquet. Guests could also treat themselves to a freshly brewed Cappuccino from the vintage bus. Which incidentally remained a talking point for the afternoon. People took the opportunity to relax on the couches and ottomans that were set out on the lush lawns.
Stephanie had recently had celebrated her 21st birthday with an impressive party. The initial challenge was how could they create the “wow factor“ so shortly after such an event. Complete with a new and fresh look. Noreen from Timeless Weddings and Kim from Crystal and Vine were tasked with ensuring that the wedding was breath taking. Ultimately and according to all accounts did exactly that.
Due to the layout of the venue, we used long banqueting tables. These were adorned with beautiful stone coloured table cloths and an assortment of vases and candle holders. Furthermore we incorporated glass, crystal, copper and wooden details. Above the tables, crates were suspended filled to capacity with penny gum. Large naked bulbs suspended down to create the right amount of ambience.
In addition, each guest received a succulent rock rose planted in a personalised pottery holder. All these details combined to cerate a sophisticated, elegant estate wedding reception.
Starters were served as mezze platters to the tables. As a result this ensured a very sociable and interactive start to the evening. Consequently this was followed by a superb dinner prepared by Delish Sisters. They created the most unique and scrumptious dinner for the guests. In conclusion the dessert table was an assortment of finger desserts. This enabled everyone to choose a selection of small bites.
Stephanie and Matt decided on a three tier cake which was set up to compliment all the wedding details. Accordingly the cake was highlighted by a spot light, and became a focal point of the wedding. This was before it was cut by the couple and guests devoured it with relish. This incredible cake was baked and decorated by Kerry at Lemon Canary.
The wedding photographs were superbly captured by the very talented Leigh Jameson. In fact Leigh ensured that all the finer details, as well as the love and happiness that surrounded this event was accurately recorded.
Stephanie and Matt have settled in the north coast of Natal and we know that their love will continue to florish as the years pass by. We can certainly see a very well matched couple! Congratulations to you both and wishing you a lifetime of happiness