Ryan and Lizé are one of the most amazing couples we have met. We loved their vision for the wedding and were so happy when they chose us for their special day. They wanted to go with a very casual picnic setting with their close family and friends. We were blessed with the most gorgeous weather from start to finish. It is so clear to see the love that they have for each other and it was an absolute treat being able to photograph them.
Tell us your love story! How did it all start and how did the journey lead to a proposal
We met through church circles and spent a bit of time together at friends' birthday dinners. Ryan had invited a group of people for coffee, but only Lizé could make it (which secretly Ryan had been hoping for). We had an awesome time at coffee and our friendship grew from there. At this point we knew we were onto something. A few months later we started dating. The progression from one phase to another throughout our relationship felt so natural and we knew that we were going to get married.
6 months later Ryan planned the most amazing proposal which included a helicopter flip, a delicious picnic, some great music and best of all an anamorphic puzzle which revealed the golden question. And then we were engaged.
Tell us what the inspiration behind your wedding was? How was your wedding fitting to your style and personality?
As a couple we are quite relaxed with a 'no frills' temperament, so we wanted the same for our wedding as well as our guests. Lizé always wanted to get married in a forest and Ryan loves the outdoors so when we came across our venue of beautiful fields and glorious trees, we knew it was perfect! We also wanted a day where our guests could relax in a picnic-style setting and just chill with us as we celebrated.
Where did you get married and what did you love about your venue?
We got married at Sunmerveld Training Centre amongst some beautiful big trees. We loved the venue because it provided the backdrop and atmosphere that we were after, but gave us the freedom and felixibility to do what we wanted in terms of decor, set up, the ceremony etc
Do you have any tips and advice for couples planning a wedding?
Don't take forever to plan your wedding, decide what you want and start planning! Go with your gut, don't over think it. Keep it simple and true to who you are. Trust the people around you, they'll help you more than you can imagine.
Did your wedding include any do-it-yourself projects?
Oh yes! We started with a field and some trees...there was a lot of DIY to host 180 people including ablutions, electricity, seating, food, lighting etc. We had loads of contributors, each with their own expertise. Planning our wedding was like managing a fun project for us, with a lot of spreadsheets and time plans ;)
Tell us about your experience working with us!
You guys were super professional. We appreciated the awareness of time restraints, but also enjoyed relaxing with you at the quiet times. We enjoyed Matt's innovation and spontaneity in finding the magic moments and ensuring we captured them. Our photos met our brief and they are exactly what we wanted.
Ceremony & Reception: same place Dress: Bridal & Fabric Centre Accessories: personal Suit: Zara & Woolworths Hair & Make-up: Brittany Morris Decor: done ourselves Catering: Sharon van der Westhuizen (family friend) Cake: Melissa Quinton (Ryan's sister) Music: Rob & Garth Warren Videographer: David Fisher (Fishmunga) Marriage Officer: Ross Roger
Ceremony & Reception: Summerveld Dress: Bridal & Fabric Centre Accessories: personal Suit: Zara & Woolworths Hair & Make-up: Brittany Morris Decor: done ourselves Catering: Sharon van der Westhuizen (family friend) Cake: Melissa Quinton (Ryan's sister) Music: Rob & Garth Warren Videographer: David Fisher (Fishmunga) Marriage Officer: Ross Roger