Savannah & Johan got married at Maroupi in Salt Rock this March. Their wedding day was absolutely beautiful and it was an absolute pleasure capturing their day. Tell us your love story! How did it all start and how did the journey lead to a proposal?
Johan and I met in 2011 on one of my trips back to SA; he played rugby with my cousin, and I was introduced to him at Hops. I had 3 days left of my 4 month trip, but decided to extend it an extra week as I felt there was something extra special about him (plus we would get to go to a Springbok game together if I did ;) ). After spending every waking hour together, we decided to give long distance a shot- the next time we would see each other would be 4 months later when he came to visit me in the States. We continued doing long distance and would go months at a time without seeing each other. It was December, about 2.5 years into our relationship, and Johan had been visiting me when we got the awful news; he had to rush back to SA as his father had passed away. I went to visit him in April 2014 after a looong 4 months apart, and 2 days after me being there he took me to iNsingizi Lodge to “pick up something for his mum”. When we arrived, there was a lapa overlooking the lake that had roses and champagne and a table for 2. He got on his knee and popped the question!
Tell us what the inspiration behind your wedding was? How was your wedding fitting to your style and personality?
What I wanted was “simplicity and elegance”. I had never been into the rustic or vintage look as it just did not fit our personalities. I always loved just a beautiful plain white wedding with crystal vases and a winter wonderland feel! To add some colour and since it was originally meant to be a winter wedding, a dark Navy was perfectly fitting. I wanted beautiful décor of course, but I also didn’t want to spend so much time stressing about it that it took away from what a wedding is really about. My favourite touch that was just so Johan and I was instead of having a ring cushion, we tied the rings to a Springbok rugby ball.
Where did you get married and what did you love about your venue?
We got married at Maroupi in Ballito/Umhlali, an absolutely breathtaking venue overlooking sugarcane fields with a peak of the ocean on the horizon. The fact that they had a chapel and reception area on the same property was great. The family that run Maroupi were just so lovely and helpful! I loved the laid back feel of it and having the smell of the sea gave me such a warm feeling!
Do you have any tips and advice for couples planning a wedding?
Take time to think about what it is that is important to you about getting married and do not lose sight of that. People very often get caught up in the wedding preparation and forget what “getting married” is all about. It is about committing yourself to the person whom your soul desires, in the eyes of the Lord, surrounded by the people who matter most to you. Enjoy the planning but do your best to take a deep breath when you get stressed and know it is not going to be perfect, but that is okay! Embrace the imperfections. We forgot to lay down the white carpet in the church, but I didn’t even realize it!
Did your wedding include any do-it-yourself projects?
Everything really! The crystals hanging from the vases, to the jars with flowers hanging from the chapel ceiling, to the table seating chart, to the gowns that we got ready in…I could go on for days. It saves you a lot of money but uses a lot of time!
Tell us about your experience working with us!
We were originally set to get married in June but due to unforeseen circumstances we had to get married 3 months earlier! Matt was already booked for another shoot that day but did an awesome job of accommodating us! The photos were stunning and we got them really quickly- we have 2 big pics on canvases in our house! We are always complimented on them!
Savannah & Johan's Wedding Service Providers:
- Ceremony: Maroupi
- Reception: Maroupi
- Dress and accessories: My dress had no designer name anywhere to be found, but it was a one of a kind that I bought from Fabric and Bridal World. My shoes were Aldo. My bracelet was Patrick Mavros.
- Grooms Suit and accessories: The Tailor Shop
- Make-up: Makeup Your Mind- Ballito
- Hair style: Makeup Your Mind- Ballito
- Floral Design: Mari van Wyk (my mother-in-law)
- Decorations: Settings
- Catering: Food Matters
- Cake: Madeleines in Hillcrest
- Music/DJ: Cameron Claassens
- Marriage Officer: Skip Collins - Grace Church