Olivia + Andrew's Wedding

Olivia & Andrew are an incredible couple who we had the pleasure of photographing. They got married at Highbury Chapel and their reception was at Barker Manor. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and it was the first time we shot in hail! Check out their story below:Tell us your love story! How did it all start and how did the journey lead to a proposal? We actually met at Varstiy, we were in the same accounting lectures (Dorks!!) We didn't really chat too much as Andrew was with someone else and I was too. We then saw each other at a mutual friends braai. I said to one of my good friends Natalie, "is he still with that girl, because he is sooooo funny!!!" She said, "no they broke up". As luck would have it, I was hosting a braai the very next day. So Andrew came to that braai and then we started hanging out.

After 4 years of being together Andrew was offered the opportunity to move to JHB, we thought what the heck, lets go to JHB. We are both from close knit families and although the decision to move was a tough one and leaving all our friends and family was emotional, we knew that we were doing it together and we would survive.

JHB was TOUGH. I started a new job as a Newly Qualified CA, Andrew had his new job and with our friends and families so far away we were quite isolated and had to lean on each other heavily. we found JHB to be a rather harsh city, we did not easily make friends and any chance we had we would travel to the Berg, Durban or the Bush to just get away from the hustle and bustle.

After being in Jhb for a little under a year it was time to go home for Christmas. My birthday is just before Christmas, so Andrew had planned a weekend away for my 'Birthday'.  Having no idea where we were going but thinking surely he would not be taking me to the beach (And secretly hoping we were going to the Bush) we arrived at Thanda private Game Reserve. Our love for the African Bush is something that brings us together and it was the perfect setting for what Andrew had planned.

We arrived at our tented camp. The plan was for me to be standing on the small deck of our tent and for me to turn around and there he would be on his knee, however the ported would not leave us in peace so Andrew had to move to plan B.

We had a relaxing afternoon, an evening game drive and then dinner.  He was cool, calm and collected. I thought it was a little strange planning this big getaway for my Birthday, but he had said it had been a tough year, so I left it. After dinner we got back to our tent (that has no electricity - Just candles). I started to change into my pajamas and Andrew stayed in his collared shirt.  He asked why I was changing and my response was that I wanted to be comfy.

He then told me to close my eyes as there was one more surprise. We he said open them, I asked him why his voice sounded so low to the ground. He was on one knee. Holding something in his hand that I could not actually see because it was so dark. We stood huddled over a candle so I could see my ring and put it on. The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and taking in the amazing surroundings.

Tell us what the inspiration behind your wedding was? How was your wedding fitting to your style and personality?

Oh goodness!! We both do not like boring. I was tired of seeing the same thing and decided I love black, and I love stripes, so why not use that. A little research on pinterest confirmed that it would look slick. We wanted something fancy, but chilled. We love to have fun. So that is what we did for the wedding. We looked up each guests name on Urban Dictionary and at there seat there was a definition describing them. It was uncanny how most of the definitions were so well suited. We wanted the guests to feel special. Each and every one of them played a part in growing our relationship.

Where did you get married and what did you love about your venue?

The ceremony was at The McMillan chapel at Highbury and the Reception was at Barker Manor Kloof. We both Absolutely loved the ceremony. The intimacy of the chapel will be treasured forever. Our venue was AMAZING!!!!!!! We loved thatit had everything and that there were extra touches that were added because they were needed.We also loved that the venue was local.

Do you have any tips and advice for couples planning a wedding?

Do not sweat the small stuff. There are things that you actually just cannot predict or control. We were supposed to have an outside ceremony, but the Monday before decided to have it in the Chapel and it was the best decision. We would not have wanted it any other way. Also do what YOU want. It is YOUR day and YOUR memory. Most importantly, enjoy the planning process, the set up and the actual day. Make sure you take a moment to take it all in. It is gone in a flash.

Did your wedding include any do-it-yourself projects?

hmmmm , not really. Well not by me. My sister was a HUGE help in designing and printing the stationary. Andrews Mum and My Gran grew little rock roses as favours for each lady. Those turned out beautifully.

Tell us about your experience working with us!

MEMORABLE!!!!! From the beginning I mentioned that Andrew was not mad about Pictures and did not like to be told what to do. You listened to everything we wanted and numerous guests said how awesome it was to have you capturing our special day.It was pouring with rain, it was hailing and Matt and Britt did not let that stop them from capturing the memories we will cherish forever.

Thank you !!! You guys were amazing.

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