The Final Wedding Post

I have decided that my wedding blog deserves a final post, a post to end this journey and hopefully be a good start to something new. I love blogging too much to let it go, so I am going to continue (but obviously not blogging about my wedding..)

It’s been 10 and a half weeks, almost 3 months, since I married my soulmate on the 13th April. There are days where I still daydream about our perfect day and how it all unfolded after all my stressful planning and sleepless nights..
It was a big task, there’s no sugar coating it. Wedding planning ain’t easy! ESPECIALLY if you are a control freak like me 🙂

Our wedding was a vintage elegance affair. I didn’t want a theme as such, I wanted our special day to be memorable and reflect Brendon and I.
I immediately knew I wanted to use lace and pearls as decor elements. I later decided to pair the lace and pearls with pops of pastels – roses and pretty flowers in shades of pastel, and our guests were asked to wear something pastel.
The result was a soft, vintage and romantic look and feel!

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The morning of my wedding was really stressful for me. We (bridesmaids and my mom) woke up at about 5am to get ready. We started running late in between having our hair and make up done, and this made me panic a bit. I struggled to eat. I had to force a piece leftover pizza down my throat. Fainting on my big day was NOT an option.
When it was time to put my wedding dress on, I was a wreck! My bridesmaids tried to help me put it on, but no success. I was on edge!
Luckily our videographer, Andrew, stepped in and took control – he stood on a chair with my dress, held it above me, told me to lift up my arms, and he just slid it on over me. Like it was the hundredth time he’d done it (..well maybe it was).
After that things started to smooth out. My hair and make up was done, I was in my dress, and it was time for champagne 🙂

I arrived at the church LATE, I was furious as this was the last thing I wanted to happen. We said “I do” in an old quaint Catholic church. Our nuptial mass was beautiful – traditional, but modern. It was well received by our guests and everyone wanted to know about the funny Archbishop Lawrence Henry!

Our reception venue in Hout Bay – Monchique, is an old barn style building nestled in a lovely lush garden. Very vintage, rustic and romantic! Our guests enjoyed mingling outside under a thatched roof as they nibbled on snacks and drank cocktails. I had exactly ONE snack and TWO cocktails, and that was it..
We then moved inside to the reception area, which looked STUNNING. I was so happy with the way everything gelled together. My decor ideas and the flowers looked unbelievable.
Lunch was awesome, and our cake was magical 🙂

My husband and I are still on cloud 9, enjoying every moment together on our new path. We constantly talk about our wedding day and everything that we are grateful for. Its been more than 6 years, and we are finally united forever!
Its not an easy journey, things are still very new to us, but we are in it for the long run! Nothing can prepare you for married life, it sure is something else! We are taking it one day at a time and learning all the time..

Our wedding day was exceptional and I will always remember how I felt like a Princess for a day! I wish I could do it all over again…

Please check out our wedding preview video:

x
Carla

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Photos!!

Our amazing photographer, Mark Engelbrecht has posted some of our wedding photos on his blog and facebook!! 🙂

We should be receiving our photo disk soon.

Here are some of my favourites:

I will be blogging soon about all our wonderful suppliers – Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Venue, Cake, Dress, Shoes…everything!
Our wedding would not have been as beautiful without the help of all these committed and talented people!

xx
Carla Satram

Post Wedding Glow

Its been about 2.5 weeks since our wedding…and what a day it was!

During my planning process, a few newly married women all told me the same thing: “Make sure you relax so that you can enjoy your day – it goes by so fast!”
They weren’t kidding. The day literally went by in a flash!

The last 2 weeks leading up to the wedding was really emotional for me.
A few family members confirmed that they would not be coming to my wedding. People I grew up with. Someone I considered one of my best friends decided that she wasn’t going to be a part of the most special day in my life. It crushed me. I am still incredibly disappointed in her, but I realise that I can’t change other people or help them if they don’t want it. But I can pray for them.

Besides that, I struggled to eat or sleep. In a way I was kind of relieved that I wasn’t eating. Everyone kept telling me I was going to lose weight, and it was beginning to piss me off because I hadn’t lost a single centimetre! So when the infamous “bridal weightloss” finally happened, I managed to lose a measly 2 kgs…lol.
Needless to say, I gained it all back over our honeymoon! 🙂

Our honeymoon was fantastic. Just what the doctor ordered – some well needed resting time together. We had an awesome time in sunny Robertson and Montagu! We decided to have a local honeymoon (cheaper), and perhaps travel overseas next year.

And before anymore people ask us about babies…No, we won’t be having any anytime soon!

Brendon and I are almost 100% settled into our new apartment. Its been a big adjustment for both of us since we didn’t live together before, and we are used to having our moms cook and clean for us…But we are adjusting for sure! One step at a time, we’ll be pros at this marriage business soon!
For me, its a bit of a jump to cook everyday. I am most certainly not used to it (and the time it takes to make a meal…WTF!), but I am enjoying experimenting in the kitchen. I am just going to have to learn to manage my time..

So far so good, we are loving living together and learning from each other. Its been a long wait and we are finally here. After 5 years of dating and over a year of wedding planning, we are married!!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our wedding and shared in our love and friendship for each other. It was a beautiful day and it all came together with the presence of our guests 🙂
We are so grateful for your well wishes and gifts.
A big shout out goes to Archbishop Henry! (Yes, a shout out!) Everyone has been asking us about this happy, funny, down to earth man! Our nuptial mass was amazing and we are truly blessed. Thank you Lord for all our rewards and blessings.

Photos coming soon, I will upload as soon as I get them! Sneak peek below from our awesome photographer Mark Engelbrecht! (the last pic)

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xx
Carla

Wedding 2011 – Wedding 2013

Brendon and I got engaged in October 2011.
At the time, we couldn’t afford to start our wedding planning immediately. So Pinterest really helped me with ideas & inspiration…

Initially I was confused. I wasn’t the type of girl who dreamed about a fairytale wedding. I didn’t fantasize about walking down the aisle in a Princess dress either. So this whole experience has really been an eye opener for me, a true magical journey.

Back in early 2012, when I was able to brainstorm and choose elements of the wedding, lace and pearls naturally came to the forefront.
I have always had a fascination with all things vintage. You won’t find me in vintage clothing, but I have always admired old buildings, works of art, beautiful hollywood stars (before we had plastic surgery..), and of course old tales of adventure and mystery…

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Our theme of “Vintage Elegance” combines old with new (rustic with sparkly!). I really wanted a clean theme without too much work, and the lace and pearls really brings it all together.

I have changed our flowers and cake design about 1000 times (no kidding), so this process of planning has really brought every bit of indecisiveness out of me…
The main change I made for the wedding was our star colour. My original choice was Salmon. Now it is Teal.
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Bridesmaids dresses will be dressed in Teal, as well as the Bestmen’s ties and hankies. Pops of Teal at our reception, but mainly White, Ivory and Pastels.
Of course, Pastels also acts as the guests dress code.
I am looking forward to seeing a sea of pastel shades, its going to make stunning photos!
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My wedding hair and make up trials have been successful, my wedding dress is being altered and bridesmaids dresses will be ready this weekend. The men have booked their suits and Brendon's suit is being altered…The Groom still has a few very important tasks to complete though….(tick tock Brendon)
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Its very strange to think that its been about 1.5yrs of planning and waiting (and 5 years before that..) But very rewarding, I will probably cry at the sight of our venue on the day, dressed up with my choice of flowers and decor…I cannot wait.

We have a few things to still wrap up (mainly planning our wedding ceremony), but other than that it will hopefully be smooth sailing from here on out!

This weekend, we P A R T Y! Can’t wait to see what my girls have up their sleeves…. 🙂
Oh, and its Brendon’s Bachelor party too…we all know what guys do for Bachelors Parties lol…(same thing since 1925..) 😛

Just 11 DAYS to go! Chills down my spine….I am going to be a WIFE!

xx
Carla

Catholic Engaged Encounter…what a weekend!

Brendon and I attended the Catholic Engaged Encounter this past weekend, and it truly was an amazing fulfilling experience!
We highly recommend it to any engaged couple. People of any faith can attend. There were a lot of mixed couples over the weekend, and I am sure we all felt similar feelings yesterday at the end of our journey.

I must admit, its hard work. Lots of presentations to listen to, and lots of personal questions to answer. By Sunday, we both felt very tired and ready to go home!
Overall, it was a very enriching, beautiful experience. Everyone receives a notebook and you get time to relax amongst the trees while you answer questions. Afterwards, you meet up and you discuss your answers as a couple. We enjoyed the experience and are so grateful we had this intimate precious time together as we prepare for the sacrament of marriage.

We covered many topics over the weekend, ranging from easy stuff like why you love each other, to the more difficult like, how to deal with conflict, how to raise a family with good values, financial decisions, trust and forgiveness…
It was a powerful weekend!!

We met some lovely couples, all with different stories and backgrounds and it was awesome to spend time with other people who too shared a strong bond like Brendon and I 🙂

Brendon and I are feeling refreshed and happy, really excited to get married now!!
We are so blessed to have found each other and after this grueling weekend, I think our love has grown stronger..

“A wedding is a day. A marriage is a lifetime”
Love it!

xx
Carla

6 months.

Brendon and I went to the church we will be getting married in yesterday, and I asked the priest if we could take a few photos…(sneak peek below)
I tried my best to be present and listen during the mass, but I kept getting distracted by the thought of walking down the aisle…! Its an exciting thought, especially since I can visualise the flowers, me in my dress and of course, Brendon in his suit 🙂

At this moment almost everything is pretty much taken care of. Now all we need to do is to pay things off bit by bit, and save for the big payments we will be making next year just before the wedding!
Brendon is in charge of booking the organist and choir, and arranging the order of service. I have given him carte blanche with regards to the ceremony, since he has been a Catholic all his life, and he knows MUCH more hymns than me! Lol

I was a bit disappointed a few months ago when we were told that we couldn’t get married in our church, The Most Holy Redeemer in Bergfliet. This church holds a special place in my heart, since it is really the first church I can call my own. This is where I got confirmed as a Catholic about a year and a half ago. So you can imagine why I was disappointed…But its good to know that we can baptise our children there one day!

The fact that our back up church is also old and ‘stoney’ helps a lot. I REALLY didn’t want to get married in a modern looking church. I’ve never dreamt of a particular church, or ceremony, or anything wedding related really….But when Brendon and I got engaged, I knew I wanted to get married at an old church. You could say that Brendon ignited a dormant flame inside of me. I wasn’t one of those little girls who dreamt of the ‘fairytale wedding’. Never had a thought about my wedding dress, or Prince Charming, nothing!
In fact, I was totally anti marriage until we were dating for a few years..

On the flip side, the weather has been crazy these last few weeks, so we’ve had to postpone our engagement shoot to the 11th November. Hopefully by then the wind and the occasional rain would’ve died down..

Other than that, we have 6 months to go! Woohoo 🙂

xx
Carla