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!

Carla Satram


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…


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.

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!

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)

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!


Struggling to Commit

It has been a manic past few weeks….I love my blog, so to neglect it for so long has been totally unintentional!

I will be starting my new job soon, so I have been super busy. Brendon is quite busy too with his studies. We hardly have time to just relax together anymore 😦
I have had a few days to finalise the last few wedding tasks….It has not been easy!

I got myself in a tizz last week when trying to decide between vases at the hiring company. Then the sight of flowers at the florist made my brain turn to mush…!!
A vase is a vase right? And flowers aren’t hard to pick right? WRONG.
Today is the day though – I have just confirmed my final order with the hiring company, and I am off to the florist to finalise with them now…

A few weeks ago, after searching for what feels like a year, I found my wedding shoes 🙂 Well, one pair that could be my wedding shoes…
I found them at the Errol Arendz sale. Gorgeous satin champagne coloured sandals!
Then the next day, I was casually walking around in the mall. I went into Truworths, SALE – the poster screamed out at me. And behold, I found teal satin sandals on sale! TEAL, our wedding colour, and on SALE. I bought them. Obviously.
Then one week went by, and I found the most beautiful satin champagne shoes at Aldo. I bought them (well, my husband-to-be paid).
Now I have 3 pairs of wedding shoes 🙂

wedding shoes

A few days ago I was on a mission to find teal satin ribbon for the invitations. After 4 hours of driving up and down Cape Town, it seemed like Mission Impossible. Considering that this wasn’t the first time I was looking for this dreaded teal ribbon, I was beginning to lose hope!
Luckily, I managed to find the ribbon at the end of the day (probably at the 30th place I looked at). Teal ribbon is scratched off the list!
All my decor / DIY items have now been hired or bought.
New cupcake samples will be collected tomorrow, and invitations are going out this week!

We are almost there….
6 weeks to go!!


Wedding flowers!

I don’t think that it was by coincidence that I happened to stumble upon The Rose Cafe in Newlands a few months ago. I knew immediately after walking into the shop that this place would understand what I was looking for!
The vintage pieces and homey decor inside the store confirmed that my Vintage Elegance theme would be a piece of cake for them, and of course all the lovely colourful roses made me swoon!


Before the wedding planning began, I was not into flowers. I could appreciated them, but I wasn’t mad over them. Now I LOVE flowers! When I walk past flower shops or see beautiful bouquets at Woolies, I get excited….Strange!
I can blame the quoting process for this – lots of time spent at the florist – seeing, smelling and touching a variety of flowers was lots of fun!

Initially when I started with my flowers quote, my wedding colours were Salmon and Ivory. Along the way that changed to Teal and Cerise. So there was a lot of up and down and quote changes when it came to my flowers! Thank goodness I found a florist who was able to keep up with my messy brain and indecisive thoughts!

Thank you to Chloe and the owner, Angie! You ladies are really creative geniuses and I can’t wait to see my flowers in April next year! 🙂


Brides to be in Cape Town: You should really contact The Rose Cafe, they are awesome! They work with all types of flowers, their prices are reasonable, and they are super helpful!
Please have a look at their website: The Rose Cafe


The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Effect

So after watching this classic film last night for the first time (as part of an assignment for college), I was left feeling utterly inspired!
I am IN LOVE with this movie, why haven’t I watched it sooner..??

Audrey Hepburn rocks! I am definitely going to start watching more old movies. It really is refreshing to see how things were done back then…its pure honest acting. Not like the crap we have nowadays…Lol

I realised a few weeks ago that our Vintage Elegance colour scheme needed a bit of pizazz. The salmon and white just wasn’t doing it for me…And Brendon and his men will be wearing black, so I knew there was a problem with the colour scheme. I suppose I just figured it would all work on the day…? I dunno!

Last night I figured out a way to make it all work though. After some research, I found a few ideas from previous weddings.
Luckily I didn’t commit to anything in salmon or buy the bridesmaids dresses fabric yet! Everything will still work beautifully with what I will be hiring. I’m just glad the colour scheme and decor will lend itself towards the black tuxedos now!

My favourite colour is pink and I originally wanted pink to be our wedding colour, but I knew that would be better suited for my hen party or something. Men in pink ties and pink all over the reception wouldn’t be cool… So I thought I’d choose peach, which eventually changed into salmon. But after last night, I am dead set on teal, with splashes of pink (flowers).

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is all about sophistication, glamour, pearls and diamonds. Sounds just like my wedding!
I will still incorporate the lace and pearls, but keep it very subtle. I think the star of the show will be the beautiful flowers in shades of pink. Its going to be fantastic, I am so excited!!

Still 6 months to go!


Decor confusion

Finding the perfect (ie decent and within budget) decor is my current task, and it isn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be…
Initially, I wanted our wedding reception to be at a hotel or restaurant, so I wouldn’t have to worry about hiring anything. I fell in love with the Cape Grace Hotel at the Waterfront, but unfortunately the layout would’ve prevented an open social atmosphere.

When we chose Monchique as our reception venue, I may have forgotten about the fact that we were going to have to do the decor design ourselves (ourselves meaning ‘me’)…
There are lots of decor hiring companies in Cape Town. I have chosen a reputable company, recommended by Kathy, the owner of Monchique, for the hiring of tables, tablecloths, cutlery and crockery. Thats the easy part. The challenge comes in choosing the the decor – everything that makes the venue pop and sparkle. There is nothing worse than a plain wedding…so I am really bargain hunting! lol

I am still two minded about table centre pieces – votive candles, round candles, candelabras, candle sticks, glass vases, glass bowls…water, no water? And not forgetting the flowers…
As you know, our theme is Vintage Elegance. So I am looking for decor items that are vintage, and simple modern items as well. The trick is to make the vintage and modern work together beautifully! I have a few decor DIY ideas as well (which will be tackled by myself and the bridesmaids next year I suppose…)

All the wedding books, magazines and tv shows in the world cannot prepare you for this process…I’ve been gathering ideas since November 2011, but naturally, things keep changing. Its an exhilarating experience though. I am picky, so I want everything to look as closest to my vision as possible, which creates the stress I suppose…But all in all, planning your own wedding is super exciting, and I can’t wait to see it all come together on our wedding day 🙂

Hopefully I will have this all sorted out by next month (the longer something isn’t finalised, the more I stress…)
Wish me luck!