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Gareth & Robyn… African Leaves and The Hothouse Venue

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When we say that what we do is to celebrate chic and authentic couples through the poetry of photography and imagery; then Gareth & Robyn’s wedding comes to mind!
Understated, elegant with just a dash of bohemian spirit; this is how we would describe their spring wedding in the valley surrounding Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Originally popping the question at another iconic site in South Africa, the Cradle of Humankind with a romantic picnic, attorney Gareth & Robyn’s story had all the ingredients to be pure magic!

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When the wedding planning started Robyn put together her “dream wedding file” of images that she had collected to bring this magic to life. With the help of wedding- and event specialist Lee-Ann Landsberg from MODE Events a day like no other was put together with great emphasis placed on all the details the couple liked most.

Robyn’s advise for couples planning their nuptials this year:

“My advice would be if possible, use a wedding planner even if you need to cut on a few things to do so. Lee-Ann from MODE Events was a saving grace. Wedding planning can seem so overwhelming and that is exactly how I felt before meeting Lee-Ann. Gareth suggested it and I couldn’t have been more grateful. Lee-Ann made everything so achievable and went above and beyond and really put me so at ease.”

When discussing the event with their planner, Lee-Ann the couple had a few must haves; delicious food, a live band and an extended cocktail hour. With an avid love of especially daisies Robyn wanted the event to be timeless yet slightly whimsical.

Not wanting to miss any of the festivities and making the most of the African sun in September, the couple only slipped away with us for a very short while for their couples’ portraits.

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Why they chose The Hothouse Venue near Dullstroom?

“Gareth and I had gone to a few wedding venues before finding The Hothouse, as soon as we arrived, apart from the beautiful scenery, we felt so welcomed and we loved that they aren’t the ‘typical’ wedding venue. We both just saw our wedding being there straight away.

Linel was so lovely and you can really feel the love she has for weddings and making the experience special for each couple.”

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On the wedding day the atmosphere was drenched with whimsical charm, from flower girls with dainty floral crowns, to a series of Persian carpets laid out in down the aisle and the couple said their vows in nature, surrounded by majestic mountains with a dam by their side. The ceremony décor was simple with the focus on family and friends. Afterward their guests were treated to an eye catching display of Valdo Sparkling wine, delicate canapes and wedding cake.

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A few suggested “steals” from this wedding:

  • We adored their first dance song, Florence and the Machine – You’ve got the love.
  • Robyn boldly chose ivory dresses for her bridesmaids that seamlessly blended with her own delicate wedding dress. Opting for dresses that felt organic and textured the two bridesmaids complimented the bride’s gown which was a crisper white with delicate lace details. Robyn added a bold lip for an understated yet elegant look.
  • The bridal bouquet – a simplistic arrangement of dainty daisies.
  • With a Scottish grandmother Gareth added a little bit of symbolic flair to his suit with a touch of tartan.
  • The Persian carpets lining the aisle during their “by the waterside” ceremony.
  • The incredible “cake and champagne” display during the cocktail hour is most definitely something we’d suggest other couples consider to “steal or copy” for their own celebration.

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Donning a daisy floral crown & her converse, Robyn & Gareth danced into the reception, which took place in an authentic hothouse complete with unruly, cascading passionfruit vines and tendrils, on “You’ve got the love” by Florence and the machine. The beginning of an epic evening filled with candlelight, coloured cut glasses, low hanging naked lightbulbs, wild flowers, more live music and a dessert table staggered with sweet treats.

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Planner, décor, stylist | Mode Events & Weddings
Photographers |  Dust and Dreams Photography
Florals | Floristry Studio
Lighting | Soft Light Decor
Venue | The Hothouse venue
Stationery | The Allora Collection
Hair and Makeup | Canvas Makeup Artistry
Band | Jacques Mouton
Catering | Onside Events

 

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