Leslie Salema, 30, married Simon Lawrence, 31, at MolenVliet Wine & Guest Estate in Cape Town, South Africa, on 11th April 2018. She says:
The first thing we decided upon was the wedding's location, Cape Town. South Africa was a good midway point between my family in Mozambique and Portugal, while Simon wanted somewhere that his friends would be happy to take a trip/holiday to. The second thing we chose was our wedding planner! Jadee from Watermelon Collection survived my four-hour Skype inquisition (the four other potential candidates did not!). Hours of Instagram stalking resulted in our choice of MolenVliet as the venue. The landscape was everything we wanted.
My mother wanted me to wear a ball gown and I wanted a form-fitting dress, so, by the time we reached our final dress appointment with no success, we were disagreeing and pretty discouraged. But that was before walking into the Brompton Road Caroline Castigliano store. When I described our wedding venue and that I wanted my dress to look timeless, while also being able to run, jump and twirl around in it, Lucy, the sales assistant said she had to put me in the Tertia. It was love at first sight! The delicate camisole top crafted in ivory Guipure lace, layered over Chantilly lace with barely-there rouleau loop straps. And how the lace appliqué met the silk organza skirt (with its pockets!). It was as breathtaking as the verbiage required to describe it!
For the dinner and reception, I asked our planner, Jadee, and our florist to create something whimsical and enchanting. They installed hanging gardens, with many of my favourite flowers: peonies, hydrangeas, roses, orchids, freesia, stocks and dahlias. Even our cake, which my sister-in-law helped design, hung amid the flowers, covered in sugar ruffles and flowers. It was the first thing guests saw when they walked in and it was magical. Jadee even managed to negotiate its price down for us, as, initially, it exceeded our budget. And I loved that she tied our napkins in knots on the tables - a lovely symbol for our marriage!
The best ways I was able to save money was through my wedding jewellery, which was 'something borrowed'. It was also a lot cheaper to have made my cathedral-length veil made by a local seamstress in Ipswich. And I found an illustrator on Instagram for our stationery, and she was such a bargain!
Photographs by I HEART Wedding Photography