I am very honoured to have been the first Love, Honour and Be True bride when I got married in Cape Town, December 2013. I wore 'Blushing Bride' and the colour was absolutely perfect. I couldn't find 'the right' colour anywhere else that was natural but still noticeable - this lipstick was the one for me and I couldn't recommend it more highly for any bride-to-be out there. I felt so comfortable wearing it - it felt special for my big day but not too bright that I was worrying about covering my husband's face with it for the photos after our first kiss! The packaging is just so lovely and makes it really special and the quality of the actual make up is second to none - it feels like wearing velvet cream on your lips. The great thing is that now the wedding is over it's a wonderful way to keep that memory of the day alive - I wore 'Blushing Bride' on Valentine's Day and it brought back the memories of my big day all over again. It feels like so much care, thought and love has gone in to making these lipsticks and you really feel like you're wearing something tailored for your wedding day when you wear it. Thanks ladies for adding that special touch to my big day - much love xxx
Imogen recieved one of our lipsticks prior to our launch so that she could wear one of beautiful shades on her big day! Imogen wore 'Blushing Bride' available on our website;
And now the information you really want to hear.... THE WEDDING DETAILS!!
A charming wedding for two -
just bride and groom – the epitome of romance
! Set in the idyllic backdrop of the Western Cape, we went for romantic bliss with a maroon and red theme for our Summertime South African Christmas wedding. We brought all of our special tokens and vintage finishing touches from the UK to bring a little part of our family and friends with us...from my sister's garter, to my grandmother's vintage clutch bag, from silver Kurt Geiger sandals bought by my girlfriends and an ‘I do’ sticker placed under my shoe by one of my oldest friends, to a six-pence inside my shoe from my mother-in-law!
We decided to have a very intimate ceremony on 28th December 2013, just the two of us, over in the place where our journey together started. It was a dream come true for us to have made this commitment to each other under the African stars. Both of us are British but were living in Cape Town, both having life changing moments in our own journeys, when we met 3 years ago. We've been going back every Christmas and it was during our Christmas holiday 2012 that Savvas proposed (on 28th December actually!)...so we knew immediately that we had to go back to Cape Town to get married.
We flew over from the UK on the 21st December and stayed in Cape Town for a week to relax and prepare and stayed in the beautiful hotel, Ellerman House, where all the stars stay when they visit South Africa. The night before the wedding we drove over to the wedding hotel, La Residence, which is set in the dramatic and breathtaking Wine Valley town Franschhoek, 50 minutes outside of the city.
is set up the slope of the Franschhoek mountains, with breathtaking views over the valley below and vineyards surrounding the estate. The luxury estate is a true 5-star venue – built and decorated in old-French style. The thatched reception hall with chequered floor is lit by massive crystal chandeliers. To add to the regal feel, the walls and surrounding grounds are decorated with a high value art collection and sculptures. Definitely a venue fit for royalty
…Elton John himself has his own suite here!
The theme was red to keep with the romance of the day (and also the time of year being Christmas!), and maroon, which is Savvas’ favourite colour. The incredible events coordinator Chantell Viljoen and her florist at La Residence had created a red rose petal trail for me, lined with maroon storm lanterns, down the hill to the lake where we tied the knot at 6pm, with the African sunset as a back drop, under a stunningly decorated pergola. We had written their own vows and chosen some of our favourite poems and prayers to read to finish off the entirely unique and personal ceremony, which included a traditional African ‘Unity Sands Ceremony’ where there is a symbolic blending of two different sands to represent their inseparable bond in marriage.
We were serenaded with our favourite romantic classical music by a violin and a guitar (courtesy of Mike and Titia of Palm Strings), and music gently filled the air as they followed us as we strolled around the grounds of the hotel having our couples photo shoot – it was like something out of a movie!
I wore an understated yet stunning Amanda Wakeley dress and veil (from her London, Chelsea boutique and from her aptly named 2013 ‘Africa’ range!), which was comfortable and perfect for the relaxed summer South African setting, but could also be transformed for a UK winter wedding party by adding a lace jacket custom made by the dress makers of Pure Couture. I wore a beautiful Gillion Million headpiece (from her Teddington boutique), and I just had to go with the obligatory sparkly Jimmy Choos for the UK party. Savvas wore a Hugo Boss suit and Oliver Sweeney shoes and accessories – two of his favourite brands. My ‘Snow White look’ makeup and hair was flawlessly created by Marize Louw and her assistant Rina, and I wore the most incredible lipstick courtesy of the original wedding makeup brand 'Love Honour & Be True', a company actually created by one of my oldest and dearest friends Helen Hiscocks with her sister Kitty.
Our dinner menu was created especially for us…because there was only the two of us we could both have their favourite meals, which included grilled beef for Savvas, and Malva Pudding, a traditional South African desert. The chefs at La Residence surprised us by baking the smallest wedding cake ever, and after the ceremony, once the photographers and videographers had left, we settled in to a romantic wedding dinner for two, watching the sun set in each other's arms...bliss.
After the wedding we went straight off on our honeymoon to the luxury beach villa resort of Azura, on Benguerra Island, Mozambique. However, this special celebration would not have been complete for us without sharing the occasion with those closest to us whom we love so much. So after we returned home to the UK from Mozambique, on Saturday January 25th 2014, we were honoured to have our family and friends to join us for the evening, in our home town of Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, to celebrate our marriage as we took our first steps on the next chapter of our journey. We had a relaxed evening reception in the Moroccan Lounge of the fabulous 'Crazy Bear Hotel’ in Beaconsfield, coordinated by Ramona Todor (of Crazy Bear), and which was captured by Ines Banks of Source Image Photography. We went for formal but contemporary invitations for our party, created by The Letterpress of Cirencester, and also created a wedding website with Worldwide Wedding to keep our guests informed and to allow them to catch up on our SA wedding photos and video once we had returned.
If there are any couples out there tempted to go it alone and have that romantic wedding for two that they’ve always dreamed off, then we couldn’t recommend it more highly! We had the most memorable and wonderful day of our lives and we were thrilled to be able to really just enjoy it alone – celebrating with our one true love. It means you can go all out and have all those personalized touches that make the day really about you two…not to mention that it can save money if you have just a small celebration when you get back!