Real Wedding: A Picturesque Big Day in South Africa with a Pronovias Wedding Dress
They went for a chic and modern wedding theme, with touches of purple and grey, which were also reflected in Nic's suit and Danielle's bridesmaids' dresses.
Photographer | Wesley Vorster
The destination choice
Danielle and Nic chose to hold their wedding in Cape Town, in Nic's native South Africa, where his family are based in Johannesburg, not just for ease, but also because they had always dreamed of a destination wedding. <br /><br />"Cape Town is also a wonderful tourist destination, so perfect for our overseas guests," Danielle explains.<br /><br />"We wanted everyone to make the most of their trip, so we built a dedicated website of things they could do, and we organised a group wine tasting tour a few days before the weddings."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/weddings-abroad/top-10-tips-for-planning-a-destination-wedding/21027.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Top 10 tips for planning a destination wedding</a>
Danielle and Nic held both their outdoor wedding ceremony and reception at <a href="https://www.laurent-lourensford.co.za" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Laurent at Lourensford Wine Estate</a> in Cape Winelands, South Africa. <br /><br />"It was the first venue we saw, and we instantly fell in love with it," said Danielle.<br /><br />"The view definitely did it for us as the venue overlooks the Helderburg mountains, so was very picturesque," explains Danielle.<br /><br />"We love wine, so instantly knew a wine farm would be a great choice. Before we flew over to Cape Town we booked 12 venues to see, as we knew we wouldn't be in the country again until the big day."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/what-to-ask-your-wedding-venue/19602.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Questions to ask your wedding venue</a>
The wedding ceremony
Danielle and Nic had an <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/ideas-for-outdoor-and-woodland-weddings/20535.html" target="_self">outdoor wedding ceremony</a>, decorated with grey and purple paper pompoms, handcrafted by the bridesmaids. <br /><br />"The guests were all facing the view of the mountains, so we kept the decor simple as we didn't want to distract from the view," says Danielle. <br /><br /><br />
Walking down the aisle
In a break from tradition, both of Danielle's parents walked her down the aisle; she chose Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud for her <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/entertainment/30-processional-aisle-songs-that-will-have-the-groom-in-tears/21207.html" target="_self">processional song</a>. <br /><br />"I'd always wanted both of my parents to walk me down the aisle, as a way of thanking them both for raising me into the woman I am today, and for always being there for me and for each other," Danielle reveals.
The Pronovias wedding dress
Danielle's off-the-shoulder <a href="https://www.pronovias.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pronovias</a> wedding dress was purchased from <a href="http://www.teokath.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Teokath of London</a> in Wimbledon. <br /><br />"I tried on way too many dresses before finding The One," admits Danielle. <br /><br />"This one made me feel beautiful, and I just knew it was the one."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/26-elegant-off-the-shoulder-wedding-dresses/22366.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Elegant off-the-shoulder wedding dresses</a>
The customised veil
"I bought a plain veil online, and hand stitched a beautiful lace trim onto the edge," explains Danielle. <br /><br />"I've always loved Audrey Hepburn's look when she wore off-the-shoulder dresses, and I wanted to channel her elegant pretty look on my wedding day."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/how-to-choose-your-wedding-veil/21449.html" target="_self">READ MORE: How to choose your wedding veil</a>
The wedding shoes
Danielle wore a glamorous pair of wedding shoes from the <a href="http://www.davidsbridal.co.uk/wedding-dresses" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">White by Vera Wang</a> collection. <br /><br />If you love the embellishment on Danielle's shoes, check out our edit of <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/21-sparkly-wedding-shoes-perfect-for-your-big-day/22668.html" target="_self">the best sparkly wedding shoes</a> out there.
The purple bridesmaids dresses
Danielle's four sisters were her bridesmaids, and they all wore <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/bridesmaids-flowergirls/pretty-purple-bridesmaid-dresses/19654.html" target="_self">purple bridesmaid dresses</a>, courtesy of <a href="http://www.davidsbridal.co.uk/bridesmaid-dresses" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">David's Bridal</a>. <br /><br />"I wanted a romantic look, so chose a light fabric, and I love purple so chose four different yet complementary shades," says Danielle.
The wedding flowers
Danielle's favourite flower, white hydrangea, featured heavily with the wedding flowers, along with scabious, dahlias and a selection of other blooms.<br /><br />"I wanted a mixture of flowers that would work together to create a modern, chic look," says Danielle. <br /><br />The flowers were created by <a href="http://greengoddess.co.za" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Green Goddess</a>.
Destination wedding planning advice
"Planning a destination wedding isn’t as scary as many people think," shares Danielle.<br /><br />"However, there are many more aspects to think about, from ensuring passports are valid to fly with, to booking block accommodation for guests, to sending out the save the dates in plenty of time - all of which require you to be twice as patient, twice as prepared and twice as organised."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/destination/wedding-dresses-for-destination-weddings-what-you-need-to-know/22243.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Wedding Dresses for Destination Weddings: What you Need to Know</a>