MR & MRS VAN DER MERWE |casablanca manor pretoria weddingApril 28, 2014

posted in Real Weddings

Gabi & Andre said their vows on the 1st of March 2014 at the picturesque Casablanca Manor Wedding Venue in Pretoria. It was a beautiful rainy day and I just loved working with this lovely couple. Gabi looked amazing in her beautiful gown fit for a princess and along with their wedding theme being elegant with touches of pink and grey, it truly was a fairytale day :)

How did you meet/How did the proposal happen?

Gabi: “You can almost say it was an ‘arranged’ marriage. For many years both sets of parents had tried to set me and Andre up as they both thought we were perfect for each other and one night they succeeded. We spent the whole night until 6am the next morning talking and getting to know each other and from that moment on we were inseparable! After one and half years of being together, Andre took me away for a romantic weekend in the bushveld. We had just finished unpacking and sat down on the patio to take in the surroundings when before I knew it Andre was next to me on one knee, declaring his love and asking me to be his wife… Of course I said ‘YES!’ It was perfect!”

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?

Gabi: “My favourite part of the wedding day was when the minister declared us husband and wife and we had our first kiss!!”

Andre: “My favourite parts was when I saw my beautiful bride walking down the aisle and of course when she said ‘I do’, making us officially husband and wife.”

Do you have any tips/advice for our future brides and grooms?

“Take a moment to embrace the moment with your husband/wife… The day really goes quickly.”

Congratulations Mr & Mrs van der Merwe! <3

Ceremony & Reception Venue; Cake & Wedding Coordinating: Casablanca Manor Wedding Venue in Pretoria

Bride’s Dress & Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Creations by Lauren – 082 373 6514

Bride’s Shoes & Groom’s Outfit: Edgars

Bride’s Headpiece: Boutique Shop in Port Elizabeth

Bride’s Jewellery & Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Truworths

Cake Flower Decor: Helen – 012 331 0944

Flowers: Ludwig’s Roses

Hair: House of A’ora by Cecile – 072 437 6165

Make Up: Karin Roode Professional Make-up

DJ: 4 Seasons Mobile Disco

Minister: Alistair Westcott