Laid back Hatchery Wedding – Natalie + Mike

The first time I met Natalie she brought me a MASSIVE bunch of country bumpkin flowers. On our second meeting I got to meet Mike and they brought along a bottle of champagne and a punnet of strawberries!  When they found stretch tent hire to be a bit too pricey for their liking, they bought their own. They have now started a little stretch tent hire business with affordable rates on the side (see their details at the end)

They are just those kind of people. And honestly Nats has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. Flip I have the best clients! I can’t even class these two as clients anymore they are now friends!

Natalie and Mike met whilst Mike was stranded alone in a non 4×4 bakkie on a sand road on the way to Ponto, Mozambique. Natalie and friend rode up alongside him and came to his rescue. The rest is history. A love story. A wonderful soulful connection. A beautiful child. And then a wedding at the Hatchery which is in Zululand near Amatikulu.

It was wonderful.

I will say it again ……. I have the best clients! Thanks guys for picking me!!!

And now the credits and so on in the brides own words

Everything except the catering, DJ and the venue were supplied by friends.  Selfless, creative, bold, magnificent people who have contributed so much to my life.  Our wedding was a like a quilt, each piece made with love, it made our day so meaningful – I will never forget the contributions and energy that each person gave.  The vibe was relaxed and natural, everything about our celebration was the best representation of who we are and what we like.  The cherry on the cake was having our loved ones under one canvas, literally from all corners of the globe.  Jacki (and don’t you dare delete this bit), you were so ill yet you braved having needles & drips to be there, I will never forget that.  It’s at times like these, when I want to express the depth of what I feel, that the English language becomes woefully inadequate.  I am grateful beyond words for the collective goodness that made our wedding day perfect, perfect, perfect!

Venue:  The Hatchery – magnificent, so unique and the staff there are ridiculously helpful!  Nothing is too big a problem, I am so indebted to them for making our weekend as seamless as it was.  Lana Myburgh: Website:

Hair & Make up: My beautiful friend, Kirsty Turco from Make Up Your Mind: 072 954 1687

Bouqets and Flowers at the venue:  Mokka Bloom at Lifestyle Shopping Centre – Sonja Watson

Brides Dress: The lovely Dominique Gatland, my friend based in Joburg.  She has just started her own label – she made my dress during one of the most stressful times of her life; between jobs, moving house, starting a new business and planning her own wedding.  She remained graceful and patient throughout because that’s who she is.

Hairpiece: Accessorize, Gateway.

Bridesmaids dresses: Nicola’s was from Desray in Cape Town / Hayley’s from Terence Bray Boutique in Ballito.

Groom’s Outfit: Hilton Weiner

Cake: Claire is not a baker or even a cook.  She is just a sweet, lovely friend who asked if she could make our cake.  She drove all the way from Joburg, stayed in Hillcrest, spent days making the cake with her niece, drove with the 3-tiered creation to Gingingdlovu by herself; delivered the cake in all its sparkling, chocolate, vanilla glory in one piece for our wedding night.  It was delicious and every bite laced with love.

Food: The Crooked Fork, Janine Hill – OK I’m not even kidding; Janine’s prawns were the best I have had just about anywhere!  And if you don’t believe me, ask the other 60 guests because they all said the same thing.  Her food was wholesome, comforting, rich with flavour and beautifully presented.  A highlight of our wedding without a doubt.

DJ: Jason Cramer – Jason is not your typical wedding DJ – if you want something a bit different, this is your guy.  He will not play Grease, YMCA or the Time Warp J  He rocked our dancefloor from start to finish.

Wedding Coordinator: Morag Oldreive.  Unfortunately, our wedding was her last and boy, did she go out with a bang.  She took the vision right out of my head and turned it into reality.  We got on so well and had such a ball putting this wedding together that we have remained friends.  We LOVE our wine and chats!

Stretch Tent: We own the stretch tent and hire it out to brides in KZN at a very good rate.  Here is our Facebook page with a little story of how the tent came about – get in touch if you’d like a quote.

Second Shooter: The marvelous Natasha Schoeman