Rainy Netherwood Wedding – Amanda + Jones

It was a cold and wet November day in the Midlands when Amanda and Chris (aka Jones) got married. One would expect a bit of sun in spring, but alas KZN gets all it’s bad weather during this time of year. The mist rolled in, the roads swelled with big muddy puddles and guest arrived armed with umbrellas. This type of weather may have upset a few brides, but the most important thing for Amanda and Jones about their wedding was that they had a big celebration with their loved ones. I was personally blown away by the incredible hospitality shown to us by Amanda, Jones and their families. They are generous, warm people and even though the weather was miserable, the atmosphere was not!

I don’t know what it is about rainy weddings but they always seem to land up in a huge party, and the truth is every single wedding I have ever shot at Netherwood has been one heck of a thrash too! Between the amazing meal, the fabulous DJ and wonderful company, Amanda and Jones’ wedding reception was definitely up there with one of the most memorable of 2014.

Thank you guys for picking me, I am so glad you did!

Venue: Netherwood Farm, Nottingham Road. (www.netherwood.co.za) The best venue in the Midlands!

On the day co-ordination- Charlene Rautenbach (charlanthea.rautenbach@gmail.com/ 079 887 7282) Charlene was lovely- she sorted out everything and made sure things ran smoothly without us even knowing!

Decor: Kerry Dinkelman (kerrysflowersanddecor.com) and Silver Settings (hansja@telkomsa.net)

Stationery: Anelle Mostert, Seven Swans (www.sevenswans.co.za) We had such beautiful stationery- Anelle and her team kitted us out with absolutely everything wedding!

Flowers: The Flower Shed (Kim and Jenny – kimberley.ruth.humphrey@gmail.com) This is a mother- daughter team that is unstoppable! Kim and Jenny filled the chapel and venue with the most stunning flowers- we really got everything that we asked for from these ladies and much, much more.

Hair: Denise Temple (082 830 6733) We had an such blast with Denise on the big day- so many laughs while we got ready and our hair was great too!

Make up: Alana-Jane Halgreen from Make-up Your Mind (www.makeupyourmind.co.za) Alana was so chilled and made us look gorgeous!

Brides Dress: Meryl Mackenzie (072 526 1095/ mercolmac@futurenet.co.za). Meryl is one SUPER SUPER talented lady and made my dress and dresses for my Mum and two sisters. The dress was truly magnificent and us girls just all loved our visits and fittings with Meryl!

Brides shoes: Karen Millen

Bridesmaids dresses: White Lilly Bridal (www.whitelillybridal.com) and Meryl Mackenzie

Groom’s Suit: Tommy Hilfiger

Music: David Yapp (DYapp@mrpg.com and www.surrealeventing.co.za) Great DJ and just such a cool guy!

Priest: Ronald Hall (All Saints United Church, Pietermaritzburg)

Shuttle Services: Bophela Shuttle Services (Andile: andilen@bophelashuttles.co.za. These chaps made sure everyone got home safe and sound after a good party!

Food: Rita Lea Country Kitchen (www.ritalea.co.za and theleas@iafrica.com). Jones and I were incredibly lucky to have my Mum (Rita Lea) on board for our big day. She is a well-known caterer in the Midlands, most often doing her thing at Netherwood for other lucky brides! Laura, is her partner for weddings and she made sure the food was properly spectacular on the big day!

Photography: Jacki Bruniquel! Before booking I spent a lot of time looking at all the photography blogs and there was just no one who came close to Jacki Bruniquel! Jones and I asked you to do what you do best- capture the day as it unfolds and that is exactly what you did so beautifully! Jax and Liz, thank you so so much for such beautiful memories, you two are phenomenal!

Oh my word, we had such a great time getting married- everything was just the best. Our families were so amazing in all the build up and planning, particularly my Mum who makes light work out of everything! We were so lucky and blessed to have someone in the ‘know’ of all things wedding in the Midlands – Mum, you gave us the perfect wedding weekend!

Jones and I decided early on that we just wanted one GIGANTIC party for all our friends and family- you don’t often get all those special and dear to you under one roof. We had an absolutely fantastic wedding weekend, with great food and wine and ended up having the BEST time at our wedding- we really lovely every minute!