Tzaneen Backyard Wedding – Tatum + Terence

If I had to choose one word for summarise Tatum and Terence’s wedding it would be FUN with a bunch of added exclamation marks! These two enjoyed every darned second of their wedding and it showed! The guys began their day down at the dam on Tatum’s Dad’s Tzaneen farm. They swam, swung, skottel-braaied for brunch and drank whiskey. They had so much fun that the girls could hear them splashing and whooping whilst they were getting their hair and make-up done at Tatum’s sisters house. Claire, also known as Fro, lives in a house perched on top of a hill overlooking the dam mentioned which meant that they could watch all the crazy antics of Terence and his men! Whilst there were no backflips happening in the girls corner, there was much laughter and a lot of talk about cats! After a rather toasty marriage ceremony conducted by their good friend, the bridal party sped off on motorbikes for one of the most fun bridal party shoots I have done in a while! There was a moment where I was balanced rather precariously in the front of a moving farm vehicle in order to get ‘the shot’ so much so that I questioned my sanity but it was worth it! Once the bridal party left we ventured into a local avocado plantation and the light was nothing short of magical. It was my first time in Tzaneen, which is a mountainous farming area up in northern Limpopo, South Africa and I was really blown away by its beauty. I so wished I could have stopped time and have at least an extra 300 extra hours to shoot more! There is so much to explore up in Limpopo! Alas the sun went down and we headed back to the reception which happened in a stretch tent set up in Tatum’s Dad’s backyard

The reception followed Tatum and Terence’s unconventional wedding planning by having no traditional table seating, no traditional sit down meal and a rather unorthodox first dance where Terence and his boys did a flash mob number! This first dance was supervened by a heaving dance floor! These guys sure no how to party! Apparently a wedding splash is a Tzaneen summer wedding tradition – a tradition they did not forget to follow and so later that night the couple and the bridesmaids all jumped into the pool in full wedding gear! I love to work with relaxed, friendly folk who make their wedding day their own and this wedding was one for the memory banks!

Thanks guys for picking me. I absolutely loved working with you and am plotting a way of getting myself back up to Tzaneen!

We had just under a year to plan our wedding, and nothing felt stressed or rushed, undoubtedly because of all the helping hands. Our wedding was a combined effort of both of our families and friends, which made it a dream experience. We wanted to have fun on our wedding day and not stress about the small things. When my older sister got married 5 years ago, I had never seen such a relaxed bride – we picked flowers for our bouquets from the garden a few minutes before we left for the ceremony! Her advice to me was to take the planning easy, and to step back every so often during our wedding, take it all in and try to savour as much as I could during the day, because it all flies by. We took her advice, and decided on an informal garden party at my dad’s house for our reception. We got ready for the wedding across the road at my little sister’s house with her cats, and took photos in her beautiful garden. It was special to have so many personal family spaces form a part of our day – memories we will always treasure. Our wedding day was exactly what we wanted – relaxed and fun.

Venue: The Gubitz family were kind to let us use the beautiful Cheviot Chapel on their farm for our ceremony, and our reception was in the garden at my dad and stepmom’s house, where my older sister and brother in law also had their reception 5 years ago.

Wedding planner: This was one big team effort! We had no formal wedding planner. The main organiser was my dad – Rodney. He was really on the ball and made sure everything ran smoothly. We had so much help with ideas, implementation, and setting up from friends and family. My dad’s “wedding planning file” was thicker than mine!

Tent: Aus-am Free Flow Tents – 083 226 6567; karen.johnson@mweb.co.za. We received great service. Our tent was set up a week before the wedding and was beautiful.

Decor: Again, a big team effort! My mom sewed 200m of bunting from doileys after I saw something similar on Pinterest. My stepmom had her garden looking spectacular for the day, gave up her house for the reception and was a wonderful hostess. My dad built the dancefloor from scratch and my big sister’s husband, Johan, and my father in law set it up. My little sister’s fiancé and his dad supplied us with a huge slab of wood from their farm for our bar counter, and wooden stumps for our side tables for drinks. My brother in law, Johan, planted a dead tree in the middle of the garden and made a stunning platform between the branches as a gift table. We got hay bales and hessian locally for seating, and also used some chairs from home. A family friend let us use some old baths for the night to keep the beers cool. My sisters helped me with so many little things, and just made me feel special throughout the whole process. There is just too much to mention!

Flowers: My mom in law, Debbie, did the flowers with help from my sisters and sisters in law, and our good friend Claire. “Die Blomskuur Florist” in Tzaneen supplied the flowers for the big arrangements and flowers for the chapel (www.dieblomskuur.co.za). Camelia Florists in Tzaneen supplied the Stralitzias (015 307 2928). I did not realise the amount of effort that goes into a beautiful arrangement until our wedding – and I am grateful for my mom in law’s effort, and amazed by her talent.

Hair: My hair was done by Kristin Pienaar (Kristin P Hair and Makeup Design) – www.kristinp.co.za. My three sisters had their hair done by Delize du Bruyn from Valair Hair Salon in Tzaneen.

Make up: Kristin (Kristin P Hair and Makeup Design) did all of our make up and she is amazing. She is also a good friend of mine which made it even more special.

Brides Dress: My dress was a Pronovias dress which I bought at Bridal Manor Pretoria – www.bridalmanor.co.za. I only have good things to say about them. For those who are wondering, the dress is in perfect condition after the pool shot!

Brides shoes: Poetry (Rare Earth)

Bridesmaids dresses: Amanda Laird Cherry

Groom’s Suit: Terence got everything from “Your Pal Men’s Boutique” in Pretoria – also great service.

Catering: Elna from the Invisible Chef (info@invisiblechef.co.za) was our caterer. Elna was great – she gave her input on everything and her experience was helpful! Megs (my sister in law) is marrying a farmer who supplied our sheep for the spit.

Music: DJ Craig – 078 663 5556. Craig used to live in Tzaneen but is now based on the South Coast. He also has a Facebook page – DJ Craig South Coast KZN. We loved his music!

Priest: David Murray, our MC and also a groomsman (he had a lot of jobs) was our officiant. This was his first wedding and he has now retired 🙂 Having a good friend as our officiant was special and Dave did a great job.

Photographers: Jacki and Liz – thank you for capturing such a special day for us. I saw a Jacki Bruniquel wedding photo on a mantelpiece at a braai a couple of years ago and I never forgot it. When we got engaged Jacki was the first person I emailed, and the first part of our wedding planning – it was a great decision. Professionalism, effort and talent – a winning combination! We really felt like Jacki and Liz showed a personal interest in our wedding and put in the extra effort to make our day special. Thank you, ladies, we will treasure these photos always!