There was so much rain leading up to Patrick and Kylie’s wedding that I began to wonder if Noah and his Ark were on the guest list ! Grey heavy clouds poured down on us, puddles became pools and grass squelched into mud. This isn’t exactly what Kylie and Pat had envisioned when they fell in love with their wedding venue, Inkungu Lodge and it’s April autumny view of orange trees and the Drakensberg mountains. But one thing is for sure in this life, we cannot control the weather!
The sun never came out on their wedding day but it did eventually stop raining and then almost as compensation for it’s shoddy performance Nature delivered the most spectacular sunset. No one really seemed to mind the weather though and the warm intimate atmosphere made up for the chilly air. Kylie and Pat put so much into their DIY extravaganza. They made hundreds of paper flowers and other decorations. Pat (who is a chef) was involved in cooking the food, his sister made the most gorgeous wedding cake, Grandpa made all the cake stands and the whole family got stuck in with setting up the venue. Just about everything involved in their wedding had a personal touch and this was definitely appreciated by everyone there.
Kylie and Pat thanks so much for making us feel so welcome. We so enjoyed meeting you all of you. Thanks for picking me!
And now in the Groom’s own words ….
To look back on it all now has been amazing. So many of our guests commented on how personal the day was and we didn’t anticipate how it would all go or how it would all come together. Our main worries were that people would get bored while waiting for the reception, but it turns out that having the dinner on the Friday night really helped to break the ice. Everyone already knew who was who and that set the tone for the day, albeit a very muddy one. We both agree that we wish there were more hours in the day to get to see everyone, but from our perspective, we had the best time and so did everyone else. I believe what added to the personal touch was that the chef of the Lodge was more than happy for my best man and I to jump in to the kitchen in the days before to make the canapes and some of the dinner for the evening.
My Grandfather was also involved with the design and finish of the cake and cheese stands. They were made from cross sections of an olive tree which were sanded and treated to go with the ‘theme’.Venue: Inkungu Lodge, Champagne Valley, Drakensberg. (http://www.inkungulodge.co.za
Shoes: Pat: Guess (no really)
Church flowers, bouquets and button holes: All flowers and decor were done by Bride, Groom, family and friends.
Button holes made by Groom’s Mom, Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bouquets made by Bride and Groom.
Brides Dress: Enzoani Casablanca
Bridesmaids Dress: www.celeb16.com
Brides shoes: Myer Department Store, Sydney Australia
Groom’s Suit: Express, Photographers Suit, USA (http://www.express.com)
Wedding Decor: Bride and Groom and anyone who was tricked into “folding a few bits of paper”
Music: Myles Payn from Pietermaritzburg (email@example.com)