Portugese Oyster Box Wedding – Nicole + Luis

Luis is a details man and likes to make sure that all the small things in life are perfectly in place and well planned. It is therefore not surprising that he found the smallest, most lovely bride to marry! Nicole reminds me of a little elf. She looked slightly horrifed when I told her this, but then I reminded her that the elves in Lord of the Rings are quite different to the green elves with big ears that sit on toadstools in children’s stories! The type of elf that she reminds me of, is one of those gorgeous creatures from a fantasy novel …… Small, big eyed and extremely strong in character!

Their wedding was most certainly like a fairy tale. A handsome groom in a very fancy suit was betrothed to his fairy tale bride in an enormous princess dress in a very old, European styled church with all of their loved ones to witness the commitment. Celebrations then continued to the very lavish Oyster Box Hotel which was bedecked with flowers and bling that was fit for any prince or princess. There was a wonderful sense of community and love which so often comes with Portuguese weddings and I just know that these two will continue to adore each other as much as they did on their wedding day.

Thanks so much for picking me. We have had so much fun working with you from the engagement shoot to the actual wedding day. You have been wonderful!

And new for a few words from the bride and the credits ….

When Luis and I began thinking up ideas for our wedding we knew that it would have to be something magical…this was the first time that both of our entire families were coming together and we saw this in itself as a rare and special occasion since so many of our families lived all over South Africa and Europe. We both love romance, and we wanted that to reflect on our wedding day. We wanted everything to be soft and elegant with a touch of vintage, a fairytale story in the making, but most of all we wanted a wedding filled with tons of love, laughter, fun, and memorable moments. Our wedding captured everything we wanted and more…it was a dream come true for us.

Venue: THE OYSTER BOX HOTEL – www.oysterboxhotel.com

Wedding coordinator: GINNY ESLICK – The Oyster Box Hotel. Ginny was without a doubt our guardian angel throughout the whole planning process, always there to guide us and keep us calm along the way! Thank you!

Wedding Stationery: JANET HAW – Fuchsia Wedding Stationery Design – www.weddingstationerydesign.co.za. Thanks Janet for all your efficient hard work!

Wedding Favours and Church Fans: NISA DE PONTE – 0832608895. She did an AMAZING job.. Paying extreme attention to detail and adding that something special to our day. Thank you for all your hard work!

Decor & Flowers: KOBUS NIEMANN – The Oyster Box. He did a great job at capturing the soft romantic elegant feeling we wanted on our tables…a touch of pearl, a touch of bling and touch of vintage chic.

Ladies Hair: DREW CHRISTIE – Evolve Hair Salon – 0765082027. Thanks to Drew for our hairstyling!

Gents Hair: NICHOLAS ANAMOURIS – Gerald Wells Umdloti – 031 568 1919. Luis asked me to say “Nick! You are the man!”

Make up: CHARELLE MCALLISTER – Make-Up by Charelle – 0798888777. Thanks to Charelle for the make-up…all the girls were so happy!

Brides Dress: ZITA CONTENTE COUTURE – 0726015416. A big thank you to Zita for my stunning dress…you made the dress exactly how I envisaged it! Also thank you for the beautiful bridesmaids dresses!

Brides shoes: ALDO – GATEWAY

Bridesmaids dresses: ZITA CONTENTE COUTURE – 0726015416

Groom’s Suit: CARLO PIGNATELLI – 0117848121. Luis wishes to thank the team from Carlo Pignatelli for their excellent service in creating an outstanding suit.

Groomsmen Suits: SUIT-UP SUIT HIRE – www.suitupsuithire.co.za. Thanks to Claire and her dad for their down to earth yet professional service!

Cake: SUGAR MILL CAKES – 0846641206. Thanks to Cindy for our absolutely gorgeous and delicious cake…people were awestruck!

Music: VIVIAN WESTERGREEN – 0824547223. Vivian all we can say is YOU’RE AWESOME!! You made our wedding a party for party animals…you created unforgettable memories and we thank you!

Videographer: VIDEOCCASIONS – 031207008837. Johnathan and Karen thank you for making us feel so comfortable in front of the camera…you guys were great! Thank you!

Priest: FATHER JOSE and DEACON MIKE…thank you for leading us on our spiritual path over the past year…we loved the light hearted service and our family loved the touch of Portuguese in the service!

Last but not least thanks to Jax and her team! We had so much fun taking our pictures…we loved it!


  1. Tricia on March 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Oh, my goodness gracious me, what a fairytale wedding. Just exquisite, with the cutest flower girl ever!

  2. kay on March 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

    These are magnificent pictures Jacki! Such a luxurious looking wedding!

  3. Brenda Pratt on March 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Jacki – once again you leave me breathless with your genius. The love this couple has for each other just radiates from every picture. Awesome work.

  4. Tracey Laubscher on March 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful Jacki – as always…

  5. Debby on March 18, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Gorgeous as always Jacki. xxx Wills

  6. Charelle McAllister on March 19, 2014 at 8:36 am


    Nicole and Luis look amazing together!
    Such beauty in all images Jax, STUNNING!

    I enjoyed beautifying this bridal party, individuality throughout.

    Congrats Nicole and Luis!!

  7. Olivia Fischer on March 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

    AWESOME Photography!! Gorgeous wedding gown and Fancy Groom’s suit. Love the bride’s hair do!

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