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Provence themed Netherwood wedding – Sarah + Graham

I got to know Sarah and Graham over the ember flames of a glowing bushveld fire earlier this year when I did their engagement shoot. One of the first things I noticed about Sarah is  that she doesn’t do things in half measures and her attention to details rivals mine! It’s therefore no surprise that her wedding would be exceptional.

There was nothing half baked about Sarah and Graham’s provencial themed Netherwood wedding. The flowers were absolutely spectacular, the food was lavish and abundant, the wine never stopped flowing and the music was a feast for the ears. There were so many thoughtful treats for guests, like an ice-cream stand, flip flops and pashminas, bottles of olive oil with springs of rosemary and a groaning desert table. Sarah’s looked like a real princess in her dress which is just an absolute explosion of tule and feathers. If I had to give their wedding a motto it would have to be “go big or go home!”

Sarah and Graham it’s been a joy getting to know you both, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and joy. Thanks so much for picking me!

And now for a few words from the bride:

When we first saw Netherwood, my breath was taken away by the beautiful view through the glass walls the chapel. It was only the second venue we had looked at and we looked no further! Netherwood, being a large venue able to accommodate a big wedding, also met our needs because I have an enormous family clan, fondly referred to as ‘The Carey Clan’ – my mum is one of 8 children (yes, all are from the same marriage!) spanning 20 years and all 6 of her brothers and her sister were there to celebrate. This means lots of aunties and uncles and about 30 first cousins not to mention their children. Of course this is just my side of the family, and were lucky to also have almost all of Graham’s family at the wedding too. We had a braai the night before the wedding at Blueberry Cafe so that the families could make the most of the opportunity to spend time together.

The vision for our wedding was rustic, festive and of course romantic! Festivities following the ceremony included a decadent harvest table, ice-cream station, Notties Brewery party kegs, Pimm’s cocktails and for entertainment gypsy jazz and lawn games. If there are two things The Carey Clan knows how to do well, its eat and party! We really wanted the day to feel like a celebration and wanted our guests to have loads of fun. The reception followed the same lines with a photobooth, a live band, who really got people in the mood to party, as well as lots of food yummy food; a plated main, a dessert buffet with profiterole tower, wedding cake, and later prego rolls for those who were still nibblish! The party could have carried on until the early hours of the next morning, crawling into bed just before 4am! Even though by that point I had spent a good 16 hours in my wedding dress, I was still reluctant to take off the feather fairytale 🙂

I have never had doubts that Graham is absolutely the one for me and I expected to feel calm on the morning of our wedding. However, the last thing I felt was calm, I was such a bundle of nerves! Im sure it had to do with the anticipation and build up to the day, and the sheer magnitude and significance of the special commitment we were about to make o each other. The ceremony was definitely the highlight of the day for me and Graham said the same thing. I was so emotional I started crying just as I started walking down the aisle (again contrary to my expectations of being a giggly giddy bride!) but managed to make it to Graham without full-on weeping setting in! I loved the reception in a different way – I was able to completely relax and just soak it all in and enjoy and of course dance with my now hubby. The other highlight was the speeches by my Dad, Graham’s brother Michael who was the best man, and by my gorgeous groom, who brought me to tears! It struck me that the things that many would skim over as ‘proceedings’ made up the moments that meant the most to me!

Second Shooter: Tash Schoeman

Venue: Netherwood

Wedding coordination: Carolyn McNeil, Adore Weddings & Events,

Decor: Doreen Barker, Planned to Perfection,
Gabriela Linhares, Vanilla House,
Kimberley Lomas, Natural Nostalgia,
Ester Dobbin, Midlands Style Events,

Linen runners: Table Cloth Hiring Company through Midlands Style Events,

Cocktail furniture: Cheryl, Seating Plan,

Flowers: Diane Nightingale, Boston Ivy,

Hair: Drew Christie, Evolve, (031) 837 7334

Make up: Alana-Jane, Make-Up Your Mind,

Stationary: Seven Swans

Brides Dress: Pronovias,

Brides shoes: Benjamin Adams, (011) 326 5245

Bridesmaids dresses: Pallu, (011) 783 8290

Groom’s Suit: Suit Yourself,

Catering & Cake: Jacqui Rey, Food Matters,

Quintet: African Gypsy Jazz,

Band: Mark Beling Band,

Videographer: Paul Railton, 078 286 6121


  1. Hannes Uys on November 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Killer stuff as usual Jacki. #number1fan

  2. Helga on November 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    So the groom has a brother, is he married? Looks like THE most amazing wedding, and the best family. 🙂

  3. Tricia on December 3, 2013 at 4:24 am

    A wonderfully rich and lavish celebration. Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Sheugnet Christie on December 4, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better – you surprise me ONCE AGAIN! So stunning – wow wow wow – words fail me Jacki – your work is incredible!

  5. Jane on December 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    What a beautiful bride! Having met her at her hair trial with drew and seeing a pic of her dress, I never imagined it would look so amazing! Perfection xx

  6. Luke on March 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I love making discoveries like you Jax, lots of beautiful images as I am sure you are aware… but there’s lots of websites with lots of beautiful pictures of weddings out there. You however I feel are different…what really resounds and speaks with your imagery (and your words) is that you have an obvious and extreme passion for what you do, and you are forging your own direction not following someone else’s. Respect to you. I have no doubt you receive emails, thank you cards or messages from your couples most weeks that read along the lines of “Dear Jax, thanks so much for an amazing day on saturday. So many of our family and friends (and bridal party) commented on how awesome you were to have around, you were just like one of our best mates etc etc”..I’ve been married 10 years in January, I’ve never met you, but I would like to do it all again so I can have you at my wedding. Cheers, Luke.

  7. Beverley rotherham on February 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I was only cruising my iPad and for some reason came upon this page, and boy I’m blown away by the photos of Jackie and Graham’s magical day.
    Looking at the pics made me feel I was realy there with them and their lovely family and guests.
    Jackie you looked so beautiful,your hair your flowers and your gown was utterly gorgeous every thing about your maids everything even down to the flip flops “how many occasions have I attended and wished for flip flops” what an amazing idea.
    All I can say when my partner EVER asks to marry me I want Jackie to be my wedding planner, graham your a lucky man.
    My congratulations too you both and may your cup always over flow.

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