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A DIY wedding in Cape Town, South Africa

A DIY wedding in Cape Town, South Africa

Written by Katie Byrne

Cheri and Glenn picked handmade décor and thoughtful details to fill their wedding day with endless pretty


Cheri Kroeger, 32, a graphic designer, and Glenn De Freitas, 30, a new business development manager, exchanged their vows and held their reception at Belair Country House, just outside of Cape Town, South Africa.

Budget: Approx £7,500

Photography: Lilac Photography

Glenn and I met in a beach bar in 2010; I was waiting for my sister to join me for a chocolate tequila shooter, but this was when Glenn swooped in to ‘thank me’ for the
shooter I had ‘bought him’. By 2016, I’d given up on getting engaged, but then he whisked me off to a beautiful boutique hotel and finally popped the question!

We used tones of green, grey and copper for our wedding. We didn’t want it to look vintage, but also not too modern as it wouldn’t have suited the venue. The look of the venue helped us in finalising our look; we wanted everything to fit in with it. As I was working in the wedding planning industry at the time, I didn’t want a venue I would associate with any previous jobs.

So the search began. Everything about Belair Country House was beautiful; it’s surrounded by trees and gardens, and I also loved the fact that there was a little chapel. The green covered chapel and the greenery growing into the venue were probably the two things that convinced me.

We wanted to give our guests something they could take home and keep and we loved the idea of incorporating cement to pick up the grey tones in the décor.

Besides the candle holders made out of cement, we also made each and every succulent holder from cement and finished it with a touch of copper to go with the rest of the décor.

We got married in February, which is actually a very hot time of the year in South Africa – it was 38 degrees on our wedding day! We therefore opted for lots of greenery, with some succulents incorporated into the décor. I didn’t want to risk arriving at the venue with wilted flowers, so using the eucalyptus was perfect.

Our wedding was very much a hands-on project. We hardly made use of rented décor and made most of it ourselves, with the help of my sisters. We made the greenery hanging above our table, the favours and the geometric copper shapes and the penny gum arrangements on the tables.

One of my favourite moments from the day was when my husband decided to take a well-known rap song and re-write all the words for me! It was a moment I was not expecting at all, and I was completely taken by surprise. He did it so well, and the guests loved it!

I was one of the last people to go to bed, I couldn’t believe it was all over at 1am. However, after doing the entire set up ourselves, and getting ready from 9am, we were fairly exhausted by the end when we collapsed into bed at 2am!

My tip for brides-to-be: Make sure you have a list of friends or family that you’d like photographs with. Get plenty of rest the night before; it’s a long day and you don’t want to flag by the evening. Also, once your guests are inside your décor can get a bit lost, so see it before they enter so you get the full picture. 

Steal their style!

FLORIST: Kweek Studio VENUE: Belair Country House PLANNER: Pretty Different Events DRESS: Made by the bride’s mother GROOMSWEAR: Frank Bespoke and Smart Men Suit Hire CAKE: Tessa’s Bakery STATIONERY: Bespoke Wedding Stationery HAIR: Bianca Engelbrecht MAKE-UP: Vanessa Kroeger


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