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Our Countryside Wedding

Charissa & Mike radiated every ray of sunlight, love, & effortless countryside cool on their wedding day. myLWB have the pleasure to feature their wedding in Charissa’s own beautiful words:

The Proposal…Mike popped the question over a candle lit breakfast a few days before our sixth anniversary.  I had just come home from the gym and he had put out breakfast pretending that we wouldn’t have time to celebrate on our anniversary due to work.  He then told me mid-way through breakfast that he’d got me something small and I would have to go on a treasure hunt (we do this every birthday and Christmas).  I searched around the room with Mike saying “Hot… cold…”  Getting very hot by our bookshelf I noticed that a few books were out of place and had “I love you” cut out of the titles.  I pulled out the books, by which time Mike was on his knee next to me grinning like a fool.  Behind the books was a small box wrapped in ribbon.  Mike took the box from me, unwrapped it and asked if I would marry him.  Tears were streaming down my face.  Mike says I was in such a state that he had to ask me twice.  He couldn’t make out the first “yes”!

countryside wedding the happy couple

Our Wedding day inspiration….Our main aim for the day was to have fun with our family and friends, everyone closest to us. It was all around fun in the country, everything was very casually put together with a completely relaxed vibe. I went to Flowers for Africa and hand-picked all the flowers that I wanted in my bouquet and on the tables.

lace wedding dress

We spent a whole year collecting glass jars of different shapes and sizes. The week before the wedding we decorated each jar with ribbon and twine. They were filled the day before with the help of friends and family with different size candles and country flowers. It was such a fun way to spend the day before with a whole lot of people helping out.

Our wedding stationer was absolutely divine and totally on the same wave length as us and we could take inspiration from her designs.

table wedding decoration
On the day….I was just so happy; I could barely stop grinning from the moment I woke up. I also managed to stay totally relaxed for most of the day. The last 15-20mins before we headed into the chapel were a bit stressful and the endless family/bridal part photos were a bit tedious but other than that, we both thought the day was amazing. Everyone there was so special to us and so happy for us, & so happy to finally see us married!wedding couple & bunting

My favourite part…I really did love almost every part of the day. But seeing Mike at the alter was so special and saying our vows, it was the whole reason behind the day and it was so emotional. I must admit though, the entire day from start to finish was amazing. I really didn’t expect it to go so well!

saying i do at the aisle

My advice to myLWB brides to be…Stay calm; accept that not everything will go according to plan. Relax, enjoy the moments with your new partner.

Take into consideration your families’ opinions but do what feels right for you, in the end it is your day and you need to feel comfortable.

grey & yellow wedding theme
Charissa & Mike’s wedding in detail:

Venue: Roodezand, Tulbagh, South Africa Photographer: Jilda Gildenhuys 
Stationary: Moonbeams and Polkadots  Bride’s dress: Colleen Bowers 
Hair & make-up: the wonderful bridesmaids! DJ: We made our own playlist and played it through itunes – it worked really well!
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