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Retha and Juan MullerWedding: 7 May 2011

Our Wedding Day

We got married on the Family Farm  just outside of Wellington on the 7th of May 2011.

Our wedding was a celebration of not only two people coming together, but also two families coming together and the different parts we come from. The Mullers, comes from the Karoo and the Du Plessis from the wine farm in Wellington and everything in the wedding reflected the two worlds from which we grew up in.

The wedding celebration started off with Amusé at 10h30 am  (Cakes, Tea’s Macaroons and much more)

Coffee Booth was there for all the guests in the chilly morning to warm themselves up with a nice café latte or to get an espresso to wake up. The amuse was completed and decorated with vintage tea cups and stunning silverware and roses and birds filled the tables.

For the ceremony, all the guests received a gift pack on their chairs, filled with a mini-magazine(which was filled with all the details of the day ahead), Karoo water and some sweets to keep them busy.

The ceremony took place outside and the view was just incredible overlooking the majestic mountains of the Daljosaphat Valley. Scattered on the grass was mirror balls which definitely brought some fabulous “bling” to the occasion.

This was a very sentimental day for us, since we actually do not have a function venue on the farm and literally everything that was their was handmade for the day!

The Bridal Party consisted of 20 people in total and all the kids from the family was a part of the party (all ten of them)

After the ceremony we (the bride and groom) was sprinkled with rice and sequence confetti and they got into the 1970 Shocking Purple Apache to take some photos.

Guests were entertained by master pianist\ Helmut Meijer, who is the co-founders and partner with Heinz Winckler of “Future sounds Architects” while the starters were served. From Oysters, Bacon-wrapped Cherries, “Rooster brood” and Sushi, to “Skaap Stertjies” and more. A mix of traditional and chic – from there the theme “Boere-Chic.” And while the men waited, they could practice their golfers swing on the driving range (and try to hit the ball into the bucket) which they could have won a few cases of wines.

Fabulous Estate Wine , Pink Pomula was served to guests a long with a variety of excellent estate Wines from Imbuko.

Me and Juan got to  choose our favourite wine two days before the wedding which was especially bottled and labeled  at the venue with our own label for the big day.

Guests were then accompanied to the wedding venue which was in a marquee a couple of meters away which was a magical secret garden. Birdcages and chandeliers hung from the tent roofs with the most stunning flowers decorations hanging from them. All forms of birds hung from the birdcages from Perspex birds to mirror birds and black boards birds.

Green and Gray Floral Tables cloths completed the garden feeling and the striped green and white dance floor rounded off the perfect day.

The main course was setup in a Delicatessen Style, complete with the deli marquee and hanging blackboards. There was a huge variety of food, from traditional to exquisite culinary cuisine, something for everyone. The salad valley alone amounted to more than 16 different salads.

After the main course a dessert deli table was setup with decadent cakes, truffels, cheese cakes, traditional “melk tert” and a variety of sweet treats. A sweets table was also setup with traditional sweets and little green buckets for each guest to take back home with them.  The coffee boothwas up and running again with cheese platters with fresh fruits, figs and stunning home made preservatives from the farm such as Elsabe’s Pinotage Jams and farm style breads.

The day was filled with extraordinary and personal décor and touches and was just an unforgettable celebration.  This day was a true dream come true for both Juan and myself. Although it was a relatively big wedding, we still managed to keep the personal feel to the wedding. Everything on that day took place from the heart and love was all around.

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