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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: February 27, 2007
We met in South Africa when Michael came back from the UK to visit his parents for a holiday. We met through mutual friends of ours and it was love at first sight. Five months later, I moved to the UK to be with Michael and we got married five years later.
Lizelle is 33 and Michael is 32.
We went snowboarding at Verbier Resort in Switzerland and after a wonderful day on the slopes with our friends, he proposed on his knees (of course) in our chalet right at the top of the resort overlooking the most stunning scenery. He was going to propose on top of the highest mountain but was nervous he might lose the ring when crashing down on the slopes like you do.
I had a hen do in Ibiza with four girlfriends. We have a tradition in our group that every time a girl gets married she gets passed a blow-up doll which gets a naming-ceremony at the hen party. I was handcuffed to ‘Michael’ for a day. We had a dancer on the beach who performed for us and then we went out that night dressed up as angels and partied all night. In South Africa all the girls got together and dressed me up in a veil and hoop with white material over so I can practice to walk in my dress! I had to walk though one of the most popular beaches in South Africa and beg people for money to buy the girls a glass of champagne each. My staff at work made me dress up in a sexy apron and decorated the pharmacy. Michael had his bachelor party in Sheffield- had a meal with all the boys and then went to Spearmint Rhino for a bit of dancing!
Bless him- he had to listen to EVERYTHING! He also helped me with selection of the wine and music. And he was the most amazing man on the day of our wedding- I fell in love with him all over again.
Yes, I got a lot of ideas from confetti and also bought a few bits and bobs from the store in London. Fantastic supportive site that makes things a lot easier.
I went to the store in London.
Hollywood dreams dress Style Georgia. Bought it at Caroline Jane’s in Tamworth.
My sister. I have lots of close girlfriends and just too many to choose from. I involved most of them on the day though- three did readings in the church, two handed out confetti, and one got all the guests together for the photos. My sister wore a light blue dress which was bought in London.
Best man was his best friend and they hired suits in South Africa.
Ceremony was at the Presbyterian Church in a town called Darling in South Africa.
At an open-air restaurant called Strandkombuis (Beach kitchen) on the beach of the Western Coast of South Africa. There was a fireplace on the beach and tables underneath a Bohemian tent overlooking a beautiful beach and sunset. Food was mainly seafood straight from the BBQ.
An really old classic Rolls Royce.
We had about 60-70 guests and everyone attended both the ceremony and reception.
The venue is so beautiful you didn’t need much more to it, but we used mainly white with a lot of greenery and a bit of turquoise (on the paperwork). Because of the beach venue we had lots of shells everywhere and lots of fairy lights and candles. The wines and champagne bottles were on ice in a little boat in front of the venue.
Shells, candles and green licorice on the tables.
Yes- green licorice ropes (apple flavour) with a ribbon around with a thank you note attached. We bought the licorice from the UK.
Jo-Lise Florist from South Africa. Long wooden white-washed boxes with a lot of green leaves and Lisianthus, White Chincherinchee and White Phalaenopsis Orchids. Two bouquets- mine was made up of five smaller ones which I loosened when tossing it to girlfriend so that they had the surprise of catching five smaller bouquets. It was made up of White Lisianthus, White Oriental Lilies, Gerberas, Chincherinchee and a few white roses.
Our venue had the most amazing seafood menu: Starters:West Coast fish soup, freshly baked bread made in ovens next to the fireplace, smoked snoek pate(Snoek -local fish delicacy), butter and home-made jams. Main course: Yellow tail fillets, prawns-fried in butter and fresh garlic, mussel paella, tender fried calamari, warm smoked snoek, West Coast fish cakes, lamb and fresh vegetable potjie(South African favourite-stewed in big black pot on fire), Greek salad, and curried bean salad. We served the following sauces: rich butter sauce,home made tartar sauce, home made mayonnaise and mustard sauce, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. For dessert: Koeksisters (South African favourite sweet treat), wedding cake and coffee/tea
We wanted chocolate and lots of it, so we had a four tiered brown chocolate cake that was drool worthy! Made by South African- Wade’s Cakes.
We had cocktails and canapes on the beach after the ceremony. Everyone took their shoes of and enjoyed the beautiful view on the sand while being served by well-dressed waiters and listening to the saxophonist. After photos was taken on the beach everyone’s feet were washed by waiters in a big metal washbasin filled with water and rose petals and after their feet were dried and shoes were back on, they entered the Bohemian tent where the fun started. We had a DJ for the night and a dance floor was built on the edge of the beach overlooking the waves and sunset.
Yes, we had a gift list with Trailfinders.
Our first night was in Villa Pescatori on the beach on Yzerfontein which was walking distance along the beach to where we had our reception.
Walking down the aisle seeing my husband’s face. We also had a moment apart from everyone where we went and sat on the beach after sunset and just enjoyed watching the waves and all our friends and family partying together.
I got us a website and put lots of work into it and then the whole company and our website went missing. I had to do another one which we are very happy with. www.lizelleandmichael.com Also had hair extensions done in the UK which ended up looking green and had to have it coloured again in South Africa a few days before the wedding.
It was the best day of our lives- only regret was that I didn’t get a photo of just me and my mom. Please, please always remember to ask the photographer because it’s not up to him to decide what photos you want. Make a list before the wedding of all the shots you want! Our DJ was brilliant- we told him all our favourite songs and everyone had a ball because the music was great. Music can make or break a party. We used a very good wedding coordinator for our wedding and it’s just so much easier that way and worth every penny. Our wedding coordinator was Theresa from Aleit Wedding & Function Coordination in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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