A South Africa Wedding | Barne and Sybrand's Beautifully Romantic DIY Nuptials
Photos by | Kikitography
Location | du Toits' farm, near Rustenburg, South Africa

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This week I'm so excited to bring you our very first South Africa wedding!  From the start our featured couple, Barne and Sybrand didn’t want a formal wedding, but instead a casual celebration of their love.  While getting married on a farm is not out of the ordinary, this couple made this event super unique by tying the knot in an airplane hangar decorated with fairy lights, gold glitter jars, succulents, old family wedding photographs and natural wood products.  Most of the decor was DIY by family and friends giving it a perfect romantic and vintage feel.  This wedding definitely defines the phrase 'less is more'!  Special thanks to our new friends at Kikitography for this gorgeous submission.  Enjoy! 

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How They Met

"Sybrand and I met at the end of our matric year leading to the December holidays.  There was a lot of flirting going on throughout the vacation.  I never thought I’d ever say this, but that year I wished the holidays would end just to see Sybrand again.  We started University together and quickly became good friends and without even realising it, built a relationship that would last forever.  After seven years of happily dating Sybrand popped the question, making me the happiest woman alive!"

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The Dress

"I love lace!  All I wanted was a lace wedding dress!  So I think like everybody else, I went to my good friend Pinterest and searched.  I came about amazing designs, making it almost impossible to choose ONLY one!  With much difficulty I selected three designs and went to see my designer, Christelle Louws of Novacouture.  We discussed my style, what type of dress would suite my figure and then combined all the elements from the three different dresses that I liked into my wedding dress.  It was such a pleasure working with Christelle, what a talented designer she is!  I loved all of my dress and if I had to choose all over again, I would do it exactly the same."

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The South Africa Wedding Ceremony

"Our ceremony was held in the veld between Karee trees with the calming sounds of nature in the background.  Each of our guests were asked to bring their own blanket to throw over the hay bale seating to sit on during the ceremony and afterwards donated the blanket to charity by leaving it in a basket.  It was so special to us that my mom made the Hessian aisle runner and my dad welded the iron stands for the proteas and cut the wood decor blocks.  What topped it all was Sybrand and I were blessed to have our good friend marry us, with a special message carried over with much love."

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The Reception

"Now, this is especially where I called in the creativity and skill of all my family members and future in-laws, who each played a significant role in realizing our dreams!  My mom baked the wedding cake, my dad made all the wooden slices under the plates and wood logs, my sisters shared their creative ideas (and some decorative items from their homes) and my husband, brother, brothers-in-law and future in-laws made it a reality.  My bridesmaids and special family friends helped with the arrangements of the flowers and final decor touches. The day of the wedding the hangar not only looked spick and span, but was also filled with laughter, family, great friends and lots of love."

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Favorite Moment

"My favorite moment was - and I now pronounce you husband and wife.  It was such a blessing and absolute privilege to have had all our dreams comes true, confessing our love before God, friends and family."

Hope you enjoyed this South Africa Wedding story!  Leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you! 

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Photographer | Kikitography

Reception | du Toits' farm, near Rustenburg, South Africa

Bridal Gown | Designer Christelle Louws of Novacouture

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