Victorian Manor – Christiaan + Jillian Wedding
VENUE & FLOWERS – Victorian Manor | WEDDING DRESS – Lubellos Bridal Boutique | BRANDING DESIGNS – Monique Cordes | GROOM SUIT – Your Pal Men’s Boutique | DECOR HIRE – Vergeet My Nie | FAMILY UNITY CANDLES – Lucia’s Creations | HAIR,MAKUEP & NAILS – Beauty Confessions | MARRIAGE OFFICIANT – Charlie Wernich | WEDDING PREPERATION – Cullinan Premier Hotel | WEDDING STATIONARY – FlikFLooi | WEDDING CAKE – Fairview | VIDEOGRAPHER – Cody Graham Productions | WEDDING RINGS – Ben&Co. | BAND – Havana Gas
Christiaan & Jillian tied the knot at the magnificent Victorian Manor in Cullinan! It was n amazing day filled with laughter, love and happiness! None one tells a love story better than the bride herself, so below is a little bit more about this lovely couple in Jillian’s own words!
A whirlwind of magic that keeps our love growing
(Jillian and Christiaan Erasmus 19 May 2018)
Our ‘forever after’ began in September 2014 when we met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We immediately formed a friendship which stands as the foundation of our love and happiness. This culminated in our engagement one sunny day in the beautiful Drakensburg mountains.
A long overdue weekend away in September 2017 was the ideal opportunity for Christiaan to plan the perfect proposal. We planned a hike to the ‘Nandi’ waterfall (a Zulu name meaning Sweet). I am crazy about photos so we took many along the way and I was excited to take some selfies at the waterfall. Christiaan set up the camera and when the countdown to our photo was done, he turned to me, went down on one knee and popped the question “Will you marry me?” I was thrilled, and after shrieks and giggles I replied “Yes!” It also turns out that this amazing man had set the camera on video and caught the whole proposal live so that we could share it with our friends and family.
Wedding arrangements began soon after and before we knew it Saturday 19 May 2018 arrived. We took all the planning and preparations in our stride but welcomed any assistance and advice from family and close friends. Thanks to everyone’s contributions, our wedding day was perfect. Attention to detail ensured that the day was filled with laughter, love and happiness which was all we wanted.
Highlights of our wedding day included our warm & intimate wedding ceremony. Our minister, Charlie Wernich, lead Christiaan, myself and our parents in a moving family unity ceremony. Each father lit their family candle before handing it over to our mothers, who then together handed their family candle to each of us. Christiaan and I then lit our new family candle. “Light represents life” were the words spoken over us. Charlie then brought the ceremony to an end by leading us in a prayer of blessing for our journey going forward. It was an incredible moment.
We had an awesome time with all our family and friends at the reception which was filled with heartfelt speeches, laughter, dancing and an overall ‘lekker kuier’. We had been advised by many people to ensure we take a few moments throughout the day to just ‘enjoy the moment’. We took this to heart and made sure that we shared a chat, a photo or a dance with everyone that witnessed our special day.
Christiaan and I look forward to our bright future together. We complement each other in every possible way. We are each other’s pillar of strength through anything that comes our way. We enjoy living a life of quality. On our agenda together will be some travelling and we hope to have our own new little Erasmus family one day.
Best friends, Love and Happiness. This is the recipe to our ‘whirlwind of magic’ that keeps our love blossoming and growing from strength to strength.
We started the early the morning with Christiaan and the guys at the Cullinan Premier Hotel. Steeped in history it made the perfect backdrop for the lads preparation and set the tone for the rest of this amazing day. We then spent the rest of the morning capturing the preparation of the lovely Jillian and her sisters whom was also her bridesmaids for the day. Christiaan arrived at the venue in a mint BMW classic motorcycle, waiting for the love of his life to arrive a few minutes later. Christiaan could not contain his emotions as his lovely bride walked down the aisle to meet him, not a dry eye in the church! After the ceremony we headed to the railway station for the couple portraits and were treated to the most dramatic and colorful sunsets! The rest of the evening was spent with friends and family and a whole lot of partying! I want to thank you guys for allowing me to capture your amazing wedding day! May you enjoy a lifetime of happiness together and we blessed every step of the way!
IMAGES FROM THE DAY
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