Real Wedding : Domonique and Richard Freemantle

23 May

Domonique and Richard hit it off as friends as soon as they met. After seven years of  love  and adventure, Domonique married her best friend. Their wedding was authentically theirs and the beauty of it is that their guests recognised it too. In her own words, Dom describes her journey into marriage.

Our wedding was held on Saturday 16th October 2011. The ceremony was held at Linden Methodist Church (I think it started at 15h00) and the Reception was held at Heia Safari Ranch in Muldersdrift. We served tea and cakes at the church after the ceremony as not everyone would be attending the reception. At the reception venue we served non-alcoholic welcome drinks and had a cash bar available. We had a braai menu of Steak, boerewors, pap en sous and an assortment of salads.

It’s hard to choose a favourite moment but if I had to, it would be the moment we took our vows. We looked into each others’ eyes and held hands tightly. I remember trying to block out everyone around me and focus on the promise I was giving and the words I was hearing. It was quite something. I didn’t anticipate how fast the whole day would go.  

What made our wedding uniquely ours was the venue we chose; it was a little more unusual than most. It suited our style and represented who we are and what we like (we are very outdoorsy and relaxed). Our wedding vehicle was our Land Rover Defender. We are very attached to this vehicle as it has taken us to some of the most beautiful places in our country. We even had one on our cake!

Our greatest challenge was trying to include all the important family members with the planning. We scheduled a list of tasks and delegated. Try not to stress about every little thing. Let other people do that. You need to make sure you enjoy your special day without any worries. Take in every moment because it goes really fast.

Being married is wonderful, but not without it’s ups and downs. Remember to be patient, kind, treat each other with respect and don’t sweat the small stuff! COMMUNICATE! It is very important to communicate.

Domoniques Little White Book :

Wedding Planner: Me and hubby

Cake maker: Hubby’s aunt

Florists: Hubby’s cousins and aunts

Caterer: Heia Safari Ranch

Dress Maker: Bridal Dreams

Videographer: A good family friend

Photographer: HenryB Photography

Make-up: My sister in-law

Hair: My sister in-laws hairdresser


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