Meet Simone and Jens, a couple that met in their teens, fell in love, and never looked back.
How did you and your husband meet?
We met at church camp organised by the German church , back in 1991, when I was 15 and he was 17. I was totally smitten the moment I lay eyes on him.
How did he propose?
September 2014. We were up in Plett for a few days and went on an early morning hike along the Robberg peninsula walk. We had been walking for about 2 hours when I came across a crisp white table cloth and a silver ice bucket with a bottle of Moet. And a reserved sign. I thought somebody had set up a romantic picnic.. and as I turned around to Jens I saw he was on one knee holding a little black box out to me. And he proposed. He had secretly sent the hotel manager ahead of us to set up the spot for us so I would stumble across it.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
We started planning our wedding in October and got married early January..3 months.
What was your theme and why?
Our wedding was in Jonkershuis in Groot Constantia. The celebration was in the courtyard. My Wedding planner/ florist said it had a French Provence type feeling and that struck a chord. I wanted a European summer feeling. My colours were pink and lilac and peach. I had lavender tied to the back of chairs and little silver teapots as flower pots.
Your favourite moment of the day?
Walking into the courtyard where all our guests were already seated. ‘Can’t Fight this Feeling’ by Reo Speedwagon was playing. This was the song I fell in love to Jens with when I was 15. Walking into the reception to this song made me realise that I was now married to the man I loved so many years ago.
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Enjoy yourself. Nobody will know if anything doesn’t go according to plan, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Tell the venue to speak to your bridesmaid/ or wedding planner if something isn’t going according to plan and not to come to you. Bach rescue remedy before walking down the aisle.
How did you choose your wedding suppliers?
A friend in the beauty industry recommended Susan Lomas as a wedding planner. She also does the flowers. Susan recommended Little Works. I was so impressed by their Can-Do attitude. They had a very quick turn around and even when I kept them waiting (ie having to provide them with info) they still made the deadline. Michelle answered all my questions immediately, even late on a Sunday night. I will no doubt be using Little Works again. We had a second Wedding in London in April and they printed labels for our champagne and wine bottles which was a lovely touch.
What would you do differently, if anything?
I wouldn’t change a thing.