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Larraine & Steven {Real Wedding}


Date of Wedding Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wedding Theme Beach Wedding

Laraine and Steven met through a mutual friend, but only saw each other on occasion. One night when they finally started talking, there was immediate chemistry – it felt as if they’d known each other forever...

Laraine moved away to Ballito with her family, but the couple continued with a long distance relationship. She finally moved back to Johannesburg and after four years of dating, Steven proposed. They were having lunch at one of Laraine’s favourite restaurants in Magaliesburg. When she opened her serviette, she saw the words ‘Will you marry me?” She looked up and Steven was down on one knee...

The wedding was a beautiful intimate beach wedding in Zanzibar. Laraine walked barefoot down the beach towards Steven while music from a Swahili Jazz band filled the air. The beach ceremony was magical.

A sunset cruise on a dhow boat followed, as the couple took in the last rays of the island sun, laughing and enjoying drinks with the wind in their hair. As they sailed back to the beach, they saw the bonfires and lanterns lighting their romantic beach reception. They were welcomed to their reception by the festive sight and sound of a Ngoma Drumming band, cheerfully escorting them to their table.

The rest of the evening was shared with close family and friends. Guests feasted on seafood platters and partied the night away. This was truly a fantasy wedding!

Chris van Dalen, their photographer, simply loved photographing this wedding in Zanzibar, an island steeped in history and culture as an idyllic backdrop. He also did a beautiful ‘trash the dress’ photo session with the couple the next day at the pool area. The wedding dress worked so well in the water and made for stunning images.

Reception Venue Mtoni Marine (Zanzibar)

Wedding Rings Von Wielligh Goudsmid

Bridal Gown La Sposa - Lambel Wedding Dress

Bridal Accessories Dad's wedding band (He passed away - Something Old), Earrings (Accessory Shop)

Men's Suits TOB's (Tailor of Buckingham)

Hair Stylist Talita van Rhyn, Marion Eksteen (Mom) & myself

Make-Up Artist Talita van Rhyn (friend & wedding quest)

Flowers & Decorations Mtoni Marine

Photography & Videography Studio 77 Chris van Dalen

Entertainment Seca Sound Jazz Duo, Ngoma Drummers and Dancers & Bashraf Band

Wedding Favours Each guest recieved a welcome pack on arrival at their hotel

Wedding Co-ordinator Mtoni Marine (Sjani Müggenburg & team - Ettienne, Natalie & Danielle)

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