Natural forest elegance
Stephy & Kyle said their I-do's in December last year, at Galagos Country Estate - A gorgeous forest'ey venue.
Stephy described their wedding style as having a twist of both vintage and traditional with a touch of elegance as well as added sentimental personal touches.
Stephy wore the BT16-8 gown from our Enzoani Beautiful Bridal collection and her bridesmaids wore Olive Green maxi infinity wrap dresses
Here is Stephy and Kyle's love story in her own words:
Far far away in a kingdom called Johannesburg a boy and a girl met…
We were in social groups that should never have even crossed paths. Me being Jewish and him not… I had just returned from living in France and had started a new school, trying to fit in all over again with new and amazing people, so I was quite nervous and shy when it came to new introductions…
When I first met Kyle he had walked into a party that I was invited too and what struck me at first was his presence, almost everyone turned around and all greeted him by name, and with smiles.
He has such a pure, kind and sincere aura about him that almost anyone can pick up and this truly amazed me.…
When he saw me he was intrigued at first and sort of looked from afar until his friend broke the ice and we all just couldn’t stop talking. We spoke as if we knew each other for years and almost instantly connected. I knew I may not ever see him again so I left the night saying it was nice to have met, however soon after that we almost always bumped into one another! Somehow our paths always met up in the most random situations… places you would never expect… and from there the best friendship grew between us.
One day he invited me out, after months of waiting for an opportunity, he took the risk of ruining this new found friendship, poured his hope and made it all happen. Deep down no matter what, it would be all worth it in the end! And it truly was!
When Kyle puts his mind to something he always gets it :)
He always told his family that a French girl he would marry and that he definitely got :)
We landed up dating at the end of 2009 until he proposed to me last Year, the most amazing unexpected surprise day ever!
It's been a tough ride and our relationship tested a couple of times over the years but we fought through it all, and made it all worth it in the end… 'No body wanna see us together, but it don't matter, no. Cuz I got you' ♡
Stephy's advice to other brides:
A bride carries a certain kind of strength and aura about her on her wedding day and this I believe protects her from any sort of jealousy or negativity that people may put her through. The one thing that I learnt and truly wish for every bride to remember is to never be afraid to say no, don’t be afraid to disappoint anyone no matter who they are. Regardless of what your profession may be it’s the only time you get to have a final say and make final decisions. I was put through immense amount of tests by people, but what carried me forward is listening to my gut feeling, trusting my first instincts and most importantly, killing with kindness and burying them with a smile.
True sincere happiness can overcome any bad amount of negativity that comes your way.
Most importantly soak in every moment and indulge in every memory you can make. It is truly the best experience a person can go through and it goes by way too quickly.
Photographer: Andrew Knobloch - PhotoSauce
Dress: Blissbully Bridal
Elmari Coetzee from Johannesburg, South Africa - inspired and excited by the "gorgeousness" of weddings and the joy it creates. As the owner of the Blissfully Bridal boutique she loves helping brides find THE dress!