We feature the relaxed Country-style Wedding of Jeandré & Danieka. This couple got married in May 2019. Jeandré & Danieka got married at Die Boskapel on the outskirts of Pretoria and Johannesburg in a woodland environment.
They are both nature lovers and their wedding venue was the perfect match. We loved their floral designs and Danieka’s bouquet was our favorite. The talented wedding photographer, Iron Rose Handcrafted Imagery photographed this lovely wedding. For more gorgeous weddings, read more under our weddings category.
We went away for Danieka’s birthday weekend to Graskop and stayed at the beautiful Mgodi Lodge. I wanted the engagement to be spontaneous, so I took the ring with for in case the perfect moment presented itself. While exploring the natural wonders Graskop has to offer we stopped at The Pinnacle Rock where I decided to pop the question with a stunning backdrop of the gorge.
Favorite Wedding Memory:
Well seeing that the wedding was very DIY, I absolutely adored all the help we got from family and friends. The day before the wedding close family and the bridal party came to help setup the décor. On the day itself people were still running around sticking things up and sweeping the floors while my bridesmaids and I were blissfully getting ready for the big event. It was all just such a blessing and we will be forever grateful.
Advice to other couples:
Don’t listen to anyone other than yourselves. Some people like planning a wedding in 9 months like us and others need 2 years, neither of which is wrong. The wedding process is stressful, horrible and possibly the best time of your lives that will only happen once, so make it count. Take as many photos along the way and document the process. Work as a team, after all the bride cannot get married without her groom, so make choices together, but most important of all, don’t let the family politics come in the way of you enjoying your engagement.
The Wedding Dress:
My dress is from Lubellos. My sister went there for a dress fitting when she got married and ever since then I remembered how friendly the staff was and how beautiful their dresses were. It is not often that you want to try on every single wedding dress. Lubellos was the second place where I went for a fitting, the fist was an impromptu fitting at Bride and Co. I actually wanted to have my dress designed, so Lubellos was just to see which shape I liked, but I instantly knew that I found my dress when I tried it on. It was just meant to be.
We went to the Drakensberg to a place called The Cavern, where we stayed in a luxurious suite with breakfast, lunch and dinner included. We went for a massage, horseback riding, hiking and explored the Drakensberg area. It was fantastic and I would go back any day!
We are both nature-lovers and so getting a venue where we could get married outside made sense. Die Boskapel offered us that perfect setting with their Black Wattle forest chappel.
The story behind the wedding cake:
I actually knew that I want to ask my two friends/bridesmaids to bake and decorate my wedding cake. Long before Jeandré and I even met. We went to varsity together and all three of us are obsessed with baking. The one friend’s cakes are delicious and the other one is fantastic at decorating, so they are a match made in heaven. In the end, they made the most beautiful naked cake with layers of carrot and vanilla cake. Decorated with cream cheese icing and topped with wedding flowers/leaves.
The music ended up being one of the hardest decisions for us and took the most effort from our side. At the beginning, we wanted to do a medley of Disney songs. We are both obsessed with animation films, but this seemed more difficult than first anticipated. In the end, we decided on a Country song by Randy Travis, I love you forever and ever, amen. We both love country music, especially older country music. So, in the end, it actually just made sense.
The song that I walked down the aisle on was a surprise for Jeandré and I decided on it one day in the car on my way home. I found myself in tears listening to Die wêreld binne my by Joshua Na Die Reën about six months before the wedding. This was the first time I could picture myself walking down the aisle and knew this was the song.