Handmade Backyard Zimbabwe Wedding by Nicole du Preez | SouthBound Bride

Handmade Backyard Zimbabwe Wedding by Nicole du Preez | SouthBound Bride


Morning brideys, how was your weekend? This morning we're shaking things up a little - instead of starting off the week with an inspiration board (although I do have a lovely board for you this afternoon) we're launching straight into our first real wedding of the week, and this one was hand made with so much love by SBB reader, Karleyne and her husband. Karley is a chef working in Zim, and married her partner in food and life, HD, on their very own tennis court! Now that's a venue I haven't come across before... The couple DIYed every single sweet detail, from hundreds and hundreds of paper cranes to centrepieces made of folded books, linen napkins, stationery, signage, etc etc etc. If the work ethic that they demonstrated in putting it all together in their limited spare time is anything to go by, they'll have taken over the culinary world in no time. The menu was obviously a big part of the day, with a gourmet take on laid-back comfort food, but Karley's look was 100% glam in her dress made by Sunday Times fashion editor in chief, Tiaan Nagel. From their vows beneath a mosquito net canopy to eating steak and chips under the African stars, this is one wedding that really reflects the personalities who dreamed it up and made every corner of it from scratch.

The Proposal
Photography: Nicole du Preez Photography | Stationery: Future Communications | Bride's dress: Tiaan Nagel | Hiring: Apex Events; Rooneys | Entertainment: Finding Burt Within three months of "dating", we started living together (which encompasses breathing, eating, working and loving) - fast forward two years, a Saturday morning, the first weekend off in months... bliss. I am awoken by a very impatient boyfriend at 5am - told to get dressed, he'll be back to fetch me in an hour. Obediently I oblige and am whisked away for champagne, croissants, a glorious selection of fruits and yoghurts and a very hyper active hubby to be. The Waterkloof game reserve is where it happened, in true gentlemen style, on one knee, in the dust, on a mountain and tears running down his face... best friends for keeps. My wonderful day ended with a huge surprise party with all our family and friends and a much calmer man!

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