JOANNE AND THOMAS
Posted on 24 August 2016
I am from the UK and my husband is from just outside of Cape Town. After a couple of family visits with him we had our hearts set on tying the knot there with the mountains as our backdrop. Getting married in South Africa we had a lot of challenges presented to us, and finding a 'destination' wedding dress in the UK was tough. A lot of the gowns I tried on before Luella's were just too heavy and too big for the SA heat and the relaxed nature of the day we had planned.
After searching the internet I finally found Luella's, and never needed visit another boutique once I'd been through their doors! The gorgeous, treasure box feel of the place and the trove of delicate dresses and accessories on offer won me over instantly. The lovely staff there helped me navigate my way to my Sally Eagle Moonstone dress, which was the perfect balance of being both light and incredibly special. Every time I came for a fitting I squeezed every moment I could out of walking around in it!
Our wedding was at Towerbosch Restaurant at the Knorhoek wine estate, a gorgeous venue south of Stellenbosch. It is so pretty and intimate, and we had the most fantastic day with our friends and family, a lot of whom had flown a long way to celebrate with us.
I had so many compliments on how stunning my dress was, but most importantly of how it was absolutely 'me'. You often hear that brides don't want to look like someone else on their wedding day, just like the best possible version of themselves. I think Luella's really helped make that happen for me, so for that I will be eternally grateful!
Photography: Marli Koen