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A DIY South African Wedding

  • Annemari Ruthven Photography, Cape Town, South Africa
    Allee Bleue Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Dana & Johann in Franschhoek, South Africa
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Arrangements of pale-pink and white ranunculus and roses decorated the dinner tables, alongside various glass votives.
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Dana printed the programs, cut them out, stamped them with a blue design, and tied them with twine.
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The bridesmaids wore long strapless chiffon dresses, while the guys wore classic black suits.
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Dana and Johann exchanged vows inside a Cape Dutch-style church built in the 1800s.
Dutch Reformed Church, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Guests tossed these dried rose petals at the newlyweds as they left the church. Johann’s mom spent months drying out the petals!
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Guests danced the night away under a Bedouin-style tent decorated with hanging paper lanterns and string lights.
Tentation, Cape Town, South Africa
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Dana printed and stamped the escort cards herself and displayed them with red rose petals.
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Roses and baby’s breath separated the square tiers, and Johann made the topper.
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Dana wore her hair back in a loose bun, topped with a veil made by her mom.
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These blue table number cards, also made by Dana, were a nice bit of color on the tables.
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This croquembouche, caramel-filled profiteroles drizzled with chocolate, was a special treat for Johann.
Susan Verwey, Cape Town, South Africa

Dana & Johann in Franschhoek, South Africa

The Bride Dana Schmeltzer, 29, a marketing assistant The Groom Johann Gouws, 32, a marketing manager The Date October 8 Dana and Johann chose the picturesque town of Franschhoek -- located about an hour outside Cape Town, where Johann grew up -- for their wedding. Though the couple didn’t stick to a specific color palette, touches of indigo helped them pull off the timeless look they were after. For a personal touch, the couple made a lot of the decor themselves.
- Amanda Black
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  • Annemari Ruthven Photography, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Allee Bleue Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa
  • After Six
  • Dutch Reformed Church, Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Tentation, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Susan Verwey, Cape Town, South Africa

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