Heart of the country: Lucinda & Marnus - Wedding Album

Heart of the country: Lucinda & Marnus

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Lucinda Blunt of Scotland and South African Marnus Roodbol combined their two cultures in a wonderfully rustic farm setting in Mpumalanga. 


The Cowshed is on a small farm, in the mountains south of Lydenburg. It is old school and modern at the same time, and wonderfully rustic with a touch of class – and the scenery is breathtaking. We chose the venue due to the area’s climate; it was important for us that it not be too hot or cold at that time of the year.


We really wanted to combine our South African and Scottish roots. For instance, getting married on an African farm with tables draped in Scottish tartan. We also had a bagpiper play as I walked down the aisle, which meant the world to me, and we had an African dance group to entertain guests during the reception. The Scottish folks absolutely loved them and eventually joined in with some of their own foot-stomping efforts!


I bought my dress online. It’s made of silk and I just loved the simplicity of it. I’d actually already bought a dress when I saw it, but I felt that it was the dress, so I sent my first one back!


It was very much a barn-style, rustic wedding. The flowers in the chapel were simple Baby’s Breath in hanging glass jars, with metal buckets of blooms at the end of the pews. On the tables, we set gladioli, ferns, roses and soft greenery, and a beautiful canopy of fairy lights hung above the dance floor.


We love meze-style eating, so we served five courses with a wide variety of bold flavours – from Turkish flatbread with braised beef and sumac salad, to scorched corn, Manchego and jalapeño croquettes. Our caterers actually completely outdid themselves! For the cake, we couldn’t decide which flavour to go with, so we had a layer of each of our favourites – vanilla, carrot and, of course, chocolate.


‘Rise’ by Michael W Smith


Venue: The Cowshed
Photography: Dust & Dreams Contemporary Photography
Dress: Reformation
Flowers: Flower Market
Stationery: Emily Rollings
Catering: Prep’ed by Sasha
Bagpiper: Rohan from Bagpipers for Hire