It's all in the detail: Kim & Lloyd - Wedding Album

It’s all in the detail: Kim & Lloyd

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Kim Waterer and Lloyd West brought personal touches to every aspect of their big day. The result was a gorgeously intimate do in Stellenbosch.


Hawksmoor House is breathtakingly beautiful, and so thoughtfully done. We loved that it isn’t a generic Winelands venue, and we had the scope to personalise it. I didn’t want to choose Wedding A, B or C from a wedding menu; it needed to be our own.


We wanted to create a relaxed, boho-vintage feel for the day, which fitted the stunning surroundings of Hawksmoor House, and had influences from both Africa (where Lloyd’s from) and the UK (where I’m from). I didn’t want a colour scheme, but rather a relaxed, fluid theme that reflected our personalities.


We had mismatched coloured glassware, cut-glass decanters, antique silver cutlery, vintage wide-brimmed Champagne glasses, repurposed pallets and kilims for a vintage English touch, and shweshwe napkins, woven baskets and fynbos for a bit of SA.


‘Fun and tasty’ was what we were after, so we had a Mexican-inspired barbecue from Santa Anna’s and personalised ice lollies provided by Las Paletas, and Pizza Piaggio served late-night pizza from their food truck. We didn’t have a cake; instead, we asked people to bring their signature desserts for a communal table.


My dress was from Berta Bridal, although I got it second-hand. I actually had another dress bought and fitted after initially ruling out a Berta dress as too expensive but, after an unhappy fitting, I scanned the second-hand sites and found it for a good price just three weeks before the wedding!


In a nod to German folklore, we did a traditional Baumstamm Sägen, or log sawing. It’s supposed to be the first obstacle you have to tackle together as a married couple. I also wanted to bring some British tradition into the dress code, so we asked ladies to wear hats and gentlemen to wear bow ties. We hired a caricaturist as a surprise for our guests, who loved having something personal to take home.


‘Latch’ by Disclosure, the Sam Smith acoustic version, mixed into the faster version.


Co-ordinator – Theresa Lazarevic/Creation Events
Catering – Santa Anna’s, Las PaletasPizza Piaggio
Hair and make-up – Sebastine Pepler
Stationery – Caroline Dowsett
Flowers – Flowers in the Foyer
Decor & hiring – Scape Events
Bar and staffing – Urbantonic
Caricaturist – Theodore Key