Tina & Dale - Wedding Album

Tina & Dale

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‘Dale took me away to Granny Mouse in the Midlands for my birthday in July 2015 where he proposed one night after dinner. I had said what a “perfect weekend” it had been, as we were getting into bed and he turned around and said, ‘would I make it even more perfect by marrying him?’ – Tina

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The Ceremony

The ceremony and the reception were held at Talloula in Durban. Their ceremony was performed in a quaint hall in the gardens beside a beautiful lake. It was led by a close friend of theirs, making their union one filled with love and laughter. The couple wrote and read their own vows and poured unity sand to symbolise their coming together.

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The Theme

Tina knew from the get-go that she wanted a wedding without rain; she decided on a wedding date in autumn to ensure a dry day, and decided to make that rich season her theme as well, creating a colour palette made up of warm coppers and golds.

The Decor

Dale and Tina decided to upcycle their decor for their special day. Dale, being a plumber, had plenty of copper lying around that went into making their candelabra centrepieces.

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Tina is a teacher and she asked her kids organised a recycling program. She had them bring in jars and tin cans in exchange for house points and she spray-painted these in copper to use a vases.

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As the weather started to turn, the pair began collecting the fallen leaves to decorate their tables and seating names.

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The Flowers

‘Our venue is run by Glynis who is an absolute magician with flowers and I gave her free reign to do whatever she felt was best,’ says Tina. Glynis, therefore, arranged everything flowers for both the ceremony and the reception; she created bouquets, corsages, button-holes and centrepieces. She also added small, fresh touches to the decor in the form of white tulips and copper-dusted foliage to keep with the theme.

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The Food

The food was simple elegant and quirky to suit the bride and groom. For starters they served up a plated deep-fried camembert; mains was a buffet of baby chicken in creamy sauce, a rosemary-infused roast beef, and a variety of sides and salads. For dessert, they did something extra special, a pancake bar with loads of toppings so their guests could build their own.

The Rings

Dale designed Tina’s engagement ring himself and it was smithed by Graham Mazzoni. It consists of a square diamond nestled between two baguettes and then set into a white gold band. Her wedding ring sits on either side, framing the engagement piece.

Dale was given a durable grey Tungston ring to suite his active lifestyle and his physically-demanding career.

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The Dress

Tina knew what she wanted her dress to look like, and she found it quite quickly at a second-hand store, VIP Brides, in Hillcrest. She bought the original Kirsten Jane dress as a white satin piece with a long train and a corset lace-up back. She did alter it slightly to include a keyhole and some intricate lace over the shoulders.

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The Suit

The groom got his ensemble from a trendy suite-hire in Durban called Lord Louis. He decided to go smart-casual with pants, a tie and waistcoat, rolled-up sleeves and pair of Vans.

The Wedding Party

In accordance with their theme, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed in shades of grey, while the flower girls wore lovely shades of copper and rose gold. The groomsmen had suites hired from Lord Louis along with the groom himself, and the bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ were made from scratch, with a few small items purchased from Woolworths.

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The Cake

Even before their engagement, Dale and Tina knew they wanted a carrot cake. Lucky for them, Dale has a close friend who owns a beautiful artisanal café in Glenwood called Parc. This carrot cake being their favourite, they asked their friend to create a nude carrot cake adorned in white roses, carrot cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes for those who don’t enjoy carrot cake.

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Photography

Their photography was done by Tyron Mackenzie, and their wedding video was taken by Glen Bowden.

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