Real wedding: Golden moments for Roxanne and PJ - Wedding Album

Real wedding: Golden moments for Roxanne and PJ

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A last-minute change in their plans gave Roxanne Ferreira and PJ Kotzé an unconventional wedding day – and they couldn’t have asked for anything better.


Our wedding venue wasn’t the one we originally chose. We had to cancel our venue three weeks before the wedding, but luckily we managed to have it at the Open Window Institute in Irene (where PJ lectured film) and it ended up working perfectly!


Friends of ours, a dream team called the Swagger Collective, did the decor, and the flowers were done by our moms, aunts and family friends. It was unbelievable how everyone arranged, picked and tied, raiding their own (and even neighbours’) gardens for everything from greenery and garlands to a few special buds for my bouquet. It completely surpassed our expectations.

I came across a beautiful botanical-print fabric and decided it would be perfect for napkins. This became the jumping-off point for the rest of the decor and colour scheme. We wanted everything to look vibrant, relaxed and playful (with lots of gold accents, which somehow sneaked their way into everything in the end!).


I designed my dress, and Valerie Britz of Val Belle had the challenging task of interpreting what I wanted. She hand-beaded all of the embellishments and my godfather sent the ballet-slipper-pink Italian duchess satin from New York as a wedding gift. Swoon!


Prep’ed by Sasha made the most incredible food: mouth-watering Mexican tapas, and then gourmet burgers for mains. We had a hummingbird cake (my favourite) smothered in lime-cream-cheese icing, topped with peanut-brittle shards – wow! There was also a dessert table that friends and family contributed with home-made treats.


So many people helped us out on the day, such as close family friends who did all of the lighting, another who did most of the coordinating and others who lent their musical skills when our guests arrived and were having cocktails. For the rest of the night, we danced to a killer playlist PJ put together that included Little Dragon, The Zombies and The Beach Boys.


Venue: Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences
Photography: Love Made Visible
Catering: Prep’ed by Sasha
Decor: Swagger Collective
Jewellery: Lorean
Bar: Capital Craft
Coffee truck: Coffee-on-the-move
Tent: Mzanzi Stretch Tents