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Lauren & Ryan

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Lauren Solomon and Ryan Whelan had a few surprises up their sleeves when they said ‘I do’ in a magical forest setting.

Here comes the bride…

Ryan proposed in Zanzibar. He planned the entire trip by himself and only told me the day before we were to leave. He forgot the ring at home, though, so he had to improvise and bought a ring made from wood!

We decided to have a surprise wedding that only our parents and close friends knew about. We told everyone else it was going to be a formal engagement party.

Winery Road Forest was the first and only venue we looked at. We loved the enchanted forest feel. All we wanted was our guests to have a great time and celebrate with us in a gorgeous environment.

Planning was a breeze as we had San-Marié from Creative Nook do everything. She was amazing and I had very little to worry about. After our first meeting, she nailed down our vision, even though we were so confused about what we wanted!

The big day

We put up blackboards at the entrance of the venue: the first welcoming guests to the ‘engagement party’, the second saying, ‘Surprise, it’s a wedding!’ Although I didn’t get to witness it, there were some very astonished faces.

I was the calmest bride before the wedding but my nerves reached their peak as I walked down the aisle. Seeing Ryan smiling at the altar made everything feel so real.

For wedding favours, we did something unique:  each guest received a lottery ticket and we made everyone promise to give us half if they won. At 9 pm, our MC read out the winning numbers – unfortunately, no one was lucky!

Been there, done that

My best advice: get a wedding planner. I had very little stress in the months before the wedding and that gave Ryan and I time to plan our honeymoon. Remember this day represents your love and that’s all that matters.

The finer details

We wanted a relaxed outdoor affair and Winery Road was the perfect place for that. There were straw bale couches covered in white blankets around coffee tables and the table arrangements were rooted plants and succulents in glass vases with floating candles. We also used recycled bamboo cutlery to stick with the natural theme.

We went uniquely South African with the food. We had local wines and craft beers in wheelbarrows around the dance floor and served our favourite foods: spinach and feta tartlets and spring rolls filled with brie and cranberry sauce to start, and gourmet boerie rolls and mini cheeseburgers with sweet potato fries for mains. We had a three-tiered red velvet cake served for dessert with raspberry crème brûlée and Amarula shots.

I wanted a dress I’d be comfortable in all day so I chose a simple two piece with a thin-strapped crop top and high-waisted mermaid skirt. It flowed perfectly and I was able to dance all night long. Our first dance was to ‘Turning Page’ by Sleeping at Last. It’s an absolutely beautiful song with very pretty lyrics.

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Little Black Book 

Co-ordinator: Creative Nook
Venue: Winery Road Forest
Photography: Miss Cee Photography
Hair & make-up: Nadia Halperin

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