Real wedding: Michelle & Nicholas say 'I do' in the city of (rose) gold - Wedding Album

Real wedding: Michelle & Nicholas say ‘I do’ in the city of (rose) gold

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Michelle Ferreira and Nicholas Bibis said their ‘I dos’ against a backdrop of industrial beauty in the heart of Jozi.


In our first year of dating, we attended a friend’s wedding at Turbine Hall and I fell in love with its industrial charm. (I also happened to catch the bouquet that day – a nice little sign of things to come.) When we got engaged, it was the first venue to come up – and I was sold.


We both come from large families and wanted our day to be a big celebration filled with everything we love: food, dance, family and friends, as well as incorporate our families’ cultures – Portuguese, Greek and Danish – into the festivities.


My dress was custom-made by Kobus Dippenaar. It had always been my dream to get my dress made and be part of the process. I really enjoyed my experience with him and his team. I wanted my dress to be simple with elegant finishes – the lace and the cathedral-style veil helped achieve this.


Nic proposed with a rose gold ring, so I immediately knew I wanted rose gold and copper accents. The geometric trend really appealed to me and I loved the idea of suspended decor. I came across himmeli, geometric hanging shapes of Scandinavian origin.  I used angular rose gold sculptures and designed all of my stationery around this theme.


Since we have Portuguese and Greek heritage, our food was very important. Turbine Hall delivered an amazing spread – and the way the dessert was displayed was so incredible! It was exactly the feast we had hoped for. Our wedding cake was a combination of ‘naked’ and copper tiers with two great flavours: chocolate with Ferrero Rocher filling and vanilla with salted caramel.


Our MC planned a surprise dance with all the groomsmen. He introduced it as a Viking ‘dance of acceptance, which they did to the song ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)’. It was the highlight of the whole evening!


‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Ingrid Michaelson – it’s a beautiful cover of an old classic.


Venue: The Forum | Turbine Hall
Photography: And Story
Dress: Kobus Dippenaar Atelier
Make-up: Maria De Vos & Jade Hill
Groom’s suit: Tiger of Sweden
Flowers: Natja Reney
Decor and stationery: Michelle Ferreira
Cake: Sao De Freitas (082 567 5719)
Videography: Mighty Fine
Macarons: Marie-Anne Duarte