View as: List Masonry

Handmade Cape Town Wedding

DIY Weddings

Give me a picturesque South African landscape and I will show you a gorgeous wedding. Shot by Catherine Mac, this Elgin Valley fete right outside of Cape Town has the perfect blend of rustic beauty and endearing handmade details made by the couple Kirsten and Gérhardt. I will let the bride herself take it from here:


cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

From the bride, Kirsten: We wanted an intimate wedding with a vintage family feast feel. We opted for a very rustic venue and incorporated various vintage elements into the decor.


cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photographycape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

I love vintage things, mixing and matching and anything with a pretty pattern, hence the bunting and my vintage-inspired wedding dress. Gérhardt has a passion for flying, so we decided to make our own paper jet confetti to incorporate that into our day. He also really loves Africa & I got him Lady Peculiar cufflinks in the shape of Africa with a heart on the southern tip. With regards to DIY projects – I designed the stationery, made the favours, folded paper jets for confetti with the boys, made our seating chart, crafted my own veil, did my own make-up, made fabric hearts, boutonnieres, photobooth props and the list goes on…


cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photographycape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photographycape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photographycape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I have a couple of pointers to share out of my experience:

-Don’t leave anything until the last minute
-Some things won’t go according to plan – BIG DEAL!
-Start planning well in advance, this well help you save on costs and be more organized
-Just relax!
-Don’t be afraid to delegate. I’m one of those people who wanted to do everything myself, but I had to learn to trust other people
-Remember that it’s your wedding and incorporate elements that are special to you as a couple
-Stick to your guns even if nobody understands your ideas
-Have loads of fun and savour every moment of your planning experience
-Make family members like your mother & mother-in-law part of the planning experience even if you don’t share the same ideas
-Invest in a professional photographer


cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photographycape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Catherine: Early morning misty bridal portraits, 100 meters of pink and white bunting, a lake-side ceremony in a boat house, a long-sleeved lace gown, a couple so sweet they smelled like toffee apples! I loved it all from start to finish and it was an absolute TREAT to be there to document Kirsten and Gerhardt’s special day! Between you and me, Elgin is one of my favourite places to photograph weddings! There is something quite magical about it. Simple. Rockhaven was the perfect place for Kirsten and Gerhardt’s fun daytime wedding and I almost died of excitement when I realized the ceremony was taking place in a boat house that completely opens up onto the lake.

Wedding Vendors (Cape Town, South Africa):

Wedding Venue and Caterer: Rockhaven Farm (Elgin) / Wedding Photographer: Catherine Mac / Wedding Flowers: Oak Valley Flower Farm / Wedding Dress: Made by bride’s grandmother / Wedding Invitations: Made by bride

Photos by:

You might also like

Advantage Bridal + Giveaway!

Giveaways, Sponsored Posts

There’s nothing quite a like a giveaway to brighten up a gray afternoon. Advantage Bridal is a go-to source for all things wedding apparel. With over 20 years in the wedding business, they have the experience and reliability with tons of goodies you will love. Our personal fave has to be their custom apparel and accessories services for the bride and groom and their bridal party, including adorbs flower girl tees, beach towels and tank tops.

bridal party tshirts

They carry over 22,000 wedding accessories in their online store, plus they offer thousands of personalized wedding invitation designs and wedding favors. Advantage Bridal even offers brides the ability to use your own fabric for wedding accessories, including the ring pillow, guest book, flower girl basket and more. So if you would like to incorporate an heirloom fabric into your wedding, they can turn it into a custom ring pillow for you. They encourage brides to contact them directly if you’re looking for something made just for you.

Advantage Bridal us giving away a $100 Gift certificate to one lucky Ruffled reader, so check out their site and leave a comment below indicating what you would choose if you win! Winner will be announced in the Weekly Wrap Up this Friday.

Photos by:

You might also like

Boyd Baker House Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

Oh Australia, you never fail to amaze us with your stunning weddings and scenery. Photographer Lakshal Perera was called upon to photograph the nuptials of Rachel and Karl. Filled to the brim with heartfelt touches and handmade details, their wedding is one sweet fete image after image. Rachel, the bride, memorized a speech in Italian to speak to Karl’s large family at the reception, and her mom grew 120 seedlings to give as wedding favors. The groom Karl, among other things, designed his own and his groomsmen’s jackets. Take it all in below:

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

From the bride, Rachel: We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are and what were about. We wanted it to be relaxed so our guests could enjoy themselves yet be significant and meaningful. We are both relaxed, earthy, down to earth people and we wanted that to shine through. The aim was to make it as sustainable as possible. Starting with the food we opted for a local and seasonal menu, local wines and beers, our friends home-brewed cider was served, cakes were made locally from local ingredients and local Victorian cheeses were enjoyed.


indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal pereraindie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal pereraindie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

There was never a set theme. The location and our tastes set the mood. Our wedding was very hands on. We had lots of help from our family. Without them it would not have been possible. We played wedding planner ourselves by organising catering, bands, photographers, we made the invites, booklets and menu cards, arranged the table and decorative flowers, brainstormed and set up all the decorations, brought in dining chairs our families had dined on since we were small, collected glass and crystal vases and candle sticks, sewed hessian bags for the plants to go in for the guests gifts and the lace for the table settings. With our families we spent the day before setting up the ceremony area, arranging flowers and setting up decorations and lighting.


indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal pereraindie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal pereraindie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
father bride walk down aisle ceremony
indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal pereraindie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal pereraindie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
tree seedlings wedding favors

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
father bride walk down aisle ceremony
indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera
indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make it your own! What better way to showcase yourselves than at your wedding. Then just relax and enjoy it all.

indie backyard australian wedding from lakshal perera


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Lakshal: I don’t know where to start with Rachel and Karl. These two people are honestly two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met (and I can see why they are the way they are). Their families are both exceptionally wonderful, they took me in and treated me like I was one of their own. I was instantly welcome and able to be involved in everything. I arrived to Boyd Baker House a day early to the hustle and bustle of the entire family getting together and setting things up which is just the way I think things ought to be. In my mind, the history of weddings are not necessarily about finding a nice venue and serving tasty food, it was about bringing families, and to a larger extent, the community together. For me, this was the ultimate in personalised weddings; nothing generic, nothing stock, nothing without meaning. Rachel’s mum had grown nearly 120 plants from seedlings which were gifts for the guests. The suits the boys were wearing were custom made with Karl’s own breastplate design. Rachel learned and wrote a speech in Italian to speak to Karl and his very large Italian family. The drinks available included Apple Cider made by Callum using the apples grown on Karl’s uncle’s family orchard. Like I said, this was something that was very special to everyone involved. The connectedness that a wedding like this can bring, in my eyes, is the exact meaning of what a wedding should be about. I was invited to this day as a photographer, but I was part of it, I was involved and it was a wonderful experience.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Lady Sunshine,” Angus Stone
Recessional: “Strawberry Swing,” Coldplay
First Dance: “Mango Tree,” Angus and Julia Stone

Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Wedding Venue: Boyd Baker House / Wedding Photographer: Lakshal Perera / Wedding Flowers: Katie Marks Flowers / Wedding Dress: Vintage 1920s gown from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson / Wedding Jewelry: Family heirlooms / Hair and Makeup: Dante’ Amato / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Life With Bird / Wedding Musicians: The Bakery Boys / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Ed Dixon Food Design / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Designed by bride and groom

Photos by:

You might also like