This South African wedding is an absolute gem! It had three parts- the ceremony, a pit-stop and the reception, all at different locales. Though it’s new to me, I love the idea of a pit-stop. It is similar to a cocktail hour, but takes place at a different location than the ceremony and reception. Since Mandi and Cobus chose such amazing venues, I’m sure it was a fun day of gorgeous location after gorgeous location for the guests. Photographer Lizelle Lotter was on hand to capture the day.

From the bride, Mandi:

I wanted it to look and feel as if my friends are having a whole day festival with food,drinks and entertainment that are flowing freely throughout the day to keep them entertained!


I spent most of my decor budget on the lights and lampshades because i believe in atmosphere.I worked with nudes,charcoal and grey. Also asked the guests to dress in shades of grey,black and sand.



Mandi’s dress by Lunar is absolutely incredible! She made such a stunning bride.



We had a pitstop with gluwein,hot chocolate and traditional south african braai tapas and a local band playing at a farm outside stanford.




Some advice from Mandi:

Try your best to keep everything like you want it without listening to everyone’s advice or “rules about a wedding”- there is no rules as long as you are happy- because it really is your special day!!!

Wedding Vendors (South Africa):

Photographer: Lizelle Lotter / Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Anglican Church / Pit Stop Venue: Madre’s Kitchen / Reception Venue: Mosselberg on Grotto / Wedding Coordinator: The Aleit Group / Florist: Leipzig Floral Design / Stationers: Adam & Eve / Bride’s Dress: strapless draped empire silk with “blushing bride” print, by Lunar style 0914


Comments (16):

  • Retuura on August 13, 2011

    I love the small touches. The window used as a seating chart. So original!!
  • Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper on August 10, 2010

    love those mugs of hot chocolate! gorgeous locale!
  • Dustin @ Diamond Studio on August 9, 2010

    As a proud South African I really find it gratifying to see a local couple's special day featured here on The photography is awesome, the bride is beautiful and the unmistakably unique South African touches really does it for me! The pitstop is a real reflection on Afrikaner culture, where hospitality and socialising is a very important facet of everyday life and interaction with others. Incorporating a pitstop in the wedding celebrations is a clever idea. I do hope there were designated drivers to cart people around though ;-)
  • Amanda Thorson on August 7, 2010

    So beautiful! That dress is amazing!
  • Angie on August 6, 2010

    This is truly wonderful photography by Lizelle and gorgeous wedding details by Mandi! Lovely images that make me smile :)
  • lydia {ever ours} on August 6, 2010

    gown is beyond stunning!
  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge on August 6, 2010

    Beautiful... love the pitstop idea... it's like a fun excursion with all your nearest and dearest! Great work Lizelle!
  • The Wardrobe Shop on August 6, 2010

    MMMMMMM! What a gorgeous setting and ambiance, very classic. Great Job!
  • Vicky on August 6, 2010

    What a beautiful day! We used the pit stop idea for our wedding and rented out a Starbucks store creating a "coffee hour" in lieu of cocktails, it was a blast and our guests really enjoyed themselves + I got to have my favorite drink on our special day:)
  • Jessie-Lee on August 6, 2010

    Her dress is amazing! Seriously original. Lovely post!
  • Aleah + Nick on August 6, 2010

    Her dress is breathtaking!
  • Ana Karina on August 6, 2010

    Congratulations! It's so beautiful :)
  • cara on August 6, 2010

    Beautiful everything! the gown, the images, even the hot chocolate! love the color palette + the seating chart on the window!
  • Lucy Dylan Weddings on August 6, 2010

    I LOVE her dress! What a beautiful wedding.
  • on August 6, 2010

    So beautiful! I love the color and the escort cards written of the glass cute!
  • Lisa Green, Anderson Green Events on August 6, 2010

    Amazingly beautiful - her dress is to die for!


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