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

  • Amazingly beautiful – her dress is to die for!


    So beautiful! I love the color and the escort cards written of the glass cute!

  • I LOVE her dress! What a beautiful wedding.

  • Beautiful everything! the gown, the images, even the hot chocolate! love the color palette + the seating chart on the window!

  • Congratulations!
    It’s so beautiful :)

  • Aleah + Nick

    Her dress is breathtaking!

  • Her dress is amazing! Seriously original. Lovely post!

  • 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:)

  • MMMMMMM! What a gorgeous setting and ambiance, very classic. Great Job!

  • Beautiful… love the pitstop idea… it’s like a fun excursion with all your nearest and dearest! Great work Lizelle!

  • gown is beyond stunning!

  • This is truly wonderful photography by Lizelle and gorgeous wedding details by Mandi! Lovely images that make me smile :)

  • So beautiful! That dress is amazing!

  • Dustin @ Diamond Studio

    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 ;-)

  • love those mugs of hot chocolate! gorgeous locale!

  • Retuura

    I love the small touches. The window used as a seating chart. So original!!