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

16 comments
  • Amazingly beautiful – her dress is to die for!

  • forget.me.knot.weddings

    So beautiful! I love the color and the escort cards written of the glass windows..so 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 ruffledblog.com

    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!!