Today's Real Wedding, shot by Jean-Pierre Uys Photography, will take your breath away with its style and elegance, not to mention the romantic and breathtaking South African scenery. On a perfectly warm and sunny day in October, Shelley and Nkululeko tied the knot at the MolenVliet Wine and Guest Estate in South Africa, surrounded by friends and family from across the globe. When asked what the most romantic moment of the joyful celebration was, Shelley couldn't choose just one - "from the proposal in Spain, to going to bed with a new surname that night, and every moment in between, it was all romantic".
The bride chose a dramatic wedding gown from Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit, and canary yellow dresses by the same designer for her bridesmaids. A few modern fairytale details that we can't get enough of - for an extra bit of luck Shelley attached a 1965 six-pence to her gorgeous Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, and then rode to the ceremony in style in a 1958 Bentley. During the
ceremony her incredible five-meter-long veil even got its own moment in the sun,
taking full advantage of a brief and sudden gust of wind, to delight the guests and spread its wings!
Shelley and Nkululeko's goal for their wedding was to savor every single moment. They were calm and relaxed throughout their big day, enjoying every last detail as they committed their lives to each other, surrounded by their family and friends, in this gorgeous natural setting. Can't you just feel their joy and ease in these stunning portraits by Jean-Pierre Uys as they took time to themselves to walk throughout the vineyards?
Using a wedding color palette of cream, gray-silver, off-white and black, Shelley and Nkululeko created an event that felt both sophisticated and relaxed. Mirrors, crystals and green foliage were used on the tabletops to accent the neutral colors, and there were plenty of candles and subdued sparkling lighting to set a romantic mood. The couple's first dance was to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", and from the looks of joy and love on their faces, we have no doubt in our minds that's exactly what these two will do!
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Thank you so much for sharing this incredible adventure with us Shelley and Nkululeko! It was so beautiful!
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