Timeless Vintage White and Gray Wedding in Wellington, South Africa – Nicola and Wynand

March 5, 2010 | editorial team

romantic real wedding in south africa, image by Christine Meintjes

Today’s Real Wedding is a pure delight to see. Nicola and Wynand planned the wedding of their dreams in the bride’s hometown of Wellington, South Africa, and the results, photographed by Christine Meintjes, were both whimsical and nostalgic – not to mention, exquisite down to the last detail. Enjoy!

romantic and vintage inspired real wedding in south africa, images by Christine Meintjes

The goals: Nicola and Wynand were focused on having a festive and intimate wedding that was at its heart, a true celebration with an abundance of good food, good wine and good friends and family. The food was especially important to the couple, so they made sure to focus attention on the catering – putting together a feast of rich cheeses, freshly baked breads, fresh summer fruits, preserves and savory tarte tatins.

vintage style real wedding in south africa, romantic wedding couple portraits, images by Christine Meintjes

The look: Visually, Nicola wanted a look that was timeless and classic with a subtle French flair. Her wedding color palette of white and shades of gray was found in the flowers, in antique books bound in ribbon on the tables, and in accents of pewter lamps, vases and candelabras decorating the reception hall. The timeless feel of the day was even incorporated into the venue for the ceremony – a small, historic theatre, Goodnow Hall, that created an intimate air for the couple to say their vows. 

The bride’s gown, an elegant off-the-shoulder dress by Elbeth Gillis, and the groom’s dapper suit by Trenery, were a perfect complement to the decor, and Nicola accessorized with an “old” vintage brooch, and a “borrowed” flower from her mother, attached to her chic birdcage veil.

The moments: Aside from seeing her husband-to-be at the end of the aisle as she entered the ceremony, Nicola says the most romantic moment of the day was their first dance. Guests lit sparklers around the couple as they swayed to “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra.

romantic vintage inspired real wedding in south africa, white, gray and silver wedding color palette and table decor, images by Christine Meintjes

The details: This enchanting wedding, held on what the bride says was “a perfect wind-still hot summer day”, was stylish down to the last detail, and friends and family were a large part of making it all come together. The bouquets for the bride and her bridesmaids, as well as the boutonnieres, were hand-crafted by the bride’s mother, and the cake, as well as special raspberry marshmallows, were made by a close friend. Even the bride got involved making wedding cake-shaped biscuits with fondant icing for the reception.

Nicola and Wynand greeted guests as they entered the reception, leaving themselves free to relax and enjoy the rest of their evening, celebrating this festive and joyful occasion. 

The pros: All of the wedding professionals who helped to bring this wedding to life are listed in our Real Weddings Section. Check it out for more!

romantic vintage inspired real wedding reception in south africa, white, gray and silver wedding color palette and table decor, images by Christine Meintjes

Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us Nicola and Wynand! It was incredible from beginning to end!

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  1. This wedding is beautiful! I love all the amazing details and neutral simple color palette!! Great post!

  2. I absolutely love this wedding! The vintage details are put together perfectly!!

  3. This is truly an exquisite wedding. I agree that the simple color palette makes it stand out volumes. This is a perfect example of how is the most neutral colors can create such a dramatic statement. Very classic looking and once again just absolutely beautiful. Congrats!

  4. Stunning bride and beautiful details!

  5. I love the color palette on this one. I like how simple yet bright the colors are. Very sophisticated.

  6. Hi Wynand & Nicola, julle is ‘n besondere mooi paartjie! Julle foto’s is pragtig! (Ek werk by die NG Kerk Kloofendal – ken julle ouers goed!) Liefde, begrip, kommunikasie en ‘n lang, gelukkige, geseënde huwelik word julle toegewens.

  7. What a loverly wedding and a beautifull couple.

  8. What a pretty, lovely wedding. Enjoying the bright touches and happy faces.

  9. What a pretty, lovely wedding. Enjoying the bright touches and happy faces.

  10. Great blog, I really love the pictures!

  11. Is there anything more beautiful than a bride? Nicola, Breathtakingly beautiful in that dress. Again, the photo’s are picture-perfect! Great couple.

  12. I love how fresh and natural this wedding is. Lovely photos!

  13. Beautiful photos!

  14. What a truly amazing read!

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