This is by far one of my favourite projects. I am however biased because it was for our own wedding. We decided to go back to the kind of weddings our parents had – something simple and down to earth with good old fashioned Boerekos and family at the heart of it. That’s how we came about planning our humble Free State farm wedding. DIY was the key word with family and friends all lending a hand. The ceremony was in Winburg, in the oldest church in the province! Afterwards we moved to the farm where we partied till the cows came home. But more about the stationery. I illustrated 5 objects each with some significance to our story. 1) A lantern for our sense of adventure and to light our way into the future. 2) A protea because I decided on Fynbos for the wedding flowers and it is also the first flower Riek gave me when we started dating again as grownups. 3 & 4) A letter and a suitcase because when we were 10 years old Riek always wrote me love letters that he hid in my school suitcase. The illustration is of my mom’s grade 1 suitcase that I still use for my art supplies. 5) A cassette tape because Riek made me a mixed tape when we were 13. I used these illustrations in conjunction with different sections on the invites and decor.
We mostly went digital with the invites by sending out a mailer that drove guests to our website to RSVP and check out all the info and accommodation. We made it a bit interactive by adding a song request page so that everyone could help to make up a playlist for the big day. We made a couple of printed invitations, packaged in a wooden sliding box with 4 engraved wooden coasters as a gift, but only gave those out to parents and grandparents. The decor was largely done using items that was already on the farm. We painted flower pots in the wedding colour palette and planted the succulents ourselves. Nadine from Honeyflower did all the flower arrangements, it sure makes a huge difference to have creative friends! We included wedding photos of both our families’ parents and grandparents in memory of the grannies and grandpas that celebrated from heaven. We also made a wooden cake stand, napkins, table runners and several meters of bunting. Final touches I’ll mention is the engraving inside Riek’s wedding band – The one and only – which is my handwriting in primary school, taken from one of the letters I sent (I used to sign all of them from the one & only). And lastly I got crafty with a headpiece, taking some of the lace and material used for my dress. Visit www.rnr-trou.co.za to view the site and thanks for reading the whole essay!