Real Wedding: Stacey + Shaun

This wedding had all the makings of  a perfect day - and a perfect day we are most certain it was! The beautiful Stacey wed the dashing Shaun at well-known wedding venue, Tala on a perfect KZN Winter's day. A Ruby regular, Stuart Dods (see Shan and Nic's wedding here), shot this wedding. We love the simple elegance of this vintage inspired wedding. The pale blush pinks, the four tiered cake, and the Stacey's beautiful dress make it one that will stick in our minds for many moons to come! So sit back, and take it all in! 


The Bride and Groom: Stacey Williams and Shaun Skinner
Wedding Date: 4 June 2011
Venue: Tala Game Reserve
Colour and/or Theme: Vintage

So what’s your love story? 

Well, Shaun and I met at a rugby game about 3 years ago. His cousin was a very good friend of mine and she introduced us. Shaun lived in East London and was in Durban on a holiday. It started as some holiday fun and just evolved from there, and before I knew it, I had really fallen for this guy! Shaun went back to East London 10 days later and we really missed each other! We spoke everyday after he left. The next month I went to East London for a weekend and that was that. We travelled between the two cities (not easy or economical) for about 9 months or so and in December 2009 he told me he was moving to Durban, and he did. Who would have thought that some holiday fun would have turned into this amazing relationship. 

How did he propose? 

Shaun proposed on our one year anniversary. He popped the question on the roof of the Roma revolving restaurant. Everyone knew about it except me. It was such a lovely surprise. 

What was the best lesson you learnt through planning your wedding? 

Once you have found something you like (dress, service provider or venue) stop looking around, there is so much on offer out there and so many service providers that all do wonderful things that you begin to start doubting yourself and making yourself crazy with all the options. Go with your gut feel and choose what best suits you.

Any tips for brides to be? 
As cliché as this sounds, enjoy every bit of it, the planning (even though it can be a bit trying) and your big day. It really does go by so quickly and before you know it, it’s all done. I wish I could do it all over again.  Everyone will have an opinion but don’t be swayed by this. Go with what YOU want – after all it is your special day.

How did you decide on the colour or theme of your wedding?

This was one of the hardest things to decide. There are so many ideas and they are all gorgeous. After going backwards and forwards with ideas, I decided on the vintage theme because it has a variety of colours that all went well together and had that classic look about it. The theme also went well with my venue (Figtree Barn - Tala) .
How involved was your husband or family in the wedding planning?
My husband wasn’t too involved in the whole process but I did ask him for his opinion and thoughts. My Mom and I did most of the planning, with the help of Dianne Priem, our wedding planner. We were all on the same page with how we wanted everything to look and come together. We also had help from my Matron of Honour Melissa Richardson. It is nice to have help from other people, sometimes they see stuff that you haven’t. 

What would you change about your wedding day if you could? 
I wish it would have lasted longer. We had the perfect day from the weather, to the amazing people we shared our day with.  
Were there any elements of your wedding that you did yourself? 
No, unfortunately not. My mom and I are what you call creatively challenged! We needed the help of service providers. They were all amazing though, I told them what I was looking for and they put it all together better than I had ever hoped. 

Did anything unexpected or extra special happen on your wedding day that surprised you and your husband? (Or just you!) 
Nothing unexpected, but it was extra special that family as far as from the UK made it to our day. 
What was your wedding song? 
We didn't really have a song as a couple so I spent LOTS of time on YouTube and the internet and we chose “It feels like home to me” by Chantal Kreviazuk. Listen to it here.

What was the flavour of your cake? 
I had a four tier cake, with two tiers in carrot and pecan and the other two tiers in chocolate. 
Did you go on Honeymoon? And if so, where did you go? 
Yes we did. We went to Italy for 10 days. 

Venue: Tala Game Reserve
 Coordinator: Dianne Priem 082 784 2992
Photographer: Stuart Dods
Stationery: Crystal Print 
Dress (including bridesmaids dresses): Belle’s of Hilton and bridesmaids dresses I bought from Truworths
Hair: Tanya Pitman – 031 463 2480
Make-up: Kendyl McPherson –
Flowers: Wendy Gillitt –
Catering: Tala Game Reserve
Cake: Arriba Chocolates

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