Soft peach, gray and hessian formed the base for this rustic farm wedding oozing with love and charm. Tammy and Lee got married at Killarney Farmhouse
in Nelspruit but planned their big day all the way from London. The result is a wedding packed with simple details that make it one that we won't ever forget!
of the bride and groom: Lee Spurgeon and Tammy Glendinning (now Spurgeon)
year of your wedding: 28
Venue: Killarney Farm House , Nelspruit
and/or Theme: Peach, natural, grey / Rustic & Farm
your love story?
Lee and I are
the very few lucky ones who met online. In 2008, we went for coffee on our
first date, my very good friends Adriana and Jason were sitting next to us, I
was obviously so nervous I did not see them, so they witnessed our entire first
date. I only noticed them when they were driving off and waving which Lee
pointed out to me. Since that night we have been in-separable. Real love at
In August 2012,
after a fun day at the beach, he asked me to get ready quickly as he wanted to
go out for dinner, after I got out the shower, I noticed the cooler box and
some bags were packed at the door, after questioning him, and him finally
getting me into the car, we were on the way. We arrived at our favourite
forest, just outside of London. He left me in the car and told me he would be
back in 5 minutes. Once he came back for me, we walked up to the little picnic
spot he had set up under a massive tree. He had drinks, amazing food and music
all set up.
After dinner, he
stood up and asked me to carry on looking away from the tree above us, he
switched on all these fairy lights which he had set up the day before in the
tree above us, asked me to come stand next to him and admire the lights, I
noticed at the end of a string of lights was a ring, when I looked back at him,
he was on one knee asking me to marry him, I cried and said YES YES YES!
the best lesson you learnt through planning your wedding?
scared to ask for help especially those who are involved in the wedding – they
want to help. Prepare for things to go wrong, because they will, even the most
simple things. Remember none of the guests will even notice. Enjoy every
second, as everyone is right – it goes by so quick.
for brides to be?
- Read blogs like
Ruby + Swallow, use Pinterest.
Do what YOU want, don’t let anyone change your mind, it’s your
Wedding day, its fine for people to give their advice and their thoughts but
don’t be afraid to say no and speak up.
- During my year of
planning – I captured all my planning and all the little things I bought and
made on Instagram, its nice to look back and see it all come together.
- Trust your
Photographer, photos are a big deal in my life and spending a little bit more
money on a good and brilliant photographer is worth it.
- Don’t be afraid
to delegate , use excel for lists (amazing) and lastly, surround yourself with
people who love and care for you, their help and ideas will amaze you and take
a lot of pressure off you for the big day. On “The Day”, let
all your worries go even the really big ones, enjoy getting ready with your
girls, play music and relax.
How did you
decide on the colour or theme of your wedding?
I have always
loved pastel colours and it was a toss up between peach, mint or pastel blue. My mom’s favourite flower is a peach rose, so that helped me make the decision. For Lee and the bestmen, we decided on grey as it’s a classic colour and goes with everything,
I told the boys to put their own style into what they were wearing so they didn’t
look like soldiers.
involved was your husband or family in the wedding planning?
I did all the
planning throughout the year. Lee added his input on everything which helped me make decisions (being an
indecisive Libra) he also did all the major DIY work which I could never of
done. My family and friends definitely helped through all the planning and I
could not have done it without them.
you change about your wedding day if you could?
definitely hire a Videographer.
any elements of your wedding that you did yourself?
Pretty much our
whole wedding was DIY, we made the chalk name tags, meal tags, guest seating
tags, bought all our own décor (which can be used in our home one day), my mom
made all the Pom Pom’s, we had Pimms and homemade lemonade for cocktail hour,
we had a Photobooth which my
cousin took photos of the guests to keep them entertained while we were off
taking photos. Our cake was also homemade. Wooden signs - Ceremony, Photobooth, Games,
Reception etc. My very pregnant
Maid of Honour helped a lot, planning the wedding from the UK was difficult, so
having someone at “Ground Zero” was amazing. The wedding would not have been possible without Kerri.
anything unexpected or extra special happen on your wedding day that surprised
you and your husband? (Or just you!)
As we got out
the car to walk down the aisle, there was hectic thunder and the clouds went
really dark, the DJ had to move his equipment under cover, so the Bridesmaids
had to walk down the aisle in silence and we couldn’t wait for the DJ as we
were all worried about the rain and all the guests were standing already.
Once I started
walking, the DJ managed to play the beginning part of the song I had chosen,
which was an instrumental version of Turning Page – Sleeping at Last. My Aunt ran and stuck a knife in the
ground (family superstition) and the rain held out but the thunder was amazing
and made the whole ceremony extra special – it just felt like we were surrounded
by everyone who loves and cares for us.
When asked by the Minister who gives this bride away, my flower-girl Jenna said, "I Do", it was really cute and funny, then my dad stood up and said he does. After all the speeches were done, our ring bearer - James (who is 8 years old!) - asked if he could say a few words. He stood on a chair and said the cutest speech.
Just me – My husband’s ssshhexy dance before he took off my garter for the garter toss! :)
the flavour of your cake?
3 tier carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
Did you go on Honeymoon? And if so, where did you go? Paradise Sun on Praslin Island, Seychelles
Laura Jane Photography – I found Laura on Facebook, I instantly fell
in love with her photos and her style.
Decor: Everyone helped, it was so amazing to
be surrounded by family and friends, I was and still am so overwhelmed by
everyone who helped and worked so hard – the day before the Wedding was so
chaotic but it all came together, doing all your own décor is not for the faint
Fairy Lights -
My Maid of Honour’s Mom supplied all her personal fairy lights for the whole
Tables - We
bought all the vases and ceramic pots from Mr Price We also made the little chalkboard name tags for each wine glass
as well as on each fork there was a little stamp and tag letting the guests and
waiters know what the guests ordered on their RSVP.
We hired all
chairs, tables, table cloths, tableware, hessian, pillows from Easy Hire in
We had a
Bedouin tent over the wooden deck at Killarney, we hired from Gecko Tents
I did our own
invitations, I took a template off Wedding Chicks, personalised it and printed
them on pretty cardboard, used some twine and cute rubber stamps.
(including bridesmaids dresses): I got my Wedding Dress from Love Bridal in London, I had this idea in my head of what
I wanted, I saw my dress and knew it was the one.
As we were keeping an eye on our budget, I asked all my bridesmaids to buy
their own dresses to suit their own style and taste, so that way they can wear
those dresses again, I really wasn’t too fussed that the colours matched, I
actually wanted the colours not to match – all the different shades of peach
came together so beautifully.
Hair: One of my Husband’s best friends and
one of the bestmen – Henri Kotze –
Henri works for @Hair.com, he did 5 Bridemaids, flowergirl, myself and a last
minute style on my Mom. 079 327 9095.
Make-up: One of my best friends and bridesmaid –
Sherri Grunthal - is an amazing makeup artist, she did 5
Bridesmaids including herself, my Mom, my Maid of Honour’s Mom’s and my face in
the short amount of time we had. You can reach her on 082
Spray Tan: Candi Makeup - Candi is a brilliant makeup artist
and her spraytan’s are amazing, she made me feel comfortable even though it was
my very first spraytan and I was very nervous. I had my tan done on the Tuesday
before the Wedding, and my tan lasted beyond the Wedding.
Flowers: My Mom and Aunt bought all the flowers
from Multiflora, transported them up to Nelspruit and decorated and placed all
the flowers in the vases and jars – it was a lot of work but they did an
amazing job and I wouldn’t of had it any other way, they knew what I wanted and
I love them both for doing a brilliant job.
Cake: My Maid of Honour and her Mother in Law
made our cake, decorated with flowers and cake toppers bought on Etsy.
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