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#GingerGooseWedding at River Place

After more than a year in planning, with both of them living in Cape Town for most of that year, Heidi and Shaun’s wedding was simply wonderful, and with a bride as beautiful and as happy as Heidi, it couldn’t possibly have been any other way.

In case you’re wondering, their wedding is hashtagged in social media as #GingerGooseWedding because Shaun is a ginger, and Heidi’s maiden name means she’s been called “Snowgoose” for at least as long as I’ve known her. They even had a special ginger and gooseberry jam made up as their wedding favour!


Planning this wedding with Heidi was extra special for me as Heidi and I have been friends for a few years, and my husband and I were guests at the wedding so I got to the bridal shower as well. Seeing Heidi in her gown for the first time gave me goosebumps! She looked incredible!

Heidi and Shaun both wanted a relaxed, easy going vibe for their guests, and they decided on a picnic with an exquisite choral and seafoam colour scheme lending itself beautifully to the spring weather!
During her planning, Heidi had several Pinterest boards that she used to document her inspiration for her wedding, and when we spoke to potential suppliers for decor, make up, hair styling and clothing, she included links to her Pinterest boards so that everyone could see what she had in mind. It was really helpful and I think there may be a few new Pinterest users as a result. 

Heidi and Shaun carried a Scrabble theme throughout their wedding, from their engagement announcement and their save-the-date, to their wedding favours, and even the wedding cupcakes! And they very cleverly saved themselves a lot of money by using electronic invitations, only making up traditional invitations for special family members.
Heidi also sourced several items herself while on a business trip in the UK, like the suits worn by the groom and his entourage, the tutu worn by her little niece and her divine seafoam green, Chantilly lace covered, high heel shoes!

The search for the right venue was over quite quickly. It couldn’t be too too far away, it had to be pretty, have good food, be able to do a picnic wedding and of course- fit their budget. Heidi loved River Place the first time she saw it, and as soon as Shaun was in Gauteng again they went to see it together and that was it. They didn’t look at another venue!

There was only one person Heidi wanted to see about making her and her bridesmaids’ dresses and as always, Marieks’ work was beyond reproach! There is never a stitch out of place and I am sure you will agree that the bride and her entourage look incredible! 

Then we started talking to decor suppliers, hairstylists and make up artists. Scheduling appointments for Heidi for her dress fittings, meetings, make up and hair trials, decor mock ups and so on was tricky as she was only in Gauteng once a month for a week – and she had  lot of work to do in that week as well so it wasn’t easy for her to get time off. But we did it!


The ceremony took place outside, with a backdrop of origami geese framing the couple as they said their vows. From there the guests went to a huge lawn next to the Hennops River, set with picnic blankets, scatter cushions, bean bag chairs, picnic baskets, vintage decor, and cocktails in mason jars!

Heidi changed out of her gorgeous lace high heels into a pair of seafoam green Converse sneakers so that she could be comfortable on the picnic lawn and then the newlyweds were seated on a couch – which was how they met – and all the family and group portraits took place on and around the couch.


As usual, when I am running around on the wedding day, I didn’t get around to taking many pictures at all, but you must click through to photographer Jeanette Verster’s blog and Facebook page to see how she captured the day. 

Second Shooter: Nicole du Toit
Venue: River Place
Cake and cupcakes: The Cupcake Lady
Bride’s gown and bridesmaids dresses: Marietjie Oelofse Couture
Decor and flowers: Authentic Events
Bride’s hair: Lasting Reflections
Bride and bridesmaids make up: Godiva
Ginger and Gooseberry jam wedding favours: The Good Food Company

Surprising Hidden Costs…

If you are planning on having a wedding cake with lots of tiers that looks gawjiss and divine and is just the most fabulous thing on earth, you may want to keep the following in mind.

Check with your venue whether they will charge you to cut it into pieces for you after you’ve done the cake cutting ceremony and had pictures taken! Some venues will charge you for this service.

This is one of the reasons cupcakes continue to grow in popularity.

Good To Know

If you are planning to have a wedding cake at your reception, one that you will cut in a traditional type of ceremony whilst having pictures taken, there are a couple of things you may want to keep in mind.

Etiquette dictates that the bride must pick the knife up off the table (it must never be handed to her) and the groom must then place his hand over hers on the knife to symbolise their shared life. They then feed a small piece of the cake to each other- the groom feeding the bride first- to symbolise their providing for each other in their new life.

After the photographs have been taken, the cake is often discreetly taken to the kitchen (or not) and cut up for the guests to enjoy. Beware- some venues will charge you for cutting up your cake as this is a time consuming procedure, so be sure to check with your service providers. If you want to keep the top tier to save it for your first anniversary or a honeymoon treat be sure that someone knows this and can take care of it for you. If you are having a cake with several tiers, there is a possibility that one of them may be a decorated polystyrene “dummy”, so check with the bakery to make sure you don’t cut into the wrong tier!

And of course, you don’t have to have a cake at all! You could have cupcakes or a macaroon tower or even a cheese board and you could still feed each other a piece of something to symbolise your providing for each other.

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Cake Cutting Traditions

I’m sure you know by now that just about every aspect of a wedding is packed full of traditions and symbolism, many of which have long since been forgotten but have resulted in customs and actions we all know about- like cake cutting, first dances, garters and bouquets.

I would like to give you a little information here about cutting the cake, and what the traditions are behind it.

Cutting a wedding cake is supposed to be the first task the bride and groom perform together, but the knife is never to be handed to the bride- she is to pick it up herself. The groom then places his hand over hers to assist her in cutting the first slice. The couple then feed the first slice to each other- the groom feeding the bride and then the bride feeding some to the groom- demonstrating their promise to provide for each other.

Traditionally, the top layer of the cake is put aside and kept for the couple to eat on their first anniversary, although this is difficult to do if it’s not a fruit cake.

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AnGlug Wedding – The Cake

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