From the moment I set foot at the house where Andrew and Melissa were going to get married, I knew that something special was about to happen! The stretch tents around the swimming pool, the lush garden, tables beautifully set, chairs ready in front of the arch, the beautiful bride’s table – all of this just helped to confirm my initial impression.
The ceremony started just after 4PM with marriage officer Matt Mills delivering a special message to the couple and all guests present.
The guests were treated to drinks and canapes while the bridal party set off in a Ford Mustang for their photo shoot. Unfortunately they were a bit late in returning to the venue since one of the groomsmen decided it was a good idea to leave the photo shoot with the keys to the Mustang in his pocket! But in the meantime the guests were really getting into a festive mood, and not even the loadshedding from 6PM to 8:30PM could dampen the spirits.
Once the couple had returned, it was time for the toasts and speeches. Thanks to ESKOM all of these were delivered by candlelight, which made the occasion even more special. Both the bride and groom made very nice speeches, and one got the impression that they are both serious about their love for each other.
Next up was the opening dance, or rather, the opening spectacle. Andrew and Melissa opened the dance floor to the stunning “Tightrope” sung by Michelle Williams. The rest of the bridal party then joined them for a beautifully choreographed medley featuring extracts from “Footloose”, “Time Warp”, “Don’t stop me now”, “Cotton Eye Joe”, “Single Ladies”, “Grease Lightning” and “(I’ve had) The Time of my Life”, after which the rest of the guests were invited to join them on the dancefloor to Bruno Mars’s “Marry You”. A real spectacle if I may say so!
Dancing was interrupted after a while in order to serve dinner. Fantastic lamb on a spit, and everything that goes wih this tradition. After dinner the cake was cut, and dessert was served.
Melissa’s dad Pieter then took his daughter for a swing around the floor to the music of “Dankie vir jou Liefde” by Juanita du Plessis, after which Andrew and his mom did their mother-son dance to “I Can’t help Falling in Love” by Andrea Bocelli.
After some more dancing, the formalities continued with the “shoe question” game – much to the delight of all the guests. The bouquet and garter toss followed, which left us with only one-and-a-half hours for dancing. Everyone joined in the dancing, and unfortunately, because the celebration was held in a suburb, the music had to be stopped at midnight.
Thank you Andrew and Melissa for having us and for hosting such a memorable party. We wish you all the very best for your marriage.