Josh and Mich's Romantic Open Air Wedding
So when I read this couple's love story, and especially their proposal story, I must admit that I shed some tears onto my keyboard. I won't give all the details away, you guys can read it in Mich's own words below! Their love has been perfectly captured by the super talented Tabitha of Illuminate Photography
Tell us about your love story?
Josh and I met while collaborating on some film projects my agency was working on. It was not love at first sight. It took about two years for us to realise we were smitten with each other. We went for coffee one morning and stayed until dinner.
Tell us your proposal story?
We went to De Hoop for a getaway for Josh's birthday. It was so windy and miserable outside but Josh suggested we go have a picnic in a little cove on the beach. It was completely sheltered from the cold and we sat in each others arms listening to music and sipping wine. A song came on that I absolutely love, called To Build a Home. I quickly realised it wasn't the original Cinematic Orchestra version, so I asked him what it was. He told me he had one of our favourite musicians, Joshua K. Grierson, produce a version of it for me. So that he could tell me he wanted to marry me. He got on one knee and we both burst into tears.
What are your favourite moments from the wedding?
The moment Josh walked into our Bedeken (the veiling ceremony). We hadn't seen or communicated with one another for the week leading up to the wedding (it's a Jewish tradition) and when we locked eyes we both teared up. It was electric. I also absolutely loved the Israeli dancing, everyone went nuts! There was so much energy and love around us.
Who were your standout wedding vendors?
The flowers quite literally took my breath away. We met with Pippa (Wildeflower) once and gave her such an abstract brief. We knew what we wanted but had no idea how to describe it. We also picked an autumn palette for a summer wedding, which I'm pretty sure couldn't have been easy. When she arrived with my bouquet on the day, and again when I walked down the isle and saw the chuppah, I was utterly swooned. She was excellent.
The vendor that we knew we wanted - I'm pretty sure even before we even got engaged - was Tabitha Mee (Illuminate Photography). Both Josh and I have worked with her before and she's shot many of our friends' weddings. She has this infectiously calm and loving energy and her images are always masterpieces that transcend you right back to that single moment. We love the way she uses natural light to tell the story, and that never made us do anything cheesy! (What more could you want?)
We actually had really amazing suppliers all round. Notably Nu Experiences, who pieced it all together on the week of the wedding, so that I could just be where I wanted to be. Also, Annalize Catering, who satiated all our hundreds of guests and kept my mum-in-law's reputation for only ever serving excellent food completely intact ;)
What were your favourite personal details at your wedding?
I did all the graphics and artwork and Josh put together a video invitation with old VHS home videos, which I still sometimes watch in secret. I also really, really loved my dress. I was really lucky to stumble upon Cindy Bam and love every dress I tried on. I felt so comfortable in it and adored all the vintage lace and the layers and layers of tulle. My tomboy sat this one out.
What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?
Spending time with my bridesmaids. They went to so much effort to spend time with me individually and all together before the wedding. They helped me with all the little bits and pieces, it was so special. I also loved attempting to make yarmulkes with my mom, which failed miserably but we laughed until our bellies hurt.
How did you choose your bridesmaid dresses?
They did! I showed them the flowers and told them to find dresses they loved and wanted to wear. They all have great taste and I knew it would come together. My one bridesmaid, Anja, is a mad-talented designer, and she ended up making them all! It was a labour of love. Dm for deets. Jk.
Your decor was amazing! Tell us more about the aesthetic and what you loved?
Gosh thanks. Josh and I are both creatives by profession and we were conscious of over-thinking it. One evening we had our close friends around the fire in our garden, the flowers were in bloom and our fairy lights were on. We decided we just wanted to recreate that feeling. Our 150+ guest count definitely made it challenging to recreate an intimate Sunday evening, but I think we did a good job of making it cosy. We also didn't want it to be all pastels or too beige. We wanted warmth and vibrancy without it being too in your face