A gorgeous lakeside wedding in South Africa
Nicola van Zyl and Rowan Carver married in the beautiful Mosaic Private Sanctuary in South Africa on 26th March 2016
Images: Kobus Tollig Photography
South African wedding
"Rowan and I fell in love in the South African town of Hermanus – both sets of parents had retired there and our romance blossomed over a summer of visiting our families. We love the area, and when we got engaged, we knew we had to get married nearby.
Mountain view wedding setting
"We wanted a venue that could accommodate all of our guests over a whole weekend, and Mosaic was exactly what we’d hoped for. The guest chalets were nestled in a milkwood forest, and the venue itself is situated on the edge of a lagoon with the most spectacular mountain views as a backdrop.
Natural forest wedding décor
"Our relaxed décor was inspired by the milkwood forest at the venue and the natural colours of the fynbos (the local flora) – a rustic mix of greens, greys and soft pinks. We wanted our flowers to be locally sourced and indigenous to the area as we wanted everything to feel natural.
Elbeth Gillis gown
"I expected to choose a figure-hugging fishtail dress, but when I tried on the Elbeth Gillis sample, I knew it was my dress. The intricate lace took my breath away and I loved the movement of the skirt.
Soft grey bridesmaid dresses
"My bridesmaids wore elegant knee-length dresses in soft grey – they looked beautiful in them!
Emotional wedding ceremony
"Our ceremony was the stand-out moment of the day. It was filled with so much emotion that I get goosebumps when I think about it.
"We had Rowan’s best friend of 20 years, Allister, perform the ceremony, so it was intensely personal, funny and uniquely us.
Everything in slow motion
"Walking across the rolling lawn towards Rowan took my breath away; I was overwhelmed. It took every ounce of strength in me to hold it together until we could finally lock eyes – and when we did, it felt like everything started moving in slow motion – it was just perfect."
Want to see the most stunning wedding setting ever? Well here it is! Nicola and Rowan's South Afican wedding certainly had the wow-factor - from the gorgeous Elbeth Gillis gown to the natrual details this wedding is gorgeous. However, it is that incridle mountain/lake view that makes this big day seriosuly incredible - Just. Wow.