Some couples and their families just manage to creep into my heart so deeply & so quickly. I only met them all on the morning of the wedding, but I soon felt like I had known Rosie & Frank for ages. You can’t help it with such warm and kind-hearted people!
The day was set at Waterfall Cove, a stunning venue in Muldersdrift, Joburg. The December sun was beating down something fierce as the wedding day preparations started. It was refreshing how relaxed everyone was while they were getting ready. There was time to take in every detail and remember every moment. There were a few tears (from the girls especially) and plenty of laughter.
Finally the time came for Rosie to meet Frank at the end of the aisle. One of the beautiful things I so appreciated about this couple’s wedding day was the way they honoured & incorporated their Greek & Italian heritage & culture. During the ceremony, bride & groom each had a crown placed on their heads, connected by a ribbon. The Best Man & Maid of Honour then exchanged the crowns between the bride & groom three times. The crowns symbolically tie the couple together for the rest of their lives. It was such a special tradition to witness.
At Waterfall Cove there is a great tradition too - after officially becoming husband & wife, the newlyweds and their guests head into the garden for the tree planting ceremony. This is an amazing initiative as part of their maintenance and rehabilitation plan for the river that runs alongside the venue. I also love the symbolism it has to marriage - a tree has deep roots, bears fruit and flourishes when cared for.
Rosie had barely put the shovel down when the clouds became dark and there was a soft rumbling in the distance. Being from Cape Town, I was all too excited for the daily Gauteng summer thunder showers. Soon the rain was coming down fast and sent everyone hurrying inside for shelter (and to find a drink).
It wasn’t long before the sky cleared up again and we were marvelling at the dramatic clouds that were left behind. It was the perfect backdrop for photos of the beautiful Mr & Mrs. After a breathtaking couple shoot, it was time to go inside and get the party started. Frank literally swept his bride off her feet and carried her into the reception venue.
Well, this party was definitely one to remember. There was plenty of traditional Greek dances during the reception, where everyone would link arms or hold hands and dance in a large moving circle. I was tempted to join in, but before I knew it the steps were going so fast to keep up with the music!
And of course, something everyone associates with Greek weddings is breaking plates. This implies abundance and is meant to symbolise good luck & happiness. It also just looks like so much fun! Plates were smashing, feet were dancing, friends were laughing and hearts were happy - a perfect way to end a perfect day.
Mr & Mrs Crisafulli, thank you for an unforgettable day!
Venue // Waterfall Cove, Muldersdrift
Makeup // Rebeca Da Fonseca
Dress // Sposabella
Groom's attire // Frank Bespoke
Flowers & decor // Waterfall Cove
DJ // LXK Productions
Video // Pretty Handsome Films