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Marcelle & Erik Wedding at Meerendal Wine Estate

What’s not to love about this bright and beautiful wedding at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville? What a fun and down to earth couple Marcelle and Erik make! And what an amazing proposal story! Thanks so much for sharing your special day with us. Thanks to the super talented wedding photographer Frank Nash who captured this special day so perfectly.

Their love story…

Erik and I met at an advertising agency where we both worked. He approached me at a Christmas in July work function and we ended up chatting. We’ve been together for 9 years.

Their proposal…

Erik loves hiking (I am not quite as enthusiastic about it). He convinced me to go to Patagonia with him over the December holidays for a 5-day hike. Before the actual hike began, we headed out to small village called El Chalten for a few days. We took a short hike out to a waterfall where he proposed.

About the wedding…

We chose to have a non-denominational wedding. A friend of our’s mother is a Rabbi and she performed a very fun and quirky ceremony for us. We had about 120 guests. Erik’s twin brother was his Best Man, and my sister was the Maid of Honour.

The venue…

We knew that we wanted to get married outside somewhere in the Winelands. It was important to us that we could have the reception at the same venue as the actual ceremony. After looking at about 5 or 6 places, we arrived at Meerendal Wine Estate, and I immediately decided that this was the place.

The best part of the wedding…

Just before the ceremony started, the best man’s pants split and they had to do a speedy sewing job to fix them in time. I really loved the speeches at the wedding, as it’s so lovely to hear the people who are closest to you give their insights about your relationship, as well as their blessings.

Advice for future brides…

It’s often said, but the day really does go by in a blur. Try to take some time out during the reception to stand back and take it all in.I also recommend getting a videographer. We didn’t have one, and I think it would have been very nice to have all of the speeches and special moments that photos can’t capture on tape. Also, be very, very sure to interview your DJ properly, they can make or break the reception.

Walk-in song: At last by Etta James

First dance: Dream a little dream by the Mamas and the Papas

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