Back to where it all began: Anina and Rudi’s South African wedding

Wedding: 02/04/2016

Posted by Kate | 27 June, 2016

The wide open spaces of the Western Cape provided the breathtaking backdrop for Anina Janse van Rensburg and Rudi Pope’s South African wedding.

The South African pair, who now call Brisbane home, first met in Cape Town after Anina, 31, spent “the best four dollars” of her life on a Tinder passport.

“We both knew before we met that we had found the one,” she says.

Two months later Rudi, 34, proposed.

“The cliche – ‘You know when you know’ is true. I met many frogs without prince-potential in my life but Rudi is my prince,” Anina says.

Friends came from Australia, Italy, the UK and Germany to celebrate the pair’s South African wedding in the unique surroundings.

Anina and Rudi wed at the The Oaks Estate, Greyton, on April 2, 2016 in front of 128 guests.

Decorations were themed around the South African blooms proteas and fynbos, and the patriotic flowers featured in the bouquets and adorned the reception room.

“It was not only the best day of our lives but was a complete sensory overload for our loved ones,” Anina says.

“The planning involved very much entertaining our loved ones as appreciation from us to them for sharing our special day. We had sushi and drinks before the ceremony, wine tasting after, cake and baristas, an amazing South African band and it was a foodie’s delight.”

Photos courtesy of Moira West.

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Bunches of beautiful blooms were the dominant styling theme at the couple’s rustic celebrations.

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Anina looked gorgeous in her classic strapless wedding gown.

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Anina found a style to suit every bridesmaid with the choice of navy one-shoulder dresses.

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“In each other we have found our life partner, partner in crime, laugh- , cry- and just be- partner. We both still cannot believe that we have been so blessed to have found each other,” Anina says.

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Featured Suppliers:

Bomboniere: bloomingwonderful / Brides Accessories: LilyBlue, Browns Jewellers / Brides Gown: Elizabeth Stockenstrom / Bridesmaid Shoes: Woolworths (South Africa) / Bridesmaids Accessories: LilyBlue / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Allure / Cake: Jeandre Biesenbach / Caterer: 254 Catering / Ceremony Music: Bottomless Coffee Band / Entertainment: DJ Cesna / Flowergirl Dress: Nella van der Merwe / Flowers: Marianne Ehlers / Grooms Attire: Tailor Me / Grooms Shoes: Strassbergers / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road, M.J. Bale / Groomsmen Shoes: Strassbergers / Hair: Sounene Fullard / Honeymoon: DIY / Invitations: Rone de Bruyn / Lolly Buffet: 254 Catering / Makeup: Merlene Joy Hair and Makeup / Pageboy Attire: Tania Janse van Rensburg / Photographer: Moira West Photography / Rings: Browns Jewellers / Venue: The Oaks Estate / Venue Decor: Marianne Ehlers, N Concepts and Designs / Videographer: Mustard Seed Films / Wedding Night Accommodation: The Oaks / Wedding Planner: Marianne Ehlers

Comments

2 comments

1 July, 2016

Nadia van der Merwe says:

Absolutely stunning! It truly was my privilege to share this beautiful day with Anina and Rudi…! xox

18 July, 2016

Charnelle Cronje says:

Wow! What a beautiful couple with a magical story! My vote goes to Rudi and Anina Pope to win this amazing prize!

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