Not too sure where to start with this wedding? Well I think it has to be with the dress. I LOVE wedding dresses, so one of the first things I do when I see the bride on her wedding day is have a peak, and all I can say was that when I unzipped the bag, I was in awe of this red number ( which her talented Mother made, I might add) Mckenna totally rocked it with so much elegance, grace and sass! To top off this dress, they chose a venue that suited their elegant style and vision of their big day. The Glades Farm looked magnificent, with all the golden autumn colours and it made me re-think winter weddings. Im not going to say much more as Mckenna and Calvin share their unique love story ( at the end of the blog) that had me tearing up and amazed, all at once. Congrats Mr & Mrs Jackson, thank you for a beautiful day xx
Venue: The Glades Farm
Dress: My Mom (Dell Cameron)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger in the UK
Hair: Macheila from Hairitage
Make Up: Odette from Skinworx
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: All different bought in the UK
Groom’s and groomsmen Suits: Suit Yourself (Durban North)
Decor: Myself and Calvin made everything
Flowers and Bouquets: I did my own bouquet and the bridesmaids helped do theirs. Flowers from Howick Protea farm and foliage for tables from Calvin’s grans farm.
Catering: CHC Catering
Cake: My neighbour Sue
DJ: I put together the playlist and our friend Simon who was the MC played it through my iPad and the sound equipment we hired from Big Beats.
I think if I can give any brides some advice I’d say, if you have the time definitely do as much as you can yourself. It adds that personal touch and definitely saves on costs. Calvin was a amazing as well, he was involved with everything from the start. We were the best team and we made all the decisions together. Which was awesome because in the end it’s both our special day. And you could definitely see both our personalities shine through the decor and style. We had been planning this big day for quite awhile and even while I was in the UK we would email back and forth with ideas and photo’s. We did so much prep and had everything prepared weeks in advance that when it came to the big day it was very smooth and easy.
The venue was amazing. The chapel and reception really didn’t need much doing to it because they were beautiful on their own. And the views spoke for themselves.
Also our main focus was family and friends and making sure the little touches made them feel more thought of and special. We wanted everyone to know how much we love them and appreciate them. We also tried to get family involved in anyway we could, it helps loads and everyone is always willing to help. My mom made the most wonderful dress and it meant more to me to know she put so much love into it. I will always treasure that. In the end as long as the food is great and the alcohol is flowing no one notices the little ‘mistakes’ that you do.
Calvin and I met at junior school in Durban. Even though we were so young we were instantly attracted to each other then I moved to the UK with my mom and brother a couple of years later. Calvin and I kept in contact and I would visit him whenever I came back to see my dad and family. He was always the one for me and everyone could see, as my dad has always called him my South African boyfriend. But it wasn’t till 2012 when I came back that we finally spoke about how we felt and broke that friend barrier, with a little nudge from Calvin’s best man Jarryd. But I was going back to the UK and we decided to start the long distance relationship. It was very hard and after the long delays with getting Calvin’s UK visa we decided I should move back to SA so we could be together.
We always knew we would marry one day, I think even as kids we knew after Calvin gave me a chain with a wedding ring and engagement ring on it when we were 10 (which I still have). He also gave me a ring which then became my engagement ring and then my wedding ring. I think when you know, you just know that person is the one for you.