Travis + Sherie
I love it when Hooray is tagged in wedding photos and I am able to share in the excitement of your wedding day.
My heart gets so happy seeing all the love, all the joy, and ALL the celebrations!
But, when I saw Sherie and Trav’s intimate backyard celebration, I just knew I had to share it with all of you.
The photos that caught my eye the most was them running around the city of Pietermaritzburg for their creative shoot, absolutely LOVE!
They met at Church, chatted over MXIT, and now, 13 years later, they are madly in love, have two pooches, and simply could not wait another year to say their “I do’s”.
Grab yourself a glass of champers, and get ready to enjoy the celebrations of Sherie and Travis’ beautiful day.
Hey guys, please introduce yourselves to the Hooray readers…
Sherie: We are Travis & Sherie Naidoo. We met at a local church in a youth meeting 13 years ago. I was 14, he was 16. We started to talk and notice each other after about a year and we started dating in 2010 I was a mere 16-year-olds. He asked me out on MXIT(if you know, you know) and I was smitten by his tall dark, and handsome face. 10 years later we decided to tie the knot.
Hooray: So tell us, how did Trav propose?
Sherie: So Travis got in contact with a photographer Laura Jean, as well as Hilton Bush Lodge to arrange a photoshoot with our dogs. Well, that’s what I was told. The team at Hilton Bush lodge played it out so well. Showing me around and greeting Trav like it was the first time they met him. Then someone took Trav to another area as if to show him where we will be getting the photography done. The manager walked me to an intimate patio setting overlooking the Hilton valleys. He had an entire set up of penny gum flowers, white chiffon, and champagne on ice, Laura who was hiding in the bushes clicked away as he went on one knee. While our dogs sat in a corner watching it all take place.
Hooray: We are sure you had a rollercoaster of emotions when the lockdown was announced… how did you work through these?
Sherie: I think I prayed and fasted for 1 whole week when the lockdown was announced. I have been planning our big wedding for 2 whole years. My heart sank realising that I wouldn’t have my Fairytale day on the date I wanted it. We lost out financially as well as some of our vendors closed down and couldn’t pay back the full deposit
Hooray: A backyard celebration, would you recommend this for other brides?
Sherie: Yes. Yes. Definitely. YES. Nothing beats the intimacy of a back yard wedding. It’s like a lekker braai… but an elegant one!
Hooray: What was the one non-negotiable at your wedding?
Sherie: The DETAILS. I HAVE TO HAVE little DETAILS… but EVERYWHERE. Quite exhausting to make little crafts and print pictures or get the string in the midst of dress measurements, decor planning, and FOOD but, ALL worth it in the end.
Hooray: How did you choose your photographer?
Sherie: It was weird because I was looking through some dog pictures and a pic of her cute sausage dog came up. Clicked on her profile and there lay an insanely talented and creative wedding photographer. We started chatting via DM. She was a teacher, just like me currently and she loves dogs just like me so of course, she was the ONE
Hooray: Your outfit is GORGEOUS! Was it made for you or “off the rack”?
Sherie: Made for me. Leona Pillay is amazing. She worked the dress around my body type. She literally made it in 1 day. I had 2 dress alterations and DONE!
Hooray: Be honest, how many hours did you spend on Pinterest?
Sherie: ALL.DAY.EVERYDAY. And I have a file of printed pictures to prove it!
Hooray: Tell us about your bridesmaids and groomsmen?
Sherie: We have a total of 12 bridesmaids and groomsmen. We didn’t use them just yet, but they will stand by our sides on the big wedding day next year. My girls are so helpful and intuitive, also quite as OCD as I am (most of them are teachers) We sat up till 2 am making Hoola hoop picture frames and drinking tea the night before. As for the groomsmen, they do a really good job at keeping my now-husband drunk and being our chauffeurs 😉 lol!
Hooray: What role did your parents play in your wedding?
Sherie: They have contributed towards the food and the cake. Everything else was done by my husband and me. Even for the big reception next year, WE decided to have a wedding and we saved for the last 3 years as we never wanted to put our families under financial obligation. Ultimately it’s a decision between two people, and no one should feel pressure to contribute financially, not even family.
Hooray: The best moment of your wedding day?
Sherie: The KISS. (It was epic! Definitely unexpected, but I loved every bit of that moment) The audience laughed their hearts out because he immediately turned to look at the Pastor all innocent-faced like he didn’t just grab my bum in Church!
Hooray: What was it like running through the city for your creative shoot?
Sherie: It was a bit awkward at first as everyone was staring. After a while, we had crowds of people cheering us on and hooting. We eased into it and got a lot of laughs from people’s reactions. One old lady even ran up to hug us. Some of my learners who live in Central Town got word that their “just married teacher” was walking through town and some of them were recording and getting pictures of us. It was so much fun!
Hooray: The one thing you would change about your wedding if you could travel back in time?
Sherie: Absolutely NOTHING, other than I wish I ate the malva pudding I paid so much for, lol!
Hooray: The biggest hurdle you faced planning your wedding?
Sherie: WHO TO INVITE! Due to COVID, we kept it at 35 people in the Church and 20 people in our back yard. It was very hard to decide who should be there as Trav and I are extremely family orientated people. We had to keep to restrictions and we are thankful family members understood the situation.
Hooray: Your pups look so happy to be involved in the celebrations, will they be at your wedding next year?
Sherie: Yes they are our joy. We are getting them doggy tuxedo’s made and I simply can’t wait for them to steal the show!
Hooray: Have you started on plans for your second wedding celebration?
Sherie: Yes. We have started to call our vendors again to remind them of our new date and we will be visiting our wedding venue again soon
Hooray: Was there anything you were able to use from your “original” day/plans?
Sherie: I used some signboards that I initially kept for the big wedding. Other than that everything was different.
Hooray: What wedding traditions were you able to do and which did you have to leave out?
Sherie: We left out the retinue formalities and garter formalities but we were able to cut the cake and I threw my bouquet
Hooray: The future of weddings is now leaning towards intimate celebrations, do you have any advice for couples who are thinking of having an intimate ceremony?
Sherie: If you trying to cut costs or want your money to go towards a home or honeymoon, intimate celebrations are the way to go. We got to speak to and celebrate with every guest. We loved on and laughed with every person because we knew everyone seated there knew the details of our journey and loved us tremendously. There is magic in intimacy. I swear by it.
Hooray: And finally, do you have any words of advice for brides that had to postpone their wedding day?
Sherie: Don’t panic. I know it’s easy to say and hard to do. You just going to stress yourself out. Speak to your vendors and let them know your plans. Ask for their contracts or policies on postponements. COMMUNICATE with your husband, if he’s not as stressed as you then blow your Maid of Honours’ ear off. Trust me it helps. Also keep reminding yourself that “the day will come, just not now”.
Sherie and Travis, thank you so much for sharing your celebration with us today. If this is how beautiful and magical your intimate celebration was, then I cannot wait to see just how amazing your big celebration is going to be!
Wishing you many years ahead filled with bum grabs from Trav, and malva pudding for dessert!
Photographer: Laura Jean Photography
Videography: Gouvea Video Productions
Decor: All things Posh
Sweet Table and Cake: Queenscakes
Personalized Chocolate Favours: Perfect Parcel
Marriage Officer: Anthony Naidoo
Food and Beverage: Letisa Events Management
Bouquet: Sam’s Florist
Dress: Lordes Designer Wear
Hair: The Hair Co
Makeup: The Glow Factor