Andrew + Mante
Mante & Andrew, our first real wedding feature for 2020.
Engaged in Fiji, living in New Zealand and coming home to South Africa to promise forever together.
What an adventure.
We chatted to them about their big day, the hurdles planning from abroad and their perfect, peachy, Winelands wedding day, all captured perfectly by Duane Smith Photography.
Hi guys! Give us an introduction.
M + A: Hi there, we are Mante and Andrew. We met through a mutual friend and we were dating for 6 months before we got engaged. We’ve been together almost 2 years now
Hooray: Tell us about your proposal
M + A: He proposed on the beach in Fiji underneath the sunset. It was beautiful.
Hooray: We need to know more about your proposal – Fiji sounds heavenly!
M + A: It was a total surprise, I can’t believe he managed to pull it off without my knowledge! We were walking along the beach watching the sunrise when he dropped down on one knee.
**Hooray side note: Yup, sounds just as magical as we thought!
Hooray: What was the one non-negotiable of your wedding?
M + A: The food had to be amazing! We are both foodies so we wanted our guests to have a great food experience from our meal selections. From canapés down to the desert buffet we were very selective on what we were after.
Hooray: We love your colour scheme – what drew you to this colour palette?
M + A: I just love pastel colours, Andrew wanted a touch of greenery and the two came together perfectly. NConcepts put together the perfect pastels to bring my dream to life.
Hooray: How did you choose your photographer?
M + A: We did some research online and when we found Duane’s website we knew he would be the perfect photographer for us.
*HSN: We couldn’t agree more!
Hooray: Be honest, how many hours did you spend on Pinterest?
M + A: Haha not many really. I used instagram for my wedding inspo and Pinterest for hairstyles and nail ideas
Hooray: That first look moment with your dad got us all emotional – were there any tears shed?
M + A: My dad was so emotional that day, no actual tears were shed but we were both fighting them back. Me more for makeup reasons, haha.
Hooray: Your bridesmaids are drop dead gorgeous! Did you have their dresses designed?
M + A: Each bridesmaid decided what they wanted for the top part of their dresses. The bottom part was something I had seen on Pinterest, a satin train with lace. My maid of honour had her dress designed with the same pastel colour fabric.
Hooray: Tell us more about your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
M + A: The best part was having everyone say yes and embrace the role of being in the bridal party.
Hooray: What role did your parents play in your wedding?
M + A: They were very helpful in arranging things and checking the venue out because we live in New Zealand. They supported us in our decisions and they made a big financial contribution to making it all happen.
Hooray: The one thing you would change about your wedding if you could travel back in time?
M + A: Nothing really. We really had the best day.
Hooray: The biggest hurdle you faced planning your wedding?
M + A: Planning a wedding from a distance. Our wedding planner was such a huge help. It was so hard having to imagine everything without ever physically seeing it until the big day
Hooray: Your favourite moment of your day?
M + A: At the end of formalities when we were dancing with our friends and family.
Hooray: How difficult was it planning a wedding from afar?
M + A: It was really frustrating at times but having Chelsea, from Warren-Stone Weddings, our wedding co-ordinator was great. We didn’t get to physically see our venue or do a food tasting but it all turned out well.
Hooray: Any tips for other brides planning their wedding from afar?
M + A: Remember why you started, find a wedding co-ordinator/family member or friend who is committed to helping you make your day come together as planned.
Hooray: Your entrance with your bridesmaids and groomsmen seems like a party! Was it choreographed or did you wing it?
M + A: We choreographed the entry and the rest we just winged it as we went along. We only put the choreography together and practiced it the day before the wedding though.
Hooray: We love the change into traditional outfits at the reception, were there any other traditions that you included in your wedding day?
M + A: Yes we had a lot of traditional songs sung and had the handing over of the bride by her uncle and aunt.
Hooray: The best moment of your wedding day?
M + A: Holding my husband’s hand when I got down the aisle. I was just so happy that we were finally there after over a year of planning!
Andrew and Mante, thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with our readers today – we are are it will provide so much inspo for future brides wanting a wedding in the vineyards!
We wish you many happy years ahead filled with travel and many more adventures!
Photography : Duane Smith
Venue: Cavalli Estate – Stellenbosch
Wedding Planner : Chelsea at Warren Stone Weddings
Bride’s Dress: Jessica Bridal Couture
Groom’s Suit : Suits on Broadway
Bride’s Second Dress : TN Collective
Groom’s Second Outfit : Majita Tailors
Cake : Cakes by Wade
Videography: Light Lounge
Makeup: Tyler Williams
Decor & Flowers: N Concepts and Design
Stationery: Blooming Wonderful
Entertainment: Shaun Westwood