From tales of the first meeting (interestingly enough, not all of them hit it off at first), to the romantic and swoon-worthy proposals, I’m almost always moved by the stories of how it all comes together.
The best part, though? Witnessing the utter joy on the faces of the couples and their guests when their big day finally arrives.
And oh, gorgeous pictures for days.
This year we’ve received some beautiful photos from our readers. Here, we highlight a selection of the submissions.
Cecilia & Phil
Image credit: Rhianka’s photography
We love this couple’s gorgeous bushveld-inspired wedding and photo shoot. The couple, who both share a love of adventure and first met in France, planned their wedding while they were in the UK, and both had their heart set on a South African wedding.
Odette & Duane
Image credit: Tyrone Kzerf
These two lovebirds met at a party, where he tried his luck with a memorable pick up line. Fast forward a few years and two kids later, the couple decided to get married. He proposed at a concert during a performance of their favourite song – and, of course, Odette said yes!
Elske & Norman
Image credit: Cheryl McEwan
Sweethearts Elske and Norman first met and found a connection at their local church. He proposed when the two of them went on a hiking trail and they got married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family.
Tracy and Roy
Image credit: Popcorn photography
Without a doubt, one of the most inspiring and beautiful wedding stories today, Tracy Todd, motivational speaker and quadriplegic married her sweetheart, Roy in a beautiful ceremony that captured the hearts of her entire community earlier this year.
We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to interview her about her big day and you can read all about it here.
Anique and Ryan
Image credit: Zandri and Kevin Du Preez
Anique and Ryan first met back when they were teens, but the love between the two of them didn’t happen overnight. It took a few years of bumping into each other at a mutual friend’s parties before Ryan finally asked her on a date. He proposed during a picnic and the couple eventually wed in a romantic wedding ceremony at Durbanville Hills Wine Estate.
Carien and Thinus
Image credit: Sherene van Vuuren
These high school sweethearts first met in 2002 and dated for five years before deciding to tie the knot in Mozambique.
Trisha and Rishael
Image credit: Vernondo Boshoff Photography
Trisha and Rishael initially added each other on BBM but only started chatting when Trisha was on the verge of deleting him from her contacts. Good thing she didn’t though, because it wasn’t long before they started dating and that lead to a trip down the aisle.
Want to be our featured bride of the week? You still have plenty of time to send us your story and photos.