MR & MRS HARPER | weddingApril 12, 2012

posted in Real Weddings

Chantell & Gary celebrated their wedding day on the 17th of March 2012 in Alberton. It was such a pleasure being a part of their wedding. The day was filled with special gestures from friends and family & it was a heartwarming occasion. I loved all the detail they put into the planning of their day & how well everything turned out.

Here’s Chantell’s version of how they fell in love:

“ I found my love in a video store, what a love story! At first I thought of him as a really good friend,
but I realized that my feelings didn’t end there. After renting almost every movie in the shop & two years had gone past, I was still so afraid to tell him because I didn’t know what he would do. Then I discovered that he felt the same way! Ten years later we are still together and still very much in love!”

Chantell also has some advice for other to-be brides:

“The best mindset to have is to think of stress as the enemy, just make sure you don’t get stressed about being stressed! Realize your budget and plan accordingly. Try and do as much as you can yourself, because that way you’ll appreciate it more and it’ll be exactly what you want! Most importantly, have fun! A wedding is a celebration of love and at the end of the day if you are stressed and overly tired it’ll sure show in your photos – best choosing your photographer carefully; I know I chose the best! All I wanted was to bind our love in marriage and give my guests an unforgettable night!”

For her wedding, Chantell wanted their unique personalities to show in the decor:

“It started with the invites, I wasn’t looking for an ordinary invite and so I came up with the newspaper idea! I called it Romantic Times. I asked a couple of people for some stories, they had no idea what they were giving the stories for and at the end of the day it worked out to be stunning! People loved it! Our seating plan was glass coke bottles, form Coca Cola Depo in Vanderbijlpark, and instead of table numbers we used table names such as Peace, Love and Hope.”


Here’s a list of Chantell’s recommended wedding vendors:

  • Dung Beetle Stationery in Vanderbijlpark – 082 873 1118
  • Multi Flora Florists in Alberton who provided the beautiful Sumatra Lillies – 083 556 9639
  • Theo Cakes in Vanderbijlpark – 082 082 4078
  • Sparkling Bride who provided the disposable cameras for each table – 082 758 5110 /
  • Hewstone Corporation who provided the personalised shot glass wedding favours – 011 453 7777
  • Saritha who provided the personalised ribbons – 072 259 2442 /
  • Bridal Design’s Lizette Duncan who provided the lovely dress – 079 254 9895 /
  • Sha-mani Wedding & Conference Venue in Alberton –  011 869 7546 /
  • Mariaan in Arconpark who provided the sandblasted champagne glasses – 016 428 4559
  • Joe’s Liquor in Meyerton – 016 362 1050

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