Hello, dear readers! If you haven’t heard the exciting news already, let us be the first to tell you about Natasha and TJ’s magical wedding at De Uijlenes in the Old Barn & Forest venue. Picture a picturesque weekend in May, filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories. We, the charming De Uijlenes venue, were thrilled to play host to this delightful three-day celebration!
A Weekend Wedding at De Uijlenes full of Festivities
From the moment Natasha & TJ’s guests arrived for their wedding at De Uijlenes on the weekend of the 13th of May 2023, it was clear that this was going to be a wedding to remember. Natasha and TJ planned a three-day extravaganza that began with a heartwarming family braai on Friday evening, followed by the main wedding celebrations on Saturday, and concluded with a cozy family brunch on Sunday. The best part? De Uijlenes had the honour of catering for all these delightful events, ensuring that everyone’s taste buds were in for a treat throughout the weekend.
Quality Time in the Heart of Nature
One of the most exceptional aspects of this wedding was that family and friends were invited to stay on the property. This created an intimate atmosphere, allowing everyone to spend quality time together, share stories, and build even stronger connections while enjoying the beauty of the De Uijlenes surroundings.
A Colour Palette to Remember
The wedding decor was a sight to behold! The couple’s chosen colours were a vibrant burnt orange, beautifully complemented by a mix of fresh white flowers and dried flowers, featuring elegant pampas grass accents. This combination gave the entire setting a rustic yet elegant feel that perfectly matched the natural beauty of De Uijlenes.
Getting Ready in Style for a Wedding at De Uijlenes
The preparations for the big day were nothing short of a blast. Natasha and her maids took over the bridal suite, popping champagne and indulging in delicious platters as they readied themselves for the ceremony. Meanwhile, the groom and his groomsmen were having a blast in the cigar lounge, where snacks, gin and juice, whisky, and cigars were at their disposal.
Personal Touches and Keepsakes
The bride and groom wanted their wedding at De Uijlenes to be filled with personalised touches. Each guest received a hand-drawn image of themselves as keepsake, a thoughtful gesture that added an extra layer of charm to the day. To add to the anticipation, the couple had love letters written to each other, which were delivered just before the ceremony, setting a romantic tone for the day.
Under the Giant Oak Tree
The ceremony was held in the enchanting forest of De Uijlenes, under the shade of a giant oak tree. This natural setting created a magical backdrop for Natasha and TJ to exchange their vows and declare their love for one another. But that’s not all – there was a surprise guest at the ceremony!
Takkie, the resident Takbok, made a charming appearance at the ceremony before the bride arrived. Takkie even took a moment to walk down the aisle and inspect the marriage contract sitting on the signing table, adding a touch of whimsy to the proceedings.
The Arrival of Natasha
As the bride made her entrance, a “flower man” strolled down the aisle, offering guests beers, water, and tissues to prepare them for Natasha’s grand entrance. This clever touch ensured that everyone was comfortable and ready to witness the bride’s arrival.
Cocktail Hour in the Milkwoods
After a quick group photo under the oak tree, everyone moved to the cocktail-hour spot nestled in the milkwoods area of the forest. Here, guests enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and indulged in a delightful harvest table filled with scrumptious treats.
A Memorable Speech in the Forest
The MC decided to deliver his speech in the heart of the forest. He wanted to get it out of the way early on so that he could fully savor the rest of the day, and the forest setting made it all the more memorable.
From Photos to Dancing
Following a wonderful photo session on the farm, Natasha and TJ changed into comfy tekkies, with Natasha adding a hat and black leather jacket for a unique reception look. The couple made a grand entrance into the Old Barn, where a champagne tower awaited them. Instead of a traditional cake cutting, they poured champagne, setting a lively and celebratory tone for the reception.
The bride and groom also added a personal touch to the guest tables. Each table featured a photo with the couple at the bridal table, and each group of guests came up with a fun way to capture their own photo with the newlyweds.
A Night to Remember
After the heartwarming speeches, Natasha and TJ opened the dance floor, and the celebrations continued well into the night. Laughter, dancing, and joyful moments filled the Old Barn, creating an atmosphere of pure happiness.
A Memorable Nightcap
As the evening drew to a close, Natasha and TJ decided to cap off their wedding day with a unique twist. They embarked on a night photoshoot, complete with a bottle of MCC, and enjoyed it in the bath in the Bridal suite. It was a playful and fitting end to a day filled with love and laughter.
In conclusion, Natasha and TJ’s wedding at De Uijlenes was a truly unforgettable experience, filled with personal touches, charming surprises, and an abundance of love and joy. We were honoured to be a part of their special day and wish them a lifetime of happiness together. Cheers to love, laughter, and happily ever after! 🥂💍💫