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Home Wedding Stories LELANIE (22) and OELOF (30) GRABIE


Wedding Date: 21 November 2008
Wedding Venue: Galagos Country Estate
Photographer: Carla Nel Photography

The Proposal:
I was a flight attendant at the time and had done a flight to Cape Town, staying over there for the night. Oelof also flew down and surprised me. We had dinner in a cosy little restaurant at the waterfront, ( he arranged the table, flowers and champagne with the staff beforehand). After dinner he went down on his knee inside the restaurant and popped out the exact ring that I wanted (which he had made, and the jeweller got it finished just in time for him to catch his flight! ) This was followed by many well wishes from fellow diners and we phoned everybody with the good news.

Lelani1Length of Engagement:
9 months and a half months, we got engaged 6 February 2008

Most of the Wedding Planning:
Most of the planning was done by... The Bride!

Problems before the wedding day:
There are always going to be some things not going as planned, but we were lucky and didn’t have any major problems.

Bride's emotions week before:
I was very excited and counting the days. There were still some things to be done though, which I didn’t plan on doing in the last week, I wanted it to be relaxed. So I was a bit nervous about getting everything done on time.

Bride's emotions on the wedding day:
I was actually very calm on the day, it kind of felt like being in a dream – doesn’t feel real! It was only those 10 minutes before the wedding had to start that I got a bit nervous – and waiting outside to walk into the chapel.

Lelani2Problems on the Wedding Day:
None (that I know of)!

My Wedding Day:
It was indeed wonderful! It started with my bridesmaids, me and the moms having our make-up and hair done and having breakfast. Later we got dressed, and myself and the girls had a few photos and before I knew it, it was 4 o’clock and time for the ceremony to start. I had three little flower girls, adorably dressed in fairy-like dresses. They, together with the two bridesmaids walked in first, leaving me and dad behind. The chapel is built high, which makes it feel like you are part of the surrounding forest. While still waiting downstairs, a poem that I recorded for my husband played, which brought a few tears to everyone’s eyes, and then “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” started and my dad and I made our way up the stairs and down the aisle. I didn’t even look at the guests; the only one who I could see was my husband, waiting for me at the front with the biggest smile! My dad is a pastor and it was so special for him to also have married us. After the ceremony we had our photo session followed by the reception and we danced the night away!