Jan & PhillipaExcelsior Farm

Jan & Phillipa’s Midlands Wedding

It’s easy to see that Jan and Phillipa (Noo) are lovers and best friends. They shared so many hilarious moments together on their wedding day. As they say, “The goal is to laugh forever with someone you take seriously!”

“Jan and I originally met in Aspen. I was working a ski season and Jan came to visit one of his best girl-friends, who I was living with at the time. We definitely did not have an instant love at first sight moment! But, we certainly had an instant comfort and ease in each other’s company – we had the same sense of humour and had a great time together.

We then went our separate ways, eventually connecting again in Cape Town. He asked me to a rugby dinner which started a natural progression from a weird friendship to a weird romantic connection. Soon after we booked tickets to Fort Lauderdale to continue working on the boats – I think I drooled on his shoulder the whole flight to Florida! It was there that he officially asked me to be his girlfriend. The conversation went something like this; “So do you think we’re dating?”… “Umm, I think so…”

Since then we’ve carried on walking down the road of life hand in hand… and we’ve never looked back!

We wanted our personalities to show up in our wedding day! My style in general is bright and funky, with a touch of glam, and Jan’s is comfort above all else. Our people mean the world to us so it was absolutely essential that we had a “wedding weekend”, instead of just one day. At some stage on our wedding day, Jan and I stepped away for a few minutes and looked around. We just couldn’t believe how unbelievably happy everyone was – it was one our favourite moments. Another one was walking down the aisle with my dad, it was probably one of the most emotional moments of my life, but once I got to Jan an incredible calm came over me.” – Noo

 

Cinnamon, Jome

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Wedding Suppliers:

Venue – Excelsior Farm
Floral Design – Anne Hedley From Petals Fine Flowers
Decor – Petals Fine Flowers and Kate Bain from The Wedding Company SA
Live Music – Richard and Claire Robertson
DJ – Dave Ward from Topjocks
Videography – Heartistic Productions
Makeup Artist – Juliet Martin
Hair Styling – Juliet Martin
Wedding Dress – Janita Toerien
Groom’s Apparel – Fabiani
Rings – Anna Rosholt Jewellery
Favours – Nifty 250
Caterer – Jaquie Ray from FoodMatters
Wedding Planner – Kate Bain from The Wedding Company SA