Violaine and Steven got married on 12 December 2009 in a manor in France called Le Manoir du Curru. They celebrated their wedding day under a beautiful sunny winter sky with 85 friends and family members. The evening was cold outside, but their fun games and the dancing kept all the guests warm and happy. Violaine has answered some questions about her wedding day and the planning.
How did the two of you meet?
In 2004 at school in France. We had been in the same class for 3 years when we started dating, and 4 months into our relationship Steven moved to South Africa to study at Stellenbosch University. In July 2005 I decided to join him and finish my studies in South Africa. We lived in a bachelor flat in Stellenbosch for 2 years and then moved to Somerset West when we both started working.
Tell us about the proposal?
After living together for 5 years it was more like a mutual decision to get married and start a family. The proposal was not really a big thing for us. We choose the engagement ring together and booked a table for two at a nice restaurant to celebrate.
Describe your wedding day.
My wedding day was PERFECT! I loved every minute of it…
We decided to get married in France, even after living in South Africa for 5 years, so this made the preparation of our wedding a little more complicated. I must admit that we could not have done it without the help of our parents who planned everything for us and made our special day so perfect.
In the morning, I had a very special moment with my mom. She brought me breakfast in bed and we had a nice chat together before everything started…
• Dress fitting – one of my favourite moments! Very emotional moment for my mom and me.
• Photos – all chosen locations for photos had a special meaning for us as a couple.
• Ceremony at the “Mairie” – Mairie is the French word for town hall.
• Group photos
• Convoy drive to Le Manoir du Curru
• Family photos
• Reception dinner
• Cake cutting
• First dance
The next day we hosted a “Retour de Noce” at my parents’ restaurant. All the guests, and more, were invited for a more relaxed evening of pizzas and drinks.
What was your colour scheme or theme?
Green and Ivory.
How did you feel just before you walked down the aisle?
Nervous and excited at the same time.
What was your first dance song?
It was a medley of popular songs that we both liked. We had a lot of fun learning the moves and really enjoyed dancing it on our wedding day.
Most memorable part of your wedding?
The whole day was memorable. But I really enjoyed the “Retour de Noce”, probably as it was less formal.
What was the funniest thing that happened on the day?
Probably the first dance and the games during the reception.
How long did you have to plan your wedding?
About a year in total. However, we arrived in France a week before the wedding and did all the last minute preparations during that week.
What or who helped you the most with your wedding plans?
Our honeymoon was in Mauritius. It was really our best holidays ever.
Photos by: Blickfang pixl Hüfingen