Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Real Bride...

Anchen & Cameron

We would love to share one of our real brides' story and pictures with you.Anchen and Cameron shared a beautiful wedding day on 28th November 2010 at the gorgeous Plantation in South Africa. 

Anchen and Cameron first met in Philadephia in 2003 ‘I was playing tennis at University in America, and decided to travel to Philadelphia to coach tennis at a summer camp to earn some extra cash over the University holidays. Whilst there, one of the other coaches (Cameron) from Australia took a keen liking to me and continually asked me out to dinner to get to know me. He was extremely persistent but I kept refusing as I was only there for a few months and I knew nothing ‘serious’ could ever happen. He then invited me to a Bon Jovi concert, which I could not refuse, as he knew they were one of my favourite bands, so I went along with him and we had one of the most amazing nights ever. This was the night of our first kiss, but still we thought it would not evolve to anything as I was travelling home to South Africa in a few short weeks time’.

They both returned home after the tennis summer camp, Anchen to South Africa and Cameron returned to Australia. However, Cameron was determined ‘we could make it work and that it was all worth it so he travelled across the world 3 times chasing me and spending time getting to know me and my family in South Africa. This long distance relationship of back and forth travelling lasted some 2 years until I made the ultimate step to migrate to Australia in late 2005 to be with Cameron’.

Cameron proposed to Anchen whilst they were holidaying in Hamilton Island, when ‘he got down on one knee and popped the question. It was perfect surroundings overlooking the coral reef and beautiful Whitsunday passage.’

The wedding was held in South Africa which is Anchen’s hometown and it was great because this meant that the bride and groom’s family and friends could attend an oversees wedding.

On her special day, Anchen wore ‘Amelia’ from the Karen Willis Holmes ready to wear collection, ‘it was like it was designed especially for me – so elegant and not the “usual wedding gown”- something different!’ ‘Amelia’ has a V-neck with a corset - a beautiful, flowing gown. Anchen finished off her amazing look with a Karen Willis Holmes veil and crystal earrings from Swarovski.

The ring also has such an adorable story! Cameron ‘spent 3 months designing my engagement ring for me without my knowledge, he then contacted a jeweler and had it exquisitely Italian handcrafted based on his design. It is based on an idea I had seen in a shop many years earlier and he remembered me mentioning that would be my perfect ring.’

In creating their perfect wedding, the cake was a divine three tiered Greek Chocolate Mousse Cake and their first dance as husband and wife was Steady As We Go By Dave Matthews Band. Family and friends were thanked with ‘jam jars filled with homemade strawberry jam, tied with beautiful silver and white ribbon arrangement, topped off with a beautiful thank you sticker’ that said “Spread the Love”.

We would like to thank Anchen and Cameron for sharing their great day with us and we wish them a wonderful marriage! Congratulations!!

Karen xx


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