George & Jade's intimate Cape Town wedding

December 12 |  
Photos by: Mads Norgaard
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Photos by Mads Norgaard

The Offbeat Groom: George, Travel & Accommodation Expert

His offbeat partner: Jade, Canvasser

Date and location of wedding: Welgemend, Cape Town, South Africa — September 28, 2013

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
The wedding was small, intimate, and lots of fun. Putting everything together was the most exciting experience for us. As we had a limited budget and a short time to plan, we soon learnt that creative thinking is essential. Some of the main highlights included the following:

  • Jade: George blew my mind with the wedding car because he kept it a secret. When my dad arrived to collect me for the ceremony, I was just blown away! It was not at all what I was expecting, but it was everything I wanted.
  • George: The sushi was absolutely amazing. It was made fresh and really had a lot of people interested.

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Tell us about the ceremony:
The ceremony was very Western in style. We got married in the New Apostolic Church which I grew up in, and the congregation consisted of my close friends and family. In 2014, I will be taking Jade to Zimbabwe were we will have a traditional African ceremony.

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Our biggest challenge:
The biggest challenge was agreeing on what we wanted to do. Our budget was pretty tight and thus we found ourselves having to compromise for the other. We had to consistently remind ourselves that we were having a wedding because we loved each other, not because we wanted to host a successful event.

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My favorite moment:
The moment we stood at the altar, it felt as if nothing else existed but us. That was a priceless moment.

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My funniest moment:
We did the Twist as our wedding dance, and our wedding cake featured our best friend, Renji the Chow Chow.

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Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

  1. oh oh oh WOW! i'm starstruck!

    interracial, beautiful, transcultural, bold, south african… words fail me with the awesomness of this wedding!

    cannot.get.over.the.bride's.cascading neckalce… wow wow wow! what a wedding! congratulations!!! :)

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  2. Stunning, absolutely stunning – the couple, the photography, the styling, THOSE SMILES! That shot of the bride coming up the steps with Table Mountain and Signal Hill in the background brings such nostalgia to this transplanted Capetonian. I hope you'll update with info on your Zim wedding, too. Congratulations!

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  3. The pictures of the groom alone on the balcony just made my heart swell! What a beautiful wedding!

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  4. The pictures of the groom are great. All of the pictures are but I love seeing a super happy groom.

    And that collar/necklace thing she is wearing blew my mind!

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  5. If you were to look up Statement Jewelry online your necklace would be one of the first couple of photos because DAMN! That is pretty rad.

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  6. *love love love* you two are such a beautiful couple, and i'm not talking about looks here (although you're beautiful there too). glowing smiles throughout; such love. and i love the neck/shoulder piece. lol

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  7. What a beautiful wedding! The couple looks so happy <3

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  8. Floored! Sir, you and your bride are gorgeous and your wedding was BEAUTIFUL. So glad to see this, I hope you update with your Zim wedding next year! My SO and I are getting hitched in Bulawayo next December and we're leaving everything to his family to plan…but I would love to see what what vendors you use! Congratulations!

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  9. Like everyone else, the pictures of the groom on the balcony. <3

    I'm fairly certain that this is the most beautiful couple I have ever seen. Like 95% sure.

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  10. Hi Guys thank you for all the beautiful comments, there is nothing that I can say that will explain just how happy I was on this day. We really worked hard on planning our wedding with a humble budget, most importantly we worked hard on our relationship in order to get us here. We are expecting a baby, it's a boy his name is Kairo Christian Wyngaardt.

    About the Neck piece, it was custom made for Jade by my mom who runs her own beaded Jewellery business from home. If you interested you welcome to contact me. If you would like to see the process behind the making of the necklace visit this page http://jadeandgeorge.com/mother-in-laws-young-african-wife/

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    • CONGRATULATIONS on your nuptials and growing family!

      Thank you for posting the necklace link. When you get a chance, please update us with photos of the traditional ceremony, PLEASE!

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    • I think this is the most beautiful wedding I have seen. The best part is that you and your wife made it about the two of you. My fiancé and I are struggling to put together a wedding too and this has put me so much at ease! Intimate weddings are more beautiful! Wishing you Gods richest blessings!
      Congratulations on your son!!

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