It was a cold night when Carlos and Maryanne met by chance, in a Sandton Restaurant.
They talked till late, sharing experiences and moments… She liked him and he liked her and so they became friends. She said, “If all else fails, I will go with you to the rugby tomorrow”. The next day, as fate would have it, he couldn’t find anyone, so he sent her a text, “you have 20 minutes if you want to come to rugby.” She was there in 19 minutes. You can blame it on the winter air, call it Serendipity, or just True Love, but they talked and laughed all night and danced until they couldn’t stand anymore. When he finally kissed her goodnight, they knew this was the moment… This is their story as told on the invitation!
I am so excited to share this gorgeous vintage chic wedding of Carlos and the beautiful Maryanne at Morrells Boutiques Hotel!
Having done a styled shoot with them at Pretville a few months prior, I already knew the day with this fun-loving and photogenic couple was going to be amazing, and they did not disappoint.
I met with Maryanne at the Palazzo Hotel at Monte Casino, while my second shooter Corinna Tannian made her way to Carlos at his home and then the venue. Maryanne’s make-up was done by Samantha Carter, and I must say it is some of the best I have seen. It was my first time shooting with her. The foundation was flawless and the look lasted the entire the day, I would highly recommend her to brides-to-be.
The Palazzo offers the most beautiful setting for bridal portraits with wide columns, high arches and a classic European feel, which suited the theme and tied in photographically with the decor and design of Morrells’ perfectly. As an added bonus, the Springboks were staying there at the time, and Maryanne got to meet Bismarck and Jannie Du Plessis on her way to the wedding!
The ceremony came with a few twists, and even included a musical serenade by the groom. There were tears of joy, bursts of laughter and the love in the room was tangible. And this set the mood for the wedding!
I loved the regal theme of the stationary and the choose of royal blue, but most significantly the “family seal” that was designed for them and was stamped onto the bible used at the ceremony. Maryanne describes the decor, “Because the venue has a lot of it’s own character, we stuck mainly to the pastel colours, with a romantic (almost rustic) feel, and I really liked the Navy blue. However we did our own table numbers and the cards box. On the day I surprised Carlos with his own Grooms Cake, themed for James Bond 007 – which was one of our code names while we were dating.”
Maryanne goes on to say, “The day was perfect. The venue was just for us, and to have all of our friends and family there, made our amazing day even more special. We wouldn’t trade anything in the world for our perfect day.”
o Best photographer in the world: Natalie Field
o Wedding Venue: Morrells Boutique Venue
o Flowers & Décor: Morrells Boutique Venue
o Food: Morrells Boutique Venue
o Bride getting ready & photo venue: Palazzo Hotel, Montecasino
o Bride: Maggie Sottero, Eve’s Bridal wear
- Bridesmaids: Bride &Co
- Flower girls: Pronovias
o Groom: Hugo Boss, New York
- Groomsmen: Khaliques
- Bearers: Woolworths
o Invitations: Megan Kruger, Firefli Design Branding
o Music: Vivace Guitar Duo, Helder Celestino
o Videography: Free the Orange
o Wedding & Grooms Cakes: Yummy Cakes
o Bride & bridesmaids Make up: Samantha Carter
o Bride & Bridesmaids hair: Caroline Schmidt
o Cars: Avis Car Rental
o Dancing lessons: Fred Astaire Sandton