We are so excited to share the wedding of Meg and Dan and we cant describe in words how happy we are that the stars aligned in 2011 and brought the two of you together.
This adventurous couple enjoys roughing it in the outdoors, they explore the countryside and go on many road trips together in their Landy. It is only fitting that a couple this fond of the nature and cows chose to get married at The Cowshed. Meg tells the story of when her and Daniel first moved in together, they were out one morning hunting for some new furniture and they fell in love with a beautifully framed print of some Kenyan long-horned Ankole cows, on a subsequent trip through Dullstroom, up to the Kruger National Park, they stumbled across and bought themsleves the most exquisite Nguni skin and they have had an obsession with cows ever since. The couple both have a history of childhood holidays spent on family farms and out in the veld, so they had always hoped to find a ‘farmy” or country side destination that would reflect who they are, what they love and help tell their story. The idea for their wedding was to have a unique “country theme” , hay bales, chalkboards, simple, freshly cut local flowers, potted herbs and of course the prospect of cows.
There was a cool breeze that blew when Meg walked down the isle, however the magical moment and energy shared between these love birds managed to warm the entire valley and the hearts of all the guests. Megan looked so elegant and classy in her dress that was sourced through and altered by Calegra Bridal House in Faerieglen, Pretoria, and designed and made by Kobus Dippenaar in the Cape. Meg was dreading finding a wedding dress that wasn’t lacey and cheesy to the max, so when she saw it, she knew it was the one! The dress, called “Aphrodite”, is made from layers of simple tulle with exquisite, barely there, hand-embroidered flower detail on the (also tulle) bodice. It was ivory in colour, with a cream ribbon sash to break the “white”, and then, for sentimental reasons, Meg’s mom carefully tacked a heart cut from an old blue shirt onto the back of the bodice, next to the zip, coincidentally also her something blue . Meg chose to keep it simple with the shoes: she has a pair of beautiful cream leather wedges, barely worn, which only come out for special occasions and which she loves, but seldom has an opportunity to wear. They matched the sash on her dress and are gorgeous and super comfortable, they were her something old (along with her earrings).
After the ceremony Meg and Dan popped off for their photo session and the guests were entertained with lawn games like giant pick-up sticks, giant Jenga, croquet and boules and there were craft beers and a tower of cheeses to snack on, which also doubled up as the “cake”. This gave everyone an opportunity to mingle and catch up whilst appreciating the beautiful surrounding landscape and the bovine inhabitants.
The guests were in for a treat with the menu for the evening. Meg and Dan decided to rather give the buffet option a miss and encouraged as much festivity as possible, therefore choosing to put platters of food on every table for guests to help themselves to. For starters they had a crayfish and mushroom risotto, plated. The couple love’s (and make a mean) mushroom risotto, to which they added crayfish medallions, received as a wedding gift from the Best Man (he’s in the boating industry in Plett). For mains a slow roasted Moroccan lamb, and slow roasted Asian inspired pork neck, with root vegetables and mixed salads, all served family style on the tables. The couple also enjoys cooking lamb “all those school holidays on a farm” Meg said, and who doesn’t like a slow roast? For dessert an assortment of chocolate truffles were served, Meg is a chocaholic so… enough said.
All in all the day was one to remember and a good time was had by all. We wish you many years of happiness.