Looking back at the last six months, it’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of winter already. The first few months of 2011 flew by as wedding fever raged here at The Cowshed. Yes, we were delighted and honoured that couples from as far afield as London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, and closer to home, Lydenburg, chose to celebrate their nuptials on our beautiful farm.
Each wedding was different; each one absolutely beautiful…from Shabby Chic to Simply Elegant, from Farm-style Fête to Out of Africa Colonial splendour, the Old Barn was transformed into a magical space where friends and families celebrated late into the night. That is one of the advantages of celebrating special occasions at The Cowshed – no next-door neighbours to complain about the loud music! The other advantage being that the farm is yours from Friday through until Sunday, allowing family & friends from all over to re-connect and spend some quality time together.
Indeed, family & friends jetted into South Africa & travelled to The Cowshed from all over the place – Australia, Bolivia, Canada, United Kingdom, Cape Town and Gauteng, to name a few.
Wedding season 2010/2011 was not all plain sailing – the weather was not always co-operative and a few of the weddings were blessed with extremely wet weather and “Plan B” came into play on more than one occasion. The local people in the Badfontein Valley assure me that to be rained on at one’s wedding is a huge blessing and means that the happy couple will be blessed with wealth & ‘many children’! Weather notwithstanding, each occasion was special and joyous and I had to swallow the huge lump in my throat every time a bride walked down the aisle.
We were very excited when we heard that Jonét and De Wet, who tied the knot at The Cowshed in April last year, won the Sarie Bridal Couple of 2010 award. How awesome! Their beautiful photographs were taken by Travis and Maike of welovepictures.
As much as I love winter here on the farm, I am really looking forward to the arrival of spring and the start of our 2011/2012 wedding season. Call me sentimental, but I love weddings and everything that goes into making them happen, so roll on September!