27th June 2014
Frank and Shirley
A small family wedding celebration, set in Noordhoek, Western Cape
Pictures welovepictures Words Maike
We say it all the time: what we love most about a wedding celebration is that for this one day we are allowed an intimate and personal glimpse into a couple’s life and thereby we are given the opportunity to tell a little part of their story. We delight in the many little details make the couple’s story unique and relevant to only them.
For Frank and Shirley this meant a Groomzilla, a black wedding dress and a Labyrinth.
It was a beautiful autumn day on the Noordhoek Common. The day started with the building of the seating for the ceremony. Under strict supervision of the German Groomzilla, Frank, the boys constructed an amazing labyrinth out of hay bales and were sipping beers under the trees in under an hour. That’s German efficiency.
Frank and Shirley also didn’t follow the usual wedding flow, and decided to host the civil service before the ceremony, at their beautiful cottage in Noordhoek. This gave Frank a sneak peak of his bride in her amazing black wedding dress, designed by the ever-talented Robyn Roberts. After hanging out with their friends and family on the common for a drink and canapes, everyone found their seats in the labyrinth for the ceremony. Frank and Shirley explained to us the spiritual meaning of the Labyrinth – an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. They specifically chose the Goddess Laybrinth, also called the Baltic Wheel, which originated in Germany and Scandinavia. This labyrinth is different from other labyrinths because it has two entrances. One path leads you through the usual twists and turns expected of a labyrinth, the other takes you directly to the centre. We loved that this was their ‘wedding aisle’: at the start of the ceremony, Frank and Shirley walked the entire labyrinth, passing every single one of their guests. A light rain started half-way through the ceremony, but the couple and their guests couldn’t be less bothered by the rain and their first wet kiss was all the better for it. After drenched hugs and kisses, everyone made their way to The Foodbarn in the Noordhoek Village for warmth, coziness and a delicious meal – food that chef Franck Dangereux is famous for. The evening was relaxed and we enjoyed hanging out with all the guests, drinking amazing wine and documenting the belly laughs, gentle bear hugs and wet happy kisses.
We would like to thank the lovely Jules Morgan for introducing us to the wonderful human beings that are Frank and Shirley – thank you Jules, you’re a gem. Frank and Shirley, thank you for being so easy-going (Frank, even in your Groomzilla-way, and Shirley, in your natural and beautiful calmness – we have never-ever seen a bride this relaxed!). Your wedding was a wonderful celebration to document and we enjoyed every minute of it.