Officially – HIM and I got married in Cape Town, South Africa on the 2nd November 2013 at De Grendel Wine Farm – with family & friends. CORRECTION… with MY family and a good proportion of MY friends.
Because HIM & I decided to have 2 celebrations … one in South Africa and one in Portugal in order to avoid the major costs of travel for either of our families & friends. We were however very lucky to have some friends who attended both (Mr Draper, both of HIM’s bridesmaids & Sas).
South African’s celebrate weddings in multiple different ways, depending on cultural background, etc… But our SA wedding was somewhat traditional (in my eyes) – an 11am church service followed by a 3 course sit-down luncheon at a wine farm.
The Portuguese celebrate weddings in a more lavish & much longer way… normally starting with breakfast, whereby the Bride eats with her friends & family somewhere & the Groom with his friends & family somewhere else. Then people head home to change & get ready, before meeting at the church late morning for at the service (this part is the same). Afterwards is a 4 (or more) course sit-down lunch (still pretty standard, right?)… then folks relax, the photographs happen for bride/groom, some people go home & change and then come back for the buffet – yes… more food… tables groaning with fruits, desserts, cheese & seafood…. followed by dancing & partying all night … and the next day, everyone returns to eat the leftovers!
We decided to scale down our Portuguese portion of the celebration… no breakfast & no late-night partying or next-day leftover eating… we did however enjoy the 4course lunch followed by a buffet (served an hour and a half after the dessert)… a lunch that started at 1pm and ended around 10pm… Oh, how I love the Portuguese!!
Here are a few pictures of the food that we got to enjoy at the venue Quinta Nova in Pernes (just outside Santarém in Portugal)
and then the buffet tables (these are not the photo’s of our actual event tables – but of a wedding that happened a few weekends before ours, when we were there to taste-test the menu and got to peak at what we would also be having)…
how awesome are the fruit sculptures??? We got a frog carved out of a watermelon… I dare not place the photos of it on here – as the guests took great joy in being photographed with it…