South African bride, Ineke and her husband, Douglas, celebrated their wedding day with a beautiful garden soiree. breathtaking gardens, a stately house and the Johannesburg city skyline in the background, were just some of the reasons the couple fell in love with this gorgeous venue. 


Douglas & Ineke


30 June 2018 


Venue: Glenshiel House, Westcliff, Johannesburg. 

Johannesburg, hands down, experiences the best winter days and the setting at Glenshiel House made the day even better. An original Herbert Baker designed home, the house is under the radar and situated in one of the oldest suburbs in Johannesburg called Westcliff.  Glenshiel House possesses so much history, at one stage it was used as a rehabilitation center for soldiers during the war. With its beautiful gardens, this stately home is framed beautifully by the Joburg city skyline.  We fell in love with this gorgeous venue instantly and decided on a  morning wedding, which meant that we could fully enjoy this marvelous setting and weather in the day time. The Ceremony was held on the bottom lawn under the trees and afterwards, we all moved up to the main house for cake and bubbles on the back verandah.  Our reception was held on the top lawn overlooking the magnificent city of Johannesburg.




We loved the natural and unpretentious way of Colani fromDochter Photography. Colani has such a calm and relaxing energy that really makes you feel at ease. We loved the moments she captured from our wedding. 


I saw the T E M P L E by Bo & Luca PRIMROSE gown on Instagram and decided when I was in Cape Town to go for a fitting at their studio in the hopes of finding it. I described what kind of theme we were going for and that it was a winter wedding, Shannon, their Creative Director, then suggested the PRIMROSE. I believe it was meant to be. Long-sleeved, beautiful and with intricate beading, the gown features a low back and flouncy tiered skirt. To me, it looked like an heirloom piece, unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was the first dress I tried and after that, I knew no other would compare. The team at Bo & Luca were incredible, they really made me feel so welcome and at ease. 


I have my own bridesmaid dress range called Lola Wilde so naturally, I designed and created the bridesmaid’s dresses. I wanted each of my bridesmaids to love their dress and feel beautiful in it. So each piece was designed for them and what they liked. I loved every minute of creating these dresses. It was so fun to see the vision come to life. I’m not a matchy type of person so I really loved mixing up the fabric and styles. I fell in love with the embroidered fabric and it lent such a vintage feel, which was very in keeping with our whole wedding theme. 


Doug’s family is from Zimbabwe and I had never been there, so he decided to take me there last November. We stayed with his Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle. It was a blast! After a few days in Harare, we went to Nyanga which is the most beautiful mountain range/reserve in Zimbabwe. Up in the hills in a little cottage, we spent days reading, hiking and eating. Doug took me on a long walk to see the Honde Valley and, perched on a rock, overlooking this incredible valley, he asked the big question. I was shocked but so delighted. We had to run all the way home to beat the dark and it’s a memory I will cherish forever. 


Overall I’d say it had rather a vintage theme, together with the setting, flowers and our attire. We even encouraged our guests to wear hats, it was glorious. 


Well, I have a very simple engagement ring and being very disorganized and paying for the wedding, we didn’t really organize a wedding band for me. Before we went down the aisle I quickly gave my engagement ring to my bridesmaid, Stephnie, to present the ring. It was rather funny. We’ve decided in a year or so I‘ll get something designed or buy a vintage one. Doug was very nervous to wear a ring but I got him a simple matte gold narrow band that doesn’t curve on the edges and now he loves it. 


Significance/what inspired your choice)?

We decided not to give any wedding favors. With our Thank You notes, we have sent some awesome photos of our guests to them on our big day. 


FLEUR DITA did our flowers and Dale’s creations are like works of art. Our blooms on the day had a lovely subtle scent from the Freesias to the sweet peas, all our guests commented on this at the tables. I wanted it to look like the blooms had been handpicked and put together. Not these perfectly manicured arrangements. Mix and match vases with some vintage crystal ones grouped together with an array of colors and floral varieties. We decided to go with small bouquets which we thought would work better but they were still jam-packed with colorful blooms. The flowers were one of my favourite elements of the wedding. 


We chose three different flavored cakes; carrot, milk tart, and almond and orange. The cake was finished within minutes, it was so delicious. With rough icing and fresh blooms on top, we wanted the cakes to look home baked. 


Doug and I love music and had first bonded on this, so natural,ly this was a very important aspect. 

I walked down the aisle to a song that was created and first played in South Africa featuring 2 very different artists from 2 very different places. Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal, ‘There Will Be Time’. I lovee the mix of these two very different styles, made for a truly spectacular result. 

Our first song was Father John Misty, an Indie band, with the song “Real Love Baby.” It sounds like something from the 60’s. 

We played a lot of classical and 20’s – 40’s ballads during the serving of cake and bubbles. Then moved to a more Indie playlist with some old school classic hits for the dancefloor. 


We kept it very simple, good food was very important to us and Fresh, our caterers did an outstanding job. A food table was set up with roast beef, chicken, line fish, big green leafy salads, potato gratin, a mix of cheeses, delicious bread, preserves, and spreads. 

Our bar was basic, some bubbly, a few different wines, gin & tonic, whisky, ciders and beers. 


We went down to Wilderness in the Garden Route which is an incredible part of South Africa. We enjoyed lots of relaxing and dining out at some delicious restaurants. I highly recommend thee seafood pot at The Bell in Knysna. We did a ton of hiking, paddling and beach walking. It was a great place to enjoy the outdoors, which we both love so much. 


Doug and I only moved in together after the wedding, we needed quite a few items for the house and had a registry with Yuppie Chef. We were so spoiled by our guests, it was really unbelievable. Every time we use a particular item we think of the people that gave it to us, that’s very special.  Every gift was just so special and valuable but some that stand out: a gorgeous painting from my best friend’s mum, Susie, who is an amazing artist. I have always wanted to own one of her pieces and now it sits happily in my home. 

My bridesmaids were amazing and so thoughtful; on the morning of they all gave me traditional trinkets and heart-warming notes. A penny in a shoe, a thimble, something borrowed, something blue and something new, it meant the world to me. 


My bachelorette was a ton of fun and the theme was Southern Belles. My outfit was fabulous and my bridesmaids worked so hard to put together a fun party. At the wedding doing our vows and listening to our pastor’s amazing words of wisdom was such a huge moment.


Don’t sweat the small stuff, it can be tough but remember to be kind to one another and that the best part is that you get to marry your person and at the end of the day that is all that matters. Make choices that make you happy, don’t feel pressured by anyone to do things a certain way. It should represent the two of you as a couple. 


Venue: Glenshiel

Photographer: Dochter Photography

Wedding Gown: T E M P L E by Bo & Luca

Bridesmaids Dresses : Lola Wilde 

Flowers & Styling: FLEUR DITA

Hair & Make-Up: Tris Alves Makeup

Wedding Planner: Tickled Pink

Food: Fresh

Bar: Black Jack

Décor Hire: Hire Society

Cakes: Belles Patisserie