What was your greatest struggle while planning your wedding?
“We never wanted a big, orchestrated wedding so we kept things pretty simple. But, once I
(Jana) entered the rabbit hole that is the internet, I started to doubt so many things. Is it
pretty enough? Is the venue right? Did we make it too simple? What should our # be?
Honestly, I let the noise get to me at times. Luckily, Marco pulled me back and reminded
me that we need to do things our way and have the wedding we want. Wine helped!”
If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change?
“Don’t book an international flight that departs at lunchtime the day after your wedding –
and only pack the morning of. Nobody wins.”
Where did you find inspiration for your wedding?
“We love Joburg. It’s the city where we fell in love and started to make a life together – so
we always knew we’d have a wedding centred around her. When we started dating,
Marco and I went to a poetry reading at Northwards House in Parktown and he said that
he was going to marry me there – in the garden overlooking the Parks. The Living Room is
known for its cityscape views and was the perfect way to have a chilled night with Joburg
surrounding us. We took it from there. The venues actually ended up inspiring us.”
How did you go about finding vendors for your wedding?
“We wanted a no-fuss wedding. The Living Room handled all the catering, décor and
sound, which is one of the reasons we went for them (besides the epic location). Marco
and I are fanatical about music, so we were adamant about not having a DJ – we wanted
to create the soundtrack to the day. So, we bought an iPod and spent those ten months
before the wedding at our kitchen counter – with lots of wine – creating our own wedding
playlists. That was probably one of the best decisions we made – our choice of
photographers was right up there as well. We can’t stress enough how important it is that
you are 100% comfortable with the people who ultimately spend your entire wedding
with you. We are so lucky to have met our photographers who simply got us from the get-go– our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without them. For the rest, we wanted to
make a point of using local artisans – from Marco’s suit and bowtie to my ivy leaf
headpiece, shoes and dress, it was important to support the incredible local talent we
have here in SA. We sourced most of these amazing folks because of social media.”
What was your favourite moment of the day?
“Hands down the couple shoot. It was surreal walking through Maboneng, dressed up in our
wedding gear, while everyone else was just having a run-of-the-mill Saturday afternoon. And
the amazing (unplanned) Jazz lounge that we got to shoot in – thanks to an epic owner who
invited us in to take photos after he saw us walk by – just proved why we love Joburg and
wanted to celebrate in the city with our family and friends.”
If money was no object, what outrageous thing would you have insisted on having for
“We would have booked an acoustic set by The National. Our first dance was to ‘Slow Show’,
Do you have any advice for other couples planning a wedding?
“The only person’s opinion that matters is the one you’re marrying. Go with their flow.”