Styling by Luke Krone. Photography by Cass Collett Photography

Often people start dreaming about their wedding day long before they meet the person they want to marry. So when it comes to planning your actual wedding, you can often find yourself caught up in the details and forget what it’s really about: love. It was this exact insight that inspired Luke Krone to capture the picture perfect wedding with one tiny detail unattended to – the groom. By replacing the groom with a mannequin, Luke plants the question: what is one’s wedding day really about?

The Inspiration
The shoot was intended to be thought provoking, whimsical and slightly different from the norm. You can create the most beautiful wedding in the most magnificent venue, but it is up to the couple getting married to remember to ‘’insert the love’’ – the most important ingredient to the picture perfect wedding day.

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The key elements
“The setting for this shoot was on the beautiful Bilton Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. The shoot was done at end of autumn, capturing the golden moments of the magical time of year. We tried to make the shoot look as realistic as possible, but with the mannequin as the groom this was challenging,” says Luke Krone.
“It was so much fun for all the collaborators and as we were shooting in the vineyards the wife of the farmer next door, not looking properly at the couple, shouted from her car at the top of her voice ‘Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!’ Right at that moment we all had to stop and just have a good laugh, as it did look realistic from far away. Without love, it wouldn’t be real otherwise you might as well marry a mannequin.”

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The details
“We kept the styling of the flowers traditional and elegant, but at the same time slightly neutral with orchids and roses. Flowers and stationary can sometimes be very personal: we wanted it to enhance the shoot and not detract too much from the other details. The fabulous Amanda from Caroline’s Flowers in the V&A Waterfront styled the flowers on the tables, bouquets and the groom’s lapel. Roy Neubert designed the stationary and tongue-in-cheek, our bride and groom were named Barbara & Kenneth. If you look closely enough, you will see Roy cunningly used the ‘Barbie font’ in the order of events stationery.”

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The cake
It was Marie Antoinette who said, “let them eat cake and drink Champagne.” Billecart-Salmon provided the delicious Champagne and the wedding cake made by the renowned Cape Town cake maker, Helena Ogonowski. The three tiers of cake were Chocolate Mud with Kahlua buttercream icing, carrot with cream cheese icing and the top tier was lime mojito with lime mojito icing. The cake was covered in white icing and the flowers on the cake are edible and designed in such a way that they can be kept. Simone & Sunelle from the Showroom in Stellenbosch treated us to their lovely food. As the day came to an end lip-smacking cocktails at sunset by Puremix Cocktails were served.

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The dress
Kobus Dippenaar, one of South Africa’s most loved and well-established fashion designers, designed the beautiful dresses. The wedding dress is part of Kobus Dippenaar’s Anna Georgina wedding dress range. We chose this dress as it gave the model that ‘Princess Grace Kelly’ look. With the detachable sleeves, lots of tulle and gorgeous lace was used to make this masterpiece. Kristin Weixelbaumer from Black Betty supplied the jewellery and here we chose slightly dainty and more refined jewellery to keep in line with the simple chic.

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Accommodation: Sunelle, 082 895 4767
Cake: Helena Ogonowski Cakes, 082 458 2752
Concept, styling and co-ordination: Luke Krone Events, 082 354 9007
Decor items: Downings Event Hiring, 021 851 8218. Table Cloths: Table Cloth Hiring Company, 021 510 3000
Dresses: Anna Georgina by Kobus Dippenaar, 021 423 7810
Flowers: Caroline’s Flowers V&A Waterfront, 021 418 5938
Food: Showroom Stellenbosch, 021 886 6911. Champagne: Billecart-Salmon Champagne, 021 8552 374. Cocktails: Puremix Cocktails, 021 447 4012.
Groom’s suit: JJ Man by Kobus Dippenaar, 021 423 7810
Hair & Makeup: Mika Lamb, 071 194 9071, find Mika on Facebook
Jewellery: Black Betty by Kristin Weixelbaumer, 072 803 9456
Models: Bride: Kerry-Lee Cousins. Groom: Kenneth aka Ken from Display Scenes 021 510 6776. Bridesmaid: Dante Roets. Mother of the bride: Annelize Joubert. Flower girl: Anouchska Zoutendyk
Photographer: Cass Collett, 083 270 7181,
Stationery: Roy Neubert Design, 073 232 3878
Venue & Wine: Bilton Wine Estate, 021 881 3714

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