romance abroad

Peta (South African) & Sam (Australian)
24th of November 2011, Cape Town – South Africa

“We organised our destination wedding primarily by email and it was the best decision we have ever made!”

Peta & Sam - "Destination Wedding"

how they met:

The whirlwind romance began, when South African Peta met Australian Sam on a fateful holiday in Croatia. “It was clear we had both found our life partners,” said the bride. Although Peta had been living in Australia for many years, she felt lured to tie the knot in her home country of South Africa.

planning the wedding:

Convincing both families and friends from around the world to share this special day in Cape Town was relatively easy. The hardest part was coming to terms with how to organise the destination wedding with the couple living in London at the time and their families split between Australia and South Africa.

With the help of the Africa Bridal Industry Academy, Peta found NDG Wedding & Events, a niche wedding planner located in Cape Town.

“I met Natalie from NDG Weddings & Events during the first and only trip to Cape Town prior to the wedding and must say I felt in good hands from the very beginning” said Peta. NDG Weddings & Events focused on a colour scheme of orange and a theme consisting of “shabby chic” with a flare of elegance.


the wedding day:

On the day of their wedding, Peta and her bridal party started the day with relaxing by the pool for hair & makeup. With 70 of their closest family and friends, Peta and Sam were married against the spectacular backdrop of Stellenbosch’s vineyards and mountain ranges. Perfectly manicured lawns accompanied by a string quartet set the beautiful scene of their elegant ceremony.

The romantic reception was offset by fairy-lights and a specially designed orb-lighting surrounding the lake whilst the guests were entertained by an African Marimba Band. Not to mention the 4 tier cake baked to absolute perfection standing beside an enormous ‘cake of cheese’.  Peta and Sam also had custom designed Havaianas thongs for their guests as a favour for all!

“Hosting our wedding in South Africa was the most incredible way to introduce our families and celebrate our different heritages. Our guests are still talking about the whole week of wedding and holiday celebrations” said Peta. “NDG Weddings & Events went above and beyond, from organizing wine tours, shark dives, accommodation and transport for guests and most of all our dream wedding!”

Photography – John Armstrong Photography
Independent Wedding Consultant – NDG Weddings & Events