Some people are just so incredibly nice you will move heaven and earth to make them happy…like Nico and Melissa. I liked them (a lot) from the very first time we met. They are just SO good together, their wedding was definitely written in the stars long before they met. They got married at Makiti in Muldersdrift, always a pleasure photographing there, always a pleasure being there.
Nico and Melissa, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you two, you are so good together,
How did you meet?
One evening after church with the help of a common friend. Nico bought me a chocolate to wish me well with my exams. We went on two or three dates and then didn’t see each other for almost 6 months. We decide to go for coffee again in December 2009 and we never looked back.
Tell us about the proposal
We went away for a weekend to Mount Grace. I didn’t expect a proposal. On our way to Mount Grace we stopped at the Rhino and Lion park. They suggested that we come back on the Saturday as it was almost time to close. There was a white tiger outside the park we took photos and we were amazed with the beauty of this animal. When I next saw Nico he was on his knee asking me if I will be his Pookie (my nickname) Pretorius forever. We had a lovely weekend at Mount Grace. Nico told me that he asked my parents the previous evening when I thought he was working late.
Describe your wedding day, anything specific that you will always remember
This was a team effort as Nico and I planned and did everything together for the wedding. The venue at Makiti was in nature and when we saw the venue it immediately reminded us of all our holidays and memories together. We also shared the day with very close friends and family who is very close to us. The day was perfect as the weather was sunny and warm.
The dress was similar to one I saw in a magazine and fortunately I got it quite quickly. I also knew that Nico will like it a lot.
We had some fun here as on the Wednesday before the wedding we couldn’t get the flowers we order anymore. Luckily Makiti and its personnel was quick to assist us with alternatives and it turned out better than our original flowers.
The honeymoon was suppose to be a holiday where I thought Nico will ask me to get married. Little did I know that Nico was already planning our wedding from the back to the front – the way he reads a newspaper. For our honeymoon we went to Malaysia where we were fortunate to see The Petronas towers, amazing buildings and a lot of shopping centers. The last part of our honeymoon was one of our shared passions – Motogp at the Sepang circuit. Nico was smiling from ear to ear! It was an amazing experience to share!
Tell us about your photographer.
Where do we start. We met JC on a Sunday afternoon. We immediately felt comfortable and had a great chat. We realised that JC also has a shared passion with Nico – Ferrari’s. We decided the same afternoon that he is going to take the photos at our wedding. JC was helpful during the entire process of planning the wedding and we knew we didn’t have to stress about our photos at all. On the day JC was so relaxed and had so much time to take the photos. Nothing was to much for him. We are more than happy with the photos.
Who did your make-up and hair?