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Francois & Carié’s wedding at Pebble Rock Golf Estate

JC Crafford wedding Photography in Pretoria at pebble Rock Golf estate FC-53

pebble creek golf estate weddingI just loved Francois & Carié from the first time I’ve met them. Kind people that will go out of their way to accommodate other people.

They got dressed at Gabbata Lodge near the Roodeplaat dam, from here they would go to Pebble Rock Golf estate where the ceremony and reception will be.

Carié’s room was a beehive of activity.  4 Bridesmaids, mother, mother in law, grandmother, make up artists, a hair stylist, and in the midst off all this activity, a very quiet Carié, not at all stressed out about everything happening around her.

Francois and the men were also at Gabbata, having drinks, swimming in the pool. No reason to get stressed under these circumstances. Lol.

They pitched a big marquee tent at Pebble Rock for the ceremony.

After the ceremony we drove around with golf carts all over the estate taking photos everywhere.

Their reception was different, not the normal tables with 8-10 people sitting around it. People were sitting everywhere and got served the most delicious finger foods. It was just a lot of friends, getting together, having a good time whilst celebrating Francois & Carié’s wedding.

All in all a VERY enjoyable wedding. I asked Carié and Francois some questions.


How did you meet?

Francois and I went to school together. He was matric and I in grade10 when we first fell in love. High school Sweethearts.

Tell us about the proposal

Valentine’s morning of 2014 he asked me to not ask any questions but just to work with him by getting up very early (@4 in the morning). So we drove off not knowing where to at all, he said he wanted to stop at the Airport just to draw money, so patiently waiting in the car his best friend and also Best Man – Dian, who is a pilot showed up.  Long romantic story short, we went for a morning flight over Harties and Joburg CBD and when we were safely on the ground again I told him my day could not get any better, and he asked “are you sure” and then proposed.

Describe your wedding day, anything specific that you will always remember

This was the perfect day to start our new chapter in life.

On a beautiful day in October we got married in anything but the traditional way at all. We had a cocktail themed wedding with no seating plan, with couches and cocktail tables, 16 cocktail dishes and a candy table for guests to enjoy themselves. Pebble Rock Golf Estate hosted our wedding, perfect venue for our style wedding as it is open with a big veranda and lounge as well.

I will always remember the walk down the aisle with my dad, was very emotional.

My wife walking down the aisle will always be a picture to remember

The Honeymoon

Next best thing after the wedding. This I will do anytime again! We loved every moment. Pictures that you see on postcards and screensavers become a reality in Thailand.

Tell us about your photographer.

When we started looking at for photographers it was almost too late to get “THE BEST”, even JC thought I’m crazy to ask if he is still available 2months before our wedding date, and with my luck he still was available.

Where was your honeymoon?

Phuket (Karon and Kata) Krabi – PhiPhi Islands.

Do you have any advice for other brides/grooms-to-be?

Absolutely nothing to worry about.

What was your inspiration behind your overall wedding decor and colour choices?

Our three colours is everlasting with the paisley design that is sophisticated. Our logo (our names in an infinity sign) was carried right through our entire décor.

Photographer: JC Crafford


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