Our story of love
It’s every girl’s dream to have a fairy-tale wedding and walk down the aisle to meet her prince charming. Ladysmith’s Sunè van Rhyn tells about the challenges, the joys and the magical moments of her wedding day.
“After Zane asked me to marry him, he went on deployment which meant I had to rely on my family for moral support while he was away. Zane is a very loyal, dedicated man, and this is part of the reason I love him so dearly. He made sure to contact me every day; this way we went through every detail of the wedding together before I set any plans into motion.
We decided to go with a military theme for the wedding, because our lives were very much centred around the military with Zane on deployment. But as we made our arrangements, rustic elements creeped into our planning and eventually we went with rustic instead – dark browns, hessian and beige.
I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to have plain flowers. So my mother painstakingly sewed it for me, one petal at a time, late nights and hard work. It really meant a lot to me.
We had our hearts set on a specific venue and when we phoned, we were told we had to wait a full 18 months longer to get married at that venue, and we were not prepared to wait a day longer. We finally decided on La La Nathi just outside Harrismith. It was just beautiful there. The food was included in the venue price, and it was all so delicious! Their butternut soup was our favourite.
With the venue arranged, it was time to go dress shopping. I see myself as a ‘plain Jane’ and I definitely didn’t want anything with too many frills, beads and lace. But the more I paged through books and magazines, the more I realised I loved princess wedding dresses. My mother and I went out shopping for the dress, and I surprised her when I told her I wanted to try this frilled dress. They only had one of those specific dresses left and it was miles too big for me. Luckily mom was at hand to save the day, as she knew someone who could work on wedding dresses. We took the dress and the seamstress fitted it for me perfectly.
Zane has a twin brother named Xander, who was his best man. We had a small wedding it was only the people who mean the most to us who were there. It was special for Zane to spend the morning of the wedding with his brother.
I saw my ring for the first time in a window of a jewellery store. I drew the ring and took the picture to a local jeweller who made it for me. Zane’s ring was a bit more challenging! When he returned from deployment, there were only two weeks left before the wedding. His ring was finished that morning and as we exchanged rings, it wouldn’t fit. It made all of us burst into laughter.
A year in review
We went back to the wedding venue a year later to celebrate our anniversary. We had a ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot with Tanya Grovè, who did our engagement and wedding photos. It basically meant that we threw coloured powder at each other and ruined our clothes, because we will never need to wear them again. Things have changed for us, we’ve moved far away from Ladysmith and we’ve grown a lot. We still love each other more and more every day. And I look forward to making even more memories with my wonderful husband.
Northern KZN Get It September 2017