Dillion Smit weds the woman of his dreams in a "village made in heaven ."
Professional Rugby player Dillon Smit spent his big day under the African Sun surrounded by friends and family and of course he wed the most gorgeous Bride. We sat down with the newly wed couple and spoke to them about their wedding day, the venue and more...
What makes your relationship so special?
Both our moral values start with God first. God is what brings us together and holds
us together and He is the key to any successful relationship. We treat our
relationship like a partnership and respect each other and each other’s ambitions
and dreams. From the start of our relationship we agreed that one of the most
important aspects of a successful relationship is time. We vowed to always make
time for each other and make the other person feel important especially during busy
and difficult days due to our respective careers. We are both selfless and always
place each other first no matter the situation or the circumstance.
How did you find the overall wedding planning? Did you have someone helping
It was quite a lot of "wedmin". However we enjoyed every single minute of it, from start to
finish, and most importantly, through all the arrangements, anxiety and stress we
never lost sight of what this special day really was all about and that was getting to
spend our lives together as soul mates and best friends. Both our mothers had a big
hand in the planning and success of the day and we are endlessly grateful for them
stepping up and taking control.
Why did you decide on the venue you chose?
Searching for a venue was quite a journey. There were a lot of venues we looked at
which each had elements that we loved but both of us agreed that we had not yet
seen “THE ONE”.
When we arrived at Avianto we instantly knew. It was as though we had entered into another country – something like a little Italy. I do understand why they describe themselves as “a village made in heaven” as it emanates extraordinary beauty with its magnificent views and beautiful layouts. We could sense this place having been destined to bring people together in love and it is an absolute honour to start our journey together in such a magical place.
What look and feel were you going for with your décor and overall mood of the
wedding? Also what flowers did you use?
We chose our wedding colors and wedding style taking into consideration our
personalities and also what same must reflect, i.e. sophistication and elegance. We
decided upon a natural and rustic wedding theme with greenery. The décor that we
had chosen reflected our theme perfectly. All the tables were wooden tables which
were accompanied by beautiful wooden tiffany chairs.
The tables were decorated with a runner consisting of penny gum leaves and smallish flowers, intertwined together, with floating candles in medium and large glass vases placed in between the runners. Our table (bride and groom) was decorated in the exact same way save for the fact that our table had proteas. The protea flower represents diversity,
courage, change and hope and we knew it would make a great addition because of
its strong meaning. The chapel was also decorated with dried out leaves and petals, lanterns and candles (on the ground) alongside the church benches.
Are there any other special décor elements you used/created?
I wouldn’t say that we have added special décor elements but rather that we added
special items to make the wedding unique, i.e.:
- Photobooth: The photobooth will be a VW Kombi. (See Kiekiebooth)
- Flip Flops: For the ladies to wear when they kick off their heels.
- Donut Wall: Because who doesn’t LOVE donuts.
- Sparkles: To light up the wedding.
Tell us about picking out your dress?
Designer: Jacelyn Gozadinos from White Lilly Bridal.
The journey of the dress was quite serendipitous. I left the best part of the wedding
for last – looking for my perfect dress. I wanted the dress to be a true reflection of
who I was as a person and was looking for something modern, sophisticated and
elegant yet romantic and feminine. Having build such a big expectation for my dress,
each dress that I fitted left me wanting for more and I just could not find what I
envisaged myself in. I was coincidentally referred to Jacelyn and absolutely fell in
love with her boho-luxe inspired designs. Jacelyn designed a dress that captured all
the qualities that I wanted and more. With its low V-line in the front and
complimentary detailed lines at the back I was absolutely mesmerized in the striking,
yet simplistic design of the dress. I am absolutely in awe of this dress and can
confidently say that there is something like a “perfect dress”.
How did you get ideas for your wedding? Did you have a coordinator or was
Pinterest your best friend?
We have been to a number of weddings where we were able to get ideas from as
well as married friends which suggested some ideas. However, Pinterest did play the
BIGGEST role and was definitely our source of inspiration.
Tell us about your bridesmaids/groomsmen’s outfits?
I had the Bridesmaid’s dresses made from the Maiden. The top of the dress was
rosegold and the skirt was blush. The cut of the dresses complimented everyone's
body and they looked absolutely breathtaking. I believe there is elegance in
simplicity and that was the look I was going for.
As I was wearing a navy blue suit I wanted the groomsmen to reflect the same
elegant style. I therefore chose an outfit to accommodate everyone’s different
fashion styles and kept it very simplistic to give them both comfort and a classy look.
They wore navy pants, white shirts, brown shoes and a burgundy bow tie as it was
one of our wedding colors.
Tell us about the menu?
The wedding was not only about us but also about the people around us. We chose a
buffet option the reason being that it will offer our guests a full meal with the
benefit of them being able to choose which foods to eat. We served a variety of
meats during our reception ranging from duck, chicken, beef to fish allowing to cater
for all guests’ preferences. For the sweet-tooth guests, a variety of desserts was available.
See the Menu as set out on the last page. The food was absolutely incredible and we
honestly cannot pick a favourite dish or dessert. The only regret is not eating MORE
What did you do for a wedding cake?
Designer: Elli Saayman from the Turquoise Squirrel
The wedding cake had four tiers, each a different flavor, ranging from chocolate
buttercake with hazelnut flavoured buttercream, vanilla buttercake with vanilla
swiss merinque buttercream and salted caramel, and red velvet. The biggest tier was
of course the chocolate flavour which was our favourite. This was the best cake we
have ever tasted in our lives.
In respect of the design of the cake we wanted a design that would compliment the
style we had chosen for our wedding in that it should be “elegant”. The design
consisted of “soft” colors and a metallic accent decorated with blossoms and tiny
leaves and branches. The design also featured a geode effect which in essence gave
a glittering effect of tiny crystals.
Is there a particular moment that stands out from the day?
Suané: Absolutely. When I walked down the isle and saw Dillon’s expression and
emotion for the first time I knew that this was a man that was going to love me
Dillon: When I finally got to kiss my bride knowing that this is the person I will be
kissing for the rest of my life.
Dillon, how did you feel when you saw your wife for the first time walking down
When I saw Suané walking in I was totally overwhelmed with emotion. I was so
excited because I knew this was the beginning of the rest of our lives. (And of course
I thought she was the most beautiful person alive).
How would you describe your wedding day?
Suané: We have been to many weddings over the years, but nothing quite prepares
you for the overwhelming warm feeling you have at your own wedding. Knowing
that everyone you love and care about have come together to share your special
moment is beyond my ability to describe in words. This day was absolutely magical
and a day I will remember for the rest of my life.
Dillon: After months of preparation for the wedding and seeing all our ideas and
personal touches finally come together to create the vision we had was just the most
sensational feeling in this world. The day was exactly what we envisaged and was
absolutely perfect. It was not only the day itself, but the whole journey, which to me
was exciting from start to finish.
Dillon, you got married during the start of the Super Rugby season. When do you
get some down time for your honeymoon?
It’s difficult to plan due to our busy work schedules. However, we agreed to go on
honeymoon during December of this year as soon my pre-season has ended.
If you could change anything about your big day, would you and what would it be?
Overall our wedding was everything we planned it to be and everything was
absolutely perfect. However, we had the biggest thunderstorm resulting in everyone
being quite wet at the pre-reception. But even with that happening we still would
not change a thing because everything happened exactly how it was meant to
happen. At the end of the day we got to say “we do” to the person we want to be
with for the rest of our lives.
1. Wedding coordinator: Taryn (Avianto)
2. Venue: Avianto
3. Catering/food: Avianto
4. Décor: Event Inspirations
5. Flowers: Event Inspirations
6. Dress: Jacelyn Gozadinos from White Lilly Bridal
7. Bridesmaids Dresses: The Maiden
o Bride, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom: MayMay Attire
o Bridesmaids: All Things Bridal
o Bride, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom: Missy van der Walt
(Missy Make Up Artist);
o Bridesmaids: Felicia Brits (Felicé Hair and Make Up Artist).
o Bride, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom: Anja Venter (Deftig
11. Cake: Elli Saayman of The Turquoise Squirrel
12. Photographer: LORA Photography
13. Videographer: Duck Soup Productions
14. Photobooth: Kiekiebooth
15. Stationery: Bethal Signs & La Luna Invitations and Gifts