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Real wedding: Almarette & Rigardt’s perfect day in the forest

Being surrounded by the people you love on your wedding day makes your big day extra special, but the spectacular beauty of this secluded forest makes it magical

Almarette and Rigardt Visser experienced a magic forest wedding when they got married at Die Woud Wedding Venue close to Caledon on a spring afternoon last year.

Almarette wanted their wedding day to be a celebration with family and friends, and that’s exactly what they had. ‘It was one of the best days of our lives,’ she says about their big day. 

The couple met eight years ago during a weekend away with mutual friends in Kleinbaai – and the rest, as they say, is history. 

‘I am not a romantic person at all, and Rigardt is well aware of that,’ Almarette says when she starts talking about the day the couple got engaged. Almarette says Rigardt knew her well enough not to make a big public scene when he asked her to marry him.


‘We got engaged one afternoon after work. Rigardt visited me and as I was on my way to the gym, he popped the question. It was perfect.’

Almarette knew there was something special about this venue within the first few moments of seeing it. The setting was ideal, as this Overberg wedding venue is only 113km outside Cape Town. This was the place where she and Rigardt would start their new adventure together. 

The bride looked beautiful in her chic long-sleeved dress from Charlotte Francina Designs. She didn’t have a clear vision before her dress was made, but Charlotte knew what she liked and didn’t like, and produced the perfect dress to suit her personality.

‘I love the colours navy blue and gold, so it wasn’t difficult deciding on the colour palette for the wedding-venue décor,’ says Almarette. 

The only décor request this bride had was having a lot of candles on the table. The rest of the décor decisions were left up to Mabel Steenkamp, a flower, décor and event stylist from Die Gieter. And wow – the décor and wedding were simply stunning!

PHOTOS: Aglow Photography

Venue: Die Woud Weddings & Functions

Photographer: Aglow Photography

Second photographer on the day: Angelique Smith 

Wedding coordinator: Lizelle from Penny For You

Stationery: Maché Hopkins

Flower arrangements: Mabel Steenkamp from Die Gieter

Video: KovacevicBosch

Bride’s hair and makeup: Anne-Mart Hair & Makeup

Bridesmaids’ makeup: Jonetha Beauty and Make-up

Wedding cake: Krummels Sugar Art

Catering: Di Doms from Plum Kitchen

DJ: DJ PG Sounds

Groom’s suit: Tommy Hilfiger

Wedding dress: Charlotte Francina Designs

Bride getting ready: Wildekrans Wine Estate

Live entertainment: Aston Music



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