Andrew & Jill’s Relaxed Outdoor Wedding

Hawksmoor House Wedding Venue – Stellenbosch

Their wedding was the perfect mix of relaxed, laid-back, effortless boho-bliss and elegance! Andrew and Jill planned their luxurious destination wedding all the way from New York. And what an amazing day they had planned for all their friends and family travelling to our beautiful Cape Town! Beneath the tall trees, on Hawksmoor’s lawns, they had the perfect cosy outdoor reception.


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Jill wore a stunning strapless designer gown by New York-based Leanne Marshall. It was perfectly matched by Andrew’s dark forest green Enzo suit.

The First Look

This was my first time photographing the “First Look”. Andrew & Jill decided to see each other before the ceremony and do their couple shoot. They wanted a bit more time to enjoy their pre-drinks and have extra time to relax with their guests. It was such a special moment to be part of. Seeing Andrew’s face as he beholds his bride for the first time was priceless!

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What blew me away was how they thought about every single detail and went out of their way to make sure everything was extra special. They even planned the menu, along with the amazing Slippery Spoon Kitchen, to represent both Andrew (being from South Africa) and Jill (being from the US).

They included some SA favourites like “pampoenkoekies”, “Mossbolletjies”, a “braai” station, a Taco stand with Kingklip ceviche, and a pancake station with “melktert” spread.  As they danced the night away under the trees, the kitchen would make sure the guests were served some true American Pizza and fries with American mayo as midnight snacks.

A note from the couple

Our wedding was beyond everything we hoped it would be.  Hawksmoor House was the perfect venue for us to have a magical outdoor celebration with our guests who came from around the world.  Planning a wedding in South Africa from NYC was not easy, but with the help of so many wonderful people, all of the little details came together to create the perfect ambience. It was without a doubt the greatest day and night of our lives. Our only words of wisdom would be to make sure you check in with each other often and remind each other to take it all in because it definitely flies by!

What an honour to have worked with the wedding professionals below:

Coordinator | AnnaH

Floral Design & Decor | Okasie

Additional Items Hired from:

Grand Room Designs, Two BirdsTablecloth Hiring Co., Sitting Pretty

Pancake Station & Bar | Urban Tonic

Catering | Slippery Spoon Kitchen

Lighting | Tonetts

Stationery | Susan Brand Design

Makeup & Hair | Alicia Buckle

Signage | Blooming Wonderful

Videographers | Calvin Lang & Kobus Potgieter

Venue | Hawksmoor House

Men’s Mobile Barber Service | Said Dargham

The Dress | New York Designer Leanne Marshall 

Groom’s suit | Enzo Custom

Photobooth | Retro Photo Booth

DJ | The Wedding DJ’s