Read below all about Mariaan and Werner’s Pretoria wedding, an Industrial, South African destination wedding that will always hold a special place in our hearts.
A simple and delicate beauty emanates from the streets of Pretoria. It’s an industrial city, hence it’s well-suited for an industrial wedding. The city is still rising from the ashes of the slow burn of a recently defunct apartheid. It seemed like we could feel it lingering on its sidewalks in the fragile hours of the early morning.
Consequently, South Africa at its surface is a beauty of a country whose people have overcome a lot. Deeper within, there are people of immense beauty to be discovered. That was the case for Mariaan and Werner, two Afrikaans and English—speaking soulmates. Their love gushed through the Pretoria streets, out of the continent and with us back on the plane trip home. These were two people who had so much love for each other and everyone around them.
In the morning, as a hot African sun rose over the dusty plain, Mariaan slipped on her dress. She cried joyful tears alongside her mother and bridesmaids in anticipation of family, vows and first kisses. In the afternoon, Werner welcomed the guests on his way to the top of the aisle where he would meet his bride. As he hugged close friends and greeted family members too long unseen, it was obvious that all had on his mind was seeing Mariaan. Above all, she was his calm, as all partners should be.
An Industrial Wedding
The ceremony venue itself was an industrial dream, and was less of an actual venue than it was an alley. The space was lined with brick walls on either side, Edison bulb string lights, and mix-matched metal chairs. These sort of cement-laden, urban jungle atmospheres are special to us for wedding venues nowadays. They represent a sort of beauty in the grime, a rough uncut diamond which sparks an idea of understated beauty. To us, industrial weddings serve as a gentle reminder that marriage, like most things in life, is not always perfectly beautiful. Sometimes you have to look harder, beyond the surrounding imperfections, to see where the true value lies. But, no matter how hard you have to look, the truth is that the value is always there.
Of all the incredible things we witnessed in Pretoria, none of them come close to the incredible power of love that Mariaan and Werner share. So, grab some brandy (like a true Afrikaaner) and scroll through their industrial Pretoria wedding story. If you like what you see, reach leave us a comment at the end of this entry or reach out to us here. We’d love to hear from you!