Divan & Hollie Botes

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Divan and I decided at the end of 2022 that we wanted to work hard to be able to get engaged by the end of 2023 and little did we know we’d get engaged and married all in the space of 5 months!
Divan popped the question on the 1st of June on Signal Hill the day after my 21st birthday on our 2-year anniversary!

We initially decided we’d wait until 2024 to get married but after the first week of being engaged we realized there was really no point in waiting as we knew we wanted to get married young and do things God’s way as believers but we had no idea how we would do it financially. By getting engaged we both took a huge leap of faith and trusted that God would make a way as we knew we wanted to be married! Looking back now all I see are miracles upon miracles as we went from being engaged to being married!

Even though Divan and I were both studying and working full time planning the wedding was such a peaceful experience and everything seemed to just fall into place despite getting the typical questions like “Are you getting cold feet yet? and you guys must be so stressed!” This was only by the grace of God and trusting his timing!

Finding my wedding dress was by far one of my favourite wedding memories as I found it at the 4th shop we tried with the help of the sweetest assistant with the name of “Angel” (which was definitely no coincidence!) The dress I chose was the complete opposite of what I always dreamt of but ended up surpassing all my expectations!! Divan also ended up finding the exact suit he wanted at Truworths and it needed no alterations!! It’s so crazy to see how everything from the dress and suit to the venue and decor just matched so perfectly in the end and had the most romantic Italian feel to it!

We ended up getting the very last available Saturday for the year at Idiom Wines (which turned out to be one of SA’s top wedding venues!) what?! Thank you, Jesus!! We always knew we wanted to have a small and intimate wedding with just close family and good friends and wow was that the best decision! We also decided against having bridesmaids/ groomsmen! Every moment of the day felt so blessed and being able to give everyone a hug and have meaningful chats was unforgettable!

Because of how stunning the venue was we went very minimal with decor, and we went with super whimsical and colourful flowers (and they were definitely on the list of my wedding favourites) The morning of the wedding was so peaceful and the anticipation was unbelievable!!! The day finally came!

I would love to be voted for, as I believe our wedding was a huge testimony of God’s grace and faithfulness and I would be elated if our story could touch one couple and encourage them to do things God’s way and not the world’s way!! I would love this to also be shared so that other couples despite their current circumstances can know that anything is possible if you seek first his kingdom!

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                Diensverskaffers:

                • Blomme: Paradiso
                • Bruidegom-pak: Truworths
                • Dekor: Party decor hire
                • Fotograaf: Zana’s Lens
                • Grimering: Blusch makeup
                • Hare: @milladoeshair
                • Huweliksbevestiger: the wedding guy (John)
                • Juweliersware: Hellohaai
                • Trouring: Moissanite by design
                • Troukoek: Spoon bakery
                • Skoene: Superbalist
                • Trourok: Bride and co
                • Venue: Idiom wines
                • Paartjie se verblyf: Lalapanzi lodge
                • Huwelik kontrak: STBB
                • Wittebrood plek: Kol kol mountain lodge