Love And Fun Filled Wedding Celebration

The free spirited couple Lauren and Shawn chose the beautiful Gourikwa Nature Reserve, in the Garden Route, to have their wedding day. Read more about their incredible day below.


Lauren Ambler & Shawn Mey

25 March 2017

Gourikwa Reserve

Rustic and vintage wedding decor

75 Guests

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Gourikwa Nature Reserve was the perfect back drop for this rustic, fun filled wedding.

Lauren and Shawn both met in school through a mutual friend.

We asked Lauren how Shawn proposed to her, she explains; “Shawn is a fisherman and it was so sweet the amount of effort he put into the proposal. I had been wanting to take the fur babies down to the beach for a while already but we just didn’t have the time. One afternoon he insisted on going and I wasn’t really in the mood.  We went anyway and after about a 30min walk we ended up with a spectacular view and sunset. I noticed him scratching around in a bush and lone behold he pulled out a bottle of champagne and plastic cups. He had hidden them there a few hours before.  He then pulled out the most beautiful ring and told me that I had to marry him. I didn’t even need to say yes!”

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Something old, something borrowed, something blue?

“My something old were my moms pearl earnings.  Something new was the silver chain I wore on the back of my dress, the something blue was the wedding band we had made with a blue tourmaline.” Says Lauren.

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Regarding their ceremony, they were blessed to have Lauren’s father marry them. A very special gesture that they will cherish forever. Lauren and Shawn described the highlight of the wedding being surrounded by their guests and feeling their love seeing how much fun they where having.

Lauren says they tried to keep everything simple and stress free. They did most of the wedding things themselves and now they have such great memories about doing it together.

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Advice from Lauren and Shawn; “Don’t stress, just enjoy the process.  Its not about everyone else, its about the two of you.”


Photographer: Sharyn Hodges

Décor Company: Fancy Functions


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