THE wedding of beach lovers Bianca Harper and Anver Agherdien, who married in Jeffrey’s Bay last month, not only showcased their love for each other but also for the sea, sand, shells and surfboards. The former The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth and her “best friend” of 12 years, had a beach-themed wedding at Mentorskraal Country Estate on March 21.
Klinicare pharmacist Bianca and British Airways customer service agent Anver had driven past the venue many years ago and said: “one day we will get married here”.
“Jeffs is so beautiful. We love going there. We love the beach, so the ‘beach vibe’ was perfect for us. It’s also outside PE, so our guests could have a break from the ‘normal’ and could also sleep over if they wanted to,” Bianca said.
“Loving the beach we went with the beach theme, but with a touch of elegance. Every idea we had we would write down, either make it ourselves or ask Christi Scholtz, of Lea’s Draping, to help us.”
The couple had a sparkler guard of honour, a surfboard for a guest book, a sand ceremony and every guest’s name and table number inked onto mussel shells.
Their programmes read: “The couple will each pour their own container of sand into a single container that will symbolise that they are two individuals being joined together, by love and God, and therefore cannot be separated.”
Bianca said they had done things differently: ”We bought starlights (sparklers) and lighters, and asked all our guests to go outside and form two lines facing each other. They lit the starlights and we walked through it.
“I wrote each guest a personalised letter; we had a different style of draping and we gave my bouquet to the couple who were married the longest instead of throwing it to an unmarried female.
“I had my friends and cousin give me something old (my granny’s ring), new (a Bible for our house from Warren du Plooy), borrowed (a bracelet from Samantha Seafield) and something blue (a pendant from Danelle Coetzee) while my dad walked me down the aisle.
“Wow, what a blessed day we had. Everything was just the way we planned i,” she said.
“Remembering walking down the aisle with my dad Denzyl still has me in tears, standing next to Anver making a promise to love each other till death parts us; in front of our family and close friends and most importantly in front of our almighty God, are blessed memories.”
The couple took fun pictures with random surfers on the beach: “Our photographer Erna Loock asked them if they would mind if we took a picture with them and their surfboards.
“Anver is truly my best friend and now I call him my ‘man lief’. I am blessed to have a guy like Anver love me the way he does. I just want to make him happy and in return show how God wants marriage to be.”
After the wedding, the newly weds flew to Thailand for their honeymoon before returning to their home in Newton Park.
– Octayvia Nance