EVEN though they dated for several years before getting married, Port Elizabeth dressmaker Odette Kemp and IT specialist Morné Steynberg only took two months to plan their wedding after getting engaged in January this year.
Designs by Odette owner, Kemp, 39, met her now husband, Steynberg, 43, an IT specialist at Cape Recife High School, at a friend’s wedding in 2010 and, from that moment, the couple have been inseparable.
“When I met Odette, I realised she’s the most sincere and loving person that I have ever met and after dating for six months, I knew for a fact that she was my soul mate,” Morné said.
Inspired by a Gothic red and black lace dress she exhibited last year at The Herald Boardwalk Bridal Fair, Kemp planned to design her own gothic wedding gown.
Due to her workload designing dresses for other brides-to-be and because they could not wait any longer to be husband and wife, Kemp was unable to finish her red and black dress.
Fortunately, however, she was able to get her hands on an imported white ball gown from a consignment of wedding dresses she received from the UK.
“Designing for myself was quite difficult because I wanted something different.
“I wanted a look that no one had ever seen before and I wasn’t able to complete what I planned and now the dress is sitting half-completed hanging in a closet at home,” Kemp said.
Because they were both divorcees, the couple had decided not to rush into another marriage but instead to take the time to get to know one another and bond with each other’s family.
“I always prayed for a man to come into my life who will accept me and my two sons unconditionally and after getting to know Morné, I saw he was the type of man who complements my life and who is an excellent father figure to my children,” Odette said.
The couple got married on March 12 at Pine Lodge in a Goth-themed wedding, decorated in red, black and silver in front of 40 of their closest family and friends.
Both being lovers of nature and the outdoors, the couple decided to get married on the deck at Pine Lodge overlooking the ocean.
“The morning of our wedding was overcast, with thunder and a few big raindrops with strong winds.
“We had to make a decision that morning whether to have it outside or inside but fortunately, the sky cleared up and we decided to brave the winds,” she said.
Odette’s older son, Gabriel, 16, walked his mother down the aisle and her younger son, Dylan, 14, was the ring bearer.
“Saying our vows stirred such deep emotions in us that we both had to swallow back the tears,” Odette said.
This year’s The Herald Bridal Fair will be held at the Boardwalk on May 28-29.
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