We caught up with Jenna and Chad to find out a little more about their dream come true wedding in sunny Franschhoek, Cape Town.
Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship?
My name is Jenna and my husband’s name is Chad and you can officially call us the Gullan’s. I run operations for a wellness brand and Chad is in partnerships within the Fintech world. I love my role, although I do have many other passions including life coaching, teaching at kid’s church and an entrepreneurial spirit. Chad and I met when we were 6 years old, at our primary school in South Africa. To say we are now married is just the most fairytale story we could have ever been blessed with.
Care to tell us a little bit about your proposal?
Two weeks before we were to depart for our new life in London, we decided to spend a few weeks in Cape Town with my family. On the 5th of September 2020, I had arranged a lunch with some friends, but little did I know Chad had used the plan and arranged -+23 of our nearest family and friends, who flew to Cape Town and surprised me with a beautiful proposal at “Hidden Valley” wine farm, nestled in the Stellenbosch vineyards. We celebrated the evening by staying at “Weberberg wine farm” and you can imagine the celebration of excitement that was had.
How did you spend the morning of your wedding? How did you deal with the nerves leading up to the wedding?
Our bridesmaids and groomsmen spent the few nights with us on a beautiful lavender farm, not too far from the venue. On the eve before our special day, we hosted a barbeque & sundowner event at the pool area which allowed everyone to connect and meet before the big day. The morning of our magical day involved waking up with all my girls, snacking on plenty of healthy goodies, dancing in our beautiful MEEKA gowns and having the best time with our incredible hair & make-up artists, experiencing what they do best. It was captured by our talented photographer and videographer .. we didn’t need much direction as we were in our absolute element
Tell us about your main outfits of the wedding day
My dress was one of the most beautiful fabrics I’ve ever worn. When I thought about my style I had absolutely no idea what I wanted, and I was pleasantly surprised. When I first tried my dress on at Vonve South Africa, it just gave me a feeling of comfort, it felt like something special, and I knew it felt perfect for the day. Chad had his experience in London, where he managed to come across Oliver Brown based in Chelsea. He had a traditional black tux fitted for him, with breathable fabric for the hot summer weather in the Cape Winelands, finished with a white dress shirt and black bowtie – dashing!
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details
Chad and I had very little time to plan the wedding in South Africa as we were only there for a few weeks before departing for our new home in London. We chose a beautiful venue with lots of space where our guests could enjoy the sunshine, food, and summer breeze that Franschhoek has to offer. We decided to do our legal and faith ceremony about 6 months prior, but in the UK – it was small and intimate. Exceeded expectations! For our big celebration in South Africa, the focus for us was spending quality time with family and friends we hadn’t seen in 18 months, showcasing our faith and love we have for each other. There was no specific theme, although our food options were Greek inspired, and neutrals/whites is just my general aesthetic. We used fairy lights outside and inside the ceremony venue to give a subtle romantic energy that made the day feel magical.
What was your most special moment on the day?
Getting ready with my girls and watching Chad as we stood before all our friends and family and renewed our vows. Chad’s speech was most certainly a highlight too. We both discussed how important it was for us we left a memorable message for everyone in the room. We vowed to be there for them no matter what they go through and that the Gullan’s have an open-door policy for it all!