Our Ark Angel, Candice was married to business entrepreneur Michael Eilertsen on 20th March 2013 in a beautiful event held at the Prynnsberg Manor in Clocolan, Freestate. The couple celebrated with close friends and family in a 5 day wedding celebration that was filmed by SABC 3’s Top Billing show.
Candice and her family started the Ark Animal Centre in July 2011. Later that year she started dating Mike Eilertsen, CEO of the LIVEOUTLOUD group of companies. Not long after that, Mike whisked Candice away on a surprise trip to Venice, Italy where he proposed on a gondola. The couple had wanted a very intimate wedding, with only very close friends and immediate family spending time together for 4 days before the big day.
Their view was that marriage is not just about two people uniting, but about two families joining in a celebration and creating memories that will bond each family member together. Every day was themed with different events and experiences taking place that would create talking points and memories for the future.
Day one was an Arabian themed evening, because the couple met at the Buddha Ta restaurant in Fourways. Guests sat outside in the Starlit Theatre, and watched a short film on the huge sandstone screen.
Day two was a Wimbledon Whites Day with clay pigeon shooting, archery and croquet for everyone to enjoy. Later that evening was the exquisite Venetian Ball, where guests were dressed up in ball gowns and intricate masks.
Day 3 was the very amusing Bicycle Polo. There were many laughs as guests realised that it is a much harder sport than it seems. That evening was the rehearsal dinner where the bride and groom’s sisters all said a few words before the wedding.
Day 4 was the spectacular wedding. Mike and his groomsmen looked dashing as they entered the ceremony with Conquest of Paradise playing, while Candice’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle to the substantial sounds of Vivaldi, Four Seasons Winter. As a true animal lover, Candice had her rescue dog, Lollipop and Mike’s half brother, Josh, walk down the aisle together. The bride and her dad, Alan Otto, walked very gracefully to the traditional Wedding March while guests looked on with their cameras clicking.
It was a magnificent day enjoyed by all, with a wonderful union of two families. The couple will be going on Honeymoon after the shelters move in May. We cannot wait to see more pictures!
Click here to watch the wedding insert from Top Billing!
Click here to read Mike Eilertsen’s blog
Below are a few photos from the day…
Top Billing filming the Bike Polo
Flowers by Salamander
Photography by Claire Gunn
Food by Moemas
Decor by Funxion Fusion & Lighting by the Wizardry Group
Wedding dress by Pronovias
Photography by Claire Gunn: www.clairegunn.co.za
Wedding dress by Pronovias: www.pronovias.co.za
Make up by Cicilia Kaufmann: www.ckmakeup.com
Hair by Gary Rom Hair: www.garyromhairdressing.co.za
Bridesmaid dresses by Fascinating Julia: www.fascinatingjulia.co.za
Décor by Funxion Fusion: www.funxionfusion.co.za
Food by Moemas Catering: www.moemas.co.za
Sound and lighting: www.wizardarygroup.com
Tents by Timeless Tents: www.timelesstents.co.za
Flowers by Salamander: www.salamander.co.za
Venue at Prynnsberg Manor: www.prynnsberg.co.za
Wedding rings by Michaels Designs: www.michaelsdesigns.co.za
Suits by Euro Suits Rivonia: www.eurosuit.co.za/stores/rivonia