Mike and Candice’s Unique Wedding

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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.

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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.

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Claire Gunn Photography Eilertsen Wedding Day 2 (29)

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.

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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.

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Claire Gunn Photography Eilertsen Wedding Day 4 (31)

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…

Wedding Suppliers:

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

LIVEOUTLOUD luxury magazine supports Ark Animal Centre!

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Luxury millionaire’s hard cover magazine, opulent events company and travel agency….who would have thought that such an exclusive brand would have such a big soft spot for animals ♥ Yes, we are talking about LIVEOUTLOUD – the Collection. A one of a kind hard cover national magazine with a fantastic, enthusiastic team of people behind the name.

LIVEOUTLOUD offered Ark Animal Centre a full page advert in their upcoming Spring edition of LIVEOUTLOUD – the Collection. Filled with lavish content, being the first or the only to print articles and has 33 categories it is quite clearly a cut above the rest and read by the thought leaders of diverse industries.

All we had to do was get 200 shares of the above poster on Facebook. The competition was a huge success as not only did we reach 200 shares in 24 hours but LIVEOUTLOUD then offered us 1kg of puppy food per share after 200 and challenged us to get to 400 shares! By Friday morning at 11.30 we had reach 400 shares and the LIVEOUTLOUD team was utterly shocked and impressed by the success of the competition.

“We have worked with many charities before and have never seen a response like this! We will continue to support the Ark Animal Rescue Centre in all its endeavours. Well done! I look forward to seeing their advert in the Spring edition of LIVEOUTLOUD – the Collection.” – Mike Eilertsen, CEO LIVEOUTLOUD.

An all round fantastic campaign. Thank you to all our amazing animal lovers for supporting us! Together we managed to secure a full page advert in LIVEOUTLOUD – the Collection magazine AND 200kg’s of dog food! ♥ As always TEAM WORK is the way to go!!