'Our beach wedding guest list went from 160 to 4 and we ended up getting married in our lounge'

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Celente and Dion Malan had planned a glamorous beach wedding in Langebaan, but lockdown altered their plans and they opted for an intimate lockdown wedding at home. Images supplied by Deon and Celente Malan
Celente and Dion Malan had planned a glamorous beach wedding in Langebaan, but lockdown altered their plans and they opted for an intimate lockdown wedding at home. Images supplied by Deon and Celente Malan
  • We planned a glamorous beach wedding in Langebaan with all our loved ones present.
  • Date nights turned into décor-making and we were so excited to say our I do's.
  • Then, along came Coronavirus and it completely curveballed our perfect day.
  • Our guest list of 160 melted down to 4, but we still decided to go ahead with the wedding. 
  • We got married on 01 May 2020, after two days of planning and in the middle of lockdown. 

    What did we have? A furious mom, disappointed dad, an excited complex of neighbours and a friend who thinks he is a wedding coordinator. 

    Miracles can happen, not only in Cinderella's story.

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    Our 4m x 3m garden, vibracrete walls, artificial grass, a few fairy lights, bedside lamps and oil lamps turned into the perfect venue.

    There were no family feuds or conflicts about who's to be a witness. Our next-door neighbours were honoured to take on this task.

    We couldn't find florists who were open, so we made a paper bouquet and luckily, we were gifted with alcohol-free champagne to celebrate our most important day - our lives will never be the same.  

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    Zoom and Facebook live were still something new, and we luckily only had a few amongst many challenges.

    Our locally planned wedding turned into an international socially distanced live broadcast. Our family members dressed up despite not being with us physically. For that, we give them 10 out of 10.   

    Our first dance was in the living room. We had a sponsored farewell cake from Celente's job. Our dog Yoda, the pomeranian, was our ring bearer.

    Due to no professionals working during level 4 lockdown, our wedding photos were selfies, but beautiful as can be.  

    We would have loved to go to Paris or Malibu, but our honeymoon turned into a stay at home for two.

    Level 4 restrictions kept us quite stranded. 

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    Our advice to brides and grooms to be is to let your love be the focus.Don't allow dreams of glitz and glam to stand between you and your most important treasure in life.

    Lockdown weddings save you from spending too much on making others happy, family logistics, drama and manipulation. Most importantly, it keeps you and your loved ones safe from aunty Corona.

    Everyone has an equal chance of watching your wedding via broadcast. The only thing that can go wrong is when load-shedding comes along.  

    Facing this pandemic alone can be quite scary and daunting. You need someone to love you when you get home. 

    Our fellow South Africans, let your love grow strong.

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