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Kaylan and Allen lONg DIsTaNcE lOvE - South Africa Del ... Photographer: Piet Filmalter of Velamiyora
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  • “Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows

    out the candle and blows up the bonfire.” – Francois de la Rouchefoucauld

    kaylan hamel and Allen bartlett met on the 7th of november

    2012, when she was sent to Zambia, near the little village of

    mumbwa for an exploration geologist consulting job with her

    company. she hailed from Cape town and he from victoria

    falls. kaylan was one of only two women in the camp where

    Allen was a drilling supervisor and they worked closely

    together every day. she recalls Allen plucking up the courage

    to talk to her one evening, and from there their conversations

    flowed easily, and what began as a crush on a ‘blue-eyed boy,’

    blossomed into love.

    Allen invited kaylan to visit him over new year’s and so she

    made plans to travel to victoria falls. they left the site near

    mumbwa on the 22nd of december and stopped in lusaka

    to go Christmas shopping. he surprised her by taking her

    to a jeweller and encouraged her to select her five favourite

    rings, then he chose his favourite from those five to buy for

    her. she knew then that he planned on proposing to her

    during her visit to victoria falls, she just didn’t know how or

    when it would happen.

    on the 30th of december, Allen took kaylan to dinner at

    safari lodge, where they shared an intimate dinner for

    two, set up high above the lodge overlooking the watering

    hole, with a lightning storm over the distant hills. there he

    proposed to her, his words forever written on her heart, as

    precious as the memento of the specially printed menus

    that she still keeps.

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    when it came to choosing the venue for their wedding, the

    couple wanted somewhere special where they could bring

    their families together, his travelling from Zimbabwe and

    hers mostly from Cape town. they wanted an outdoor

    wedding and a luxurious destination in which to share

    this special occasion with their loved ones. the choice for

    them was a simple one, sun City, in fact they didn’t look

    anywhere else.

    kaylan is grateful for the professional wedding coordinator

    from the sun City events management team, khani

    mohlaba, who ensured the weekend was a success from

    start to finish. Allen chose the dark grey and purple wedding

    theme, and their floral arrangements complemented it

    beautifully, with the king protea and smaller protea varietals

    taking centre stage, as her family has a protea farm in the

    Cape. the proteas were paired beautifully with a variety of

    lilies, including stargazer lilies.

    kaylan and her bridesmaids dressed in a private room at

    the palace, while Allen and the groomsmen dressed at the

    Cabanas. she looked exquisite in an arctic white floor-length

    gown with a sweetheart neckline and sweeping, delicate

    pearl and crystal accents across her back and shoulders.

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  • Dress: Anel Botha Bridesmaid’s dresses: Gelique Suits: Eurosuit Hair and make-up: Dyllan Morais Photographer: Piet Filmalter of Velamiyora Photographic Assistant: Ilana Swanepoel of Velamiyora Wedding Planning: Sun City Events Management DJ: Lloyd Baldwin

    kaylan’s gown was designed by the talented Anel botha,

    who drew on the inspiration offered to her by the bride. her

    bridesmaids were striking in individually-styled amethyst

    gowns from gelique. In keeping with their wishes for an

    outdoor wedding, the couple were married in the gorgeous

    gardens at the palace’s wind Chime Chapel. kaylan’s

    wedding bands were handmade by kai schmidt and were

    crafted to fit her special and unique Richard evans of

    Zambia engagement ring.

    while the bridal party took photographs, the guests relaxed

    with pre-dinner drinks at the elephant Courtyard, after

    which they followed a pathway of lanterns to the valley of

    waves where their dinner reception was held under the

    stars with the sounds of the waves lapping the shore in

    the background. the couple’s wedding cake was designed

    by Cakes by seilaz, and the puzzle pieces on top were a

    personal tribute to each other as they call each other their

    puzzle piece.

    kaylan reflects that as they danced the night away on

    the sandy beach, surrounded by their close friends and

    family, that all the dreams she had for her wedding day

    had been fulfilled, most of all because she said “I do” to

    her dream man.

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