De La Vida Bride: An Old Hollywood Romance Comes to Life

Marike Weds Johann in Old Hollywood Fashion

Our beautiful bride, Marike, shares intimate details of her love story to hubby, Johann Schalkwyk, which is something out of the movies. A true old Hollywood romance which was fitting for the wedding theme as well. The beautiful Marike wed Johann on the 1st of April 2017 at the Christ Church Arcadia followed by a joyful celebration for their reception at the Pretoria Country Club.

About the Bride

beautiful bride dressed in her designer wedding dress by de la vida bridal couture

Beautiful Bride, Marike in true Hollywood Glamour

Marike came from a small town in the Limpopo Province and moved to Pretoria when she was 12. She matriculated in Pretoria and finished her Bcom Law and LLB degrees at the University of Pretoria. If you aren’t WOW’d enough, Marike is currently busy with her Master’s degree, specializing in Family Law and currently practices as a divorce attorney.

As you can imagine, her career made it clear to Marike that it would take a very special type of man to get her to the alter. Little did she know that she would meet the man of her Hollywood romance dreams in the library of her firm. At this stage Marike was especially focused on her career and didn’t have marriage on the list yet but their love shared could not be ignored and Johann knew right away that he was going to marry her…

Saying Yes

bride to be by de la vida

The Engagement

The most magical proposals are always out of town. Their magical proposal had Kruger as their backdrop. They were in the Kruger for the weekend and Johann had arranged a private game drive for just the two of them.

They were taken up a hill to watch the sun setting and at this point Marike was unsuspecting until they were told to exit the vehicle. “I started suspecting something. We walked up the hill and when we got to the top it was a beautiful canvas of the sun setting over the Kruger. Johann went on one knee and proposed.” They celebrated with sparkling wine which Johann had arranged, which they enjoyed as a newly engaged couple watching the sun set.

bride and groom

The Happy Couple

The Dress

De La Vida was Marike’s choice of bridal experience as she found our dresses extremely elegant and exactly what she envisioned for her wedding dress. “My experience at De La Vida was a pleasure. From the initial consultation I got the impression that I am dealing with true professionals. There were no delays, I was kept up to date with regards to estimated arrival of my dress etc. The alteration of the dress was perfect and the dress looked like it was made for me. “

When asked what she loved most about her dress, Marike responded: “I loved the simplicity of my dress the most. Further I adored the fabric and I found it very unique.”

bride in wedding dress by pronovias from de la vida

PRODIGE by Pronovias from De La Vida

The Big Day

The I Do Kiss

Old Hollywood was inspiration for their big day’s decor and wedding theme, a true testament to their old Hollywood romance. They got married in a historic stone church with an organ and violin playing throughout the ceremony. Our favorite part was their wedding car which was a vintage Rolls Royce. The reception was in a ballroom with chandeliers which fitted the theme in addition to a full swing band which set the perfect atmosphere and which their guests enjoyed thoroughly, dancing through the night. The tables were simple and elegant with white roses and tulips and lots of candles. The perfect romantic touch.

Wedding Bells


hollywood car with real bride de la vida

Their Old Hollywood Car

The most memorable moment for our bride was walking down the aisle toward her hubby-to-be. This is always a very emotional part of the day.

A Bride’s Advice

“Plan the wedding to the best of your ability. There is a big possibility that something might go wrong as you are working with human beings and nobody is perfect, therefore make peace with that idea. If something goes wrong, deal with it and don’t stress about it.

My advice to brides is to firstly choose a wedding dress before choosing all the other elements of the wedding. Your wedding dress is such a big part of the day and you want the venue, the colors, the flowers etc to compliment the dress.

Your wedding day goes by so quick, take a moment to drink a glass of wine with your husband and to savour the moment. Embrace all the emotions, you can always do a touch up of your make up later. “

Their beautiful Hollywood love story was taken abroad to celebrate their nuptials in old Venice, Rome ending in Paris.

Gorgeously Captured in Couture

Service Providers

Photographer:  Bernice Fisher Photography

Dress: De La Vida Bridal Couture

Make-Up: Minette Bridal Make-Up

Hair: Entourage Hair

Groom’s suit: Tiger of Sweden

Bride’s shoes: Charles and Keith

Wedding rings: Browns

Videographer: First Kiss Videography

Band: Phoenix Big Swing Band

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