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We decided to get married in Cape Town quite last minute and found Sally on the internet. From the first contact, it felt like we were in the hands of the most capable person ever. We had quite a few last minute requests, as we had planned to be by ourselves but ended up having about 20 guests but nothing was a problem – it felt as though we could say we’d like a troupe of Martians to land in a spaceship on the beach and Sally would just say what colour would you like it to be. Everything from the fabulous bouquet to the beautiful beach she recommended were spectacular, it was a dream day and she and the people she worked with made it so easy – we didn’t have to worry about a thing. It was entirely stress-free and exceeded all expectations. We can highly recommend Sally and her team . Best regards. Aisling and James

Fantastic Team!! Made our day unforgettable and amazing thank you ! Emma and Paul Newman

The best experience! Awesome team. Had such an unbelievable venue, the entire event was by far the best ever. Thank you. Gerda Dennis

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Thank you Sally and the team. For making our day perfect. The day was full of Love, Happiness, Hope, joyful memories with our loved ones barefoot on the beach. Anton Killian and Marie Killian

We made a last minute decision to marry on Table Mountain and Sally helped us turn that dream into reality. Professional, chilled, fun and with a great team around her. We had a brilliant day and can’t stop looking at the amazing photos. Can’t recommend highly enough. Katie Cabelo de Fogo

We found Sally and her team on the internet once my then partner and I decided we’d like to get married in Cape Town. Thembi my then partner is South African and I’m British, we met and live here in U.K. though we holiday in South Africa. Getting married in another country is complicated enough, but the added complication of being a South African national and U.K. national also both being divorced seemed a minefield. Sally however was fabulous, she and Andred guided us through the whole process very smoothly. However what Sally does is to make all your dreams of the perfect wedding into reality. Her planning, organisation and execution made everything go beyond our expectation, to truly give us the best day ever. We can truly recommend weddings abroad for everything relating to our wedding, our guests from both UK and ZA were also very impressed. Malcolm Collingwood

Sally Haines is a outstanding photographer. She captured the essence of our love and chose the most stunning/beautiful venue for us. Each moment was captured and we over the moon with our photographs! Our wedding images is timeless and beautiful. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with her or her work. Sally you truly amazing and we eternally grateful we have found you. Thank you so much, Much love Jeanene & Gary. Jeanene Botes

Wow wow wow, Sally Haines is the best! We had so many special requests but Sally was able to meet all our expectations. She has this lovely personality, provides the best organization before the wedding day and during preperations and is very lovable to have hanging around on the big day itself. In fact, if you’re from abroad planning your very special wedding day in Cape Town, don’t hesitate, there’s no one else that can do such an amazing job, so Sally is the one!!! Thanks so much for everything Sally. We can’t even begin to describe what you mean to us, you have a special place in our hearts forever. Love, Ernst & Manuela  (The Netherlands) Ernst & Manuela

Having Sally plan our wedding was the best idea ever – besides getting married. We had found her on the internet and it was love on the first email! All along we had the feeling of being around an additional family member. Great, since we had a very intimate family wedding. She organised wonderful chefs that catered for us in our beautiful beach villa, she decorated the house in a way that could have been photographed by ELLE Decoration, she brought her daughter along to babysit and last but not least captured the essence of the day in hundreds of amazing photos. We will neither ever forget the day nor her!! We might even go back to renew our vows every year from now on … Thank you Sally and see you again – at least for a glass of wine in the sun! Inken and Philipp with Max and India Inken, Philipp, Max and India

We took a leap of faith when we decided to ask Sally to help us plan our wedding. Yes, her reviews were positive but we were trusting her to plan our wedding long distance as we are in Virginia, USA. From the moment I contacted Sally until the big day itself, she was nothing less than perfect! We left almost all details up to Sally as this wasn’t our first marriage and we wanted something small and intimate. We could not have planned a more special day if we had tried ourselves. From the location, flowers, champagne, photos and Andred who performed the ceremony, all were A+ She is simply perfection. Besides being the best at what she does, Sally is simply a wonderful person. She is warm and caring and truly wants the best for her clients. Sheri Gatens

Getting married of course is a daunting logistical challenge, and the idea of taking the big step in a foreign country seems like even more of a stretch….How wrong we thankfully were! From the moment we contacted Sally with our rather vague enquiry, fears quickly evaporated as we were guided and practically assisted with putting all necessary arrangements in place – from identifying the perfect venue, arranging for hair and makeup, planning an after wedding dinner, arranging for (stunning) professional photography and, of course, getting the right paperwork done. The day itself went like clockwork and Andred, who performed the ceremony, played a perfect role- putting us at ease and pulling on our heart strings with perfect words for the occasion. Have no fear in engaging Weddings Abroad, we have no qualms in recommending Sally and her team wholeheartedly and without reservation for coordinating your own special big day!! Alejandra & Aaron Nicholas

Weddings Abroad/Gay weddings Abroad are a highly recommended and reputable company. As we are sure most people can expect- organising a wedding abroad in a country you have never visited can be an extremely daunting process. We can honestly say that had we have known then what we know now, we had no reason for concern. Sally was extremely attentive from day 1 and captured every single detail asked for and more, the whole experience was one we will never forget. Over the year we spent organising our wedding with Sally she made us feel comfortable and confident that she would capture our connection in her photography. Sally showed the bond we share in every single photograph and these are memories we will cherish forever. We can honestly say that we not only found a magnificent wedding planner in Sally Haines but a friend we will treasure forever. Thank you so much for everything Sal . Ami & Lorr

I’m writing this review with so much pride right now… We met Sally in June 2017 just to discuss possible venues for our wedding. We left that meeting with endless possibilities and so much options. We started planning our wedding from September and we approached Sally and went for the Beach packaged. From there on this wedding was literally planned via emails, WhatsApp messages and telephone calls as we are situated in the Northern Cape. We met up with Sally again 2 days before our wedding in May 2018 and all was ready and in place to say “I do”…. All our arrangements & requirements was met and our day was so beautiful I could not have asked for better. I highly recommend Sally as a wedding planner to all. She takes a personal journey with you to make your day very special. Sally thank you to you and your team, Lots of Love Theron couple. Marilize and Hugo

This not only a review for the sake of it, but truly a note of thank you to Sally and her team for making this a truly memorable occasion. Just the way we wanted it. To the smallest of detail and going the extra mile they did make this very specific yet simple wedding everything we wanted it to be and more!  The location, timing and ease of process was fantastic! Thank you! Celeste du Plessis

Words cannot describe the wedding that we had on 20th April 2018 thanks to Sally, Kathy, Andred and Ben at Weddings Abroad. We discovered Sally online whilst searching for wedding planners in South Africa who help couples from abroad. Every step of the process was easy and fluid. When Sally could not be there on the day, Kathy stepped in and met us at our hotel with Andred two days before as agreed. This meeting put any worries aside and we could look forward to our day knowing we were in great hands. The wedding day itself was incredible. The location, the views, the evening meal at Pigalles. They even ordered the sunshine for us at the top of Table Mountain! What a stunning location to get married. We’d recommend it for sure! We cannot thank Sally and her team enough for making our day as special as it was. We would recommend them to anyone thinking of booking their wedding in South Africa. If we could relive the day again we would. Keep doing what you do. Best wishes for the future. We can’t wait to come back and visit for a wedding anniversary in years to come. Laura & Jason

Our wedding experience with Sally and her team was more than wonderful. The whole process felt easy, fluid and unstressful from the very beginning. Because of Sally’s ability to be clear, adaptable, humoristic and progressive we could just sail along and enjoy the fun parts of preparing for a wedding. The wedding day with ceremony and marriage officer Alison, flowers, cake, champagne and small “surprises” was way better than we could ever imagine. Even Michael, the driver, gave us a lovely impression. Thank you so much for everything ❤ Lina & Linnea

Our wedding in Feb 2019 on table mountain was truly amazing. Sally listened to exactly what we wanted, which was super low key and casual, but also encouraged and helped us along the way with her suggestions, which we are so grateful for. The whole day was perfect for us, we look back smiling and wanting to do it all over again 🙂 Thank you for helping create our beautiful and memorable wedding day x Laura Nick

Dear Sally
Both Mark and I would like to send our heartfelt thanks for everything you did to help make our wedding a day to remember, even down to ordering the perfect weather! Thankfully the wind stayed away which meant both my veil and the gazebo stayed exactly where they were supposed to, and the amazing photos you took portray perfectly the wedding we spent over a year planning and looking forward to. Everyone who has seen them so far has commented on the vivid colours and beautiful, natural images that you managed to capture, and have been in awe at the sunset shots – such a beautiful location. We WILL be back!
If anyone has any doubts that it can’t be possible to create a dream wedding by email from thousands of miles away, our day proved otherwise. The flowers were stunning, the beach at Llandudno a perfect venue for the ceremony, Andred was great fun, and the Luhlaza choir? Wow! We can’t wait to see the DVD once it arrives so we can listen to them all over again!
We would like to assure anyone who may be considering using you to plan their perfect day that they can put their trust in you wholeheartedly; you managed to combine professionalism and friendliness, so rare to find these days, resulting in a relaxed, fun-filled day from start to finish which will be forever encapsulated in all the lovely photos that we will treasure for years to come.
Keep doing what you do best!
MR and MRS Hazell

Hi Sally
 
Well we have just returned home after the most amazing wedding and honeymoon.
 
We wanted to write and thank you and your team for all your help in making our wedding day on Table Mountain a day we will never forget.
 
Everything was just perfect and went so smoothly. 
 
Table Mountain is a wonderful location and Andred, the marriage officer, made the ceremony exactly what we wanted it to be. 
 
We are so pleased that we decided to not only get married in South Africa but use Weddings Abroad to create our special day.
 
We are very much looking forward to seeing the wedding photos soon.
 
Thanks again. Mitch & Michelle Keene

 
Dear Sally,
Dean and I want to thank you and your team for putting together our fabulous and amazing wedding day. We couldn’t imagine a better way to start our lives together.
It was the wedding of our dreams: an exotic location, no stress and just about us getting married. We were extremely pleased and felt so well taken care of with the personalized attention you gave us from start to finish. It was a leap of faith to plan a wedding half-way around the world, but from the first time we spoke with you we felt we were in good hands.
Your expertise, patience and talent gave us an unforgettable experience. Our friends and family can’t believe how romantic it was to be married in such a beautiful location or how smoothly the day went for us. The photos you shot at Llandudno Beach, Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak look like something right out of a travel magazine and really captured the beauty of the day for us.
Your whole team is fantastic. Anine did a super job with my hair and makeup. It was nice to have such a personal touch even though she and I just met that day. Our minister Andred was exceptional. We loved being able to personalize our vows and make the ceremony our own. He made us feel completely at ease but still maintained the significance of the occasion.
We would recommend Weddings Abroad to anyone looking for a destination wedding unlike any other. We are so lucky our plans to be married at a resort in Mexico fall apart; otherwise we would have never met you. Thank you again for giving us a great start to the rest of our lives together.
Forever Grateful
Dean and Julie Weaver

Hi Sally
Firstly, apologies for not being in touch before this.  It’s been on my mind to email but i thought I’d wait for the photo’s first and then since Lloyd arrived it’s just been so hectic!!!  I did try and text you before I left Cape Town but I’m not sure if you’d have received it as I was having network problems.
Anyway, we just wanted to say A BIG THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!  We really, really enjoyed our wedding day – it was absolutely perfect.  Everything was fabulous and went so smoothly.
Your recommendation of Anine for hair and make-up was spot on.  She made everyone look lovely and was so calm!  Andred was absolutely fab as well – he made the service really personal, even though he’d only just met us.  He’s just great! Thanks too to Cathy for making things run smoothly on the day and so discreetly as well. Even our drivers were lovely – very obliging and helpful!
Thomas and the band were just great, weren’t they?  I smile every time I think of them.  I hope you’ll be able to use them again.
Finally, thanks x 1000 000 to you for co-ordinating everything and for the fantastic pictures.  We really love them and they really capture the day as it was.  Everyone here is so impressed with them!  It was so lovely for Lloyd and I to sit down and look at them together…….our big problem now is choosing what ones to have enlarged!
I know you sent us 100’s but I was just wondering about a couple of others.  None of us have any proper pictures of my sister Cheryl (she’s the one in the turquoise dress).  I think she was so busy video/taking photo’s herself, we never really got the chance to get any of her.  She thought that you had taken a picture of her and little Olivia – if so, would it be possible to send it on. Also, did you have one of me sitting on the rock on my own?  My mum had taken what would have been a nice one but for the fact it was out of focus!!  Sorry, to be cheeky and ask when you’ve already sent us so many.
Anyway, I must go now.  Lloyd and I are off to pick up his wedding ring – it’s been away being made bigger!!!
Thanks again for everything. We have such good memories of the day.
Hope all is good with you.
Leanne & Lloyd

Dear Sally,
Thank you SO much for organising our wedding….!!!!!
We had a WONDERFUL time, Andred was great n you all made the afternoon so relaxing. It was a PERFECT wedding, just as i imagined, thank you Sally!!
The photos you took are gorgeous too!! So many more on the disc, the Panoramic one looks Great!
It was so nice to meet your family on the Saturday before we flew home too, your Daughter was really sweet!
Trine and Adam had lots of great shots too, when i get a chance I’ll send you a few.
Oooohh…. will the wedding magazine still want us to contribute an artical for them??
 If not, no problem.
If you’re ever over in the UK visiting your Brother in Notting Hill, we’d love to meet up for a drink or a meal….
Best wishes….
Emma and Andrew

“Having decided to marry in Cape Town we felt is was vital to get the support of a local wedding planner.  Therefore in November 2002 we interviewed three wedding planners and appointed Weddings Abroad. No only was Sally highly professional, but most importantly for us they could offer both wedding planning and travel services for us and our guests – this was a big consideration as we have guests coming from the UK, Ireland, America and Canada.” Since we appointed Weddings Abroad we have been delighted with the level of personal service we have received and are can’t wait for our wedding in November. I would highly recommend Weddings Abroad to anyone getting married in SA, or anyone travelling there purely for pleasure” Vanessa Mason

“Love and marriage….It can all get too much with a wedding. Until you finally decide to get married you don’t realise all the tiny snags just waiting to catch you out and the hefty price tags included! Teresa and I however had a picture perfect, dream of a wedding. In fact even the dreams of the day could not compare to the actual day. After getting engaged in Florida we decided on getting married in South Africa; wonderous Cape Town. We wanted an intimate setting in the country with few guests, most of whom would be travelling to South Africa for the first time. Now we all know that weddings can be complicated, (flowers, holiday bookings, priests, photographers etc), let alone planning the best day of your life in a foreign country! My mother happened to see an advert or something on TV about Weddings Abroad organising, planning and managing wedding days in South Africa so we decided to give them a call. To simply say that they blew us away is an understatement as we had everything  roughly planned by the time we left South Africa after our holiday. They choreographed our whole groups itinerary for the two weeks our guests spent with us and our week alone on honeymoon, and also the wedding of our dreams. We had fantastic flowers, fabulous photographer, (who managed to keep out the way and get great pictures) and stunning location. Our group spent two weeks in SA, travelling in Cape Town, visiting many places and then onto a Safari in Entabeni and then back to London and honeymoon for Teresa and I in Cape Town. Should anyone ever want to travel from abroad to get married or even consider it, I would never hesitate in recommending Weddings Abroad to plan and organise their wedding and travel arrangements. Their knowledge and commitment ensured that we not only got fantastic deals on our travel but also had the most memorable day of our lives etched into our hearts forever.” Garry and Teresa Gunter

Dear Sally,
The pictures are brilliant!!  We love them, and you have a such a good eye!  We just saw them this weekend (John was holding out on me as a surprise- they came to his house a few days ago…)  John cried again, especially around the photos when Josette, his sister, spoke (got me there, too!)  Thank you so much again for the magic you spun.  I heard there was talk of using some of the photos in Cape Point’s website- what an honor!  I absolutely give my permission- curious to see how it shapes up.  Also still curious about Andred’s email to you after the ceremony, if you still have it would love to see it… I passed along to Russell how Andred has incorporated some of his ministry; he was quite touched.
Hope everyone is great.
I want to come back!!
Keri