Casey + Candice – The Grand

FJS had the honour of filming their wedding at the Grand. Out of respect for the couples privacy, we cannot share their clip, but read their story below.

“Filmmaker Casey Neistat, of YouTube and HBO fame, asked Finn jewelry creator Candice Pool on a date about ten years ago. She said no. About a year later, they ran into each other again, and she couldn’t get him out of her mind. According to Pool, “We fell pretty hard after our first date. What happened over the next nine years was a long, crazy, up and down romance. We always ended up back together, though.”

Neistat ultimately proposed on a bridge in Amsterdam. “We hadn’t talked about marriage so I had zero idea it was coming,” explains Pool. “It was drizzling. He got down on one knee and I said, ‘What are you doing? You’re going to get your pants wet!’ The rest was a blur. I just remember so much happiness, smiling, and feeling an instant sense of security.”

About ten minutes after Pool said “yes,” the couple decided they would get married in Cape Town. Neistat told Pool: “You can get married anywhere else, but it won’t be to me.” (Pool is originally from South Africa, and the couple has traveled there many times together throughout the years.) They chose the Grand for the view, the food, and “because they pretty much let you do whatever you want.”

Pool says finding her dress was a challenge. “I needed something comfortable, but I didn’t want to regret not looking like a bride on my wedding day,” explains Pool. “The Reem Acra gown was perfect. It had a structured bodice and a cut tulle A-line skirt with beading that was light as air with the hint of a train.”

After a ceremony on the beach, a dinner of Peri Peri chicken, seafood platters, and crayfish (African lobster) was served family style. The couple’s first song was “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and the Shondells. Early on their relationship, Neistat sat Pool down on her stoop and put this song on his iPod for her to hear. “I knew at that moment it was our song,” says Pool.” –  by Alexandra Macon Vogue

Photography by ZaraZoo

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