Professional Bio

Oh Happy Day is perfectly suited to local or international brides and grooms planning a high-end wedding in Kwa-Zulu Natal. If you are in need of a trusted ally to create and produce your dream event, Oh Happy Day offers an exclusive wedding planning and design service that combines passion and practical expertise. Unlike stand-alone florists, decor specialists and in-house co-ordinators, our service offers a full approach, recruiting a dream team of expert local professionals to craft one-of-a-kind celebrations that reflect each couple’s tastes and personalities. The aim is to exceed your expectations. Oh Happy Day’s approach to curating dream weddings emphasises both a high level of service and exclusivity. Due to the exceptional attention to detail that is placed on our couple’s overall planning experience, there is a limited amount of bookings taken on (24 wedding bookings per annum).

The business and brand are based in Kwa-Zulu Natal and owned by Joelene Botha, a Rhodes University Alumni.  Her social nature and desire to make others happy led her into the realm of event planning which started at an early age and finally steered her into the world of wedding design and styling.

Joelene’s incredibly bubbly personality allows her to be a non-conformist, pushing creative boundaries and this fuels her passion to design and create the most beautiful “Oh Happy Day” stories. Her work has been featured on international platforms and also locally on Southbound Bride, The Pretty Blog, Lovilee and Pure Wedding Blog.  She strives to turn every couple’s dream day into an unforgettable memory.

The Oh Happy Day Story

Hello, I’m Joelene, a self-confessed chocoholic, book-nerd, beach lover, wife, friend and creative who’s always planning her next adventure. My friends call me Jojo, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way onto Oh Happy Day.

I am a small-town girl from Zululand. For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with creative planning. I started coordinating large fund raisers and modelling events whilst at University (yes, I’m an ex-pageant girl). After university I further enhanced my love of events whilst working for British American Tobacco. Can anyone remember those awesome Stuyvesant parties?

I’ve been honoured with the role of being a bridesmaid nine times, going on ten. Although my father suggested I should stop saying yes, if I could be the girl from “27 dresses” then I totally would. Being involved in all things-wedding is my dream job come true!

I really love people. Relationships are ultimately what make me tick. What I love most about relationships is how unique and original each one can be. It’s my interpretation of these love stories that lends itself to creating unforgettable celebrations and happy clients. When I’m not planning weddings, I enjoy spending time with my husband Stef. Whether we are travelling abroad, socialising with our friends or just chilling at home, he is my favourite place.

If you perhaps wonder how I got here, it all started with a wedding – my own! Yes, I was once in your own beautiful (wedding) shoes. I pinned, researched, sourced, DIY-ed, styled and designed every single aspect of my special day. I had so much fun doing it that I started Oh Happy Day, so that I can assist someone like you to have the happiest, most unforgettable wedding day too!