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TAILOR-MAKE YOUR PACKAGE Bridal couples have three packages to choose from, including Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each package includes priority boarding, wedding planning services, venue selection, ceremony booklets, an on-board ceremony, a symbolic wedding certificate, a bouquet, a wedding cake and a bottle of bubbly. The Gold and Platinum packages also include a bottle of bubbly and canapés to be enjoyed in your private cabin on the evening of arrival, services of a professional photographer, printed photographs and a deluxe in-cabin breakfast the morning after the ceremony. Each package can be further tailored with a variety of optional extras, from the amount of guests, through to video and photo packages, live ceremonial music, various beauty packages, and the addition of drinks packages. HONEYMOON CRUISING A popular honeymoon choice for newlyweds the world over, whether you are cruising locally or internationally, cruising offers you the ability to see all your dream destinations in one carefully planned itinerary. This means you only have to unpack once and you can settle into your private suite for the entire journey – no repeat checking in and out, no carting of luggage, not interruptions – just the gift of being able to focus on enjoying each other’s company and your cruising adventure together.

ALL WEDDING PACKAGES INCLUDE: • Priority Boarding for the couple • Personal assistance of MSC’s Wedding Planner • Exclusive booking of a lounge • Symbolic Wedding certificate • Bouquet and boutonniere couple SILVER Package for R6 440 - standard package plus: • Fresh fruit and cream wedding cake decorated with chocolate hearts and the names of the bride and groom • Bottle of sparkling wine GOLD Package for R8 625 – standard package plus: • St Honore vanilla and chocolate pastry cream profiteroles wedding cake with chocolate hearts and the names of the bride and groom • Bottle of sparkling wine • Bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, two gift MSC Cruises flutes and assorted canapés served in cabin on the evening of arrival • Services of Professional Photographer • Choice of ten, 20 x 25cm photographs • Deluxe breakfast the morning after the ceremony PLATINUM Package for R10 925 – standard package plus: • Two Tier wedding cake filled with white chocolate mousse, decorated with marzipan roses and leaves as well as the names of the bride and groom • Bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, two gift MSC Cruises flutes and assorted canapés served in cabin on the evening of arrival • Services of Professional Photographer • Choice of twenty, 20 x 25cm photographs • The reception includes cake and Asti Spumante for up to 8 people including bride and groom.

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Enter Now Everybody has a tale to tell, and Nubian Bride is all about romance. So, we’ve collaborated with the luxurious Bona Dea Private Estate in Hermanus to offer one couple the wedding of their dreams. All you have to do to win a wedding at this magical wedding destination, is tell us your story. We want to find out how you met, and how the two of you came together as a couple. Tell us about the joy and the tears, the highs and the lows and everything that led up to your proposal. The 10 best stories that make us say ‘Wow!’ will be short-listed for the big prize, and in the next issue of Nubian Bride, which goes on shelf in November 2016, we will feature the picture of the winning couple and publish their story. But that’s not all… we will be there at your wedding, on 18 March 2017, to record every detail. And your beautiful Nubian Bride/Bona Dea Private Estate Wedding will be featured in the May 2017 edition of Nubian Bride.

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LUXURIOUS WEDDINGS IN SOUTH AFRICA Breathtaking mountain views, enchanting sunsets and a romantic wilderness: Bona Dea Private Estate is the perfect gateway to an unforgettable wedding destination in Hermanus, South Africa. Named after the Roman Goddess “Bona Dea” the secluded Bona Dea Private Estate is one of South Africa’s most luxurious venues within the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley area of Hermanus. The venue is located near the beautiful shores of Walker Bay, in a picturesque location gently nestled against mountain slopes with endless views across the valley. Home to the first orchids planted in the area, the dream-like setting is one of the oldest and most traditionally sought after locations in South Africa.

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From the team inspiring that will have you rethinking bridal and relooking at how you personalise your wedding. Whether the bold steps here are things that you would consider, or whether they just make you rethink tradition for a second, isn’t important. We just wanted to let you know that you can create a wedding that is quintessentially yours. The stunning gowns featured in our fashion feature were created by top local designers Gert-Johan Coetzee, Anna di Donato, Gavin Rajah, Thula Sindi and Vesselina Pentcheva. On the fashion pages, they tell us what inspired these fairy tale creations that are so far from the norm. Why, we ask, can’t you walk down the aisle in a pink and blue concoction that epitomises Pantone’s colours for 2016? Or be a princess in glorious gold? Wear a gown inspired by the beach at sunset? Don a ‘20s flapper gown? Or defy tradition with a modern take on black and white? Enjoy this issue. We loved every minute of putting it together for you. And we promise to keep pushing the envelope so that you can enjoy your day your way.


SENIOR DESIGNER: ART DIRECTION Justine Kerr | justine@ballyhoomedia.co.za JUNIOR DESIGNER Lucy Nkosi | design@ballyhoomedia.co.za COPY EDITING & PROOF READING Lynne Yates & Loren Shirley-Carr CONTRIBUTORS The Aleit Group, Blo Hairdressing, Essie Nails, Fern Tree Wedding Photography, Jack Friedman Jewellers, Kirsten Goss Jewellers, Urban Decay Make-up, O’Natural Wigs, Suné Marais COVER Creative design Steven MacBeth Photography Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography | www.ferntree.co.za Stylist Chantelle Miranda Hair Blo Hairdressing | www.blo.co.za Wigs Phindi Mtyingizane | O’NaturalWigs Nails Angel Lee for Essie | www.l’oreal.co.za Make-up Urban Decay, launching in South Africa July 2016 | www.loreal.co.za Model Lindiwe Dim from Boss Models Dress Gavin Rajah | www.gavinrajah.com Shot in studio 9 Ibis Lane Studio PUBLISHER Gina Borthwick | gina@ballyhoomedia.co.za MANAGING DIRECTOR Eric Bornman | eric@ballyhoomedia.co.za PROJECT MANAGER Luc Kazaba | luc@ballyhoomedia.co.za SALES TEAM Janine Borthwick, Crosby Moruthane, Clinton Thomas, Jabu Twala, Mpho Ndlela, Mbali Radebe FINANCIAL MANAGER Anup Govan DISTRIBUTION Mashudu Mufhadi On the Dot

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es, this is definitely our boldest edition yet. It’s full of colour, crammed with inspiration and, following the tagline we now include on every breathtaking cover, it’s ‘The quintessence of bridal vogue’. We didn’t just think out of the box for this issue, we went to such extremes that our Publisher, Eric Bornman, as well as Creative Director, Steven Macbeth, and Photographer, Tim Hulme, were all on the edge of their seats. The only person who was completely at ease was Flower Editor Otto de Jager, who challenges the status quo on a daily basis. The result? The best, boldest, most colourful edition of Nubian Bride yet. From the extraordinary flowers and unique take on décor, which Otto de Jager provides, to make-up from Urban Decay that jumps off the page and wedding gowns that offer a bride the opportunity to make her wedding her own when it comes to colour and design, this issue reinvents everything you ever thought about weddings. We hope you’re as delighted with the final product as we are. We wanted to give you something more, something bold and

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JUNE 2016 – NOVEMBER 2016

CONTENTS FEATURES 20 22 24 26 38 160

Trends: What’s trending in bridal in 2016 Registry: Stunning gift choices from Boardmans and Yuppie Chef Wedding Etiquette: How to compile a guest list without any hassle Planning: Five bold and beautiful inspirational wedding settings Designer Studio: Alexander Fine Attire Gown Trends: The dress debate with Randy Fenoli

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CONTENTS FASHION 40 52 54 56 59 60 62 163

Reimagining Bridal: Designer looks that challenge the status quo For Her: Shopping for the bride For Him: Shopping for the groom For Bridesmaids: Shopping for the bridal party For Flower Girls: Shopping for the cutest little girl to walk down the aisle For Page Boys: Shopping for that angelic little boy in the bridal party The Perfect Pair: Romantic wedding shoes Gowns & Suits: A selection of exquisite suits and wedding gowns


Colour Pop: Go bold and colourful with these eye-catching looks

BRIDAL INSPIRATION 77 109 114 116 119 151

Real Weddings: Stunning ideas and inspiration for a dream wedding Flowers: Flower Editor Otto de Jager offers extraordinary inspiration Cakes: Bold and unusual concoctions Stationery: New ideas for everything on paper DĂŠcor: Get some inspiration from these innovative themes Venues: A selection of stunning wedding venues countrywide


Gauteng: Johannesburg, Muldersdrift, Pretoria etc KwaZulu-Natal: Durban, Drakensberg and the Midlands The Cape: Cape Town and the Winelands The Eastern Cape: East London, Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route

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Trending When it comes to the latest bridal trends our fingers are always on the pulse

Cold as ice Dessert stations are very trendy this season; they bring an exciting and fun element to a wedding. We recommend the handcrafted liquid nitrogen ice cream, Nitropod, served from a truck. Your guests can enjoy their favourite cocktails turned into frozen yoghurts and desserts right in front of their eyes; this one will knock them off their feet. nitropod.net

Say it with cake The latest in wedding cake trends is all about expressing your love story. Whether your cake features one of your favourite romantic quotes or chronicles your entire relationship, these cakes are more than just towers of yummy butter cream.

Non-floral centrepieces Food trucks Here’s a trend that will make your wedding stand out from the rest. Instead of serving food in a conventional way using plates, hire a food truck and serve your guests some gourmet street food. This can include the likes of Dijon chicken, leg of lamb, gourmet pulled pork sandwiches or paella. www.tutto.co.za


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Gone are the days when flowers were the only centrepieces. Opt for a slightly different, non-floral centrepiece like a sparkly tree branch. Ask your wedding planner to look for a variety of centrepieces for you to choose from as this will allow you to move away from using flowers. Hanging candle branches are a favourite among décor coordinators at the moment; they add a romantic touch to the wedding. www.rocknrollbride.com

Live cartoon portraits Having some form of entertainment at your wedding ensures that your special day is memorable. A caricaturist will sketch a customised cartoon portrait for each guest. It can take around 10 minutes per person. Your guests will be amazed at the caricaturist’s ability to capture their true likeness and they can take their portrait home with them. www.gcportfolio.co.za

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Create your dream home with some of our top registry picks from Boardmans and Yuppiechef Nutribullet high speed blender R1,999 (Yuppiechef)

Mellarware Black Ice Master Ice Maker R3,100 (Boardmans)

Smeg retro kettle and 2-slice toaster set R3,999 (Yuppiechef)

Russell Hobbs Black Die-Cast Casserole Frying Pan R1,099 (Boardmans)

Tefal Stainless Steel Optigrill R2,080 (Boardmans)

Kenwood Grey MultiPro Excel Food Processor R7,299 (Boardmans)

Wusthof Ikon 9-Piece Knife Block Set R11,999 (Yuppiechef)

Alessi Anna G Corkscrew Bottle Opener, R979 (Yuppiechef) www.boardmans.co.za | www.yuppiechef.com


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Guest list 101


sn’t it amazing how many people you know once you start contemplating getting them all together for a single occasion? You may have thought that your circle of family and friends was small until you sat down and made a guest list. Then, just when you take a deep breath and say, “Okay, we can plan a celebration with 100 guests,” the parents’ lists arrive and suddenly your reasonably sized wedding swells . Not every couple wants to have an enormous wedding – nor can they afford it. You may have pictured yourself being married in an intimate little chapel followed by a luncheon at your favourite restaurant. Now that idea may have worked with a guest list of 50, but the reality is more likely 150. So the key question is: Should I give up my idea of the perfect wedding to accommodate more guests, or should I cut down the guest list to accommodate MY dream wedding? The other major concern when a guest list swells to mammoth proportions is the budget. Big weddings call for mammoth budgets and your choice would be to either trim the list or make concessions and have a big wedding on a restricted budget. The first step is to set your priorities. Do you really want all of those people there? If they are dear friends and close family members, it may be worth having a less lavish wedding. In this case, consider a venue that supplies the food, staff and tableware as part of the overall package. Hire a DJ instead of a band. Perhaps you can host your wedding out of season to negotiate better supplier rates. Often the guest list includes many people who you (or more likely your parents) feel obligated to ask. If having those people as guests won’t add anything to the wedding’s special atmosphere, then trim them off the list. One way would be to have a destination wedding. A lot of the people


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who you feel obligated to invite would not manage a trip abroad. Also, people generally understand that destination weddings are smaller. Another way to keep numbers down is to set strict guidelines. Depending on the size of your family, you may draw the line at inviting siblings and first cousins, and nobody more distantly related. Avoid inviting someone just because of the family connection. If you have not seen the person for the past five years, there’s no reason to invite them. As for friends, if you don’t know the name of their dog, don’t invite them! Just be fair about how you stick to the limits; you can’t tell the groom’s family to cut down their list, but insist on keeping

who have been in a relationship for a long time. But it is fine to invite other guests to come alone; besides, a wedding is a great place to meet people. Having two lists is fine if you can manage them effectively. The A list is for everyone who must be invited and the B list is for those you’d like to invite but are not sure if you’ll have the capacity. Once you have a clearer idea of your A list attendance, you can select priority guests from the B list. The only problem with this method is that you have to constantly review RSVPs and also send invitations a bit earlier to accommodate all the juggling.

Often the guest list includes many people who you feel obligated to ask. If having them as guests won’t add anything to the wedding, trim them off the list your third cousin twice removed on yours. Should you find yourself in a tricky situation at work where you feel you have to invite everyone, rather keep things simple and exclude them all. It is also quite acceptable to exclude children from weddings. However, if the parents are travelling from out of town, they will probably have to bring the kids along, so have a list of babysitters available. On the invitation, say something like, “Due to limitations, we are unable to have the pleasure of children’s company at our wedding”. A third approach is to work out how many people you can realistically afford to host and then divide the list into thirds: one third for the bride and groom, another third for his parents and the last third for hers. Another good way to limit the list is to avoid the ‘bring a partner’ scenario. It is expected that you invite married people as a couple as well as unmarried couples who are living together or

Aleit Swanepoel is the founder of The Aleit Group, one of the country’s foremost wedding coordinator companies. He is considered one of South Africa’s most knowledgeable wedding experts. www.thealeitgroup.com

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Wedding expert Aleit Swanepoel offers advice on compiling a guest list and tips on keeping the list manageable and affordable

Pretty in pink The trend is for lots of colour, whether bold or subtle, or perhaps a mix of everybody’s favourite for 2016 – metallic. By Word of Mouth was inspired by this colour kaleidoscope to create five exquisite looks. The result? A wedding theme that is completely unique and all yours



nfold a round table in a soft pink satin cloth for a pretty, feminine edge.

DĂŠcor Natural woven placemats are used as a base and also add an interesting texture to the opaque pink glass under plates. Here they are teamed with pink and cream micro striped napkins and silver cutlery. Pink water glasses offer a complementary pop of colour to the selection of glasses, which include clear crystal red wine glasses and beautiful ones for brandy (a special request). Finish off the look with antique silver candlestick holders filled with tall white dinner candles.

Stationery Touches of pretty pink include round pink menus with three-dimensional cut out detail and curled wine hanging nametags.

Flowers The highlight: a large round crystal stand bowl filled with a selection of hot pink lisianthus, blue roses, pink stems and beautiful pink peonies. This is accompanied by an assortment of mix-and-match silver holders filled with mini arrangements.

The cake Melt-in-the-mouth tower of pink French macaroons served on a tall perspex plinth.

Credits Photography Liesl Roos Photography | www.lieslroos.co.za & Melanie Wessels | www.melaniewessels.com Design, DĂŠcor and Styling By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Stationery Smith Design | www.smithdesign.co.za Flowers By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Glassware & Underplates By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Catering By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Furniture By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Cakes By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za & Belles Patisserie | www.bellespatisserie.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |


All that glitters

Metallic is a major trend, and gold is always a winner. Combined with subtle touches of pastel colour, this is a very glamorous theme



long rectangular table paired with a heavy sequined rose gold tablecloth. Accompany this with distressed upholstered cream-studded dining chairs with linen seats and vinyl backs. Use a deep studded Louisstyle velvet arm chair as the head chair.

DĂŠcor Gold beaded underplates covered with white double folded napkins. Full course gold cutlery is paired with gold-rimmed wine and champagne glasses. Decorate the table with a selection of clustered rose gold and beaten copper goblets and candleholders filled with white candles.

Stationery Opaque gold foiled napkin sleeves and menus.

Flowers Mixed high and low arrangements of coffee roses, cream roses, cream and green lisianthus and white stems.

Cake Gold and white lace effect four-tier cake with delicate gold-lined sugar flowers served on an exquisite, ornate white timber table.

Credits Photography Liesl Roos Photography | www.lieslroos.co.za & Melanie Wessels | www.melaniewessels.com Design, DĂŠcor and Styling By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Stationery Smith Design | www.smithdesign.co.za Flowers By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Glassware & Underplates By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Catering By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Furniture By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za, Lounge Around | www.loungearound.co.za & Prop Stars | www.propstarsjhb.co.za Cakes By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za & Belles Patisserie | www.bellespatisserie.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |


Pure sunshine Gorgeous summer yellows mixed with green create a spectacular backdrop for this eye-catching look



long rectangular table decorated with heavy damask white table linen and paired with white fully upholstered Louis chairs.

Décor Shades of yellow and green combine in the table settings… The stylist used silver cutlery, round dinner plates and side plates topped with pale yellow oversized table napkins and accompanied these with clear glasses and pretty green wine glasses. Also on the table: low silver candleholders filled with thick flat pillar candles and glass wine bottle pourers filled with the new range of ‘Simply’ wine from By Word Of Mouth.

Stationery Paper cards with raised motif and napkin sleeves with opaque paper menu inserts.

Flowers A selection of different vases filled with sunflowers, yellow roses, yellow tulips, yellow arum lilies and mounds of table lemons.

Credits Photography Liesl Roos Photography | www.lieslroos.co.za & Melanie Wessels | www.melaniewessels.com Design, Décor and Styling By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Stationery Smith Design | www.smithdesign.co.za Flowers By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Glassware & Underplates By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Catering By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Furniture By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za, Lounge Around | www.loungearound.co.za Cakes By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za & Belles Patisserie | www.bellespatisserie.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |


Country garden A stunning, stylish theme ideal for a garden wedding



showstopper trestle table seating guests on a long curved garden table.

DĂŠcor Tables are paired with rustic bamboo folding garden chairs and draped with cream floral tablecloths and matching napkins. White dinner plates are placed on natural placemats and paired with full course heavy silver cutlery and clear crystal glassware. Tables are decorated with silver candleholders filled with white pillar candles placed in a selection of different-sized clear and ribbed glass vases and jars. These are filled with either candles or flowers.

Stationery White colour-printed cards decorated with detailed floral imagery.

Flowers Greens, lamb's lettuce, cabbages and a selection of ferns.

Cake Four-tiered vanilla sponge cake iced with off-white butter cream frosting and delicately wrapped with baby olive leaves. Served on a vintage wine barrel.

Credits Photography Liesl Roos Photography | www.lieslroos.co.za & Melanie Wessels | www.melaniewessels.com Design, DĂŠcor and Styling By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Stationery Smith Design | www.smithdesign.co.za Flowers By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Glassware & Underplates By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Catering By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Furniture By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Cakes By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za & Belles Patisserie | www.bellespatisserie.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |


City chic Black, white and green create a chic and sophisticated theme



long rectangular table is covered with beautiful black bengaline tablecloths and mirrored tops. Use high gloss black Tiffany chairs with black cushions for extra drama.

DĂŠcor Cut crystal underplates are adorned with crisp white linen napkins and black satin ribbon detail. The final touch: black and white textured menus sealed with a wax stamp. Accompany with silver cutlery accentuated with black champagne glasses. Decorate tables with large silver candelabra with glass bubble burners and baby cut crystal tea light candles.

Stationery Name and placeholders are in complementary white with black print and black satin ribbon detail.

Flowers Fill a selection of clear glass vases with white tulips, white amaryllis and white Casablanca lilies. Group the vases down the centre of the table.

Cake Three-tier chocolate Oreo cake set on black round low cocktail table.

Credits Photography Liesl Roos Photography | www.lieslroos.co.za & Melanie Wessels | www.melaniewessels.com Design, DĂŠcor and Styling By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Stationery Smith Design | www.smithdesign.co.za Flowers By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Glassware & Underplates By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Catering By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za Furniture By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za, Cakes By Word of Mouth | www.bywordofmouth.co.za & Belles Patisserie | www.bellespatisserie.co.za For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za


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Elegantly suited

Philipp Dreyer creates made-to-measure suits with a highly bespoke element for grooms and groomsmen Photographs SunĂŠ Marais


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ith his sense of style and passion for precision, German-born Philipp Dreyer has created an innovative business, offering madeto-measure suits and shirts, which are customised to create the ultimate personal statement for a groom on his wedding day. Philipp, who has been in South Africa for the past six years, originally lived in Cape Town with his Namibian wife, where he studied business at university. He had previously worked in the clothing industry, running his family’s wholesale firm in Germany selling womenswear. Today,

he runs his successful made-to-measure menswear business in Johannesburg. When he was looking for a decent suit to wear for graduation, Philipp noticed there was a gap in the market for customised made-to-measure suits. “I had a choice; either buy a very expensive branded suit or a cheap alternative. So I looked around to find where I could find a bespoke suit. That proved to be quite a difficult task. Obviously I wasn’t willing to have a hand-tailored suit made. “Traditional, hand-crafted suits from famous Savile Row in London set one back more than £4,000, or in local terms, more

We are bespoke, made-to-measure specialists who offer a product that is far superior to an off-the-rack outfıt

than R90,000.” “Tailoring is a craft,” Philipp adds. “The numbers of tailors worldwide who are able to finish a hand-made suit (60 hours work) is a small one. We are not tailors. We are bespoke, made-to-measure specialists and prefer to employ a high-end production line with modern machinery that allows us to bring out exact and consistent finishes, especially when it comes to pressing. This means we can bring a customised product that is far superior to an off-the-rack solution at prices between R10,500 and R14,000.” The suit-making process involves using a choice of existing patterns for jackets, pants and waistcoats, which are then customised and personalised with a ‘toolbox’ of specific items – collars, cuffs, buttons, etc. “We also offer a choice of more than 80 different linings and 200 different fabrics,” Philipp explains. “It’s very important to find a really good fit, which we do by taking more than 15 measurements per client.” Another vital aspect of creating a bespoke suit is the use of natural materials, preferably wool with a good weight for the sewing process. Philipp’s reputation has come not only from his choice of offerings, but also his meticulous attention to detail to create the perfect tailored fit. “Little tweaks make all the difference,” he says, demonstrating how he measures a shirt sleeve, the length of a jacket and explains the importance of finding out whether the groom will be wearing a watch on the day as this will impact on the width of the shirt sleeve. The groom is then able to choose the fabric combination of his choice. He can also have the exact combination of garments custom-made for him, including the shirt, jacket, pants and a waistcoat. Another advantage of this type of process, Philipp explains, is having a customised pattern that can be used time and again. It’s a repeatable madeto-measure system. For the groom, it’s advisable to find a suit that lasts him a very long time. “We try not to make something that is kept in the wardrobe for a decade. Waistcoats especially can uplift any regular suit to a once-off wedding outfit.” www.alexandersuits.com www.nubianbride.co.za |



Who says wedding gowns have to be white? Five top local bridal designers push the envelope and offer bold, colourful alternatives


"Right on trend,


with gold sequins. I DESIGNED IT SO THAT it can do double-duty;


Cathedral-length veil AND THEN TRANSCEND INTO A glamorous, ultra-chic RECEPTION DRESS” – Gavin Rajah

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It's really surprising AND SOMETHING THAT A modern BRIDE WOULD WEAR” – Thula Sindi


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biggest red-carpet moment


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Xhosa tradition AND ADDED A sophisticated, modern charm WITH A TOUCH OF authenticity” – Anna Di Donato of Zodwa Bridal


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sky reflecting on the wet sand ON THE BEACH” – Vesselina Pentcheva

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Credits CREW


Stylist Chantelle Miranda | +27 72 231 0361

Thula Sindi | www.thulasindi.com

Make-up Team led by David White, using Urban Decay | Stuttafords Boutique Sandton and Foschini Eastgate from July 2016

Gert-Johan Coetzee | www.gertjohancoetzee.com

Photographer Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography | www.ferntree.co.za

Gowns Gavin Rajah | www.gavinrajah.com

Zodwa Bridal | www.zodwacollection.co.za Hair Blo Hairdressing | www.blo.co.za Vesselina Pentcheva | www.vesselina.co.za Wigs O’Natural Wigs | +27 82 872 0811


Nails Angel Lee for Essie | www.essie.com

Jewellery Jack Friedman Jewellers | www.jackfriedman.co.za

Models Pheto and Lindiwe, Boss Models | www.bossmodels.co.za

Kirsten Goss Jewellers | www.kirstengoss.com

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Weddings at


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For Her

Shine bright like a diamond on your big day with sparkly shoes, a rose gold clutch, a wedding ring with just the right amount of bling and a spritz of a favourite floral fragrance

Gown, GF Bridal Couture www.gowns.co.za


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FASHION & BEAUTY Infinity necklace, Sterns www.sterns.co.za

Loving necklace, Pandora www.pandora.net

Wedding rings, Diamondrings.co.za www.diamondrings.co.za

Our Pick

This is the perfect stylish clutch for all your beauty bridal essentials

Precious Pink ring, Sterns www.sterns.co.za

Stud earrings, Pandora www.pandora.net

Eternity rose clutch, Dune London www.dunelondon.com Gold heels, Steve Madden www.stevemadden.com

Peak Show nail polish, Essie www.essie.com

Rykie dress sandals, STEVEN by Steve Madden www.stevemadden.com

Si Giorgio Armani www.armanibeauty.com Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf www.viktor-rolf.com Bowdon rose gold clutch, Dune London www.dunelondon.com

Fragrances for her Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb releases a floral explosion that has the power to make everything seem positive – just what you need on your special day. Giorgio Armani Sì is a tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independent spirit. A base of musky blonde wood adds lightness while grounding the fragrance for a lingering, distinctive trail – the quintessential bridal scent. www.nubianbride.co.za |




Him Help your groom stand out from his groomsmen with pops of colour from quirky socks and a patterned bow tie, while a pair of smart brown leather shoes will balance his attire perfectly

Suit, Frank Bespoke www.frankbespoke.co.za Picture Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography


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Santos de Cartier cufflinks, Cartier www.cartier.com

Classic buckle belt, River Island www.riverisland.com

Our Pick

Add the deep red tie and place a red button on the pocket for a pop of excitement on your big day

Trinity de Cartier wedding band, Cartier www.cartier.com

Check bow tie, HIS Apparel www.hisapparel.co.za

Shirt, T.M Lewin www.tmlewin.com

Ravene black shoes, Dune London www.dunelondon.com

Socks, Bjorn Borg www.bjornborg.com

Rick tan leather shoes, Dune London www.dunelondon.com

Allure Homme Sport Cologne, Chanel www.chanel.com

Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme, Giorgio Armani www.armanibeauty.com

Fragrances for him Strong and sporty, just how you like your groom. The newest Chanel fragrance will linger long after the reception with a subtle, yet manly, fragrance that isn't too overpowering – the perfect wedding day scent. You can always rely on Giorgio Armani to bring out a great scent, and the latest is no exception. Cool, fresh and crisp like the ocean, Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme is a fabulous fragrance for an outside wedding, leaving a sweet smell in the air. www.nubianbride.co.za |



Dress, Lipsy London www.edcon.co.za

Picture Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography


Bridesmaids Your bridesmaids are sure to look and feel beautiful in shades of gold, rose, dusty pinks and silver. The perfect scent and a touch of sparkle completes the look


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Mnemba choker, Pembe Club www.pembeclub.com

Our Pick

Pastels are a great colour palette: simple, pretty and on trend all year round Gold and rose gold ring, Pandora www.pandora.net

Hoop earrings, River Island www.riverisland.com

Teardrop dangle earrings, River Island www.riverisland.com

Artha mink clutch, Dune London www.dunelondon.com

Bex gold clutch, Dune London www.dunelondon.com Dusty pink dress, Amanda Laird Cherry www.amandalairdcherry.com Mindee silver shoes, Dune London www.dunelondon.com

Ralph Lauren Tender Romance, EDT www.loreal.co.za

Azzaro Pour Elle Extrême, EDP www.clarins.co.za

Fragrances for bridesmaids Ralph Lauren says, “Tender Romance evokes both the sweetness and innocence of falling in love for the first time.” The fragrance has a delicate scent, capturing the story of an intimate, unforgettable moment – like a wedding. Inspired by Loris Azzaro’s legendary couture creations, Azzaro Pour Elle Extrême is a precious perfume.The floral fruity and spicy fragrance is amplified by three new ingredients: saffron, an exclusive rose duo and peach.

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Please direct all enquires to Lori Dorroch Email: Lori.Darroch@bywordofmouth.co.za | Tel: 011 553 7600 or 079 492 3863 For more info visit www.bywordofmouth.co.za www.thepoloroom.co.za


Grey tassle bag, River Island www.riverisland.com

Flower Girls

Sugar and spice and all things nice; that’s what little girls are made of. A sprinkling of glitter, oversized bows and pops of pink make for a pretty perfect flower girl

Oriental Bloom bracelet, Pandora www.pandora.net

Our Pick

An on-trend grey tassle bag will add that extra something special to the flower girl’s outfit

Earrings, H&M www.hm.com Grey dress, See-Saw www.spree.co.za

Dresses, Zodwa Bridal www.zodwacollection.co.za Picture Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography www.ferntree.co.za

Hello Kitty Fragrance, Zara www.zara.com Silver heel sandals, Little Miss Footwork www.zando.co.za

Glitter hair accessories, H&M www.hm.com

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For Page Boys Our Pick

A smart blazer, trendy shirt and bright shoes or a fun watch are an ideal combo for the cutest member of the bridal party

A quirky, printed shirt provides the perfect smart-casual Page Boy look

Blue blazer, River Island www.riverisland.com

Print button-up shirt, River Island www.riverisland.com

Leather belt, H&M www.hm.com

Fine stripe flat cap, Woolworths www.woolworths.co.za

Pin Dot bow tie, Woolworths www.woolworths.co.za

Brooklee B wild blue shoes, Dr.Martens www.drmartens.com


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F1 Racing Car watch, Cool Kids www.coolkids.co.za

Batman socks, Character Fashion www.charactergroup.co.za

Our dedicated team will assist you in fulfilling your fairy tale dreams, with specialized wedding packages, each including a variety of signature items to meet your individual requirements. Custom design your package to make this your dream wedding.




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Perfect Pair

Timeless, classic, edgy, bejewelled, satin slippers or gilded heels‌ There are so many unique, whimsical offerings to choose from. Here are some luxury bridal shoes to whet your appetite


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Tip toes

This page and opposite – Pretty peep-toe shoes in silver or white lace with bow detail

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FASHION Silver stunners

This page and opposite – Stunning silver heels with ankle or T-strap

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Same shoe, different strokes

Colourful choices for the bride and her bridal party

Photography Kobus Tollig | www.kobustollig.co.za, Shoes Anella Wedding Shoes | www.weddingshoes.co.za, Wedding Gowns Johan Botha Fashion Design | +27 82 499 6154 Make-up Corle Barnard | www.corlemakeup.co.za, Hair Caren Fourie | www.caren.co.za, Styling Jeanne Taylor, Forever September | jeanne@foreverseptember.co.za, Models Portia Moemedi | Wandile Janine | Guguletu Samkange


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POP Bridal beauty can be bold and colourful, or soft and romantic – it’s your call. The stunning looks featured on these pages are extremely edgy and explosive. If you would like to duplicate any of these five looks on your wedding day, or have a special look created for you, head to your closest Urban Decay store, where an Urban Decay junkie will customise your look

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Golden girl

Foundation Naked Skin No 12.0 Weightless Foundation | Powder Powder Foundation Dark Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Electric, 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner Perversion | Brows Brow Kit Brown Sugar | Lashes From a selection by Urban Decay | Cheeks Illuminating Powder | Lips 24/7 Glideon Eyeliner Perversion and Gold Mine, Naked Gloss | Finish Look completed with Urban Decay Oil Control Setting Spray | Nails by Essie Base: Chocolate Cakes, Tassel Shaker, Picked Perfect. Topcoat: Gel setter


Painted lady

Primer Brightening and Tightening Pore Primer | Foundation Naked Skin No 12.0 Weightless Foundation | Powder Powder Foundation Deep Eyes Single eyeshadow Blackout, Electric Palette Revolt | Brows Heavy Metal Liner in Glam Rock | Lips Eyeliner Pencil Goldmine, Lipstick Shame Finish Look completed with Urban Decay Oil Control Setting Spray | Nails by Essie Base: Petal Pushers, Cocktails and Coconut, Licorice. Topcoat: Gel setter



Cool Operator

Foundation Naked Skin No 12.0 Weightless Foundation | Powder Powder Foundation Deep | Eyes Single eyeshadows Blackout, Half Baked, Sideline. 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil Goldmine, 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion | Brows Brow Kit Brown Sugar | Cheeks Afterglow Blush Bang Lips Lipstick Sheer Rapture Naked Gloss | Finish Look completed with Urban Decay Oil Control Setting Spray Nails by Essie Base: Petal Pushers. Colour: Leggy Legend. Topcoat: Gel setter


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Star style

Powder Powder Foundation Dark | Eyes Blush Afterglow Bang and Quiver | Lashes From a selection by Urban Decay | Cheeks Blush Afterglow Bang and Quiver | Lips Lipliner Red, Revolution lipstick | Finish Look completed with Urban Decay Oil Control Setting Spray | Nails by Essie Base: Private Weekend, Black and White Dress. Topcoat: Gel setter

Photographer Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography | www.ferntree.co.za Stylist Chantelle Miranda | +27 72 231 0361 Make-up Team lead by David White, using Urban Decay | Stuttafords Boutique Sandton and Foschini Eastgate from July 2016 Hair Blo Hairdressing | www.blo.co.za Wigs O’Natural Wigs | +27 82 872 0811 Nails Angel Lee for Essie | www.essie.com Models Pheto and Lindiwe, Boss Models | www.bossmodels.co.za Jewellery Jack Friedman Jewellers | www.jackfriedman.co.za, Kirsten Goss Jewellers | www.kirstengoss.com


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India Mothusi


This inspirational wedding where the couple eloped is just one of the stunning selection in this issue. More about India and Mothusi’s Big Day is featured on the next page

REAL WEDDINGS Where and how did you meet? We met when Mothusi was playing a gig at the Johannesburg Theatre with the band called The Fridge. I was there with a friend, and afterwards we all went out together. Although we were both there with other partners, there was a clear connection between us. Mothusi got my number from a friend and asked me out the following day. How did he propose? We were at a music festival, Grietfest, and Mothusi asked me to marry him. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I didn’t think he was being serious at first, but soon realised that he was. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. We were married in Cape Town at a beach-side ceremony next to Llandando rock. The wedding was intimate and personal. We cried. We laughed. We started off by exchanging vows next to the sea, then we visited several scenic areas in the city. We ended the day with a Thai dinner (our first trip together was to Thailand) and then spent the night out on Long Street. We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel in Bantry Bay. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Nothing. What was the highlight of your day? Standing next to the sea and pledging our love to each other. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It felt surreal. It also felt very right and like it was supposed to happen. Where did you go on honeymoon? Cape Town. We had eloped there, and we then honeymooned there. What advice would you give to a soon-to-be bride? Take a moment to just enjoy the day. Don’t worry about minor details. Enjoy this big moment; it’s the beginning of your life together. Photography Carmen Visser Photography | www.carmenvisser.co.za Venue Llandando beach Wedding gown Lace gown found on etsy.com For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za


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Dudu Orapeleng


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Where and how did you meet? We met at a friend’s wedding in Kimberley in December, 2009. We’d both travelled down from Gauteng for the weekend. We exchanged details and then started going out together. How did he propose? I’m obviously a very deep sleeper, because I woke up one morning to find a ring on my finger and a little note from him telling me how he wanted me to be part of his life forever. I guess he measured the ring while I was sleeping as well, as it fit perfectly! Please provide a short description of your wedding day. On the days leading up to the wedding I was calm, but on the Big Day I was very nervous and concerned about whether everything was going to be perfect and amazing. It had been raining for days, so I was worried that the weather would spoil the wedding. But on the day, the sun came out, I had breakfast with my mom and bridesmaids, my nerves calmed and the excitement took over. I was amazed at how quickly the day went by; I wanted to make time stop. This wasn’t our first wedding, however; we had been married traditionally twice before. But it was a completely new feeling, being blessed by the priest. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? I don’t think I would change anything. It took us about a year to plan the wedding, and overall everything went picture-perfectly. What was the highlight of your day? My highlight was finally being declared husband and wife, and our first dance. Also, when Orapeleng made a speech and cried. He’s not www.nubianbride.co.za |



an emotional person, so that really touched me. His highlight was when I walked down the aisle. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It felt amazing. It was the start of our very long and happy marriage, the final step to becoming husband and wife, something we had been waiting and praying for, for such a long time. Where did you go on honeymoon? We spent two glorious weeks in Mauritius. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Involve the groom in the whole process. Orapeleng had such great ideas and I think if he hadn’t been involved, he would have felt left out. We grew very close throughout the whole process, working together as a team. Photography Tyme Photography | www.tyme.co.za Wedding coordinator Eve, Splendid Wedding Company | splendidweddingcompany.com Venue Red Ivory Lodge | www.redivorylodge.com Wedding gown Garnish Couture | www.garnishcouture.co.za Flowers Splendid Wedding Company | splendidweddingcompany.com Cake Kelly Jayne’s | www.kellyjayne.co.za Stationery Secret Diary | www.secretdiary.co.za Make-up Sam Scarborough Make-up | www.samscarborough.co.za Video Hauke Digital Film | hauke.co.za

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Where and how did you meet? We met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania through a mutual friend. How did he propose? In July 2015 we climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. After a tiresome six-day hike, when we reached Uhuru Peak at 3,850m above sea level (that’s apparently the highest point in Africa!), he proposed in front of family and friends who were with us. I couldn’t believe it; I thought I was imagining things! But he was right there on bended knee, with me looking terrible – no make-up and droopy eyes. It was the most beautiful perfect-imperfect moment. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. It was magical, small and very intimate with close friends and family. Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of a smaller wedding, so it was my dream wedding – and much more. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? I would add on videography to capture all the live memories as they happened. That would have been the cherry on top of the cake. What was the highlight of your day? My husband’s vows blew my mind. I was not expecting him to be so emotional and to utter such sweet words. He still doesn’t believe me that I loved it. I also loved the wedding toasts; almost everyone had something nice to say, and that was special. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? Like I had just won the lottery! I felt complete; he is my world. Where did you go on honeymoon? Well, www.nubianbride.co.za |



since we had a destination wedding all the way from Tanzania to Stellenbosch, it was both wedding and honeymoon for us. The wine farms were beautiful; we enjoyed fine dining in numerous beautiful restaurants. It was perfect. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Have fun, do not stress, but plan ahead. Having a great wedding planner helps a lot, too, so that you can enjoy your day with your guests while he coordinates everything for the party. Photography Pickled Cherry Photography | www.pickledcherry.co.za Wedding coordinator Hannes Loubser at Spier Wine Farm | hannesl@spier.co.za Venue Spier Wine Farm | www.spier.co.za Flowers Kwartels en Manna | www.kwartelsenmanna.com Cake A friend in culinary school baked the cake. Stationery Lara’s Designs | www.larasdesigns.co.za

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Boitumelo Zami


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Where and how did you meet? We met in 2004 when we worked for the same company. We were introduced by a mutual friend. We were friends for about five years before we dated. He actually asked me out for a good two years before I accepted! How did he propose? We spoke about getting married a few months after dating and around a year later Zami sent a letter to my family asking for my hand in marriage. Then, when he was in Germany two weeks later, he sent members of his family to mine to discuss lobola. On the day of the lobola, he came back with a ring. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. IMPECCABLE! The weather was on our side. There was no stress at all, everything was on point! If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Honestly, there is nothing we would change. Our loved ones were there, I had my kids and my best friend by my side and he was looking hot… I was on cloud 10. The day went by so fast. Our wedding planner, Ayanda Mavundla, was out of this world. What was the highlight of your day? My highlight was the CANDY BAR. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It felt right, it felt awesome, I felt complete. I’ve never been so happy. Where did you go on honeymoon? We are going to attend Beyoncé: The Formation World Tour in Switzerland. www.nubianbride.co.za |



What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Plan ahead! Execute and enjoy. There is nothing more frustrating for you as a bride than stressing and running around a day before, or on, your Big Day. Remember, marriage is a sacred union! Photography Alexander Smith | www.alexandersmith.co.za Wedding coordinator Mo’ Celebrations Events Co | www.mocelebrationevents.co.za Venue Kievits Kroon | www.kievitskroon.co.za Wedding gown Bride & Co, Rosebank | www.brideandco.co.za Flowers CafÊ Fleur, Sandton | www.cafefleur.co.za Cake Magnolia Bake & Cake, Northcliff | www.magnoliacakes.co.za Stationery Lily Young, Pretoria | www.lilyyoung.co.za For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za


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Andrea Ivan



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Where and how did you meet? We met at UCT while reading for our engineering degrees. We were introduced by mutual friends in 2003. How did he propose? Ivan surprised me one day after work with his hidden cameraman (his best friend). Red rose petals were strewn over the floor leading to the main bedroom, and he was dressed in a black suit. He was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. It was an elegant, simple and beautiful affair that we shared with the people who we hold dear in our lives. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? I wish I could have been able to pause for a little bit longer to observe the guests and the lovely fanfare that was around me. What was the highlight of your day? The highlight was the opening of the dance floor – the music/DJ was amazing! How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It felt complete; a special knowing delight shared between the two of us. Where did you go on honeymoon? We postponed our honeymoon; we plan to visit the Caribbean in a few months’ time.

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What advice would you give to a bride-to-be? Hire a wedding planner if you don’t want to fuss over every minute detail required in planning a wedding. I found a planner a godsend in the run-up to the Big Day and the wedding was a completely stress-free experience. I wouldn’t have been as pleased with the outcome of my wedding without my wedding planner. Photography Estilo | www.estilo.co.za Wedding coordinator Thego, Meletlo Celebrations | www.meletlocelebrations.co.za Catering Vicky Crease | www.vickycrease.com Flowers, décor and design Thego, Meletlo Celebrations | www.meletlocelebrations.co.za Cake Sugar ‘n Ice | www.sugar-n-ice.co.za Stationery Trendy Settings | www.trendysettings.co.za Venue Summer Place | www.summerplacesa.com

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Sello Lerato



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Where and how did you meet? We met in Johannesburg during our chartered accountant training articles. We were planned for an audit at the same client and Sello kept on inviting me for coffee. I declined. After the audit, we went back to the office and Sello asked me out for lunch. This time I said yes. The lunch was good – we talked, we laughed and an hour felt like five minutes. After that short lunch, which we now consider our first date, Sello asked me out on an ‘official’ date on Friday, 29 July 2011. I was so excited. He even bought new pants for the date… and that was the start of this beautiful journey! How did he propose? Sello’s family personally delivered a letter to my family, requesting my hand in marriage. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. I woke up around 3am as I was so excited and anxious, I couldn’t sleep. During final preparations I was calm – thank heavens I had my family and bridesmaids to keep me sane. Then the ceremony started and the day went by so quickly. Our entrance dance/step at the reception was on point, thanks to the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and, of course, my cousin, Mpho, who was choreographer. After a lot of toe stepping, we managed to enjoy and execute our first dance in style. The food was amazing and the after party was insanely good. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? We should have prepared our MC better (he wasn’t used to being an MC and his nerves got the better of him). Everything else was perfect, thanks to our wedding planner, Nthombi. What was the highlight of your wedding day? Walking down the aisle was a big highlight. In www.nubianbride.co.za |



fact, the whole ceremony was special, including saying our vows, the church ceremony and, most importantly, seeing Sello at the altar (he was the only person who mattered at that point). It was also breathtaking seeing the reception décor for the first time during our photo shoot just before the reception while the guests were enjoying our wedding cake. Another highlight was our first dance as well as when our daughter Ona joined us on stage – what a magical moment. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? I can’t describe the feeling in words; it felt like I was standing next to the person who completes me. Where did you go on honeymoon? Cape Town. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Hire a wedding planner, as peace of mind cannot be bought. Do not procrastinate; ask for help when needed (remember, you can’t be everywhere at once). Make sure that you are ‘present’ on the day of your wedding! And enjoy your wedding day. Photography and videography Andre M Photography | www.andrem.co.za Wedding coordinator and décor Ntombi Extravaganza | www.extravaganza.co.za Venue Red Ivory | www.redivorylodge.com Wedding dress Bridal Room | www.bridalroom.co.za Suits Tailor Me | www.tailorme.co.za Décor hire and flowers The Wedding Specialist | www.theweddingspecialist.co.za Stationery Pistachio Designs | www.pistachiodesigns.co.za Cake Magnolia Cake | www.magnoliacakes.co.za Photo booth Oh Snap | www.ohsnapphotobooth.co.za For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za


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Where and how did you meet? We both worked at a mine in Witbank. Nothing happened until I was transferred to the Vaal. After I’d been there for about five months, he requested to follow me on Facebook and we started chatting. We exchanged numbers and were soon talking daily. That was in 2013. How did he propose? He proposed to me officially on 2 January 2015. We’d been together for about two years, and he had already met with my parents about lobola. I noticed he was a little strange on New Year’s Eve; he later told me he got cold feet. This particular morning, he kept on blinking, which I knew meant that he wanted to discuss something serious with me. Eventually, he took out the ring and told me he wanted to marry me. I was so excited and overwhelmed that I literally needed to take a nap after calling family and friends with the news. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. The time leading up to the matrimonial ceremony went by very quickly. I was both nervous and excited. Once we said our vows, I was able to relax. The vows were so beautiful that I cried. The whole day was beautiful, filled with love, family and friends. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? The only thing I would change is the day of the wedding. I wish we had arranged it for a Friday or Saturday, but it was on a Sunday, which meant that many of the guests left early. What was the highlight of your day? The highlights that stand out for me include when my Dad walked me down the aisle, when I walked into the reception and saw the décor and our first dance. www.nubianbride.co.za |



How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It was an incredible feeling. After that, knowing I was finally married, nothing else mattered. Where did you go on honeymoon? We went to Cape Town for an incredible week. What advice would you give to a brideto-be? Don’t try and do everything yourself. Delegate to friends and family. I wanted to control every single detail, which was exhausting, and in hindsight, I’m sorry that I didn’t involve others in the planning too. Photography Christiaan David | www.christiaandavid.com Venue Oxbow Country Estate | www.oxbowestate.co.za Groom’s suit Linda Makhanya, LM Tailors | www.lmtailoredsuit.com Décor and flowers Oopsie Daisy | www.oopsiedaisyflowers.co.za Cake Manette Pepler | +27 83 660 6103 For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za


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Where and how did you meet? We met at a restaurant in Sunninghill; I was attending a friend’s birthday party and Pius was out with the boys. We started chatting about work, family and life… and the rest was history. How did he propose? He proposed to me on his birthday over a candlelit dinner. Please provide a short description of your traditional wedding day? It was a mix of colours and pride, encompassing people of different cultures. There was plenty to eat and drink, the décor was exquisite and the entertainment included a live Nigerian band, a DJ and traditional Zulu dancers. We had so many elements, but everything worked beautifully. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? I would change my husband’s health; he fell sick on the week leading up to our wedding and that was stressful for everyone, family and friends. What was the highlight of your day? Watching the Zulu dancers perform, the Nigerian ‘chop money’ ceremony and when Mbali’s family sang. And, of course, declaring our love for each other in front of the priest. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? Awesome. Where did you go on honeymoon? We did not plan a honeymoon as I was seven months pregnant at the time and did not want to risk travelling. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Enjoy and be present in every moment, www.nubianbride.co.za |



from the planning to the execution phase, as the day goes by so fast. Photography Andre M Photography | www.andrem.co.za Wedding coordinator Ntombi Extravaganza | www.extravaganza.co.za Wedding gown Mimi | +27 83 665 4548 Flowers & dĂŠcor Bridal Basket | www.bridalbasket.co.za Cake Bridal Basket | www.bridalbasket.co.za Stationery Pistachio Designs | www.pistachiodesigns.co.za Make-up Ntombi Extravaganza | www.extravaganza.co.za

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Flower Editor Otto de Jager offers a selection of imaginative and unique floral combinations that emphasise brightness, boldness and gorgeous colour


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This is a fusion of red on red with a hint of berry purple. Berries, seeds and roses combined with scratched waxed containers create an explosion of autumn reds. The look is busy, but toned down by using the same pallete of reds. For ease of reference lets call this, ‘red on red’. Think ice cream, think Campari, think raspberry or pomegranate.


Karoo Landscape

Pepper seeds, succulents indigenous leaves and twigs all combine to create a lushness. This demonstrates the abundance of simplicity, or in other words, scarcity meets abundance. Think harvest table, think Graaf-Reinet, think beautiful cognac brandy and dessert wine. Imagine lamb chops, all things Karoo.


Opposite: A majestic approach to flower arranging. Oxblood and gold is a perfect combination for any king or queen. This formal approach illustrates richness, abundance and opulence; it’s for the discerning eye that enjoys the classic. Think Versailles, think Buckingham Palace, think of titles such as HRH (Her Royal Highness), or Sir or Lady or Prince or Princess. In other words, ‘fit for a queen’.


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The Abundance of Autumn

Mystical charm to ward off evil spirits (oranges spiked with cloves) combined with the simplicity of rock roses and other fruit. Think bold shapes. Think graphic lines and passionate colours combined with delicate porcelain in the same colouring and then add to this a layer of the unexpected. So it’s lotus flower seed, dried oranges and so on. Concept & Styling Otto de Jager Events | www.odjevents.com | +27 11 447 6780/2 Photography Christiaan David Photography | www.christiaandavid.com

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LET’S PUT A RING ON IT Whether you’re looking to have a small, intimate or large wedding, The Maslow will ensure you get your happily ever after. The Maslow provides a romantic backdrop in the heart of Sandton – can you imagine the wedding photos? At The Maslow every detail is considered to make a big deal out of your big day. With a choice of exquisite ballrooms, luxury accommodation, world-class catering, unparalleled service and the lush Oasis Gardens which is ideal for your wedding reception and your photography. You can thank us later. Free parking and Wi-Fi is provided. To enquire or make a booking, e-mail us at maslow@suninternational.com or call us on +27 10 226 4600. THE MASLOW HOTEL Corner Grayston Drive & Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2146 Central Reservations: +27 11 780 7770 Telephone: +27 10 226 4600 maslow@suninternational.com suninternational.com/maslow

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1. Belle’s Patisserie www.bellespatisserie.co.za 2. Belle’s Patisserie www.bellespatisserie.co.za 3. Cake Couture www.cakecouturebyjustine.co.za 4. Exclusive Celebration Cakes www.rozannescakes.com 5. The Cake Specialist www.thecakespecialist.co.za 6. Exclusive Celebration Cakes www.rozannescakes.com 7. House of Bakes www.houseofbakes.co.za 8. Exclusive Celebration Cakes www.rozannescakes.com 9. Wicked creations www.wickedcreations.co.za

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Fancy that Stunning inspiration for all those important items you need printed on paper for your Big Day










1. Stationery Wedding Workshop www.weddingworkshop.co.za • 2. Oh Yay www.ohyay.co.za • 3. Party Bunch Company www.partybunchco.com • 4. By Word of Mouth www.bywordofmouth.co.za • 5. Secret Diary www.secretdiary.co.za • 6. Stationery Wedding Workshop www.weddingworkshop.co.za • 7. By Word of Mouth www.bywordofmouth.co.za • 8. Party Bunch Company www.partybunchco.com • 9. Oh Yay www.ohyay.co.za


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Magic touches Innovative dĂŠcor ideas that make you think out of the box and create a look that is iconic and personal Picture The Aleit Group


Crystal clear Translucent touches add a modern feel to this stunning outdoor wedding theme


Photography Alfred Lor Photography | www.alfredlor.com Décor Weddings by Marius | www.weddingsbymarius.co.za Venue Kurland Hotel & Spa | www.kurland.co.za Stationery Lara’s Designs | www.larasdesigns.co.za Hiring Events and Tents | www.eventsandtents.co.za

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Simply chic White on white with touches of silver create effortless chic


Photography Ryan Graham Photography | www.ryangrahamphotography.com Décor Weddings by Marius | www.weddingsbymarius.co.za Venue Randlords | www.randlords.co.za Flowers The Delicate Nature | www.thedelicatenature.com Stationery Lara’s Designs | www.larasdesigns.co.za Additional Hiring Décor D-Zign | www.ddz.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |


Industrial charm Simple flowers and modern elements combine to create a touch of class


Photography We Love Pictures | www.welovepictures.co.za Décor A Create | www.aleitgroup.com Venue Inner City Ideas Cartel | www.ideascartel.com

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Pastel blush Romantic rose and shades of pink add an extra touch of bridal beauty to this romantic theme


Photographer LWG Photo | www.lwgphoto.co.za Venue Avianto | www.avianto.co.za Decor & Flowers SA Wedding Décor | www.saweddingdecor.co.za Cake Kelly Jayne’s | www.kellyjayne.co.za

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Ode to a little bird

Think whimsy, fantasy and an intermix, a touch of mythology, fun and irony, a hint of magic. This is decadence portrayed in a fun ,innocent yet sophisticated manner for someone who really wants charm, tonguein-cheek humor but sophistication and elegance at the same time.


MarchĂŠ de Puss This is the juxtapositioning of an abstract mind, pretending that the flowers on the coconut hair chair are indeed a fabric covering the coconut hair. It is abstract, it is bizarre, it is unreal, but it allows for a smile and the wonderment of the creative mind. This is for the discerning collector who knows the coconut hair chair should never be covered with fabric. It is about combining the rawest of beauties (the chair) with the most delicate of beauties (fresh fragrant hyacinth).

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Otto’s Own “Creative innovation, what more can I say?” - Otto de Jager

Princess Limousine with Dogs and Balloons. Concept & Styling Otto de Jager Events | www.odjevents.com | +27 11 447 6780/2, Photography Christiaan David Photography | www.christiaandavid.com, Limousine Gerard Rissik from Particular People | +27 76 469 8125

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Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – 2 km from Gold Reef City

We are based in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve in Kiblerpark, our venue with its tranquil gardens overlooking the thatched roofed area for garden weddings; we can accommodate any amount of guests from 80 to 450. The Nyati & Ingwe Events team works closely with clients in order to ensure that the spirit of the event is encapsulated and the goals and objectives are met. We offer services all the way through from planning and budgeting, to the implementation and execution of the event. Our gardens are laid out with water futures and we are proud to say we are the only venue in Gauteng with a life size Eiffel Tower. We can assist you with all your requirements, we will manage all or as much of your event as you require. With over 16 years of experience you are guaranteed to have an event of a lifetime.

Special prices for winter period and if you book and pay for 2017 you will get a 3 layer spectacular wedding cake for free!!!

Corrie Morris 0823435477 | Sampie Morris 0724396436 | Email: corrie@nyatiwedding.co.za | www.www.nyatiwedding.co.za


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Getting married in the Highveld & surrounds: Johannesburg, Muldersdrift, Pretoria etc

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Gauteng may not have balmy beaches, but it does have pockets of stunning scenery. The accessibility of these places make them ideal wedding venues

BAR SERVICES Behind Bars (Jhb) www.behindbars.co.za Flair Mobile Bar Services (Jhb) www.flairmobilebar.co.za KWS Bartending (Jhb) www.kwsbartending.co.za Liquid Sensations (Jhb) www.liquidsensations.co.za Norman Goodfellows (Jhb) www.ngf.co.za

CAKES Artisticakes (Jhb) +27 82 551 4094 Belles Patisserie www.bellespatisserie.co.za Bridal Basket www.bridalbasket.co.za The Cake Boutique thecakeboutique7@gmail.com Divine Delights (Jhb) www.divinedelights.co.za EWR Cake Designs (North West) www.ewrcakedesigns.co.za Inspirationz (Pta) www.inspirationz.co.za Sugar ‘n Ice (Jhb) www.sugar-n-ice.co.za


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Sugar and Nice (Pta) www.sugarandnice.co.za Sugar Smith (Pta) www.sugarsmithcakes.co.za Wedding Warehouse www.theweddingwarehouse.co.za Wicked Creations (Jhb) www.wickedcreations.co.za

CATERING Awee en Ree www.aweeenree.co.za Bokhumo Catering (Centurion) +27 72 495 5542 By Choice Catering (Pta) www.bychoice.co.za By Word of Mouth (Jhb) www.bywordofmouth.co.za Catering Companion (Pta) www.catercom.co.za Jem Catering (Jhb) www.jemcatering.co.za Made to Order (Jhb) www.madetoorder.co.za Mulberry Catering (Jhb) www.mulcat.co.za Prep’ed by Sasha (Jhb) www.prepedbysasha.co.za

DÉCOR Bridal Basket www.bridalbasket.co.za Dibs Décor Design (Jhb) www.ddz.co.za Dougs Hiring (Mpumalanga) www.dougshiring.com Glo Décor & Hire (Rustenburg) www.glodecorandhire.co.za LTD Catering Services (Pta) www.ltdevents.co.za Nomadik Stretch Tents www.nomadiktents.co.za Olga’s Function Design & Event Décor (Jhb) www.olgasdecor.com Rekakgona Décor & Events (Germiston) www.rekakgona.co.za Ronkhenka Events (Pta) www.ronkhenkaevents.co.za Plank Décor & Embroidery (Soweto) www.plankdecor.co.za SA Wedding Décor (Jhb) www.saweddingdecor.co.za

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FLOWERS Blooming Beautiful (Pta) +27 83 278 3969 Café Fleur (Jhb) www.cafefleur.co.za Expressions Floral Designs (Jhb) www.expressionsfloraldesign.com Happily Ever After Wedding Designs (Jhb) www.heaweddings.co.za Wedding Warehouse (Pta) www.theweddingwarehouse.co.za

GIFTS, JEWELLERY & FAVOURS Arthur Kaplan Jewellers (Jhb) www.arthurkaplan.co.za Boardmans www.boardmans.co.za Club Aranda (Jhb) www.clubaranda.co.za Diamond Boutique (Jhb) www.thediamondboutique.co.za Michelangelo Towers Mall (Jhb) www.michelangelotowers.co.za Oriental Plaza (Jhb) www.orientalplaza.co.za Prestige Housewares (Jhb) www.prestigehousewares.co.za Sedgars Home www.sedgarshome.co.za Simply Favours (Countrywide) www.simplyfavours.co.za Sterns www.sterns.co.za Sugarbird Wedding Favours www.wedding-favours.co.za Tempur Beds za.tempur.com White House Interiors www.whitehouseinteriors.co.za Yuppie Chef www.yuppiechef.com

GOWNS & SHOES Biji Couture (Jhb) +27 11 784 8018 Bravacious www.bravacious.com Bridal Basket www.bridalbasket.co.za Bridal Room (Pta) www.bridalroom.co.za Bridal Boutique (Jhb) +27 11 478 0667 Bridal Heaven (Jhb) +27 11 425 4998 The Corsetiere www.thecorsetiere.co.za Crystal Garnet Bridal Boutique www.crystalgarnet.co.za Eurobride (Pta) www.eurobride.co.za GF Bridal Couture (Jhb) www.gfbridalcouture.co.za Garnish Couture (Jhb) www.garnishcouture.co.za House of Agrie Couture (Pta) www.agriecouture.tumblr.com JS Collections (Jhb) www.jscollections.co.za L’ affaire (Pta) www.laffaire.co.za Lipsy London (Countrywide) www.edcon.co.za (Available at selected Edgars stores) Olivelli (Jhb) olivelli.co.za


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Sevenov Design House www.sevenov.co.za Style Fabrics www.stylefabrics.co.za TM Lewin www.tmlewin.com (Available at selected Edgars stores) Wedding Connexion (Jhb) www.weddingconnexion.co.za Zodwa Collection www.zodwacollection.co.za

SUITS Alexander Suits www.alexandersuits.com Frank Bespoke www.frankbespoke.co.za

HAIR & MAKE-UP Bamboo Mobile Spa (Jhb) +27 83 333 3097 Blo Hairdressing Salon www.blo.co.za Brunel Laboratoria www.brunel.co.za Glam Squad www.glamsquad.co.za Hair Extravaganza (Jhb) +27 11 648 4103 Lyn Reece (Jhb) www.makeuppro.co.za The Hair Whisperer (Jhb) +27 74 918 7292

HONEYMOONS Air Seychelles www.airseychelles.com Ayka International Travel www.aykainternational.co.za Legend Lodges www.legendhospitality.co.za LUX* Resorts www.luxresorts.com Mauritius Tourism www.tourism-mauritius.mu MSC Cruises www.msccruises.co.za Sure Travel www.suretravel.co.za The Holiday Factory www.theholidayfactory.co.za World Leisure Holidays www.wlh.co.za

MUSIC, DANCE & ENTERTAINMENT Blast Music Specialists (Jhb) www.blaste.co.za DJ’s Incorporated (Jhb) +27 83 694 0656 HarpGigs (Jhb) www.harpgigs.co.za Pipe Fantasies (Pta) +27 82 923 3315 Saxophone-for-Functions (Pta) www.saxophone-for-functions.co.za Starry Night Mobile Discotheques (Jhb) www.starrynight.co.za Thatch Music (Jhb) www.thatchmusic.com The Sticky Triggers (Jhb) +27 11 786 9123

PAPER GOODS Canvas Boutique (Jhb) www.canvasboutique.co.za Chrystalace Wedding Stationery (Pta) www.chrystalace.com Fralenco Wedding Stationery (Jhb) www.fralenco.co.za

House of Functions (Jhb) www.houseoffunctions.co.za Invite Me (Jhb) +27 11 452 0513 Mayday Creative Studio (Jhb) maydaycreativestudio@gmail.com Minit Print www.mpcenturion.co.za Pink Soda (Jhb) www.pinksoda.co.za The Paper Rose (Jhb) paperrose@iafrica.com

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Admired in Africa www.admiredinafrica.com Alexander Smith Photography www.alexandersmith.co.za Andre M Photography (Jhb) www.andrem.co.za Belladucci Photography (Jhb) www.belladucci.com Christiaan David www.christiaandavid.com Custo Photography (Jhb) +27 78 742 6933 Escada Photography (Jhb) www.escadaphotography.co.za Fern Tree Wedding Photography (Jhb) www.ferntree.co.za Howling Moon (Pta) www.howlingmoon.co.za Isense Photography (Pta) www.isense.co.za Jackalberry Studios www.jackalberrystudios.com JLN Photography (Jhb) www.jlnweddingphotographers.co.za Kelly M International Photography (Jhb) www.kellym.co.za Laura Jane Photography (Jhb) www.laurajanephotography.co.za Manoko Malete Photography (Jhb) www.manokomalete.co.za Neo Morapedi Productions (Jhb) www.morapediproductions.co.za Nicholas James Photography (Jhb) www.nicholasjamesphoto.com Tyme (Jhb) www.tyme.co.za

TRANSPORT Hire Classic Cars www.hireclassiccars.co.za Horse and Carriage (Jhb) www.horseandcarriage.co.za JPD Limousine Services (Jhb) +27 11 781 0800 Supreme Limos (Jhb) www.supremelimos.net

VENUES Amanzingwe (Hartbeespoort) www.amazingwe.co.za Avianto (Muldersdrift) www.avianto.co.za Bergvallei Estates (Muldersdrift)

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the perfect wedding into a spectacular event !!” Cell: 084 431 7597 | Tel: 0787588301 | Email: info@sophlaevents.co.za @sophlaevents

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Photographed at Thaba Eco Hotel www.thabahotel.co.za www.bergvallei.co.za Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga) www.foreverblydecanyon.co.za Bundu Lodge www.bundulodge.co.za Bushwillow Tented Camp (Muldersdrift) www.bushwillowtentedcamp.co.za Casa Grande Guest Lodge www.casa-grandebb.co.za Diep in die Berg (Pta) www.diepindieberg.com the forum company (Bryanston) www.theforum.co.za Forever Hotel @ Centurion (Lyttleton) www.centurionhotel.co.za Garden World (Muldersdrift) www.gardenworld.co.za Glenburn Lodge and Spa (Muldersdrift) www.glenburn.co.za The Hertford Country House and Function Venue (Jhb) www.hertford.co.za Hilton Sandton www.hilton.com/Sandton Holiday Inn Sandton (Jhb) www.hisandton.co.za Hoyohoyo (Jhb) www.hoyohoyoleisure.co.za Hyatt Regency Johannesburg www.johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com Idlewild Country Estate (Olifantsfontein) www.idlewildce.co.za Isiyala (Mpumalanga) www.isiyala.co.za


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Jasmine Hills Country Venue (Eikenhof) www.jasminehills.co.za Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa (Muldersdrift) www.kloofzicht.co.za Lake Umuzi (Secunda/Mpumalanga) www.lakeumuzi.co.za Legend Lodges (Pta) www.legendlodges.co.za Loskopdam (Mpumalanga) www.foreverloskopdam.co.za Michelangelo Towers (Jhb) www.legacyhotels.co.za Midrand Conference Centre www.midrandconferencecentre.co.za Misty Hills Country Hotel (Muldersdrift) www.mistyhillscountryhotel.com Monate Lodge (Limpopo) www.monatelodge.com Oakfield Farm (Muldersdrift) www.oakfield.co.za Oxbow Country Estate (Bronkhortspruit) www.oxbowestate.co.za Polo Room (Jhb) www.bywordofmouth.co.za Red Ivory (Haartbeespoort) www.redivorylodge.com Summer Place (Jhb) www.summerplacesa.com Thaba Eco Hotel (Jhb) www.thabahotel.co.za The Cradle (Magaliesberg)

www.thecradle.co.za Crowne Plaza The Rosebank (Jhb) www.therosebank.co.za The Moon and Sixpence (Muldersdrift) www.moonandsixpence.co.za Umbali Events Venue (Nelspruit) www.umbali.co.za Umbhaba Lodge (Hazyview) www.umbhaba.co.za Valverde Eco Hotel www.valverde.co.za Waterfall Lodge (Mpumalanga) www.waterfallsafarilodge.co.za Zulu Nyala (Jhb) www.zulunyalagroup.com

WEDDING PLANNERS Alan’s Creations +27 11 805 9463 Bright Studio +27 11 880 0655 House of Functions (Jhb) +27 11 477 3079 Kantu Events & DÊcor +27 71 053 4998 Magic Events @ Vanilla Sky (Bloemfontein) www.magic-events.co.za Meletlo Celebrations (Jhb) www.meletlocelebrations.co.za Otto de Jager Events (Jhb) www.odjevents.com Silver Events (Pta) +27 12 346 1334 The Wedding Warehouse www.theweddingwarehouse.co.za

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Getting married in KwaZulu-Natal: Durban, Drakensberg and the Midlands

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KwaZulu-Natal is well known for its wonderful weather. It’s the only place in the country where you can have a summer wedding in winter, and who wouldn’t want that?

BAR SERVICES Cocktails & Caviar (Durban) www.cocktailcc.co.za LV Occasions (Durban) www.lvoccasions.co.za The Oyster Box (Umhlanga Rocks) www.oysterboxhotel.com Thirst Mobile Bar Services (Durban) www.thirst.za.com

CAKES Cakes Unlimited (Pietermaritzburg) www.cakesunlimited.co.za Cupcake D’lights (Durban) www.cupcakedlights.blogspot.com Cupcake Indulgence (Durban) www.cupcakeindulgence.co.za Sharyn’s Cakes (Midlands) www.sharynscakes.co.za So Whipped (Durban) www.sowhipped.co.za

Spectacular Events (Durban) +27 82 876 7447 Sugar & Spice (Durban) www.sugarandspice.co.za The Cake Specialist (Durban) www.thecakespecialist.co.za The Wedding Cake by Lena (Durban) macdacruz@gmail.com

CATERING CHC Catering (Pietermaritzburg) www.chccatering.co.za Engweni Caterers (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 398 0515 Hamblin’s Catering (Durban) www.hamblinscatering.co.za Lettuce & Lime (Drakensberg) +27 76 570 6590 Ntokazi Catering & Events (Durban) www.ntokazievents.co.za Olive Twist (Durban) www.olivetwist.co.za

DÉCOR Décor Boutique (Pietermaritzburg) www.decorboutique.co.za Designer Décor (Durban) +27 31 764 1898 www.designerdecor.co.za Fantasy Décor (Durban) +27 32 533 8365 Lemontree Concepts (Durban) www.lemontreeconcepts.co.za Michelle da Silva Draping & Party Décor (Durban) +27 31 261 4358 Midlands Style Events (Midlands) www.midlandsstyleevents.co.za Nature’s Design (Durban) www.naturesdesign.co.za Nomadik Tents www.nomadiktents.co.za Occasions (Durban) www.occasionsfloralartistry.co.za Planned to Perfection (Durban) www.plannedtoperfection.co.za Speciality Functions (Durban) www.specialityfunctions.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |



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Kerry’s Flowers and Décor (Midlands) +27 33 347 2706 Mokka Blooms (Midlands) www.mokkablooms.co.za Occasions on Broadway (Durban) +27 31 563 0920 Petals Fine Flowers (Midlands) www.petals-midlands.com PetalMania (Midlands) www.petalmania.co.za Peter’s Florist (Durban) +27 31 309 6089 Talloula Celebrations (Durban) www.talloula.co.za

GIFTS, FAVOURS & JEWELLERY Boardmans www.boardmans.co.za Devine Weddings (Underberg) www.devineweddings.co.za Gifts Inc (Port Shepstone) www.giftsinc.co.za Sterns www.sterns.co.za Tempur Beds (Countrywide) za.tempur.com Yuppiechef (Countrywide) www.yuppiechef.com


25 Year Guarantee. Designed to last in the toughest kitchens.

For more information contact: Prestige Quality Housewares (Pty) Ltd A member of the FACKELMANN Group 1 Dwerg, Street, Denver, Johannesburg Tel 011 417 6600 | Email info@prestigehw.co.za

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Bridal Boutique (Durban) +27 31 208 5906 Bridal Mall Couture (Durban) www.bridalmall.co.za Lauren Judith-Anne Designs +27 78 318 0976 Lipsy London (Countrywide) www.edcon.co.za (Available at selected Edgars stores) Olivelli (Durban) www.olivellidurban.co.za Maryke Designs (Midlands) www.maryke.co.za Sposabella (Durban) www.sposabellakzn.co.za The Bridal Shop (Durban) www.thebridalshopkzn.co.za TM Lewin www.tmlewin.com (Available at selected Edgars stores)

HAIR & MAKE-UP Casa Nova Hair Studio (Durban) +27 31 566 5540

Colour ‘n’ Kohl (Durban) +27 72 939 0205 Janice Rose Beauty (Durban) www.janicerosebeauty.co.za Lize Hair (Durban) +27 83 382 7945 Make-Up Your Mind (Durban) www.makeupyourmind.co.za R & D’s Hair Co (Durban) +27 31 572 5873 Rags Hair and Beauty (Durban) www.ragshairandbeauty.com Sabath Salon and Makeup Artist (Drakensberg) +27 74 111 9428

HONEYMOONS Air Seychelles www.airseychelles.com Ayka International www.aykainternational.co.za Legend Hospitality Group www.legendhospitality.co.za LUX* Resorts & Hotels www.luxresorts.com Mauritius Tourism www.tourism-mauritius.mu MSC Cruises www.msccruises.co.za Sure Travel www.suretravel.co.za The Holiday Factory www.theholidayfactory.co.za Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa www.umngazi.co.za World Leisure Holidays www.wlh.co.za

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Smix (Durban) www.smix.co.za DJ Worx (Pietermaritzburg) www.djworx.co.za Durban DJs (Durban) www.durbandjs.co.za Sounds Unique (Durban) www.soundsunique.co.za The Wedding DJ (Durban) www.theweddingdj.co.za Z Sound (Durban) www.zsound.co.za

PAPER GOODS & STATIONERY Crystal Print (Durban) www.crystalprintsa.co.za Inviting Cards (Durban)


+27 31 8119116 Paper Trail (Pietermaritzburg) www.papertrailpmb.yolasite.com Save the Date (Durban) www.savethedate.co.za

www.spectrumphotos.net Studio Elle (Newcastle) www.studio-elle.co.za Tink Photography (Midlands) www.thea-cogill.squarespace.com


Coastal Limo Hire (Durban) +27 32 945 3475 First Car Rental (Durban) www.firstcarrental.co.za Mount Edgecombe Limo Hire (Durban) www.mtedgelimoservices.co.za

Catchlight Studio (Pietermaritzburg) +27 72 402 2650 Filmco Video Photographers (Durban) filmcovideophotographerscc.yolasite.com Heather Fitchet Photography (Durban) www.heatherfitchet.co.za Ivor Hamilton Photographer (Durban) www.ivorhamilton.co.za Jacki Bruniquel Photography (Midlands) www.jackibruniquel.com Justin Erasmus Photographyer (Durban) www.justinerasmus.co.za SS Media Productions (Durban) www.ssmedia.co.za Saysha Baker Photography (Pietermaritzburg) www.sayshabaker.co.za Spectrum Photography Studios (Durban)


VENUES Alpine Heath Resort (N. Drakensberg) www.aha.co.za Beverly Hills (Umhlanga) www.tsogosunhotels.com Durban Country Club (Durban) www.dcclub.co.za Eden Lassie www.edenlassie.co.za Ghost Mountain Inn (Nkuze) www.ghostmountaininn.co.za Grand Manor Gardens (Tongaat) www.grandmanor.co.za Intaba View www.intabaview.co.za

La La Nathi Country Guest House (Harrismith) www.lalanathi.co.za Lemontree Concepts (Durban) www.lemontreeconcepts.co.za Magic Events @ Vanilla Sky www.magic-events.co.za Netherwood (Midlands) www.netherwood.co.za Sani Valley Nature Lodges (Himeville) www.sanivalley.co.za Tala Collections www.tala.co.za The Duboirs www.theduboirs.co.za Royal Hotel (Durban) www.theroyal.co.za Umthunzi Hotel & Conference (Umtentweni) www.umthunzi.co.za

WEDDING PLANNERS Delyse Wade Coordinators (Durban) www.delysewadeco.co.za Emily Lockhart (Midlands) www.emilylockhart.co.za Etc Events (Durban) www.etcevents.co.za Event Co (Durban) +27 84 511 6834 Ntokazi Catering and Events (Durban) www.ntokazievents.co.za

Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa


Celebrate the start of your journey together at Ghost Mountain Inn - the quintessential romantic setting for a beautiful and memorable wedding. The relaxed Zululand ambiance combined with the personalised service of Ghost Mountain Inn’s highly skilled and professional team will leave you to enjoy the wedding of your dreams. Elegant wedding venues (both indoor and out), charming accommodation, indulgent spa facilities, boat cruises on Lake Jozini and wildlife safaris all combine to promise a spectacular wedding experience for both couple and guests.

+27 (0) 35 573 1025 | gmi@ghostmountaininn.co.za | www.ghostmountaininn.co.za

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Getting Married in the Cape: Cape Town and the Winelands

Picture Heather Fitchet Photography

It is easy to fall in love with the Mother City. With its tranquil beaches and beautiful winelands plus dramatic mountain views, it is a perfect wedding destination



Barcode Mobile (Mobile) www.barcodemobile.co.za Barmotion Mobile Bars (Mobile) www.barmotion.co.za Blend Eventlife (Mobile) www.blendeventlife.co.za

Forest44 (Cape Town) www.forest44.co.za Dial-a-Picnic (Cape Town) www.dialapicnic.co.za Salt & Pepper Catering (Cape Town) www.saltandpeppercatering.co.za Stir Food (Cape Town/Stellenbosch) www.stirfood.co.za The Gourmet Chef (Cape Town) markhoberman@polka.co.za Verve Caterers and Events (Cape Town) www.verve-caterers.com

CAKES Cake Couture by Justine (Cape Town) www.cakecouturebyjustine.co.za Cakes by Wade (Cape Town) www.cakesbywade.co.za Lady Lucy’s Kitchen (Cape Town) www.ladylucyskitchen.co.za Mrs Jones Cakes (Welgemoed) +27 83 263 7497 The Secret Ingredient (Cape Town) www.thesecretingredient.co.za Wendy McLeod Cake Design (Cape Town) www.wendyscakedesign.com


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DÉCOR A Vintage Affair (Somerset West) www.avintageaffair.co.za Blooming Wonderful (Somerset West) www.bloomingwonderful.co.za Classy Hire (Cape Town) www.classyhire.co.za Event Décor Hire (Cape Town) www.eventdecorhirecape.co.za

Exclusive Hire & Events (Cape Town) www.ehire.co.za In and Out Events (Cape Town) www.inandoutevents.co.za Leengoed (Cape Town) +27 83 625 0275 Nomadik Tents (Countrywide) www.nomadiktents.co.za That Little Shop (Countrywide) www.thatlittleshop.co.za Top Table (Cape Town) www.toptable.co.za

FLOWERS Flamboijant (Bonnievale) www.flamboijant.co.za Flowers in the Foyer (Cape Town) www.flowersinthefoyer.co.za Foci Function Concepts (Cape Town) www.foci.co.za Jenny B Flowers (Cape Town) www.jennybflowers.co.za O’ So Divine Flowers (Cape Town)


www.o-so-divine.co.za Special Events (Stellenbosch) www.eventsplanner.co.za The Flower Cottage (Cape Town) www.theflowercottage.co.za

GIFTS, FAVOURS & JEWELLERY Boardmans www.boardmans.co.za Pres Les (Cape Town) www.presles.co.za Sterns www.sterns.co.za Sugar Bird Wedding Favours (Cape Town) www.wedding-favours.co.za Tempur Beds (Countrywide) za.tempur.com Yuppie Chef (Countrywide) www.yuppiechef.com

GOWNS & SHOES Anella Wedding Shoes (Cape Town) www.weddingshoes.co.za Didi Couture (Cape Town) www.didicouture.co.za Garnish Couture (Cape Town) www.garnishcouture.co.za Gert Van De Merwe (Cape Town) www.gertvandemerwe.com Lipsy London (Countrywide) www.edcon.co.za (Available at selected Edgars stores) MaryK Designs (Cape Town) +27 72 143 4921 Olivelli (Cape Town) www.olivellicapetown.co.za Renate Bosch (Cape Town) renatebosch@gmail.com Rene H Couture (Cape Town) www.rene-h-couture.com Special Occasions (Cape Town) www.specialdresses.co.za TM Lewin www.tmlewin.com (Available at selected Edgars stores)

HAIR & MAKE-UP All Made Up (Cape Town) +27 21 715 6096 Be Premiere (Stellenbosch) richard.bland@bepremiere.com Exquisite Look (Cape Town) www.theexquisitelook.co.za Jenro Beauty (Cape Town) www.jenrobeauty.co.za Le Hair Lounge (Stellenbosch) www.lehairlounge.com Mariaan Enslin (Cape Town)

www.promakeupmeportfolio.wordpress.com PowderPuff (Cape Town) www.powderpuffmakeup.co.za

Nikolai Polzenhagen Photography (Cape Town) www.nikolaip.com


Cape Town Carriage Company (Cape Town) www.ctcco.co.za Limo Hire (Cape Town) www.limohirecapetown.co.za Motor Classic Rentals (Cape Town) www.motorclassic.co.za Status Luxury Vehicles (Cape Town) www.slv.co.za Wine Valley Horse Trails (Paarl) www.horsetrails-sa.co.za

Air Seychelles www.airseychelles.com Ayka International www.aykainternational.co.za Legend Hospitality Group www.legendhospitality.co.za LUX* Resorts & Hotels www.luxresorts.com Mauritius Tourism www.tourism-mauritius.mu MSC Cruises www.msccruises.co.za Sure Travel www.suretravel.co.za The Holiday Factory www.theholidayfactory.co.za World Leisure Holidays www.wlh.co.za

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Deejays Music (Paarl) +27 21 872 1110 K and Double B (Cape Town) +27 21 438 9177 Silk (Cape Town) www.silkmusic.co.za Trilogy Music (Cape Town) www.trilogymusic.com Your DJ (Cape Town) +27 82 853 3528

PAPER GOODS Lily Young Couture Wedding Stationery (Cape Town) www.lilyyoung.co.za Little Works (Cape Town) www.littleworks.co.za Secret Diary Designs (Cape Town) www.secretdiary.co.za Susan Brand Design (Winelands) www.susanbrand.co.za Wedding Poetry (Cape Town) +27 82 990 9458

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Alice Swan Photography (Cape Town) www.aliceswan.com Annemari Ruthven Photography (Cape Town) www.annemariruthven.com Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema (Cape Town) www.bmgcinema.co.za Jean-Pierre Uys Photography (Cape Town) www.jeanpierrecreates.com Jilda G Photography (Cape Town) www.jildagphotography.co.za Missing Piece Films (Cape Town) www.missingpiece.co.za


VENUES Blue Horizon Estate (Simon’s Town) www.bluehorizonestate.co.za Cabrières (Montagu) www.cabrieres.co.za Delvera (Stellenbosch) www.delvera.co.za Dornier Wines (Stellenbosch) www.dornier.co.za Dutch Manor Antique Hotel (Cape Town) www.dutchmanor.co.za Holden Manz Wine Estate (Franschhoek) www.holdenmanz.com Kleinevalleij Wedding and Conference Estate (Paarl) www.kleinevalleij.co.za Landtscap (Stellenbosch) www.landtscap.co.za Langkloof Roses (Wellington) www.langkloofroses.co.za Le Manoir de Brendel (Franschhoek) www.le-manoir-de-brendel.com MolenVliet Oosthuizen Family Vineyards (Stellenbosch) www.molenvliet.co.za Newmark Hotels (Cape/Graaff Reinet) www.newmarkhotels.com Surval Boutique Olive Estate (Oudtshoorn) www.surval.co.za Val de Vie (Paarl) www.valdevie.co.za Villa Castollini Luxury Guesthouse (Knysna) www.castollini.co.za

WEDDING PLANNERS Blank Canvas (Winelands) www.blank-canvas.co.za Event and Design (Paarl) +27 21 872 4946 I Do Weddings and Events (Cape Town) www.idoweddings.co.za The Aleit Group (Cape Town/Somerset West) www.thealeitgroup.com www.nubianbride.co.za |


Getting Married in the Eastern Cape:

Port Elizabeth, East London and the Garden Route

Picture Andre M Photography

Perhaps the most underrated wedding destination in the country, the Eastern Cape has plenty to offer, including gorgeous landscapes, luxurious venues and much more

BAR SERVICES Shake and Strain Liquid Catering (PE) www.shakeandstraincatering.co.za Shaker Events (Mobile) www.shakerevents.co.za

CAKES Amazing Cakes (PE) www.amazingcakes.co.za House of Bakes (PE) www.houseofbakes.co.za Le Délice at Tramonto (George) www.tramonto-venue.co.za Sugar.com (East London) www.welovesugar.com Sweet Somethings (PE) www.sweetsomethings.co.za The Cake Lady (PE) www.pecakelady.co.za The Cake Studio (PE) www.cake-studio.co.za The Tin House Café (Knysna) www.thetinhousecafe.co.za

CATERING Angie’s Cuisine (PE) +27 41 583 1456 Cassie’s Catering (PE) +27 81 444 3827


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Chef Leesha Potts at Tramonto (Knysna) www.tramonto-venue.co.za Good Fellas (PE) www.gfellas.co.za Imagination Food Design (PE) www.imaginationfood.co.za Kei Catering Services (East London) www.keicatering.co.za King David Catering (Knysna) kdcemcc@gmail.com Roots to Branches (PE) www.rootstobranches.co.za Shake and Strain Liquid Catering (PE) +27 73 787 9933

DÉCOR Angelic Wonders (PE) www.angelicwonders.co.za Champagne Events www.champagne.co.za Designer Decor Rental (PE) www.designerdecorpe.co.za Ecozest (Knysna) +27 44 382 1801 Madiba Bay Events (PE) www.madibabayevents.co.za

Nomadik Stretch Tents www.nomadiktents.co.za Roots to Branches (PE) www.rootstobranches.co.za

FLOWERS Abfab Function and Floral Stylists (Knysna) +27 82 569 8974 Casa Rose (PE) www.casarose-pe-florist.co.za Nina Roses (George) www.ninaroses.co.za Pollen (PE) +27 41 581 8284 Stephanie & Janine’s Florist (PE) www.sjflorist.co.za The Flower Shop (Plettenberg Bay) +27 44 533 3492

GIFTS, FAVOURS & JEWELLERY Beautiful Beginnings www.beautifulbeginnings.co.za Boardmans www.boardmans.co.za Fotoh!Food (Knysna) www.cakesandcookies.co.za Sterns www.sterns.co.za


Sugarbird Wedding Favours www.wedding-favours.co.za Tempur Beds za.tempur.com

GOWNS & SHOES Besters Bridal Boutique (Knysna) www.bestersbridalboutique.com Brides and More (PE) www.bridesandmore.co.za Chocolates for Breakfast (PE) www.chocolatesforbreakfast.co.za L Designs (PE) www.ldesigns.co.za Lipsy London (Countryywide) www.edcon.co.za (Available at selected Edgars stores) LMB Blushing Bride Designs CC (PE) www.blushingbride.co.za Lorette Designs (PE) www.lorettedesigns.co.za Olivelli (George) www.olivelligeorge.com TM Lewin www.tmlewin.com (Available at selected Edgars stores)


MSC Cruises www.msccruises.co.za Sure Travel www.suretravel.co.za The Holiday Factory www.theholidayfactory.co.za World Leisure Holidays www.wlh.co.za


Alfred Lor Photography +27 71 557 6400 Bazil Raubach/BIRimages (PE) +27 79 675 4512 Charmaine Rowe Photography (PE) +27 83 452 4758 Creative Film Productions (George) +27 44 873 3947

Air Seychelles www.airseychelles.com Ayka International Travel www.aykainternational.co.za Legend Lodges www.legendhospitality.co.za LUX* Resorts www.luxresorts.com Mauritius Tourism www.tourism-mauritius.mu

Bride & Groom: Jurgen & Minette Visser. Photography: www.kobustollig.co.za

Hair by Elaine of London (Knysna) +27 44 382 4191

Iris Gomez Make-up Artist (PE) +27 79 702 2379 Ivana Bertoni (PE) +27 41 379 3011 Mandy’s Hair Studio (East London) +27 43 731 1085 MC Make up Artist & Image Stylist (PE) +27 82 829 8983 Michelle Marx Make-up (PE) +27 83 380 5101 Nine on Gray (Knysna) +27 44 382 1919 Samuel Beck Hairdressing (Jeffreys Bay) +27 42 293 3103 Spraytan (Countrywide) +27 21 557 5279 Strands of Joy (George) +27 44 874 6671 Theano (PE) +27 72 281 5269 The Art of Make-up (George) +27 82 584 2819 Wilna Allpass Professional Make-up Artist (George) +27 44 873 5107

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Davey Mac (Knysna) +27 44 343 2825 Elite Entertainment +27 82 678 7999 Imagine Mobile +27 71 277 5700 Jazz Quartet +27 72 996 5828

PAPER GOODS B-Unique +27 84 456 0187 Lacush (Grahamstown) +27 82 454 8242 Paper Shaper (Garden Route) +27 84 430 5225


BRIDAL EXPO 25 - 26 JUNE 2016



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Debbi Kelly Photography (East London) +27 84 406 2618 Debbie Louw Photography (PE) +27 84 271 0885 Digby Owen Photography and Video (PE) +27 83 406 3126 FullCircle Photography (PE) +27 83 886 9429 Ingrid Marais Photography (PE) +27 84 554 3034 Judith Doubell Photography (Grahamstown) +27 71 554 0258 Lauren Claire Photography (PE) +27 79 359 9273 Liza Wigley Photography (Knysna) +27 44 877 0869 Michael Sheehan (PE) +27 82 550 4800 Michelle Photography & Videography (George) +27 84 600 6048 Photo Lounge Studios (PE) +27 84 556 6599 Pixelume Photography (PE) +27 82 839 4959 Shannon Bradfield (East London) +27 83 650 3548  


Garden Route Vintage Cars (Garden Route)

+27 73 512 8160 Humewood Wedding Cars (PE) +27 41 585 9781 Terence Car Hire (Mobile) +27 82 085 4047

VENUES African Sky’s (PE) +27 41 379 5002 Champagne Events and Function Venue (PE) +27 41 379 2391 Conrad Pezula and Spa (Knysna) +27 44 302 3333 Die Waenhuis Guest House (George) +27 44 874 0034 / +27 83 461 9302 Fairview Homestead (Knysna) +27 82 226 9406 Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate (George) +27 44 804 0432 Hacklewood Hill Country House (PE) +27 41 581 1300 Lake De La Vie Country Estate (PE) +27 41 379 3115 Le Domaine (PE) +27 41 379 2800 Morgan Bay Hotel (PE) +27 43 841 1062 Mpekweni Beach Resort (Port Alfred/East London) +27 40 676 1026

Nikalandershoek Guest Farm (PE) +27 42 283 0906 Quarry Lake Inn (East London) +27 43 707 5400 / +27 83 273 8805 Shanel’s Country Estate (East London) +27 43 730 7498 Slipperfields (PE) +27 71 856 5787 Surval Boutique Hotel (Oudtshoorn) +27 87 350 1950 The Boma (PE) +27 41 366 1591 The Garden Café (PE) +27 82 553 0091 The Plantation (PE) +27 41 366 1591 Tramonto Function Venue (George) +27 44 870 7150

WEDDING PLANNERS Confetti Events (PE) +27 84 513 3599 Jupiter Afrika (PE) +27 84 512 0155 Weddings by Marius (Knysna) +27 44 382 3579 Wedding Ideas Eastern Cape (PE) +27 72 937 5003 Wedding Wizz (Knysna) +27 82 787 1427 Wilma Fourie at Tramonto (George) +27 44 870 7150 / +27 84 516 8306


The Most Gorgeous Venue Timeless Beauty, Country Cuisine Superior Service, Outstanding Value

Visit us and WIN your entire Wedding www.oakfield.co.za | info@oakfield.co.za | 011 wedding (933 3464) Plot 240 Cnr Beyers Naude Drive & Oakfield Farm Rd | Honeydew Ext Johannesburg | Gauteng | South Africa


Villa Tuscana Wedding Village AT MIDRAND CONFERENCE CENTRE

Your choice of exquisite indoor or garden venues for your wedding ceremony, and 6 reception halls ranging from classically elegant to romantic, oriental and lapa styles. We offer a bridal day room, honeymoon suite and exclusive guest houses for your out of town guests.

To book a site visit, contact us: (+27) 011 315 8326 info@midrandconferencecentre.co.za 661 Pendulum Road Halfway House Ext 12 Midrand, Gauteng South Africa


Spoilt for choice An inspiring collection of small and larger wedding locations that are ideal for celebrating your Big Day in the best way possible Picture White Pearl

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MICHELANGELO HOTEL | SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG Start your own Legacy at the five-star Michelangelo Hotel on Nelson Mandela Square – it’s guaranteed to bring sparkle and panache to what will be one of the most important days of your life. Known worldwide for its sheer opulence, the magnificent L’Incontro Ballroom will impress with its capacity for 160 guests, while the Il Paviglione sets the benchmark for the perfect ceremony with its 100 guest seating capability. Offers The start of your journey should be all you’ve ever dreamed of and more. The exceptionally dedicated team at The Michelangelo Hotel ensures that every last detail is taken care of. Venue hire prices differ depending on what day of the week you’ll be exchanging vows, but start from as little as R11,000. The Michelangelo offers a lavish Bridal Room so brides can get ready in unparalleled comfort. From the walk down the aisle to the first dance and the cutting of the cake, everything is stylish and elegant. The Michelangelo Hotel


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even offers a special cake knife for you to cut your cake and to keep forever after! Spend your first night in the honeymoon suite and enjoy breakfast as newlyweds in The Michelangelo’s famous Piccolo Mondo Restaurant. The Michelangelo Hotel also has special family and friends rates that can be arranged for your wedding guests should they require accommodation. There is a fully equipped spa (with a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and indoor heated pool), where the couple or bridal party can enjoy sumptuous treatments at special rates. Menu Couples have the option of a trained bridal butler available to assist with any food and beverage, unpacking or special errands that are required on the day of your wedding (booked with your coordinator at least one month prior to your event). The hotel is famous for its excellent dining options, and catering for your wedding is of prime importance. Perfect for Those who want a fairy tale wedding with all the trimmings in a luxurious setting. Contact + 27 11 282 7000 | www.legacyhotels.co.za

Say Yes to Happiness The Seychelles Islands…where romance is always in the air. Very few places on earth possess the same charm and natural allure as sensual Seychelles when it comes to choosing an idyllic venue for a wedding, anniversary or that impromptu romantic break. For many years, just the name ‘Seychelles’ has conjured up magical images of a necklace of surreally beautiful islands, lost to the world, and Time itself, where dappled sapphire seas conspire with silver sands and emerald palms to offer the very best in romantic experiences.

Please call your nearest travel professional World Leisure Holidays on 011 285 2500 / www.wlh.co.za /


BOSCHENDAL WINE ESTATE | FRANSCHOEK, WESTERN CAPE This historic 300-year-old wine estate offers a selection of romantic natural settings for any size wedding. Located just 45 minutes from Cape Town in the midst of the spectacular Winelands, Boschendal is one of the oldest wine estates in the region and has become famous for its wine tastings and excellent restaurants, including The Werf. Offers Customised weddings at a series of venues, including the Rose Garden,

historic Boschendal Manor House, the exclusive and historic Rhone Homestead and The Werf Restaurant. The newest venue is The Olive Press, a beautifully designed barn with glass doors offering spectacular views and a pretty meadow garden. The estate has recently built guest accommodation in refurbished workers’ cottages, which can also be included in the venue hire. Menu A choice of delicious gourmet menus. Perfect for Weddings for 14 to 1,000 guests in a glorious setting. Contact +27 21 870 4206 | www.boschendal.com


MOON & SIXPENCE | CRADLE OF HUMANKIND, MULDERSDRIFT If you are looking for a romantic country location for your wedding day, the Moon & Sixpence, on the border of the scenic Cradle of Humankind, offers a choice of charming locations. Select from a lush garden setting to a choice of chapels, depending on the size of your wedding. For a smaller wedding, there’s Farthing Chapel with its large wooden doors opening up for the bride as she walks down a carpet scattered with rose petals to stand under a candlelit chandelier. For a more lavish event, there’s St Francis Chapel with its magnificent stained glass windows and high thatched ceiling.


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Large open fireplaces keep guests warm and cosy in winter. Offers The experienced staff will create a package to suit the couple’s preferences and budget. The venue is renowned for its extraordinary attention to detail, and also offers four-star luxury accommodation for the bridal couple as well as guests. The venue nestles in stunning gardens that offer numerous magical spots for wedding pictures. Menu The venue offers buffet and plated menus as well as special Sunday lunches and picnics, with delicious food and a varied choice of menus. Perfect for A magical country wedding in an idyllic setting near the city. Contact +27 82 251 0644 | www.moonandsixpence.co.za




Offering a full service solution for all bridal requirements, The Forum Company boasts a selection of iconic venues, not to mention personalised catering menus, exceptional cuisine and a five-star coordination service. The Forum’s bespoke approach means that the bridal couple can decide how much or how little you want them to take care of with their signature sophistication and flair. So, if you are looking for the perfect venue, a blissfully decadent feast or a takecharge-of-everything service, The Forum Company team will happily ensure that every taste, smell, sound and sight delights even the most discerning bride. Offers A classic choice in a city context, The

Forum offers numerous spaces that can be tweaked into the most elegant scene: majestic atriums, beautiful outdoor areas – including a courtyard garden – decked out with festive marquees and a romantic orangery area, ideal for more intimate gatherings. The sweeping Triple Volume is the perfect blank canvas for a sleek, sophisticated wedding set for royalty and can accommodate between 200 and 400 guests, or 800 people cocktail-style. Menus Fine, carefully crafted food as delightfully varied as every other offering. Perfect for The discerning couple who knows exactly what they want and is assured that it will be delivered. Contact www.theforumweddings.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |



GHOST MOUNTAIN INN | MKUZE, NORTHERN KWAZULU-NATAL Situated at the foot of legendary Ghost Mountain in Zululand in northern KwaZulu-Natal, this luxurious, privately owned mountain inn offers the perfect romantic setting for a Zulu wedding. Offers This intimate establishment offers a highly skilled and professional team that assists in planning and coordinating the wedding. This combines to create a dream wedding. There is a choice of indoor or outdoor wedding

venues, charming guest accommodation, indulgent spa facilities and numerous activities to enjoy before and after the wedding. The bridal couple enjoys a complimentary stay in the Honeymoon Suite as well as a relaxing 30-minute back massage. Menu Fresh local ingredients are used to prepare a choice of delicious traditional menus to suit every taste. Perfect for A location where the bridal couple and guests can enjoy a fun adventure holiday as well as a stunning honeymoon. Contact +27 35 573 1025 | www.ghostmountaininn.co.za



Located just 40 minutes from Pretoria, this chic country-style venue and trout fishing estate offers a spectacular setting for a rural wedding. The lush gardens and expansive Highveld scenery are a photographer’s dream and the main venue, Riverbed Hall, has a magnificent setting overlooking meandering trout dams fringed with tall eucalyptus and weeping willow trees. Offers The Oxbow team works together to create a special, once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebration. They offer full wedding coordination, and guide guests and proceedings to ensure the bridal couple is free to enjoy their Big Day. A wedding at here is


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completely exclusive with a choice of indoor chapel or garden for wedding ceremonies. The bride-to-be enjoys a luxury dressing room, the Velvet Signal Suite, for hair and make-up, with drinks and snacks included. The couple also enjoys a stay in the luxury Heart-Seed Suite with complimentary sparkling wine, chocolates and spa bath. Menu Owners Alison and Frank Lovell enjoy creating exceptional, memorable events and work with the executive chef to create fresh, delicious menus that are ideal for every occasion. Perfect for A beautiful, romantic, chic country setting where everything is taken care of. Contact +27 13 932 8000 | www.oxbowestate.co.za




Situated in the heart of Rosebank, this luxurious hotel boasts a wonderful location, outstanding food and the highest levels of service, allowing the bridal couple the opportunity to relax and enjoy their special day, assured that it will be truly memorable. Offers The hotel’s dedicated wedding specialists will tailor your wedding to your specific requirements. With meticulous attention to detail, they will focus on all your wishes before and during your wedding, keeping in mind that the smallest things make all the difference. There is a choice of venues throughout the hotel for both the ceremony and reception, ranging from intimate to grand, indoor or outdoor. The lush garden provides breathtaking backdrops for wedding pictures, and the hotel offers a complimentary suite for the bridal couple on their wedding night. Menu Experienced catering and event managers are on hand to assist in every part of the planning process to ensure a tempting array of food and beverages to suit whatever type of reception you choose. Perfect for Whether you envision a simple gathering with a few family members and friends or an elaborate formal affair, every wedding at this stunning hotel is treated as a special event. Contact +27 11 280 1234 | www.johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com


BONA DEA PRIVATE ESTATE | HERMANUS, WESTERN CAPE This picturesque, luxury wedding destination offers breathtaking views. Located 2.5km from Hermanus, it nestles in the spectacular Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The luxurious Dendrobium House Venue Complex on the estate, which opened in 2015, boasts a spacious entertainment terrace and elegant indoor spaces. Offers Bona Dea’s sophisticated, dedicated team of professionals is on hand to organise and coordinate a wedding for up to 160 guests in a choice of venues, either the lavish ballroom or the Private Dining Room

and Cocktail Lounges for more intimate groups. Each wedding is personalised to suit the couple’s needs, and the estate offers a selection of every possible service, from coordination, creative styling, floristry and equipment to furniture hire to ensure that the wedding is unique, spectacular and memorable. Menu The team will recommend a choice of catering services to make the dishes at your wedding as unique and personal as you wish. Perfect for A lavish, luxury wedding for anything between 18 and 180 guests at one of the most beautiful locations on the Cape’s famous Whale Coast. Contact +27 82 55 22 100 | www.bonadea.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |




LEGEND GOLF & SAFARI RESORT | WATERBERG REGION, LIMPOPO Situated in the heart of the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere, around three hours north of Johannesburg, this exquisite property offers a choice of exotic venues, from saying your vows at the top of the mystical and scenic Hangklip Mountain to enjoying your reception with up to 450 guests at the stunning White Lion Boma. Offers An unforgettable wedding experience at your choice of 10 exceptional venues at the resort, with everything organised for you for the ceremony

and the reception. All guests enjoy a special accommodation rate, and the bridal couple enjoy a complimentary night of luxury including champagne and strawberries or chocolates plus a special honeymoon turndown. They are also invited back to spend their first wedding anniversary in this idyllic setting. The bushveld setting is perfect for unique wedding photographs. Menu The restaurants at the resort offer a wide selection of popular dishes. Perfect for A unique and memorable setting for a private intimate wedding or an extravagant reception. Contact www.legendhospitality.co.za



One of the most breathtaking wedding venues in the Nelspruit region, Bundu Lodge is located just 5km from White River. It offers a romantic bushveld location for an authentic African wedding against the backdrop of open plains, where wild animals roam free. Offers A ceremony in the lodge’s stunning chapel decorated to suit your style. In addition, there is a selection of venues to personalise your special day, accommodating between 20 to 200 people, including the restaurant deck for an outdoor occasion. Personal


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service and warm hospitality from the wedding planner and team ensure that your wedding day is special and a memory to cherish forever. The lodge offers a choice of 102 rooms for wedding guests who are staying over. There’s even a special Animal Touch Farm for children. Menu The dedicated team of chefs create a choice of delicious menus to personalise your event. Perfect for A romantic bushveld wedding where everything is laid on to ensure that you have an unforgettable Big Day. Contact +27 13 758 1222 | www.bundulodge.co.za

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Debate World-renowned bridal coach Randy Fenoli is an expert in helping brides find their dream gown. He chats to Nubian Bride about finding the perfect wedding dress


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amous for being the star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, Big Bliss, Randy Knows Best and Randy to the Rescue, bridal coach and wedding expert Randy Fenoli has assisted hundreds of brides around the world in choosing the dream dress for their wedding. On Randy to the Rescue, Fenoli travels around the USA with a truck full of wedding gowns and accessories, and assists brides in choosing the dress of their dreams from his ultimate popup bridal salon. He is coming to South Africa in May to attend the Bridal Fair and assist local brides. We asked him a few questions about weddings in general as well as wedding gowns.

What are the 2016 trends? What’s in: Choosing a gown that reflects your look, style and personality. What’s out: Gowns that are cookie cutter. Today, every bride wants to look unique. The best advice I can give a bride is to keep it personal. Choose elements that are meaningful to you. I think a wedding is always better when it is different and individual to the couple. What are the latest colour trends? I personally feel that a pale colour or a pastel wedding dress can look quite beautiful on a bride with the right skin and hair colouring. I have designed colourful wedding gowns since 1993, when I first started out, so I don’t think they are such a new trend, although they have recently started receiving more attention. However, I am more of a traditionalist and prefer a pastel colour, or a shade of white or ivory over a bold wedding gown, unless there’s a religious or cultural reason for a bride to wear a bold colour.

A wedding is always better when it is unique and individual What is the most popular style for a gown? Every dress is cut differently and every person is shaped differently. I would not want to generalise and say that a certain style or silhouette looks flattering on everyone. It’s true that more people can wear an A-line silhouette and that a mermaid gown is more difficult to pull off; however, there is more to be considered than simply the silhouette. You also need to consider the neckline, waistline and details. For example, a gown in chiffon or charmeuse will look completely different to the same design made in taffeta or satin. Also, you never know how a certain dress or silhouette will look on you until you’ve tried it on.

Which international designers do you consider the best and why? I like different designers for different brides. It seems that for every bride, there is a dress and designer that is a perfect match! I really don’t have one favourite designer. I prefer those who are true to their own unique style and truly ‘create’ gowns as opposed to those who simply copy what other designers have already created. Tips on how to choose a wedding dress? In my book It’s All About the Dress, I offer the following advice. Establish: 1. The story: What type of couple are you? What would you like your wedding to represent? 2. The plan: The venue, time of year, etc. should all be decided before choosing a gown. This can help determine the level of formality of the gown, also the fabric, colour and design. 3. The budget: How much do you want to spend on the gown? Take the entire wedding into account. You can be flexible within the budget, but not with the budget. If you find the perfect gown and it’s a little over budget, decide where you can trim from other areas of the wedding so you can get the gown of your dreams. 4. The look: Ask yourself what type of bride you want to be – classic, flirty, fun, sophisticated, retro or a combination? As a couple, are you nature lovers or perhaps artists? Do you have a special connection to a location? Once you have a theme for the wedding, finding a gown will be much easier. What advice do you have for creating an entire ‘look’ for the bride? Keep it personal. Choose elements that are meaningful to you. A wedding is always better when it is unique and individual to the bride. Choose your make-up,

hair and accessories carefully. They will either elevate or depreciate your look. They should coordinate with your gown and not compete with it. When choosing accessories, consider proportion; keep everything – earrings, necklace, veil, the bouquet – in scale. This will ensure that the look is cohesive and that nothing takes attention away from your beauty. How should a bride-to-be choose a make-up artist and hairdresser? 1. Set a budget. 2. Prepare for your appointments by gathering pictures of hair and make-up styles that inspire you. 3. Narrow down your look and have a trial run. 4. Keep an open mind. 5. Always make choices that make you FEEL the MOST beautiful. What is better on the Big Day? A ballerina pump or a high-heeled shoe? I probably wouldn’t recommend wearing a shoe without a heel. I think a slight heel gives a sexy movement when the bride walks. When a bride feels beautiful and comfortable, her whole body language changes. She will carry herself with confidence and will radiate beauty from within. Remember, it is not only about the shoe, but how you wear the shoe. Please tell us about some of the experiences you have had in shooting Say Yes to the Dress. I believe that all women are beautiful, and it is my job to find the perfect dress to enhance her beauty. In the show, I get the opportunity to share one of the most important moments in a woman’s life and become a part of the family for that moment. The most rewarding moment is when I am able to help a woman who may never have considered herself ‘pretty’ to look into the mirror and realise that she is beautiful. www.nubianbride.co.za |



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Located on the outskirts of Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, on the banks of the Osspruit River, and only 40 minutes from Pretoria, Witbank and Benoni, Oxbow is ideally situated for any event.





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Situated in a picture perfect location just outside Bloemfontein, Kwaggafontein is the perfect place for your romantic start to your new lives as Mr. & Mrs. Our large and beautiful wedding venue can cater for up to 250 wedding guests. In front of this venue is also a charming garden chapel – which can accommodate 100-200 guests, and a spacious lawn for a large marquee. We can also accommodate 100-700 guest @ Kelleysview. For your convenience, we offer services such as catering, flowers, décor, draping, sound, and anything every couple will need to make their fairy-tale wedding a reality, under one roof. We understand planning a wedding can be a stressful time hence our experienced and friendly team is always on hand and happy to help with whatever you may need. Besides memorable weddings, Kwaggafontein is also ideal for exclusive functions – from banquets, ‘formals’, birthday parties, year-end functions to workshops and conferences, which are customized to suit our clients’ budget. Are you planning an event or a wedding soon? Why not give us a call today? Contact Laura – Cell: 082 417 7123 * Fax: 086 621 9043 * magicevents@vodamail.co.za www.vanilla-sky.co.za * www.arriva-venue.co.za

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Take Note

Professional rugby player Courtnall Skosan married his beautiful bride Semone in December 2015. Julia Rice asked him to give some advice to newlyweds about marriage and their new life together


hat is your number one piece of advice for newlyweds? Never stop loving each other and enjoying the time you spend together. Honour your marriage and make sure that, after God, your partner is the number one priority in your life, more than any friend or family member. You are now one. Live like one. What is the secret to a good marriage? God at the centre. There is no other way I know. The closer you draw to God, the closer both of you will grow. Also, don’t get old and grumpy and take each other for granted. That kills a lot of marriages. Don’t ever stop making the effort to be the best version of yourself for your partner. Do the little things consistently and every now and again surprise him/her. How do you keep the romance alive? By never getting into a comfort zone and thinking that because you are now married you don’t have to


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do the things your partner once loved – whether it’s washing the dishes to make her kiss you the way she did on your wedding day, or washing his clothes to make him hug you the way he did when you were dating. It’s usually the small things that make the big difference. Romance shouldn’t be a duty. It should be fun and enjoyable. How do you combat post-wedding blues? We believe that if you have the right foundation and support structure, this is easy. Marriage is for life. Most people don’t understand this. They think that whenever things get too tough, they can opt out. It’s a covenant, not a contract. There is no expiry date. With this in mind, being happy and growing old together and leaving a legacy behind should be the ultimate goal. Whatever comes in the way of that needs to be dealt with. This is the one thing in your life you should fight the hardest for. “Where there is unity, God commands a blessing.”


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