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very issue, the team at Nubian Bride pulls out all the stops to give our readers the very best content possible. Publisher Gina Borthwick’s meticulous attention to detail and demand for perfection inspires us to deliver only the very best. We are particularly proud of this issue. It’s beautiful in every sense of the word, a masterpiece of new design created by Art Director Justine Kerr, a perfect patchwork of ideas, photographs and creative talent collected from experts in the wedding industry, including inspiration and bridal artistry from the iconic Otto de Jager, as well as visual gems put together by some of the best stylists, photographers, make-up artists, floral experts and planners in the industry. We’ve divided the magazine up into three sections to make it easier to read and more fun to follow. The first section, Inspiration, covers out-of-the-box ideas, magical Real Weddings to inspire and the latest wedding trends to get you started on planning your Big Day. In the second section, Fashion & Beauty, you’ll find informative fashion, beauty and hair tips, plus covetable products to get the look you want on your wedding day. The final section, Planning,

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covers everything required to put together a major production, which is, in essence, what a wedding really is. We’ve compiled lists of stunning venues, inspo for food, décor, cakes, flowers, planners, you name it… great inspiration that will get you on the road to making your wedding dreams come true. The issue also contains a separate supplement that focuses on exquisite honeymoon destinations. It features a selection of exclusive jet set locations around the world that all offer heavenly honeymoons. We fill you in on what’s on trend right now – we’re talking France and the Maldives – as well as beautiful beach holidays, extraordinary adventures and bucket list experiences. We’ve added a couple of Real Honeymoons, too, to give you an idea of where some of our readers have chosen to spend this special time, and a plethora of local destinations. Whatever you do, don’t disregard your own shores. South Africa has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the world for a stunning getaway, so take advantage of your proximity to some of the most delightful places to get away from it all. They may be close to home, but that doesn’t stop them from being exceptional.


Precious Tumisho Thamaga Wedding coordinator CEO of Precious Celebrations™ Luxury Weddings & Bespoke Celebrations, Precious is legendary for her work throughout the continent as well as in South Africa. In this issue, she gives expert advice on how to make your traditional wedding a monumental occasion. Great advice from an expert.

Sylvia Bosinger Florist supreme A master florist and owner of Yes! exclusive flowers, Sylvia has created a bespoke floral design service that specialises in weddings. Her company imports luxurious David Austin roses as well as other spectacular scented varieties exclusively from Kenya to use in extraordinarily beautiful creations. Her flower feature in this issue is magnificent – take a look.

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Tracy Branford Wedding planner Cape Town-based wedding planner and coordinator Tracy owns Trunk Events, the company responsible for planning the stunning wedding for Thato and Nomaswazi Khesa, winners of the R1 million Nubian Bride Win a Wedding Competition, which is featured in this issue. From planning and conceptualisation of the design and style of the wedding right through to the very necessary number crunching to keep within budget, Tracy offers an extremely hands-on service at all her wedding functions.

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JUNE 2017 – NOVEMBER 2017


Beautiful and unique ideas to inspire you Inspiration Bridal artistry Real Weddings Brides share their weddings to inspire you Trends What’s current in weddings right now |



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JUNE 2017 - NOVEMBER 2017

CONTENTS FASHION AND BEAUTY 65 66 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 99

We make sure you shine on your wedding day Main fashion Oh la la – it’s your moment For her Shopping for the bride For him Shopping for the classic groom For him Shopping for the edgy groom For bridesmaids Shopping for the bridal party For flower girls Pretty things for pretty girls For pageboys Sugar and spice for the boys Couture The secret garden Beauty French chic

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Getting down to the nitty-gritty Planning Ideas and tips to help you Venues Stunning locations for the perfect wedding Food Well plated Cakes Melt-in-the-mouth concoctions to consider Décor Suggestions to make your reception beautiful Flowers Floral artistry to brighten your look Registry The ultimate guide to the perfect gift



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BRIDAL ARTISTRY Explore the unexplored. Awaken your passions, blow your mind and push all the boundaries with some of these extraordinarily beautiful and exceptionally unique couture dĂŠcor and food concepts to start your creative process By ODJ Events To view all recipes visit

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Nomaswazi&Thato Thato and Nomaswazi were the winners of Nubian Bride’s R1 million Win-aWedding Competition, and enjoyed a fairy-tale wedding at Bona Dea Private Estate in the Western Cape on 17 March this year



"Make sure to be in the moment because the day goes by very fast"

he couple originally met on the school bus in primary school and have been inseparable for more than 24 years. He proposed while they were sharing a picnic breakfast. “When I woke up on the morning of the wedding and looked out of the window over the Bona Dea estate, the first thing I saw was my wedding arch being decorated with beautiful flowers. The venue was breathtaking. We had four coordinators who took care of everything, so we didn’t have to worry about a thing. This set the mood for our magical day. Everything was impeccable; we were amazed at how quickly it went by,” says Nomaswazi. “A highlight for me was when my bridesmaids made a circle around me and prayed over me. |



“Each bridesmaid stood at the bell towers to ring the bells just before I walked down the aisle to the love of my life. Thato’s highlight was when I walked down the aisle towards him. Part of our prize is a stunning five-star, two-week honeymoon at the V&A Waterfront in a plush, private apartment with every possible luxury thrown in. We have decided to keep our honeymoon prize and use it to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in 2018.” Their advice for a couple about to tie the knot? “Take your partner’s wedding ideas into consideration. Also, make sure to be in the moment because the day goes by very fast. It also helps to have a very good coordinator, like we did!”

"He got down on one knee, told me that he couldn’t live without me and asked if I would be his wife"

"The venue was breathtaking"

"We have decided to keep our honeymoon prize and use it to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in 2018" |



Photography Billy-Jean Photography | Wedding planning and coordination Tracy Branford, Trunk Events | Venue & accommodation Bona Dea Private Estate | Wedding gown Kobus Dippenaar | Suits Quiteria & George | Bridesmaids’ dresses and suits for groomsmen Quiteria & George | Flowers Yes! exclusive flowers | Cake Krummels Sugar Art | Pearl headdress Sylvia, Yes! exclusive flowers | Make-up & hair Leoume Vos Bridal Artistry | Catering Tasty’s Coordinators & Catering | Favours Uthando | Music & lighting Event Music Solutions (EMS) | Videographry Kat Willemse, Vizion Photo & Films | Wine Hamilton Russel Vineyards | and MCC Riebeek Cellars | For more pictures visit




Niki&Suzanne This was the couple's second wedding, "a celebration of life and love"


"This was actually our second wedding day. A lot had happened since we were married two and a half years previously – most importantly, our son, Milo, was born"


iki and Suzanne met at a club at the Waterfront at a friend’s birthday party. The couple were in the same Honours class at UCT, and were introduced at the party. They started seeing each other regularly after that. Niki proposed while they were on holiday visiting friends in Warsaw. At some point, the group separated, and while Suzanne was waiting for Niki, she noticed a piece of paper on the ground. “On the paper were the words ‘look up’. So that’s what I did. Amber was at the top of the viewing tower, waving. She pulled out another sign, which read ‘turn around’. As I turned around, I saw Niki, down on one knee. He said some beautiful words and then asked me to marry him. ‘Are you crazy?’ I responded. He took that as a ‘yes’ – and we then all celebrated with champagne at a fancy hotel nearby.” Niki and Suzanne first got married in Norway (Suzanne’s home country) in August, 2014. And then they got married |



"I wish I could teleport all the people who weren’t able to make it, so that we could share our big day with AL L the special people in our lives"

in South Africa. “So this was actually our second wedding. A lot had happened since we married two and a half years previously – most importantly, our son, Milo, was born. We decided to call the event at Landtscap ‘a celebration of life and love’. The day was just that – a wonderful celebration full of joy, shared with family and friends. In hindsight, I’d have started planning earlier. I also suggest that couples be prepared that things won’t necessarily go exactly as planned. And don’t compromise on what is really important.” Photography Inecke Photography | Wedding coordinator Lisa Schoeman, Talk Functions | Venue Landtscap | Wedding gown Last minute plan B from some random shop in Joburg with a belt made from our wedding fabric Flowers Fleur le Cordeur | Stationery Lara Friday Designs | Hair Hair by Jamie | hairstylingbyjamie DJ and sound Daring Promotions | For more pictures visit




Jannelle&Protasio Everything about this stunning couple’s wedding was the epitome of class and elegance



he couple met at church. Meeting Pro was a stroke of sheer serendipity, says Jannelle. It was a chance meeting at church. “We were always at the same events, but we didn’t actually get together for two years, when a friend organised a lift for me with Pro… and as they say, the rest is history!” Pro didn’t propose in the traditional way. “He said, ‘I’m going to your family to ask for your hand in marriage’ whilst nibbling on a chicken drumstick. He later surprised me with a ring just before he went to my parents to pay lobola. Our wedding day was the epitome of class and elegance; we honestly can’t fault any service provider. Our décor was sublime and sophisticated and the venue provided us with the perfect backdrop.”

“‘He said, ‘I’m going to your family to ask for your hand in marriage’ whilst nibbling on a chicken drumstick” |



“‘We were both in our little love bubble, everything was a blur”

Photography Rianka’s Weddings | Wedding coordination Samantha Stewart | Red Ivory | www. Venue Red Ivory | Wedding gown Zarth Designs | Flowers Dalton & Bloom | Stationery Smith | Cinematography Hauke | For more pictures visit



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Sharlene&Craig This couple got engaged in Florence and returned there to marry two years later



he couple first met in 2004 when they were studying together. Eight years later, while on a holiday in Europe, Craig proposed at sunset on the Bridge of Santa Trinita in Florence. “It was the most incredibly surreal moment I have ever experienced. To the left of us was a view of the Ponte Vecchio and to the right the sun setting over the River Arno. He dropped to one knee, told me he loved me and asked me if I wanted to return to Florence one day as husband and wife.” All of this came true exactly two years later. Their wedding day was simple and elegant, with a beautiful view. “From the immaculate gardens where we held the ceremony to the reception on the terrace under the Tuscan sun, we watched the city light up as we ate under the stars. It was far more beautiful than we had imagined, with 40 of our nearest and dearest travelling to Florence to share the most magical experience of our lives. It was simplicity meets grandeur,

"Don’t stress over the small things; the day will always turn out the way it is meant to, so enjoy every minute, it goes so fast! " |


"It was far more beautiful than we had imagined, with 40 of our nearest and dearest travelling to Italy to share the most magical experience of our lives"

combining our decorations with the villa and views. After a decade of being together, we shared our love for family, friends, travel and our engagement in Florence. This day encapsulated everything we ever wanted, needed or dreamed possible. Our decorations were simple white flowers with touches of gold to reflect the history of this beautiful city without detracting from the view. It was everything I ever dreamed of.” Advice to brides-to-be? “Don’t stress over the small things; the day will always turn out the way it is meant to, so enjoy every minute, it goes so fast!”

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Photographer Facibeni Fotografia | Dress Steven Khalil | Hair Bride did it herself Shoes Yves Saint Laurent | Accessories Dior | and Loveon Jewellery | Bridesmaids’ dresses Zimmermann | Groom’s suit Bespoke Venue Villa La Vedetta | Stationery Adorn Wedding Invitations | Food and wedding cake Provided by venue | Flowers Stiatti Fiori | Celebrant Blessings From Italy | Cinematography Gattotigre, Wedding Videographer | For more pictures visit



A picture-perfect white wedding was one of four celebrations to mark this couple’s union


“As the Antonij Rupert Wine Estate is privatelyowned, it isn’t used for events, but like the true Prince Charming he is, Litha made it happen”


itha co-owns a luxurious nightclub, The Sands, where socialites and trendsetters get together to sip champagne, dance and schmooze to the finest hip hop, house and Afro-pop. Tsholo was hired there two years ago as a promo girl and met him on her first day there. “After he met me, he hired me to work at The Sands full-time. Then, once we officially started dating, he fired me!” The couple dated for 17 months before Litha proposed. They had planned to go out for lunch one day, and while Tsholo was getting dressed, Litha went to have a meeting with her dad. “He went over to my dad’s house, and told him that he was ready to marry me and wanted to get the lobola process moving. Two weeks later, the family came from Port Elizabeth and met with my family here in Johannesburg. Ten days later, on my birthday on 10 August, we got married.” Tsholo and Litha had four weddings in total. This included a signing ceremony when they legally married in 2016, a traditional wedding in Johannesburg and another in PE, and a white wedding in the Cape six months after they were legally |


REAL WEDDINGS married. “The white wedding included 250 guests and was located in Franschhoek at the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate. We’d visited the location, which is where the Franschhoek Motor Museum is situated, when we were dating, and I’d fallen in love with it. We had so many special moments at the wedding, including when we exchanged vows for the very first time, and the moment that Tsholo sang to me. The dancing was also a major highlight.” Advice for future couples? “You need to listen to and trust your partner when planning the wedding and in the weeks leading up to getting married. Celebrate your wedding – it’s a celebration of your love for each other.” Photography Lwazi Mashiya, Well Seated | Events Lwazi Mashiya, Well Seated | Venue By special invitation at The Antonij Rupert Wine Estate, which is not available to the public

"Celebrate your wedding, it’s a celebration of your love for each other” Cake Cakes by Wade | Stationery Pistachio Designs | Suits Mthoko Masondo | @mthokomasondo Gowns de La Vida Bridal Couture, Sandton | and Neville Masondo, L’Art Neviole Emporium | @neviole Videographry Zolani Phakade, Urban Brew Studios | For more pictures visit




Temi&Tayo Their destination wedding in Cape Town was beautiful, fun, emotional and unforgettable


"If he had proposed in any other way, I would have figured it out. His proposal was perfect! "


emi and Tayo met in a pub in London’s Notting Hill. Temi was out with mutual friends and Tayo was invited to join the group. They started going out shortly afterwards. Tayo’s proposal was a complete surprise. “He came home early unexpectedly one Friday afternoon, got down on one knee with the most magnificent ring and asked me to marry him. The sheer element of surprise left me speechless. If he had proposed in any other way, I would have figured it out. It was perfect!” The couple chose Cape Town for their destination wedding. “The day was beautiful, fun, emotional and unforgettable. We were surrounded by family, friends and loved ones from all over the world. The day captured the spirit of who we are as a couple – traditional, with strong elements of modernity, class and style.” The wedding day itself was the climax of several days of excitement, each building on the next, from welcome |



"It was a truly profound and humbling experience"

drinks at Shimmy’s Beach Bar to exhibition polo and a cocktail reception at Val de Vie. They were married at St Mary’s Cathedral and then transported along with 330 guests to the Winelands for an exquisite reception at Cavalli Estate. Guests were greeted by a live jazz band and served cocktails and canapés in the Sunken Garden. The reception décor was quite spectacular, with glittering crystal chandeliers, long floral garlands and luxe draping. The highlight of the day was opening the dance floor at the wedding reception. “This was our first opportunity to really step back and truly absorb the overwhelming love from our friends and family who had travelled from all over the world.” The two stayed in the Cape after the wedding for a few days’ honeymoon. “We have since been blessed with a beautiful baby girl and are planning our honeymoon for later this year. Top of the list is Bora Bora, French Polynesia.” Advice to future brides? “Make every second count. It goes by so quickly and soon you will be left with nothing but the photos and your own memories.”




"The day captured the spirit of who we are as a couple - traditional, with strong elements of modernity, class and style"

Wedding management, décor & design concept Kate Diaz and Megan Kenney, Wedding Concepts |   Photographer Tyme Photography |    Bride’s wedding gown Galia Lahav |    Hair Shanaaz Alexander |    Make-up Jide, oSt.ola | @ jideofstola   Venue Cavalli Wine Estate |    Flowers & décor Fleur le Cordeur |    Decorative lighting Something-Different |    Stationery Lara’s Designs |    Wedding cake Edible Arts Cakes | For more pictures visit




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What’s hip and happening in the world of weddings

PHOTO BOOTHS ARE ALL THE RAGE Ever been to a photo booth and had fun taking pictures? Well, this is a new trend at weddings right now, courtesy of Photo Booth, a group of photographic professionals including Tim Hulme, whose photographs often grace the pages of this magazine. Their Photo Booth offers high-end equipment, superior lighting and a state-of-the-art printer, producing photos worthy of being published in a glossy magazine. There are also printless solutions for social media uploads. Choose your background, including a magazine cover, or let them custom-build a background to make your wedding guests have the best time ever.

LIVE PERFORMANCES Having a live performer at your wedding is very popular right now. One of the country’s most sought-after stars is singer and pianist Christof van der Berg, who is based in Cape Town. He has also earned international acclaim as a pianist and performing artist. Originally from a little town in the Free State, he has travelled extensively around the world and lived in Dublin when he worked as an entertainer for an exclusive celebrity lounge called Lillie’s Bordello. He is currently based in Cape Town. His collection of soulful songs, Portraits of a time in Bohemia, tell the story of his time spent living with a group of artists in Constantia in Cape Town. The show featuring these songs premiered in Cape Town and was then performed in Dublin in 2015. During his performances, which include weddings and other special events, Christof includes a varied repertoire that encompasses swing and jazz, folk music, music from the ‘60s to the present day and Afrikaans music. He also performs at the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront every Wednesday from 2pm. |


TRENDS SPECIALITY DRINKS For 2017, full bars at weddings are being replaced with tasting stations that are set up so that guests can sample just one alcoholic beverage, like craft beer, wine, champagne, whiskey or gin. Create a tasting experience where experts take people through the rituals of drinking a particular tipple and the recipes involved. This includes education, fun and some great taste experiences thrown into the mix. For all your mobile bar requirements, as well as event staff, dĂŠcor, events and anything else you require, contact Drake Events. It will cover everything for your Big Day, drinks included.

MAKE IT THE MALDIVES The honeymoon destination of choice for 2017 is the Maldives, a magical set of untouched coral islands located close to south-west India, all featuring stunning white sand beaches, pristine coral reefs and blue, blue sea. There is a choice of exotic resorts, each on their own private island, most of them with over-water villas and facilities, making a honeymoon here a heavenly experience. Take a look at the Nubian Bride Honeymoon supplement that comes with this issue for a list of luxe resorts in this charming destination.


COLOUR IT BEAUTIFUL Two colours stand out for wedding themes this year – blush pink and the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017, Greenery. The delicate blush pink that is trending in 2017 is an elegant, feminine choice for a romantic wedding. The colour green symbolises new beginnings and the Pantone colour Greenery (15-0343) is a refreshing and revitalising shade of this hue. Reminiscent of lush foliage, this colour epitomises the inherent beauty of nature. Our designer, Lucy Nkosi, is crazy about the combination of sage and oxblood, a stunning combo using these two shades at their edgiest.



For autumn/winter 2017, the bridal trends seen on international runways feature offthe-shoulder gowns, plunging necklines and sleeves. Skirts are ruffled, tiered and feathery, much like we saw on the Oscars red carpet, and the focus is on long sleeves that flutter, billow or gracefully embrace in lace iterations. Ball gowns, A-line dresses, modern creations and bohemian sheaths all feature bare shoulders. Take a look at the stunning fashion pages in this issue for inspiration (pages 66 to 75 and 88 to 96).

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Glamorous gowns with the wow factor to make you shine on your wedding day



Gown Carnation by Annasul Y Earrings Colette by Colette Hayman Shoes Imaani Bridal Model Semu Shangase |



Gown AY2695 by Annasul Y Earrings Colette by Colette Hayman Shoes Imaani Bridal Model Semu Shangase




Gown Meryl by Maggie Sottero Earrings Colette by Colette Hayman Model Connie Kalule



Gown Margot by Sottero & Midgley Hair comb H&M Suit CSquared Flowers Red in Paris Events Models Semu Shangase & Sello Nhlapo


Gown Mikelle by Sottero & Midgley Necklace Colette by Colette Hayman Earrings Colette by Colette Hayman Shoes Imaani Bridal Model Connie Kalule



Gown Zodwa Bridal Necklace (worn as headpiece) Pichulik Earrings Pichulik Bow tie H&M Suit CSquared Flowers Red in Paris Events Models Semu Shangase & Sello Nhlapo

Gown 6314 by Stella York Earrings & bangle Pichulik Flowers Red in Paris Events Hair clip H&M Model Connie Kalule




Credits CREW

Photographer Jurie Potgieter | Stylist Siya Dube | Make-up Gina Myers for Chanel, Clinique and MAC | Hair Seema Chita, Blo Hairdressing | Models Connie Kalule, Sello Nhlapo, Semu Shangase from Boss Models | Flowers Red in Paris Events |


Gown D2261 by Essense of Australia Hairband H&M Earrings Lovisa Flowers Red in Paris Events Model Connie Kalule

Wedding dresses Annasul Y, Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley, Essense of Australia, Stella York all stocked by Olivelli in Northcliff | Zodwa Bridal | Suits CSquared | Jewellery & headpieces Colette by Colette Hayman | +27 11 880 2134 H&M | Lovisa | Pichulik | Shoes Imaani Bridal |


FOR HER You deserve to feel like royalty on your wedding day, and this collection of jewellery and accessories will certainly do the trick Gown Estelle Bridal Collection | Picture D’amor Photography |


Our pick

White gold and diamond necklace, Cartier

Timeless and elegant, this diamond necklace is forever

Zuri, Imaani

Dior Addict lipstick, Christian Dior

Yellow gold and diamond bangle, Messika

Rose gold and diamond ring, Messika

Silvery mesh clutch, Dune London

Pearl and diamond drop earrings, Cartier

White cotton dressing gown, Zara Home

Diamond encrusted watch, Bulgari

Clutch bag with detail, Jimmy Choo

Nude high-heeled pump, Christian Louboutin

Diamond adorned satin pump, Manolo Blahnik

Flowerbomb EDP, Viktor & Rolf

Fleur Musc for Her Eau de Parfum, Narciso Rodriguez

Fragrances for her The iconic Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb remains a firm favourite, with its explosive bouquet of fresh and sweet notes, a heart of jasmine, freesia, centifolia rose and cattleya orchid. Musk and patchouli add an oriental touch. New from Narciso Rodriguez, Fleur Musc For Her is a fragrance with the heart of musk surrounded by warm rich flowers to create a unique rose. Unique and addictive, this fragrance is inspired by women who are independent and exquisitely graceful at the same time. |



Suit and pocket square CSquared | Picture Jurie Potgieter |

FOR THE CLASSIC GROOM A collection of sophisticated items to make you stand out from the crowd, from a classic French pocket watch to an iconic waistcoat, simple chic white shirt and French designer accessories 78


FASHION & BEAUTY Silver Longines Railroad Pocket Watch

Waistcoat with contrasting silk lining, Ted Baker

Patterned dark bowtie, Burberry

Our pick

The perfectly fitted white shirt accessorised with a classic black bow tie

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream for Men, Elemis Platinum love ring, White dress shirt with classic black bow tie, T.M. Lewin www.facebook/TM-LEWIN-South-Africa

Black and silver cufflinks, Montblanc

Light brown classic leather shoes, Dune London

Signature check and leather belt, Burberry

Grey mélange checked socks, Happy Socks

Black high shine classic leather shoes, Paul Smith

L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme, by Issey Miyake

Bleu Noir by Narciso Rodriguez

Fragrances for him L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is a classic favourite, a woody aquatic fragrance with top notes of yuzu plus bergamot, lemon and tarragon. Nutmeg and water lily are exciting, unexpected accords and the end note features an intense woody scent that is enriched with tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, vetiver and musk. Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir is an updated version of the For Him fragrance. Created for mysterious, modern and elegant men, the fragrance is clean and sharp, with lots of depth and sensuality. |



FOR THE EDGY GROOM Quirky, colourful elements add a touch of cool for the stylish groom with an edge

Jacket, pants and pocket square CSquared | Picture Jurie Potgieter |




Our pick

Silver tie pin with coloured line detail, Paul Smith

Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch, Cartier

Switch things up with a daring tie – opt for patterns, prints or bold colours

Brown-lensed round glasses, Armani

Mustard, yellow and blue patterned socks, Happy Socks

Black suede ankle boots, Dune London

Navy elephant patterned tie, Thomas Pink

Patterned suspenders, Scotch & Soda

Navy wool jacket with colourful lining, Ted Baker

Black pointed leather shoes, The Kooples

Bright yellow, green and navy patterned briefs, Happy Socks Original Musk by Kiehls Silver and rose gold ring, Fossil

This is Him, Zadig&Voltaire

Fragrances for him Kiehls Original Musk Eau de Toilette Spray is a unisex, floral, woody musk fragrance that originally launched in 2004. Top notes are bergamot and orange blossom, middle notes are lily, neroli, rose and ylang-ylang. Base notes include musk, tonka bean and patchouli. This is Him Zadig&Voltaire was created by perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Aurelien Guichard and includes grapefruit, black pepper, incense, milky sandalwood and vanilla. |



Gown Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv | Picture Luke Tannous Photography |

FOR BRIDESMAIDS A stunning selection of dresses, shoes, handbags and precious jewels to make your role as bridesmaid a joy

Our pick

Pink and grey silk scarf, Mimco

Glittering silver strappy shoes that are both elegant and romantic

Metallic shoe with strap detail, Dune London

Gold chain with V detail, Kirsten Goss

Pink leather Louise, Louis Vuitton

Pink satin short dress with crossover detail, Topshop

Amulette de Cartier drop earrings, Cartier

Fitted white and floral dress, Lipsy London LipsySA

Liquid Lipstick, Elizabeth Arden

Clutch or chainlink pink bag, Dune London

Shoes with red bead detail, Manolo Blahnik

Gold earrings with V detail, Kirsten Goss

Azzedine Alaïa Eau de Parfum Blanche

Elizabeth Arden Always Red Femme Eau de Toilette

Fragrances for bridesmaids Azzedine Alaïa Eau de Parfum Blanche is the French fashion designer’s second fragrance, inspired by his visits to Southern Spain, and with the same iconic minimalist bottle. The fragrance’s inspiration is the colour white, and the scent combines sweet accords of almond and heliotrope, with a musky Vanilla Absolute base. The Elizabeth Arden fragrance Always Red Femme is an intriguing, passionate and dynamic scent that is always feminine, always passionate and always Red. It’s a fruity floral with a base of patchouli, moss, cedar and vanilla, a heart of peach blossom and top notes of blackcurrant, lemon and green pear. |




flower girls Pretty pastels and lots of gold, a frou-frou tutu worn with a leather jacket… some gorgeous items for the littlest girl in the retinue

Gold hairslide with crown detail, H&M

Ragdoll with tutu, Cotton On

White tutu with gold hearts, H&M Pink Luxury Nudes Soft Matt nail polish, Catrice

Picture Ruby Jean Photography

Sunflowers Morning Garden, Elizabeth Arden

Our pick Stunning keepsake – a charity piece for kids’ education

Gold face earrings, Nomination

Silver Montblanc UNICEF bracelet



Black leather mini biker jacket, H&M

Gold and white studded T-bar shoes, Running Bear

Faux fur cropped jacket, H&M



pageboys Everything your pageboy needs to look and feel good on this important day

Our pick

High-tops are comfy, fashionable and look great

Tan smart jacket, Next

White high-top sneakers, Converse

Warm blue print scarf, Burberry

Picture Christiaan David Photography

Dark Jack chinos, Cotton On Kids

Signature check tie, Burberry Blue postboy cap, Earthchild

Blue/brown plaited belt, Zara Kids



Pale blue fitted shirt with bow tie, H&M

Striped socks with yellow detail, Country Road

Making your Dreams a Reality




These fairy-tale frocks by local designers ring the changes when it comes to wedding gowns. Each was designed with a specific type of woman in mind, each is an unexpected treasure in its own right



Gown Biji la Maison de Couture |




She is in touch with her unique style and possesses an awareness of global trends that does not compromise the romantic essence of a wedding gown – Casper Designer Wear

Gown Casper Designer Wear Suit CSquared |




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She is confident and will capture the hearts of all who gaze at her mesmerising beauty – Biji la Maison de Couture

Gown Biji la Maison de Couture |



Gown Casper Designer Wear Suit CSquared

This romantic bride would choose a modern twist on a classic silhouette, a dress that will make her fairy-tale come to life – Casper Designer Wear




UMHLANGA ROCKS KWAZULU-NATAL OY S T E R B OX H OT E L . C O M Alexis Diack Photography Christelle Rall Photography

Alexis Diack Photography Jan Theron Photography



Shanna Jones Photography



Heathyr Huss Photography


The woman wearing this dress is distinctively sophisticated. She’s confident, with personality and style – Tsotetsi KL

Credits CREW

Photographer Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography | Stylist Bontlefeela Mogoye | Make-up Kelly Paitaki | Hair Seema Chita, Sébastien Plutsick, Blo Hairdressing | Location Morrells Boutique Hotel | Models Adera, Ashanti and Tyril, Ice Models |


Suits CSquared | Gowns Biji la Maison de Couture | Casper Designer Wear | Orapeleng Modutle | Tsotetsi KL | Jewellery Messika Jewellery |



Gown Tstotetsi KL

Because every girl  deserves

her perfect day

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FRENCH CHIC Exquisite hair and beauty looks created especially to make you shine on your very important day

Queen of hearts Eyes Brows Le gel Sourcils in 370 Brun; Lid Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 38 Titane; Outer corner Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 20 Carbone; Liner Calligraphie de Chanel in Hyperblack; Mascara Le Volume de Chanel in 10 Noir Lips Le Crayon Lèvres in 57 Rouge Profond; Rouge Coco in 444 Gabrielle. Make-up by Chanel |



Lady in lace Complexion Le Blanc de Chanel; Le Teint Ultra Tenue 132; Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder No.50; Joues Contraste in 82 Reflex; Soleil Tan de Chanel in Sunkissed (to highlight forehead, nose, cupid’s bow, chin and cheekbones) Eyes Brows Le Gel Sourcils in 370 Brun; Base Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in 814 Silver Pink; Lids Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 32 Bronze Antique; Outer corner Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 24 Chocolate Brown; Liner Calligraphie de Chanel in Hyperblack; Mascara Le Volume de Chanel in 10 Noir Lips Le Crayon Lèvres in 09 Rouge Noir – Vamp; Rouge Allure Ink in 152 Choquant. Make-up by Chanel




Princess bride Complexion Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer in Golden/Ginger or Clove, MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus NW45; Powder Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder Nutmeg, Brandy or Amber; Setting Spray MAC Prep & Prime Fix+ Eyes Brows Superfine Liner for Brows black/ brown and Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse (black/brown); Lids MAC Eyeshadow Amber X9 Palette and MAC Eyeshadow X 15 Warm Neutral Palette; Liner Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Massive Midnight and Clinique Skinny Stick in Slimming Black; Mascara Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara Black Lips Lipstick Clinique Pop Matte Lip Color & Primer in Blushing Pop |



Countess couture Complexion Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer Golden, Ginger or Clove and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus NW45; Powder Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder Nutmeg, Brandy or Amber; Setting Spray MAC Prep & Prime Fix+ Eyes Brows Superfine Liner for Brows black/ brown and Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse black/brown; Lids MAC Eyeshadow Amber X9 Palette and MAC Eyeshadow X 15 Warm Neutral Palette; Liner Clinique Skinny Stick in Slimming Black and MAC Eye Kohl in Phone Number; Mascara Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara Black Lips MAC Russian Red |



The empress Eyes Brows Le Gel Sourcils in 370 Brun; Outer corner Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 20 Carbone; Lids Ombre Première Longwear Powder; Eyeshadow in 38 Titane; Liner Calligraphie de Chanel in Hyperblack; Mascara Le Volume de Chanel in 10 Noir Lips Le Crayon Lèvres in 57 Rouge Profond; Rouge Coco in 444 Gabrielle. Make-up by Chanel


Sweet dreams Featured on the cover of Nubian Bride Eyes Brows Le Gel Sourcils in 370 Brun; Lid Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in 808 Lilas d’Or; Outer corner Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 20 Carbone; Liner Calligraphie de Chanel in Hyperblack; Mascara Le Volume de Chanel in 10 Noir Lips Le Crayon Lèvres in Nude Madore; Rouge Coco Shine in Boy. Make-up by Chanel

Credits Photographer Jurie Potgieter | Stylist Siya Dube | Make-up Gina Myers | Hair Seema Chita, Blo Hairdressing | Models Connie Kalule and Semu Shangase from Boss Models | Accessories See fashion credits on page 75 STOCKISTS Make-up Chanel | Clinique | MAC |



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Picture Melanie Maré Photography

Planning | Venues | Stationery | Food | Cakes | Décor | Flowers | Registry |


SO JOZI Joburg has a unique beauty, history, character and style, making it an ideal location for a wedding for those who are lucky enough to live there. Tickled Pink Weddings & Events has created an urban chic wedding to celebrate your love and your appreciation of this iconic city



he main inspiration for the colour palette is the bold Shweshwe fabrics that were recently released by Three Cats, in bright pink, orange, green, turquoise and yellow. For an urban edge, accents of black are used and gold is added as a metallic accent, alluding to the ‘City of Gold’. White is included to give the feeling of freshness. All of the colours are set against the gritty, raw, distressed textures and neutral tone of the city’s signature backdrops.

Venues Each of the three different venues offer a real sense of the city. 1Fox the Sheds is an awesome event space with raw, rustic, textured walls, whilst Shine Studios provides a stunning backdrop close to the city with views of Newtown. Randlords features a different city perspective from up high. This is a stunning venue where guests can sip champagne at sunset while taking in the breathtaking view. |


Situated in the heart of Rosebank, Hyatt Regency Johannesburg hotel boasts a wonderful location, outstanding food and the highest levels of service, allowing you to relax and enjoy your special day, assured that it will be truly memorable. The hotel’s dedicated wedding specialists will tailor your wedding to your specific requirements. Their attention to detail will focus on all your wishes before and during your wedding, never forgetting the smallest things that make all the difference. Whether you envision a simple gathering with a few family members and friends or an elaborate formal affair, every wedding at our luxurious hotel is treated as a special event.

• Accommodations: 244 guestrooms, including 15 suites. • Venues: We can facilitate a city chic exclusive wedding in The Residence, a magnificent garden wedding for 60 guests on the beautiful Terrace and Atrium or a maximum of 200 guests in the elegant Ballroom. • Pool: Temperature controlled outdoor pool overlooking the modern and leafy suburb of Rosebank. • Spa: Amani Spa offers traditional luxury spa services, two single treatment rooms, a couples suite, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. • StayFit at Hyatt: A fully equipped fitness centre. • Restaurant: Signature Restaurant onenineone offers guests a menu reflecting an inspired cuisine from all over the world, the dishes are eclectic with a unique South African flair. Special pre-wedding exclusive events are also available including an intimate rehearsal three-course dinner for 12 in our onenineone private dining room, a special whiskey and cigar tasting for the groom and his groomsmen at The Terrace or a pamper filled spa day for the bride and her retinue. Each event can be tailor made to suit your personal taste and requirements.

HYATT REGENCY JOHANNESBURG 191 Oxford Road, Rosebank Johannesburg, 2132, RSA T +27 11 280 1234 @hyattregencyjhb The HYATT trademark and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation or its affiliates. ©2016 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.


Stationery, signage, food and name tags Take the opportunity to embrace Joburg’s edge, with handmade Shweshwe envelopes and liners for the invitations, layered invitation cards with graphics that pop with colour, rusted beaded twine name tags, creative signage display and more Shweshwe used for signage. Food tags are in casual script, ginger beer bottles have customised labels and informal seating areas are created with crates and Shweshwe scatter cushions. The seating chart is inspired by city street vendors, another ingenious idea. |


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 661 Pendulum Road Halfway House Ext 12 Midrand, Gauteng South Africa


A touch of history The Guest Book idea, inspired by street tailors and old-fashioned handicrafts, is a stunning display that pays tribute to a long-lost era. A vintage sewing machine with a quilt created from blocks of Shweshwe fabric offers a selection of plain blocks where guests can write special messages. There’s also a framed wall mount giving instructions and a framed quote by Nelson Mandela that reinforces the sentiments of our predecessors.

Ceremony The backdrop for the ceremony is an artistic display built from textured panels of corrugated iron, fencing, shipping crates, old doors, gold sequined fabric and a raw string curtain of light bulbs. Touches of gold remind us that this is Jozi, and the Shweshwe cushions on the crate ottoman take the African theme one step further.

Flowers Bouquets were created using handcrafted beaded wire. The giant pincushion main bouquet features a Shweshwe wrap, while the two other bouquets are equally eye-catching and innovative, featuring metal flowers in one and raw wooden proteas in the other, crafted from repurposed wooden spoons. |



Main table The raw wood banquet table and yellow retro industrial chairs make an interesting feature, decorated with a Shweshwe runner. The hanging egg lantern cage lighting, enamel pedestal bowl with a handcrafted metal flower arrangement, unusual vases and colourful place settings are all indicative of the unmatched pieces that make up the city of Joburg.

Candy buffet A highlight of the décor, this brightly coloured display with its assortment of spaza-style candies and traditional South African desserts is a delightful addition. The attention to detail is tongue-in-cheek, a glimmer of what gives this incredible city its distinctive personality.

Wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses Two very simple white gowns with a touch of African chic epitomise what Jozi stands for… a modern city that still holds on to its traditional values. The bridesmaids’ dresses were created by two designers who captured the city’s glitz and glamour – a 'Sex in the City' style that is chic, hip and happening, shimmering and sexy. Just like Joburg.




CREDITS Planning and co-ordination Tickled Pink Weddings & Events | Concept, styling, dÊcor, stationery Ninirichi Style Studio | Photographer As Sweet As Images | Wedding dresses Vesselina Pentcheva | Bridesmaids’ dresses Vesselina Pentcheva | and White Lilly Bridal | Make-up and hair Courtney Chadwick Make-up Artist | Videographer Peach Tree Productions | Video link Venue 1Fox The Sheds |, Randlords |, Shine Studios | Models Emma Hunt, Rejoice Matlaba, Abigail Meaker, Missy van Heerden Furniture Prop Stars |, Inspire Furniture |, Pick Up Stix | For more pictures visit




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ON TREND TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS International wedding planner Precious Tumisho Thamaga, CEO of Precious Celebrations™ Luxury Weddings & Bespoke Celebrations, offers advice on planning a traditional wedding


he trend right now when it comes to traditional weddings, according to expert international wedding planner Precious Tumisho Thamaga, is towards adding a more modern touch. “I suggest giving up those kitsch traditional African elements like skins, mats and spears, and going for something more modern, with stylish elements. Bring the cultural element in with flowers and colours, something clean and modern that still tells the story.” |



Precious Tumisho Thamaga has planned and coordinated more than 200 exquisite wedding celebrations all over South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. As CEO and Founder of Precious Celebrations™, she is an expert in eventing, PR and telecommunications in both the retail and hospitality industries. She started her own empire in 2007 and turned her passion and skills into a lucrative business. Precious Celebrations™ has been operating as a registered company since 2011. Her knowledge, experience and commitment is legendary.

Trending in traditional weddings More couples are choosing to have their traditional weddings at a beautiful venue rather than at home, Precious says. This is because most of the traditions take place in the house before the guests arrive. “Rather have your traditional celebration in a lovely space, one that’s not limited to a narrow street for a marquee.” As parents of the bridal couple want both a traditional and a white wedding, Precious suggests combining the two. “It’s a great idea,” she says. “You’ve got everybody at the venue; they’re all in one place. You start early for the traditional wedding, make the décor flexible so that it includes a little bit of the traditional. And then you continue with the white wedding. The bride could even wear a wedding gown with little ethnic touches added to it. This translates into one big celebration.”


Why it’s important to hire a wedding planner Whether you’re having a white wedding and a separate traditional wedding, or combining them, Precious explains the importance of having a wedding planner. “It makes the bridal couple’s life so much easier,” she says. “Firstly, you save money, as the planner has a relationship with all of the suppliers and can negotiate better rates for flowers, food, etc. “They are experts in what they do, they have experience in planning a wedding and they also know how things work. Thirdly, you can’t put a price on peace of mind. Having somebody else handle everything makes it less stressful for the bride. The planner has a reputation at stake and will ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.”



• Make sure you’ve saved enough money for the celebration so that you aren’t surprised by unexpected costs. • When it comes to the guest list, plan ahead. Try to estimate the amount of people who will be coming. This is more difficult when it’s a traditional wedding, but you need to have expectations of how many guests you have to feed instead of working on an estimated amount. • If you’re using a planner for a traditional wedding, that’s fine. But don’t expect them to be there on the day. This is a family affair. They can assist with all the planning, but they can’t get involved with the family dynamics. • Remember, a traditional wedding is all about bringing two families together. This involves a lot of pressure. So follow the customs and traditions and listen to what the elders want.

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THE ULTIMATE STR ESS-FR EE WEDDING EFFORTLESS ELEGA NCE AT SEA Against the backdrop of sweeping sea views, an officer in uniform reads out beautifully written vows, the scent of flowers softly mingles with the ocean breeze while the champagne chills, ready to pop and fizz. Everything is perfect. And then there’s you, the bride, sublimely relaxed … because you didn’t need to lift a finger to pull any of this off. There are so many reasons why cruise weddings are becoming so popular – the heightened romance, the exotic destinations, the exquisite sunsets – but perhaps the biggest draw card is its sheer simplicity. Because how many brides have 18 months to throw at planning an event? It’s absolute heaven for the bride who doesn’t have time to manage every last detail. Catering, decorations, flowers, venues, seating arrangements, menu cards, DJs, directions, chair rentals, cake tastings, searching for photographers, videographers, officiates and musicians … these are just a few of the items you can scratch off your to-do list when you decide to get married on an MSC cruise.

No matter which package you book, the silver, gold, or platinum, you’ll have the full personal assistance of MSC’s wedding planner while on board. You’ll get your own bridal bouquet and a matching boutonnière, an exquisite venue, elegant flowers and décor, music, sparkling wine, a personalised wedding cake, and of course, an officer to conduct your ceremony. Of course you can choose to add your own personal touches. You can have your own bridal bouquet delivered to the ship, you can bring in pops of bold colour with petals and table runners, you can display your engagement photos, put out a special guestbook, add personalised name decorations, or bring in garlands, confetti and cake toppers. Just be sure to run everything by your wedding planner beforehand. Once the ship has set sail, resources are limited. À la carte extras can also be added to your package, from spa and beauty t r e a t m e n t s , h a i r a n d m a k e u p, photographers and videographers to champagne breakfast in bed. You can

spend your mor ning in absolute relaxation, getting massages, getting your hair and ma keup done, daydreaming about your perfect day ahead, knowing that everything is taken care of. And the seamless planning is not the only reason MSC cruise brides are so carefree, it’s the budget too. MSC’s wedding packages are affordable. In fact, you’d have quite an impossible time trying to find an alternative for the same value. More and more couples are choosing to take the fuss out of their wedding days. They want to be just as relaxed as their guests … clearly an easy thing to do when you’re tying the knot on board an MSC cruise! Contact MSC on

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EXCHANGE OF VOWS PACK AGES SILVER Package • Priority Boarding for the couple • Assistance of MSC’s on board Wedding Planner for the ceremony from the day of emarkation • Ceremony on board attended by your guests and Ship’s Officers • Exclusive booking of specifically decorated lounge with ceremonial music (recorded or live on request, fee applies) • Personal booklet detailing the ceremony, also available for your guests on request • Symbolic Wedding certificate signed by the Captain • Silver Bouquet for the bride and boutonniere for the groom • Sponge wedding cake filled with fresh fruit and cream, decorated with chocolate hearts as well as the names of the bride and groom • Bottle of Asti Spumante sparkling wine served with the celebration cake GOLD Package • Priority Boarding for the couple • Assistance of MSC’s on board Wedding Planner for the ceremony from the day of emarkation • Ceremony on board attended by your guests and Ship’s Officers • Exclusive booking of specifically decorated lounge with ceremonial music (recorded or live on request, fee applies) • Personal booklet detailing the ceremony, also available for your guests on request • Symbolic Wedding certificate signed by the Captain • Gold Bouquet for the bride and boutonniere for the groom • St Honore wedding cake with vanilla and chocolate pastry cream profiteroles, decorated with chocolate hearts and the names of the bride & groom • Bottle of Moet Chandon sparkling wine served with the celebration cake • Special treatment in cabin (on the evening of arrival): sparkling wine, two gift MSC Cruises flutes and assorted canapés • Services of Professional Photographer during the ceremony and in other ship locations chosen by the couple (1 hour) • Personal choice of Ten 20 x 25cm photographs (10 included - and more available to purchase) • Deluxe breakfast in cabin the morning after the ceremony (or another location if the couple prefers) PLATINUM Package • Priority Boarding for the couple • Assistance of MSC’s Wedding Planner for the ceremony • Ceremony on board attended by your guests and Ship’s Officers • Exclusive booking of specifically decorated lounge with ceremonial music (recorded or live on request, fee applies) • Personal booklet detailing the ceremony, also available for your guests on request • Symbolic Wedding certificate signed by the Captain • Platinum Bouquet for the bride and boutonniere for the groom • 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 sparkling wine served with the celebration cake • Special treatment in cabin (on the evening of arrival): sparkling wine, two gift MSC Cruises flutes and assorted canapés • Services of Professional Photographer during the ceremony and in other ship locations chosen by the couple (1 hour) • Personal choice of twenty-five 20 x 25cm photographs (25 included - and more available to purchase) • Deluxe breakfast in cabin the morning after the ceremony (or another location if the couple prefers) * The reception includes cake and Asti Spumante for up to 8 participants ( i.e.: couple and 6 guests; ages 3 and older count as guests). A supplement of R70 shall be payable in advance for each participant above the total number of 8. alll packages are subject to change. Strictly 45 min - 1 hour is allocated for each wedding



Whether you’re looking for a sun-filled beach holiday or a getaway in the bush, Kenya offers a choice of exquisite honeymoon locations

Misty mountain high


ount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain and the second highest mountain in Africa. Designated a World Heritage Site, this breathtaking mountain is surrounded by lakes, dense forest, mineral springs and a wide selection of rare and endangered species of wild animals. A honeymoon here involves mountain climbing, exploring caves, spectacular game viewing and a choice of adventure sports including white water rafting, zip lining and bungee jumping. As part of the area is on the equator, you can also include a trip to famous Mount Kenya Safari Club, with its pristine gardens filled with a plethora of birds and olde worlde colonial luxury. Here you can enjoy high tea before receiving a certificate for visiting the equator. It’s lots of fun, educational and the spread of cakes and sandwiches is delicious. We suggest staying at the atmospheric Mount Kenya Safari Lodge, located at the base of the mountain. This cosy wooden hideaway looks out over a vast waterhole where a variety of wild animals come to drink. There’s even an underground watch point where you can get up close to the animals without disturbing them. Dining here is a delight, with varied menus every night, and you can cuddle up together in your warm cabin with its private verandah overlooking the waterhole.



Magic of the Mara


highlight of any honeymoon is being able to experience a number of bucket list adventures, such as viewing the Big Five not once, but twice in one day on game viewing drives and flying over the plains as the sun rises, watching the animals from up high as they go about their business. This is an ideal honeymoon option, complete with staying in a luxurious tent, where it’s just the two of you ensconced in your huge double bed at night, listening to the sounds of the wild outside. If you visit in the winter months, like we did, the weather is sublime during the day and just a little chilly in the evenings.

You can still enjoy an outdoor shower in this weather, and you also stand the chance of viewing the magnificent migration, when thousands of wildebeest head from the Serengeti to the Kenyan Masai Mara plains. Remember though, nothing is guaranteed in the wilds; the animals behave as they see fit. So you might see the migration, or you might miss it the day you’re out on safari. Either way, you’ll see a variety of wild animals in their natural habitat, which is its own adventure, even if you don’t get to see a multitude of animals making a river crossing, which is a highlight of the migration. You can certainly learn a lot about the people who live in this beautiful part of the world by visiting a Masai village. You’ll be welcomed by the men of the tribe, introduced to the women and children, and enjoy learning about their culture and traditions. It’s a fascinating visit with a chance to buy some of their meticulously made handicrafts as well.



Sun, sea and sand down south


n Kenya’s south coast you’ll find a tropical wonderland, a selection of luxury hotels each offering a pampering beach holiday. Whichever one you choose, you’ll enjoy plenty of time soaking up the sun or taking advantage of the many activities on offer, including a variety of water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling. In addition, the resorts offer spas, beauty salons and superb dining opportunities. We stayed at the plush Swahili Beach Resort on Diani Beach, a Moorish castle offering a choice of beautiful swimming pools, a pretty beach, excellent Indian restaurant, beach bar and buffet restaurant where daily delights include an entire seafood section or pasta if you prefer, and a selection of daily specials that made every meal an adventure.


The accommodation is exquisite and spacious with a living area, balcony, huge double bed under mosquito nets and a bathroom and shower that is literally palatial. It’s tempting to stay put and spend long, lazy days together at the pool or on the beach, but we do suggest exploring a little. A popular day trip is to Wasini Island. You travel down the south coast to Shimoni past lush greenery and palm plantations, and board a traditional Arabic dhow to sail into the Wasini Channel. En route to Wasini Island you may see dolphins and even turtles frolicking in the waves. The island, which lies off Kenya’s southern Indian Ocean coast, is right next to the stunning Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, where you can enjoy superb snorkelling opportunities. You then enjoy a stunning seafood lunch on Wasini Island and afterwards, you’re taken on a historical tour around the Wasini fishing village, or, if you prefer, you can relax next to the beautiful pool.


Nubian Bride was flown to Kenya courtesy of Kenya Airways, and travelled through the country on Safarilink’s fleet of small aeroplanes. We were hosted throughout by Kenya Tourism.


Kenya Airways | Safarilink | Kenya Tourism | Mount Kenya Serena Safari Lodge, Mount Kenya Safari Club | Karen Blixen Camp | Swahili Beach Resort | Hot-air balloon rides | Wasini Island Tour | Savage Wilderness White Water Rafting Centre | Masai village tour |


Call off the search A selection of stunning wedding venues that are beautiful, romantic and epitomise the wedding of your dreams



Capacity Up to 150 guests, ideal for a small to medium-sized wedding. What makes it special Chic country venue with a private chapel and a restaurant. Offers A modern setting for a wedding with everything laid on, including food by celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood. Located in the country; includes a chic five-bedroom guesthouse for the couple and immediate family. Our comments Rustic charm in a venue that is trendy, modern and ideal for a small or medium-sized wedding. |



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Capacity Up to 120 guests. What makes it special Princess Charlene Wittstock married Prince Albert of Monaco here – and if the luxurious Oyster Box is good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for the rest of us! Offers The lavish Victorian Gazebo for an outdoor ceremony. For the reception, there’s the Pearl Room with its hand blown Venetian crystal chandeliers. There’s a dedicated wedding planner, accommodation for guests, great food and superlative service. Our comments Coastal luxury for a discerning couple who want a chic event with everything above par.


Capacity Up to 450 guests in a banquet setting in the grand ballroom. What makes it special An opportunity to customise every aspect of your wedding, from a grand ballroom dinner to an outdoor garden party. Offers An expert team of wedding planners and specialists to make sure your wedding is as luxurious as you want it to be. Our comments Stylish Sandton venue. |




Capacity From 14 to 110 guests. What makes it special Romantic wedding venue in Johannesburg with a magical garden setting and olde worlde French style. Offers Stunning menus, a choice of venues for receptions and chapels, selection of weddings from country-style and boutique to vintage and French-inspired. Our comments Breathtaking romantic setting, professional team to organise a memorable event.


EMERALD RESORT & CASINO | VANDERBIJLPARK Capacity Up to 160 guests buffetstyle. What makes it special Great for an African-style wedding with all the trimmings in a stunning location on the Vaal. Offers A choice of venues, restaurants and entertainment including a water park and a state-of-the-art spa. A team of specialists to plan your Big Day and expert chefs to prepare a choice of menus. Our comments Beautiful riverside resort, a perfect venue for a family wedding.


INDABA HOTEL, SPA & CONFERENCE CENTRE | JOHANNESBURG Capacity Up to 80 guests. What makes it special The spa is stunning, accommodation for the couple and guests is luxurious and the venue is close to Johannesburg. Offers Professional wedding team, selection of wedding packages as well as a choice of three-course buffet menus. Our comments Charming, a popular choice for an elegant wedding.



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Start your happily-ever-after at Lombardy Boutique Hotel & Conference Venue. The tranquil setting of the estate with its lush gardens is the perfect backdrop for a treasured experience of old-world Italian charm, perfectly enhanced by its magnificence and exquisite style.


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Capacity Up to 250 people. What makes it special An unbeatable venue for a destination wedding at an historic luxury hotel overlooking Vic Falls. Offers A myriad opportunities for a wedding with a stunning setting, gourmet African fusion menus and excellent entertainment. Our comments Iconic luxury African venue.


Capacity 90 to 150 people. What makes it special Every facility for a sophisticated urban wedding including a dedicated events team, accommodation, award-winning spa and a honeymoon suite. Offers A choice of picturesque settings including lush gardens and a plush ballroom, delectable three-course meals or buffet. Our comments A chic city wedding with all the trimmings in an upmarket location.




From the sweeping, romantic oak tree lined lanes and the stone façade, to the roaring fireplaces and luxurious finishes, Irene Country Lodge is an inviting and convenient setting, befitting of any occasion. There is simply no better place to captivate your guests. Overlooking one of Gauteng’s most beautiful lakes and set in a lush meadow, with old world rustic charm, a warm friendly welcome is assured for your guests while Irene provides the perfect setting for this special day. All of Irene’s seventy five en-suite rooms have been gracefully designed in variations of English Country Manor style to suit your accommodation needs before or after the function. When the formalities are over and you have each other to yourselves, you can nestle into our dreamy bridal suite and a hearty English breakfast the following morning will see you on your way to your new life together.

T. 012 667 6464 F. 012 667 6476 E. Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa @irene_village irenecountrylodge Read our Blog |




Capacity Maximum 220 guests. What makes it special An ideal location for a romantic wedding, with a private chapel and a beautiful gazebo in the lush gardens. Offers Assistance from a professional wedding team in planning every aspect of the wedding. Our comments Gourmet food in a stunning garden setting.



Capacity 18 to 80 guests in a choice of venues including the Marquee Lawn, Micro Frog Room and Nivenia Hall. What makes it special Tranquil garden close to the sea with an entire river system of waterfalls, streams and pools and a plethora of wildlife. Offers An intimate wedding venue in one of South Africa’s most breathtaking coastal settings. Our comments Tranquil garden in the Kogelberg featuring a selection of scenic venues.



Capacity 150 guests. Chapel seats 80 people. What makes it special Exquisite eco-friendly residential estate in the Garden Route, with panoramic views, 18-hole championship golf course and every facility for a stunning wedding. Offers A scenic, luxury venue with professional wedding specialists and suppliers. Our comments A destination wedding in a spectacular setting.










The country-style Indaba Hotel in the heart of Fourways is the perfect place to say “I Do”. Located on 17 hectares of established gardens incorporating two gorgeous dams, wooden decks and avenues of trees to capture that perfect memory, the Indaba Hotel offers four different Banquet Venues to choose from. From small and intimate to a fairytale Banquet for 450 guests, the Indaba Hotel will certainly make your dream wedding a reality; and with our expert staff and dedicated Wedding Coordinator, saying “I Do” will be stress free. We also boast a romantic outdoor Gazebo – perfect for a garden wedding ceremony, and a Chapel which is ideal for the more traditional couple; and with 260 en-suite bedrooms, we can accommodate your guests with ease. To view our facilities, contact our dedicated Wedding Coordinator and start planning your dream wedding today.

Phone: +27 11 840 6600 | Email: Website:

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Will Chris Estate is situated in Emalahleni a stone throw from the N4. The Venue is surrounded by a beautiful 3ha garden with breath taking views, a true paradise. Will Chris Estate not only offers the bride and groom a dream wedding, but co-ordinate and plan your special day beyond your dreams and aspirations. Our dynamic staff’s passion is the best service and attention to our clients. Planning an event at Will Chris Estate couldn’t be any easier as we pride ourselves to take all the stress, and only allow you and your guests to enjoy the celebration of your event. Will Chris Estate also offers ample secure parking, a Bridal suite where the bride can be pampered and the couple can spend their first wedding night and a Groom’s room for the groom to get ready.

P O Box 20383, Del Judor, Witbank 1044 | TEL: 013 692 5750 | 082 337 5436 E. |




Capacity From 30 to 600 guests. Chapel seats up to 120. What makes it special Luxury hotel in Northern KZN with guest rooms and a charming wedding chapel. Ideal for large or small weddings, where guests can extend their stay and go golfing, fishing or hiking. Offers A breathtaking wedding location for a luxury wedding with professional organisers, a choice of menus and venues. Our comments The ideal setting for a magnificent wedding in the mountains.

WIN A WEDDING, Model: Cecile Brits & Ian Heunis | Photography: Biamor


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Make your big day a fantasy Vulintaba Country Hotel and Spa is located in the picturesque foothills of the northern KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg Mountains just outside of Newcastle. The luxurious hotel consists of 69 rooms including 58 superior rooms, 4 Family suites consisting of 2 rooms each with interlinking doors and 3 Executive suites. There is a state of the art function venue that can catering for up to 400 people, and a charming wedding chapel with 120 seats. The view from the chapel over the majestic mountains is breath-taking and the photo opportunities are endless. A fairy-tale wedding venue perfected by the best cuisine available. An indigenous tree will be planted in our wedding forest on the day, reecting your names and the date, for you to visit on your anniversary.



KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN MANOR GUESTHOUSE | CAPE TOWN Capacity Up to 75 guests. What makes it special Charming historic guesthouse and manor located in a secluded part of Kirstenbosch NBG. Offers Facilities for an elegant, intimate, romantic wedding in one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape with a guesthouse and choice of two restaurants. Our comments Olde worlde glamour in a magnificent World Heritage site that is perfect for an intimate formal wedding venue. Photography by: LF Photography, Patrick Furter, Bernice Fisher Photography, Irene Quist

Picture Kirstenbosch NBG Tree Canopy Walkway picture courtesy of Adam Harrower




WELL PLATED By Word of Mouth creates spectacular seasonal dishes to highlight your wedding menu


1. Deconstructed lamb shepherd’s pie

Roast lamb, pea mousse, onion sprouts, raspberry jus served on colourful baby stem carrots. Perfect plated main course for a winter wedding.



2. Roasted Mediterranean terrine

Served with herb soil, red pepper aioli and herb shard. Great for a summer wedding as a plated starter.

3. Smoked salmon crepe cake

Topped with cucumber ribbons and thinly sliced beetroot and drizzled with a tomato and oregano vinaigrette. One of the most popular wedding plated starters; perfect for a day wedding.



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4 4. Crispy Brie salad

A delicious vegetarian starter loved by everyone. Served with marinated mushrooms, micro herb shoots, roasted heirloom tomatoes, crunchy green beans and a roast garlic dressing.

5. Mini dessert

Salted chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut rocky road with ricotta and raspberries. Serve with coffee.

6. Butternut cheesecake

Topped with a carrot jam served with a butternut and feta salad, garnished with candied nuts and drizzled with a mango chilli dressing, crème fraiche and micro herbs.

7. Winter dessert

Vanilla malva coffee ice cream, ginger soil served with passion fruit reduction. Serve warm.

8. Firm favourite

Winter dessert, served warm. A delectable warm chocolate pudding served with crunchy hazelnut ice cream drizzled with a rich chocolate liqueur syrup and garnished with a beautiful glass biscuit served on a round plate. One of the favourite winter desserts.







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A selection of delectable delights that can take centre stage on your wedding day |









1. Belle’s Patisserie | 2. Sugar ’n Ice | 3. Belle’s Patisserie | 4. Belle’s Patisserie |



PASTEL PERFECTION Pretty pink and white flowers with a touch of gold add a stylish element to this wedding dĂŠcor


Photographer Estilo Photography | Coordinator Kelly Sadie Weddings | DĂŠcor and flowers Red In Paris Events | Venue The Four Seasons, Westcliff | Stationery The Wedding Workshop | |


FUSCHIA RULES Add a pop of fuschia to a minimalistic, modern, white setting for a contempory wedding


Photography Figure of 8 | Venue The Forum White Light | Décor & flowers Dream Canvas Events | Dress Lubellos Bridal | |


URBAN JUNGLE Golden light and simple styling with a touch of greenery throughout creates a chic ambience for an urban setting


Photography Andre M Photography | Venue The Living Room, Maboneng | DĂŠcor styling & shoot planner Yolanda Rungano | Flowers Bokang Masheane | Stationery Chrystalace | |


FLOWERS, FLOWERS, FLOWERS Flowers take your wedding day to another level when you get it right. A good starting point is you can never have too many flowers. Pictured here are some of master florist Sylvia Bösinger’s creations

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FLOWERS Yes! exclusive flowers offers a bespoke floral design service for weddings throughout Africa with its sister company Yes! exclusive weddings & events. Yes! exclusive flowers imports seasonal fresh cut flowers, luxurious David Austin roses and other scented garden roses from Kenya exclusively. Yes! exclusive flowers | | +27 82 725 0690 1. Opener Photographer Samantha Clifton | Model Farren Sky Jacobs Dress Kobus Dippenaar Make-up Wilna Alpass 2. | 3. | 4. Frenzy, Art, Feast Photographer Schwede Photodesign | 5. TrĂŠs Femme Photographer Samantha Clifton | 6. Bliss Photographer Schwede Photodesign | Dress Jean Nalida Model Xandrie Oosthuizen Make-up Wilna Alpass 7. Rhapsody Photographer Samantha Clifton |


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KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, R9,989

NutriBullet 600W high speed blender, R1,899

Bistro Bordeaux wine glasses (set of six), R2,999

Smeg retro kettle 1.7 litre, R2,399


Granite pestle & mortar 17cm, R349



Oak paddle board, R319

Le Creuset stoneware oval pasta/salad serving bowl, R629

The experts at Yuppiechef advise on the top 10 must-haves on any bride’s registry list

Le Creuset signature 5.3 litre round 26cm cast iron cocotte, R3,499

Impact eight-piece stainless steel cookware set, R3,499

Wusthof classic starter knife set of three, R2,879

AMC Cookware paella pan. This brand’s extensive range of pots and pans are designed to be used every day as well as for special occasions, because every meal should be celebrated. |



GIFT REGISTRY ETIQUETTE Fiona Hilton from Yuppiechef offers advice on the etiquette involved in compiling a wedding registry and purchasing a gift from the registry

KitchenAid stand mixer is a classic for bakers. Most pieces from Le Creuset cookware are must-haves, as are beautiful, quality glassware.

Q What would you consider to be a no-no? A Small ‘gadgety’ things that the couple will probably never use or that won’t last. Guests want to buy you lasting, memorable gifts for your wedding, not a vegetable peeler or a box of cookies.

Q. What would you consider the perfect registry gift? A The most popular brand on all our registries is Le Creuset, so I’d say a classic cocotte from Le Creuset.

Q When is it OK to buy something that’s not on the registry list? Or is this never an option? A It’s OK to do this, but make sure that the item isn’t on the registry, in which case the couple could get a duplicate. Keep in mind that the whole point of setting up a registry is to guide guests towards what the couple really wants and needs.

Q How much is too much for a registry gift? A Don’t limit your registry to lower priced items as there will always be guests who club together to buy you a more expensive item. Offer them a choice.

Q What is a decent price to spend on a friend/family member/work colleague? A Most people spend around R850 per registry gift with Yuppiechef, but this obviously depends on your personal budget and your relationship with the couple.

Q What sort of gifts should be included on the registry list? A If the couple is starting out in a new home, they will definitely need all the basics for the

kitchen, including good quality but affordable crockery, cutlery, glassware, small appliances and cookware, plus basics when it comes to bed linen and towels. If they have the basics, then this is the time for an upgrade, such as a more desirable brand of kettle (think Smeg), a higher thread count for linen (400tc) or a beautiful wine decanter.

Q What are absolute essentials? A The latest and greatest kitchen appliance – NutriBullet is big at the moment and the 166


Q Do you have any other advice regarding the gift registry? A If you would prefer to buy a gift for the couple that is more expensive than anything on the regisry, but cannot afford to do this alone, why not club together with a few friends or family members? Also, if you are not keen to purchase any of the gifts listed on the registry, you can always give the couple a gift voucher valued at whatever you wish.


When you cook healthy and nourishing meals with fresh ingredients, you realise that the quality of your cookware really matters. Not only is AMC cookware easy to cook in and easy to clean, it’s manufactured from surgical grade stainless steel so it’s also healthy to cook in. And most importantly, your food tastes great!



This beautiful Drakensberg hotel offers a choice of reception venues, an enchanting chapel and superb menus, making it the perfect setting for an elegant country-style wedding.Choose from various wedding packages and a Honeymoon special.

T 036 488 1888 | E |

Special moments are the pauses in the experience of living. Tuscan Rose invites you to our home, where the requirement for those memories are part of the luxurious, family-like service. Become part of our family from special birthdays to unforgettable weddings, special celebrations and any function – we have the venue, the decor, the catering, the sound and the personal attention for any occasion.

Maluti Ave, Bloemfontein, 9300 • 051 451 9006 Veronica 082 742 1100 • Neil 082 328 9556 /TuscanRose



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Included: • Double room for Couple on their honeymoon night with sparkling wine, chocolates, rose petals and breakfast • Venue Hire • Stage • Dance Floor • Standard black or white linen • Table Numbers & menu cards • Selected Menu All Package • Parking & red carpet

Included: • Venue Hire • Stage • Dance Floor • Standard black or white linen • Table Numbers & menu cards • Selected Menu • Parking & red carpet

Wedding Packages

At Peermont Resorts we guarantee exquisite themed venues, versatile wedding packages and fantastic hotel rates to suit all special occasions and honeymoons. The Mmabatho Palms Events Co-ordinator will design the perfect reception to suit your taste, whether it be an intimate, candlelight gathering or a grand exotic feast. For bookings and information, please contact the Mmabatho Palms Groups and Conventions Department on 018 389 1725


Rates are based on a minimum of 80 guests. Groups of less than 80 will be quoted on an individual basis


Whether you’re watching the dancers perform the cancan at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, taking part in the spectacular 3-day Gilles de Binche in Belgium or are enthralled by the colourful costumes at the spectacular Rio Carnival, remember this – those exquisite ostrich feathers in the costumes are from the KLEIN KAROO Group in Oudtshoorn, whose factory supplies 80% of the world’s ostrich feathers and provides jobs to around 500 people.

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MARKETING MANAGER Sebastiaan Meyer T. +27(0)044 203 5216 M. +27(0)82 373 0400 F. +27(0) 44 203 5278 E.

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& RECEIVE 50% OFF THE VENUE HIRE RATE. Only pay R 6,000 for the Reception Venue Hire & Stoned Thatched Chapel Hire. Normal venue hire rate is R 15,000. A R 5,000 breakage refundable deposit is required to confirm your booking. Subject to availability. Ts & Cs apply. | 039 553 0600 | R56, Weza just off the N2 Between Harding & Kokstad | 1hr from the South Coast. * Pic Credit: Ocean Drive Media.

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Event Management & Function Hire

Mpatho Nyoni Event Management and function hire is 100% black owned (BEE) and operated by well skilled staff members who have indepth knowledge of events management, public relation, printing, catering, hiring equipments and decoration.

6 Kykoedie Street, VALENCIA INDUSTRIAL P.O Box 1403, NELSPRUIT, 1200 T. 013 755 2427 F. 013 755 3441 E. |

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Situated on the Banks of the Blyde River surrounded by the mighty Drakensberg Mountains in the Lowveld of the Limpopo Province. We cater for smaller weddings or up to 150. Wedding can be done in our marquees tent, open air or in our restaurant area.

Marisa 084 511 3000

M. 083 417 4203 | 084 556 1562 | E. M. 083-375-5787 | 073-200-3214 | Mamba Road, Kameelfontein (near Moloto Road, Pretoria) |

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For a sparkling bride From celebrities to royalty, we all love champagne. Here’s some advice on this glamorous drink, plus a chance to enjoy a free wine tasting


This is a new generation of champagne, sweeter and softer. With the addition of berries, orange zests or mint leaves, it is a stunning welcome drink and the perfect accompaniment to a stylish and sophisticated wedding.


here is nothing more extravagant than a bottle of champagne, from the pop of the cork to the delicate mousse, the beautiful nectar awakes all five senses. It may be an expensive beverage, but once you understand how complex and layered the process is to make it, it becomes worth it! Although most South Africans call all sparkling wines ‘champagne’, it can only in truth be labelled such if it is from the French region of the same name. The Champenois (inhabitants of Champagne) have perfected the ‘art of blending’ and sparkling winemaking (through secondary fermentation in the bottles), key to champagne for over four centuries. Some champagne houses, such as Champagne Lanson, the fourth oldest (est. 1760), continue to follow the traditional method, developed over many generations, to ensure that every bottle is crisp, fresh and zesty with exceptional purity. Some, such as Champagne Pol Roger, established in 1849 (Winston Churchill’s favourite bubbly),



are still owned by the same family. Their mantra: ‘We are not the best known, but we are known by the best’. Although South African bubblies can’t technically be called ‘champagne’, the ones named Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) have been created using the same traditional method. Like champagne, there is an entire range of vintage and nonvintage wines, and also blended versions. Although South Africa’s maiden vintage Kaapse Vonkel (Cape Sparkle), Simonsig’s flagship, only dates back to 1972, local bubblies are growing from strength to strength thanks to master winemakers like Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira from Graham Beck and rising star Paul Gerber from Le Lude. Although most of the MCCs are made from traditional champagne grapes (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), some adventurous winemakers are successfully exploring with new varietals. Examples are winemaker Christa von La Chevallerie in Swartland with her Filia, a Chenin Blanc, and John Loubser from Silverthorn’s Genie.


Nubian Bride has partnered with Great Domaines, importers and distributors of fine wines, with a special opportunity to add a sparkle to your Big Day. Enjoy a free wine tasting where you can try some of the finest wines to help you choose the perfect wines for your wedding. In addition to some stunning and rare local wines, Great Domaines also offers a completely unique range of imported wines and champagnes from France, Italy, Spain and other famous international winemakers.  Call Harry on +27 11 778 9380 to arrange your free wedding tasting

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