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ubian Bride magazine was founded in September 2010. We staked a claim to the title of this industry-leading bridal magazine, which was obviously vehemently contested by the establishment. The New York Times Magazine had the final say when it validated us as the African bridal thought leader last year. Game, set, match, with that signalling that our work was done. As founders, we’ve been fully invested emotionally and otherwise, but the time has come to step aside and make way for new thinking, to make way for an exciting new era and an exciting new order. It is therefore with great sadness, but great confidence in the future of this beautiful brand, that we announce this to be our last edition at the helm. We’re handing over the reins to one of South Africa’s brightest bridal talents and entrepreneurs, Precious Tumisho Thamaga, also known as Precious The Planner of Precious Celebrations. To our loyal clients, you are amazing. Your boldness and vote of confidence paid dividends. You believed what we believed and saw the potential we saw, and for that leap of faith we will be forever grateful. Share this moment with us. We’re passing on the baton because we believe it is the right thing to do for the brand and, by virtue of that, the right thing for you. Please give Precious your full support.

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Inspiring ideas for your wedding Trends What’s on trend in the wedding world Real Weddings Brides share their weddings to inspire you |



147 115 AUGUST 2018 – JANUARY 2019

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Everything you need to make you look beautiful Fashion Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Woke Couture Fashion No Guts, No Glory Flower Girl Fashion What little girls are made of For Her Shopping for the bride For Him Shopping for the classic groom For Bridesmaids Shopping for the bridal party For Flower Girls All things bright and beautiful For Pageboys Boys’ stuff Beauty and Hair


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Getting it all together Planning Let the pros do the planning Honeymoons Dangerous liaisons Venues Some of the best spots for your wedding Cakes Delightfully different Décor Inspiring ideas for your reception Stationery Creative trends to personalise your wedding Flowers Floral artistry from a skilled professional Registry Finding the perfect gift


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A list of all our favourite wedding trends that you need to know about before you start planning your wedding

ALL THAT GLITTERS Add some glitz and glamour to your wedding by including metallic accents throughout your décor. Don’t be afraid to go bold, mix different metallics or think outside the box for a dazzling effect. Copper is especially big right now, so pair it with clean white finishes for a contemporary urban wedding vibe.


FLOWER POWER If you are looking for something unique to add to your wedding décor, paper flowers offer a quirky, cost-effective way to add your personality, playfulness and colour to your wedding decorations. Add a bit of drama by including oversized flowers in your bouquet or centrepieces.

The gin trend is here to stay, so why not opt for a gin bar station to add bit of spirit to your special occasion? South Africa produces some amazing craft gins, and local is lekker. The drink station can also be a fun interactive space as guests socialise while making their own gin cocktail. Gin bars are perfect for the wedding reception phase or just after the ceremony when photos are being taken and the guests have a bit of time to themselves. |




Skip the traditional tiered wedding cake in favour of a deliciously decadent dessert table – pack it with candy, doughnuts, parfaits, cupcakes and other sweet temptations. Having a selection of desserts offers an interesting variety (catering for your guests’ different tastes) and also an opportunity to move away from the tradition of a tiered, expensive wedding cake. Remember to be bold, be creative and add your personality into every aspect of the wedding.

With Ultra Violet voted as Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2018, Pongrácz launched Noble Nectar, which is already a style icon. The beautifully shaped, purplehued, glow-in-the-dark bottle stands out and takes being on-trend to a whole new level. This gorgeous bubbly is an elegant and distinctive Méthode Cap Classique – a perfect choice to impress your guests.


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Shake things up a little and dare to be different by wearing a wedding dress with a cape – this season is all about taking risks and being bold. Capes add fabulous layers to the overall effect of your gown and can be ultra-stylish and chic. A full length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative to a veil. Think princess meets catwalk model.


GO GREEN One of our favourite trends this year is greenery – and lots of it. Supplement fabric drapery with greenery installations to create a beautiful natural effect. The greatest thing about greenery being so in style is that it is also an inexpensive option when considering décor and floral arrangements.



Balloon walls are all the rage – they provide a unique, fun, versatile backdrop to your wedding photographs. Creating a wall of balloons helps to fill any large space at a much more cost-effective rate than a floral wall. The wall can be a solid colour to match your décor or an elaborate design such as a pattern. Remember to love the environment, so when choosing balloons, make sure you go for the biodegradable options.


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Itumeleng&Akinseye Itumeleng and Akinseye met at a party in December 2013, to which they were both invited by mutual friends


A "Your wedding day is the second you stop worrying, planning and stressing. It’s now time to queen, have fun and be present in every single moment”

kinseye planned the proposal well – they were on vacation at a resort on the south-west coast of Ghana and he had set up a heartshaped enclosure made out of candles and rose petals. After dinner, they walked back to their villa and Itumeleng walked straight into the middle of the beautiful setting. That is when Akinseye cued the hotel staff to start playing a particular song that they both liked. He held her hand, and says about himself, “I started mumbling – the words just tumbled out hurly-burly, I was so nervous – and then I got on one knee… she had no inkling until then – she thought it was just a super romantic gesture.” Their wedding day was a truly magical day. “It’s hard to describe it in just a few sentences, but it was a full day of experiencing love in its most intense, purest form – from each other, |



from family and friends, from above – and the memory of it will stay with us forever.” If the couple could have changed one thing about their day, they would have wanted the day to last longer than 24 hours. “We simply didn’t want it to end and, in true form, the wedding lasted until 4.30am.” For Akinseye, the highlight of his day was seeing his wife for the first time walking down the aisle in dazzling white looking like a peerless vision of beauty. Itumeleng says that for her the highlights were, “The exchanging of our vows – it was a special moment where we got to make eternal promises to each other in front of people who are very dear to us: our God, family and friends. The ‘alone’ time we got to spend while doing the couple shoot, walking hand in hand and finally getting to talk about everything that had happened before the church service at our respective getting ready venues, how we felt leading up to the ceremony and how we felt after the ceremony, in a perfect silence while the guests had gone to the reception venue. Lastly, our first dance… aaah, an indescribable moment that made a

"Their wedding day was a truly magical day. It was a full day of experiencing love in its most intense, purest form – from each other, from family and friends, from above – and the memory of it will stay with us forever”

"How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? ‘Dope. The picture says it all…’” |



room full of 250+ guests feel like only the two of us in that moment. Sorry, did you only ask for one highlight? I may have gotten out of hand a bit *wink *.” How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? “Dope. The picture says it all…” Their honeymoon is still in the works! But they did decide to go to Mauritius for few days just to decompress from all the months and months of planning. What advice would the couple give to a soon-to-be bride? “When you wake up on the day of your wedding, that is the second you stop worrying, planning and stressing. You’ve done enough of that in the preceding months. It’s now time to queen, have fun and be present in every single moment. This is the one time that time truly flies when you’re having fun – savour it.” Photography VividBlue | Videography Verve | Wedding coordinator Splendid Wedding Company | Venue The Rand Club | Cake Kelly Jaynes Cake Boutique | Hair Kudatot Hair | +27 84 921 5931 For more pictures visit



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Michael&Zelphinia Mike and Zelphinia met through a mutual friend in Johannesburg. They were both working for a multinational IT company and Michael was on assignment from the US



"Live in the moment, laugh a lot and love every aspect of your big day!”

t was not exactly love at first sight. Zelphinia says that she actually thought he was quite arrogant. “Only after I saw him with his kids did I see a different aspect of his personality and became interested in knowing more about him. In fact, our first kiss was two years later on top of Table Mountain.” For the proposal, Michael planned a romantic weekend getaway to a spectacular lodge. On the big day, they took a trip to the beach and walked along the shore – the setting was beautiful. After dinner at a beachside restaurant, they returned to the lodge where rose petals were spread over the floor and bed. Michael says he poured champagne and they talked about their future, vision, love, values and priorities. Michael says, “We often talked about marriage, so I said, ‘If I were to ask you to marry me, would you say yes?’ This was a question she had heard often, so she |


frowned and said, ‘I am not answering that question and do not want to hear it anymore,’ – a typical Zel response. I smiled and said, ‘I will never ask you that question again except this one last time,’ so (with ring in hand) I asked, ‘Will you marry me?’”, and, of course, she said yes! The vision that Zelphinia had of a ‘vintage elegance’ summer wedding came alive at the all-iconic the forum | embassy hill. She says, “We were blessed with breathtaking mountain views, beautiful weather and a show-stopping floral arbour by Prickly Pear.  It was a garden ceremony and we invited 90 of our closest friends and family to witness the new chapter in our lives.” They opted for simple but stylish décor, which consisted of crystal chandeliers and candelabras, white orchids, blush roses, a Perspex seating plan and white table linen. Wooden coasters served as wedding favours for their guests. When asked if they would change anything about the wedding, their reply was a resounding, “Nothing. It was the perfect wedding.” Zelphinia says the highlights of the wedding day for her were, “Firstly, when we exchanged our wedding vows during the wedding ceremony. We prepared them separately yet they were so similar – it was surreal. And secondly, seeing the bridal party looking beautiful in their unique dresses brought tears to my eyes.” Michael says, “My main highlight was seeing my amazingly beautiful wife walking down the aisle with my favourite song playing in the background, hearing the gasp from our guests and seeing the tears



"The vision that Zelphinia had of a ‘vintage elegance’ summer wedding came alive at the all-iconic the forum | embassy hill”


flowing. She took my breath away in her body-hugging dress. It was a perfect picture of love, not only my love for her and her love for me, but that of our guests for us.” Michael explains how he felt when they first stood together as husband and wife, “It felt like the beginning of a new chapter in my life. After all the planning, stress and anxiety, standing next to the person you will face the rest of life with felt so secure, peaceful and complete.” The couple’s honeymoon was a six-month job transfer to Dubai. Seventy-two hours after they said “I do”, they were on a plane to begin a new life journey. The wedding was such a wonderful way to not only celebrate their union, but to celebrate the end of their journey in South Africa.  The couple’s advice? “You should have a vision for your beautiful day. Make sure everyone, including your suppliers, buys into your vision – never compromise. Live in the moment, laugh a lot and love every aspect of your big day!” Photography Kusjka du Plessis | Wedding coordinator & decor Prickly Pear | Venue the forum | embassy hill | | Wedding gown Enzoani gown by Bridal Wardrobe | Cake Pink Suga | +27 84 207 4284 For more pictures visit



Funanani and Edward met in Mogadishu, Somalia while working for international development organisations


E "Your wedding day will have a life of its own. So, once it starts, relax and enjoy the ride, and don’t stress about every little thing being perfect”

dward proposed on a roller coaster ride on Brighton Pier in England. “They say life is a roller coaster, so why not get engaged on one?” Their wedding day was a celebration of two different cultures, with lots of singing, dancing, great food and fantastic entertainment. Funanani’s bouquet was a representation of the two cultures – she had roses representing England where Edward is from and king proteas representing South Africa, her home country. The day started off with a saxophonist serenading the guests as they arrived. They then had a fun and lively ceremony in the chapel, followed by pre-reception canapés, drinks and entertainment from traditional Venda dancers. The reception was in a grand banquet hall with plenty of space for energetic dancing throughout the evening. The venue was perfectly situated for both their international and South African guests to travel to, and had plenty of accommodation so that guests could stay and party well into the night. Funanani says that if she could |



"Funanani's highlight was seeing everyone singing and dancing throughout the day. Between the starters and main course, guests spontaneously started dancing – young and old alike”

change one thing about her wedding day, it would be, “The fact that it could last for two days instead of one. The day goes so fast and we wish it could have lasted longer.” When asked what the highlight of the day was, Funanani says, “It was seeing everyone singing and dancing throughout the day. Between the starters and main course, guests spontaneously started dancing – young and old alike.” In the Venda culture, and generally in most African cultures, people have the most fun when they are able to sing and dance in celebration. She adds, “It felt special to stand together as husband and wife to finally say our vows with all our family and friends.” They went to Cape Town on honeymoon. “We had such a lovely time hiking up Table Mountain, kayaking with penguins and tasting all the delicious wine that Franschhoek has to offer. Some friends and family were also in Cape Town for post-wedding vacations and joined us for delicious dinners and parties. We couldn’t escape Edward’s parents who showed up everywhere, even on our hike at the top of Table Mountain!” What advice would they give to a soon-to-be bride? “Accept that your wedding day will have a life of its own. So, once it starts, relax and enjoy the ride, and don’t stress about every little thing being perfect.” Photography Unathi Mbonambi Photography | Venue Avianto | Wedding gown De La Vida | Flowers Event Inspirations | Cake Sweet Joy Cakes | Saxophonist Kamogelo from Influx | +27 84 612 9855 Traditional dancers Nhlanhla Khumalo | +27 79 815 8404, Hair & make-up AweSa | +27 82 843 5147 DJ Fruity Sounds | +27 74 225 0017 For more pictures visit





The bridal couple had the most magnificent traditional Xhosa wedding in KwaZulu-Natal. With a beautiful adherence to both of their cultural traditions, it was a day of love, beauty and style



"I wanted a dress that adhered to the tradition, but still made me look like a princess”

habile says that she wouldn’t change one thing about her wedding day. She laughs when asked how Sizwe proposed: “He didn’t really propose. He only asked me for my family’s contact details and told me he is planning to send his uncles for lobola negotiations.” She says: “Our wedding was a beautiful Xhosa traditional wedding. It started with umembeso, where the groom’s family presents the bride’s family and relatives with gifts. The second session was the officiation, during which the pastor renders a sermon and the bride and groom exchange vows.” The couple got married at Umnsinsini, on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The venue was Thabile’s home – she says that they chose the venue for two reasons: “It’s customary for traditional weddings to be held at the bride’s house, and we both loved the landscape that the area offers. The venue is spacious, the forestry surrounding it was ideal for our wedding pictures and it seemed the most ideal place for the memories we were hoping |


"Thabile's highlight of her day was, “seeing my husband crying (they were tears of joy) when he saw me walking down the aisle'”

to preserve about our wedding day.” Thabile explains that they decided to go for a modern natural look. She says: “We love the look and feel of wood and woody colours mixed with gold and cream with a dash of black to try and blend it with our Xhosa traditional outfits.” When looking for the perfect dress designer, Thabile says she was disappointed at first as she battled to find the perfect supplier – she eventually met the designers of her gorgeous dress on the net. She says, “Their designs and styles were exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a dress that adhered to the tradition, but still made me look like a princess. A dress that was unique, elegant and stylish. The designers understood me and my style.” When we ask Thabile what the highlight of her day was, she says, “Seeing my husband crying (they were tears of joy) when he saw me walking down the aisle. And hearing his wedding vows. And seeing all our planning and hard work finally coming together so perfectly. Our décor, the wedding cake and the wedding photographers – they all synced so well. It was just too beautiful. Oh wow, it still feels like a dream.” Thabile is Zulu and Sizwe is Xhosa. She explains that the two cultures are not too different from each other. The wedding process is as follows: First comes the lobola negotiation process. The second step is umembeso (exchange of gifts by grooms family to the wife’s family). Then the traditional wedding similar to the white wedding except for the outfits worn. Ending with umabo (bride’s family presents gifts to groom's family). Photography Andile Masikane Photography | Wedding coordinator and flowers P.A.M House of Events | +27 79 095 0746 Wedding gown Antherline |, Kalahari Fashions | Cake BHi Humble | +27 79 383 3682 Rings Bride Browns |, Groom TshaNtshu Creations | @TSHAnTSHUCreations For more pictures visit





Matsela and Devon met in 2012 at a Maboneng restaurant called Pata Pata. Devon was an American tourist taking in the sights of Johannesburg and Matsela was out for Sunday lunch with a friend


T "Don’t sweat the little stuff and make sure that the wedding reflects who the two of you are”

he restaurant was filled to capacity, so when Devon and his friend walked in, they approached Matsela and asked if they could join her table. They started chatting and at the end of the evening they exchanged email addresses. Two years later, while visiting Matsela in South Africa, he took her back to Pata Pata for a drink. There was a live band performing. Matsela says, “The next thing I knew, he got up on stage with a microphone in his hand, the music stopped and he professed his love, and in front of a full audience, he asked if I would be his wife. I was pleasantly surprised as the entire restaurant applauded.” Matsela says that on the day of their wedding the weather was perfect. They had 100 friends and family join them on the day. It was small and intimate. “I am born and bred in Johannesburg and wanted a venue that is quintessentially Joburg, so I we went for Emoyeni in old Johannesburg (Parktown), which has views of The Parks and is a beautiful place to watch the sunset,” she says. “Devon is American and I am Pedi, so I wanted something that brought the two worlds together. My theme was a contemporary wedding that was inspired by my South African heritage. We wore the usual white dress and tailored suit, but accessorised with different South African ethnic accents,” says Matsela. “Instead of wearing ties, the groom and groomsman wore Xhosa beads (intsimbi). The bride and the bridesmaids accessorised with Ndebele dzila and sekgoloane. The bridesmaids wore pantsuits instead of dresses. I chose |


"The theme was a contemporary wedding that was inspired by my South African heritage”

rose gold and creamy white for the décor, and the king protea for the table flowers. The guests’ dress code was monochromatic (one colour from head to toe), which worked out beautifully.” Matsela planned and styled the entire wedding and used a wedding coordinator for the day. She is a stylist by profession and wanted a certain detail to be carried out throughout the day – she wanted it to be original. Matsela’s dress was designed by Pantora Bridal based in New York. Her brief was that she wanted a simple dress with a cape (for a dramatic effect). Matsela says that everything went smoothly, but she possibly would have started the ceremony an hour later as the 4pm summer sun was still quite hot. Other than that, the day was amazing. The highlight of the day was having Matsela’s 97-year-old grandfather join them for the day, all the way from Limpopo. Her advice for a soon-to-be-married couple? “Don’t sweat the little stuff and make sure that the wedding reflects who the two of you are.” Photography Petronella Photography |; DeRonn Kidd Photography | Wedding coordinator & flowers Lulu D Event Décor and Concepts | @LuluDEvents | +27 73 519 1920 Venue Emoyeni Estate | Wedding gown Pantora Bridal | Cake Belles Patisserie | For more pictures visit





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Grizelda&Cliff Grizelda and Cliff met at church in Gaborone, Botswana, where they both lived and worked as expats. A mutual friend arranged for them to meet



"The couple were intent on having a wedding that focused on God and His love for them”

longtime friend of Cliff’s met Grizelda at a wedding and was convinced she was the woman Cliff had been waiting and praying for. They, of course, are forever grateful that he made it his mission to make sure that they met. Cliff proposed at Grizelda’s favourite restaurant, Table50Two in Gaborone, Botswana. Situated on the 28th floor of Gaborone’s iconic iTowers, it has stunning views of the city. He rallied the waiters beforehand to be in on the surprise. Each of the four waiters had a piece of paper reading ‘Will’ ‘You’ ‘Marry’ ‘Me’ respectively. They came out one by one holding their paper. Grizelda says that she felt completely elated. Then Cliff walked up to her, suave and full of confidence, went down on his left knee and asked her if she would become his wife. Their wedding can be categorised as a destination wedding, as friends and family travelled from all over the world to join them on their special day. The Country Park Guest House became the wedding headquarters, and celebrations, last minute preparations and family meetings all took place there days before the big event. The couple were intent on having a wedding that focused on God and His love for them. “We had both prayed for the perfect partner and God |



"Advice to bridesto-be? “Accept help when it is offered'”

answered our prayers in His perfect time. The night before our wedding it rained heavily and even a little on the morning of our big day, but we were not fazed by it. The run-up to our wedding was laced with crises, but we knew the worst was over. Nothing would ruin our day.” Grizelda says that Cliff was a very involved groom and that he is the creative one of the two of them. He put his talent to very good use during the planning. If Grizelda could change one thing on her wedding day, she says, “I would be less worried. I worried about every single guest. I wanted to please everyone, to make sure everyone was ok, enjoying themselves, fed and comfortable. I should have trusted the process. My poor husband had to endure my incessant nagging. As always, he was supportive and kept me calm.” The highlight for Grizelda was seeing her groom when she entered the chapel. She says that he looked absolutely dashing. For him, it was at the reception when he could finally sit back and thank God that everything went off without a hitch. The couple experienced indescribable joy once they were husband and wife, “Contentment and gratitude towards God and our amazing friends and family who played pivotal roles in getting us to that beautiful moment.” They headed off to the majestic Drakensberg Mountains for their honeymoon and stayed at Cathedral Peak Hotel. Grizelda says that it was the perfect choice for relaxation and spending time in nature. They then made their way down to Fordoun Hotel & Spa in the Midlands. She says, “The food and service at both hotels were absolutely superb. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.” Advice that Grizelda would give brides-to-be? “Accept help when it is offered.” Photography Christiaan David Photography | Venue Oakfield Farm | Wedding gown Genevieve Atelier | +27 66 206 9757 @genevieveatelier Décor & flowers Ruby Rain | Cake Renee’s Cake Studio | +27 11 782 1843, Stationery Koorapetse Segaetsho, Gaborone For more pictures visit




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Gown Veronica by Maggie Sottero Earrings Pichulik Necklace Arthur Kaplan Bracelets (Necklace worn as bracelet) Arthur Kaplan Ring Arthur Kaplan Hat Anita Ferreira Designs Shoes Steve Madden Hair Supplied & styled by FR!KA Model Naledi

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Fashion | Couture fashion | Flower girl fashion | Shopping guide | Hair & beauty |


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Dare to be different. Combine couture and on-trend African inspiration for a whole new look




Opener Gown Rebecca Ingram – Zelda Fascinator Anita Ferreira Designs Earrings Arthur Kaplan Flowers Red in Paris Events Bangles The Source Joburg Model Semu Hair FR!KA Left Gown Kenneth Winston – 1741 Flower headband Aldo Accessories Earrings Stylist’s own Beaded bangle (Semu’s right hand) The Source Joburg Rhinestone bracelet (Semu’s left hand) Arthur Kaplan Ring Arthur Kaplan Model Semu Hair FR!KA Right Gown Maggie Sottero – Rory Fascinator Aldo Accessories Earrings Arthur Kaplan Necklace Arthur Kaplan Ring Arthur Kaplan Flowers Red in Paris Events Model Naledi Hair FR!KA




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Bride Gown Essense of Australia D2425 Neckpiece The Source Joburg Ring Arthur Kaplan Flower headband Aldo Accessories Model Naledi Hair FR!KA Groom Shirt H&M Blazer David Jones at Woolworths Pants David Jones at Woolworths Pocket square (used as cravat) Gallery Squared Ring Arthur Kaplan Watch Model’s own Shoes David Jones at Woolworths Model Sello |



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Left Bride Gown Kenneth Winston – 1741 Flower headband Aldo Accessories Earrings Stylist’s own Beaded bangle (Semu’s right hand) The Source Joburg Rhinestone bracelet (Semu’s left hand) Arthur Kaplan Ring Arthur Kaplan Model Semu Hair FR!KA Groom Suit jacket David Jones at Woolworths Suit pants David Jones at Woolworths Shirt Woolworths Pocket square Gallery Squared Ring Arthur Kaplan Watch Model’s own Shoes Woolworths Model Sello Right Dress Venzuse Earrings Arthur Kaplan Neckpiece Stylist’s own Ring Arthur Kaplan Shoes Steve Madden Headwrap Supplied by Venzuse Model Semu Hair FR!KA |



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Credits CREW Photography Jurie Potgieter |

Bride's shoes Steve Madden |,

Stylist Siyamthanda Ndube |

Suits David Jones at Woolworths |

Make-up Lucoh for Elizabeth Arden |

Shirts H&M |, Woolworths |

Hair Supplied and styled by FR!KA Hair |

Jewellery & accessories Arthur Kaplan |, Pichulik |, The Source Joburg | @thesourcejoburg, Aldo |

Models Semu, Naledi, Sello from Boss Models | Flowers Red in Paris Events |

Men’s accessories Arthur Kaplan |, Gallery Squared | +27 11 079 6980


Men’s shoes David Jones at Woolworths |

Wedding dresses Rebecca Ingram – Zelda, Kenneth Winston – 1741, Maggie Sottero – Rory, Essense of Australia D2425, Sottero & Midgley – Barrington, Maggie Sottero – Saige from Olivelli Northcliff | +27 11 782 1155, Miss Boss Couture |, Venzuse | @venzuse

Flowers Red in Paris Events | Shweshwe and Vlisco fabric supplied by JG Train |

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Kobus Dippenaar inspires with ultra-chic and ultra-cool bridal inspiration. His latest collection from the luxurious Anna Georgina Couture range showcases gowns that are both exquisitely sensual and powerfully, undeniably feminine 68



Gowns Anna Georgina Couture Accessories Jade Model Lee (left), Zania (right) |


“Dress powerfully. Be powerful, and don’t underestimate the power of the feminine.” – Kobus Dippenaar

Gown Anna Georgina Couture Accessories Jade Model Zania




Gown Anna Georgina Couture Accessories Jade Model Lee



Tyme Photography


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Gown Anna Georgina Couture Accessories Jade Model Lee |





Gowns Anna Georgina Couture Accessories Jade Models Zania (left), Lee (right)


Credits Photographer Kat Willemse, Vizion Photography & Films | Bridal wear Anna Georgina Couture | Jewellery Jade | Make-up & hair Cecilia Fourie | Location Waterkloof | Models Lee | Base Model Agency Zania | Cover Model Management

Bridal wear Anna Georgina Couture Accessories Jade Model Zania



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“Every beautiful wedding needs a beautiful cake”


The Farm Inn offers a range of five wedding venues, three bomas, two charming indoor chapels as well as a brand new outdoor wooden deck overlooking a picturesque dam suitable for outdoor ceremonies. Combined with our superb South African cuisine and hospitality we offer an all-encompassing wedding service to turn your wedding dreams into reality. 012 809 0266/77 ||


WHAT LITTLE GIRLS ARE MADE OF Before the bride makes her grand entrance, it’s the flower girl who captivates everyone’s hearts. Make a statement with the latest gorgeous collection of bespoke flower girl dresses by Soapbox Kids

Gown ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ in Mauve Model Mia


This page Left Gown ’Night on the Town’ in off-white Model Mia Right Gown ‘A Good Egg’ Model Rivkah Right page top left Gown ‘Night on the Town’ in dusky pink Model Mia Right page top right Gown ‘About Last Night’ Model Mia Gown A ‘Night Flight’ top and ‘Bird’s Eye View’ skirt Model Rivkah Right page bottom left Gown ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ in navy Model Rivkah Right page bottom right Gown ‘Midnight Feast’ in mauve Model Mia Gown ‘The Eleventh Hour’ in mauve Model Rivkah


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Gown ‘After Dark’ in dusky pink Model Rivkah Gown ‘Night Owl’ in dusky pink Model Mia

Credits Soapbox Kids Designer Kristin Masters | Photography Amanda from Estilo | Rescue birds courtesy of | Set Design Afresh Event and Design | Stylist Soapbox Kids | Models Mia & Rivkah



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FOR HER Be bold on your wedding day! Take some inspiration from our selection of gorgeous accessories with lots of bling to make sure you stand out from the crowd

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Our pick

9ct White Gold Oval Tanzanite and Diamond Drop Earrings

Yacht braid statement neckpiece embellished with cast abalone brass elements

Gianvito Rossi Milano_ Opera Raso Powder Sandal

Pichulik by the Sea Choker

9ct Rose Gold Diamond and Morganite Oval Pendant on Chain Silver Cyndi Glitter Clutch

La Grande Classique de Longines Watch

Pichulik Skeleton Woman Small Earrings

Elizabeth Arden Standing Ovation Mascara in Intense Black

Cicci Ladies Sunglasses by Snob Milano

Accessorize Crystal Barrette Pear Shape Morganite and Diamond Leaf Design Ring

Soir D’Orient by Sisley 100ml Black Cherry Box Clutch Gold

Izia Ladies Fragrance by Sisley 100ml

Giuseppe Zanotti Coline Gold Sandal

Fragrances for her Soir D’Orient by Sisley is a perfume veiled in mystery that exalts a resplendent femininity. It is a dazzlingly sensual composition. Izia Ladies Fragrance seduces with its airy, floral heart and the warmth of a woody base softened with musks. |



FOR HIM Most men are thought to be simple fashion creatures, but one thing’s for certain – every man wants to look good on his wedding day. Here is a selection of sophisticated products to make sure he stands out from the crowd

Picture Jurie Potgieter | Three-piece suit (jacket, waistcoat and pants) Gallery Squared Shirt H&M Pocket square Gallery Squared Belt Woolworths Collar chain Markham Bracelet Arthur Kaplan Ring Arthur Kaplan Shoes Model’s own Model Sello




Our pick

Perfect for parties, this hip flask has a handy little funnel so you can decant alcohol Eurosuit Black, Red and Grey Striped Suspenders

Kitchen Craft BarCraft Stainless Steel Hip Flask with Copper Finish

Scotch & Soda 2-Pack Colourful Socks

Rolex GMT-Master II in 18ct Everose Gold and Brown Ceramic

Panthère de Cartier Cufflinks Anton Fabi Maggio Tan Toe Cap Oxford Shoe Groom’s Water Bottle

Eurosuit Six Button Blue Check Waistcoat Scotch & Soda White Formal Shirt

Scotch & Soda Navy Trousers Men’s Titanium 7mm Grooved Wedding Band Pringle of Scotland Owen Tan Leather Lace-up Shoes

Eurosuit Tie Pack

Pringle of Scotland Max Square Embossed Brown Leather Belt

Louis Vuitton Ombre Nomade 100ml

New John Varvatos Artisan Pure 125ml

Fragrances for him Designed for lovers of rare essences, Ombre Nomade concentrates that sensation of infinity into one of the most mythical ingredients in perfumery, oud wood. It is a rebellious material, intoxicatingly beautiful, which the Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has faceted with a hint of benzoin and raspberry accents. John Varvatos Artisan Pure combines a revitalising blend of citrus and fresh herbs with woody accents for a refreshing crisp aroma. The modern, sun-warmed woods from Mexico bring an understated elegance to the fresh, masculine scent. |



Picture Jurie Potgieter | Dress Khosi Nkosi Earrings Pichulik Neckpiece Stylist’s own Headwrap Stylist’s own Shoe accessories Raw Strawberry Shoe Accessories Shoes Steve Madden Hair Supplied & styled by FR!KA

FOR BRIDESMAIDS Add a pop of colour to your bridesmaid’s look with a bright dress, a glamorous clutch bag and stylish shoes. The perfect scent and a little bling complete the perfect look

Our pick

Silver Cubic Zirconia Tri-circle of Life Pendant on Chain

Sophisticated women’s eyewear with elaborate coloured velvet inserts

Pichulik Jasper Talisman

Prada Tapestry Eyewear Graduated Pink Sapphire and Diamond Drop Earrings

Pichulik Gemstone Ring Element

David Tlale Lace Dress Cactus De Cartier Bag

Joseph Ribkoff Silky Layered Dress with Crystals

Harvard Statement Earrings Harvard Wooden Bangle Pack

Gianvito Rossi Milano Ava Ankle Stripe Sandal with Crystal

Kate Satin Foldover Clutch

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick

Velvetine Eye Colour by Mud Make-up Designory Juicy Couture Glistening Amber Coach Eau de Parfum

Fragrances for bridesmaids Wrap yourself in brilliant radiance with Glistening Amber from Juicy Couture. This luxurious fragrance flows in golden tones, sparkling with luminous frangipani flowers and delicious black raspberry. Coach Eau de Parfum is a composition of classic floral, enticing fruity and mysterious woody accords, which makes this perfume unique, youthful and charming in an understated way. |



Silver Ballet Dancer Necklace


flower girls It is always the cute flower girls who add a wow factor to a wedding. Make sure the flower girls look gorgeous from head to toe by drawing inspiration from our shopping list for the little ladies

Accessorize Angels Pink Chunky Glitter Statement Bow

Rose Gold Coloured Sunglasses

Monsoon Kids Enola Flower Dress

Accessorize Angels Pretty Butterfly Bracelet

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Cool Kids Wings Watch

Our pick

Accessorize Angels Pretty Butterfly Ring

Be crazy and have fun with an explosion of bold and shiny colours

Monsoon Kids Jewel Bow Glitter Bag

Accessorize Angels Glow Glitter Ballerina Flats

Big Bubble & Lemon Drop Nail Polish |



Our pick

If your boy has a love for dinosaurs, then this watch is sure to be his new favourite thing


pageboys A smart blazer, trendy shirt, bow tie and some fun accessories to make your pageboy the coolest, cutest kid at the wedding

Classic Navy Jacket Cool Kids 3D Dinosaur Watch

Black Monster Socks

White Cotton Shirt

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Ray-Ban Junior Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses in Black

Basic Navy Blue Braces

Neutral Trilby

Braided Elastic Belt Adjustable Chinos

Navy Corgi Bow Tie

Soviet Callista Hi Cut Sneaker in Tan



Brown Backpack with Buckle


Beautifully bold Combine couture and on-trend African inspiration for a whole new look – it’s bridal beauty reinvented. Here are five exquisite hair and beauty looks for your wedding day |


Afrocentric (Opener) Hair FR!KA Vivi Curl Colour 1/33 Complexion Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist; Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer; Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 in Chestnut; Stroke of Perfection Concealer in Deep; Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Makeup in Hazelnut; FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Deep Cheeks Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Wild Berry Eyes Eyeshadow Eyeshadow Trio in Not so Nude; Liner High Drama Eyeliner in Smokey Black; Brows Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow Pencil in Brownette; Mascara Standing Ovation Mascara in Intense Black Lips Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Bold Red

On fleek

Hair Yaki Blend HH 18” Colour 2 Complexion Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist; Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer; Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 in Chestnut; Stroke of Perfection Concealer in Deep; Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Makeup in Hazelnut; FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Deep Cheeks Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Wild Berry Eyes Eyeshadow Eyeshadow Trio in Not So Nude and Bronzed To Be; Liner High Drama Eyeliner in Smokey Black; Brows Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow Pencil in Brownette; Mascara Standing Ovation Mascara in Intense Black Lips Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Bold Red and Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Fiery Red All by Elizabeth Arden


En vogue

Hair FR!KA BODY WAVE 8” Colour 1B Complexion Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist; Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer; Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 in Spice; Stroke of Perfection Concealer in Medium; Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Makeup in Toasty Beige and Warm Pecan; FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Deep Blush Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Terrarose Eyes Eyeshadow Eyeshadow Trio in Not So Nude and Forever Plum; Liner High Drama Eyeliner in Smokey Black; Brows Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow Pencil in Brownette; Mascara Standing Ovation Mascara in Intense Black   Lips Plump Up Lip Liner in Raisin; Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Nude; Beautiful Color; Liquid Lip Gloss Finish in Gone Pink All by Elizabeth Arden |



Cultural couture Hair FR!KA Marley Twist Afro Colour #2 Complexion Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist; Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer; Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 in Spice; Stroke of Perfection Concealer in Medium; Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Makeup in Toasty Beige and Warm Pecan; FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Deep Blush Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Terrarose Eyes Eyeshadow Eyeshadow Trio in Not So Nude and Forever Plum; Liner Beautiful Color Bold Defining 24HR Liquid Eye Liner in Valentine; Brows Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow Pencil in Brownette; Mascara Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black   Lips Plump Up Lip Liner in Raisin; Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Nude; Beautiful Color Liquid Lip Gloss Finish in Gone Pink All by Elizabeth Arden


The stress you experience in the build-up to your wedding day wreaks havoc on your skin tone and complexion. Internationally renowned Dr. Clark at Sandton Aesthetic Institute has developed a zero-downtime, skin glow treatment that is ideal for brides-to-be. The Bridal Glow The Bridal Glow Facial is an aesthetic grade facial designed to improve skin glow and reveal a perfect complexion. The three-stage treatment requires a single visit and is completed within an hour. It includes Mesotherapy, a Chemical Peel and a DermaPen HA Mask. The key to achieving your bridal glow is by gently exfoliating the skin using a light chemical peel, followed by mesotherapy, where an individualised cocktail of vitamins is injected for hydration and skin tightening. Lastly, the HA mask drives peptides deep into the dermis for ultimate hydration. The result: a perfect, even and glowing complexion on the day you need to look your absolute best. Additional popular bridal treatments available at SAI include: IV Skin Brightening for a lighter and brighter complexion, Chemical Peels to treat troublesome pigmentation worries and Laser hair removal for a blemish-free wedding day and honeymoon.

Visit for treatment information or book your appointment today by calling 011 883 3116 127 10th St, Parkmore, Sandton

Drama defined Hair FR!KA Marley Twist Afro #1 (left) Ultra Glam #1 (right) Left – Complexion Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist; Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer; Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 in Spice; Stroke of Perfection Concealer in Medium; Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Makeup in Toasty Beige and Warm Pecan; FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Deep Blush Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Terrarose Eyes Eyeshadow Eyeshadow Trio in Not So Nude and Forever Plum; Liner Beautiful Color Bold Defining 24HR Liquid Eye Liner in Valentine; Brows Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow Pencil in Brownette; Mascara Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black   Lips Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Raspberry and Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Luscious Raspberry   Right – Complexion Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist; Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer; Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 in Chestnut; Stroke of Perfection Concealer in Deep; Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Makeup in Hazelnut; FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Deep Blush Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Wild Berry   Eyes Eyeshadow Eyeshadow Trio in Not So Nude and Bronzed To Be; Liner High Drama Eyeliner in Smokey Black; Brows Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow Pencil in Brownette; Mascara Standing Ovation Mascara in Intense Black   Lips Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Bold Red and Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Fiery Red All by Elizabeth Arden

Credits Photographer Jurie Potgieter | Stylist Siya Ndube | Make-up Elizabeth Arden | Hair FR!KA | Models Naledi Mogadime and Semu Shangase from Boss Models | Accessories See fashion credits on page 67



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



LET THE PROS DO THE PLANNING All couples have a vision of how they want their wedding day to look. Employing the services of a wedding planner will bring your vision to life without the fuss. Here Michelle Krause of Trendy Events has coordinated with photographer Wynand van der Merwe and all the suppliers to create a beautifully elegant summer afternoon wedding




his sumptuous wedding shoot tells the story of a beautifully elegant summer afternoon wedding, replete with gin bar and vibrant citrus colour palette. Set against the backdrop of a magnificent Cape Dutchstyle homestead with a subtle undertone of farmhouse chic, the whole idea was perfectly interpreted as the ultimate intimate summer wedding for the most discerning of couples. Essentially, this look is a celebration of summer sunshine, bright and beautiful colours and the current fascination we all have with gin!

Planning and coordination Leaving your wedding in the hands of the professionals will give it structure and ensure attention to detail is given; it allows you to be as involved as you wish to be, while still having time to carry on with everyday life and spend time with your loved ones. Specialist wedding planner Michelle Krause of Trendy Events says a wedding planner or

"The beautiful Cape Dutch-style The Gables boutique venue in the heart of Sandton was the perfect setting for this wedding shoot� an on-the-day coordinator should always be part of your wedding budget to ensure that the chosen suppliers fit your wedding style, resulting in the event of your dreams and memories to last a lifetime.

Venue The beautiful Cape Dutch-style The Gables boutique venue in the heart of Sandton was the perfect setting for this wedding shoot. The idea was to showcase the rusticity of The Barn at the venue, ideal for a stunning wedding shoot with its cobblestone paving.

Event styling and dĂŠcor design Floral elements, a selection of vases and candles, bowls and linen napkins breathed life and energy into the shoot and set the




tone and mood. The venue’s beautiful wooden tables served as a natural canvas for the table décor without having to introduce any runners or fabric down the tables’ centres, for a more pared-back and original look. The periwinkle blue linen napkins and navy bud vases complement the wood and the florals perfectly, and add warmth to each place setting. Rustic ceramic bowls and yellow tumbler glasses offer a fresh take on tableware.

Flowers Flowers abound, with magnificent floral arrangements on the tables, as well as exquisite bridal bouquets, buttonholes and signature wreaths with mini clementines. The yellow, orange and red poppies stole the show and lifted the whole look of the table with their vibrance and intensity. Adding loads of foraged greenery to the florals made for a softer and slightly more relaxed look, which was perfectly placed in the cobblestone room with its green barn doors.

Photography Photographer Wynand van der Merwe’s main aim was to create beautiful and elegant photos at this gorgeous venue. Wynand is a creative photographer who loves to craft timeless images that tell powerful stories. He sourced Profoto B1 500 AirTTL lights together with a beauty


dish and softbox from Sunshine Co in order to create the perfect lighting.

Stationery The stationery and signage throughout add a cheerful burst of colour. The design is timeless with a bright palette of clementine and orange. The feel is crisp yet bohemian-rustic.


"The stationery throughout adds a cheerful burst of colour. The design is timeless with a bright palette of clementine and orange”

A spring-inspired look was created with neutral colours as the base with complementary colours to bring out the best features of the bride – soft peaches, subtle pinks and golds. Adding a pop of colour on the lips keeps it youthful and fresh. Airbrush foundation adds to the natural glow as it sits gently on the skin without looking cakey or overdone.

Wedding dress Ole is wearing a Pronovias Barcaza gown with short train and button detail down the back that offers a clean, classic look.

Men’s suit Sello’s white jacket paired with a black bow tie and orange brooch has a strong yet elegant impact. |


"The frozen alcoholic popsicles, a gin bar and ClemenGold gin are on-trend thirst quenchers�

Drinks Frozen alcoholic popsicles, a gin bar and ClemenGold gin are on-trend thirst quenchers that provide a fresh, zesty taste to complement the bright summery setting.


Wedding coordination Trendy Events | Event styling & dĂŠcor Bells & Whistles Event Styling |


"A spring-inspired make-up look was created with neutral colours as the base with complementary colours to bring out the best features of the brides”

Venue The Gables | Photography Wynand van der Merwe Photography | www.wynandvandermerwe. com; Carolyn Gregorowski Photography | Make-up & hair Cloe & Co | Cake The Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie | Flowers The Love Knot | Stationery, sign design & printing Paperworks | Models Ole Morapedi – Ice Models |; Sello Nhlapo – Boss Models |; Ole Morapedi’s dress Designer: Pronovias, Vintage Lace | Groom's suit & tie Eurosuit | Bride’s shoes Imaani Bridal |; stockist: Bridal Wardrobe | Canapés & platters Ingrid Betton | Lighting Sunshine Co (JHB) | Thank you gifts (cookies) Baked by Jana | +27 83 565 2228 Frozen ice lollies Frost Popsicles | Gin bar Drake Events | G&T ClemenGold Gin | Zandvliet wines For more pictures visit |




R20 780


HONEYMOON BONUS: One romantic dinner; 30 minute couples massage; Free room upgrade; Gifts Upgrade to All Inclusive Basis from R6 700 per person. Valid for travel until 30 September 2018

Includes: Return flights to Mauritius, return resort transfers, approximate taxes, levies and surcharges, 7 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room (with a free upgrade to an Ocean Deluxe Room - subject to availability), breakfast and dinner daily, Land and Water sports as featured by the resort Indicative prices are per person sharing ex JNB and are subject to currency fluctuation, availability and adjustment based on exact departure date. *A high season surcharge may apply over school holidays and peak seasons. Prices correct as of 13 June 2018. Holiday Factory terms & conditions apply. E&OE

To obtain a quote or to make a booking, please contact your preferred Travel Agent. For more information visit us on or call 011 233 2300


Dangerous liaisons Of course you don’t want run-of-the-mill… Nubian Bride offers some extraordinary honeymoon experiences to inspire you Picture Venice, Italy For more information, contact Thompsons, |



Another level entirely

“Caution: Reading this could inspire a holiday” is the tagline on this refreshing resort’s website. Read what type of honeymoon you can experience in this luxury Mauritius establishment to get what they mean

A beach getaway of any kind, whether it’s a holiday or a honeymoon, is always memorable and filled with adventures. But the destinations that fall under the LUX* brand take this experience to another level entirely. LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius is one of the best of the brand’s best, offering a getaway that is a cut above the norm. At this exclusive resort, it’s experiences that matter, whether it’s enjoying a Japanese-style bento box on the beach or learning to skydive or kitesurf with an expert. You can go stargazing with the in-house astronomer, enjoy exotic ice cream any time of the day, take in a movie al fresco on the beach or phone home from a red phone booth in your exotic location. Spot a message in a bottle somewhere in the resort and you’ll be on your way to an unexpected treat. That’s not all… guests enjoy art classes



and workshops, mobile bars offering exotic cocktails, there are cooking classes, great wine and everything else imaginable. And have you noticed? We haven’t even described your location yet… Acclaimed British designer Kelly Hoppen has transformed LUX* Grand Gaube into an eclectic, retro-chic resort, effortlessly sophisticated yet blissfully informal, in a magnificent setting. It boasts a calm lagoon with two tranquil beaches and three spectacular swimming pools, generous and spacious sea-facing accommodation – a choice of 186 rooms with balconies or terraces, including show-stopping villas with private pools and gardens, which are ideal for honeymoon couples striving for privacy. Of course, there’s more. Located on a secluded peninsula close to the quaint fishing village of Grand Gaube on the island’s northeastern coast, 10 minutes from Grand Baie, the resort is spectacular and lavish, a paradise found. It offers every imaginable facility, including plenty of water sports (windsurfing, pedalo boats, kayaks, aqua gym, snorkelling, glass-bottom boats, stand up paddle boarding, catamaran sailing) as well as gym, beach volleyball, Tai Chi, table tennis, bicycle rental – that’s just a taste! Waterskiing is unlimited, there’s WiFi everywhere, and your choice of dining options is sublime… Island Light Holidays represents LUX* resorts in South Africa. Contact them for personalised service, information and to book an exclusive honeymoon.

Smile all the stay.

All our hotels are in dreamlike settings, but if we can go the extra step, rest assured that we have what it takes to surprise you, over and over again, so you’ll keep wondering what’s next? CONTACT US ON + 2 7 11 7 7 0 7 8 2 1 O R I N F O @ I S L A N D L I G H T H O L I D A Y S . C O . Z A W W W. LU XR E S O R T S .C O M



The startlingly beautiful Skeleton Coast that fringes Namibia’s northern Atlantic coastline is the best place in the world to be shipwrecked on a luxury getaway

It opened in June, and already Shipwreck Lodge on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is causing a stir. With a rugged, remote setting that is paradise for honeymooners, this luxury camp offers an unmatched safari experience in one of Africa’s most extraordinary locations. Uniquely designed around the legendary shipwrecks found on the Skeleton Coast, the lodge is architecturally dramatic. It boasts an unrivalled setting in the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast Concession Area, where towering sand dunes and wind-swept plains spread towards the horizon and the protection of rare species of wildlife is of the utmost importance. The only visible blips on this perfect radar are lone bleached whale and seal bones and those wind-blown remains of over 1,000 ships. The area’s only luxury accommodation, Shipwreck Lodge is sheltered from the elements and offers wood-burning stoves, thick fake fur blankets and hot water bottles to keep out the chill. The only lodge of its kind in Africa, its sumptuous interiors in shades of blue, burgundy, black and white offer a plush respite from the harsh landscape. Designed by Namibian architect Nina Maritz and interior designer Melanie van der Merwe, the property is completely sustainable. In fact, the cabin-style bedrooms were built using only wooden nails. Each room has a private en suite bathroom, and the lodge is solar-powered. At the centre of the camp is an innovatively designed restaurant and lounge with a wraparound deck offering uninterrupted views of



the magnificent surrounds, across the sand to the Atlantic Ocean. The Skeleton Coast is actually not completely remote. It’s home to an irreplaceable and vulnerable wildlife habitat and the species who live there – desert elephant, desert giraffe and Hartmann’s mountain zebra – are actively being conserved. This desolated area is also home to the only other viable lion population in the country outside of the Etosha National Park. So what do you do in this exclusive hideaway? Activities focus on the wild landscape surrounding the lodge – there are game drives, and excursions in four-by-four vehicles to the geographically remarkable Clay Castles and the remnants of shipwrecks in mysterious Suiderkus and Karimona, and an opportunity to explore the Hoanib River Delta and the Mowe Bay seal colony. If you prefer, you can spend the day beachcombing for whale bones and shipwreck debris. There is seriously nothing quite like this place anywhere else on earth. Thompsons For Travel offers numerous exciting adventures in untouched Namibia. For more information on this, and other honeymoon getaways, visit

As long as you keep dreaming, we’ll keep taking you there.

Celebrating 20 years of making dream honeymoons come true. For more info call 087 330 2060 or visit


Serendipity: Beach and bush

A hidden gem on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a Relais & Châteaux property, offering every possible luxury in an unmatched location

Just opened, Wild Coast Tented Lodge is located on the beach, next to Yala National Park, where leopards roam free. It’s an exclusive tented camp on the edge of the jungle, with a rugged private beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. The resort’s design is groundbreaking and unique, featuring 28 cocoon-like tents, inspired by the egg-shaped boulders strewn along the beach. In addition, the entire lodge is designed in the shape of a leopard’s paw print. Each domed canvas tent is filled with décor reminiscent of great journeys of discovery: teak flooring, leather chairs and freestanding copper bath tubs as well as state-of-the-art facilities like WiFi, air-conditioning and an excellent sound system. The main buildings are made of bamboo, to blend in with Yala’s distinctive rock formations. The Dining Pavilion and bar are open-air; both wrap around the resort’s enormous infinity pool. Food here is a modern take on traditional Sri Lankan dishes.



Activities include sundowners and picnics on the sand dunes, exploring a kaleidoscopic underwater world sprinkled with historic wrecks and going on safari in Yala National Park. Guests can swim and snorkel, explore hidden coves by kayak or learn to surf, and the PADI Dive Centre offers dive courses. Offshore activities include private sunset cruises, banana boating and big game fishing. You can also go whale watching on a luxury catamaran, or explore sleepy villages, paddy fields, lagoons and ancient temples on guided cycle rides. If you are interested in booking an exclusive honeymoon in Sri Lanka, let Thompsons Holidays assist. Visit their website for more details,


If married life is a journey, then a cruise with MSC is an adorable beginning. We make honeymoon couples feel really special, as well as giving them a great deal. The Romance of the Voyage by sea is also the perfect frame if you decide to celebrate your symbolic wedding or your anniversary on board our ships.

Call 087 075 0882 or visit MSCCRUISES.CO.ZA

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Destination Winter Wedding Special Offer

Bona Dea Private Estate is a luxurious wedding venue in Hermanus, only 90 minutes from Cape Town. Complimentary Bridal Suite for weddings booked from May to October 2019. Please use promocode BonaDeaWinter2019 when booking your wedding.

+27 028 050 0370 | |


Cream of the crop

Discover a selection of stunning venues that offer ideal locations for a perfect wedding



Capacity 100 guests. What makes it special It boasts an original Cape Dutch homestead built in 1803. After careful restoration in 1993, the house was declared a National Monument. Offers Although this historic estate has an original Cape Dutch homestead, the event venue has a modern, chic interior with an oversized terrace overlooking a great lawn – perfect for wedding receptions. Our comments Executive Chef Eddie Enslin breaks the mould when it comes to catering with finesse. Menus are executed with absolute precision as the estate’s award-winning wines are paired to perfection with the chef’s renowned culinary delights. Service excellence is paramount at this venue and its friendly, professional staff are always one step ahead, ensuring a truly memorable experience. |



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Capacity 140 guests. What makes it special A country-style venue in a refurbished, elegant space. White Light flourishes in its natural location, close enough for guests travelling, yet offering that essential rural escape. Offers An ideal wedding venue for those who want free rein in designing and conceptualising their wedding. With natural raw elements and local country scenery, White Light offers exceptional cuisine and unmatched service and event expertise. There is a charming chapel as well as convenient accessibility to Lanseria Airport. Our comments The venue offers a perfect blank canvas that you can transform into the wedding venue of your dreams. The beautiful glass windows offer unlimited access to the amazing views.



Capacity 160 to 200 guests. What makes it special This picturesque, luxury wedding destination offers breathtaking views. Located just 2.5km from Hermanus, it nestles in the spectacular Hemelen-Aarde Valley with its famous vineyards, which makes the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated wedding. Offers The estate’s Venue Complex features a stylish ballroom with a generous dance floor, which is suitable for up to 160 guests. Light, airy reception rooms and lounges lead to raised terraces with steps down to a large ceremonial treed terrace. The décor is chic elegance and thoughtfully conceived to showcase the panoramic views of South Africa’s most treasured landscape. Everything the discerning wedding couple could wish for. Our comments Choose from an outdoor ceremony in the spectacular lush surrounds or a romantic, candlelit indoor chapel. The coordination team will recommend a choice of catering services to make the dishes at your wedding as unique and personal as you wish. |



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Capacity Up to 180 guests. What makes it special Roodevalley Faircity Hotel lies on the banks of the Pienaars River in Pretoria, surrounded by a nature reserve and bird sanctuary. It offers a relaxed bush setting, complete with thatched roofs for a true African feel. Offers The hotel boasts both indoor and outdoor venues, providing a natural setting for memorable events. Whether you desire an intimate ceremony or an extravagant event, they will ensure that it is a special celebration. Our comments There is a complimentary menu tasting for the bridal couple, as well as a complimentary room for two people sharing (bed and breakfast) for the night before and the night of the wedding, as well as a room for the groom and groomsmen to get dressed in.


Capacity 450 people. What makes it special Even though the venue is situated just north of the fast-paced metropolis of Sandton, it overlooks the beautiful Magaliesberg mountains, so when you arrive at the hotel, you feel as if you have been transported to another world. Offers A wide choice of venues with different offerings, an award-winning spa and a dedicated team to help you have your perfect day. Our comments The luscious gardens, excellent service and romantic ambience make it one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Gauteng.


EMERALD RESORT & CASINO | VANDERBIJLPARK, GAUTENG Capacity Up to 160 guests buffet-style. What makes it special Great for an African-style wedding with all the trimmings in a stunning location on the Vaal. It is only 45 minutes outside of Joburg. Offers A variety 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 A beautiful riverside resort – a perfect venue for a family wedding.






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



Capacity Up to 250 guests. What makes it special The Farm Inn is situated on the grounds of a private game sanctuary, so guests can enjoy the magic of wildlife with 23 indigenous species, including lion, leopard and cheetah. Offers A range of six wedding venues, three bomas, two charming indoor chapels as well as a brand new outdoor chapel with a wooden deck overlooking a picturesque dam. Our comments We love that it also offers bridal couples a free cheetah interaction (with photos) and complimentary night in the beautiful bridal room.



Weddings / Conferences / Accommodation

Nestled in the Magalies Mountains, 40 minutes from Johannesburg & Pretoria rests Green Leaves Country Lodge & Venue. We offer unforgettable elegant weddings, 4-star accommodation, productive conferences and special events. Our gracious French style architecture opens onto picturesque gardens, landscaped and manicured all year round to ensure the perfect country setting.

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Capacity Up to 450 guests. What makes it special The hotel offers an idyllic setting in contemporary African style that will make your special day unique and unforgettable. The delightful on-site church is the perfect place for your sacred wedding vows to be concluded in a romantic atmosphere with breathtaking views. Offers Two beautiful reception venues, on-site church or outdoor lawn area for ceremonies. Custom-created menus with a choice of in-house catering or you can use one of their preferred caterers. Our comments The hotel has a total of 52 rooms, which marry design elements of ancient kraals, bush huts and traditional homesteads with the contemporary, stilted luxury bushveld rooms.



Capacity 150 guests. What makes it special It offers wedding packages that combine a personal service, delicious Glen Carlou wines and scrumptious cuisine – all whilst taking in the gorgeous landscape. Located in the picturesque Simonsberg-Paarl region, set between mountains and vineyards, the view overlooking the valley is magnificant. Offers Flexible venue options – there is the beautifully designed open-plan venue, an underground cellar or various outdoor options for ceremonies. Our comments Head Chef Johan Stander creates inspired menus paired with their award-winning wines to suit the couple’s individuality. The ultimate Cape Winelands venue.




Brahman Hills

The ultimate country wedding venue Few occasions rival the romance of a country wedding, and at Brahman Hills you can be assured of a one-stop, one-of-a-kind celebration.


Reservations: 033 266 6965  Weddings at Brahman Hills




Capacity 380 guests. What makes it special The breathtakingly beautiful glass chapel overlooks a serene lake with panoramic views of the hills behind, which create a scenic backdrop for your perfect day. Offers A magnificent venue called the Glass House chapel with specially designed curtains so the bridal couple can celebrate their union with an intimate group or, alternatively, go big and fill the venue. The chefs are skilled at tweaking menus to ensure perfection. Packages are designed as either ‘Build-up’ or ‘Fully Inclusive’ to allow flexibility, and you can rest assured that all the details will be taken care of. Our comments With hotel and selfcatering accommodation on offer, Brahman Hills is a destination of choice. Discover all that it has to offer, from abundant wildlife to spectacular views.


HYATT REGENCY | ROSEBANK, JOHANNESBURG Capacity 200 guests. What makes it special 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. 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. Our comments 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.




The Indaba is an exquisitely charming hotel located just outside of the bustling city of Johannesburg. Arriving at this hotel you will feel as though you’ve been transported to another world entirely. The luscious gardens, excellent service and romantic ambiance make it one of the most sought after wedding venues in Gauteng. Set on 17 hectares of established gardens incorporating two gorgeous dams, wooden decks and avenues of trees to capture that perfect memory, and located within 15km of Sandton for easy convenience. The Indaba Hotel boasts numerous wedding reception venues ranging from small and intimate to our larger fairtytale banquet style halls, ensuring that each couple finds the perfect “fit” to celebrate their special day. Outdoor wedding gazebos overlooking the beautiful dams or rose gardens are ideal for Garden Wedding ceremonies and a Chapel which is ideal for the more traditional couple - the perfect place to say “I DO”. With a dedicated wedding co-ordinator and a team with years of experience, your wedding day will be stress free. An Indaba wedding will ensure that the wedding of your dreams, becomes reality. Take a wander through the lush bushveld gardens and you’ll find the Mowana Spa - a wellness sanctuary which will revive your senses, rejuvenate your body and soothe your soul in preparation for your big day. Enjoy the luxurious accommodations and facilities on offer and have fun preparing for the big day while our team take care of everything. Say “I do” on our rolling lawns; enjoy an elegant reception with family and friends and end your special day by retiring to your complimentary honeymoon suite.




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Capacity 40 to 150 guests. What makes it special? Enjoy a wedding with a difference, a safari experience that includes the Big Five. Offers A chapel, accommodation for guests, a choice of reception venues including The Lapa that overlooks Elephant Dam for an intimate boma-type wedding and Akira in the new Day Visitors Centre with breathtaking views of the mountains from the deck. The Azima Restaurant has a viewing deck and bar, ideal for entertainment and pre-wedding drinks. Our comments A mixture of historic Dutch and African roots, this unique venue offers an exceptional choice of locations.

INTIMATE, SOPHISTICATED, ELEGANT, INDULGENT Let Glen Carlou be the ideal setting to celebrate your marriage. Located in the picturesque Simonsberg-Paarl wine region, with incredible views over the valley, our team will create a sophisticated and elegant event with sumptuous food and wines. It’s the ultimate location to make memories, as you begin this new chapter of your lives.

Simondium Road, Klapmuts 7625 | +27 (0)21 875 5528 |

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


DELIGHTFULLY DIFFERENT Your wedding cake is like the exclamation point on the reception and it should be a full reflection of your style and taste Photography Channay Harvey

Black painted floral fantasy cake

Tier 1: Salted caramel filling with a Belgian brownie sponge Tier 2: Milk tart with a cinnamon cream cheese icing Tier 3: Chilli cream cheese icing with a Belgian chocolate sponge Tier 4: Marshmallow with a French vanilla sponge Tier 5: Lemon sponge with a lime filling |


All white spring affair

Tier 1: Traditional red velvet cake with a cream cheese filling Tier 2: Rose water sponge with a pistachio filling Tier 3: Belgian chocolate sponge with a Ferrero Rocher filling




Ultraviolet seduction

Tier 1: Belgian chocolate sponge with a Belgian chocolate ganache filling Tier 2: Lemon zest sponge with an elderflower cream cheese icing Tier 3: Orange blossom sponge with a roasted almond and cream cheese filling |



Midsummer night’s dream

Tier 1: Coconut sponge with a roasted coconut filling Tier 2: French vanilla sponge with a zesty granadilla filling Tier 3: Coffee sponge with a roasted walnut filling and espressoflavoured cream cheese icing

Kintsugi (the old Japanese art of filling broken pottery cracks with gold)

Tier 1: Vanilla sponge with a lemon curd and marshmallow filling Tier 2: Spicy carrot cake with a traditional cream cheese filling Tier 3: Chocolate sponge cake with a raspberry cream cheese icing


Cake artists Christopher Ricardo Cardoso & Carla Erasmus Cakes Belle’s Patisserie | Floral styling Maryke van Niekerk by Rijk Florist | @floristrijk |



Photography Tasha Seccombe, | Venue The Conservatory, | Cake Le Petit Four, | DĂŠcor & styling Trunk Events, | Wedding planning & coordination Tracy Branford from Trunk Events,


"Elegant simplicity is key when creating this rustic theme. Add colour with an abundance of natural flowers and greenery. Forget the tablecloths – if your venue has gorgeous wooden tables, then don’t hide them. The effect is breathtakingly beautiful ” |


TIMELESS ELEGANCE Venue The Polo Room, | Décor By Word of Mouth,


"Keep it simple yet sophisticated – go with an abundance of gorgeous white flowers and ornate centrepieces to create classic, Dutch-inspired charm. In Dutch culture, evergreen leaves signify everlasting love” |


The glass is always greener on our side.

fairtrade • handmade • eco friendly • recycled • locally produced in Swaziland P.O Box 45, Motshane, Swaziland T / F: +268 – 244 24053 | 244 24142 | 244 24151 | 244 24588 Fax from SA only: 086 5305 452 | Ngwenya Glass Boutique, Watershed V&A Waterfront, Cape Town T: +27 21 418 0654


By invitation only Wedding invitations play an important role in setting the perfect tone for your wedding day. Impress your guests with our stunning selection of on-trend wedding stationery Stationery Secret Diary Stationery | Photography Tasha Seccombe | |



Find your style, set the tone, be specific, cover all the details and make it memorable




1. Blooming marvellous Flowers are an essential element to making your day extra special. Be inspired by our selection of floral creations to take your wedding to the next level of exceptional |



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1. ODJ Events | 2. Yes! Exclusive Flowers | 3. Yes! Exclusive Flowers | 4. Florist Ecozest | Photographer Shanna Jones Photography |

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CMG Colour Me Green Function Décor IZINGUBO is a blanket distribution company offering a wide range of blankets, from baby to adult blankets, with contemporary to classic, and including traditional wedding blankets.

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For a unique Heritage Wedding experience the Royal Hotel in uptown Pilgrim’s Rest Mpumalanga  offers affordable rates on Victorian style accommodation for 100 guests, restaurant facilities for up to 200 guests including 2 bars and  beautiful photographic opportunities. There is a choice of 3 Churches in the Town.

“Baker Boys Confectionery is a boutique style bakery who specialize in creating beautifully handcrafted, bespoke, and elegant wedding cakes and wedding favours”

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Copper is on trend this year, so update your registry with some contemporary additions from Yuppiechef

Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine Kitchen Craft Luxe Lounge Double Walled Stainless Steel Wine Cooler

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Nubian Bride Issue 16  

Nubian Bride is the only bridal publication in the industry that caters for African women. African brides, in all their diversity, celebrate...

Nubian Bride Issue 16  

Nubian Bride is the only bridal publication in the industry that caters for African women. African brides, in all their diversity, celebrate...