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ello again! Having thought the previous letter to you was my last, I am somewhat stumped for words; a rare occurrence. Nonetheless, I am thrilled to report that in the midst of ownership handover, Ballyhoo Media has been retained to publish Nubian Bride for the foreseeable future. We couldn’t be happier, and it shows. This issue is miles ahead of anything we or our competitors have ever produced; the exhilaration of another bite at the cherry translating into some of the most amazing bridal content this industry has ever seen. South Africa wants and needs a truly African bridal platform and as both pioneer and purveyor, Nubian Bride remains true to its title as the quintessence of African bridal vogue. Part of the new business model is expansion of the brand’s influence into the UK, Europe and the US; the idea being to disseminate our unique African bridal content to the African diaspora and to promote southern Africa as a global wedding destination of choice. We’re generating leads and forwarding enquiries from upmarket international couples who want to get married on African soil, creating strong affiliations with our clients, both old and new. For this reason, I am now based in London, in daily contact with our creative team and commercial teams in Joburg. About this team then. Congratulations

on an inspired edition. The swank, vintage glamour and historic significance of Sophiatown and her icons was brought to life in our main fashion and beauty spreads (from p53). The glitz of our featured real weddings (from p23) indicates just how important our weddings are as a platform for self-expression. We offer the most exciting trends, floral fashion and accessories to enable you to become the bride you want to be. I’m thinking Paris in spring as the location for our next issue. But whether it turns out to be Paris or Polokwane, we’re more in tune with the pulse of the African bride, her needs and wants than ever before. While the data drives how and what we do, inspiration is also about creative flair, experience in what brides want as well as a gut feel for what kind of brides they want to be. Ladies, you’re Queen for a Night, and deserve nothing less. We’re honoured to be part of your bridal journey and whether you decide to engage with us online, socially or physically, we’re there for you. If you need help or advice about anything bridal, contact us on wearehereforyou@nubianbride.co.za. And let’s propose a toast to new beginnings and next chapters.

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Beautiful and unique ideas to inspire you Trend Spotter What’s on-trend in the wedding world Real Weddings How other couples celebrated their Big Day

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Wedding fashion and beauty inspiration for 2019 Designer Studio We talk to designer extraordinaire Orapeleng Modutle

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Fashion Songs of love – Sophiatown fashion inspiration Floral Fashion The way she wears it – couture fashion with a floral twist

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Flower Girl Fashion Dream big little one – pictureperfect flower girl dresses

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For Her Shopping for the bride For Him Shopping for the groom For Bridesmaids Shopping for the bridal party For Flower Girls Adorable ideas for the cutest little girls in the retinue For Pageboys Shopping for the little gentlemen who take the spotlight

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Beauty & Hair Angel of Africa – glamorous hair and make-up looks

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Everything you need to plan the perfect day Honeymoons Romantic retreats Venues Gorgeous venues for the perfect wedding Cakes Love at first bite Décor Exquisite ideas for a beautiful reception Stationery Pretty little things Registry Something blue

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Let the only limitation be your imagination. When it comes to your wedding celebration, the sky’s the limit. It’s your day, so do it your way, with a little inspiration from the latest wedding trends for 2019…

LIGHT IT UP Make a glowing statement with neon lights or lightboxes. Perfect for signage around the venue, it also adds a personal note to the décor. www.festivelights.co.za

LAVENDER CONFETTI Ditch the traditional paper or rose confetti and use lavender sprigs for a beautiful scented alternative.

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ROYAL STYLE Thanks to Megan Markle’s stunning royal tiara worn at her wedding, this feminine look has made a massive comeback. If you’re looking for a regal affair, make sure to wear a tiara to complete the perfect princess look. www.ebontu.com | www.vtfa.co.za

Don’t forget your little guests (if invited) by having kids’ stations to keep them busy. We suggest activity stations such as a colouringin caravan, or an arts and crafts corner. Include a kids’ food and sweet table with bite-sized delights… it’s sure to be a winner. www.bywordofmouth.co.za | www.the-wedding-nanny-sa.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Create your own signature cocktail for your wedding day. Have fun and be creative with your combinations. Gin or vodka are always safe alcohol choices, and work well with a variety of mixes. Make sure the end product reflects your personality – it’s your day after all! www.liquidchefsmobile.co.za

Create lasting memories by scenting your wedding with your own unique fragrance. There are companies that can help you come up with a sublime combination using all your favourite scents. This signature fragrance can be used as a perfume, to scent candles and as an oil in diffusers. www.kumanovperfumery.com

PANTONE The Pantone colour for 2019 is ‘Living Coral’. It’s a bright, sunny tone that is perfect to incorporate into your wedding day. Use coral hues with the décor, cake, bridesmaids’ dresses, even the flowers.

STATEMENT JEWELLERY Bring on the bling with some glitzy statement pieces to glam up your look. But do remember to keep your accessories bride-appropriate. www.arthurkaplan.co.za

FLOWER ARCHES NAME A ROSE Ludwig Roses offers clients an opportunity to name a rose for their wedding. They will cultivate a unique rose varietal according to the colour and type selected by you, and then you get to name it. They recommend you finalise your selection six months before your wedding day to guarantee supply. What a wonderful way to honour your special occasion! www.ludwigsroses.co.za

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If you’re looking for different ways to decorate your venue, why not use a flower arch to add something special? They make the perfect backdrop for photo ops. Alternatively, why not include flower arch installations down the aisle to add the wow factor to your entrance. www.yes-flowers.info


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Gideon&Rahiel A stunning musical extravaganza with plenty of traditional magic


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"The energy coming from the chapel was pulsating with the sound of djembe drumming and celebratory ululations”

n June 2017 while visiting Joburg, Rahiel discovered an African print boutique in Braamfontein – this is where she met Gideon for the first time. Rahiel describes her first impression of Gideon as “a tall, dark and handsome Zambian man who left me a bit speechless. Within two weeks, Gideon and I had our first date and have been together ever since,” she says. As for the proposal… “I was at an outdoor restaurant in Melville having dinner with a friend. When I turned around, there was Gideon kneeling down with a ring in his hand asking me to marry him. I started to cry. No matter how ready I thought I was, nothing could prepare me for that breathtaking moment.” The couple chose beautiful Oakfield Farm as their wedding venue as it was the ideal location for a fairy tale wedding, with an all-white chapel in a forest, a horse-drawn carriage for the bridal entrance and a massive thatched

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reception room. Music played a significant role in setting the mood for the Big Day. “The energy coming from the chapel was pulsating with the sound of djembe drumming and celebratory ululations. I awaited my bridal entrance in a horse-drawn carriage, as Nina Simone sang 'Feeling Good'. My eldest brother escorted me into the chapel to the sound of 'In a Sentimental Mood' by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. Our Christian-based ceremony included a saxophone cover of 'Nobody Greater' and our own written vows. We exited to Brenda Fassie’s 'Vuli Ndlela'. “The evening centered around music and dancing with Femi Koya’s nine-piece afrobeat band performing live and DJ Prince spinning South African house, Congolese rumba, hip-hop, RnB and Washington go-go music. Every sound reflected the cultural layers of our lives. We danced the night away with our guests.” Friends and family travelled from all over the world for the couple’s #AJoziLoveStory themed wedding, a carefully curated weekend of activities that reflected their journey to the altar.  The kick-off event was an all-woman, intergenerational gathering led by the Zambian elder women of Gideon’s family. Rahiel’s young black American friends were deeply moved by her Zambian initiation into marriage. Rahiel chose the rose gold wedding dress ‘Blansh’ with its mermaid silhouette from Italian designer Lorenzo Rossi’s 2017 ‘Divine Affection’ collection. She didn’t want to wear a white wedding dress, as she wanted to be non-traditional. She infused her Eritrean culture into her bridal look with a traditional hairstyle (called ‘albaso’) plus jewellery and henna art. Her bridesmaids wore black and white Xhosa-inspired dresses with Cleopatrainspired beaded accessories. The groom and groomsmen wore gold and black African print bow ties, pocket squares and stoles. For their second reception entrance, the couple was draped in Eritrean black and gold velvet capes (called ‘kaba’). Rahiel wore a traditional Eritrean dress (called ‘zuria’) with a black and gold print. The groom wore a matching black, stonewashed denim outfit with gold African print trimming, which he designed himself. Rahiel’s advice to future brides: “Be a gracious, joy-filled bride from beginning to end. Cherish every second because it will go by so fast and you can

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"Our wedding day will forever be one of the greatest gifts God has ever given us”


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never get it back again. Make sure that you and your groom have a clear, shared vision of your wedding day, as that will determine everything. Focus on the big picture items first, then gradually make your way to the details. Our wedding day will forever be one of the greatest gifts God has ever given us.” Photography Xavier Saer | www.xaviersaerportfolio.com Wedding Gown Vonvé Bridal Couture | www.vonvebridal.co.za Bride's 'Zuria' Dress Workshet Abera | +27 78 662 2526 Bridesmaids'/Groom's/Groomsmen's Attire I am Deovolente by the Groom | www.iamdeovolente.com Cake Sugar ’n Ice | www.sugar-n-ice.co.za Venue Oakfield Farm | www.oakfield.co.za Wedding Coordinator Weddings by Tasha www.weddingsbytasha.co.za Décor & Florals Magnifique Floral Art | +27 79 413 7180 DJ Prince Kramer | +27 84 920 4940 Entertainment Femi Koya Afrobeat Band www.femikoya.com Saxophonist Casper Esau II | +27 76 387 8678 Make-up Artist Tsholo R from Make-Up Couture | www.makeupcouture.co.za Stylist Morgan Wider | www.widerstyle.com Stationery & Digital Media Armadillo Media | www.armadillomedia.co.za & Urban Cusp | www.urbancusp.com Videography Daniel McGeer of Fascination Pictures | www.fpweddingfilms.com

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Lwazi&Sindiswa A spectacular, intimate wedding with a Great Gatsby feel


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"The wedding was intimate, but spectacular. The best day of our lives”

wazi and Sindiswa decided on Val de Vie Estate as the backdrop for their magnificent wedding. Lwazi suggested the amazing venue a week after they got engaged, and Sindiswa immediately fell in love with what she saw it could offer. “The wedding was intimate, but spectacular. The best day of our lives. Every detail was attended to, and the guests looked splendid,” Sindiswa says. The couple agonised for a while on what look and feel they wanted for the day, but they finally settled on a black and white colour scheme. “The ladies from Grand Room Design took our concept and turned it into a Great Gatsby experience.” Sindiswa’s dress fitted into their theme perfectly. It was inspired by the TV series, Game of Thrones and a design that she came across on Instagram. What would the couple change about the day? “Nothing, except that it went by in a flash,” she says. And

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"“I can’t explain the joy I felt finally standing next to the man of my dreams as his wife, and knowing he was my husband” what were the highlights? “Everything, but especially the guests. They really came to the party to party. Saying our vows was absolutely amazing! I can’t explain the joy I felt finally standing next to the man of my dreams as his wife, and knowing he was my husband. He’d been looking forward to it from before we started dating.” For their honeymoon, the couple spent five days in Rome, Italy, followed by five days on the Greek island of Santorini. Sandiswa’s advice to future brides? “Take your time before making any decision, but, equally important, surround yourself with specialists.”

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"The guests really came to the party to party”

Photography & Videography VividBlue Photography | www.vividblue.co.za Venue Val de Vie Estate Polo Pavillion | www.valdevie.co.za Wedding Gown Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue | www.orapelengmodutle.com Flowers & Décor Grand Room Design | www.grandroomdesign.co.za Cake Cakes by Wade | www.wadescakes.co.za Stationery Secret Diary | www.secretdiary.co.za Helicopter Silvercross Helicopters | www.silvercross.co.za For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za


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t was beautiful and very intimate with 120 guests,” Nikki recalls. “We had an outdoor ceremony in the late afternoon. Our DJ played special tracks as the wedding party entered, and the violin quartet took over for my grand entrance. Our first dance was like dancing in the clouds! Then everybody danced the night away until midnight. Our wedding was perfect and one could feel the presence of the Lord at the venue. “We got married at Forum Homini Boutique Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind. We saw a picture of their restaurant Roots, called and booked for the following weekend. We’d seen a number of venues, but the moment we set foot on the premises, we were blown away. The wedding coordinator showed us around and our faces lit up. We knew this is where we wanted to get married. After we had secured a date, we’d often drive there for lunch and cocktails to let the dream sink in.” “Walking down the aisle in my

dream dress and seeing my handsome husband’s face. We’d planned everything down to the last detail and we still look back and talk about how smoothly everything went.” +27 11 668 7000 | www.forumhomini.com

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Ralliom&Mpeleng A romantic wedding in Muldersdrift for a happy couple with a large family


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"The highlight was when I walked in accompanied by a saxophonist and the two families looked so happy. It was amazing!”

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peleng was on her way home from Wits one Sunday afternoon when Ralliom approached her. He offered her a lift, she refused, he persisted – and the rest is history! For the proposal Ralliom arranged for the engagement ring to be hidden in the dessert at dinner at a restaurant. Mpeleng was a little suspicious. “The one waiter kept on asking if it was time yet and I could see something was about to go down. Ralliom was also getting uncomfortable. And then I found a beautiful ring in my pudding! He went on his knees, and I said ‘yes’.” The couple both have big families who love having fun. They decided to make sure the wedding day was relaxed and everyone could dance and eat all day. The matrimonial service was outside in the beautiful gardens at Memoire Wedding and Function Venue in Muldersdrift. The venue is gorgeous, with running waterfalls and lots of birds and this added to the fairy tale theme. “We

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"I wouldn’t change anything about our wedding day. It was a beautiful experience. I could have another one if it was possible!”

loved the furniture, the bridal suite, the chapel and the food. It was just perfect,” Mpeleng says. “The highlight was when I walked in accompanied by a saxophonist and the two families looked so happy. It was amazing!” The couple chose not to have a formal list of speakers – they chose people to come up and speak spontaneously. “Everyone spoke from the heart and it was so special,” she says. “Acknowledging the elders in the family was also very important to us. We made sure that every elder from both families played their role as they would in a traditional wedding. By doing it that way, we felt comfortable that we received blessings from everyone.” Mpeleng wanted to look like a queen on her wedding day. She decided on a dress that was different but also simple – a two-in-one mermaid dress that converted into a ballgown. Designer extraordinaire Orapaleng Modutle from OM Style Avenue created her dream gown; it was elegant perfection. “I wouldn’t change anything about our wedding day. It was a beautiful experience. I could have another one if it was possible! I enjoyed the planning, the photo shoots and all the time I shared with my husband preparing for our wedding day." Photography In Abundance Photography | www.inabundancephotography.com Venue Memoire Wedding & Function Venue | www.memoire.co.za Wedding Gown OM Style Avenue | www.orapelengmodutle.com Flowers Kagisho Décor | www.kagishocatering.co.za Cake Sweetly Detailed | www.sweetlydetailed.co.za For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za

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Itumeleng&Ayabulela A marriage made in heaven, in a magnificent setting


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"My husband’s vows were the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard – I fell in love with him all over again”

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he couple met in January 2015 at a mutual friend’s farewell party at Capital Craft Beer Academy in Pretoria. Ironically, they had a number of mutual friends but had never met before. They discussed marriage in December 2016, and Itumeleng sent a letter to Ayabulela’s parents stating his intentions to marry their daughter. The scene was set and the lobola proceedings started in April 2017. Their wedding day was over three days – from a Friday to the Sunday over a long weekend in September. Their formal wedding ceremony was held at Lace on Timber, “a breathtaking French industrial venue just outside of Pretoria”. “The day was so magical. It turned out to be more beautiful than we could ever imagined, ” says Ayabulela. “I

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"He kept her laughing the entire day. It was just beautiful” wished it had lasted longer… other than that, it was nothing short of perfect. The best day of our lives so far!” The highlight of their day was the matrimonial ceremony. “It was so intimate and blessed, there wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel,” she says. “My husband’s vows were the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard – I fell in love with him all over again.” Itumeleng gushes about his beautiful bride “Seeing her walk down the aisle brought me to tears. She looked beautiful beyond measure.” Wedding photographer Unathi had this to say about the wedding: “It was such a precious day. These two are so in love and they had so much fun on their wedding. He kept her laughing the entire day. It was just beautiful.” Photography Unathi Mbonambi Photography | www.umphotography.co.za Wedding Coordinator Luzuko Hospitality | lebo@luzuko.com Venue Lace on Timber | www.laceontimber.com

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Wedding Gown Bride&Co | www.brideandco.co.za Flowers Oopsie Daisy Flowers | www.oopsiedaisyflowers.co.za Cake Pastry Angel | candice@pastryangel.co.za Stationery Designed by Thatiso Dube | galxboy@gmail.com Groom & Entourage Suits Cassonga | +27 61 742 1280 Bow Ties Nompumelelo Ntuli | +27 79 515 6837 Bridemaids’ Dresses Roka Roko by Brigette Mashile | info@rokaroko.co.za Hair Nana from Ruutos Brides | www.ruutosbrides.com Make-up Onkgopotse Matlala | obmatlala@gmail.com Ring Box MU Studio | www.mustudio.co.za Garter Loca Bridal | www.locabridal.com

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Nthabiseng&Katlego A fairy tale wedding in a magical setting


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he couple met at university, in 2009. Nthabiseng says: “Katlego had been watching me for a while, but I didn’t even know he existed. Then we met at our res bash – and the rest was history.” Every year in September the couple go to Ballito to celebrate their birthdays. On Nthabiseng’s birthday in 2015, they went to a restaurant for breakfast. “We took a walk on the beach and our waitress took some photos. Suddenly, Katlego went down on one knee and popped the question! That same day, my mom got a letter from Katlego asking for my hand in marriage. Obviously I said yes! Our wedding day was a fairy tale... It was definitely my dream wedding! “Our photographer recommended Cradle Valley Guesthouse, and after seeing pictures of the venue, we were sold because it was tranquil, reserved and elegant.” The décor was simple yet classy, a combination of Nthabiseng’s favourite colours, pink and rose gold/gold. As she wanted to look like a princess at her fairy tale wedding, she chose an A-line ballgown. The couple said they wouldn’t change a thing about their wedding day. Nthabiseng’s highlight was walking down the aisle “and hearing my husband say his cheesy vows,” she laughs. For Katlego, it was “seeing my gorgeous wife walk down the aisle with a smile on her face.” Words of advice? “Take time to save and avoid going into debt for your wedding. Know what you want and don't settle or compromise,” says Nthabiseng. Photography Gift Photography & Video | www.giftphotography.co.za Wedding Coordinator Nicole van Heerden | www.nicolevanheerden.com Venue Cradle Valley Guesthouse | www.cradlevalley.co.za Wedding Gown Zodwa Bridal | www.zodwabridal.co.za Bride’s Make-up Stephythemakeupartist | @Stephythemakeupartist Flowers The Bloom Room | www.thebloomroom.co.za Cake KST Cakes | +27 66 011 0239 Stationery Trendy Settings Paperworks | www.trendysettings.co.za For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Angela&Bongani An intimate wedding in the country with a touch of traditional Ndebele made this couple's day perfect


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"The joy I felt on the day she said yes can only be compared to the joy I felt on the day she finally said ‘I do’”

ongani’s gentle perseverance finally persuaded Angela to accept a date. The couple met on Facebook, and after two years of direct messaging, she eventually agreed to meet him. Bongani says: “I finally built up the courage to ask for her number and she gave it to me. And the rest, as they say, is history. She was well worth the wait!” Bongani proposed on the way to their favourite restaurant. Angela says that she had to process this for a few seconds as it was totally unexpected. “After what seemed like forever, she finally said that she would love to be my wife,” Bongani says. “The joy I felt on that day can only be compared to the joy I felt on the day she finally said ‘I do’.” The couple decided on an afternoon wedding as they wanted their day to be bright and sunny. There were 100 guests – made up of people who they love dearly. “It was everything we had hoped it would be and more. It was filled with laughter, dancing and love.” The venue was at the gorgeous Hertford Country Hotel in Johannesburg – the natural

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"It was everything we had hoped it would be and more. It was filled with laughter, dancing and love”

lighting and the white walls and floor fitted perfectly with their ‘white with the touch of gold’ theme which they chose for a clean and classy effect. Angela’s dress was inspired by a design she saw on Pinterest. After careful consideration she chose LA Art Neviole Emporium as she wanted the dress custommade using her inspiration. “Neville blew my mind with the finished product,” she said. “My dress was a two-in-one gown with a detachable tulle skirt and sleeves. I couldn’t have asked for a better result.” Right before cutting the cake, the couple changed into Ndebele outfits, both observing and paying respect to their heritage. When asked what they would change about their wedding day, the response is a resounding “Absolutely nothing!” Both agree the highlight was exchanging vows. “Standing next to each other as husband and wife felt amazing. At that moment, everything was as it should be. Just perfect.” Angela gives us some valuable advice: “Enjoy your wedding day. You’ve paid a lot of money, and had a lot of sleepless nights, so relax and enjoy it. Dance, laugh and have fun. It’s your day!” Photography Sam Phiri Photography | www.samphiriphotography.net Wedding Coordinator, Décor & Flowers Extravaganza Weddings | www.extravaganza.co.za Venue The Hertford Country Hotel | www.hertford.co.za Wedding Gown La Art Neviole Emporium | +27 72 432 5895 Ndebele Dress TN Collectiv | www.tncolletiv.com Suit & Ndebele Jacket Lungstar Creation | Lungstar21@gmail.com | +27 78 485 8739 Cake Divine Delights Cake Boutique | www.divinedelights.co.za Stationery Kaliente Events, Dance & Design | www.kalienteevents.com Make-up Artist Stephy Kwanaite | stephyramokoni@gmail.com For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za

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KWAZULU NATAL MIDLANDS

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.

Checklist for the perfect wedding THE VENUE THE CHAPEL THE FLOWERS & DÉCOR THE SPA THE BRIDAL PREPARATION SUITE THE FOOD THE CO-ORDINATION THE ACCOMMODATION

Reservations: 033 266 6965

weddings@brahmanhills.co.za

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INTRODUCES

Not for Persons Under 18.


FASHION+BEAUTY Designer Studio | Fashion | Flower fashion | Shopping guide | Hair & beauty

Picture Jurie Potgieter | www.juriepotgieter.com

Gown Scalo Designs Earrings Woolworths Neckpiece Woolworths Gloves Bride&Co Sunglasses Stylist’s own Model Naledi

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DESIGNER STUDIO

TAILORED TO PERFECTION Nubian Bride chats to designer extraordinaire Orapeleng Modutle about his vision, mission, inspiration and his global takeover


DESIGNER STUDIO

Tell us about yourself as a designer and your company, OM Style Avenue, and how you started the brand. I was born and bred in Kimberley, Northern Cape. I was raised by a single parent; I used to enjoy watching my mother and grandmother hand sew as a hobby. Watching them fascinated me, so I joined in. What sets you apart? My continuous hunger and drive to achieve a bigger and greater outcome in every new project.  What motivates you? Individuals who are in the fashion industry and are making big moves. It reminds me that everything is possible. Tell us about your team. I have an incredible team behind me who ensure we produce good quality work and perform at our best. The team comprises PR, a fashion creative, patternmaker, seamstresses, accountant, a lawyer and bead workers. These people make sure that the well-oiled OM machine performs at its best.

Picture VividBlue Photography | www.vividblue.co.za

Where do you find inspiration for your bridal collections? My inspiration for the Orapeleng Modutle Bride comes from the women we dress. Who is the Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue bride? When it comes to bridal, we always have to remember the Orapeleng Modutle woman’s key characteristics. She loves to express her own romantic femininity – and always with taste, sensibility and refinement. Is there a standout dress you have designed over the years? There was a Pussy Bow Blouse dress from our 2016 Spring/Summer collection – that was our debut showcase at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and the dress sold out in a couple of days.  What is the first thing you consider when you design a gown? I consider the wedding destination and climate and, most importantly, the bride’s personality.  What is the number one piece of advice you would give a bride? That she should explore and study her distinctive personality when it comes to making her wedding gown. www.nubianbride.co.za |

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What should a bride keep in mind when deciding on the style and fabric of the gown? It’s important to know your body type and what enhances your natural attributes. What is the most challenging part of designing wedding dresses? Having a short timeline in which to deliver the gown. The craftsmanship and detail that goes into making a wedding gown is extremely labour-intensive. What are your trend predictions for bridal fashion in 2019 and beyond? Clean lines and simple silhouettes with beautiful detail. What’s in the pipeline for OM Style Avenue? We are spreading our footprint into the pan-African market and hoping for a global takeover. www.orapelengmodutle.com

I used to enjoy watching my mother and grandmother hand sew as a hobby. Watching them fascinated me, so I joined in

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We are seeking bridal boutiques across Africa who wish to stock our award-winning gowns

We have three exceptional labels Maggie Sottero – our core line of captivating designs for the classic bride Sottero and Midgley – chic and luxurious styles for the fashion-forward bride Rebecca Ingram – superior style and quality for the value-conscious bride We are pleased to offer full support and training to new Maggie Sottero Designs retailers, including opening incentives for first orders and plus-size stock

Contact Us Today! www.geddesrose.co.za | info@geddesrose.co.za | +27117824752 - Estelle | +27798721386 - Karen


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e v o L f o Glamour, romance, style – Sophiatown had it all. Take some inspiration from this bygone era and be the bride you want to be

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Opener Groom Blazer Scotch & Soda Shirt H&M Pants Scotch & Soda Socks Woolworths Shoes Steve Madden Hat Hat City Model Sibu Left Bride Xhosa bodysuit Scalo Designs Skirt Scalo Designs Pearl necklace Arthur Kaplan Multi-strand pearl necklace Arthur Kaplan Shoes Aldo Model Semu Hair FR!KA Human Hair Right Bride Gown Zodwa Bridal Fascinator Olivelli Earrings Arthur Kaplan Shoes Footwork Model Naledi Hair FR!KA Luminance Braid Bun Left Gown Olivelli Beret with net Stylist's own Neckpiece Arthur Kaplan Ring Arthur Kaplan Gloves (holding) Bride&Co Shoes Steve Madden Model Semu Hair FR!KA Human Hair Right Gown Olivelli Fascinator Colette by Colette Hayman Earrings Arthur Kaplan Gloves Bride&Co Shoes Aldo Model Naledi Hair FR!KA Human Hair

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+27 11 782 1155 info@olivelli.co.za 25 Lily Ave, Northcliff


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Right Gown Scalo Designs Earrings Woolworths Neckpiece Woolworths Gloves Bride&Co Sunglasses Stylist's own Model Naledi Hair FR!KA Luminance Braids www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Left Bride Gown Bride&Co Earrings Arthur Kaplan Necklace Arthur Kaplan Gloves Bride&Co Model Naledi Hair FR!KA Black and Blonde Wig Right Bride Gown Zodwa Bridal Headband Olivelli Ring Arthur Kaplan Bracelet Arthur Kaplan Model Semu Hair FR!KA Deep Wave Human Hair Groom Suit Eurosuit Shirt H&M Ring Galaxy Shoes Steve Madden Model Sibu


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Bride Gown Olivelli Headpiece Olivelli Necklace Arthur Kaplan Ring Arthur Kaplan Bracelet Arthur Kaplan Shoes Steve Madden Model Naledi Hair FR!KA Futura Wig

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Groom Shirt H&M Pants Scotch & Soda Suspenders H&M Hat Hat City Socks Woolworths Shoes Steve Madden Ring Galaxy Sunglasses Stylist's own Model Sibu www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Groom Suit Scotch & Soda Shirt H&M Hat Hat City Socks Woolworths Shoes Steve Madden Bride Gown Zodwa Bride Headband Olivelli Ring Arthur Kaplan Bracelet Arthur Kaplan Model Semu Hair FR!KA Deep Wave Human Hair Wig www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Bride Gown Zodwa Bridal Fascinator Olivelli Earrings Arthur Kaplan Shoes Footwork Model Naledi Hair FR!KA Luminance Braid Bun Groom Blazer Scotch & Soda Shirt H&M Pants Scotch & Soda Suspenders H&M Socks Woolworths Shoes Steve Madden Glasses Stylist's own Model Sibu www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Bride Gown Olivelli Earrings Arthur Kaplan Necklace Arthur Kaplan Shoes Footwork Headpiece Olivelli Model Semu Hair FR!KA Funky Afro

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Photography Jurie Potgieter | www.juriepotgieter.com

Fashion Olivelli | www.olivelli.co.za Scalo Designs | www.scalodesigner.com Woolworths | www.woolworths.co.za Scotch & Soda | www.scotch-soda.com H&M | www.hm.com Zodwa Bridal | www.zodwabridal.co.za Eurosuit | www.eurosuit.co.za Bride&Co | www.brideandco.co.za

Stylist Siyamthanda Ndube | siyamthandamtshemla@gmail.com Make-up MUD Designory | www.mudsa.co.za Make-up Artists Louise Du Preez & Noni Dubazana Hair FR!KA | www.frika.co.za Models Semu, Naledi, Sibu from Boss Models | www.bossmodels.co.za Flowers Red in Paris Events | www.redinparisevents.com Venue Katy’s Palace Bar | www.katyspalacebar.co.za

Accessories & Props Aldo | www.aldoshoes.co.za Steve Madden | www.stevemadden.co.za Arthur Kaplan Jewellers | www.arthurkaplan.co.za Footwork | www.footwork.online Hat City | www.hatcity.co.za Trumpet from Lovemore Music | www.lovemoremusicshop.co.za Galaxy Jewellers | www.galaxyjewellers.co.za Colette by Colette Hayman | www.colettehayman.com


THE WAY SHE WEARS IT

FASHION & BEAUTY

Dramatic red, shimmering silver with feathers, glamorous black and a choice of alluring white gowns... It's all about the way you want to feel. It's all about you

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Gown Gert-Johan Coetzee

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Gown Jean Nalida Collections

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Gown Jean Nalida Collections

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Gown Gert-Johan Coetzee

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african bespoke at its best

www.raphaelm.co.zaw 0112686696 raphael@raphaelm.co.za 13 sixth street Houghton estates


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Gown Gert-Johan Coetzee

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Tel: +27 (0) 12 423 5600 www.foreversa.co.za


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Gown Jean Nalida Collections

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Credits Flowers Yes! Exclusive Flowers | www.yes-flowers.info | Facebook & Instagram: @yesexclusiveflowers Dresses Gert-Johan Coetzee | www.gertjohancoetzee.com Jean Nalida | Facebook: Jean Nalida Collections Venues Villa Oceanvoice | www.suedafrikaferien.com By Grace Alone | www.bygracealone.co.za Indalu Game Farm | www.indalu.co.za Hair & Make-up Wilna Allpass | www.makeupbywilna.co.za Dienkie van der Berg | www.dienkiemakeupartist.co.za   Photographer Daniel West | www.danielwest.photo Model Megan Astrid Stride | Instagram: @meganastridstride For more pictures visit www.nubianbride.co.za

Gown Jean Nalida Collections

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AWARD WINNING GERMAN NAIL & COSMETIC BRAND

www.lcn.co.za www.shop.lcn.co.za

Tel: 010 593 3293 Email: info@lcn.co.za

Photo Credit: Jewelry: Ali Jawad Fine Jewelery (alijawadjewelry.com), Photographer: Sarah De Pina Model: Thandolwethu Tsekiso


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Left Gown Her Wildest Imagination Model Mia Right Gown The Happiest Day Model Sienna

LITTLE ONE Picture-perfect, dreamy dresses for cute flower girls created by Soapbox Kids

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"What makes a great flower girl? A beautiful dress, a happy smile, some lovely flowers and a golden heart�

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Top Left Gown The Godliest Hour (left) Model Mila Gown My Biggest Crush (right) Model Mia Bottom Left Gown Her Greatest Moment (left) Model Mila Bottom Right Gown The Most Wondrous Tale (left) Model Sienna Gown The Luckiest Girl (right) Model Mia Facing page Gown The Gentlest Touch (left) Model Mia Gown Her Strongest Will (right) Model Mila

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Soapbox Kids Designer Kristin Masters | www.soapboxkids.co.za Photography Estilo | www.estilo.co.za Hair & Make-up Tanya Olivier | www.tanyaolivierpma.co.za Models Mia, Mila, Sienna

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FASHION & BEAUTY Photography Jess Sterk Photography | info@jesssterk.com Hair & Make-up Lotus Events SA | www.lotuseventsza.com Model Kagiso Mokgale | mokgalekagiso@gmail.com Dress & Veil Blissfully Bridal | www.blissfullybridal.co.za Shoes Imaani Bridal | www.imaani.co.za

FOR HER Every bride wants to look beautiful on her special day, so finding the perfect gown and accessories is essential. Here is some inspiration to help you


FASHION & BEAUTY

Our pick

Bulgari Serpenti viper necklace www.picotandmoss.co.za

Sophisticated and stylish, this bracelet features a hypnotic design

Classic gold medal necklace www.pichulik.com

Gilt twisted seaweed studs www.smith-jewellery.com Bugalri Serpenti 18 carat rose gold bracelet set with carnelian elements www.picotandmoss.co.za Inspired by nature bracelet by Richardlee Shoombe www.shininglightsawards.com/ history/history.html

Sky blue, diamond and graduated blue sapphire drop earrings www.arthurkaplan.co.za

Bulgari Heritage scarf www.picotandmoss.co.za Two-tone cat-eye sunglasses www.justcavalli.com Miss Dior Grand Bal timepiece www.picotandmoss.co.za

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Defining Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Seriously Black www.elizabetharden.co.za

18 Carat oval morganite and diamond halo ring www.arthurkaplan.co.za

Sophisticated pointed heel with royal blue front tie detail www.brideandco.co.za

Cajun Spice eye colour www.mudsa.co.za 5th Avenue NYC Lights Eau de Parfum Spray www.elizabetharden.co.za

Chopard Monaco handbag www.picotandmoss.co.za

Attrape-Rêves www.louisvuitton.com

Fragrances for her 5th Avenue NYC Lights Eau de Parfum Spray is exciting and luminous, a dazzling interpretation of New York City. Sparkling florals fuse with chilled cranberries and citrus oils for an opening that is charged with excitement and forays into a luminous heart of creamy orris and Amber Xtreme. Louis Vuitton’s Attrape-Rêves has an intense warmth of raw cocoa powder that mingles with the delicate scent of peonies evoking visions of shooting stars scattered across the velvet night sky. www.nubianbride.co.za |

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FOR HIM Some dashing inspiration for the groom so that he looks his best on the Big Day

Picture Kusjka du Plessis | www.kdp.photography

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Our pick A key summer accessory is a stylish straw hat like this one

Printed boxer shorts www.scotch-soda.com

Burgundy suspenders www.eurosuit.co.za Replay straw hat www.replay.it

Santos De Cartier watch www.cartier.com

Super iconic green sunglasses www.moscon.co.za

Monk Strap brown leather shoes www.eurosuit.co.za

Checked waistcoat www.eurosuit.co.za

Star Wars cufflinks www.eurosuit.co.za

Bow tie pack www.eurosuit.co.za

Navy skinny fit trousers www.eurosuit.co.za

Skinny fit blazer www.eurosuit.co.za

Barre Col de cravate www.cartier.com

Black leather credit card holder www.scotch-soda.com

Formal textured tan belt www.eurosuit.co.za

Coach Platinum Eau De Parfum www.prestigecosmetics.co.za

Louis Vuitton Au Hasard www.louisvuitton.com

Fragrances for him Louis Vuitton Au Hasard Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud cultivates mystery by using quality sandalwood and ambrette seed, which evoke pear liqueur and then cottony musk. On the skin, spicy variations of cardamom add to the disruption. Au Hasard defies the codes of woody virility by giving the fragrance a disarming sensitivity. A totemic perfume. Coach Platinum Eau De Parfum has fresh notes of black pepper oil, pineapple and juniper berries. The heart reveals a distinctive blend of masculine, floral notes – clary sage and geranium, richly contrasted with refined woods – cashmeran, patchouli and sandalwood, creating a warm, sensual and elegant signature. www.nubianbride.co.za |

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FOR BRIDESMAIDS We have sourced a charming collection of exquisite fashion accessories especially for bridesmaids. Take a look

Dress Bride&Co | www.brideandco.co.za


FASHION & BEAUTY

Our pick Fun and colourful, styish waterresistant watch

AmAfrikan LuOme neckpiece www.amafrikan.com

Bulgari Diva’s Dream necklace www.picotandmoss.co.za

Chopard Happy Ocean timepiece www.picotandmoss.co.za

Tefnut earrings www.pichulik.com

Simply Vermeulen printed chiffon dress www.luminanceonline.com

Disk ring www.pichulik.com Simply Vermeulen flower cocktail dress www.luminanceonline.com

Nanis 18 carat gold Dancing in the Rain reverse bracelet www.ejewels.co.za

Floral clutch www.accessorize.co.za

Bulgari Serpenti pink clutch www.picotandmoss.co.za Manolo Blahnik Honoriama shoe www.luminanceonline.com

Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist www.sisley-paris.com Green Tea Fig Eau de Toilette Spray www.elizabetharden.co.za

Cat-eye sunglasses www.justcavalli.com

My Fifth Avenue www.elizabetharden.co.za Fragrances for bridesmaids Green Tea Fig Eau de Toilette Spray is inspired by the fig tree as a symbol of peace and prosperity. It is a delightful, sweet and simple accent to every look. Top notes of fig and ivy leaves intermingle with citrus nuances to uplift your spirit. The sparkling fresh floral scent of Elizabeth Arden’s My Fifth Avenue evokes the energy of the most famous street in the world, featuring crisp citrus notes for a surprise burst of freshness complemented by an embrace of feminine florals. www.nubianbride.co.za |

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FASHION & BEAUTY

For

Love Pendant rose gold necklace www.superbalist.com

flower girls Flower girls have an important role to play as the opening act to the ceremony, so choose the perfect ensemble from our fairy tale selection

Single broderie bow www.accessorize.co.za

Our pick Fun, floral, fruity fragrance, ideal for centre stage

Grey party dress www.accessorize.co.za/monsoon

Frozen Candy Dream Eau de Cologne www.avon.co.za

Picture Bride&co | www.brideandco.co.za

Butterfly and flower sunglasses www.accessorize.co.za

Gracie Bear glitter coin purse www.accessorize.co.za Abby gift set www.avon.co.za

Silver ballet pumps www.accessorize.co.za/monsoon

Frozen Sweet Care gift set www.avon.co.za

Pink faux fur gillet www.hm.com/za

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For

Our pick

Add a stylish touch with these cufflinks

pageboys

Consider what the groomsmen have chosen in terms of style and colour, and coordinate the pageboy’s outfit accordingly

Pique jacket www.hm.com/za

Star Wars inspired novelty Darth Vader cufflinks www.eurosuit.co.za

Country Road cactus socks www.woolworths.co.za

Chino shorts with braces www.hm.com/za Picture VividBlue Photography | www.vividblue.co.za

Straw hat www.hm.com/za

Belt www.hm.com/za Chinos www.hm.com/za Gazelle blue and white trainers www.superbalist.com

Short sleeve shirt with bow tie www.hm.com/za

Junior Wayfarer sunglasses www.ray-ban.com

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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.

012Â 207 1987 | info@greenleaves.co.za | www.greenleaves.co.za


FASHION & BEAUTY

Angel of Africa “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself” – Coco Chanel Taking inspiration from our favourite style icons, MUD Designory and FR!KA have created eight timeless beauty looks to achieve a picture-perfect effect for your special day www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Ella (Opener) Hair FR!KA Complexion Lightweight gel Face Primer; Silicone-based HD Air Liquid foundation; Smooth finish Loose Powder in Desert; Highlight Pressed Contour Powder in Warmth; Contour Pressed Contour Powder in Burnish; Dots Mix nonflaking Brow Fix with Velvety Eye Colour in Ice Cheeks Illuminator Pigment-rich Spark; Pigment-rich Cheek Colour in Brick Eyes Crease Velvety Eye Colour in Brownstone; Brow bone highlighter Velvety Eye Colour in Chamois and Honeysuckle; Liner top Long-lasting Cake Liner in Black; Liner bottom Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Eyebrows Eyebrow Cream in Bark; Lashes Natural looking lash strip no. 106; Volumizing Mascara in Black Lips Pigment-rich Lip Pencil in Red, Luxurious Satin Lipstick in Lady Bug

Brenda Hair FR!KA

Complexion Lightweight gel Face Primer; Deep Brown Cream Corrector; Silicone-based HD Air Liquid foundation; Smooth finish Loose Powder in Desert; Highlight Pressed Contour Powder in Warmth; Contour Pressed Contour Powder in Burnish Cheeks Highlight Sheer Pressed Powder Bronzer in Sunshine; Pigment-rich Cheek Colour in Russet Eyes Inner corner Velvety Eye Colour in Honeysuckle; Lid Velvety Eye Colour in Bronzed & Pink Grapefruit & Bronzed; Outer corner Velvety Eye Colour in Semisweet and Brownstone; Crease Velvety Cheek Colour in Burnish; Browbone highlighter Velvety Eye Colour in Honeysuckle; Liner top Long-lasting Cake Liner in Black; Liner bottom Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Eyebrows Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Lashes Natural looking lash strip no. 106; Volumizing Mascara in Black Lips Pigment-rich Lip Pencil in Red, Luxurious Satin Lipstick in Burlesque


FASHION & BEAUTY

Yvonne Hair FR!KA

Complexion Lightweight gel Face Primer; Silicone-based HD Air Liquid foundation; Smooth finish Loose Powder in Desert; Highlight Pressed Contour Powder in Warmth; Contour Pressed Contour Powder in Burnish Cheeks Illuminator Pigmentrich Spark Pigment-rich Cheek Colour in Gingerbread Eyes Inner corner Velvety Eye Colour in Pink Grapefruit; Lid Velvety Eye Colour in Bronzed; Outer corner Velvety Eye Colour in Semisweet and Onyx; Crease Velvety Eye Colour in Sedona; Browbone highlighter; Velvety Eye Colour in Chamois and Honeysuckle; Liner top Longlasting Cake Liner in Black; Liner bottom Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Eyebrows Eyebrow Cream in Bark; Lashes Natural looking lash strip no. 106; Volumizing Mascara in Black Lips Pigment-rich Lip Pencil in Red, Luxurious Satin Lipstick in Lady Bug www.nubianbride.co.za |

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Dianna Hair FR!KA

Complexion Lightweight gel Face Primer; Deep Brown Cream Corrector; Silicone-based HD Air Liquid foundation; Smooth finish Loose Powder in Desert; Highlight Pressed Contour Powder in Warmth; Contour Pressed Contour Powder in Burnish Cheeks Illuminator Pigmentrich Spark; Pigment-rich Cheek Colour in Gingerbread Eyes Inner corner Velvety Eye Colour in Sunset; Lid Velvety Eye Colour in Bronzed; Outer corner Velvety Eye Colour in Onyx; Browbone highlighter Velvety Eye Colour in Chamois; Liner top Long-lasting Cake Liner in Black; Liner bottom Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Eyebrows Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Lashes Natural looking lash strip no. 106; Volumizing Mascara in Black Lips Pigment-rich Lip Pencil in Red, Luxurious Satin Lipstick in Lady Bug

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© Photo: Peppermint Pix

© Photo: Christiaan David

© Photo: Enhle Creatives

Create the wedding you’ve always wanted From a romantic garden ceremony to formal banquet; a quaint rustic chapel to free-spirited elegance we have a number of ceremony and reception venue options. Together with our extensive wedding planning tools, we are your secret to a great wedding! Alison: 033 234 4666 / nubianbride@lythwood.com / www.lythwood.com © Photo: African Bear Photography

© Photo: Darryl Collins

© Photo: Darryn Sykes

© Photo: Enhle Creatives

© Photo: Brandon Wyness


FASHION & BEAUTY

Miriam Hair FR!KA

Complexion Lightweight gel Face Primer; Silicone-based HD Air Liquid foundation; Smooth finish Loose Powder in Desert; Highlight Pressed Contour Powder in Warmth; Contour Pressed Contour Powder in Burnish Cheeks Illuminator Pigmentrich Spark; Pigment-rich Cheek Colour in Gingerbread Eyes Lid Velvety Eye Colour in Sedona & Sunset; Outer corner Velvety Eye Colour in Onyx & Bronzed; Crease Velvety Eye Colour in Semisweet and Onyx; Brow bone highlighter Velvety Eye Colour in Wheat; Liner top Long-lasting Cake Liner in Black; Liner bottom Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Eyebrows Eyebrow Cream in Bark; Lashes Natural looking lash strip no. 106; Volumizing Mascara in Black Lips Pigment-rich Lip Pencil in Red, Luxurious Satin Lipstick in Burlesque

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Hair FR!KA Complexion Lightweight gel Face Primer; Silicone-based HD Air Liquid foundation; Smooth finish Loose Powder in Desert; Highlight Pressed Contour Powder in Warmth; Contour Pressed Contour Powder in Burnish Cheeks Highlight Sheer Pressed Powder Bronzer in Sunshine; Pigment-rich Cheek Colour in Brick Eyes Inner brow bone Velvety Eye Colour in Sunset; Crease Velvety Eye Colour in Espresso; Brow bone highlighter Velvety Eye Colour in Chamois and Honeysuckle; Liner top Longlasting Cake Liner in Black; Liner bottom Versatile Eye Pencil in Black; Eyebrows Eyebrow Cream in Bark; Lashes Natural looking lash strip no. 106; Volumizing Mascara in Black Lips Pigment-rich Lip Pencil in Red, Luxurious Satin Lipstick in Lucky www.nubianbride.co.za |

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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.

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Romantic retreats Spend your honeymoon somewhere completely unique – Nubian Bride has a compiled a list of honeymoon destinations that will guarantee memories to last a lifetime Picture Avani Victoria Falls Resort | www.avanihotels.com/en/victoria-falls www.nubianbride.co.za |

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A hidden gem in the romantic City of Canals

This unique getaway is so unreal that it feels as if you’ve just stepped into a movie set. Which is why we suggest the magnificent Palazzina Grassi in Venice as the perfect honeymoon destination

Located on Venice’s famous Grand Canal, the magnificent Palazzina Grassi offers guests an intimate yet very unique experience. Charming and historic, it’s the place to go if you want to experience the grandeur of living like a true Venetian. It’s also private, luxurious and exquisitely designed thanks to famous designer Philippe Starcke. It’s a dream come true, a taste of Alice In Wonderland with a whimsical, modern, Venetian edge. Interestingly enough, this unique hotel has no reception area. Instead, guests enjoy a personalised check-in – and that is the start of a bespoke experience that is unparalleled. The three-storey historic hotel still boasts its classical 16th century shell, but like a pearl, the experience and the interior is quite exquisite and decidedly remarkable. There are just 26 guest rooms and suites, each exquisitely decorated in a blend of contemporary and romantic Venetian splendour. The furniture is noteworthy, the glassworks by French artist Aristide Najean are dramatic and the collectors’ items in each space are sophisticated and decorative. Your room is just your first experience of the magic that unfolds at this magnificent hotel. Dining here is a separate delight. The restaurant offers a luxurious gastronomic retreat, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Menus are carefully

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created to offer contemporary dishes and flavours as well as traditional Italian fare. The Krug Champagne Lounge is where guests escape to enjoy a cosy atmosphere and sip bubbly whilst savouring the surreal view of the Grand Canal lit up at night. This is one of only two Krug Lounges in the world, offering a magical atmosphere, luxury and elegance – and excellent champagne, of course. When the weather’s good, guests head for The Terrace, a secret oasis with one of Venice’s most breathtaking views. Dinner is served here in the warmer months. Talking of food – at this fabulous Palazzina, breakfast is served till noon so that guests can sleep late if they wish, and there’s also a snack menu service available 24/7 for those who want to nibble any time of the day or night. Honeymoon heaven! Called The Secret Hotel because it is a best-kept secret, Palazzina Grassi also features a nightclub, The Club, a popular spot for any night of the week, but also for special events. Because of the nightclub, and as it’s an ideal couples retreat, the hotel offers late checkout. www.palazzinagrassi.com


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Heaven on a private island A best-kept secret that opened in 2017, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located on the tiny island of Félicité in the Seychelles

There are 115 islands in the Seychelles archipelago, each with its own special charm. The island of Félicité is a private island with massive granite rocks and stunning coral-fringed white sand beaches. It’s close enough to nearby La Digue, Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Coco and Marianne islands, which means that if you’re staying there, you can island-hop and explore them, too. The magnificent Six Senses Zil Pasyon is the only resort on the island. It offers just 30 one-bedroomed pool villas, and three-and four-bedroomed residences, all overlooking the azure Indian Ocean, and featuring private 20m infinity pools as well as access to the island’s three exquisite white sand beaches. Every villa has a dining and a seating area, flat-screen TV, fridge, coffee machine, private bathroom with bath and bidet, bathrobes, slippers and luxurious toiletries. The resort is extremely eco-conscious, and boasts a reverse osmosis plant and crystal water refinery that remove the necessity for plastic bottles. It also features an organic garden and chicken farm, creating a self-sustained food environment that is supplemented by produce from surrounding islands. Guests who visit this idyllic little paradise can immerse themselves in nature, swim with the turtles and enjoy a private, secluded retreat that

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offers every possible comfort. Dining is a pleasure, with a choice of restaurants and bars serving seychelloise cuisine. Varied activities include a choice of water sports such as snorkelling and windsurfing as well as beach activities. Scuba diving and nature excursions are also offered. The hotel has a main swimming pool, plus an excellent spa offering exceptional sensory experiences. The spa includes an elevated saltwater pool with sundeck plus a yoga and meditation pavilion. Treatments include signature therapies plus Six Senses Integrated Wellness. The resort also boasts a fitness centre, and free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the property. Guests are transferred to and from the resort by boat from either La Digue or Praslin islands. The Seychelles is a fabulous honeymoon destination offering luxurious resorts, the utmost privacy and excellent facilities. This little slice of paradise on its own tiny island is the cream of the crop. www.sixsenses.com


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Make your new house a home with a wedding registry from Spilhaus. We offer a wide range of premium crockery, cutlery, glassware and gifts from some of the world’s leading home-ware brands. We also believe in contributing to your new beginning, by giving you back 5% of all your guests’ spend with us when using the wedding registry. Love from the Spilhaus team http://www.spilhaus.co.za

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Make it the Maldives

A slice of paradise in the Maldives, the ultra-luxurious and completely eco-friendly Taj Exotica Resort & Spa spreads across Emboodhu Finolhu Island in one of the largest lagoons in the archipelago. A honeymoon here is a dream come true

Located just 15 minutes by speedboat from the airport in Male, Emboodhu Finolhu Island is home to this picture-postcard resort set delicately over the lagoon waters. Taj Exotica offers 64 villas, all with magnificent sea views and lavish facilities. The resort’s awardwinning Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite is gaining a reputation as one of the most beautiful places to stay in the world. The resort’s Ocean Suites boast sand-filled suspended sundecks, while Deluxe Lagoon Villas feature a plunge pool and Premium Villas boast oversized plunge pools as well as private gardens. The resort offers oneand two-bedroom Ocean Suites and Beach Villa Suites as well. All the villas offer private sundecks and balconies, Nespresso coffee machines and iPod docks. Let’s not forget the services of a personalised butler who assists with everything from unpacking luggage to customising the mini bar as well as excursions and private dining experiences. At this stunning pleasure palace, guests are on ‘Taj Time’, where doing nothing is an art form, and there’s never a dull moment. Taj Exotica is an oasis of calm, offering guests the opportunity to lounge next to the exquisite fresh water infinity pool or on the resort’s own private stretch of white sand beach. Couples can also laze in a hammock over the sea, or under the stars at night. Dining is always an adventure, with carefully selected ingredients transformed into delectable culinary dishes that pander to every palate. Guests enjoy fresh seafood and all-day dining at the 24

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Degrees Restaurant, where they can also savour the theatre of the Teppanyaki kitchen. There’s also a fine dining restaurant, The Deep End, which offers exquisite grill and seafood dishes and delectable desserts. Exotic cocktails are served at the Pool Bar and Restaurant, offering an absolute delight at sunset as well as oven-fresh pizzas, healthy snacks and coolers all day long. Guests can dine in their villas too, or indulge in romantic private dining experiences overlooking the ocean. Voted the best hotel in the Maldives numerous times, Taj Exotica offers guests the ultimate island experience. Water sports abound, including snorkelling in the reefs around the island, scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing and parasailing. The resort also boasts an excellent spa offering rejuvenation therapies as well as aromatherapy massages and yoga. www.tajhotels.com


VENUES

Spot on

Be inspired by our selection of delightful venues – from local luxury to divine destinations further afield

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KATY’S PALACE BAR SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG

Capacity 220. What makes it special Taking inspiration from the great palaces of India and the towers and turrets of the Sandton skyline, Katy’s Palace is one of Joburg’s most unique wedding venues. It offers an eclectic mix of furnishings and décor, fine arts and artefacts from across the globe – everything that you need to transform your event and transport your guests to another place and time. Offers A rooftop venue with the most amazing views of the Sandton skyline. Our comments Katy’s Palace Bar is one of Joburg’s most colourful, exciting, quirky and eccentric venues. The décor captures the heart of the most vibrant city in Africa, providing the perfect backdrop for a city-inspired wedding. www.katyspalacebar.co.za www.nubianbride.co.za |

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STRAND HOTEL SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA

Capacity 110. What makes it special The hotel is situated in Swakopmund, which is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the vast and ancient Namib Desert. It offers uninterrupted sea views, making it the perfect option for a destination wedding. Offers There are 125 luxury rooms and suites for guests as well as a choice of three specialty restaurants and a state-of-the art banqueting and conference centre. The hotel also has a professional team that will help you plan the perfect day. Our comments When the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean, the Strand Hotel’s gateway transforms into a magnificently lit, cobbled ‘space’, which is ideal for photographs or stepping out for a quick breath of oceanfresh air. Namibia is an affordable, convenient and visa-free destination for South Africans, making it the ultimate choice for an international location. www.strandhotelswakopmund.com

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THE BLADES GREATER PRETORIA, GAUTENG Capacity 50–300. What makes it special The venue has a unique style and feel to it which is perfect for a countryside, bushveld or waterfront wedding. It is guaranteed to capture the spirit of love, happiness and celebration on your wedding day. Offers The wedding ceremony can be held on manicured lawns overlooking the Roodeplaat Dam, the temple or in the natural bush. The reception can be held in one of three banqueting halls. The Blades is able to cater for both large and more intimate weddings. There are experienced coordinators who offer expert support and advice for all aspects of the wedding. Our comments Breathtakingly natural surroundings make this a beautiful setting for a wedding as well as photography to capture those everlasting memories. www.theblades.co.za

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www.thediamondboutique.co.za | facebook.com/mydiamondboutique elna@thediamondboutique.co.za | +27 (82) 445 3525 Johannesburg +27 (11) 880 0655 | Pretoria by appointment We’d love to meet you

Gourikwa Reserve is one of the most unique private reserves along the South African coastline. With 5km of pristine coastline, a rich variety of indigenous fauna and ora and facilities ranging from top class accommodation to a beachfront chapel and a state-of-the-art wedding venue. The picturesque chapel with a thatch roof and bell tower is a mere 50m from the shore. The reserve can accommodate up to 140 guests. Enjoy pre-drinks at our beautiful pool house and dance the night away under the Milky Way! We are located centrally in the Garden Route, 50km from Mosselbay and 30km from Still Bay. Ideal venue for magical weddings! www.gourikwa.co.za | info@gourikwa.co.za | +27(0) 87 702 9126


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EMBASSY HILL, THE FORUM CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN

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Capacity 160. What makes it special Originally built in 1952, this beautiful property has since been renovated into a five-star graded conference and event venue. Due to the building’s wonderful heritage, great sensitivity was given to preserving the history of the area during the refurbishment, resulting in a beautiful mix of old and new. Offers By matching first-class cuisine with top-notch service and beautiful presentation, you can expect an extra special element of creativity and flawless execution at your wedding. The unique menus are designed to showcase quality local and seasonal products that are not only delicious, but nutritious and sustainable too. Our comments The venue is set in the charming area of Constantia, with spectacular views of False Bay, the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the Cecilia Forest and Constantia Nek. www.theforum.co.za/venues/the-forum-embassy-hill/

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GARIEP, A FOREVER RESORT GARIEP DAM, FREE STATE

Capacity 150. What makes it special Gariep, A Forever Resort, is the perfect venue for a romantic wedding. It offers friendly hospitality, great service and a beautiful setting for a ceremony and reception. Offers A professional team who works closely with the bride to create a unique and magical day and memories that will last forever. Our comments The Gariep Dam provides an exquisite setting for your special occasion. The grounds are immaculate, the staff is professional, the venue offers amazing facilities and activities, and there is plenty of comfortable accommodation for all your guests. www.forevergariep.co.za

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SUMMER PLACE HYDE PARK, JOHANNESBURG

Capacity 350. What makes it special The venue is as elegant, flexible and versatile as it is efficient. Say your “I do’s” within its parklike grounds, with the venue’s legendary meticulously manicured lawns and breathtaking water feature. Offers A variety of banqueting halls to suit your guest count and budget. Tailor-made fine dining menus are on offer and there’s a wedding planner to help with coordinating your Big Day. Let’s not forget the secure parking and professional staff. Our comments The setting is pure opulence and the grounds are expansive and exceptionally beautiful. We also love the location, which is five minutes from Sandton. www.summerplacesa.com

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THE RAND CLUB JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG

Capacity 250. What makes it special Founded in 1887, The Rand Club is the city’s most enduring social institution and finest heritage venue. Offers 12 opulent rooms that are extremely versatile, catering for the size and style of your wedding. The venue offers a glimpse into the soul of South Africa’s most enigmatic venues at an affordable rate. The Rand Club offers a professional team who will execute your event to perfection. There is also plenty of secure parking at the venue. Our comments The Rand Club is steeped in history, giving you a sense of its heritage and remarkable past. The rooms have been meticulously restored to their former glory and are filled with books and art from a bygone era, providing a splendid canvas for your wedding. www.randclub.co.za

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MSC CRUISES

What makes it special An unforgettable moment made even more magical in a dream setting for any couple. A romantic vow taken by those in love as they cruise the high seas. The captain will even attend your ceremony. Offers A variety of spectacular venues and the perfect backdrop for a very special occasion. Also ideal if you want to combine the ceremony and your honeymoon for the ultimate romantic experience. MSC Cruises features luxurious cabins to suit different budgets and a wedding planner to assist with all the details of your Big Day. Our comments If you want something delightfully different, then this is the perfect way to create romantic memories, celebrate anniversaries and hold the most memorable receptions for family and friends. Just remember that the ceremonies are purely symbolic and have no legal or religious value. www.msccruises.co.za

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FORUM HOMINI BOUTIQUE HOTEL MOGALE CITY, GAUTENG

Capacity 120. What makes it special The hotel is located in the Cradle of Humankind within a private game estate. The bridal couple will have exclusive use of the hotel and the hotel’s Roots Restaurant for the wedding. Offers This five-star boutique hotel offers deluxe cavestyle accommodation, fine dining at its award-winning gourmet restaurant and an intimate wedding venue with minimalistic modern décor. Our comments Forum Homini is an architectural masterpiece set in a worldfamous heritage site. The sweeping views offer the most stunning backdrop for your photos. Roots Restaurant is renowned as one of Joburg’s top fine-dining restaurants, so you will be ensured of delectable food on your Big Day. www.forumhomini.com

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Villa Tuscana Wedding Village AT MIDRAND CONFERENCE CENTRE

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

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


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BLYDE CANYON, A FOREVER RESORT GRASKOP, MPUMALANGA

Capacity 200. What makes it special Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort, provides a truly idyllic setting. Here, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to photography with awe-inspiring scenic backgrounds. Offers A personal wedding coordinator is on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly and that your wedding reception is truly magical. There is a wonderful selection of accommodation and wedding venues, and plenty of activities to keep you and your guests busy during your stay. Our comments Blyde Canyon has majestic panoramic views of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. Blyde Canyon is a premier choice for weddings with its spectacular surrounds. It is also the perfect destination for hiking trails and car trips to well-known locations such as Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window, providing a fun-filled, scenic and action-packed wedding destination. www.foreverblydecanyon.co.za

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MOUNT SHEBA, A FOREVER LODGE PILGRIM’S REST, MPUMALANGA Capacity 80. What makes it special The lodge is situated in the rainforest near the famous town of Pilgrim’s Rest in Mpumalanga. Superb cuisine and luxury rooms with crackling wood fireplaces give a cosy feel to this one-of-a-kind forest lodge. Offers The wedding ceremony is without a doubt the most special part of your wedding day. Located in a romantic clearing in the rainforest, the venue is entirely surrounded by trees and nature’s enchanting ambience. Our comments The beautiful forest venue and large reception venue provide the foundation for a fairy tale wedding. This magical setting will make your event a memorable one. www.mount-sheba.co.za

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THANDA SAFARI ZULULAND, KWAZULU-NATAL

Capacity 80. What makes it special Thanda Safari is one of South Africa’s top game reserves. Visitors here are assured of experiencing a true African safari with exclusive close-up encounters with the continent’s magnificent Big Five. Offers A dedicated wedding planner is on hand to help you plan each detail of your special day. There’s an area for your bridal preparation plus a choice of ceremony and reception venues. The reserve also offers three different accommodation types, each with its own style, atmosphere and appeal. Our comments A wedding ceremony held in a sheltered bush location, under the marula trees with ululating Zulu dancers ushering you down the aisle to take your vows… Your wedding reception, done safari-style in a starlit boma or on a deck overlooking the unspoilt African bush… Whatever your personal style, there is no better place than this to celebrate romance. www.thandasafari.co.za

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Your Dream Wedding at Thanda Safari

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ROYAL ELEPHANT HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE CENTURION, GAUTENG

Capacity 320. What makes it special Royal Elephant is the ideal venue to make each bridal couple’s dreams come true! With a beautiful thatch chapel and various reception venues, the tranquillity, picturesque location and elegance of Royal Elephant provides a natural yet very romantic atmosphere which is perfect for your wedding day. Offers The hotel features various wedding venues, from an intimate 20-guest outdoor wedding up to a 320-guest traditional wedding. It can host your ceremony and reception indoors or outdoors and has exceptional nooks and crannies for the most romantic photographs. The food is prepared by Chef Andrew and his team in the in-house restaurant, Zagora Grill Room, so absolute quality can be assured. Vegetarian, halaal and kosher options also available. Our comments The accommodation is luxurious with beautiful décor and furnishings – taking inspiration from the essence of Morocco and North Africa. The executive honeymoon suite is absolutely spectacular. It offers luxury but without the massive price tag. www.royalelephant.co.za 

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Capacity 300. What makes it special The property, which is in the heart of the magnificent Midlands Meander, boasts big trees, open lawns, beautiful gardens, forests, rolling hills and a rustic chapel. With fresh air and open spaces, Lythwood is the perfect wedding venue to celebrate your wedding with family and friends. Offers You can enjoy the venue exclusively and there is no cut off time (no charging after midnight). Luxury four-star accommodation and packages to choose from to suit your requirements. A dedicated wedding coordinator. Our comments The venue will offer valuable access to their wedding planning tools, which will help you take care of all the time-consuming tasks, such as sending out invitations and tracking the RSVPs, all the way through to helping you plan the table seating arrangements. The fantastic offering available to clients makes the experience far less stressful. www.lythwood.com

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LYTHWOOD LODGE LIDGETTON WEST, KWAZULU-NATAL MIDLANDS


WEDDINGS The Blades wedding venue in greater Pretoria, Gauteng, has a unique style and feel and is perfect for a countryside, gentle bushveld or waterf ront wedding. Capture the spirit of love and happiness on your wedding day by making a booking at The Blades today.

THEBLADESHOTEL

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LACE ON TIMBER PRETORIA EAST, GAUTENG

Capacity 200. What makes it special Wedding ceremonies can be held among 100-year-old trees with gutted old doors as the backdrop, while the guests are seated on wooden benches. The reception area is decorated with chandeliers and festive bulb lights for a touch of glamour. Offers Eleven gorgeous rooms which are inspired by rustic French styles, complemented by a touch of timber and drizzled with rose gold perfection. Our comments We love the industrial meets French chic look of this venue. The space is open and lets in plenty of light. A truly magnificent option for your wedding day. www.laceontimber.com

Photograpy by: Gift Photography & Video

Photography by: Xavier Saer

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INDABA HOTEL, SPA & CONFERENCE CENTRE 15KM FROM SANDTON... A MILLION MILES AWAY

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.

THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY “I DO”

INDABA HOTEL, SPA & CONFERENCE CENTRE C/O WILLIAM NICOL DRIVE & PIETER WENNING ROAD, FOURWAYS Phone: +27 11 840 6656 | Email: events@indabahotel.co.za | Website: www.indabahotel.co.za


CAKES

LOVE AT FIRST BITE Belle’s Patisserie created five decadent cakes to dazzle your guests. Be adventurous and don’t limit yourself to one flavour Photography Channay Harvey

Grecian Goddess

Tier 1: Rich chocolate sponge with Nutella filling Tier 2: Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing Tier 3: Vanilla sponge with a caramel filling

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La Vie en Rose

Tier 1: Vanilla sponge with vanilla cream cheese icing Tier 2: Chocolate sponge with Romany Cream icing Tier 3: Vanilla sponge with chilli chocolate icing 

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Whimsical Wonders

Tier 1: Orange sponge with roasted almonds and cream cheese icing Tier 2: Coconut sponge with roasted coconut filling Tier 3: Vanilla sponge with cheesecake filling and biscuit crumbs

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CAKES

Rouche

Tier 1: Zesty lemon sponge with lemon icing Tier 2: Coffee sponge with coffee icing  Tier 3: Vanilla sponge with fresh granadilla filling  Tier 4: Traditional carrot cake with cream cheese icing 

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The Truth About Teal

Tier 1: Vanilla sponge with milk tart filling and cinnamon icing Tier 2: Vanilla sponge with lemon curd filling and marshmallow icing Tier 3: Rose water sponge with roasted pistachio and cream cheese filling

Credits

Cake Artist Carla Erasmus Cakes Belle’s Patisserie | www.bellespatisserie.co.za Floral styling Maryke van Niekerk by Rijk Florist | @floristrijk

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BOHO CHIC

Photography & Planning Me & May Photography, www.meandmayphoto.com | Venue Colourlab Rooftop Venue, www.colourlab.co.za | Cake Sugar Studio, www.sugarstudio.co.za | Décor & Styling My Pretty Vintage, www.myprettyvintage.com | Bride Zoë Brown, @zbzoebrown | Hair & Make-up Helga Bridal, www.helgabridal.co.za | Wedding dress Janita Toerien, www.janitatoerien.co.za | Stationery Lezanne’s Designs, www.lezannesdesigns.co.za


DÉCOR

"Give your urban venue a glamorous, eclectic feel with gorgeous metallic details and an abundance of fabulous flowers in jewel colours. Forget formality – use low trestle tables and lots of candles to create a warm, relaxed setting”

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LOVE & LIGHT

Photography Jess Sterk Photography, info@jesssterk.com | Planning, Flowers, Cake, Stationery, Hair & Make-up Lotus Events SA, www.lotuseventsza.com | Stylist Jason Matthew Harding | Venue A Studio For Hire, www.astudioforhire.co.za | Model Kagiso Mokgale, mokgalekagiso@gmail.com | DeĚ cor The Wedding Specialist, www.theweddingspecialist.co.za | Chairs Crystal Leaf DeĚ cor and Events, www.crystalleafdecor.co.za | Tables, Glassware & Cutlery So Where 2 Events, www.sowhere2events.co.za | Dress & Veils Blissfully Bridal, www.blisfullybridal.co.za | Shoes Imaani Bridal, www.imaani.co.za


DÉCOR

"Every moment is made glorious by the light of love” – Rumi

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RUSTIC ELEGANCE

Photography Rick Liston, rickliston.com | Flowers Anouk Flowers, www.anoukflowers.com.au | Napkins Yarra Linen, www.yarralinen.com.au | Venue Projekt 3488, www.projekt3488.com.au | Cake Locavore studio, locavorecatering.com.au | Stationery Giant Invitations, giantinvitations.com.au


DÉCOR

““Let your wedding reflect your love for each other with a relaxed, elegant, rustic aesthetic. To create this romantic theme, use a colour palette with lush, gentle green tones and deep red”

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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL

Photography Rensche Mari Photography, www.renschemari.com | Venue The Hertford, www.hertford.co.za | Cake Kelly Jayne Cakes, www.kellyjayne.co.za | Wedding Planning, Coordination, Décor & Styling Eve Poplett, Splendid Wedding Company, www.splendidweddingcompany.com


DÉCOR

"Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that colour never can” - Jack Antonoff

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Mount Edgecombe Country Club’s picturesque surroundings easily transform your special day into a real life fairy tale. There is no venue hire so you can spoil yourself with an extra-long honeymoon! All inclusive packages starting from R470 per person!

Leanne Goosen (Functions Co-ordinator) 031 539 5330 | functions@mountecc.co.za | www.mountedgecombe.com Gate 2 , Golf Course Drive, Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu Natal

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 MARISA@MOHOLOHOLO.CO.ZA WWW.MOHOLOHOLO.CO.ZA


STATIONERY

Pretty little things Ideas for the paper trail leading up to your Big Day‌ Nubian Bride offers some inspiration for everything you need, from the invitations to the menu Stationery Secret Diary Stationery | www.secretdiary.co.za Photography Tacha Seccombe | www.tashaseccombe.com and supplied www.nubianbride.co.za |

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STATIONERY

It’s all about you as a couple, so make your stationery tell your story

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REGISTRY

Alessi Anna G corkscrew bottle opener Smeg Retro 4.8L stand mixer

Time Anchor Distillery Mirari Blue Orient Spiced Gin, 750ml

GreenPan Mayflower 5-piece cookware set

Kitchen Craft Colourworks silicone splatter screen, 28cm

SOMETHING BLUE

Nutribullet 600W high speed blender

Humble & Mash jewel textured mug

Stick with the ‘something old, something new’ tradition and add these blue registry must-haves from Yuppiechef to complete your wedding gift wish list… DeLonghi Icona Vintage 1,800W 4-slice toaster Nicolson Russell Dubai Gold & Blue Titanium 16-piece cutlery set Humble & Mash porcelain bakers, set of 2

Humble & Mash Stoneware 12-piece dinner set

Kitchen Inspire silicone oven mitt Kitchen Craft Living Nostalgia airtight domed cake tin

Humble & Mash silicone easy pop ice tray Joseph Joseph Whiskle bowl scraping balloon whisk

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Le Creuset Stoneware batter bowl, 1.9 litres

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