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Editors Voice

The Bridal Season is in full swing as the year comes to a close, and brides are anticipating their Summer Weddings. I am starting the holidays by attending a beach wedding in Ballito (Kwazulu Natal),which I will share with you in the new year. It is wonderful to see the fresh new ideas that arrive every year and while tradition still plays a valuable part of the wedding day, brides are bringing in the personal touch. After having coordinated over 70 weddings myself the thing I love the most is that no two are ever the same, even the same idea, same venue and same flowers are given a fresh perspective by each individual couple. I would like to thank Liliam Longden – Image and Style Consultant, Ingrid Laidler Head Florist – Lavender Lane, Bride&CO and Crystalia for sharing their tips and ideas for the year ahead. I would also like to thank Shannon & Brandon, Sandy & Craig, Kirsten & Ian and Phumzile and Robert for sharing their special day in 2012 with us. We are very excited about the Bride of Essence Competition for 2013 and encourage you all to email us your entry, competition@bridesessence.com, this prize comes with a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay at three of The Last Word Hotels in Cape Town, over 5 nights, enjoy a night of pampering at Thaba Ya Batswana and 5 nights of luxury Safari with Robin Pope Safaris in Malawi. The winning Bride of Essence will also get prizes from Coverderm, Crystalia and Adventure Bootcamp for Women. We are so grateful to all these sponsors for providing these incredible prizes.

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There is something about summer and blue seas to bring out the fun in everyone, whether like me you are staying at home and entertaining beautiful family and friends, or whether you are travelling to other shores - I wish you safe travels and happy occasions, may this festive season be filled with fun, love and laughter and may it be the beginning of many blessings in 2013.

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If you are reading this issue early 2013, I wish you a blessed and prosperous year ahead.

Love...Justine We were given this hope when we were saved. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. Romans 8:24 - 25

Contents

A Thousand Days Of Magic - Oleg Cassini 2 Weddings - Jewellery/Cakes - Crystalia 3 - Ma Mere Maison 3 Weddings - Flowers - Are you a Ritzy, Chic or a Rustic, Natural Bride? 4 Weddings - Bridal Wear - A New Trend for Bridesmaids True Life Weddings - DIY - Heritage Day - Celebrity

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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this 7th edition of Brides Essence, no responsibility can be accepted for quality of goods and services supplied by advertisers. The publisher accepts no responsibility for material submitted by any client for reproduction, in regard to all relevant laws and regulations. Concept, text, covers and title of Brides Essence is Copyright © and may not be reproduced by any process without the prior written permission of the publisher. The Publisher would like to thank all photographers, contributors, sponsors, advertisers and all parties involved for this remarkable seventh issue of Brides Essence Magazine.

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A thousand days of

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Oleg Cassini was a French-born American fashion designer. He is as famous as the Old Hollywood-era starlets he dressed, creating some of the most memorable moments in international fashion and film. Marilyn Monroe’s wind-blown dress, Grace Kelly’s gown at the premiere of Rear Window, and Jacqueline Kennedy’s classic contemporary look of A-line dresses, the bateau-neck and Empire-line strapless gowns, which continue to remain influential and predominant today. As Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal designer or her “Secretary of Style”, Cassini’s dresses were seen at the most glamorous affairs. Suzy Menkes said, “Oleg, you are, and will be in fashion history, the designer who created the indelible and stylish image for the First Lady. You are the designer who inaugurated her style.” Prior to making the First Lady a style icon, Hollywood was home. As a costume designer for the major film studios Cassini’s creations lit up the silver screen for many decades. His credits include looks for Veronica Lake in I Wanted Wings, Rita Hayworth in Tales of Manhattan, Kim Basinger in The Sentinel, and scenes of Meet Joe Black. Some modern stars who have worn his designs include Taylor Swift and Renée Zellweger who wore the “Jackie” cuff dress at the Metropolitan Museum’s gala evening for Jacqueline Kennedy. When he wasn’t creating for the fantasy world of film, he was designing for every woman’s dream day- her wedding. He had a unique touch when it came to wedding dresses reflecting the traditional meaning of the classic dress but subverting it with a high dose of glamour and stylish flair. He threaded a feeling of fantasy into his wedding couture through romantic ruffles, ribbons and bows and by introducing a more daring perspective with backless styles and short, flirty lengths.

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“To be well dressed is a little like being in love,” believed Mr. Cassini. This season Bride&co remind you to fall in love with style again with their exclusive range of the Oleg Cassini Special Occasions dresses, which can be found at the Oleg Cassini shop-in-shop at Bride&co. branches. This includes dramatic, embellished, glamorous styles that will make you feel like a Hollywood star.

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Oleg Cassini can be found at: Bride&co Rivonia & Canal Walk 086 244 329


Weddings - Jewellery / Cakes

Crystalia

Crystalia retail stores, both in Lonehill and Morningside shopping centres import Swarovski and high quality crystal from the Czech Republic. Our stock includes costume jewellery, accessories, chandeliers and one of the largest selections of bridalware in South Africa. Every girl loves bling particularly on her special day, when she truly wants to feel like a princess. What better way to do this than to adorn yourself with highly fashionable diamante jewellery. For this reason we search for high quality and affordable designs, of which we have a store full for you to choose from. Tips for choosing Bridal Jewellery - - - - - - - - - - - -

Costume jewellery should be nickel-free, surgical steel. All stones and diamante should be claw set. All jewellery should compliment the bride’s dress and wedding theme. Chokers and collars are for slender long necks. Necklaces worn into the décolletage add a feminine grace. Tiara’s, alice bands or hair twirls add that princess charm. Traditionally the bride buys costume jewellery for the maid of honour & the bridesmaids. Bridesmaid’s jewellery should never overpower the look of the bride. Coloured diamante or crystal pendant necklaces are very suitable for bridesmaids, and easily adaptable to any colour or theme. Jewellery for the mothers of the bridal couple should reflect a more classical style, and suitably compliment the neckline of their outfits. Cufflinks, tie pins, key rings, money clips and pens are ideas for the best men & groom’s gifts. You should always buy every gift so that it is a token for everyone to remember your special day together. At Crystalia we pride ourselves in making every bride’s experience a very memorable one, so please come and visit us at one of our conveniently located stores. Shop U8, Moringside Shopping Centre • Corner Rivonia & Outspan Roads, Morningside • 087 940 3900 Shop LL19, Lonehill Shopping Centre • 22 Lonehill Boulevard, Lonehill • 011 467 2703 • nadenka@iburst.co.za

Ma Mere Maison

Sweet and salty collide at Cape Town’s very own French Style Confectioner, ‘Ma Mere Maison’. Based in buzzing Salt River, this beautiful, quirky little confectioner boasts an amazing assortment of hand-crafted treats, all made on site where visitors are encouraged and often rewarded with tastes of the girls’ latest experimental delicacy! Their signature Salted Macadamia Nougat, has already gained cult status around Cape Town, as have their Elegant Red Velvet Cake Pops. Other goodies in their repertoire worth salivating over, include Olive Oil and Roasted Almond Nougat; glorious Honey and Vanilla Bean Marshmallows coated in Roasted Coconut; Soft White Chocolate and Stem Ginger Fudge and their sought-after speciality, genuine Parisian Macaroons - more than enough to challenge Cape Town’s pre-summer calorie-reduction crowd! Owned and run by Lexi Bechet and Partner Di Spicer; ‘Ma Mere Maison’, (For the non-French linguists, “My Mother’s Kitchen”), positively glows with Lexi’s love for confectionery and her enthusiasm to delight her followers with unusual and exotic flavours. Ma Mere Maison’s exquisitely hand-crafted products are not just limited to the shop. Increasingly they may be found at a variety of wine-farms and deli’s, as well as a favourite for wedding favours. On Saturday mornings you will find Lexi and Di either at the Neighbourgoods Market (The Old Biscuit Mill) or in their shop carefully constructing one of their Macaroon towers for an elegant Cape Town wedding. Find Ma Mere Maison at Unit G3, Salt Circle Arcade, 19 Kent Road, Salt River (opposite the Old Biscuit Mill) or info@mamere.co.za • Tweet them on: @_mamere

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Are you a Ritzy, Chic or a Rustic, Natural Bride? Are you a “ritzy, chic” or a “rustic, natural” bride? The two styles both equally popular this year, bringing two distinctly different styles to the bridal world. If you are the ritzy bride, your vision is opulence! Stately buildings decorated with volumes of flowers; elegant candelabras or tall glass vases, set off by the ambient light of flickering candles decorate the church. Bride’s bouquets are both simple and elegant, sheaf style, obtained by using long stemmed flowers. There is a move away from the traditional bridesmaid’s bouquets to the wrist corsages. Boutonnières are simple, single stemmed flowers are detailed with uniquely designed greenery and large structured floral designs, at varying heights, adorn the long tables for the reception. Pastels are the colours for the season, the most popular being mint green, pink, shades of purple, and the classic white. For the décor, I am seeing more white-on-white with colour being brought in with the use of lighting. Unique ways of displaying your table numbers are now evident. Numerals are embroidered onto the table runners, sculptured into ice or designed in mosaic mirrors. Floral selections include the very luxurious gladiolus; lilies, roses, white anthuriums and orchid’s, tulips and hydrangeas. The overall look is chic, classic and contemporary. Clean lines and sophistication bring grace, style and opulence to the bridal world.

Our “rustic natural” bride will be found in a more relaxed venue something that feels homely, and the surroundings are the backdrop. Venues with barns, stables, and in the country-side are most popular. Volumes of flowers with mixture of colours and combinations of textures are often arranged in metal buckets or recycled glass containers to decorate the ceremony. Pew ends can double as centrepieces, complimented by lots of candles. Brides and bridesmaid bouquets have that, “just gathered from the garden” feel, yet remain neat. Boutonnières are accentuated with additions; buttons, feathers, string and so on. The entire look is pulled together with the use of wood. Handmade wooden signs being used as table numbers on long wooden tables and wood benches. The dominant colours being used are browns and oranges. Floral choices to obtain the rustic feel include wheat, sunflowers, carnations, chrysanthemums, leucadendrons, alstromeria, craspedia, protea, eucalyptus and lisianthus. There is also a big move towards using handmade paper flowers. Designed correctly these can look amazing. Although time consuming they have the added benefit of being long lasting, and add to the general overall feel. A few mixed in with fresh flowers would be a lovely idea. This is an organic, environmentally conscience wedding, with the overall look being calm, pastoral and engaging.

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Weddings - Bridal Wear

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A wedding is a very big event in any woman’s life and the effort and expenditure that goes into planning that special day is monumental. Gone are the days of simplicity, each wedding I go to becomes more lavish and extravagant as each bride tries to outdo their friends wedding.

However there is a new trend emerging, which I rather enjoy. The trend is to do something new, unexpected and to break with tradition. As a Fashion Designer, this trend really appeals to me and I wonder how far it will go. I am not referring to wacky ideas like getting married under water or saying your vows as you skydive out of an aeroplanes, I am referring to small, subtle, tasteful changes that gives a wedding a fresh new look without turning the occasion into a circus. Most of the brides I have worked with, find the most stressful part of the wedding is choosing the correct outfit for the bridesmaids and keeping the bridesmaids happy with her choice. The dilemma of choosing a beautiful dress, to suit all the bridesmaids in the wedding party, is a feat that no one has mastered unless the bridesmaids all look very similar…. which rarely happens. The new trend that is emerging is to not dress the bridesmaids in the exact same dress but to dress them in outfits that are similar but not identical. The outfits may all be made in the same fabric but completely different styles. They may be made in similar shades of the same colour or they could all be in completely different colours with each one carrying the same bouquets or wearing the same accessories. I have noticed with this new trend that the bridesmaids feel more comfortable about their appearance as they are made to feel as individuals and they know that what they are wearing suits their body shape and colouring…. and when a woman knows that she looks good, she tends to be a whole lot happier!

Liliam Longden is an advisor in personal fashion, professional image and makeovers.As fashion and ballet had been her main interests since childhood, she pursued her dreams by studying Fashion Design at Natal Technikon for 3 years followed by a 4-year career interlude as a Ballet School principal. Liliam started her career in fashion by designing special occasion outfits and then branched into the children’s wear market by launching the Noo Noo brand. This home industry grew to become a favourite, trading from shelves in and out of South Africa. Liliam first trained as an image consultant in South Africa and then obtained international accreditation in image and style consulting with Carol Spenser of Style Directions in the United Kingdom. With a background in both fashion and image consulting, Liliam prides herself in being able to provide her clients with fashion advice for ‘real’ women who do not look like supermodels. www.liliam.com • 082 9650665

Here are a few guide lines when choosing the outfits… Bridesmaids with full upper arms need to wear sleeves or a shawl. If one of your bridesmaids is extremely thin, choose a design that that has gathers, pleats and fullness in the skirt. A bridesmaid with a very full bust line should wear a V-neckline. They do not all have to wear the same the same shoes, as some may be too tall or too short, but it would be a good idea for them to all wear similarly coloured shoes. A bridesmaid is a friend or relative that has been chosen to assist you and to be part of a great occasion in your life, your duty is to make her feel special, beautiful and appreciated. Have fun, get creative and step out of the box!

Photographs supplied by Liliam Longden, Source: http://thelastdetail.wordpress.com/page/2/

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True Life – DIY Wedding

Sandy & Craig Jenkins

~ 21 April 2012 ~

Their Wedding Story Having been abandoned by a girl friend, to tear up the dance floor at a nightclub in Durban, I wondered around doing what I do best, “people watching”. I spotted a very good looking, tall and apparently single young man buying shooters at the bar. After a few minutes of being unable to catch his attention, I made my way across the club to get a little closer and managed to worm my way between him and another stranger. Completely out of character for me, I looked up and him and flirtatiously asked, “Where’s mine?” You know when it happens, that instant connection. Your heart flutters a little, and what follows is a string of nervous laughter in between asking each other questions. Craig and I spent the rest of the night doing just that, and an innocent goodnight kiss left Craig knowing that he was going to marry me, one day.

The Proposal On the 21st November 2010, I woke up excited to spend the day in the beautiful gardens of Spier Wine Estate. We treated ourselves to a romantic picnic lunch, and found a secluded spot down by the stream to enjoy our bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. After a short while of watching the clouds on our backs, Craig leaned towards me and with the most sincerity told me how much he loved me, and he

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wanted to spend his life with me. And then he said, “I just have one important question to ask you,” rolled onto one knee, popped open a ring box and asked, “Will you marry me?” In that moment, 6 years of our relationship; our year we spent apart, university degrees, starting a business, the loss of my brother, and the deep love and friendship we had developed, culminated into the happiest tears I have ever cried, and the answer, “Yes!”

Our Wedding Day Our wedding was truly a celebration of love, shared with our closest friends and family, tucked away in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal for the weekend. We ensured that our personalities were reflected in every aspect of our wedding day, from writing our own ceremony and vows, to making all our own décor, with the help of my very talented mother. Our “down to earth” theme was reflected in the earth tones and green we chose as our colours, the oak leaf stationary, and our woodland themed reception. Craig and I put most of our focus into what was most important to us, warmth and love, good food, and great music! Our wedding day was perfect, and I am so honoured that we started our married life with such love and support from our guests, which we will treasure for the rest of our lives together.


True Life – Heritage Day Wedding

Jozi girl marries Zim Lad on Heritage day Live, Love, Dream. Worship Four years ago the slightest idea of walking down the aisle was a fantasy for both Phumzile and Robert. The long and the short of their fairytale, it was love at first sight. A date was set for the 22 Sept 2012 and a year and a half ago Rob and Phumi’s started planning their dream day with Events Consultant, Planner and Coordinator Euruka from Euruka Events. Heritage day was very symbolic for both of them, and this would become the day were two families became one.

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The wedding day The day started off with the blessing of rain showers, and turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. One hundred and twenty two, close friends and family started arriving to celebrate Rob and Phumi’s ‘I Do’ day at the breath-taking boutique venue, House Higgo in Northcliff. After the ceremony the guests were entertained with canapés and wine tastings from three excellent wine cellars, while the wedding party poised for the wedding photos. At the receptions words- of- wisdom were shared by loved ones and after the main course, Robert and Phumzile, opened the dance floor with their first dance, as Mr and Ms Chifunyise, where-after the symbolic wedding cake was cut.

Words of wisdom from Robert and Phumi Invest in a good and reliable wedding planner and coordinator. Euruka from Euruka Events were there for us every the step of the way. “Thanks, Euruka we had a fantastic time, thank you for each and every single thing, we could not have done it without you.”

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True Life – Celebrity Wedding

Wedding!

The worldwide stage musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys opens at the Teatro at Montecasino in April 2013 followed by a season at Cape Town’s Artscape commencing on 19 June 2013. “Jersey Gal”, KIRSTEN MURPHY (plays the role of Francine) married IAN ROSSITER (Jersey Boys’ automation engineer) on Saturday, 15 September 2012 at the St John’s Church, Wynberg, Cape Town. The Wedding Day: September 15 2012, the day had finally arrived. The weather was perfect. A 28 degree summers day in the beginning of spring in CAPE TOWN, we could not have asked for better. By 11am our houses were buzzing with people. Mine filled with bridesmaids, makeup artists, family and friends. Ian’s house (the reception venue) was alive with preparations, from caterers and florists to band sound checks. I arrived at the church a mere, 25-minutes late with my entourage of three bridesmaids, four flower girls and two page boys. The moment that followed was by far one of the most difficult of my life, a 20m walk down the aisle escorted by my father - a moment that truly challenges the best of makeup products. But seeing the love of my life standing at the altar in the soft light of the sun through the stained glass windows of St John’s Church, was enough to calm my hysteria. In a simple, sacred service we exchanged our vows and became husband and wife! The reception was held in the garden at Ian’s family home in Constantia. The two-acre garden set the backdrop, for a 24m marquee. Our colour scheme was coral, citron and turquoise. In the weeks leading up to the wedding we enjoyed making the décor ourselves. This included picture frames and wooden hearts hanging in trees, heart shaped bunting and a table laden with macaroons, cup cakes and candy jars - all in the shades of our chosen wedding colours.

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The tables were decorated with simplistic flower arrangements, chalkboard table names (each name signifying a special memory/moment we shared) and my mother’s homemade jam as party favours. As we wanted to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere that would encourage people to mingle we chose a canapé style menu, which included mini burgers, French fries and calamari filled newspaper cones as the main course. The day was truly magical, a God-blessed day filled with fun, laughter, and dancing, beneath our long sought after BLACK CHANDELIERS, a personal dream of mine, come true, thanks to my amazing wedding planner of a hubbie. Wedding Coordinator: Lindi LeMesuirer @ Event Affairs Makeup: Jane Field Hair: Anna Pepper Dress: Kobus Dippenaar Photographers: Love Made Visible Videographers: Handstitched Films Flowers: Mark Neame Bouquets: My mom Wedding Favours: Av’s Jam 0829270563 Cake: Cakes By Wade Hiring: Banks RL Hiring Sound & Lighting: AV Staging Worx Catering: The Gourmet Chef Cupcakes: Andrea Hendricks 0825005113 Cheesecakes: Cillies Cakery Supplied by: Kirsten Murphy www.kirstenmurphymakeup.com


True Life - Bride of Essence 2012

On the 20th October 2012, our winning

Bride of Essence 2012 and her groom were married...

Congratulations Shannon & Brandon!

Venue:

Woodridge Country Hotel & Spa, Natal Midlands

Dress:

St Patrick from De La Vida Bridal

Décor:

Lemon Tree Decor and brides own imports from USA

Photographer:

Neil Cuninghame http://www.neilcuninghame.co.za / info@neilcuninghame.co.za

Groom’s Suit:

Tiger of Sweden

Hair & Makeup: Jenna Grobler

Bridesmaid dresses:

Imported from Dessy (USA)

Cake:

Sharyn Breval of Sharyn’s Cakes

Stationary:

The Secret Diary

Videography: Kcam

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Brides Essence December 2013 Cover Bride! WIN your very own personalised fashion shoot and an 11 night honeymoon of a lifetime worth over 50,000 in South Africa and Malawi! To Enter Email:

150 words why you should be the Bride of Essence for 2013, the date of your wedding in 2013, your full name and the name of your Groom to be, your physical address and a head and shoulders and full length photograph of yourself to competition@bridesessence.com Entries must be emailed no later than 01 July 2013. Winner will be notified by email during August 2013 and will be announced in the 01 September issue.

Your Honeymoon: Five-nights in Cape Town: Two nights at The Last Word Constantia on a bed and breakfast basis including romantic turndowns; two nights at The Last Word Long Beach on a bed and breakfast basis including romantic turndowns; and one night at The Last Word Franschhoek on a bed and breakfast basis including romantic turndowns. - This portion of the prize is valid between May 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014. Extras such as dinners, lunches, beverages, telephones calls, transfers, laundry and any other expenses will be for the prize winner’s account to be settled on departure. One night in Johannesburg: One Night at Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel & Spa for 2, including Breakfast for 2, Dinner for 2 and 2 Spa Vouchers at Sinzinani Spa. (Dates will be specified on the voucher) Thank you to our valued sponsors: Robin Pope Safaris www.robinpopesafaris.net The Last Word www.thelastword.co.za Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel & Spa www.tyb.co.za Coverderm www.nailmeticsshop.co.za Adventure Bootcamp for Women www.adventurebootcamp.co.za Crystalia nadenka@iburst.co.za Kaimara Wedding & Studio Photography www.kaimara.co.za

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5 Nights in Malawi: With Robin Pope Safaris - Staying at Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge on Lake Malawi and Mkulumadzi, Luxury Lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Southern Malawi. 2 nights at Mkulumadzi and 3 nights at Pumulani: Full Board, laundry, local drinks, and all activities offered at the lodge, except motorized watersports, included. Also includes Road transfers Blantyre / Mkulumadzi / Mkulumadzi Pumulani Road Transfer / Pumulani Lilongwe road transfer. (Dates will be specified on the voucher)

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All meals and drinks and all extras not mentioned are for the winner’s account. All flights and transfers not mentioned within South Africa and Malawi and to and from Malawi are for the winners account. Transport and flights to the shoot in Johannesburg/ Cape Town are for the winners account as is accommodation for the night of the Shoot. All Brides who enter must be getting married in 2013, if a bride enters and wins and her wedding is cancelled the prize will become invalid and a new winner will be selected. Entry into the competition indicates acceptance of all terms and conditions. Judges decision is final. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are only valid as per the dates on the prize vouchers.

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e s i d Win sland Para an I INATUR’s (Mozambique National Institute of Tourism) global Win an Island Paradise campaign to promote Mozambique in 65 countries worldwide as a compelling tourist destination of choice has gone live.

The prize is ownership of an exclusive right of tenure to a fully-equipped, luxury 2 bedroom island villa on Benguerua Island, Mozambique for a period of 25 years which is supported by the resort infrastructure provided by Marlin Lodge. The latter is an exclusive boutique resort on Benguerua Island, the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. The island is approximately 55 square kilometers (11km long x 5.5 km wide), and lies 14km offshore. It is famous for its unspoiled white beaches, remarkable dive sites, excellent horse riding and incredible fishing.

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The last word Cape Town is the African Riviera; the playground of the continent; “the fairest cape in all the world” - that’s the reason it is a popular wedding and honeymoon destination for discerning local and international bridal couples. In keeping with the Mother City’s reputation, The Last Word Intimate Hotels are located in the best settings the region can offer - away from the madding crowd. Here dreams of perfect, small,

intimate weddings come true. Alternatively, look no further for a honeymoon hotel that encourages you to live your story and to realise your fantasies. So, shroud your love in a veil of romance at The Last Word intimate hotels. You’ll be treated with discretion, charmed by personalised hospitality, captivated by picturesque locations and enchanted by exquisite style and understated elegance.

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Vibrant indigenous flora and vivid exotic plant life create a tranquil and serene ambience at The Last Word Constantia, a hidden gem in a gardener’s paradise, in Cape Town’s oldest wine valley. Top world class restaurants and eight spectacular wine estates surround The Last Word Constantia.

of beaches. This nine-roomed intimate hotel oozes luxury, romance and charm.

A 20-minute drive will get you to the Table Mountain cable station, the V&A Waterfront with its renowned aquarium, the scratch patch for semi-precious stones, world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and to a choice

High tea is another unique experience in The Last Word’s collection of unforgettable indulgences. Set in The Last Word Constantia’s park-like gardens, you’ll appreciate yesterday’s charm mingled with today’s magic.

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For a memento of your memorable occasion you’ll find bespoke works of art that promise matchless exclusivity in the shop in The Last Word Constantia.

The Last Word is a member of Mantis and Preferred Boutique Hotels.


Honeymoon

in intimacy

The Last Word Long Beach with six rooms offers spectacular seascapes of Kommetjie and Noordhoek’s extended beaches. The white sand for which the Western Cape is renowned is few steps from your bed. Guests can enjoy the thrill of the ride as they view board and kite surfers display their prowess – or they may choose to participate. Horse riding is invigorating and popular along this stretch of beach. Those who prefer more relaxed activities have 4kms of coastline to explore, and for the brave-hearted a dip in the icy Atlantic Ocean is something worth bragging about! Untouched by commercial development visitors have unsurpassed views of Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, the Sentinel mountain, Silvermine and Table Mountain. This hotel is located in the quaint fishing village of Kommetjie that boasts the tallest lighthouse in South Africa. After a short, picturesque drive you can be in the Cape Point Reserve, where the cold Benguella and warm Mozambique currents meet, Boulders Beach, Simonstown or eclectic Kalk Bay. It is clearly evident why this hotel in the The Last Word intimate portfolio has consistently been the judges’ favourite in the World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel. It also offers picture-perfect scenery along Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman’s Peak Drive (the routes to Kommetjie).

And for magical landscapes, the drive to The Last Word Franschhoek is incomparable. This hidden gem in the alluring Western Cape wine lands has six rooms. Here, in the heart of the village, recommended activities include gourmet wining and dining in world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, walking and hiking, mountain biking, wine tasting, chocolate tasting, cheese tasting, visiting historic buildings and museum, golf on championship courses, cycling, as well as wine tasting on horseback. The Last Word extends its horizons to include Racontours, a touring outfit that encourages honeymooners to uncover Cape Town’s precious gems and offers activities for the adventurous and for the not-so daring. The Last Word’s particular brand of warm, genial, irresistible hospitality will be indelibly imprinted on your memory. It’s a pioneering model, an intimate hotel that’s beyond boutique.

Brides Essence Issue 6 For details phone: 021 794 6561, email: info@thelastword.co.za, visit: www.thelastword.co.za

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