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Publishers Details: Vashti Derrick t/a Gigibug Publisher of Brides Essence magazine. Cape Town, South Africa PO BOX 39233, Capricorn 7948 Publisher: Vashti Derrick publisher@bridesessence.com Editor: Grant Derrick editor@bridesessence.com Design & Layout: www.gigibug.co.za Website design: www.bridesessence.com Gigibug Website Hosted by: Texo, Fish Hoek Sales & Marketing: sales@bridesessence.com e-Published 2012 © Quarterly Vashti Derrick t/a Gigibug. All rights reserved. Brides Essence is still registered by Cherry Berry Blue Publishing SA cc ISSN 2079 - 5815 While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this 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, images 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 10th issue of Brides Essence Magazine.

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n the Nov/Dec issue of Brides Essence we look at various topics such as the LCHF diet that seems to be the craze at the moment. This is an ideal way to loose unwanted weight before your wedding and is a proven diet with so many success stories. We interview Monique Le Roux Forslund who wrote ‘Low carb living for families” with stunning recipes to choose from. We will feature more on this diet in the next few issues. Look out for some reader give aways. Professor Tim Noakes and his new recipe book will be featured in our Jan/Feb issue. We also got in touch with a few bridal suppliers and asked them for some inspiration. Kate from the Wedding Box helps with different dresses that will suit the various body types. Lorraine from Lol’s flowers gives us the latest flower trends for 2013 and some inspiration for choosing the perfect flowers for your wedding. Bronwyn from Honib creations gives us some ideas on different wedding stationery. Hope you are blessed reading this issue.

Love Grant and Vash 1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)”And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

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Whether you wed at church, in a forest or field, why not have that red carpet feel? For all your event matting requirements in a stunning variety of colours. To add to your special memories, have you considered a custom made wedding mat or wall hanging. We can do full colour jet printed mats, flocked embossed insignia and names on a variety of carpeting and materials in a range of colours to suite your decor. Contact me to discover the kaleidoscope of options we have on offer. Contact Grant 082 702 4231 and be surprised at what we can add to your special day‌

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for your perfect wedding

THe PerFeCT dreSS

for your body type

LCHF

The diet everyone is talking about

CenTer PieCe Trends for 2013 & More...

WIN • A Luxurious 2 night stay at Hotel Izulu • TheraVine Skin Hamper NOV/DEC 2013

• Obey Your Body Skin Products • Claim your Bridal Boutque from Lol’s Flowers • A copy of “Low-Carb Living for families”

Contents

Message from the Editor & Publisher Contributors Here comes the bride - Jan Theron A Luxurious sanctuary of tranquility The Jewel of the North Coast The Wedding dress for your body shape Exotic Island Wedding Floral Trends Summer 2013 True Life Bride – Megan & Bernard The ABIA 2013 Brides’ Choice Awards Wedding Bouquets Inspiration True Life Bride – Maryke & Jéan A Wedding Ensemble Wedding stationery trends for 2013 The Diet everyone is talking about The Reviews Low-carb Cheesecake Pizza (Low-carb)

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Our Contributors Julia Janse van Vuuren Photography

Vashti Derrick (Vash) is the owner of Gigibug and publisher of Brides Essence. Vash is also the designer. She has been a designer for the last 16 years and has rencetly (since July) taken ownership of Brides Essence. “I have really enjoyed putting the magazine together, Issue 9 was my first publication. They seem to be getting easier to put together.” If you have anything you would like us to feature give me a call on 021 788 2422 or mail me on info@bridesessence.com, I would love to hear from you. Visit www. bridesessence.com Vashti Derrrick

Grant Derrick

Grant Derrick is the editor of Brides Essence magazine. He also writes articles and book reviews for Brides Essence. Having almost 30 years experience in the electronics and IT industry (yes, he was there before Bill Gates). Grant’s current day job is in sales and marketing.

Supplied by Bronwyn Hendrikz

Bronwyn Hendrikz is the owner/graphic designer behind HoniB Design (pronounced “honey-bee”). Wedding stationery from beginning to end, is a large part of what happily keeps her busy at work in addition to other event stationery and design work that she does. Beautiful calligraphy, textures, paper, letter press printing…most things arty and pretty inspires her creative passion and this together with her trained expertise ensures an end result reflecting her goal: to delight and enchant both the bride and her guests. For your wedding stationery contact Bronwyn on bron@honib.co.za or call 083 2673 775. Visit www.honib.co.za Bronwyn Hendrikz

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Lol’s Flowers specialises in extraordinarily beautiful wedding bouquets, floral arrangements and décor and brings a uniquely personal touch to ensure that your day is extra special. This award-winning floral designer will work closely with you to ensure that whatever the brief or budget, your vision will come to life. Lol’s Flowers will add creative magic to your wedding, party, celebration or corporate event. So for stunning florals, draping, décor, bespoke hiring and loads of inspiration, give Lols a call on 082 875 3521 or email lorrainehirst@telkomsa.net. Visit www.lolsfunctions.co.za

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rides Essence had the privilege of interviewing one of Cape Towns top wedding photographers Jan Theron.

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eron Jan please tell us about yourself. A:I was born in Paarl and I have been living in the Western Cape all my life. I am very much a social person who loves gettogethers with friends. I love good food & wine, the outdoors, camping, hiking & the beach. I love music and good movies. I love to cook and entertain my friends around a cozy fire. Last but not least, I love photography - it runs in my blood– it’s part of my DNA.

Where did you grow up? A:I grew up in Cape Town. Where are you based and what geographical area do you cover? A:I am based in Durbanville, where I have a permanent studio that has been in existence for the last 22 years. I cover assignments in the Western Cape as well as the UK, Europe and Greece. What made you choose photography as a profession? A: I could never imagine a world where I would not be able to create photographically. 6

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Did you study photography? A:Yes, I studied photography at the University of Stellenbosch. It is a 4-year course and I received my degree in photography in December 1989. When did your passion in photography first begin and what do you enjoy most about it? A:My passion for photography started when I got my first camera at the age of 14. What I enjoy most about it is the fact that I can portray life the way that I see it and experience it. How long have you been a wedding photographer? A:I have been a wedding photographer for the last 22 years, since 1991. How many weddings do you photograph per year? A:45, on average What sets you apart from other photographers? A: The way in which I connect with my clients. I capture my clients’ souls, not just their faces. Are you planning on doing something different in this years wedding season? A: Yes, most certainly. I do something different every year. What are the latest photographic trends and have you implemented any of them? A:Trends can be dangerous because it can go out of fashion much quicker than it came into fashion, so to speak. I do adapt to changing times but I don’t necessarily implement the latest trends.I have my own “look” and my own “style” and I implement this in such a way so as to ensure that my images are “timeless”. What do you offer in your bridal packages? A: I offer an unique kind of creativity. My packages include my time as well as all the edited high resolution images on disc. Storybook albums, enlargements & canvas prints are optional and can be ordered at any stage after the wedding, or the clients can produce these directly from their high resolution images on their discs themselves. Nov/Dec 2013 Brides Essence Magazine

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Do you take pre-wedding photographs? A: Yes, provided that a couple book their pre-wedding shoot, or engagement shoot well in advance. Do you have any advice for Brides on how to choose the right photographer? A: Arrange a personal faceto-face meeting with your photographer, if possible, in order to firstly study their portfolios and very importantly to get to know the person (the human being) behind the photographer. Are you able to match a bride’s budget? A: Yes – provided that it is a REALISTIC budget!! Do you have a favorite pose for Brides? A: Most certainly not. I do not believe in following a “formula” or a “recipe” while photographing a wedding. I always try to be innovative and, very importantly, I try to shoot according to my client’s personality & character. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another. It is very important for me not to have a favourite pose for brides but to rather create a unique and individual pose for each bride. Such a pose would be “custom made” for them and not just a cliché carried over from one wedding to another.

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What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera? A:Available light! What is your preferred equipment brand? A: Nikon What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot? A: One single external light source and a reflector. If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why? A: The Nikon 70-200 mm f2.8 - because it is one of the best lenses that I have handled. How important is Photoshop in your final images? A: It is important, in order to “finetune” the product in such a way that it is created with my own unique and individual “artistic stamp”.

Over the next few pages are a few of Jans photograhs. Studio Address: 16 Verdi Boulevard, Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville Studio: +27 (0) 21 976 4695 | Mobile: +27 (0) 83 230 4797 Email: jan@jantheron.co.za | Website: www.jantheron.co.za Photographs © Jan Theron

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Studio Address: 16 Verdi Boulevard, Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville Studio: +27 (0) 21 976 4695 Mobile: +27 (0) 83 230 4797 Email: jan@jantheron.co.za Website: www.jantheron.co.za


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A Luxurious

sanctuary of tranquility

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rides Essence had the privilege of attending a Spa day at Equinox spa at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa on 5th September. This Luxury Hotel is located centrally, just a 5-minute walk from the Cape Town Stadium and the V&A Waterfront. It offers a rooftop pool, a gym, Spa, VIP Sky Bar, WIFI and a free shuttle service with in a 5km radius. Equinox Spa, only 5 years old, offers guests five therapy suites, a relaxation area (providing magazines, dried fruit and herbal teas) and a separate manicure/pedicure lounge where clients can recline in ease while their feet are buffed and toenails painted. 16

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Equinox Spa is a warm and personalized space, yet treatments bring world-class excellence to clients. It draws on several cultural traditions to ensure physical and spiritual rejuvenation. Equinox Spa’s highly-skilled practitioners use renowned international products such as TheraVine, TheraNaka, BABOR, O.P.I and Nimue. With its distinctive décor, combining crisp white with midnight indigos, a variety of treatments can be enjoyed ranging from an express facial to a daylong rejuvenating journey. My spa day experience was incredible, being met at the front door of the hotel, the valet’s picked up my car and huddled


it to safety. I was ushered through the reception and taken through to the Equinox Spa where I was introduced to Sunette van der Merwe, the Equinox Spa manager, and Aneeqa Said from Red Carpet Concepts who put this entire day together along with her assistant Melissa Mann. I was shown where to put my things and was surprised with a gift in my locker. I was made to feel like royalty. I met a few other ladies who were also invited to the Spa day. We were then shown to the rooftop terrace where our treatments awaited us. A glass of champagne awaited us as we entered. We were presented with a variety of finger snacks and treats (healthy of course!!!; well most of them anyway). I met a few more ladies and mingled for a few minutes before I was whisked away to receive my first treatment. I was pampered and given the amazing Ultra Vine Advance Cellular Gold facial by TheraVine. This treatment would normally take about 90 min. The UltraVine tm Advance anti-ageing concept Continued on page 19.../

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Inside Hamper 1 x VitaVine™ Booster Face Mask 1 x VitaVine™ Anti-WrinkleSkin Booster 1 x Grapeseed Body Exfoliator 1 x Moisturising Pinotage Body Oil 1 x Pinotage Exfoliating Enzyme

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 1. This competition is not valid for employees or relatives at TheraVine or Brides Essence magazine. 2: The prizes may not be exchanged for cash or be transferred to someone else. 3: Only entrants with the correct answer will qualify for the Prize. The draw will take place on the 15th December 2013. 4: Winners will be notified via email.

TheraVine™ - Where Science Meets Natural Beauty

You could stand a chance to win this TheraVineTM hamper valued at R1 385 To enter, email your name and the answer to competition@bridesessence.com Q: What does the booster face mask help with? TheraVine™ is based on sound research and next generation antioxidant technology for optimal benefits. Infused with natures’ most powerful extracts, each product works in synergy with the next, delivering a high performance regime dedicated to help repair the damaging effects of environmental assaults before it becomes visible. Regain younger and healthier looking skin – this essential pre-wedding home skin and body care product hamper is designed for dehydrated and environmentally stressed skins. Included in this lavish hamper are 2 “hero” skin care products. The VitaVine™ Anti-Wrinkle Skin

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Booster is renowned to help give greater firmness and uniformity of tone and texture to the skin whilst ensuring instant and long term radiance, and is complimented by the VitaVine™ Booster Face Mask which helps improve elasticity, boost collagen production and ultimately supply renewed energy and vitality to the skin. For the body we have included two essential pampering items. The Grapeseed Body Exfoliator will gentle exfoliate your body revealing a much smoother, radiant looking skin whilst the Moisturising Pinotage Body Oil will relax, moisturise and nourish your weary body from tip to toe.

For more information on TheraVineTM: Tel: 021 886 6623 | Email: info@theravine.co.za | Website: www.theravine.co.za. Follow us on Facebook: Brides Essence.com - Issue 10 TheraVine South Africa (Official) and Twitter: @TheraVineRSA


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actively promotes the skins own DNA repair system, while luxuriously soft and delicately scented creams, serums and balms transport your skin to an advanced state of renewal and serenity. TheraVine’s anti aging jewel is a cologne film mask imbedded with pure soft 24K gold and sparkling diamond dust coupled with a concentrated serum infused with super-charged activities. It will visibly tone, polish and brighten the skin leaving it glowing with illumination. My skin felt refreshed and silky smooth - it left me glowing for the rest of the day.

I had a break and mingled more. We were also offered a wide range of delicious teas from the Tea Merchant with flavours and fragrances that filled the air with a fruity scent. Cranberry was my favourite. There were also various other flavours like Apple Cinnamon, Apple Vanilla, “Falling in Love again” seemed to be a popular blend, Summer Sunshine and so many more. The delicious coffee was a blend from Tribe Coffee. “This coffee is the creative fusion of up to 9 different coffees from around the world. From Indonesia to Africa to Latin

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America and back. Tribe Espresso Blend will capture your senses with aromas of Truffles, Chocolate, Red Cherries, Cinnamon and Hazelnuts�. After tasting a few I was again ushered away to my next treatment with Mama Mio. I had the Lucky Legs Lighten up. This amazing pampering left my feet feeling fresh. It was a Mineral-rich foot soak, exfoliation and massage for your lower legs and feet to help with poor circulation and water retention. I sat back and relaxed and also received a hand and cuticle massage. I enjoyed every moment of my experience at Equinox and highly recommend them should you need a day of pampering or for special occasions such as hen nights, birthdays or bridal parties. They can tailor a package to suite your requirements and pocket. I would like to Thank Equinox Spa, and everyone who was involved for making my day so special.

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WIN Win a Romantic 2 night stay at the Luxurious 5 Star Hotel Izulu in Ballito, KZN One married couple stands the chance of winning a romantic 2 nights stay including breakfast daily at Hotel Izulu in Balito. To enter and stand a chance of winning this extravagant prize simply answer the question and email the answer to competition@bridesessence.com. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details.

Q: What is the Name of Hotel Izulu’s Beauty Spa? Clue: Answer can be found on page 23 Terms & Conditions apply

1: All entrants must currently be married or married before the prize expiry date. 2. This competition is not valid for employees or relatives at Hotel Izulu or Brides Essence magazine. 3: Only entrants with the correct answer will qualify for the Prize. The draw will take place on 15th December 2013. 4: The Prize is valid until June 2014. 5: Winners will be notified via email. 6: The prize cannot be redeemed during peak or high season and is subject to availability. 7: It does not includeflights or transfers to and from Hotel Izulu. 8: All drinks, meals and any extras not included are for the guests own account. 9: The prize cannot be transferred to another party or exchanged for cash.

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The Jewel of the north Coast

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otel Izulu was the very first 5 star property in Ballito and is considered the Jewel of the North Coast. Hotel Izulu has been presented with the ‘Best Hotel’ award by FEDHASA, based on hospitality of the highest standards with exceptionally well-trained staff that go beyond the norm in customer satisfaction. Hotel Izulu has received prestigious awards for its Impilo Beauty Spa, which is a Clarins Gold Status Spa. The spa received this grading owed to the outstanding level of professional advice offered and administration of treatments. Founded on international criteria, the treatments provided by Impilo Beauty Spa therapists have exactly the same standard as those offered by a Clarins Gold Status Spa in Paris or Switzerland. Created not only to nurture the body, mind and soul, guests are also presented with a wish list of unique and restorative facials and advanced skin therapies designed for individual needs by a team of dedicated professionals. The spa is a place of enlightenment where holistic rejuvenation combines with the warmth of the tropical sun and the joy of the Indian Ocean. Crowning this unique property is Gigi’s Brasserie, headed up by an Executive Chef. Gigi’s menu of

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world-class cuisine, with added South African flavour orientations, broaden the palate appeal of the menu for the enjoyment of both local and international guests alike. A diverse menu recreates classical dishes in a more modern and healthy fashion. Dining is accompanied by a wide choice of rare and sought after South African vintages from the wine cellar - to be enjoyed by the bottle or glass. Guests can also opt to dine in the intimacy of their suite or at a table set in the charming wine cellar. Hotel Izulu is committed to operating in a greener more eco-friendly environment. The hotel has an organic herb and vegetable garden which provides a daily supply of fresh vegetables for use in GiGi’s restaurant. The principle source of food for the garden is the output of the “wormery” - one of several “green” initiatives adopted by the Hotel. An organic Orangery thrives in this climate and there is a range of citrus trees each planted in individual terracotta pots. Topiary is a prominent element of the garden, which has become a place for relaxation and reflection for guests. Designed to be wheel chair friendly the paths encourage exploration of the whole


garden where extensive signage explains exactly what is being cultivated. Nestled on the Zulu Kingdom’s subtropical sugar belt, this 5-star boutique retreat radiates understated opulence and reveals a side of Africa that is little seen by the international traveller. Set in sub-tropical forest against a rugged coastline, this luxurious resort offers guests year-round sunshine, which can be soaked up by the pool - with staff to indulge your every whim … or on one of the glorious beaches nearby. The property boasts 19 luxurious suites within a contemporary blend of Tuscan architecture, African features and Balinese influences. The different styles of architecture form a convivial mix and are most often described as “an African heart with an eastern spirit”. Five luxurious freestanding villas are spread out in manicured grounds and each villa offers two Executive Suites, two Deluxe Suites, a private courtyard and an 8-seater Jacuzzi. Luxurious living manifests itself in the Royal Suite – the preferred choice of vip’s and Hollywood celebrities. Sprawled across the entire top floor of Villa Ingelosi, it encompasses a bar, dining area, personal deck and Jacuzzi, which incidentally overlooks the Indian Ocean. The Royal suite is perfect for honeymooners; in fact, bridal couples will fall in love with Hotel Izulu! They may marry in bliss in the hotel’s chapel and then celebrate in style in the banqueting hall. At the 2013 Diner’s Club Winelist Awards, the 5-star Hotel Izulu, Ballito, was awarded the impressive Diamond status, gaining a score of over 90%, for its new and extensive wine list. This is the third year that the Hotel has won an award and the first year it has gained the prestigious Diamond status.

The Banqueting Hall is purpose built with outstanding facilities that can seat up to 140 guests at fourteen round tables each suited to cater for 10 guests. The Thatched hall is fully air conditioned and is fitted with glazed concertina doors that open onto the richly landscaped gardens. The venue can be laid out according to the guests personal requirements. Our multi denominational chapel is situated close to the Banqueting Hall. A dressing room for the bride may be provided subject to prior agreement and availability. There is a dedicated kitchen that is manned by the Executive Chef and his team, and there is also a dedicated management and waiting team at your disposal. The tables are supplied with white table cloths and linen napkins. The chairs are padded and are fitted with freshly laundered white covers. Fine crockery, cutlery and glassware is also provided. Other items such as an easel for the seating layout and a lectern for speeches are also available. There is a boma area that can be lit with a log fire upon request. The venue has its own independent restrooms and there is ample free guarded parking. •

Hotel Izulu, Ballito, Durban Tel: + 27 (0) 32 946 3444 www.hotelizulu.com Twitter Facebook

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The Wedding dress

for your body shape Kate at The Wedding Box in Kenilworth gives Brides Essence advice about which dresses she feels would suite various body shapes. The Wedding Box has a stunning variety of dresses to choose from. Have a look at the next few pages to see what is on offer.

The Inverted Triangle

The Apple

The Pear

The Hour Glass

The Inverted Triangle The inverted Shape body type is when you have broader shoulders than your Hips.

The Pear The Pear shape is when you have a small bust and narrow shoulders with bigger hips and thighs.

The Apple The Apple shape is when you have a big bust, a rounded tummy and slimmer hips. Your waistline has very little definition.

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Kate McLaren Kenilworth Cell: 083 360 5912 Tel: (021) 761 3131 Fax: 086 548 6251 Kate@theweddingbox.co.za www.theweddingbox.co.za

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Exotic Island

Wedding W

arm sea breezes, soft scents of ozone mixed with tropical spices float through the air gently embracing you as you walk down the aisle with beach sand under your feet as you saunter towards your husband-to-be. The backdrop of tropical paradise, crystal waters gently lapping pristine white beaches, simply take your breath away - a dream of any bride and groom. You can make this dream a reality with the help of Beachcomber who is the specialist in arranging Mauritius weddings. Their expertise in planning and coordinating a special Mauritius wedding will make your wedding day a cinch. With two packages to choose from (Classic and Luxury), Beachcomber promises to have only one wedding a day at the Beachcomber hotel of your choice. You will be the sole focus on your wedding day. You have the choice of eight hotels. Each hotel has a dedicated wedding planner to assist you with all your needs and requirements. Perhaps you are not getting married but wish to renew your wedding vows then what could be more memorable than to relive the most wonderful day in your life, by renewing your wedding vows in paradise. Beachcomber can arrange such a day in paradise for you, with fond memories to last the rest of your life. The “one ceremony a day� policy that is promised will ensure that you have everything you need and you will also have the full attendance of the staff like the coordinators that will help decorate and plan your day for you. Your wedding vows

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renewal will be as romantic and special as your wedding day, reminding you of the commitment you have to one another. For wedding vow renewals there are also 2 packages to choose from. More information on the packages available and what you can expect can be obtained from Beachcomber’s website. Click here for more information.

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Floral Trends Summer 2013 Lorraine Hirst of Lol’s Flowers takes us through the latest trends in wedding flowers:

Garden roses

Many brides are now requesting large-head or cabbage roses for their flower arrangements. Also known as “garden roses”, these gorgeous flowers tend to open very quickly and get their name from their cabbage-like appearance. They can get quite large once in bloom and are a good substitute for the peony if you want to achieve a similar look and “fullness”. If you are more of a traditionalist however, have no fear, the classic rose isn’t going anywhere! Cabbage Roses Taken by Carel vd Colff Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

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Cabbage Roses Taken by Carel vd Colff Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

Classic Roses Taken by Mark Engelbrecht Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

Classic Roses Taken by Gavin Withers Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

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Adding a personal touch to stem wrappings

Bouquets remain the most important and personal arrangement of the day and brides are now including little mementos into the stem wrapping to make their bouquet extra special. Consider adding sentimental tokens like lockets or brooches, or save a strip of ribbon or lace from your dress – not only will it give your bouquet special meaning but it will tie the whole look together.

Stem Wrapping Taken by Bijou Belle Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

Stem Wrapping Taken by Bijou Belle Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

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Stem Wrapping Taken by Gavin Withers Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

Using succulents in your bouquet

The use of succulent plants in bouquets has been gaining popularity and it’s easy to see why. The thick fleshy “petals” of succulents come in a variety of colours; the succulents can survive happily out of water for a few weeks (allowing you to make the bouquet in advance), and the succulents can be replanted after the wedding – perfect for “green-conscious” brides. In fact different kinds of greenery and “fillers” (e.g. dried baby’s breath and lavender) in general are becoming more popular. Even yellow crespedia and hypericum berries will work to add volume, texture and a little bit of interest to bouquets.

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Succulents and greenery Taken by The Picturess Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

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Succulents and greenery Photography courtesy of the bride Delayne Badenhorst Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers


Colour, colour, colour

This summer brides will be experimenting with colour more than ever before. Don’t be shy - a bold splash of colour makes a great statement at any wedding. Think bright orange, yellow, purple, red and green and transform a traditionally white space into a riot of colour.

Bright & Colourful Taken by EXP Photography Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

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Ombre (shading)

Ombre (playing with shades) is the next big thing. Brides can create floral masterpieces by using every hue (light to dark) of one colour. It makes a gorgeous and beautifully different centrepiece.

Ombre Courtesy of TV Soapie Weddings styled shoot Supplied by: Lol’s Flowers

Vintage

The Vintage trend is still very much around! Many brides love the whimsical and delicate look of pastels. Play with soft shades of pink, lilac, cream/ white and peach; then add in a touch of lemon, baby blue or soft green for variety.

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Whatever you decide, Lol’s Flowers would love to help you create a beautiful floral story! In fact, Lorraine loves nothing more than being able to take a bride’s vision for her wedding flowers and then add her own little bit of magic to the project.

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Date of Wedding: 27 April 2013 Bride and Groom names: Megan and Bernard Frerichs Venue: The Hertford Country Hotel www.hertford.co.za Dress: GF Bridal couture multiflora www.gfbridalcouture.co.za Music: DJ - JOE 083 601 8401 Singer, Tracey 011 452 7475 Hair: Christi’s beauty salon www.hairby.christis.co.za Bridesmaids Dresses: Bride & Co Flowers: Kerstin Ferraris 074 343 4019 Photographer: Sonja Hilton www.sonjahilton.co.za Wedding Favours: We had a sweet table What was your memorable moment on your special day: I think that I just loved everything of the day ‘but’ But walking down the isle and seeing Bernard for the first time that day is definitely a moment I won’t forget! What advice do you have for other brides getting married? my advice to other brides is not to worry about the small stuff because everything works out in the end! Just enjoy every moment of this very special time!

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rides have been carrying bouquets since the middle ages. Of course back then the gathered bunches of herbs and spices were intended to ward off evil spirits and protect the fragile, innocent bride from bad luck and misfortune. Happily by Victorian times bouquets had moved on from garlic and dill to include fresh flowers – often made up using the “language of flowers”. Bouquets were

gathered from ivy (fidelity), myrtle (passion) and roses (love). Bouquets remain a special tradition today, with plenty of styles and variations for brides to choose from. You can have anything from cascading waterfall bouquets to sweet, simple hand tied posies. It all depends on the style and theme you envision for your wedding – and ultimately your own sense of style and personality. © Jeanine Bressler photography

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When designing your bouquet, keep the following in mind: The tone and theme of your wedding A formal wedding in a large church or cathedral might require the drama of a cascading bouquet, while a loose (hand-tied) bouquet would be more appropriate for a casual, perhaps outdoor event. Colours and textures Chat to your florist about the colours you love – and how to use different tones and hues in your bouquet to maximum effect. Some of the more popular flowers by colour choice include: White: rose, lisianthus, gerbera, carnation, lily, chinks, stocks, tulip, snap dragon, orchid. Pink: rose, lisianthus, carnation, tulip (seasonal), protea, hydrangea (seasonal) and lily. Lavender:rose, carnation, lavender, lisianthus, snap dragon, stocks, hydrangea (seasonal). Yellow: rose, gerbera, tulip, sunflower, carnation, lily and freesia. Red: gerbera, rose, carnation &lily.

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Seasonal flowers Be open to using seasonal flowers in your bouquet (and throughout) as they are plentiful and therefore much, much cheaper. Also bear in mind flowers such as snap dragons, proteas, tulips, irises and delphiniums have a limited growing season. It is best to find out what is in season before you set your heart on a particular flower for your bouquets. Out of season and imported flowers are very expensive and beyond the reach of a great many brides. Holidays and special events Flowers like roses, gerberas and lilies are available all year round - but often more expensive in winter or on special Continued on page 53.../

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days like Valentine’s Day and Mothers’ Day. If possible, try to avoid these dates for your wedding because your flowers could literally double in cost over this time. Your wedding dress Ultimately everything starts and ends with the dress. If possible give your florist a photograph or sketch of your dress so she can guide you on the best choice of bouquet. Large trailing bouquets are dramatic and romantic but tend to work better with princess-style ball gowns as they overpower anything simple or understated. A more modern bride might consider exotic flowers or an interesting use of foliage such as succulents in her bouquet or perhaps a wrist bouquet, pomander or dramatic head piece while a stylish bride may want to add crystal or pearl embellishments for a glamorous finish. Your bouquet will be the most special and intimate arrangement of the day, so brief your florist well (don’t be scared to take pictures, mementoes, fabric swatches and sketches along to your

meeting) to ensure that you end up with a bouquet you love. © Bijou Belle photography

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Date of Wedding: 9 March 2013 Bride and Groom names: Maryke & Jéan du Randt Venue: L’Aquila - Pretoria www.laquila.co.za Dress: Cinderella’s closet www.cinderellascloset.co.za Hair: Exclusive Bridal Hair www.exclusivebridalhair.co.za Make up: Naaznien Laher naazie@gmail.com Music: LMH Productions www.lmhproductions.co.za Wedding stationery: Paper shaper anel@papershaper.co.za Flowers and Decor: Pebble & Lace www.pebbleandlace.wordpress.com Photographer: Kaimara studio www.kaimara.co.za Wedding Cake: Johan’s Wedding Cakes johansweddingcakes@gmail.com What was your memorable moment on your special day: The most memorable moment was when I first saw my husband standing at the end of the aisle as I entered the church. I was so overwhelmed and overcome with emotion and I knew for certain that this moment was the beginning of our happily ever after. What advice do you have for other brides getting married? Enjoy each and every moment. This special day goes by so fast, so many people tell you this, but it is so true! When I think back on my wedding day I can remember almost each and every detail. Make memories and cherish them, at the end of the day that’s all we have left.

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of South Africa’s most talented arrangers/ composers, “Recently we have acquired Rock tunes by Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Sting, Gloria Gaynor, U2 & others.” The group has performed at public concerts for Classic FM, Walter Sisulu & Pretoria Botanical Gardens, Alice Art Gallery, Theatre on the Square and at numerous private and corporate functions. At present members of the Promenade Ensemble are with the high ranks of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, also performing as solo artists in recitals and chamber music concerts.


Maria Branco - Violin

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, she started playing violin at the age of 7. Maria obtained her diploma from the Lisbon National Conservatory in violin & composition and was a member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra & the Sao Carlos Opera Orchestra in Lisbon & participated in many Chamber Music concerts & festivals. In 1983 she came to South Africa to join the National Symphony Orchestra of the SABC and played with the Chamber Orchestra of SA, the Johannesburg Philharmonic & the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. Maria has been the manager of the Promenade Ensemble since 1990 and is currently teaching violin at the National School of Arts. She has also a passion for dogs & is a qualified instructor.

Susan Mouton - Cello

Susan was born in Durban & started playing the cello at the age of 10. She received her B.Mus at the University of Pretoria, studying under Prof Gerard van de Geest. She joined the National Symphony Orchestra of the SABC in 1983, and was appointed Principal cellist in 1987. Susan was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of SA & the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. Since 2000 she has been the principal cellist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic. She loves participating in Chamber Music and enjoys recording on the albums of many different South African artists.

Judith Klins - Viola

Judith was born in Leipzig, Germany, and grew up in Berlin. She started playing the violin at 14 & switched to viola 3 years later, studying at both Berlin’s artistic Universities. She was a member of the Flensburg Symphony Orchestra & teacher at the City Music School, & the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006 Judith moved to South Africa where she started playing for the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of SA & as a permanent extra for the Johannesburg Philharmonic . Currently Judith is freelancing & teaching at various schools.

Serge Cuca - Violin

Serge was the Associate Concertmaster of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra & later of the Cape Town Philharmonic. He was also a member of the Johannesburg Philharmonic,& lead the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic for 2 months – on loan. Serge is an avid chamber musician, has also appeared as soloist with all the major South African Orchestras, teaches privately and has also recorded for film, radio & television.

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rends come and go. The art is to be creative and make it your own. Here are some ideas of what’s in at the moment and what’s to come. Vintage will still be big next year, but not the current ‘rustic vintage’ as much as ‘luxury vintage’. Lean towards the Art Deco (1950) era and include more glitz, glamour, ‘sparklies’ and bling. Lace is still the classic and most popular element. Lazercut designs are in high demand; they create a lace look. Combine with pearls, diamante, hints of silver, bronze

or copper foil, pearlescent card and paper, with satin sheen ribbon. Letterpress printing is extremely popular due to the beautiful textured finish created by the old-fashioned printing method. Paper choices range from thick boards (450gm) to 90gm cotton rich papers in a variety of colours and shades however cream or white remain the ,most practical. Florals - big blooms, softer country styles and Shabby Chic – with colours like blues, lavenders and rose, or deeper Nov/Dec 2013 Brides Essence Magazine

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hues like navy, deep purple, jade and slate, or spring yellows and lime greens are all still in. For adventurous brides looking for something different, 3D concepts are gaining popularity; invitations etched into wood, printed on vintage handkerchiefs,

written on leaves, or made up in a box for example, but a big point to consider are the high postage costs. The sky is really the limit; your invitations don’t need to cost a fortune, but this is the one time you have opportunity to put your mark on paper so make it count!

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The Diet everyone

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The Low Carb High Fat Diet (LCHF) is the diet that everyone is talking about. Brides Essence was priviledged to have the opportunity to ask Monique more about the diet while she was in South Africa by Grant Derrick

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re you worried that your gorgeous wedding dress may not fit on your wedding day? Join every bride on earth. There is a solution ladies – you will never look back and you will see and feel results in a shorter time than most diets out there. LCHF is not a diet, but a way of living. On this “diet” © Photograph coutesty of Struik Lifestyle

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you will loose your cravings for the foods that cause obesity and all manner of sickness and disease…and you will feel the difference not only in your body, but in your mind and soul too. What a delight it was to meet with the author of “Low Carb living for families”.


We had the honour of chatting with Monique Le Roux Forslund. Monique has put together a delightful collection of her favourite tried and tested recipes in this lovely and easy to follow recipe book. She has been living the LCHF way for many years and her entire family are grateful for the quality life-style that they lead. Question: Everyone, including the medical fraternity, the media and pharmaceutical industry tells us that it is the natural fats that are causing heart disease and that certain people are just susceptible to Cancer, Diabetes and a host of other diseases. Lowcarb high fat seems to contradict everything we have been taught. Do you think that LCHF will be beneficial to people who suffer with ADHD, ADD, High Cholesterol, Diabetes and Hyperthyroidism? Monique: Absolutely. I have worked with pre-school children for 20 years or so. We don’t feed them low-carb and high fat, but we have taken away all the sugars and almost all white flour. We feed them natural yoghurt, real butter and lots of eggs; all the good things. The difference that we notice in the group is amazing, especially the children that are active. We have been following this regimen for 3 or 4 years now. The concentration of the kids and their energy levels are drastically improved.

Question: How have your children coped with this diet? Monique: My children are aged 20, 17 and 9. The older kids fend for themselves when it comes to dietary choices because they already have established eating habits. My 9 year old eats many foods but is herself very aware of what is good and that she needs to have extra butter or cream with her food. She knows that bread and pasta for example are not good. My 20 year old son suffers with migraines. When he has an attack then he always says “mom I know that I should be eating more strictly”, because he knows that then he does not get the headaches. Although he sometimes binges on redbull and junk at late night gaming sessions, he says that “at least when I want to eat healthy, I know what to do”. All of my kids are very aware, and at home I don’t stock the bad foods. If my kids want something that is not healthy then they must buy it for themselves. Question: What are the alternatives to something like chocolate or other confectionaries? Monique: The best is to rule out bad foods, rather than try to find substitutes or alternatives. Chocolate, although,

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is one of the better baddies. One can still have 70% chocolate occasionally with some degree of safety. Question: For people suffering with high cholesterol, do you recommend that they stay away from carbs? Monique : Diets that are high in sugar and carbohydrates affect the LDL cholesterol particle, making it compact and thus more likely to adhere to the walls of arteries. LCHF causes the LDL’s to become big and fluffy, reducing the bonding to the walls of the arteries and thus reducing clogging. Vegetables are also carbs, so you cannot really get away from carbohydrates altogether unless you want a totally boring diet. On the other hand vegetables have a much lower carbohydrate content than breads or grains, flour and sugars and they are full of essential and helpful nutrients. Question: What about people wanting to follow LCHF but cannot afford the high cost of the specialised almond flours and other products such as Psyllium husk? Monique: I usually say that it is generally not a more expensive way of eating. If you consider the junk food and snacky things that people on a high carb diet eat, and add up the cost, then it adds up. With the LCHF diet, because you are eating more fat; fat is what fills you up, and you also eat a lot less often, then the amount of money

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spent will probably be less than a normal high carb diet if you compare grocery spending on a month to month basis. You cannot compare cake flour which is cheap to almond flour which is pricey because you will eat a lot less with LCHF. Question: What is the timeframe that one can expect to notice a difference once on the LCHF ? Monique: It really depends from individual to individual. It generally depends on your weight. If you are very overweight and need to lose 40kg, you will find the weight loss rapid. If on the other hand you only need to loose 3 kilograms, then it will take longer. Mattias is Monique’s boyfriend. His mother was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic, meaning that she always has to take insulin. She suffered with fainting and insulin highs and lows. Once she started the LCHF diet, she lost 12 kgs in 4 months, and she is using ¼ the amount of insulin. When her doctor asked her what she was doing to have this miraculous turnaround in her health, she told him that she was eating LCHF. His first response was “Don’t do that, its dangerous!!”. Question: What cookbooks are there that are suitable for baking? Monique: I have written 2 books and am currently working on book number 3. Having come from being overweight, my approach is still to avoid baked confectionary. A lot of the cookbooks that are available still use things such as non-nutritive sweeteners, of which most are unhealthy to say the least. So the best approach is to avoid the sweetness in foods, which still leads to cravings. If


you are going to have something sweet, and don’t have a weight problem, then honey is a good substitute. I started this diet due to being overweight. I have lost a lot of weight and maintain a good physique easily since being on LCHF.A lot of people who try LCHF want to give up after a week. They experience headaches, lack of energy, tiredness and some even suffer flu like symptoms. Do not be afraid. This is a typical detox or withdrawal symptom. People will not be able to notice the benefits ( not only weight loss but all the other benefits ) in 1 or 2 weeks. If they are not going to commit to at least 1 month on LCHF then they will not realise the benefits. Initially it seems like punishment; “what about bread, pasta, cake and sugar in my tea or coffee”? Once your body has gone through the sugar and toxin withdrawal then you will no longer crave these very foods that you think you will miss the most. Another key now that carbohydrates are no longer powering your body, is to take in additional fat. Nooooo!!! you may be screaming as this has been taught to

us by society and the media as being the cause of many sicknesses and diseases. The additional fat in the form of cream, butter, mayonnaise, fatty cheeses, oily fish and other sources such as nuts, avos and olive oil. These will now give you that much needed energy without you having the traditional insulin spikes with the ensuing low energy slump that follows. You will have a steady flow of energy available when you need it. Look out for Monique’s new 1 month dieter’s book and her soon to be released Baby food cook book. You can visit Monique’s health blog www.lifezone.se/eng Further resources: Dietdoctor.com – Dr Andreas Eenfeldt is a close friend of Monique. He is one of the top dietary doctors in Sweden. Also a friend of Professor Tim Noakes, the 3 have lectured together at UCT. “Low Carb Living for familes” Continued on page 68.../

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s w e i v e R The Low-carb Living for Families Monique le Roux Forslund

ISBN: 9 781432 301248 RRP: R180.00 The Author Although Monique le Roux Forslund now lives in Sweden, she grew up in Cape Town and is still a regular visitor to South Africa. She is a health coach, fitness instructor, teacher and mother of three, with over 20 years’ experience working with children. Monique is also living proof of the benefi ts of a low-carb high-fat lifestyle. Since changing to a ‘diet’ that includes good fats and restricts carb intake, she lost 40 kg and is fi t, healthy and full of energy.

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The New buzz is LCHF or Low carb. What does it mean and what does it entail you may ask? It sounds like just another diet fad like all the rest that have gone before. This is where the paths of the old familiar “DIET” and “ a lifestyle change” diverge. I am sure that if you are reading this article, then somewhere in the back of your mind you have the nagging reminder “I should be eating more healthy food and less junk”. Monique’s book is written for you. There are also so many questions associated with any new ground breaking and controversial way of living but Monique le Roux Forslund answers all these questions and explains why changing your habits of eating “easy off-the-shelf” snacks full of carbohydrates to focussing on healthier natural alternatives and eating healthy fats are good for you and your family. She also explains the bombardment of the arsenal of media representation and information that confronts us at the shelves in our local supermarkets. By being informed and knowledgeable we can make our own decisions when it comes to our health and that of our families. In her book, you will find over 100 delicious and healthy recipes for every meal of the day as well as something for special occasions and snack time for the whole family (including babies!). Low-carb Living for Families is packed with easy-to-follow, practical tips as well as encouragement for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Professor Tim Noakes, one of South Africas foremost sport scientists and Dr Andreas Eenfeldt have written forewords in Monique’s book. Professor Tim Noakes is one of LCHF’s leading endorsers, having himself been a strict follower of the lowcarb-high-fat lifestyle for a number of years with astounding improvements in his health and quality of life. Dr Eenfeldt is a Swedish medical doctor who specialises in family medicine. He also advocates a low-carb high-fat diet and lectures on the topic at various medical conferences all over the world.

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Low-carb cheesecake Makes 1 cake (12 servings)

Crust

100 g butter 250 ml chopped mixed raw nuts 10 ml ground cinnamon Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod 200 ml desiccated coconut

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Make sure you use unsweetened vanilla if you choose to use vanilla essence as a substitute for vanilla pods

Preheat the oven to 175 °C. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix all the remaining crust ingredients together and add the melted butter. Press the crust into a pie dish and bake for 5-10 minutes. .

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Pizza 1 serving

2 eggs 200 ml grated cheese (use any hard cheese like Cheddar or Gouda) 25 ml tomato purée

Topping

Selection of your favourite topping ingredients 200 ml grated cheese Preheat the oven to 200 ºC. Whisk the eggs and add the grated cheese. Spread the mixture in a circle on a baking sheet on a baking tray. Bake the pizza base for around 10 minutes. Remove from the oven when it is crisp and golden brown. Spread the tomato purée over the pizza base and add your favourite topping. Sprinkle over the grated cheese and place in the oven for around 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.

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