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Publishers Details: 212 Publishing Publisher of Brides Essence Magazine. Cape Town, South Africa PO BOX 249, Muizenburg 7950 Owners: Vashti Derrick & Taryn Gurr Publisher: Vashti Derrick publisher@bridesessence.com Editor: Grant Derrick editor@bridesessence.com Design & Layout: GIGIBUG Sales & Marketing: Taryn Gurr taryn@bridesessence.com e-Published 2012 © Quarterly 212 Publishing All rights reserved. Brides Essence is registered by 212 Publishing ISSN 2079 - 5815 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all the information in this issue of Brides Essence, no responsibility can be accepted for quality of goods & services supplied by our advertisers. 212 Publishing accepts no responsibility for material submitted by any client for reproduction, in regard to all relevant laws and regulations. Concepts, 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. We would like to thank all photographers, contributors, sponsors, advertisers and all parties involved for this remarkable issue of Brides Essence Magazine.

Message WOW don’t you just love our cover picture supplied by Sean Mills Photography, who won the photographer competition we ran on our Facebook page. We asked him to share one more beautiful picture with us. Keeps your eyes on our social media platforms; we will be running more awesome competitions soon. We welcome spring with an interview with Cathrine Trope of Wolford, a wonderful Austrian Brand of Lingerie and a wonderful article about being a team as a married couple. There are some amazing changes happening at Brides Essence Digimag and we can’t wait to share them with you. We will keep you in the loop on our webpage and social media. If you would like to share your thoughts or ideas with us, please email them to taryn@bridesessence.com/ Enjoy this issue

Vash and Taryn “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

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Contents Our Message..............................................................................1 Contributors................................................................................3 La-Bella Vita................................................................................4 Interview with Catherine Trope................................................6 The Team Dynamic..................................................................14 Design & Laser Projects Studio4400........................................21 Vita Liberata.............................................................................26

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About our

contributors

Julia Janse van Vuuren Photography

Vashti Derrick is the co-owner of Brides Essence. Vash is also the designer. She has been a designer for the last 16 years and really enjoys putting the magazine together. If you have anything you would like us to feature mail us on hello@ bridesessence.com We would love to hear from you. Visit www.bridesessence.com

Vashti Derrrick

Grant Derrick

Grant Derrick is a contributor of Brides Essence magazine. He 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.

Taryn-Zoë believes life and love should always be a celebration! What better way to celebrate than to assist people with the start of their life journey as a married couple. Although weddings have not been a part of her career, what started as a brides maid’s task has exploded into an unofficial portfolio of wedding co-ordination allowing Taryn to keep her finger firmly on the pulse of all things wedding. She is passionate about God and helping others around her. Taryn-Zoë is now part of the Brides Essence family. taryn@bridesessence.com Visit www.bridesessence.com Taryn Zoë Gurr

Have an idea you would love to see published?

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La-Bella Vita La-Bella Vita provides many services to Brides such as; Wedding & event planning, dĂŠcor styling, on the day coordination, hairstyling, make-up & wedding cakes.

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Interview

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Brides Essence had the privilege of interviewing Catherine Trope, owner and director of Wolford in South Africa. Wolford’s headquarters are based in Austria. Since its founding in the year 1950, Wolford has evolved from a local producer of pantyhose into a global fashion brand in the segment of affordable luxury products. Tell us about yourself, Catherine? I am the owner of Wolford SA; a ladies hosiery and lingerie brand. I love travelling, food and working - it keeps me sane. When did lingerie become such a passion for you? When I discovered Wolford! It has styles for every shape and size- their shaping lingerie makes one feel sleek and sexy! Tell us about Wolford Bridal Lingerie and what makes it unique? Wolford’s lingerie is not just about lace. It is extremely functional, has a luxurious feel and has many unique factors. There are extendable back straps for bras so that they are not visible with low cut dresses. There is great forming lingerie made from the sheerest fabrics so that no lines show through tight fitting dresses. These undergarments are important for even the slimmest figures as they streamline and smooth the silhouette. There are many seamless bras which fit smoothly under the silkiest fabrics. How long has Wolford Bridal Lingerie been available in SA? It has been available in SA since 2008 and we brought in a more comprehensive range in when we moved to our current location in Hyde Park Corner in 2012 Can we buy your products online? Yes! At www.partner-jhb.wolfordshop.co.za 6

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Where else can we get them? At the Wolford Boutique, Shop UM 3, Level 6, Hyde Park Corner and on line. Which is your favourite Lingerie set and why? The Sheer Bra and Panty Collection. The sheer touch fabric is an especially fine, gently shimmering material which flatters the skin. The items in this range have a pure design and a feminine look as well as a guaranteed comfortable fit. Do you have lingerie for plus size Ladies? Certain styles that offer the required support and fit come in plus sizes. Do you only supply bridal lingerie? We offer a full range of lingerie, leg wear, clothing and accessories (excluding bags and shoes!) Do you have a range for brides on a tight budget? From time to time, Wolford will discontinue items to make room for a new product. The discontinued items are then reduced in price and these are great for anybody on a tight budget. Do you do private fittings and if so what are the costs? We do offer private fittings. There is no cost for this service. There may be a cost if alterations are required. Please tell us how we would measure ourselves for the correct bra size? Measure under the bust all the way around for the back size and for the cup size you measure around the bust (i.e. across the nipples) all the way around for the cup size. Click here to see the chart. Do you have outlets all over SA? Currently, we have the Hyde Park Corner boutique and the on line store but we do send all over the country and abroad. Visit our website:

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The Team

Dynamic

by Jill Gurr

God intended for you and your spouse to be a team that can achieve great things in His kingdom. Imagine going to Wimbledon to watch the Mixed Doubles Final and you are really rooting for the SA team, because they are so focused, they always have their eyes on the ball and they support each other so well. Then, the guy really duffs his shot and his partner rushes over and starts beating him up with her racquet, swearing and putting him down and he begins to retaliate - imagine them rolling on the ground wrestling with each other, then suddenly coming to their senses, dusting one another off, apologizing and starting to play again. Can you imagine how distracting it must be for the guy to 14

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serve now – he not only has to watch the ball, he also needs to keep an eye on his partner in case she goes on the rampage again….This is where a lot of married couples find themselves – the TEAM dynamic is not functioning in their relationship.

T = TRUST

to be confident or sure of, to place confidence in….. You and your spouse need to be 100% committed to making your marriage work and to having God’s kingdom established in your relationship. This means that your marriage is the ONLY plan you have – there is no option of walking out or getting a divorce or even making provision IN CASE things don’t work out. (Remember the FAITH factor – God will honour your commitment.) You also need to remember that we are fighting a battle here on earth and it is close combat – hand-to-hand stuff. If two people stand back to back in a battle, they can cover every area of the enemy’s attack (360 degrees) – your spouse needs to know that you have his back covered and that you will fight just as hard as he does to see the enemy defeated in every area of your lives. This Trust needs to extend to every area of your lives – finances (you must both be working from the same budget, and must be able to trust that each of you will do your utmost to stick to it, or discuss any deviation FIRST before spending the money – no secret bank

accounts...). Trust means that you NEVER put your partner down in any company or under any circumstances – you should ALWAYS be their most ardent supporter (fan). TEAM is ONLY the two of you, because you and your spouse are in covenant. The Word of God is clear that when we enter into the marriage covenant, we leave our parents and cleave to one another, so there will probably come a time when you will have to defend your spouse against an attack from your parent/s (usually your mother!). TEAM includes your children for the time that they are with you, but you must always remember that they are on “loan” to you and are not part of your covenant. In fact, as far as their discipline goes, they are NOT part of the team – you should support one another in every decision concerning your children’s discipline.

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no distractions or interruptions. If you are going to discuss something that has been a recurring problem or is a big problem to you, make sure that you are not tired, stressed, hungry or in a hurry and take time to pray and commit the discussion to God (remember that He is the third cord which makes your marriage unbreakable, so He must be included), Praying should also help to shift your focus from the problem to the Problem-solver and should help you to keep your emotions and your attitude in check. The attitude with which you approach the problem is very important – a positive attitude will have a positive influence on your spouse. Husbands, remember that your wife is “the weaker vessel” (1 Pet 3:7), so don’t be domineering or belittle her. Give her time to talk and ask the right questions to draw her out. The most important thing here is to treat each other with great respect (Eph 5:21 & 5:33) which is something that is often missing in marriages today. Empathy should breed respect because identifying with your spouse should 16

give you compassion for him/her and help you to understand what it is like to be in that position. Empathy is not a problem-solving exercise – rather it is exercising your imagination to try to identify with your spouse in a particular situation. It should bring you to a place where you and your spouse can identify with one another and understand what is motivating the other. All humans have the same basic emotional needs - these are:

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• Love • Freedom • Peace with God • Significance • Recreation and relaxation Conflict usually arises when one partner believes that the other is infringing on or not fulfilling one or more of these needs.

A = AFFIRMATION

is verbally supporting your spouse and encouraging them in everything they do (or even attempt to do). It is very important that each member of the team is very supportive

“Mutual agreement will come from effective communication”

of the other – it does not take long for team members to discover one another’s weaknesses and character flaws. Unregenerate human nature loves to point out the faults and failings of others (it makes us feel better about our own shortcomings.) One of the greatest human needs after safety and provision of food and shelter is the need to belong or to feel part of a group. Marriage is supposed to meet this need because in society you are seen as a couple, but when criticism and negative perceptions of one another are the norm, this need will not be met, in fact, either one or both spouses will feel inferior (not good enough) or rejected. Often this is satan’s way of reinforcing negative self perceptions that go back to our childhood when we were told that we were not good enough or would never amount to anything. We need to encourage one another’s good qualities and verbally affirm one another, not only in private, but also in public. Never make jokes at your spouse’s expense, especially not in front of friends and relatives. Always speak positively and lovingly of one another when talking to others about your spouse, especially if you are getting negative feedback from the other party. This kind of thing often happens with: Sep~ Nov 2015 Brides Essence Digital Magazine

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1. Mothers who think the man their daughter married is really not good enough for her or friends who “only want the best for you” and are certain that your husband is not the best – don’t reinforce this negativity, confirm the fact that God put you together and you will do great things as a team together in God’s kingdom. It usually will not take them long to get the message that you will not be influenced by them. 2. Teenagers who think they have a right to judge their parents and use their judgment as a form of manipulation – don’t ever be tempted to indulge in character assassination of your spouse with your children – all it will teach them is that manipulation does work. Always support your spouse’s decisions regarding your children, even if you think they are harsh or wrong – that kind of thing should be sorted out in your “safe place” when the children are not present. The way that you speak TO one another can also reinforce negative perceptions. Why is it that we think it is acceptable to be rude and abrupt to our life partner in a way that we never would 18

with a shop assistant who we may never see again? We affirm one another in the way that we speak TO one another by making the effort to be courteous and gentle with one another. It is not acceptable to shout at your spouse (unless they are about to run over your child with their car – even then “STOP” should suffice). It is also counterproductive to attack your spouse’s character because you are angry with them. It is much more helpful to be angry at and attack the problem, not your spouse (the person). M = MUTUAL AGREEMENT: This means that you should make a point of ensuring through effective communication that you both agree on anything and everything that is important in your lives. This begins with finding your “SAFE PLACE” and making sure that you spend effective quality time there. Your “safe place” should not only be the place you go to sort out problems and issues, but where you go just to spend uninterrupted time together sharing dreams, ideas, concepts and what God is saying to you. Try to make a date to spend a specific time there each week, that way things won’t get a chance to build up to a

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point where you simply explode at some random moment because you “just can’t take it any more”. Mutual agreement will come from effective communication, seeing each other’s point of view and being willing to “brainstorm” and play around with ideas. You should always be willing to hear one another out – give your spouse at least 5 minutes (that’s a LONG time) to say what he/she wants to say and only interrupt if he/she repeats him/herself more than twice. Discuss long in advance ideas for holidays (don’t assume that because you went to Cape Town and enjoyed it that your spouse will always want to go there), dreams and plans for your future, plans for your children’s future and their discipline. It is so much easier to find a point of mutual agreement if you are not under pressure or making a last-minute decision. It is important that you have a vision for your lives together – for the whole of your lives. Unity is a powerful spiritual force – Ps 133:1 – where there is unity God COMMANDS His blessing – what is going to stop something that God has commanded? If you want to be effective as a team in God’s kingdom, unity is essential. Matt

18:19-20 – Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Satan’s plan is to divide you – have you so busy sparring with one another that you won’t have time to remember the power of unity. Let your focus be the kingdom of God – not your own needs or comfort (we are far too concerned about being comfortable, when God is really concerned about our character rather than our comfort.) God planned from the foundation of the world for “Christ to be formed in us” Romans 8:28 -29 - We all like to quote the bit about all things working together for good, but in this context, God planned for Christ to be formed in us, therefore whatever trials or challenges we face, we should respond as Christ would (how else do you think Christ will be formed in you?) His response to a degenerate sinful world was MERCY (not giving us what we deserve) and GRACE (giving us everything God has because of the sacrifice He made) or God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

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EMBRACE THE MOVEMBER LOOK WITH A GOLDEN GLOW!

Is the man in your life planning on sporting a ‘tash this month in honour of Movember? With all eyes on him, make sure his skin is glowing with the Vita Liberata Deep Face Gradual Tan Lotion – R575.00. More and more men are experimenting with self-tans and the “Movember” look definitely demands a healthy glow! The good news is that most people won’t even realise he is wearing it. Thanks to Odour Remove technology, Deep Face Gradual Self Tan has no smell. It applies clear like a moisturiser and can be incorporated into his daily skincare routine to maintain a healthy sun kisses glow. Ultra hydrating and keeps skin nourished. You are now body beautiful and ready to take on summer! “We deliver summer days & golden glows in a bottle” Stockist: Selected Salons & Spas. Online: www.vitaliberata.co.za Head Office: 021 465 8569


Design &

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Studio 4400 was started in 2012, focusing on creating products for literally any special event. Since then we’ve grown to also cater for decor items for any room in your house. Our online shop showcases products that are already available, while we continue with the custom design, engraving and laser cutting products, according to your specific needs. For the ideal wedding gift for the Bride & Groom or The Bridal part from the Bride. Cheese platters to wine boxes, Badges to bunting, you name it we can do it. If you can’t find it in our shop, let us know. We’ll design and create it for you from scratch!

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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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Vita Liberata South Africa is very excited to announce they will be expanding their products ranges to include the Passionflower & Argan Dry Oil, Neroli & Argan Milk and Tystal Mineral products ranges. Products will be available from November 2015. Passionflower & Argan Dry Oil Face Serum SPF 30 Price: (30ml) R695.00

What is it?

Highly concentrated, ultra-hydrating, non-greasy broad spectrum SPF 30 Dry Oil Serum for face

Magic Properties:

• Broad spectrum SPF for protection against UVA and UVB rays • Antioxidants that fight free radical damage and photoaging • Lightweight silky smooth formula

Beauty Benefits:

• Leaves face and décolleté soft, smooth and conditioned • Protects and repairs skin • Moisturises without a greasy finish

Amazing Extracts:

• Passionflower to repair dry and damaged skin • Argan Oil to repair skin with anti-oxidants that neutralize free • radical damage and fight photoaging • Argan Oil also delivers essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E • Sweet Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin E which firms skin and fights • Signs of ageing

Fact:

• Can be used daily as a facial conditioning treatment with the • added benefit of sun protection

Passionflower and Argan Dry Oil – SPF25 or SPF 50 Price: (100ml) R795.00

What is it?

• Ultra hydrating, non-greasy broad spectrum SPF Dry Oil for face, body and hair

Magic Properties:

• Broad spectrum SPF for protection against UVA and UVB rays • Antioxidants that fight free radical damage and photoaging • Lightweight silky smooth formula

Beauty Benefits:

• Leaves skin soft, smooth and conditioned • Protects and repairs skin • Moisturises without a greasy finish

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• Passionflower to repair dry and damaged skin • Argan Oil to repair skin with anti-oxidants that neutralize free • radical damage and fight photoaging

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Neroli & Argan Milk – SPF 25 or SPF 50 Price: (100ml) R795.00

What is it? • Soothing non-greasy broad spectrum SPF Milk

Magic Properties:

• Broad spectrum SPF for protection against UVA and UVB rays • Antioxidants that fight free radical damage and photoaging • Lightweight silky smooth formula

Beauty Benefits:

• Leaves skin soft, smooth and conditioned • Protects and repairs skin • Moisturises without a greasy finish

Amazing Extracts:

• Neroli Oil for anti-age skin regeneration, repair and balancing • Argan Oil to repair skin with anti-oxidants that neutralize free • radical damage and fight photoaging

Fact: • Water resistant for the easiest SPF routine

Trystal Minerals – Available in Sunkissed and Bronze Price: 99gm – R895.00

What is it?

A world-first self-tanning bronzer that offers bronzing mineral coverage and a lasting tan.

Magic Properties:

• Trystal3™ Technology combines instant pure mineral bronzing with long lasting tan results • Unique formula interacts with your moisturizer or liquid foundation base to tan the skin • Application after moisturiser will give the best result

Amazing Extracts:

• Crystal technology allows DHA to be activated from a dry crystalline form when it comes in • contact with skin • Micronized crystals reflect light to create a smooth skin finish • Ecocert Dihydroxyacetone tans the skin for a lasting radiant glow

Beauty Benefits:

• Sheer, lightweight, flawless coverage • Natural instant bronzing • Radiant lasting tan • Soft, smooth, healthy looking skin • Oil-free formula

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