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honeymoon & wedding guide



Editors Note...

There a few times in a person’s life, when we are able to take our dreams and create them into reality. Times when the silken threads of the tapestry of our fantasies from child and adulthood join together into one perfect creation! One perfect day, that is moulded by landscapes, fabrics, music, paper, food, wines, flowers, friends and beauty. This is a time to be indulgent, but not trivial, a time to make promises, share love and become united. This is your Wedding day!

The Brides Essence Travel Honeymoon & Wedding Guide is a collection of wedding service providers, wedding venues, tourism offices, operators and honeymoon destinations to help you create the tapestry of your perfect day… We at Brides Essence are passionate about life, about God, about weddings and about offering you the perfect service to ensure that your dreams are realised and your love is celebrated!

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 Moontide Editors Note Miracle Suit Miracle Body

INSIDE FRONT COVER Dubai - Honeymoons & Weddings 1 Dubai Tourism 25 2 3 South Africa Weddings: Venues Bartholomeus Klip 27 South Africa - Honeymoons Lukimbi Game Reserve 28 The Last Word 5-8 Vaalnest Boutique Hotel 9 Cakes 29 Karongwe Portfolio 10 Tamz Originals BOOK HolidayZ 11 DJ, Sound & Lighting Travel Counsellors 12 Wenz DJ Events 30


Mozambique - Honeymoons & Weddings Mozambique Tourism 14 Rani Resorts 15

Florists Lavender Lane Florists

Marriage meander 41 Eureka 42 Le Suz 43 Stationery Wedding Invitations Gigi Bug Design Good Love Weddings Yay Me

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Decor Occasions For Candles 47 31 Them Apples 48

Favours & Gifts Bridal Wear Orange Bean Dezigns 33 With Grace Designs INSIDE BACK COVER Seychelles - Honeymoons Health & Beauty Fair Trade BACK COVER & Weddings Pamper Parties 34 The Seychelles Islands Jewellery - Seychelles Tourism 17 Young by Paris 35 travel Cover Photo Namibia - Honeymoons Gigibug handcrafted jewellery 36 honeymoon & wedding guide & Weddings supplied by Namibia Tourism Board 19 Make Up Artist Mauritius Schané Matthews 37 Pamela-Christine Feiersinger van Heerden Tourism Photography Photography 20 Promotion Kaimara Photography 38 Authority Mauritius - Honeymoons Jan Theron Photography 39 & Weddings Mauritius Tourism 22 Planning 40 Design Travel 23 From This Moment

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South Africa



Photograph courtesy 4Luke Engelbrecht

The last word in intimate


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. The Last Word Franschhoek is a hidden gem in the alluring Western Cape wine lands. Always well received by local and international guests, this intimate hotel has a light, fresh feel and an embracing welcome. 5

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. As a reminder of this memorable occasion you’ll find bespoke works of art that promise matchless exclusivity in the shop in The Last Word Constantia. High tea is another unique experience in The Last Word’s collection of memorable indulgences. Set in The Last Word Constantia’s park-like gardens, you’ll appreciate yesterday’s charm mingled with today’s magic.


It is clearly evident why The Last Word Long Beach on the sea front in Kommetjie was the judges’ favourite in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel. Apart from the picture-perfect scenery presented along Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman’s Peak Drive (the routes to Kommetjie), the hotel offers unsurpassed, uninterrupted vistas over the ocean to Hout Bay 7

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 allows you to live your story – to realise your honeymoon dreams. It’s a pioneering model, an intimate hotel that’s beyond boutique. For details phone: +27 (0) 21 794 6561 email: *The Last Word is a member of Mantis and Preferred Boutique Hotels 8

Nestled on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the Vaal Marina Resort is the four star TGSA Vaalnest Boutique Hotel. This humble residence boasts the Gauteng Emerging Tourism Enterprise of the Year award for 2010 and 2011 and there is no mistaking why! When arriving at Vaalnest Boutique Hotel at night, the well lit hotel welcomes you out of the cold. A fire crackling in the dining room has you hurrying back downstairs for a warm home cooked meal. The rooms, however, accommodate your every amenity and from warm showers, heaters, DSTV and comfortable king size beds, you are not left wanting. Vaalnest Boutique Hotel has also pledged to minimise its carbon footprint and takes care of the environment within its reach.

For Enquiries & Bookings contact: Tel: +27 (0) 16 372 1075 /


The Karongwe Portfolio is set on approximately 9000 hectares of pristine Big 5 African bush, and is a haven for those in search of a unique bush wedding. The premium four and five star lodges are built on the banks of scenic rivers, nestled in dense African bush overlooking the majestic Drakensberg escarpment.


Tel: +2711 817 5560 I Fax: +27 88 011 817 5560 Email: Websites:;; &

Book Holidayz can assist you in organising a dream wedding or honeymoon. Specialising in ZANZIBAR, MOZAMBIQUE, SEYCHELLES, MALDIVES, AFRICA, MAURITIUS, MADAGASCAR and many more… We have great honeymoon packages for everyone from the budget conscious couple to the extravagant couple. Contact us for quotes and we will send you a few options for an unforgettable Honeymoon... Tel : 011 431 4061 • Fax: 086 245 4768 E: • W: 11



Photograph Courtesy of Rani Resorts 13

Mozambique Honeymoons are just perfect... Brides get 50% off plus Honeymoon added value Let

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us make your honeymoon a dream come true.

To book your stunning honeymoon or holiday. Tel: 011 431 4067 Email:



Ox cart Wedding, courtesy of Gerard Larose, Seychelles Tourism Board 16

Photograph courtesy Lemuria Resort – Seychelles Tourism Board

The Seychelles Islands need little introduction as the perfect venue for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or just that impromptu, romantic break. For many years, just the name ‘Seychelles’ has conjured up magical images of a necklace of surreally beautiful islands, lost to the world, and Time itself, where sapphire seas conspire with silver sands and emerald palms to offer the very best in romantic experiences. Couples are attracted, not only by the extraordinary natural beauty and tranquillity of the place, but also by the remoteness of the islands. David Germain Director – Africa & The Americas Seychelles Tourist Office, Cape Town Tel: +27 (0) 21 551 5855 Mobile: +27 (0) 826945329 Fax: +27 (0) 21 551 5898. Email:

Marsha Parcou Regional Manager – Africa Seychelles High Commission, Pretoria Tel: +27 (0) 12 348 0270 Mobile: +27 (0)79 437 5693 Fax: +27 (0) 12 348 0069 Email: 17



Courtesy of Chantal Matthee & Namibia Tourism Board 18 18

Situated right on our doorstep, Namibia gives you ultimate romantic honeymoon which is easily accessible, has a wide range of activities and accommodation to suit every style. No matter the time of year, budget or type of honeymoon, Namibia offers something magical.

For further information on how to make your honeymoon to Namibia an unforgettable one, contact NTB on (011) 702 9602 / (021) 422 3298 email / 19 Follow us on and

Photography Pamela-Christine Feiersinger-van Heerden

Pamela & Ingram van Heerden Photographers are Namibian based professional photographers with the sole purpose to provide high quality photos that could be treasured for ever. We always strive to better ourselves with every photo, carefully considering the wrongs and rights. So, for us, taking photos is not just a job. It’s a chance to get to know you, witness your happiness, growth, success or grief and record them as your valuable memories on the photos that touch more than your heart. We are experienced photographers with a real passion for photography. an eye for detail and the desire to capture the best of everyone and everything through the lens of our cameras. Our aim is to portray and preserve those precious memories for you through photographs. We specialize in all forms of “people” photography, Babies, Children, Family and Weddings. Cell: +264 81 332 75 95 or +264 85 332 75 95 website: 20E-Mail: or


21 Photograph taken at the Sands Resort Mauritius, courtesy of Design Travel

Mauritius has over the years been the backdrop against which many a couple has fallen in love, declared their love, fostered love and celebrated love. The picture perfect white beaches, divine accommodation options and variety of activities ensure that there are honeymoon options to meet the needs of every couple. South African tour operators have mastered the art of compiling honeymoon packages and should you decide to tie the knot on the island too, they will ensure that Mauritius delivers nothing but magic!

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Take the stress out of your wedding arrangements and allow Design Travel to arrange your perfect Destination Wedding. We offer every client our personal attention and guaranteed service excellence by going the extra mile. With Ground Handlers and wedding co-coordinators at hand, we look forward to designing a unique and unforgettable day. At Design Travel we also pride ourselves on our product knowledge and relationships that have been successfully built and nurtured over the years - Why not let us make your honeymoon as special and unique as your wedding day?

Contact details: [t] +27 11 5042844 • [m] +27 82 562 6195 • [f] +27 86 512 5214 [e] • [e] 23




South Africa


Photograph courtesy of Photo’s by Luke 26


Email: / Lukimbi Safari Lodge: Idube Game Reserve: Tel: +27 11 431-1120 / Fax: +27 11 431-3597 P.O.Box 2167, Northcliff, 2115, South Africa


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Every occasion is made spectacular with Tamz delicious and creative cakes, she also does small cakes and cupcakes. Decadent finishes include Belgian chocolate, fondant creations in a myriad of colours and modelling chocolate; delicate handmade chocolate roses or exquisite meringue frosting.Try Tamz dreamy creamy ganache’s made with Belgian chocolate or delectable buttercream. All made to order for your special day. • Cell: 079 516 1911 29




Any event in one’s life can be celebrated with flowers. At Lavender Lane Florists, our local and internationally trained florists have over 40 year’s combined experience, they always stay up to date with the latest floral trends and travel regularly overseas to bring back unique design ideas. Let our designers turn your arrangements into masterpieces. 071 383 0670 31



Tel: +2711 706 5541 I Fax: +2711 706 5620 Email: Web:

Orange Bean Dezigns offers unique gifts and wedding favours from exclusive brands like Andy C, Chogan, Magisso and Heaven on Heels. Our upmarket collection includes designer gifts and homeware, award-winning cake servers and teacups, trendy cellphone chains/handbag accessories and novel stiletto cuffs. We pride ourselves on quality products and exceptional service to make your gifting experience easy, stress-free and always on time. Please contact us or visit our website for more information and ideas 33

Health & Beauty

PAMPER PARTIES We are qualified massage therapists, manicurists and pedicurists who will come to your pamper / bachelorette party and treat you and your girlfriends to a massage of your choice, a manicure and a pedicure. We operate in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg to groups of no more than 10.

Contact Mel on 072 455 7117 or email:


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Young By Paris appeals to all ages and can cater for every occasion, whether it’s morning, noon or an evening out. It’s suitable for anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd!! We have a wide range of unique ECO friendly assorted bags, fragrances, watches, Jewellery and cosmetics. JHB: +27 76 788 0848

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For all your unique handcrafted jewellery

The Gigibug range is perfect for Christmas, birthday and bridesmaid gifts. I only use the most beautiful freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, gem stones, crystal and glass beads in my designs. Necklaces • Bracelets • Watches • Book marks Earrings • Handbag Charms • Keyrings Jewellery workshops available, learn to make your own, email for more info Vashti Derrick l 011 450 1362 l 082 822 6022 l 36 36

Make Up

Schané Matthews has always dreamt of being a Make-up Artist and today she pursues her dream. She did her Make-up Artistry training through The Make-up School in Rivonia under Joy Terri. Schané Matthews is also the preferred Makeup Artist for Brides Essence Magazine fashion shoots. Schané Matthews says, “Weddings have fascinated me as long as I can remember, the whole dressing up like a princess, the make-up, the hair … That’s what I do make every bride look like a princess on her special day.” Schané Matthews is based in Alberton but travels throughout the Gauteng region. “Makeup Artistry is my passion, you can trust with confidence that I will make you feel and look like the most beautiful, glamorous and striking bride on your special day.” Email me to schedule a trial and book your make up for your special day. My Contact Details are:Cell no: 083 997-2213 37

At Kaimara we leave the creative choices to you and your partner. We have a “no-fuss” and “no rules” approach to wedding photography. With us, there is no limit. You have complete creative freedom. We do our best to portray how you decide you want to capture the start of your greatest adventure. Marriage is not for the faint-hearted and we strive to give you something to look back on when the going gets tough ;). We shoot from breakfast until the fat lady sings and we have the confidence to know we can make the memory of your special day as bright as the day itself. Bottom-line: With us, you have complete control over your wedding photos; when, where, how and for how long you want it. We’re a ‘onestop-shop’ for photography, wedding videos and photo-booths.

Lésa van Rooyen +27 82 441 4395 Pieter Uys +2782 448 9662 Email: Website: 38

As one of Cape Town’s leading wedding photographers, Jan Theron’s unique style compliments his clients’ personalities. Weddings should be relaxed and stress-free. Jan’s work is precise and is balanced by a well-developed sense of fun. He is dedicated to capturing the actual moments, ambience, happiness, essence and sense of hope and fun for tomorrow’s memories and generations to come. Jan received his degree in Arts and Photography from Stellenbosch University and has crafted a reputation for reliability, creativity and flexibility as one of the top award winning photographers in the industry. Jan has covered over 1000 weddings in South Africa, United Kingdom and Greece.

Tel: 021 976 4695 l Cell: 083 230 4797 l 39

From This Moment is a leading wedding planning company in Gauteng, effortlessly blending exceptional professional services and a very personal touch to give you a beautifully crafted and unique wedding experience. From the moment you meet with your coordinator you benefit from expert coordination, fabulous advice and inspired ideas – until your wedding day breathes elegance, style, and perfection.

c: +2774 961 9861 I t: +2711 615 4623 e: w: or 40

When embarking on your wedding planning Journey, it can be a daunting road ahead and the Marriage Meander is here to ensure that the journey is a smooth one. A marriage is about bringing two people together, the Marriage Meander is about bringing the right people together in order to ensure those two people can attain their goal of a fabulous wedding, setting them off in the right direction for their marriage. It is about networking, connecting the dots and ensuring the perfect match. This is done through the variety of Marriage Meander products and events, trend based and updated constantly. The Marriage Meander Collection of Books, our annual publication, are found through select wedding venues and design studios and is also available online at The Marriage Meander events include Marriage Meander Journeys (leisurely coach trips transporting you to select wedding venues and introducing you to professional wedding suppliers along the way) and Wedding Planning Therapy (not for the insane, purely to assist with listening, hearing, understanding your needs and getting you back on track with your wedding planning by putting you in touch with the right people). The Marriage Meander Website is updated constantly with wedding suppliers and venues together with useful dates, features and promotions. Let your Journey begin‌.. Gauteng: Nici Bailes 011 469 5494 or 083 267 2946 KwaZulu Natal: Nikki Sinclair 083 369 4748


As your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, you want it to be perfect....AND....planning the event can be overwhelming... Euruka Events will be involved with finding the right venue for your event, planning the occasion to the letter T, provide the best catering available, coordinate the big day and personally oversee the arrangements of your wedding insuring perfection, harmony and an overall enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Euruka Event Design will also assist you to do all of this... AND... to suit your budget and needs. Euruka Event Design is passionate about what we do and promise that your wedding or event will speak of style and elegance - a stress-free experience handled on a personal basis. Planning, Design, Co-ordination, Catering, Hiring and Gifting




Gigibug, designs hand-made wedding stationery unique to each brides personal wedding theme. Brides can choose from a range of different envelopes and paper. Every bride has her own idea of what her heart desires for her wedding and Gigibug can help make that dream a reality. For more infomation and personalised quotes according to your specific budget. Email: Wedding invites Save the date Thank you notes Order of Services Menus Place cards


W: I E: C: +2782 822 6022 I T: +2711 450 1362

GoodLove Weddings creates personalized wedding stationery to match the theme of your big day, from ‘Save The Dates’ to ‘Thank You Tags’. Give your guests some insight to what they can expect from your wedding celebration. Let us capture the love, romance and excitement with our unique approach to wedding stationery.







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