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May 2016

Moroccan Vegan feast Wedding Photography Stay away from “pretty”

Metallics shine for 2016


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Venue: Tzaneen Country Lodge

3 Colour me playful 4

The biggest secret of all

4 Internet disaster 5

Moroccan vegan wedding feast


Tzaneen Country Lodge offers multiple choices

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7 Pretty flowers 8 Metallics shine for 2016 9 Wedding checklist 10


Wedding Photographer: A rite of passage

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Despite the fact that we don’t know where the last year has gone, we are super excited for all of the wedding trends we expect to see next year. Overall, these trends tell us that couples are deeply invested in creating a personalized event that also allow them to show their appreciation to friends and family. No longer are most couples interested in hosting a spectacle, rather they just want a wedding that is special. Trends have moved from the formal to fun with masks, games and lots of laughter at reception time. Metallic is in from shimmery gowns or shoes to metallic coloured tableware and rose gold spray-painted flowers. First up is to find a wedding venue. There are countless venues in Limpopo’s Lowveld area; as well as further afield. Award winning Tzaneen Country Lodge is the benchmark for wedding venues in the Tzaneen area. It’s almost de rigueur to not only have a venue that can accommodate anything from 30 to 500 guests, but also a chapel as well as overnight accommodation for the bridal couple and their entourage. A boutique hotel outside Haenertsburg is due to build a chapel to complement its existing suites and wedding area. Cheerio Gardens, with all its

features and stunning gardens, remains a romantic favourite. Most established venues have a cordial working relationship with event planners, décor hirers, caterers, florists and photographers. Some also have in-house spas, hairdressers and make-up artists. There are several reputable dressma-kers in Tzaneen. A dressmaker who specializes in wedding gowns, Ms Louise Swart, says she likes to start on a bridal gown five months before the wedding. Invest money in a reputable photographer. Good photographs are forever. They will remind you of the happiest day of your life when you took the most care to look and feel your best for your spouse. The trend around bridal bouquets is noteworthy. It’s no longer trendy to toss the entire bridal bouquet at the waiting single lady guests. The trend is to throw a single stemmed flower. Thereafter the bride gives the entire bouquet to the catcher. There’s also the sensible arm bracelet that’s trending to replace the bridal bouquet. Traditional tiered cakes with a bit of metallic embellishment are in with cupcakes on skid row. In line with a more compassionate world, Ms Lynn Nicholson from Spain prepared an exclusive Moroccan vegan wedding feast. Turn over to page 5 for the detail. Enjoy!

—Sue Ettmayr

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biggest secret of all The most secretive part of a wedding is the bride’s dress. Classic white or ivory gowns, and often strapless, have stood the test of time and aren’t going the way of puffy sleeves anytime soon. As long as the gown is figure flattering and the bride feels great in it, then the look has been achieved. This autumn and winter, it’s all about elegant neutral details and a hint of metallic with sparkles and sequins. Ostrich feather skirts or ostrich embellishments are in fashion. However a dress doesn’t need lots of embellishments to truly stand out when a classic style can complement the bride in the best way possible. Bateau necklines are in with sophisticated silhouettes but a sexy fit. Alternatively a deep-V bodice adds just the right wow factor. It’s not as innocent as a sweetheart neckline, but not as sexy as a plunging one.

Blush tones, in shades of pink and rose, are trending. So are subtle tones of taupe, nude and silver. At the recent European fashion show a tulle wedding gown had a nude underlay for a warm effect, while a strapless gown had cool tones of silver that gave the gown an almost-bluish glow. Other colours seen on the international runway were copper threading and a soft grey wash. Trending too is to show off just a sliver of skin at the waistline on the day. The effect is a combination of casual and chic. One type of lace is no longer trending and the latest is to layer, for example, Chantilly lace on top of embroidered tulle and Swiss dot lace for texture and detail. Brides are advised not to buy gowns off the internet. Although cheaper than employing a dressmaker, these outfits rarely guarantee a figure-hugging fit.

—Sue Ettmayr

Internet disaster! As with much else, the world wide web has ensnared the new generation of brides with promises of a one stop bargain shop for those amazing designer dresses. Take heed, however, for you might just get what you paid for.


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Moroccan vegan wedding feast The Moroccan tradition is to start a meal with a selection of cooked vegetables: Baked aubergine stuffed with roasted pistachios, mint and pomegranates Carrots cooked in fresh orange and wrapped in filo. Mixed spicy aubergine and red onion wrapped in filo. Hummus wrapped in filo. A stuffed medjool date, traditionally served at special occasions, stuffed with a medley of nuts and vegetables. All are served with a mint and lemon dip.


A three layer lemon, mint and pistachio cake, rolled in toasted almonds and pistachio divided by a fresh caramelized fig all in a basket of chocolate.


Tagine cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with sweet pepper, carrot, almonds, apricots, apple, courgettes and red onion. On top are chargrilled carrots cooked in pomegranate juice and black pepper. This is topped with a selection of micro leaves. Couscous served with chargrilled vegetables, sprouting seeds, fresh pomegranate, toasted almonds, pistachio nuts, golden sultanas and orange water.



Vegan chef and writer, Ms Lynn Nicholson, is on contract in Letsitele as chef to the Vervet Monkey Foundation. The Bulletin asked her to prepare a vegan wedding feast. In line with the metallic trend, Nicholson chose Moroccan because there’s nothing quite as colourful as that country’s cuisine.

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Tzaneen Country Lodge offers multiple choices

Tzaneen Country Lodge at Tarennominational. The only wall hangtaalrand has been awarded the ing, a cross embedded with muted RMB diamond for the best wedding coloured glass squares, can be venue in Limpopo. Owner Ms Adri taken down. There’s also an open Kruger says she and the staff pride One of the most exclusive themselves on impeccable service and attention to detail. venues in South Africa. The Lodge has many choices, comThe Establishments has binations and price ranges. Plans are rightfully won a major underway for an intimate venue for thirty at the Lodge’s Mangela Farm award. amongst the domestic animals. Awarded The romantic chapel, with stained air gazebo with a function room Best Wedding glass windows, built for Kruger by overlooking a natural dam. The Venue in Limpopo nearby farm with blesbok, giraffe her late husband, Faan, is inter-de-

and zebra is suitable for bush weddings. The auditorium can cater for up to 500 and the function hall can accommodate 300. Kruger completed a Merle Whale course in Sandton giving her the expertise to handle small to large weddings. She teaches her staff and sees that the bridal couple gets value for money and then some. When the bride comes to the Lodge initially, Kruger gives her an information pack with the cost and suggests ideas for the menu. The bride gets a list of all preferred suppliers. There are also spa packages for the bride and mother of the bride a week before the wedding. Make-up trial runs are done at the Earth Spa and there’s also an in-house hairdresser. The bridal couple gets a complimentary honeymoon suite with a special gift. There’s also a small plate with snacks as bridal couples seldom eat at their own wedding. The couple is further spoilt with flowers, chocolates and champagne. The bath is filled with flowers and only hot water needs to be added. There are fluffy gowns on the bed and luxurious slippers to slip into next to the bed. The couple can enjoy breakfast in bed or join their families. Working closely with Kruger is Events Coordinator Ms Lorraine Ntimane, Accommodations Manager Ms Cecelia Saunders and newly joined Ms Alet Fourie. Kruger recalls their most expensive wedding. The bridal couple flew in their own French champagne. Caviar, amongst other exotic delicacies, was served and the couple had a traditional African wedding with a marimba band and dancers in leopard skins.

—Sue Ettmayr


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‘Freshly gathered from the garden’ look is a definite trend for 2016



The large and magnificent indigenous white King Protea is trending for autumn and winter with ivory gowns. Other fashionable indigenous flowers are the Anthurium in orange, pink and red tones and the dramatic Strelitzia. There are two species of Strelitzia, the orange-coloured variety and the vibrant yellow Mandela Gold. The indigenous flowers trending for the Spring/Summer season are the Barberton Daisy which comes in fiery orange, bold yellow, white, pink and red. The three superb Heliconia varieties are also trending for summer. The Gladiolus, Gladiolus with its frilled flowers in many colours, remains a firm favourite as does the heavily scented Frangipani with its waxy-looking flowers in various colours. Undergoing a revival in Tzaneen for summer are Carnations and Chrysanthemum. Both come in a variety Chrysanthemum of colours. The perennial favourites, available throughout the year, are Orchids in many colours, roses with over

100 species covering the entire colour spectrum and lilies including the heavily scented white St Joseph’s Lily and the yellow or orange Tiger Lily. African weddings stick to the traditional colours of orange, yellow and cerise pink. Blue-grey Penny Gum is trending as filler for floral arrangements with white Baby’s Breath and white Michaelmas Daisies still firm favourites. The trend for bouquets is away from the tightly bunched balls and the bouquet shapes have a ‘freshly gathered from the garden’ look that stretches out horizontally. Metallic is seeping in to Tzaneen and floral containers are seen in metallic gold, copper, bronze, dark blue and dark green. Leaves are being spray painted in metallic colours and succulents, like the Desert Rose, are extremely effective when given a metallic spray paint.

—Sue Ettmayr


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The Zen Spa and Rasul at Fairview has soon proved to be a very popular choice amongst brides, bridal parties and couples who seek relaxation. What better way to prepare for that special day? The bridal couple will also be entitled to the honeymoon suite on their wedding night - included in the wedding package.

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wedding at Fairview Hotel, where we offer a complete package to the prospective wedding couple. Say your vows in the stylish thatched wedding chapel, which is situated in a beautiful subtropical country garden.

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Metallics. From decadent gold to sumptuous silver to a reserved bronze, incorporating shine brings a warmth and regality to wedding décor that can’t be achieved any other way.

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Your wedding day will sparkle and shine with metallics, the in-accent colour for 2016 autumn/ winter weddings. Metallics are versatile and can be elegant, whimsical, ethereal or very natural. Warm tones like rose gold, brushed bronze and gleaming copper are the most requested metallic shades for this year with silver and platinum metallics on the wane. The favourite is rose gold from rings to table linens. Glitzy gold will pop out room décor and copper lanterns will bring a dreamy atmosphere into an outdoor reception or a rustic tablescape. The trend is also showing up on stamped and foil-pressed lettering and in shimmery papers. The metallics set of almost any other colour the bride chooses. Some metallic ideas are to choose bridesmaids’ dresses that sparkle, wear shoes in a shiny metallic, carry a sequin clutch, consider a manicure that glitters or give watches as groomsmen gifts. Metallic ideas for food and décor are to accent the cake with metallic flourishes, use serving pieces that complement the scheme, add sparkly toppers to desserts and drape tables or chair backs with shimmering fabrics. —Sue Ettmayr


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Wedding Checklist 10 to 12 Months Out Set date/time Announce wedding Engagement party Wedding type (formal/informal) Choose colors Set budget Start guest list Reserve reception site Choose the following: Bridesmaids Groomsmen Ushers/ringbearer/flower girl Wedding officiant

Videographer Wedding cake (test sample) Wedding night accommodation Begin making wedding favors or Purchase wedding favors Send save the date announcements Reserve rental equipment Finalize guest list Register for gifts Order stationery Purchase wedding rings Plan honeymoon Renew passports

8 to 10 Months Out Order wedding dress Dress accessories Bridesmaids dresses Book the following: Caterers (test food) Florist Musicians/DJ Photographer

4 to 8 Months Out Mail wedding invitations Set menu with caterer Plan with photographer Plan with videographer Plan with wedding officiant Write vows Bridal showers Schedule wedding rehearsal

Marriage license requirements Groomsmen attire Make music selections One Month Out Apply for marriage license Antenuptial contract Final dress fitting adjustments Confirm with: Cake baker Caterer Florist Hotels Musicians/DJ Officiant Photographer Transportation Videographer Book hairstylist Create wedding program Follow-up with non-RSVP’s Check status of budget Room reservations for out-oftowners

One to Two Weeks Out Arrange seating plan Create seating place cards Establish final head count Head count to caterer Write toasts Pickup wedding dress Pickup tuxes Practice walking in wedding shoes Give travel plans to family member Purchase sign-in book for guests Pack for honeymoon Review details with wedding party One to Two Days Out Assign responsibilities (corsages, greeting, etc) Confirm transportation Manicure/Pedicure (relax) Meet with out-of-town guests Rehearse ceremony Guest list provided to ushers “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” - Janos Arany

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Nestled at the mouth of the third largest canyon in the world, in an amphitheatre of rock, powering up towards the heavens, lush riverine forest caressed by crystal waters, a select symphony of natures creatures as witness, this is Moholoholo Ya Mati, “By the Water”.

Situated on the banks, and at the mouth of the Blyde River Canyon, surrounded by the mighty Drakensberg Mountains in the Lowveld of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Visit this magical venue and let us ease you through the best day of your lives. Experience a kaleidoscope of textures and materials in our rock and thatch chalets, chapel and restaurant. Seductively placed within this paradise is a white marquee tent for slightly larger receptions. Through this myriad of architectural delight, flows beautiful green lawns on fertile soils, interspersed with massive, age old, majestic Jackalberry trees and friends. Natural, and designed gardens mixed with indigenous flora, spiced in between with an exotic, weave their way in and around structures, moulding a perfect backdrop for any dream wedding day. Photo’s can be taken on a game drive vehicle, near a termite mound or acacia trees, with a variety of animals, making unique opportunities and memories of a wedding in Africa. Our well trained staff will see to your every need from beginning to end. Food to fill and service to match of highest quality. No task too big or too small, leaving you with

a relaxing, stress free day to remember. Extra accommodation can easily be arranged for family and friends in either our own or nearby lodges or bed and breakfasts of your choice. Let us be of service to you, share your experience of a magic destination wedding with us. For assistance with you destination, Moholoholo Ya Mati, Wedding in Africa, contact Marisa at our head office.

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Wedding Photographer: A rite of passage Wedding photography is an art. It is a branch of the photographic genre that requires more than fancy equipment, a pretty website and an eye catching social media page. With the advent of the digital age, and in particular the rise of digital cameras and powerful editing software, photography has lost something special — photography, has lost its soul. It has become an instant business to many looking for a second income because “it’s easy money” and “have you seen what those wedding photographers make in a week?” There is a reason these photographers charge as much as they do, and there are many published articles lambasting the industry — written by frustrated professionals in an attempt to discourage the hiring of amateurs to cover your big day. But, let’s face it, you know all that already So instead of filling this page with the unlimited dangers you face should you decide to employ an amateur based purely on price, this article will be directed at the photographers. As the adage goes: “if you can’t beat them, join them”; and so this will be a professional’s endeavour to try and change the level of service couples receive, rather than persuade them to look past a fancy Facebook page. What it means to be a wedding photographer The wedding day is nothing short of a chaotic vortex of emotions. The bride-to-be has planned this day in her mind since the first day that pair of heels wrapped snugly around her ankles and the obsession with romance manifested as graffiti on her pencil case. Mothers have spoken of the perfect day for as long as she can remember and fathers have told their sons about the great “ball and chain” they will one day search so fervently after. So in summary, it’s a huge, intimate and stressful occasion. To put it mildly. You, as the photographer, were not employed by the couple to stand at a distance and take pretty pictures


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of them and farcify them during post production — heck they do that themselves every day on Instagram and Snap Chat. On this day, you are not an employee, you are a very special guest. In fact you are the most important guest — bar the bridal pair, of course — and will spend the day right in the middle of that vortex. You will be closer to the bride and groom than anyone else, capturing every emotion, every smile, every tear and every other moment the other guests will miss. You are the only one they look to for guidance on their wedding day and in fact the entire procession is planned around your word. What the photographer decides is final, and every person in attendance, even the pastor and master of ceremonies, will comply. You need to become their focus The trick to being a successful wedding photographer lies in being likeable. People trust people they like, so when you arrive at the venue introduce yourself and smile, break the ice with a corny joke and make the bridesmaids giggle. Look as though you are genuinely happy for the couple, ask to see the ring and compliment her on her choice of dress. Put on some music and if they’re drinking a bottle of bubbly to calm the nerves while having their makeup done, offer to fill the bride’s glass. Be charming and help them relax. Once you’ve achieved this, you will have won the confidence of not only the bride, but that of her entire entourage. The day will be a breeze and the images you capture will be nothing short of absolutely memorable.

“She never looked pretty, she looked like art — art was never meant to be pretty, it was meant to make you feel something.” Stay away from pretty “She never looked pretty, she looked like art — art was never meant to be pretty, it was meant to make

you feel something.” Stop trying to make the couple pose in awkward positions or setup scenes where the bride shows the girls her ring and they act surprised, or the groom serenades his bride with a worn out 12-string. You know which particular images I am referring to, because most amateur photographers have spent countless hours on Pinterest looking at exactly those (insert wink emoticon). Capture the real moments — instead of focusing on the bride walking down the aisle, capture the tears rolling down the groom’s face as she approaches and he sees her for the first time. Look for the sheepish grins or the flirty eye contact as they stand before the alter not hearing a single word the preacher throws at them. The point is that “pretty” is not an universal idea and everyone has a different impression of what a good photograph should look like. The best photographs are the ones that bring a smile to the face of the couple when they page through their album years after their honeymoon. That is ultimately why they employed you and that should be your only objective. Keep it simple, in focus and as natural as possible. When the day is done, your creativity will be the only impression either of you leave behind, so make it a lasting one.

— Joe Dreyer

The countdown begins Everything’s in place for your big day and there’s still a week to go. This is the time for relaxation, reflection and making sure that all the bridal bits and pieces are in place. Take time out and treat yourself to a massage or a spa. Your chief bridesmaid plays an important role here and she should smooth over any last minute problems. Here’s what one bridesmaid did for a bride. Early one morning, she visited Ms Una van Wyngaardt of Camelia Florist. The outer leaves of the white roses in the bridal bouquet had turned brown. With surgical precision and steady hands the florist picked out the damaged petals. One by one, she gently curved her finger around the petal and nipped it off. When done, the bridal bouquet was restored to its white glory. This is one of the reasons why many florists only hand over the bridal bouquet shortly before the bride walks down the aisle. The bride’s hairdresser has had her trial run a month before the wedding. Of some forty registered hairdressers in Tzaneen, only a handful is prepared to get involved in weddings. Ms Ilana Botha from Hair by Corné specializes in hairstyles for weddings. She says that up styles are very much in vogue. Botha travels to the venue to do the bride’s hair and that of her entourage. The bride will have chosen her hair adornments and there’s a wide choice available at jewellery shops and at Hair by Corné. Making

a comeback are hair pins with bling accents. The bride’s choice of jewellery all depends on the wedding gown. Diamonds and pearls set in rose gold remain firm bridal favourites. Ms Jolene Kleynhans at Joli Miao specializes in silver jewellery. She made this unusual copper and silver wedding ring which included engraving the couple’s initials. Trending is the colour co-ordination between bride and groom. Here the groom matched his tie with his bride’s fiery orange bouquet.

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—Sue Ettmayr

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