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s 2016 draws to a close, I hope it’s been a good one. If you are one of the luckiest girls in the world planning your wedding at the moment, I know you are going to find loads of great advice and ideas right here in our beautiful magazine.

Planning a wedding can be very daunting; however, if you are armed with knowledge, it will make this task achievable. We cover all the aspects you need to consider to plan your day, from who to go to find the perfect gown and for your guy too, there are options for him to look as great as you by getting his own bespoke suit made by professionals. We have some of the best venues in the country for you to consider, click through to their websites in our easy to page magazine to get more info. We bring you the latest trends in décor, flower options and bouquets. Be sure to read the articles to get even more ideas on bouquets, 5 stunning cake ideas, stationery ideas and advice. We even have an article on how to allocate your time effectively for your photography, a honeymoon spot you can only dream of and last but not least, we feature some really stunning real weddings for you to draw inspiration from.

Wedding Collection Magazine wants to wish you a very merry festive season and a very happy new year! Let’s remember what this season is all about, that God came down from heaven in the flesh, as the man Jesus Christ to set us free as we trust in Him. Please let us know what you think of our magazine, send me and e-mail to and please go like our facebook page at and follow us on twitter at @weddingmagz on Instagram at @wedding_collection_mag and on pinterest at for more inspiration as you plan your wedding day!! As always, lots of Love, Maggie This issue was lovingly designed by Monja of Deerly Studio




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MODERN BOUQUETS Bouquets can range from trendy to classic and even incorporate non-blooming aspects like feathers or succulents.

The best way to approach selecting your bouquet is to discuss your ideas with your florist or décor artist who will guide you in the right direction. The most important things to consider is your wedding colour scheme or theme, and what season your saying your “I do’s” in as not all flowers are in bloom in some of the seasons. Bouquets can range from trendy to classic and even incorporate non-blooming aspects like feathers or succulents. Succulents can be planted out again after the wedding day as a constant reminder of you beautiful day.

Be daring and dream up your very own bridal bouquet, try something new, your florist will reign you in if you go too far!! There is no wrong way to create a modern bouquet, and as always our advice is to with your gut instinct.

Roses are the ultimate romantic flower, and create an elegant look. With the enormous selection of colours, you don’t need to worry about finding the right shade, and even mixing different shades of one colour creates a “bursting out from the clutch” look! Add plenty of greenery, asymmetrical or cascading shapes for a dramatic look. Brides who have access to heirloom brooches can mount the brooch in the bouquet or the brooch can be pinned to the bouquet wrap. In the past the most popular choice was to create smaller, versions of the bridal bouquet, but unfortunately it is also the most boring. Today, modern brides are choosing flowers of complementing or even contrasting shades to the bridal bouquet. Toss out all the old ideas, and experiment with different flowers and shades for each bridesmaid. Just keep in mind you will be standing next to your bridesmaids for photo’s so be sure the look works together.

Add special elements such as feathers to make your bouquet come to life.


HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT! 5 awesome cake ideas that you can use on your special day.

BE INSPIRED Take inspiration from almost anything you love, for your wedding cake design. Whether it’s your love of birds, trees, raspberries or even cheese. Find a cake designer who is creative enough to build on your ideas and make something really original for your special day.

CUPCAKES Cupcakes have become a very appealing option for various reasons. Firstly, you can make them so very pretty, stacking them gives the impression of a unusually tall cake, have them baked in different flavours for a variety of tastes , they are much easier to transport than your traditional cake, they are so easy to pop into your mouth and the biggest plus is that they are more affordable. If you are worried about how you would possibly include the ceremonial “cutting of the cake”, a small cake on the very top is how you will include this very important part of your wedding.


Make a statement with a multiple tiered elegant cake. These classic cakes can be baked with different flavours for each tear. This cake is decorated with ruffles around the bottom, adorned with intricate flowers and edible metallic buttons and bows.


Pick anything you want and have it illustrated on your cake. As a suggestion, have the design you used on your invitations illustrated on your cake. Let your imagination run wild as you decide how to truly personalise your unique cake. It can be something you both love, like a bicycle or the first flower he ever gave you. Have fun deciding!


One of the most poplar at most weddings is cakes adorned with flowers, whether they are edible or fresh. Fresh flowers cost alot less than sugar flowers, which makes it a cost-effective way to upgrade your wedding without breaking the bank. Choose flowers that completment your wedding theme and top the cake with them or scatter them around the base for a awe-inspiring finishing touch.

Health & Beauty Preparing your beautiful self for your wedding day takes some discipline, but as it is with all discipline, it’s hard, but oh so worth it!! We all know the things we should and should not do, but we will make mention of them again: Never go to bed with your make-up on. Never skip applying sunscreen. Wash your face twice daily (and all the things that touch your face, like your hands and your cell phone) Give your brows the attention they need, nothing ages you more than ungroomed brows, Drink more water than you think you can handle. Skip the coffee and alcohol. If you need to lose a few kilos, you should be cutting total kilojoule intake, and don’t eat fake food. Don’t expect unrealistic results – it didn’t take you two weeks for you to pick up the extra kilos, so it cannot take two weeks to reach your goal weight. A goal weight loss of 500g to 1kg a week is safe, healthy and sustainable, start as soon as you get engaged.

Finding the perfect look for your wedding make up is entirely up to you. Our advice is to stay true to yourself and to stick to the make-up style that works for you, There is no wrong or right, If you love the over the top look, or if you prefer subtle with a hint of colour, it all up to you!! A word of advice is that you don’t experiment with your look a week before the wedding, if you want to try something completely different to your usual look, have a few trials before your wedding day. Here are some tips to help you decide: To achieve a beautiful berry look, try subtle lined lids and soft blushed cheeks with a deep coloured lip. This look works well with a bohemian styled gown. For a gorgeous gold eye, add a waterproof cream shadow over the corner of your eyes and blend a brown eye shadow over the eyelid and along the lower lash line. This look is best finished with a pink or mauve lipstick. Looking for an ethereal look, top your eyes with a

shimmery brown shadow and a champagne colour in the inner “V” corner of your eyes. Smoky eye adds drama. Add drama to your natural make-up by lining your eyes on the top and bottom by adding black shadow to your lids for a smouldering, smoky effect. If this is the look you want to achieve, add a bit of black shadow to your lid for a sexy look. Be sure to add bronzer and a swipe of nude gloss to your lips to complete this look. Apply peach blush over the apples of your cheeks and finish off with a dusty rose lipstick. Use earth tones everywhere but on your lips to achieve a minimalistic, classic look. To create a monochromatic effect, use bronze shades on your eyes, cheeks and lips. If bronze is not your shade, don’t be afraid to use a dusty rose colour on your lids and cheeks.


Brown smoky eye’s always creates a dramatic look, use an earth tone palette to build a beautiful, gradated smoky eye. Complete the look with universally flattering apricot blush and a clear gloss on your lips. Are you getting married outdoors? You have to keep the natural look. Try an overall lighter look by keeping your eyeliner more intense along the outer corner of the eye. Add a subtle light pink cheek and a soft yet bright pink on your lip. You know you’re not going to sleep a wink the night before your wedding, so plan ahead and ask your make-up artist to experiment with this look. To create a well-rested look, apply white liner to your lids and blend until there is just a subtle hint left. Trace your top lash line with black liner and apply a peach cream blush to your cheeks and lips. Charcoal grey shades do not define the smoky look, use a jade shadow to create the same effect and use some colour in the mix. Apply peach blush and a sheer pink or orchid coloured gloss over your lips

VENUES Finding the right wedding venue should be on the top of your to-do list. Finding the right wedding venue should be on the top of your to-do list, (after the dress of course) and it will undoubtedly take the biggest chunk out of the budget, (if there is anything left after the dress, of course) so ensure you’re getting what you pay for. With so many different types of venues to choose from its best to decide what style you want for your wedding day. An indoor elegant affair or an outdoor relaxed feel, choose what suits you best and then start shopping, early, as many of the popular venues are booked up sometimes up to a year in advance.

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Call us old fashioned, or sentimental, but we still love personalised handmade wedding stationery. We believe first impressions count, and if you are looking to make yours a “wow�, this is the way to go.

Call us old fashioned, or sentimental, but we still love personalised handmade wedding stationery. We believe first impressions count, and if you are looking to make yours a “wow�, this is the way to go. We have found the latest trend in wedding stationery is the humble envelope. The inner layer is the first thing guests will see when they open your invite and the perfect place to add a fun design or your wedding date.

Another emerging trend is custom monograms or crests – try a new modern look, including elements that are meaningful to you (like your dogs or parrot). Use this monogram on everything from your wedding invitations to your napkins or even table runners. We also love calligraphy and hand lettering for that personal touch. Do your research and decide what represents you as a couple best!

HOW TO GET THE PICTURES YOU WANT! It’s all about timing! There are no rehearsals, so ensure that the photographer you choose understands that you want ALL the details of ALL the events covered on your wedding day. Plan time lines with your photographer so that it is clear to all parties what is expected.

It’s all about timing! There are no rehearsals, so ensure that the photographer you choose understands that you want ALL the details of ALL the events covered on your wedding day. Plan time lines with your photographer so that it is clear to all parties what is expected. Allocate time to the following events of your day: • Getting Ready (Both groom and bride and your entourages ) • The Ceremony (Before guests arrive, of the final look of your chapel, most importantly; your walk down the aisle) • The Reception (Before guests arrive, the final look of your tables, cake etc.) • The Family Pics (Select an area in advance where you would like to have these taken and designate someone to get everybody together) • Alone Time Pics of the Groom and Bride (Select a stunning setting close by for these) • Wedding Party Pics with your new spouse (make these as much fun as possible) • The Party Reception (allocate the longest time for this event)

GETTING READY (Allocate 1-2 hours)

This is a special time as usually you will be filled with excitement and nervousness which can leads to some great shots. When it is just the girls getting ready, reminiscing about the bride and groom results in some funny moments. The groom and his groomsmen getting ready is also filled with some good laughs and something you’d like to remember.

THE CEREMONY (Allocate 1-2 hours)

Ensure coverage time that includes getting all your beautiful ceremony details photographed beforehand, including the chapel and the reception area. Your photographer should also allocate some of this time to take images of the final look of the chapel prior to guests arriving as well as the reception area. Taking some pics of the final look of your tables complete with décor and cake etc. Your photographer should take images of your guest entering the chapel, a great photographer will


understand the importance of your arrival, the walk down the aisle, and the look on your grooms face is something you will cherish forever. It is also important that your photographer gets images of you exchanging vows and rings, signing of the register and of course your grand exit.

THE FAMILY PICS (Allocate 1-2 hours, depending on the amount of family members)

Select the area where the family pics are to be taken before starting the day and ensure that all parties concerned are informed. It can be so difficult to get both families together and all in one place after the ceremony, but these photos are so important because it is probably one of the few times that both your families will be all together and capturing these moments is priceless. The catch, these can take a long time!

With all the attention on the bride and groom a few images away from the crowd can help capture the love that exists between the newlyweds. Make time alone with your photographer in a picturesque environment to go off and capture some unforgettable moments. It can be in a nearby area like a park, an old barn or nearby beach.

WEDDING PARTY SHOTS (Allocate 1 hour)

Now for the fun part! With all the formal pics out of the way this is the time when you get to let loose and just enjoy time with your wedding party and your new spouse!

THE RECEPTION (Allocate 2-3 hours)

The reception is the longest portion of the coverage and will include the grand entrance, speeches, first dance, throwing of the bouquet, removing the garter and opening the dance floor to the guests. Usually 2 to 3+ hours is needed to cover everything that happens at the reception.

Rustic Romance with a Relational Twist Is having the same surname as your fiancé a good or bad thing? Well first you have to eliminate the possibility of actually being related, and this is exactly what this couple did by examining their family trees, fortunately for them there was no possibility of them being directly related as they were already falling deeply in love! Doreen and Craig met via a Christian website and it was a match made in heaven. It didn’t take long for Craig to pop the question as he knew he had found “the one”. Craig requested that Doreen dress up for a dinner at Monty Casino and Doreen was confused as she thought that Monty Casino wasn’t fancy enough to “dress up” for, but she decided to do it anyway. Seated at an amazing restaurant, Craig told her that he had a surprise for her, and she immediately thought that he was about to propose, however, he produced tickets to the Swan Lake on ice show and went on to tell her all about the show, Doreen found it quite difficult to hide her disappointment, but was impressed at all the research he did to explain what the show was about.

After the show he took Doreen for a walk around the fountains at Monte Casino, and it was here that he proposed on bended knee even though it had rained earlier and everything was still wet. Before he could even finish asking the question, Doreen squealed YES, so he asked again, and again she squealed yes. Even though this couple are complete opposites, Craig being a financial wizard with a love of politics and Doreen being a music teacher who loves the arts, these two work together to compliments each other’s short falls. One thing they both agreed on is the intimate, country venue with a huge fireplace to say their “I do’s”. Doreen said that she could imagine herself

waking down the aisle of the chapel the minute she saw it! Their main goal was for their guests to relax and have fun in the beautiful country venue they chose, and this they achieved by all the remarks made by their happy guests. Describing herself as a romantic, plain Jane, Doreen wanted to achieve this style in her wedding day, so she opted for a rustic feel with a cowgirl twist. She and her brides-maids wore cowgirl boots as she openly admits she doesn’t do “high heels” and it really worked. They had wooden ring holders engraved with their names and dates on them and all the guests names were on wooden blocks as part of the table decorations. Her choice of décor colours was lilac and sea green and she chose light purple roses and lavender with light greens in-between for her bouquet and flowers on the tables etc They also wanted the wedding to be lots of fun and of course plenty of music and dancing. To open the dance floor was quite a daunting task for Craig, who says he has two left feet, but his outgoing bride coaxed him into going for a few dance lessons to

relive the pressure, and the first dance was a great hit!

When asked about the highlights at their wedding, Craig admits that he was very moved by the beautiful heartfelt song Doreen sang especially for him at their reception, and it is something he will carry in his heart all the days of his life. Doreen says she was extremely blessed to have Elizna of E2Designs, make and design her wedding gown. She arrived with a few pics of what she thought she liked, but she actually had no idea. Elizna asked all the right questions to piece all of her dreams together to create the dress of her dreams Up until a week before the wedding day, Doreen also had no idea how she would be wearing her hair or what make-up would work best, however, she says she had the best make and hair artists who transformed her into exactly the look she wanted for her special day.

Photography by Bright Liquid Light Photography and Gown by E2 Designs

The other special thing for Craig was the surprise note sent to him down the aisle whilst he was waiting for his bride to arrive. For Doreen walking down the aisle and seeing Craig’s face was an enormous highlight. Doreen also particularly enjoyed Craig’s speech and for both of them, they were truly touched by the, personalised, handmade gift made by Doreen’s 90 year old grandfather, this gesture really made their day! As it is with most weddings some things don’t always go as planned, and in the case of this special day, there were a few things that did not go as planned. This couple took the little things that went wrong and made it into something positive, like the rain that started pouring down during their couple photo session. Even though at the time it seemed like a problem, the photographs from this momentous occasion turned out spectacularly. Don’t sweat the small stuff, just enjoy your day is the wise advice given by this couple.

Timeless elegance and sophistication worthy of a true princess This modern couple planned the perfect wedding which they will always treasure. Focusing on special elements, they created a classic and timeless wedding day.

Meeting someone on Facebook that you don’t really know, with the possibility of falling in love is quite risky; however for this modern couple, it was fait accompli! Later, after meeting face to face, Chris determinately pursued Sian for months, always treating her as a princess and his first priority and of course, they fell deeply in love. He knew he had to ask her parents blessing for her hand in marriage, so he arrived bearing gifts and a heartfelt letter for each of them. There and then planning the proposal began‌ Sian, organised a lavish 30th birthday party for Chris at a prestigious Sandton roof top hotel, and he secretly planned to make use of this special occasion to propose to Sian. On the night of the party, Chris got up to say thank you to the guests who took the time to share his special day with him, however, he asked Sian to join him upfront and he then proceeded to read a letter he had written to her, expressing his appreciated for all she had done to plan his fabulous birthday party. Unexpectedly he got down on bended knee and popped the magic question; Sian was overwhelmed with excitement and could not have been happier! Chris, being exceptional at keeping and making memories, videotape all the special moments of

their lives, like the day he decided to marry Sian, as well as the day he went ring shopping, the day he asked for her parents blessing, many of their favourite moments whilst dating and to top it all, even the proposal. This sentimental montage of memories (which he presented to her soon after the proposal) made Sian realise how incredibly thoughtful Chris was to record these amazing moments and all the effort he had put into making her feel particularly valued and deeply loved.

It was pivotal that all the elements of their wedding were classy and elegant. So their choice of flowers and decor was, as their invites, white, cream and gold. This classy couple knew exactly what they wanted in a venue to enjoy their special day and found Summer Place in Hyde Park, the quintessential pinnacle of elegance and sophistication. Timeless elegance being on the top of their list, their electronic invites had a live count down to the date of their wedding as well as pics of their engagement in Mauritius. The tone was set for their wedding with a strict black tie dress code and a hint of what was to come. The invites were designed in white,

cream and gold. It was pivotal that all the elements of their wedding were classy and elegant. So their choice of flowers and decor was, as their invites, white, cream and gold. Talk about making a grand entrance, Chris and Sian had a custom made high gloss white aisle constructed, which led to a custom made 3m high white draped structure hanging chandelier, under which they said their vows!! Sian says they only wanted the very best in the business doing their flowers and dÊcor and Splendid Wedding Company made their dreams a reality. The brief for their dÊcor was to not have any greenery anywhere, only white, cream and blush tones, not any easy feat for most, but Splendid pulled it off. They wanted lots of candles, and the light from the flames appeared to bounce off the crystal candelabras, created a spectacular atmosphere! The entire room was bursting at the seams with flowers and the glitz of the crystals and glass elements bouncing off the white room was breath-taking, exactly what they had dreamed of for their exceptional reception. Sian wanted to achieve a timeless look on her wedding day, ensuring that in time she wouldn’t

look dated, so she opted for a simple yet classy look. Pronoivas was the place to find the gown fit for a princess, and Sian selected a stunning yet sophisticated and a little sexy mermaid design gown which had a sweetheart neckline, ruched body and an exceptionally long cascading ruffled bottom of the gown and train. The look was finished off with a 4m long veil. With the emphasis being on the gown, for the rest of her style, Sian opted for a simple yet elegant swooped to the side down hair style, with her curls cascading down the side of her face and finished off with a little accent fascinator. Understated drop earrings and a bracelet finished off her look. Striking make up with extended lashes, enhanced her already beautiful face. When asked about their wedding day highlights, Sian says that she absolutely loved getting ready with her bridal “it was a truly relaxing morning”. She also says that nothing could prepare her for the emotions she felt walking down the aisle on her father’s arm towards her husband to be and their future. Another highlight was walking into

the reception area and seeing how spectacular their dream had turned out, and she adds that every vendor they had hired exceeded all of their expectations. She admits that they were worried that this elegant affair would come across as pretentious and cold; however, she says that they were overwhelmed with the warm, genuine love and appreciation from everyone who attended. Last but not least on her list of highlights, was the chart topping Majozi, who opened up their dance floor and got the party started. Sian’s word of advice to brides would be to not follow trends, as in her opinion, they always date. “Create a wedding that is indicative of your personal style, as weird or outlandish as it may be, I recommend keeping your guests entertained during the couple photo session (we had a saxophonist and a myriad of eats and drinks offered to our guests, including a custom cocktail, a table with delicious eats as well as scrumptious roaming canapes” beams this beautiful bride.

Gown – Pronovias Grooms Suit – Frank Bespoke Venue – Summerplace Photographer – Ryan Graham

Time is the longest distance between two places… Much thought and planning was put into this couples wedding day, which made it incredibly special and a very relaxed affair for the bride, groom and guests. For Victoria (Tori) and Warren, the main focus was to ensure that everyone attending would feel a part of their relationship in their own unique way. They wanted it to be exceptional and to thank everyone in a heartfelt way for being part of their lives and supporting them. This fun loving couple met when Warren drove Tori to her matric dance in a family friend’s car. Talk about making a grand entrance into someone’s life, Tori must have looked beautiful, and Warren, we’re sure, was smitten!! “Time is the longest distance between two places”. This saying is very true for this couple, as much of their relationship was spent commuting between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Finally, Warren chose

the perfect moment to ask Tori to be his wife; in the place they would call their home. As the sun was setting he got down on bended knee, what a beautiful memory to have in the very place they would start their lives and husband and wife. Victoria and Warren are both accountants, so balancing each other is the easiest thing for this couple. They both love to laugh and Tori say’s that Warren knows exactly how to say something to make her smile. “My favourite thing about us is that we have so much fun together, we love to challenge and encourage each other, and we motivate each other to pursue our passions in life and careers,” smiles Tori. As fate would have it, Tori saw Molen Vliet online, and she

instinctively knew that the venue ticked all the right boxes for her, however, they had a look at a few other venues, forgetting all about Molen Vliet. Then one day Tori received a reminder mail about the booking they had made to view it. The rest they say is history as it was love at first sight for this couple, the words they use to describe the venue is elegant and classical, exactly what they were looking for to exchange their vows to each other.

The rest they say is history as it was love at first sight for this couple, the words they use to describe the venue is elegant and classical, exactly what they were looking for to exchange their vows to each other. Tori says there was no specific theme to their day, but wanted it to be elegant and relaxed. Their main goal was for their guests feel at ease and to enjoy the evening to the fullest. Of course she wanted it to be beautiful and elegant. Tori knew she wanted white flowers as part of her décor, and in particular hydrangeas and tulips which she loves, so she opted for gold, green and other neutral tones as well. She cleverly left the details to a wedding planner who she admits found the most exceptional florists and décor

teams. These talented teams put something together for the couple which they thought was beautiful and went with their recommendations. She trusted them completely to understand her and Warren’s style and they not only met their expectations but exceeded them on all accounts. When asked about how Tori achieved her wedding look, she admits to ditching Pinterest and physically tried on dressed to find what suited her body type. She did, however find Elbeth Gillis’s gowns online and knowing which shape she was after, fell in love with her gowns and made an appointment. She did not have to try on many, as the second gown she tried on was “the one” and made her feel like herself, only more beautiful. She found that trying on gowns on her own worked for her, not being influenced by others, but staying true to herself and the look wanted for her wedding day. Keeping things classical and simple, she opted for flat ballet pumps and pearl earrings. This no fuss girl decided on her wedding day what look she wanted for her hair and make-up, not many people are that relaxed, but she had all the confidence in her amazing stylist. Their wedding cake comprised of three tiers, each

layer a family favourite!! Chocolate for Tori’s mom, Carrot for Warren’s dad and lemon poppy-seed for Warren’s mom. Among some of the memorable highlights for Tori and Warren was their first dance. They danced to the song that brought their relationship together and it holds a special place in their hearts to this day. She says that another highlight was all the dancing, it was so much fun, they had the time of their lives, and she even lost a button and tore her dress, but continued to dance until her feet hurt!! They also loved the speeches and the love that filled the room was tangible. “I had to pinch myself every now and then because I couldn’t believe how united and loved everyone in the room felt” smiles Tori. “Sometimes I find weddings to be quite stiff and procedural. The brides get so stressed about all the little details and look so stressed out!! Our wedding was special because we were so relaxed and we laughed, cried and danced as we felt. We made a huge effort to let everyone know that the wedding was not just about Warren and I, but about everyone there on that day and to show them that we love them and appreciate them being in our lives”….beams this beautiful bride.

Jenni Elizabeth Photography and gown by Elbeth Gillis

Classic, Glamorous, hippie chic & oh so retro I remember days of my life I recall the faces ….mostly yours Magic moments ….life was a mystery There’s no place on earth that …we’d rather be Tewie and Vladi both love Volkswagen Kombi’s, Beetles cars and Vespa scooters, so it made complete sense that they would base the theme of their special day on exactly that. “Vladi loved the idea of a hippie theme and I wanted to have a formal classic twist to it” Tewie explains, and the rest as they say is history!! Tewie and Vladi used the unique Volkswagen theme throughout their wedding, including the décor, guest gifts and even the wedding car. To set the tone for their wedding they included the theme in their stationery and had “save the date” magnets made with the Volkswagen Beetles on them, giving their guest a clue of what was to come. They carried the theme throughout

including the name cards and menus on the wedding day. This unusual couple met through a mutual friend at university. Tewie deliberately and brilliantly planned a stunning proposal. He whisked her off for the weekend and whilst she was enjoying spa treatments he set up the pathway to their private dining area with a pack of cards. For each card, 52 in total, there was a reason why he loved her. She read and collected all of the cards to all the way to the top where he was waiting on bended knee!! Oxbow Country Estate ticked all the right boxes for Tewie and Vladi. They loved that it had all the components they were looking for to say their “I do’s”. The ceremony

was held at the pavilion, which is an outdoor area next to the gardens and fly fishing dams. The reception hall is spacious and the sliding doors create an indoor/outdoor feeling. Another huge plus was the exceptional food and the staff ’s willingness to help with smiles on their faces. Their vision was for their guests to have fun with them whilst celebrating their special day together. Talk about being blessed, Tewie’s very own sister is a talented wedding planner, growing up with him and knowing his personality, his likes and dislikes made it easy for Alét to translate that into his special day. The bridal couple agree that she took complete control, she also knew exactly what they wanted, and they knew that they did not have to stress about anything at all. Alét of Alét Wessels Wedding Planner and Floral Artist’s logo is “where beautiful ideas take flight” ……..and that is exactly what she did for Tewie and Vladi. She carried the Volkswagen theme into the décor with the miniature beetles being the focal point on the tables. Glass containers and a combination of flowers, consisting of blushing brides , sweet peas, tulips, roses and gerbera’s made a spectacular statement amid the colourful kombi’s and beetles on

the tables. Vladi loves blushing brides so they were included into the décor and bridal bouquet. Vladi had a couple of pictures in mind for her wedding gown, so her first stop was at Johan Botha Fashion Design Studio, who created her dream dress which she describes as modern, classic and elegant .The difference is in the details so Tewie had a perfectly fitted, bespoke tailor made suit, designed and handmade by O.S Man which really set him apart and made him feel as special on his wedding day. Tewie choose hipflasks and wooden bowties for his groomsmen, and he matched their shoes and belts to the bowties. For her hair style, Vladi decided on an elegant up style to show off the back of her amazing wedding gown.

This is the motto this special couple live by: When I say I love you more, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us. To add a fun touch to their wedding the bridal

couple had cake in a jar in all their favourite flavours, milk tart, cheese cake, red velvet and a moist chocolate brownie, home-made by the groom’s mother and two sisters. For something different, the confetti was wands made with ribbons on sticks with a little bell added to each. “All the guests waved the wands as we exited the church which was a really magical experience, and they say bells on your wedding day is a blessing,” said Vladi. When asked about her one highlight of the day, Vladi admits that she found Tewie’s speech very special and something she will remember all the days of her life. Last but not least, a huge praise for the photographer, Andre M Photography.” He was truly amazing and captured all the special moments so we can enjoy the memories which will last a life time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Andre” said the couple. This is the motto this special couple live by: When I say I love you more, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us. I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us. I love you more than any obstacle that could try to come between us. I love you the most!!

The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach

Seychelles 5 star Resort

The breath-taking entrance. Opposite page: Picnic on the sandy beach, or have a cocktail or two on their loungers.


he H Resort located on Beau Vallon Beach, just outside Victoria on the Seychelles’ main island of Mahé, is the ideal place for an intimate honeymoon. Discover the natural treasures to which the area is home, then retreat to refined surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere when the day is over. The resort’s location and range of activities appeal to eco-tourists, adventure travellers, sportsmen and nature lovers and sun-seekers alike. The H Resort’s guests can explore the wonders of the Indian Ocean and the islands that make up the archipelago, both above and beneath its azure blue waters and experience first-hand the many natural jewels that make Seychelles a haven of biodiversity.

island, Mahé. The hiking trips follow routes that blend in with the surroundings, enabling guests close encounters with the island’s indigenous creatures including rare birds such as the White Tern and the Seychelles Kestrel. Hiking routes lead visitors under and around many of the island’s unique local trees such as coconut trees, takamakas, tropical almond trees, and jellyfish trees. The H Resort can also arrange for trips to neighbouring islands, allowing visitors to discover several facets of Seychelles. The scenic landscapes and spectacular views of and from the neighbouring islands reflect the amazing diversity of the 115 isle archipelago.

Snorkelling and scuba diving reveal a unique subaquatic world with an unparalleled ecosystem of aquatic life. The clear waters and temperate Seychelles’ climate, allow for extraordinary underwater visibility that portrays the diverse species, landforms and corals in the most fascinating way.

Fishing enthusiasts will find that trips arranged by The H Resort guarantee exceptional adventures in optimal conditions. The abundance of tuna, sea bream, marlin and other line fish make fishing more exciting with each passing year. Many amateurs and professionals alike return to Seychelles annually and attempt to set new world records in several fishing categories.

For those who prefer above-the-surface activities, The H Resort can arrange for hiking trips so guests can discover unspoilt corners while exploring the topography and natural beauty of this ‘one of a kind’

In addition to diving and fishing, The H Resort will assist in arranging water sports including kayaking and paddle boarding. Guests can also experience glass bottom boat trips as well as swimming with fish

and other creatures that habitat the Indian Ocean. These dynamic, entertaining encounters combine sporty and spirited curiosity, in an exciting and energising way. At any time of the year, The H Resort offers a wonderfully comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, a mix of 100 suites and villas set within a stunning natural setting, allowing visitors to experience harmony with nature while exploring the diverse local flora and fauna in the heart of the area’s fascinating environment.

About The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, bordering the silvery white sand and pure waters of the Seychelles, is the only five-star resort that offers both relaxed island chic and leisure activities in Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles. The H Resort interior design was envisaged and created by world-renowned Montreal based designer, Andres Escobar & Associates. The design intent was to provide a relaxed atmosphere, with eclectic rounded furniture and a calm ambiance, in the midst of a natural setting. None of the furniture has sharp edges, facilitating a stress-free ambiance.

A common element found throughout The H Resort is ceiling fans, with natural oval palm leaf blades, to provide comfort and a refreshing breeze. Upon entering the main reception area, the scene is a tropical one, with tub lounge chairs made of handcrafted Indonesian cane fabrizio round rattan, cass maple cylinder side tables and rosewood trunk coffee tables; it introduces the wood theme which guests become accustomed to throughout the property from floor to ceiling. The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, Seychelles provides guests with distinctive fine dining venues including Vasco’s, 1502, Ripples, Eden, Seyshima, and its signature, Tête-à-Tête. For leisure time, guests can indulge themselves in one of the many relaxing services offered by the Sesel Spa, or use the hotel’s Beau Vallon gym that is equipped with the latest up-to-date Life Fitness machines. For honeymooners, newlyweds, or couples coming to the island to renew their vows, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, offers a wide range of choices and services that ensure their stay is a memorable one. For more information on The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach Seychelles,



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