Good morning everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely week. I am pleased to start your Wednesday off with a beautiful outdoor sunny South African wedding complete with outdoor games, flip flops and fabulousness. I also had to sneak in a few photos of the food as it looked absolutely delicious. Thanks so much to Madri of South African Event Planning company the Aleit Group for sharing this beautiful day with me and for Zara Zoo Photography for the super photos! Here is what Madri had to say about the bride and groom.
“Ladine and Thys were married at the church in Philadelphia. Ladine recalls so many mixed emotions as she walked down the aisle! ‘My heart was racing, I was so excited yet I was not sure if I wanted to laugh, cry, dance or sing…so I tried to walk as slowly as possible to just savour the moment – knowing that I will never do this again. But that tactic went out the window when I saw Thys waiting for me. At that moment I wanted to get to him as quickly as possible!”
Guests then made their way to Diemersdal Wine Estate on the outskirts of Durbanville for the reception. To this day we feel so proud of the vision we created and the amazement on everyone’s faces.
Guests were welcomed to a “festive picnic” theme. Groups of informal seating had been created on the lawns using a contrasting mixture of modern and old-fashioned furniture. Flip flops were available in cane baskets so that the ladies could “slip into something more comfortable”. Both games of boule and croquet were available and accented the festive picnic theme. A Polaroid station encouraged guest interaction as they took photos of each other amongst the vineyards. Shade was provided by magnificently draped installations covering the seating areas. A further ‘wow’ factor was introduced by having the locally acclaimed group, Sterling EQ entertaining guests while they enjoyed a selection of carefully chosen beverages and mouth watering canapés – some items being served hot off the coals.
Guests were then ushered into a bedouin tent that was placed on the laws overlooking the Diemersdal vineyards. Tables were arranged in different styles and sizes. The flowers and décor was arranged by Okasie who managed to exceed expectations with their playful use of alternating heights and variety of chairs. The look was completed in contrast with cut crystal glassware and king pattern silver cutlery. A local DJ played till the early hours of the morning.”
The bride and groom say:
“Our experience with The Aleit Group was not just a professional one. They were also friends who operated with our best interest at heart. I really felt important, someone with a voice that was responded to – not just another bride on a conveyor belt. Planning the wedding with the Aleit team was such fun – I really miss the meetings!”
Advice from the couple:
“During the time that I was planning the wedding, I was also finishing my degree in Audiology at UCT which was very time consuming – having to do a research project and all that entails. I therefore engaged a personal trainer twice a week so that I didn’t have to worry about getting in shape as well. If you are really stressed, have a lot of work to get through and have to worry about getting in shape for your big day – I would say a personal trainer is a must……..just like a wedding coordinator! Furthermore, having an engagement shoot was awesome. You get to know the photographer and more importantly he/she gets to know you. And do not hesitate to engage one of the top photographer / videographers! Watching the photos and video evokes all of the emotions that you experienced during the day- keeping those memories and experiences alive forever!”
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Diemersdal Wine Estate, South Africa
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