It’s the day that got away from the usual recherché media coverage, but that’s the way Sandton’s leading blog prefers it. In February 2016, The Sandton Times posted: WEDDING BELLS FOR SANDTON’S LEADING BLOG and six months later is a look at what unfolded on the big day in April in this wedding day rewind.
Set at Limpopo‘s hidden gem, the Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa on the border of Botswana took guests away from the everyday life into a magical bush-boutique setting. The African inspiration, seen in the variety of textures, intricate carvings and natural elements is combined with classical décor pieces to create a unique visual feast. Guests were treated to a uniquely South African pre-wedding cocktail hosted by the bride the night before the wedding, serving up a local bar with South African signature dishes, canapes style.
Giving the big day a royal touch, the grooms jacket was skillfully crafted by none other than Sandton tailor O.S Man. Inspired by the classic horse riding jacket, this beautifully tailored piece features a velvet collar and the couples monogram embroidered on the jacket pocket. Made to measure, the jackets vintage South African Navy buttons gave the final outfit a piece of history and undeniable character. The O.S Man tailored jacket, matched with cream pants and brown riding boots was worn only during the ceremony, with the O.S Man tailors going on to design a classic evening tuxedo, with white jacket and black pants, which was to be the outfit for the reception and festivities that lasted well into the night.
Every girls dream is her wedding dress! Lady Marmalaide situated at The Pivot in Fourways made sure the bride found exactly what she wanted. Dress fitting is by appointment and the bride was allocated her very own stylist and private fitting room for a one of a kind bridal experience. With a wide range of stunning bridal gowns and accessories, the final dress from Demetrios was made of the most exquisite fabric and refined detailing, tailored to fit the bride perfectly by the Lady Marmalaide team.
No bride and bridesmaids look is complete without the finishing touches of a skilled make-up artist. The team of MUD South Africa was onsite to ensure every photo had the bridal party looking flawless. With a range of professional products and a trained eye, the MUD South Africa team brought out the ladies best features. MUD South Africa believes the true purpose of make-up is to correct, cover and conceal, but knowing the brides natural beauty, this was done to enhance the already natural glamor.
Sprout Medical Aesthetics under the seasoned guidance of Gunther Dippenaar, ensured the couples faces were in prime condition for the wedding day. Over a period of months, the team from Sprout Medical Aesthetics carefully analyzed and treated both the bride and grooms skin to ensure optimal results and a radiant look. Flanked by a professional team of therapists and doctors, Sprout Medical Aesthetics is favored for its ability to treat clients with a unique, caring and personal approach.
The ceremony, hosted in the beautiful Palala Chapel with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a baobab tree, was the setting for the wedding ceremony. Guests were treated to a sensory ceremony with incense filling the chapel, with hymns and songs specially selected by the couple. Some of the unique moments of the ceremony included an In Memoriam segment remembering those who had passed on and the singing of the National Anthem. The afternoon included performances by up and coming South African artist, Inge Breytenbach, who will be heading to the New York Film Academy in 2017.
Jaguar South Africa ensured the couple traveled in style, with the latest Jaguar XF sport sedan, featuring an innovative design and refined engineering. The diesel edition gives the car a gorgeous purr and heads-up display means the driver never needs to take their focus off the road. The car oozes sophistication and luxury, bringing an additional quality to an already special day.
The grooms classic rose gold ring was handpicked from none-other than Arthur Kaplan in Sandton. A South African institution, Arthur Kaplan is renowned for its Engagement Collection, inspired by the brand philosophy, “Love is in the Details”. This male wedding band with timeless appeal, matched the brides rose gold bands set with diamonds, making for a very special “I Do”.
Photography duo Estilo captured every moment of the day, making guests and bridal party alike comfortable and taking up the beauty of the natural setting. These two Vogue-loving, hard-working, inspired moms have traveled to France and Jamaica and to the Seychelles, capturing their signature real and unscripted images. All that is left years after the wedding day is over, are the photos, videos and memories of a fabulous day and the quality of Estilo‘s work has been recognised by numerous international publications.
Complimented by videographers extraordinaire Bravo & Thatcher, there was no part of the day that was not going to be captured. Turning every moment of life into a cinematic marvel, the duo of Bravo & Thatcher followed the couple from dawn till dusk, producing a series of short and long format movies that have made them one of the most sought after videographers in the country.
The reception in the Tree of Life Ballroom was set under 10-chandeliers for 80 guests, with beautiful rose centerpieces complimented by South Africa’s national flower, the Protea. The hints of gold, light pink and creams, set to the sounds of a Bossa Nova soundtrack of contemporary songs made for the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine and the decadent menu including Springbok Carpaccio to start, Fillet for mains and a tiered selection of all-time favourite desserts, served bite-sized. There needed to be just enough space for the wedding cake made up of cheese!
Following tradition, having cut the 4-tier cake made up of Italian imported cheeses, decorated with figs, grapes and biscuits, the couple proceeded to drink from the Warwick Wedding Cup, whose century old romantic story is best told by Mike Ratcliffe, Managing Director at Warwick Wine Estate, above.
A highlight of the evenings entertainment was Latin sensation César ‘Adrélatin’ Alvarado, who opened the dance-floor and got guests on their feet with his classic South American sound and salsa inspired dance moves. Taking the lead, César got young and old up on their feet and took everyone through an easy to follow dance routine that got the party started and had guests begging for more, well into the early hours of the morning. César was born in Lima, the capital of Perú, and spent most of his life in this exotic coastal city. Lima is where his musical talent was nurtured and shaped. Infused with the pulsating rhythm of South America, the music and culture of Perú, is personified in César‘s distinctive style.
Months of preparation, fine tuning and excitement were enjoyed over two days in the most beautiful part of Limpopo with close friends and family. The Sandton Times would like to thank all those who were part of making tying the knot extra special and memorable. The couple will be traveling to the Seychelles on honeymoon later on in the year.
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