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Lynne and I met when we both auditioned for Musical Theatre at TUT in Pretoria in 2002. We became pen pals after that, but as life went on, we lost contact after a while. We reconnected at Karlien and Derick’s wedding were I learnt that she was crowned Mrs South Africa in 2011. Lynne has always been beautiful (I’m talking off the charts gorgeous here), but her inner beauty is what makes her sparkle and shine.
She planned on going to the Mrs World pageant in China at the end of August, but was then asked to take part in the Mrs Universe pageant in Aruba earlier in the month and jumped at the chance. We were asked to help her plan her farewell function at Emperor’s Palace in JHB on 27 July 2013. The brief was simple elegance and the evening was to be relaxed and informal. We wanted to do something a little bit different with the decor, so we rested the chandeliers on the coffee tables instead of hanging them from the ceiling.
She showed us her National costume and her crowning dress and the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Minister Toko Xasa (in pink), wished her good luck with a heart-warming speech.
A-list guests and government officials spent the evening networking and mingling to the sounds of The Muses and the evening was a great success.
Author: Sunelle van den Berg
Planning and co-ordinating: Blank Canvas Event Design
Venue: Emperor’s Palace, JHB
Sound, AV and stage: RocketAV
White furniture, coffee table plinths and chandeliers: SA Event Decor
Draping: SA Draping
Red Carpet: Old Master Vintage Car and Red Carpet Hiring
Candles: Candle Factory Randburg
Photography: Deon van Wyk
Jennifer and I met over Skype a couple of months before their wedding. Skype is always a bit tricky if you are chatting to someone for the first time and you don’t have the camaraderie of shared memories to fall back on when there is a delay in signal or the video feed freezes, but with Jennifer, it was like chatting to an old friend. I couldn’t see her very clearly, but her kind voice and bubbly personality more than made up for those technicalities.
When we met in person for the first time a week before their wedding, I found that her beautiful interior matched a stunning exterior and I just knew that the photo’s from their wedding would be amazing.
Jennifer is originally from South Africa, but she met American military husband, Thomas, in Dubai where they both work. They looked so cute together – he, the towering soldier and she, the dainty flower. There were many who wondered why they didn’t just get married in Dubai or the States, but Jennifer had told Thomas that if he wanted to marry her, it would have to be in South Africa. And so here we were.
The ceremony took place in the beautiful stone church in Hout Bay, complete with wooden pews and a vestry and a string duet ushered our gorgeous Bride in to where she would say her ‘I do’s’. Decked in full military uniform, the groom and his groomsmen looked dashing and only Thomas’s smile when he saw Jennifer walking down the isle, could outshine the medals and badges on their perfectly pressed jackets.
The reception was held at Suikerbossie Restaurant and the hall was softly decorated in vintage creams, blues and pinks. The Bride very carefully brought the loveliest chocolate shells in dainty little boxes all the way from Dubai as gifts for her guests and candles and fairy lights provided the ambient accompaniment. Thomas’s motorbike fetish was jokingly portrayed in the cake topper and even ‘Cake Topper Thomas’ couldn’t keep his eyes off his gorgeous Bride riding pillion with him.
The weather was perfect for photographs in the harbor and the plantation behind the restaurant and Jennifer even managed to make rusty old boats and dried twigs look glamorous and elegant.
Jennifer and Thomas, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and adventure. May you always look back on your wedding day with a smile and make many more special memories in the years to come.
Author: Sunelle van den Berg
Wedding co-ordination: Blank Canvas Event Design
Photography: Tasha Seccombe
Wedding Cake: Vanilla House
Flowers and Decor: Four Every Event
Venue: Suikerbossie Restaurant, Hout Bay
Hair and make-up: Jenro Beauty
Herman, Margaux and I all studied together at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2005. Herman was a ‘boerseun’ with shorts and ‘plakkies’ and at first glance, you wouldn’t be able to figure out how he fits in amongst the hippies and artists in the Musical Theatre department. But then he would open his mouth and sing and it would all make sense… After his studies at TUT, he signed with a group that toured Spain and sang in restaurants, cruise ships and theatres and that’s where he met beautiful, bubbly Natalie – a performing artist from London. It was love at first sight and from the moment they first met they were inseparable. When we were asked to help them plan their wedding in Blouberg, we were over the moon, so happy that our friend has found his true love and that we would get to share in their special day.
They wanted something low-key and intimate and wanted to share South African flavours with their overseas guests. The wind literally blew us off the beach that day, so we opted to have both the ceremony and the reception at the Sir David Boutique Hotel. Guests were treated to ‘braaivleis’ and ice cream and the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. It was as if the sky wanted to fit in with Natalie’s colour scheme of bright orange and pink. I just love it when nature comes to the party with such panache and this sunset splashed colour across the heavens with reckless abandon.
There were heartfelt speeches that had everyone in tears or stitches in turn, but once the party started you could see there were performers in the house!
Thank you Herman and Nats for allowing us to be a part of your day. May the rest of your journey be written in lights and may your marriage be the performance of a lifetime!
Author: Sunelle van den Berg
Wedding planning and co-ordinating: Blank Canvas Event Design
Flowers, lighting: Four Every Event
Photography: Suzanne Swart Photography
Venue: The Sir David Boutique Hotel, Blouberg
DJ: LMH Productions
Soft serve machine: Ten of Cups
When I first met Cindy, I found myself constantly staring at her (blush). She was just such a beautiful and graceful girl and her love for her friends, family and ‘her Christo’ simply radiated from her and made her shine. When we started planning their wedding at Zorgvliet Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, we could never even have hoped for the perfect day it turned out to be. The weather was warm, but not hot, the sky was the clearest of blues and the mountains were awash in shades of purples and greys, perfectly matching the colours of their wedding!
With Christo being in the acting industry, they decided to pull the theme through by giving each of the tables at the reception the name of one of their favourite movies. The table names were displayed as ‘clapper boards’ and the guests’ seats were allocated by means of a ‘movie ticket’.
The star-studded guest list were all decked out in their sunday best and with ‘Neville’ (Zane Meas) at the helm as the master of ceremonies, ‘Aunty Charmaine’ (Vinette Ibrahim) giving a toast and Christo’s two on-screen brothers (‘Vince’ and ‘Xander’) giving him advice on how to treat his new wife, even the 7e Laan family shared in their most special day.
The wedding cake was an amazing, 4-tier creation in white, decorated with the most delicate purple roses. It took centre stage on the dancefloor till the couple felt that it was time to show us their moves. And what moves! The guests also surprised us with a line dance to a popular Whitney Houston song and after that, there was not a moment of rest for the DJ.
The sun went down and the stars came out and shone over one happy couple and many happy friends and family members who shared in the best day of their lives. We wish these two All Stars a romance and ‘happily ever after’ that will make even the best of their favourite movies look weak and washed out.
Author: Sunelle van den Berg
Wedding planners: Blank Canvas Event Design
Photography: Tracey Shaw Photography
Hair and Make-up: Sanmarie Botha
Dress: Lady Marmelade Fourways
Groom’s suit and styling: Moi Styling
Cake: Edible Art Cakes
DJ: Legacy of sound
Catering: Linda Bruyns
Shuttles: FAW Motors – Fanie Botha
Ons reis saam met hierdie ongelooflike paartjie het begin in 2012, toe ons hulle troue vir 24 November 2012 by ‘n landgoed in Somerset Wes beplan het. Al die reelings was so te se in plek toe ek die dag die oproep ontvang om my in kennis te stel dat die troue tydelik uitgestel is, omdat daar dinge was wat die paartjie moes uitsorteer voordat hulle ewige trou aan mekaar beloof. Ek was vir ‘n oomblik verbaas, maar omdat ek self getroud is, het ek geweet dat struikelblokke wat voor die huwelik net struweling veroorsaak, groot monsters kan raak as mens nie hulle koppe afkap voordat mens oor die tou getrap nie.
Daarom, toe 8 Maart 2013 – hulle nuwe begin – mistig en reenerig daarna uitsien, het ek geweet dat dit Hemelse konfetti is wat op hulle sou neersak soos wat hulle hulle beloftes maak. Hierdie was een van die mees romantiese troues wat ons nog ooit die voorreg gehad het om by betrokke te wees. Dit was asof die lug staties was met die paartjie se diep liefde vir mekaar en mens wou amper fluister om nie die magiese band te versteur nie. Karlien het vooraf ‘n boodskap vir Derick opgeneem wat gespeel het net voordat sy by die paadjie afgeloop sou kom en haar bruidegom het met trane in sy oe daarna gestaan en luister. Toe sy aan haar Pa se arm voor die paadjie verskyn, het sy gelyk soos ‘n ster van die silwerdoek in haar ongelooflike trourok en was die reen die omraming en afronding van ‘n pragtige prentjie.
Die boekies wat gaste net voor die seremonie ontvang het was propvol briewe, stories en onderhoude en het soos mini-tydskriffies gelees. Daarin kon hulle ook sien hoe hulle dag sou verloop, wat hulle sou eet en langs wie hulle sou sit. (Danksy die reen, het hulle nie nodig gehad om die boekies as waaiers aan te wend nie.) Heliumballonne het gedien as konfetti, maar in plaas daarvan dat die gaste dit net in een groot massa laat gaan het, is dit soos gebede een-vir-een opgestuur soos wat hulle die splinternuwe Mnr. en Mev. Hougaard na die seremonie gegroet en geseen het.
Net nadat die seremonie verby was, het die son deur die wolke gebreek en sy verskyning gemaak om met sy laaste strale ook die Bruidspaar geluk te wens terwyl hulle tussen die wingerde gaan foto’s neem het.
Die saal waar die onthaal plaasgevind het, was gedek soos vir ‘n Koninklike bal en gaste mag hulself dalk misgis het dat hulle in ‘n sprokie ingestap het. Kristal kandelare en baie kerslig het die dekor in goud, perel, wit en swart laat skitter en ‘n sagte, romantiese atmosfeer geskep. Derick het Karlien verras met ‘n liedjie wat hy vir haar geskryf en laat opneem het en op daardie noot is die verrigtinge toe afgeskop en die ys gebreek. Die gaste het heerlik geeet en sommer vinnig was die dansvloer ‘n lewende organisme en kon mens die gegons en gelag tot ver in die wingerde hoor.
Ons wens vir Derick en Karlien, is dat hulle huwelik net so vol liefde, pret en avontuur sal wees soos wat hulle troudag was en dat die reen hulle altyd sal herhinder aan die beloftes wat hulle daardie dag aan mekaar gemaak het.
Geskryf deur: Sunelle van den Berg
Troubeplanning: Blank Canvas Event Design
Troulokaal: Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate
Foto’s: Pixel Pro Photography (Albert Bredenhann)
Trourok: Anel C Botha Couture
Troupak: Diaan Daniels
Kos: Two Chefs
Dekor en blomme: Special Events, To-Nett’s
Grimering: Joleta Keane
Beligting, vloere: Something Different
DJ: BaHa Entertainment
Trouvideo: FJS Productions
Troukoek en nageregtafel: Pretty Cake
The Carnival theme was carried through with balloon arches, slush puppies, cotton candy and popcorn that was handed out around the mall and stilt walkers handing out flyers and pamphlets in the surrounding streets, all in the Metropolitan colours of bright blue and white. The Metropolitan staff were on site to help potential clients fill out forms, to tell them more about what Metropolitan has to offer and to hand out some of the amazing prizes that people could win on the day.
When all the prizes and treats were handed out and the stilt walkers could not stay on top of their ‘legs’ any longer, we could look back on a very successful day and Worcester was well aware that Metropolitan was in town.
Co-ordination and planning: DTMSA (in conjunction with Blank Canvas Event Design)
Balloon Art: Visual Creations
Stilt walkers and machine operators: Affrodizzyacts
Cafe chairs and tables: Distinctive Choice
Lindsay and Scott spent a great part of their lives together traveling the world and thought it apt to make that the central theme to their wedding. They were such a great couple to work with and what was interesting was that Scott, rather than Lindsay, was the one to fuss about the exact sizes of the place mats and the colour of the ribbons. Everything had to be just right on the day that he promised ‘forever’ to the love of his life.
They got married under a white gazebo with the amazing Stellenbosch mountains as their backdrop on the lawn of the prestigious Asara Wine Estate and the weather was perfect! The colour scheme of their wedding was mainly white and aqua, with just a touch of coral, reflected mainly in the ties, socks and colourful elbow patches of the Groom and groomsmen and the dresses of the bridesmaids.
Guests were treated to canapes, live entertainment and lawn games after the ceremony while the couple had their photo’s taken and there was even an old-school mini Gelato stand that had them coming back for more (and more.)
To congratulate the couple and leave them words of wisdom, guests were asked to ‘post’ post cards in a real, red postbox and in order to find their seats at the reception, they had to check their names and destinations on two canvasses that resembled airport arrival and departure announcement boards. Every table had the name of a different destination that the couple have travelled to together and the big ‘piece de resistance’ was the Louis Vuitton travel-case wedding cake!
It was an evening of love, laughter and many special moments and I know that the couple will travel down memory lane many times in the years to come to re-visit this most magical night of their lives.
Wedding Co-ordination: Blank Canvas Event Design
Photography: Inecke Photography
Flowers: Special Events
Stationery: Secret Diary Designs
Gazebo and Shades: Kleinemarie
Cake: Wade’s Cakes
DJ: DJ Chopper