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Real Wedding: WingSze & Michael, Nooitgedacht Estate

Nooitgedacht Estate was the perfect backdrop for WingSze & Michael’s Summer Wedding and sunny Stellenbosch proved, once again, to be one of the best locations for a Destination Wedding! 

With guests traveling from across the world, it was wonderful to be able to experience the different cultures and traditions that came along with helping WingSze & Michael plan their special day. 

One of our favourite’s was the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, which was an experience of a lifetime!  WingSze truly wowed us with her traditional dress that was a rich, scalding red with gold embroidery.  But our breaths were taken away when she walked down the aisle in her Western dress with the amazing back detail.  We knew then that she was one of most beautiful brides we had the privilege to work with. 

We loved that WingSze chose soft hues of blue and pink as the colour theme for her wedding decor.  This soft pallet suited both WingSze and Michael’s gentle, caring and loving nature beautifully.  

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Real Wedding: Candice & Len – Rockhaven, Elgin

Candice & Len are every coordinator’s dream couple; they capture your heart in an instant and stay with you forever.

A warm, down-to-earth, kind and caring couple who are adored by all that surrounded them at their gorgeous wedding in the Elgin Valley – can’t you just see the happiness in their photographs?!

We loved contrast of the touch of pale pink in the bridesmaids dresses against the gorgeous greenery bouquets, the greenery lined aisle, the floating greenery arch of the ceremony and the greenery installations suspended above the reception tables.  As you can see, one can never go wrong with greenery!

The ceremony was hosted by the couples good friend which ensured that there were plenty of smiles and loads of touching moments resulting in a ceremony filled with happy tears!  At the end ofthe “I do’s” there was not a dry eye in the house.

As you probably noticed, this wedding was held at one of our favourite venues, Rockhaven Farm and despite it being mid-summer – the grey clouds swooped in and created a dark and dramatic ambiance.  Luckily we were on hand to help implement a clever “plan B” so that this happy couple never had to stop for the rain and could they continue dancing the night away together.

Thank you Candice & Len for choosing us to make sure your special day went off without a hitch!

Wedding Planner | Creation Events | Wedding Venue | Rockhaven Catering| Paradiso | Videography | Vision on Fire | Photographer | Lindy Truter 

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Caught up in love in the Franschhoek Valley

I’ve been in the wonderful wedding industry for the majority of my adult years and to be honest, one could probably get a bit blasé about people getting married now! I mean, you get engaged; you sort out all the masses of paper work, book the dream venue and send out the invites. (Okay, this is a little overly simplified but you get the just of it, don’t you?)

However, you’ll stumble upon a few people in our world who have to work a little harder to be able to go through the magical experience of marriage. With discrimination and prejudice still a fierce force in our modern world; same sex weddings can be few and far between. While this is heartbreaking, it’s nothing compared to the life threatening consequences of publicly sharing your love online.

I recently had the utmost privilege to plan my first “same sex” wedding! A gorgeous wedding (if I can say so myself!) nestled amongst the trees in Franschhoek. It was an emotion-filled day and one could really sense that this couple was meant to be together. Sadly, we are unable to share photographs of the happy couple but we have stunning snaps from their special day to tide you over!

The realization of the hurdles other people have to face, whatever they may be, awakened me and gave me a new appreciation of what I do and the privilege I have to be part of other peoples exceptional gatherings.

I hope you love the photographs from this special wedding as much as I do!

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Wedding Planner | Creation Events | Wedding venue & Catering | Bread & Wine | Flowers | Paradiso | Lighting & Furniture | In & Out Events | Photographer | Tasha Seccombe | Stationary | Blooming Wonderful |

Styles shoot: Foraged Florals

The Western Cape  has been battling a drought for the past couple of years. Along with the drought comes a few challenges for brides-to-be in planning their wedding as certain types of flowers are not available anymore. So a team of talented (I’m biased) wedding vendors got together to do a styled shoot based on saving water and the beauty in foraged florals. The shoot turned out beautifully and I would highly encourage any bride-to-be to look into having a more rustic/earthy wedding which cuts out the costly ramifications on the environment.

A big thank you to all of the vendors I partnered with on this shoot (find a full list of them below). This styled shoot even got featured in the international Whitemag blog. You can read more here.

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Photography | Angelique Smith Photography | Florist | Paradiso Flowers | Planner | Creation Events | Gowns | The Perfect Match | Bridal Venue |  Rockhaven Farm | Shoes | Veldskoen | Hair & Makeup Artist | Anchor & Rose | Hair & Makeup Artist | Sophie Jean | Furniture | Louw Roets | Crockery | Klomp Ceramics

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Real Wedding: Helen & Jason – Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

The Creation Events team loved planning the destination wedding of Helen and Jason at the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Estate.  Established in 1692, Spier is one of South Africa’s most historic wine farms – with a long, proud legacy. Today, Spier presents itself as a modern, conscious energy, focused on art and healthy living.  Spier Wine Estate is about farm-to-table food and award-winning wines; and people sharing ideas for living, working and growing in forward-thinking ways. All while embracing South African heritage.

As Spier embrace the ethnic and natural surroundings South Africa offers the world, we wanted to also reflect this in the wedding decor. We aim to incorporate organic and lush romantic blooms to a colour palate of whites, creams, greens, silver greys and wood. To lift the decor to a glamorous celebration we add a touch of old gold to the overall decor concept.

Helen and Jason were a gorgeous couple to work with. Their day was very special and I feel honoured to have played a part in it. A big thank you to all of our wonderful suppliers and team.

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Wedding Planner | Creation Events | Wedding & Ceremony | Spier Wine Estate | Flowers | Paradiso | Lighting | Baie Goeters | Photographer | DeToiPhotography | Makeup & Hair | Candice Leigh | Wedding Cake | Spier | 

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Real Wedding: Mandy & Jovan – Rockhaven, Elgin

Mandy & Jovan are an amazing couple who clearly respect and love each other very much. There wedding day was a family filled event that overflowed with love and special moments. Rockhaven was their venue of choice and it did not disappoint. They were blessed with a beautiful summers day to celebrate their union.

I coordinated the event on the day and truly enjoyed it. Mandy’s relaxed attitude on the day was amazing to see…not even crying babies during the ceremony bothered her. In fact, she embraced it with such elegance and real love for her family. This was definitely a real family feast and I was honoured to be included in their day.

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On the Day Wedding Coordination | Creation Events |Wedding Venue | Rockhaven | Flowers | Botanica Flowers | Lighting, Decor & Tent | 4EveryEvent | Photography | Kristi Agier | Hair & Makeup | Cecillia Fourie

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Real Wedding: Connie & Ricky – Olive Rock, Wolseley

As suppliers we often have a little bucket list of venues and suppliers we all secretly wish to work with.  I recently saw a photographer advertising a 20% discount just to shoot a wedding at his favourite new venue.  Creation Events was therefore, super excited when Connie and Ricky contacted me to be their wedding planner.  Not only did they choose a dinning style very similar to what I had at my own wedding, but Connie also chose the beautiful Olive Rock as location for their destination wedding. 

This venue is nestled in the rolling fields of wheat and vineyards close to Wolseley and Tulbagh, with majestic mountain views making this location a real diamond in-between the rough.   As a girl from the Boland (a area in the Western Cape), I think this is the reason why I feel such a connection with Olive Rock… a little reminder of home.  The Tulbach area is also an exciting “new” wedding area in our industry and we are seeing more and more stunning weddings being produced from top suppliers and venues from the area.

I chose the talented Anli Wahl to team-up with on the décor front and she was able to understand my vision to a “T”.  I could not be more thrilled with how beautiful the end result were.  In the below images, you will notice we didn’t have many formal table settings, but rather prominent floral features.  This was due to our dinning style.  Connie wanted to serve the entire meal as canapés and small bowls of food, allowing her guest to roam, talk and catch up with all the family and friends that they have not seen in such a long time. 

I can however not write this post without mentioning Jani from Jani B Photography, my roomy at the wedding.  Not only did she capture this couple and wedding so amazingly, but did she also make this wedding feel a little less than work …thanks for the fun late night chats. 

Hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed being this couples wedding planner.

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Wedding Planner | Creation Events | Venue |  OliveRock | Photography | Jani B Photography | Flowers | Anli Wahl | Decor & Hiring | Blooming WonderfulSitting Pretty | Hair & Makeup | Candice Leigh Hair and Makeup

Real Wedding: Kate & Charles-Eric – Rockhaven, Elgin

Kate and Charles-Eric planned their South African Wedding all the way from Australia.  They chose the beautiful Elgin Valley as their destination.  Elgin is a small farming community close to the town of Grabouw which is surrounded by the most beautiful apple and pear farms the Cape has to offer.  As Kate (originally from the north of South Africa) and Charles-Eric (originally from France) have friends all over the world and as guests had to travel from as far as Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States, Dubai and France, South Africa seem like the ideal central location to tie the knot. 

Kate chose a colour pallet inspired by the vibrant riches of berries and red apples, which we complimented with a very subtle touch of navy.  The look was given a opulent feeling by the addition of pops of gold and lots of twinkly lights. As the couple got married in the middle of the South African summer, we incorporated fresh greens, lighter pink and even white blooms to give the color pallet a fresh vibrant feeling.

To celebrate Charles-Eric’s French heritage, we put a lot of emphasis on their dessert station.  (The French are after all famous for their French de patisserie. 🙂 )  We placed the dessert in the center of the room so that the guests had to sit around it and thus elevating it to a décor feature.  Suspending two “lampshades” of floras and fairy lights enhanced the drama, we wanted to create around the table, even futher. 

What a beautiful and happy wedding this was!  Kate and Charles-Eric couldn’t stop smiling and looking at each other the whole day.  Kate made such a elegant bride with her gorgeous low back dress and soft skin and, gosh, Charles-Eric was rather dashing in his blue suit.

Rockhaven, as usual, outdid itself as a venue. A gorgeous wedding for a lovely couple.

Wedding Venue | Rockhaven Farm | Flowers | Paradiso | Lighting & Roof Installation | 4EveryEvent | Photographer | Tasha Seccombe | Hair & Makeup | Candice Leigh Hair & Makeup | Stationary | Blooming Wonderful | Dessert Station & Guest Favors | Cakes by Wade

Real-Wedding: Lizann & Darren – West Coast Beach Ceremony, Yzerfontein

Lizann and Darren were referred to me by the owner of a venue in the Overberg, which I have worked at before. Upon receiving Lizann’s enquiry email I knew right there that I had to do their wedding. You see, this couple chose the little town of Yzerfontein, along the Western Coast of South Africa, as location of their destination wedding. Yzerfontein, holds an incredible special place in my heart as this little coastal town is my home away from home. My family has been holidaying there since before I was born, so it is no surprise that this is the place where I go to recharge my batteries, to soak up the sun and to drink long G&T’s with the sun setting over the ocean.

It was therefore no shock to me that this South African/Essex (UK) couple chose the Standkombuis Restaurant to serve as backdrop for their beautiful relaxed beach wedding. Anyone that knows the West Coast will know that the harshness of the sun and the salty mist from the rough seas is hard on any infrastructure in the area. Therefore, the rustic elements surrounding the venue allowed us to create a relaxed but equally chic look that impressed Lizann’s international guests. What a location for guests to kick off their shoes and party till late into the night. Which is exactly what this crazy bunch of people did! Lizann and Darren really have some amazing friends…gosh they were fun! 

Sadly this past winter we had a massive storm in the Cape which caused for exceptionally high tides and rough seas and as a result Standkombuis suffered enormous damage. In the months after the storm the coastline seemed to have shifted even more with the tide often reaching the edge of the “new” dune. Have a look at what this once stunning venue looks like today.

 

What the venue looks like today…

Strandkombuis Restaurant did reopen their doors this past December, but this time their tent is at the back of the dune allowing you a unique view of the beautiful salt pans.  We paid them a visit shortly after reopening and I can promise you the service and food is as good as ever!  Go pop in! 

Venue | Standkombuis Restaurant | Photography | Vizion Photography & Film | Flowers | Paradiso Flowers | Stationary | Blooming Wonderful | Entertainment – DJ | Cape Town DJ | Hair & Makeup | Martie Olivier Hair and Make-up Stylist – Martie

 

Real Wedding: Nadine & Andrew – Rockhaven, Elgin

Nadine and Andrew are quite possibly one of the coolest couples I have ever met. Not only do they live in California, USA (a pretty cool place in its own right) but they also work for pretty impressive companies. Andrew works for a division of NASA and Nadine started working for Facebook shortly before the wedding (wow!) Impressive, is it not? The cool thing though is that these two brainy individuals don’t think this it is that impressive at all. They are very down-to-earth and humble about it all.

I was awed by how this couple continued, throughout the planning process, to stay true to who they are and what they truly wanted their day to be. In his very first email, Andrew said that they wanted their South African Wedding to be a fun and relaxed get together for their global friends and family. They liked the idea of doing things a little different and didn’t want to sweat the small stuff.

It also became apparent that these two loved doing outdoor sports together, therefore they wanted to incorporate a very natural, almost forest feel into their décor. Personally, I feel that when you look at the images below, which were beautifully captured by Jani B Photography, you will agree we nailed this one on the head.

One of the highlights of this wedding (for me) was when one of the guests came to me shortly after entering the barn to say that he could guess the theme “Magical Forest”. He was quite right!

Another guest also came to me to say that the roof reminded them of Harry Potter’s Dining Hall Roof with all the light and candles drifting in the room. As a big Harry Potter fan myself, I took it as a huge compliment. I must admit this day did have a magical feel!

P.S. Keep a look out for a picture of me with the couple.

Venue | Rockhaven Farm | Photography | Jani B Photography | Flowers | Paradiso Flowers | Lighting & Roof Installation | 4EveryEvent | Entertainment – DJ | Legacy of Sound | Hair & Makeup | Candice Leigh Hair and Makeup