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Welcome to the September issue of Wedding Diary Magazine. With a good winter behind us and 2.5 million hits on weddingdiary.co.za, we are thrilled to have the anticipated summer season on our doorsteps.

We are approaching the end of our exclusive bride of the year competition. We are thrilled to announce our venue - the amazing new, Cape Town Stadium.

Yes the grand final of the Wedding Diary Bride of the Year in association with Top Billing and The Aleit Group will be held in the Star's mixing room inside the spectacular stadium. This will certainly be the biggest evening in our year and what a way to get the summer going.

We have added a new section to our magazine to help you find that special place for your honeymoon. Find out what the trends are this summer.

We hope you enjoy this issue and we are looking forward to your response.

Carl Wallace


 
 
 
 







Bride of the Year hosted at Cape Town Stadium


Yes you are right, the Wedding Diary Bride of the Year will be held at the spectacular Cape Town Stadium in the Star's Mixing Room on the on 26 November 2010.
This will be an unforgettable night in glamour and style. The Wedding industry have not seen an evening like this before. The first televised bride of the year show thanks to our partners Top Billing. Our 500 VIP guests will be there to tell their stories.

Brides, do not hesitate to enter now:  www.weddingdiary.co.za



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THE BANHOEK EXPERIENCE





You are a Bride-to-be. Imagine being able to have an interactive experience with the crème de la crème of service providers. Imagine getting first hand advice from the top coordinators, specialists in decor, stationery, catering, music, lighting, and more. Imagine being able to have all your consultations on one day at one central location!

The Banhoek Experience to be held on the 6 November 2010 at the MolenVliet and Zorgvliet Wine Estates, promises to be a boiling pot of creativity, with a bubbly vibe and a French street atmosphere. By keeping it exclusive and by inviting only the most elite of service providers, the ticket holder will be able to meet and consult with the industry leaders for every facet of their wedding. This, all while sampling the finest wines, freshly made sushi, canapés from the interactive food stations, and being soothed by a host of the most sought-after wedding musicians in the Western Cape.
Coordination on the day by Absolute Weddings and Just Jack.  Fashion show coordinated by Aleit Bridal and Styling.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Banhoek Bridal Experience 2010 at R265 per ticket. A full day of informative group consultations, live fashion show, music performances & entertainment as well as food and drink at two of the most enchanting wedding locations in the Banhoek Valley.


Visit site: www.banhoekexperience.co.za
 
 
100 Wedding Tips - part 2

Food and Beverages

34. Book a caterer six to twelve months in advance and arrange a menu tasting to ensure that everything meets you expectations. Keep your budget, the number of guests and your wedding’s style in mind, as well as any dietary requirements.

35. Not only are canapés great to snack on during pre-dinner drinks, they’re also a wonderful opportunity to be creative. Serve Thai butternut soup in shot glasses, have a live sushi station, or take an innovative twist on your favourite TV snack, such as salted calamari and French fries in a pretty printed cone.

36. By midnight your guests will appreciate a savoury energy boost. Keep the party going strong with robust foods like Boerewors rolls and pizza slices, popular at even the most stylish of weddings.

37. A slick cocktail bar is sure to create a vibe, especially during pre-dinner drinks. Serve your favourite cocktails or let guests mix their own as a fun way to mingle.

38. Add a touch of glamour with a classic champagne tower. A stunning centrepiece and talking point for your guests, it never fails to impress.




The Cake

39. Cupcakes have been a popular substitute for wedding cakes, but the traditional tiered cake is making a comeback.

40. Don’t feel obliged to have a fruitcake. Cake makers can create anything from a decadent chocolate ganache to a light lemon sponge.

41. Can’t decide on what filling to choose? Have three flavours for three tiers. Lemon and poppy seed, chocolate fudge and vanilla orange are scrumptious options.

42 Instead of cutting the cake during the reception, hold the cake cutting ceremony during pre- dinner drinks, along with any speeches. This puts formalities out of the way and sets the scene for laidback celebrations.

43. If you don’t really like cake, make a statement and stack various mature cheeses on top of each other, complemented by preserves and brightly coloured seasonal berries.




The Dress and Styling

44. To get the perfect wedding dress, see as many designers as possible and make sure that you click with their style and personality. You have one chance to get it right.

45. Have a good idea of what your gown should look like, from the style and cut to the fabric and detailing. Find inspiration in magazines, bridal books, wedding expos and designers’ websites.

46. Consider using a styling service such as Aleit Bridal and Styling to get the ideal look for you and the entourage. Every detail of your wedding wardrobe will be considered - the dresses, bags, shoes, underwear, accessories, evening attire, and outfits for your honeymoon. Visit aleit.co.za for more information.

47. Avoid swollen feet and angry blisters by taking a pair of stylish, comfortable flat shoes for later in the evening.

48. Choose a mobile beauty therapist who can pamper you and your bridesmaids in the comfort of your home or the venue. This is also great for a bachelorette celebration.

49. It doesn’t take long hours of complicated styling to create a beautiful hairdo – fresh flowers and glittering tiaras always look gorgeous.

50. Natural, subtle make-up always looks elegant. To see what works best, arrange a hair and make- up trial once your dress is finalised.




The Photographer and Videographer

51. Choose a photographer who can bring your wedding’s style to life. Do you prefer a modern, abstract, black and white or traditional look?

52. Consider at least three different photographers whose work and personalities appeal to you.Remember to look at a full wedding portfolio, not just their best shots. 53. Why not organise a pre-shoot to provide beautiful images for your save the date email or the invitations?

54. Ensure that you receive a disc with all the photos and be aware if any additional charges.

55. Capture every moment of the day with a videographer. Examine their previous work and opt for a timeless style - quirky editing effects date very quickly.

56. Your videographer’s coverage should be unobtrusive. Relentless filming and harsh lighting can easily spoil the atmosphere.



Music and Entertainment

57. If the decor sets the look of your wedding, it’s music that perfects the ambience. Bring your day to life with professional bands and musicians who reflect your personal tastes.

58. Create a sacred and tranquil atmosphere for the ceremony with a classical trio or quartet.

59. Get the celebrations going at pre-reception drinks with catchy, upbeat music. We love a flamboyant tango trio or a lively jazz duo.

60. Give the DJ a list of your favourite tracks. This helps him or her to understand your tastes and decide what music will work best.

61. Never underestimate how popular golden oldies can be. Ask the DJ to throw in a few classic tracks and watch your guests hit the dance floor.

62. Nervous about the opening dance? Get the party started with a salsa instructor for you and your guests.

63. For relaxed afternoon entertainment, join your guests for a laidback game of boules or croquet, complete with black scoreboards.

64. Add an ethnic twist to your wedding with African entertainment. We’ve set up anything from vibrant drum circles to a cow for the bride’s lobola!




Tips to look out for in the next issue:

- Your Guests
- Transport and Accommodation
- Fabulous Gift Ideas



 
 
 


If you are planning your big day then read on, as we know it all when it comes to top wedding trends for Spring 2010. As one of Sa's favorite wedding websites, Weddingdiary.co.za is a great place to plan your wedding online with a virtual planning system, find all your favorite service providers and stay updated with the latest trends in the industry. Here are a few of our ideas...



The style for the ultimate chic and fashionable 2010 wedding dress is the short knee-baring mini-frock. This flirty frock is perfect for a beach wedding or perhaps a second dress for a cocktail reception. A must-do for the young and the young at heart!




Bold colours are replacing the traditional white gown, especially orange, pinks, yellows, greens and reds. Look for bright red dresses embellished with large satin sashes and bows, or red gowns with black piping and detailing for a fresh new look.



First shown on the fashion runaways in Paris back in 2008 black hasn’t gone away and is still a leading trend for the fashion-forward bride that wants to make a bold statement. Black dresses embellished with lace and pearls are an attractive choice but you can also consider black piping or embroidery over the classic white dress for variation.



Pretty and practical pearls, decorative laces, beading and embellishments are being seen along with the use of authentic flower shapes and large bows. Some designers are also beginning to incorporate discrete practical pockets to keep those essential items on your person.



If it matches your style, the modern take on the beehive hairstyle is now very popular or the more dainty princess style in which the hair is pulled back in a side parting and held using a tiara or veil. Curled layers that lay on top of each other resulting in “big” hair is also rather funky for Spring 2010. Headbands and fascinators are coming back to accompany the mini-frocks and vintage inspired themes.



Taking its cue from old Hollywood glamour, birdcage veils are a great recreation for the modern wedding ensemble. By finding veils that are attached to jewel encrusted hair clips or feathered headbands can save any hassle in finding separate hair ornaments.



Remember to discuss with your photographer and videographer that they are capturing everything in HD – high definition – for that truly sharp, colourful, almost cinematic finish that will last a lifetime.



Statement jewellery crystal bib necklaces, soft pearls entwined with hard metals and the ever-present chandelier earring are just some of the spring 2010 wedding fashion trends brides can look forward to.



For the Glamorous Assistants. The bridesmaids will be seen wearing simple and sophisticated dresses with straight edges, low cut backs and dropped waists. Casual fabrics like cotton and tutu netting go well with chiffon layers.



Here Come The Boys. Whether you are looking at morning suits, traditional or frock coats, velvet is the fabric of 2010. Although it has had a poor reputation for many years the quality and production of this material has really improved recently and many top stars are now adorning the fabric.



The Theme “Art Deco” is really taking off and will be a strong choice with styles inspired from 1920’s & 1930’s. Many couples are going back to basics with simpler weddings and concentrating on the lasting memories rather than the impact of going all-out.



Your Own Wedding Website is a great tool for communicating your wedding plans to your guests. No invitation is complete without a web address these days! You can use your website to give wedding guests maps, accommodation listings and transport, all with live links, as well as keeping a message board and a PhotoShare page where family and friends can add their pictures after the big day.

Contact Aces Media for more information on your own wedding website at info@acesgroup.co.za

www.acesmedia.net




 
LAUNCHING SOON!!!


 
 
 
 
 
 



Vanessa & Philip




Co-incidentally, Vanessa and Philip’s families owned holiday homes in the same towns for years - namely Hermanus and Hentiesbay (Namibia). But the couple only met while living in Sydney, Australia. They were introduced through a mutual friend who ended up being one of the groomsmen at the wedding. The couple had been dating for a year when Philip decided to propose! They had travelled down to Melbourne for a long weekend; he took Vanessa up to a lookout point in Mornington Peninsula nature reserve and popped the question! A year later they tied the knot at Nooitgedacht just outside of Stellenbosch.

The concept of Vanessa and Philip’s wedding came to the fore in two ways - from the start Philip made it clear that he wanted a laidback 'opskop' with all his friends whereas Vanessa wanted a more intimate, casual but unfailingly elegant wedding which illustrated how their lives were coming together. So they merged these contrasting approaches and ended up with a day that was casual in atmosphere but elegant in style. “We used everyday items for comfort with a touch of old world glamour.”




The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta creation, “It was the perfect fit from the first time I tried it on. I did not need to wear anything with it!” The groom proudly points to his brown and cream striped tie for emphasis on his stylish contribution to the bridal attire! The outfits for the page boy and flower girls were made in Sydney.
After non-stop rain the week before the wedding it cleared up the day prior and the couple woke to a perfect spring day. But the heavens only know - it rained again the day after! “We were blessed in so many ways!” says Vanessa. With such a lucky start, the rest of the day pretty much followed suit! “I was the most relaxed bride and was able to enjoy every moment of the wedding, from the time I woke on the beautiful grounds of Nooitgedacht, to walking down the aisle with my father and opening the dance floor. It was a very special day for both of us.”

“Isolating one special moment is a huge task but if we really had to try very hard, we’d say it was when we walked into the reception as husband and wife, accompanied by music from the Beach Boys - 'Then I kissed her'. All our family and friends were looking on with so much love and great applause!” says the couple. The couple nostalgically remembers one more occasion, “When the flower girls and page boy arrived in our old Morris Minor which was driven by my dad (bride) - he blew the horn as he passed the guests seated for the ceremony. It was such a special and quirky way to start the celebration.“




Oh, and the cake was quite a show-stopper! “It was actually a last minute thought” Vanessa says, “I saw a program on TV where they made a croquembouche tower. Our croquembouche was made of profiteroles dipped in white chocolate on a simple white base made of chocolate and white icing. Trust me, it tasted as impressive as it looked!”

“For us working out the guest list was the hardest part, after that Aleit and Faye took over and left only the fun stuff for us. My advice to other bridal couples would be, if you are arranging a wedding abroad - get a planner! It gives you such peace of mind knowing that someone is looking after your interests and allows you to enjoy your wedding day without having to worry about a thing.”

In closing: “You know, our guests are still talking about our wedding and I think that is a credit to Faye at the Aleit Group who understood what we wanted from the start and then managed to exceed our expectations. Every person felt special on the day.” Vanessa and Philip enjoyed ten days soaking up the sun in Mauritius before heading back to Australia.




Service providers:

VENUE: Nooitgedacht Wine Estate
MINISTER: Mark Wiemers 
HONEYMOON: Dream Destinations
WEDDING CAKE: Wade’s Cakes
MUSICIANS: Aleit Music and Entertainment
SUIT HIRE: The Dress Suit
STATIONERY DESIGNER: Elsje Designs
GIFTS ON TABLE FROM BRIDE AND GROOM: Aleit Shop 
FLORIST: Flowers in the Foyer
LIGHTING:Something Different Concepts and Shows 
PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan Graham
VIDEOGRAPHER: Vicky Goslin Video Productions
WAITRONS: Shake and Serve
HAIR & MAKE-UP: Sebastine Pepler
TRANSPORT: Rikki’s
FLOORING: Something Different Concepts and Shows 
HIRING: Exclusive Hire 







 
 
 







Planning your wedding ceremony is a difficult task all on its own, and then there is the reception… What you need to remember is that choosing the right DJ is just as important as choosing the right color scheme. Many brides tend to underestimate the importance of this, but choosing the right DJ for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure the success of your event. In this article, we will supply you with all the necessary information, to aid you in making your decision.


1 Experience

The amount of experience your DJ has, is a very important factor. How long has he been playing at weddings? This will give you a clear indication of the DJ’s ability to successfully entertain your guests. A DJ should, upon request, provide you with information on his performing experience and contact details of previous brides for reference. He should also give you a sense that he is knowledgeable about wedding protocols and the music you enjoy. Anyone can play a song, but it takes a true professional to be able to make the dance floor come alive.

2 Meet face to face

Ensure that you and your DJ meet face to face. Telephone conversations and communicating via emails is not good enough. Your DJ company may have a reputation that proceeds them, but the DJ they hired today might not. If you are making use of a DJ company, be sure to meet with the DJ, that will actually be supplying the music at your wedding. There is no use in simply meeting the face of the company, when he is not the one that will be responsible for entertaining your guests. It is also very important that you and your DJ get along well… after- all, you are trusting him with the success of the most important day of your life.

3 Is he a competent wedding DJ?

This is an aspect that you should not underestimate. A Wedding is different from any other event. The DJ should not necessarily be very good at scratch mixing, or beat mixing. A good wedding DJ is flexible, knows how to adjust to the audience and to the event, and comes well prepared for his part in the wedding celebration. A good DJ will always take requests, as this helps him to understand and read his crowd even better. Be careful to choose a DJ that “specialises” in a specific genre of music, because a good DJ is versatile in his work. His knowledge of music has to be so exceptional that he is capable of entertaining people from the age of 13, up to the age of 90. Being a wedding DJ is an art.

4 Document your agreement

A written contract that covers every detail is absolutely necessary. Don't be taken in by a wedding DJ who claims that a contract is a waste of time – it’s not! The contract should include: the name of your actual DJ, the date, time and location of your event, the cost, and any stipulations under which the contract can be broken. Your DJ should also allow you to make additional requirements, and add it to the contract. It is very important that you get every detail in writing, not only for your own reference, but also in case something goes wrong. A DJ that makes use of a contract is not likely to take any chances, as this gives him legal liability.

5 Does he use professional equipment and does he have backup?

All I need is the right music and big speakers, right? Absolutely not! It is very important to make sure your DJ uses professional equipment. The music will just sound that much better and the chances of technical failure will be a lot less. Make sure you find out what your DJ’s equipment and lighting rig looks like – you've gone to a lot of effort and expense getting the perfect look and you don't want it spoiled with equipment that looks unprofessional. It is also imperative that your DJ has a backup service in place, in case of equipment failure. You certainly do not want the most important night of your life to end with a speaker blowing, and there is no replacement speaker available. Also be sure to check with your DJ, as to how the backup equipment will be brought to your wedding. Will the DJ need to leave in order to fetch it or is it a simple matter of making a phone call? Then, there is always the possibility that your DJ can’t make it to your wedding due to unforeseen circumstances. So, what now? Make sure that your DJ is prepared for such an event and that he has a standby DJ in place.

6 How diverse is his music collection?

At a wedding you have a very diverse crowd, thus very diverse tastes in music. Your DJ needs to be able to cater to everyone’s taste. A good DJ will give every guest the opportunity to enjoy his or her favourite genre or era of music for a period of time. His music collection needs to be versatile in order to entertain all your guests.


7 Does he come recommended?

Before you decide on a DJ for your wedding, be sure to ask him for his references. The last thing you want is for a start-out DJ to ruin your big day. If it is possible try to come in contact with some of his previous clients and hear what they have to say.

8 Price versus quality

As with most services and products, the price you pay is linked to the quality of that service or product. Sure, you will always find the guy that wants to charge double for what the service is actually worth. Ask for a few quotes from various well known or recommended DJ’s. This will give you a good idea of what the industry cost average is. Of course you have a specific budget and it should definitely be taken into consideration, but just make sure that it is not the deciding factor. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true… it normally is!



Thank you to Cream Cheese for sponsoring parts of information in this article.


Featured DJ's
Cream Cheese
Cream Cheese Mobile Discos have been the leading Mobile Disco suppliers in Gauteng and surrounding areas since 1971, now also servicing the Western Cape region. We specialise in Weddings, Corporate Events, Birthday Parties for all ages, or any events that you require Top Quality Music with a friendly and experienced DJ. Every one of our DJ's are trained and experienced in all Genres and Eras of music (from 50s and Current,Top 40 to Kwaito, Rock and House) and are always happy to take requests. Most importantly, we have a backup and contingency structure that is unmatched.

www.creamcheese.co.za

Contact Details:
Cream Cheese
info@creamcheese.co.za
+27 (0)11-462-1103
 
DJ René
René is a pioneer in mixing DJ music with live musicians. As a musician himself - drums & other percussion instruments - René has played many times with prominent local musicians including Robbie Jensen, Moreira Chonguica and Buddy Wells on saxophone, Vaughn Fransch and Lee Thomson on trumpet, Frank Paco and John Hassan on percussion and Alou April on guitar.

www.djrene.co.za/

Contact Details:
Rene Tanguy
kayembe@mweb.co.za
082 578 4888   
 
Creative Ground
Specializing in weddings, I understand the daunting task of planning a wedding. I strive to create an unforgettable experience for my brides, making their most special day memorable. I consult with brides prior to the wedding to ensure we focus on the details and song selections. I have a vast collection of music and cater for all tastes. Please visit my website to find out more… www.creativeground.co.za

Contact Details:
Kevin Perrow
kevin.perrow@creativeground.co.za
072 416 5207

DJ Benny
Being an award winning DJ, I pride myself in making any function a great occasion! With my 12 years of experience of being a DJ and MC, I guarantee the success of any event. I have an affinity for public speaking , I’m good at getting crowd participation and great at providing a well rounded variety of music for any function and all age groups. I have a very versatile style of entertaining, that incorporates all tastes of music, and I also have a variety of local music that I incorporate. Please feel free to visit my website to find out more: www.djbenny.co.za

Contact Details:
Brendon
brendon@djbenny.co.za
082 874 0352

DJ Saint Michael
Michael is the ex-drummer of Perez and Love Jones and has taken the plunge into the “world of weddings”. “Alongside the usuals, I love playing the one hit wonders that most people have forgotten about…the reaction is priceless” says Michael. Over the last 3 years, Michael has been carving his way into the Wedding Scene and is now very quickly becoming a popular choice among Wedding Planners and Bride-to-Be’s alike.

www.saintmichael.co.za

Contact Details:
Michael Goddard
michael@saintmichael.co.za
072 141 4485
 
DJ Stageline
I have twenty years experience as a DJ, I am passionate about music and love playing to a crowd and creating an atmosphere in a room. I have a vast selection of music, covering many genres from the Golden Oldies to the latest Hits, as well as Afrikaans, Jazz, Rock, Indian etc. ensuring that I can cater for all tastes. I had the honor of being nominated by some of my clients for the SABIA Bridal Awards 2010.

www.stageline.co.za

Contact Details:
Brad Smith
brad@stageline.co.za
082 669 9303
 
DJ Mazoza
DJ Mazoza is passionate about collecting and playing music from all different parts of the world. He specializes in African and Caribbean Rhythms. He has more than 12 years DJ’ing experience in various clubs and private functions both in the USA and in South Africa. He caters for a variety of events from weddings right through to high corporate functions.. He features sounds such as South African Jazz, R&B, Salsa, Lover’s Reggae, Soca, Zouk , Dance hall, Makossa, Mapouika, Sokouss, Highlife etc.

www.djmazoza.com

Contact Details:
Dj Mazoza
info@djmazoza.com
076 199 0942
 
DJ's Incorporated
For your perfect day, you need the perfect music solution! We are a full time entertainment company with 16 years experience. We will provide for all your music, sound and lighting requirements from chapel to reception. DJ’s Incorporated has all the music to cover all ages, nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. Let us entertain everyone while you and your spouse take your 1st journey together as a married couple on your wedding day.

www.djsincorporated.co.za

Contact Details:
Chris
chris@djsincorporated.co.za
083 694 0656
 
DJ In the Mix
DJ in the mix is a dynamic company providing professional sound and lighting for any function. Our aim is to provide our customers with a professional service, value for money as well as efficient and friendly customer service. We only use equipment of the highest caliber to ensure the success of your event, be it indoor or outdoor. Our music collection is very extensive – so you can be assured there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

www.djinthemix.co.za

Contact Details:
074 159 3990 (Rita)
082 556 4522 (Mike)
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 







Celebrating spring

As the first blossoms start appearing around the Western Cape, one cannot but help to think of the first crop of young spring vegetables. The first courgette flowers, artichokes, asparagus, spring lamb etc is just around corner. Spring menus are a celebration of everything fresh and vibrant. Keep things simple and expose ingredients to as little heat as possible. Also discard heavy ingredients such as butter and cream, rather opt for olive oil and lemon juice.

Bon Appétit



Starter
Ricotta stuffed courgette flowers

8 courgette flowers
1 onion chopped
1 clove of garlic, creamed
20g flatleaf parsley, chopped
1 chilli chopped
Zest & juice of 1 lemon
200g ricotta
100ml olive oil
Sea salt
& freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients except the olive oil in a bowl and mix together. Gently stuff each courgette flower and place in the refrigerator to set. Heat a pan over medium heat and gently fry the stuffed flowers over a medium heat until golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate and drizzle with the remaining olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a little cracked black pepper. Serve with fresh crusty bread.

Serves 4




Main Course

Gremolata rubbed rack of lamb served with grilled artichokes, green beans black olives & new
potatoes


Zest of 2 lemons
20g finely chopped garlic
2 anchovy fillets
1 clove garlic, creamed
20ml extra virgin olive oil
4 x 200g lamb rumps
50ml white wine
200 green beans blanched
1 tin black olives, pitted & halved
500g new potatoes, halved & boiled in salted water
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper


Mix together the first five ingredients and rub all over the lamb. Leave to marinate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat a pan until smoking hot. Season the lamb then brown the on all
sides then transfer to the oven for 10-15 minutes until medium. Set the lamb aside to rest. Put the
pan back on the heat and deglaze with the wine. And the rest of the ingredients and season to taste.
Slice the lamb against the grain. Arrange the vegetables on 4 plates and top with the lamb. Drizzle
with some olive oil & garnish with chopped parsley.




Dessert

Elderflower & Cucumber granita

3 cucumber
3 limes
300ml elderflower cordial

Peel the cucumbers and cut them into short lengths. Put them in a food processor and blend to a pulp. Pour the pulp into a fine sieve set above a bowl and use a ladle to squeeze the juice from the pulp into the bowl you should end up with around 450ml. Discard the pulp. Squeeze the limes, then add their juice and the cordial to the cucumber liquid and stir well. Try a little on a teaspoon and add a bit more cordial if you cannot taste the elderflower. Pour into a freezer-proof container, cover and freeze for 2 hours. Remove the container from the freezer and scrape the partially frozen mixture with a fork to break up the ice crystals. Return to the freezer. Every 1-2 hours, remove the granita and scrape well with a fork. You will need to do this about 4 times until the correct texture is reached. By this time the mixture should be pale lime green, with the texture of soft crushed ice- slush. Once prepared, simply return the granita to the freezer until needed.






 
 

 
 
 
 







Topic: Style

Groom in jeans - Hi there, we are not having your typical tux and tiara wedding. Neither of us are really the type. My dress is simple and slim fitting. I would like the groom to wear nice jeans, a fitted button up shirt, nice blazer and shoes. My mother is totally freaking out about the idea. Please give your opinion. The groomsmen will also be in the same jeans and a white button up shirt but without the blazer. My bridesmaids are in 60s style polka dot short dresses. Thanks!

Dear Bride

Our styling expert, Marilize de Clercq has great advice: Unconventional is the way to go and your wedding day is about... you. I would however opt for dark monotone jean with a great fit. Therefore the groom’s silhouette will be formal, but the actual garment informal. The groom and groomsmen should all wear smart Italian shoes for that stylish finishing touch.

For fun, try to repeat the bridesmaids’ polka dots either in a pocket hanky or socks. Another option is to line the cuffs or colours of your groomsmen's shirts with a small polka dot fabric.
Remember to inform your guests of the dress code too!  It is fun to give the ladies and gents each a specific dress code in your invitations.  E.g. Ladies Dress Code:  elegant and comfortable (high heels preferred). Gents Dress Code:  Jeans and blazer (no ties).

As for mom, take her advice with a good heart and attitude and then explain that this day is about your memories and how you would like to celebrate it and visually express yourselves.

Enjoy!

Aleit








 
 
 







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Embraced by the majestic Kogelberg Mountains and bordered by the vast Bot River Lagoon, the hotel invites you to indulge in a sensory experience that will leave you with treasured memories - beautiful aromas of fresh salty sea air and fynbos; distinctive sounds of exotic birdlife and enriching sights of emblematic green mountains and sparkling waters that meet an indigo sky.




Thanda, meaning ‘love’ in Zulu, is an expression of the magical union of the power of Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity. Thanda Private Game Reserve is South Africa’s top award winning safari destination and is situated in northern Zululand, in close proximity to the Indian Ocean.

The inimitable integration of South Africa’s best climate and rehabilitated and rich bush land has made Thanda home to amazing wildlife and over four hundred bird species. Ignite your imagination and open your mind to an extraordinary experience for your soul, mind and body. It’s the unique and sought after balance between energizing and exclusive relaxation that we want to share with you and your dear ones.



Luxury accommodation at its best. in the rooms you will find a perfect blend of style and comfort, while waking up to breathtaking views from every angle. 

sixteen bedrooms and six plush suites span across three wings of the hotel giving you the feeling of being in a private manor house.  here our staff is waiting to tend to your every need and our service will surpass your expectations.



The Hotel

Welcome to exquisite hospitality, wine, golf, spa and history. A historic wine farm on the foothills of the magnificent Stone Mountains, provides the setting for this gracious five star boutique hotel, It's a beautiful destination ... combining the peace and serenity of exquisite accommodation amongst vineyards with an award winning winery and a 18-hole championship golf course and a luxury spa. Ideally situated a mere 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Accommodation at Steenberg has 5 Star Hotel status. 21 en-suite rooms and the 3 new Heritage Suites.The hotel buildings (1682) with the Manor House, Jonkershuis and the Barn have been declared a National Monument, lovingly restored and decorated traditionally with antiques in the elegant styling of the 17th Century and their own lounges... a gracious combination of old world charm and modern conveniences. Premier rooms are modern with open plan spaces and feature terraces with vineyard or golf course views. Many of the rooms have private patios where one can enjoy time alone in contemplation, revitalizing the senses.

A pool bar that is the epitome of style completes the picture. Relax on the comfortable pool loungers whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the Steenberg Mountains and beyond.






 
 
 


Getting married?

Then you’re probably looking to get a new house or flat. Renovating a new house is very important for newly-weds, but can be a stressful and time-consuming task.

With letsrenovate.co.za, we aim to save you time and money, so that you can focus on the important things, like building your relationship with your new partner and starting a family.

From the bathroom to the garden. From the floors to the roof. We have it all. With more than 30 different categories, you are almost certain to find everything you need to turn your house into the perfect home.
Each company gets their very own profile, to showcase the work they do, so you can look through all the photos and compare companies, all in the comfort of your home. When you have found the company that you like, you are able to email them, straight from the letsrenovate.co.za website.

With regularly updated content, including top renovation tips, Inspiration guides and fun articles, Let’s Renovate really is the best place to start planning your new home renovation.

www.letsrenovate.co.za



 


 
 
 
 

Nwanedi Wine and Country Manor –
“a place worthy of celebration"


"The passion of the NWANEDI experience is inspired by the mystical legend of the Vhavenda people where culture meets Africa in the tranquility of Paarl."

The founders, Gavin and Jean Stork, were inspired by the natural beauty of the Nwanedi region and have captured this perfection in redefining their Paarl estate with the noble winemaking tradition of the original farm (circa. 1692). The modern wines will grace any fine lifestyle and never disappoint.
Since inception, a definite eco-conscious philosophy permits only free organic development and no interference with the natural ecology of the estate.

The Country Manor graces the summit of the First Dawn ridge, encapsulating the mysteries of the past, nurturing the passion of the Nwanedi experience. The luxurious decor and African hardwood furniture complement the majestic mountain views, creating a fine tapestry of imaginative tales from the past. The luxury suites are spacious and fully equipped with modern conveniences and fine percale linen. The manor offers perfect relaxation and regeneration in natural surroundings.
The Baobab Restaurant offers a unique occasion for guests to interact with the chef while delectable cuisine is prepared. Seasonal produce, herbs and spices are harvested daily from the estate orchard and gardens. Breakfasts are an extravaganza of estate fruits and traditional country fare.

Wines of the Estate: Nwanedi is endeared with four distinctly different terroir, each with a unique structure from rocky riverine shales to luxuriously deep granite terroir. Four primary vineyard blocks are single vineyard registered with the wines bearing the vineyard names: First Dawn, Meditation, Junction and Railyard, complemented by white wines, all epitomising the perfection demanded in making fine wine.

www.nwanedi.co.za








 
 
 
 
 
Small Business Awards

The Aleit Group has been nominated for Cape Talk Small Business of the Year award. This is indeed such an honour, and we are thrilled at the prospect of winning this award.


 
 
 
 
 





Jean-Pierre Uys - Our featured wedding photographer

As a photographer I specialise in weddings. My goal is to capture the beautiful moments of your wedding so that they can be cherished and shared by family and friends to make your day truly unforgettable.
By observing every little detail I capture beautiful, magical and spontaneous moments through the lens of my camera. These combined with creative and artistic portraits, makes your special day live forever.

www.jeanpierrephotography.co.za
Dish Food & Social

With a client list comprising Cape Town's leading lights and many of South Africa's largest corporations, Dish Food & Social caters for functions as diverse as weddings, funerals, working breakfasts and cocktails, as well as very large events such as the Nederburg Auction. It is a business that has grown out of a passion for food and a genuine love of people and parties. Andrea Foulkes and her team draw on a wide variety of culinary inspirations in putting together menus that are tailored to each client's preferences. Their premises, located in what was the ballroom of the Avalon Hotel in Gardens, is also a stylish and versatile function venue. 

Read more about Dish

Top Table – Our featured hiring supplier

At Top Table our experienced, friendly and professional team work with you from your initial enquiry through to delivery to achieve the best possible results to satisfy your hiring requirements.  
We custom deliver only the finest quality table and catering equipment from our extensive range, which includes many truly exclusive and unique products. 
With our international experience we understand the need for service excellence and take pride in delivering on time every time.  
We take pride in the high quality of our product and our business success has grown quietly and efficiently through recommendation. 


Read more about Top Table

Jewellers: Sterns - for now, for ever

We know that the perfect piece of jewellery is as important as the person who wears it and that it will be treasured forever, whether it is bought for oneself or a loved one. With this knowledge, our committed staff deliver excellent customer service to ensure a magnificent shopping experience that will be unforgettable.

Read more about Sterns...
Top Billing Magazine – THE BEST OF THE GOOD LIFE

Top Billing Magazine, inspired by the Top Billing TV show, combines the latest trends in fashion, décor, food and travel allowing you to immerse yourself in a world of glamour and elegance. Driven by a team of professionals we search to bring you only the best content. Our pages are filled with awe-inspiring stories, news and ideas allowing you to share in the best of the good life!

Read more about Top Billing
Jagadi Haute Couture – Javaid, our featured designer

Javaid Aslam was born in England. He obtained his fashion degree in the UK. His impeccable eye for detail developed through extensive international experience, such as collaborations with Burberry (accessories), Savile Row Tailors U.K., Donna Karan, Calvin Klein (embellished embroidery), and Dunhill (leather goods and accessories).
His designs appeared in Vogue (UK), Elle (UK), FHM (UK), Cosmopolitan (SA), Sarie Bride (SA), Roi Roose (SA), GQ (SA) and numerous articles in papers and magazines.

Read more about Jagadi

Cape Town Stadium

To be a leading lifestyle venue that entertains, educates and elevates the lives of its people through balanced social and sustainability initiatives. We will strive to be a recognised global brand that embraces a character of achievement, innovation, success and fun. 

Read more...
FJS Productions

Cape Town´s premiere wedding video company Your wedding day provides you with only one chance to capture every romantic glance and special smile on film. By investing in a professional wedding video company like FJS, you ensure that the precious memories of your day are preserved for you and your family for years to come.

www.fjs.co.za
Shake and Serve - Bar and Staff

Shake and Serve supplies a high quality, classy yet trendy mobile events bar service. Fully inclusive of stock, equipment and glassware. Our bars are the best in the business and can set your event apart. The other division boasts a full range of event staff. Style barman, barman, waiters, wine stewards, barbacks/porters and Floor Managers/Bar managers. All highly trained and professional with much experience in the industry. Both aspects of our company can be easily tailored to client specific needs.

www.shakeandserve.co.za

Catering - Stir Food

Stir focuses on relaxed fine dining using the best quality ingredients sourced as locally as possible. We maintain a delicate balance between traditional excellence and the latest culinary trends. Our ingredients include the freshest produce and mouth-watering flavours, spiced with inventive presentation and rounded off with immaculate service.

www.stirfood.co.za
DJ René
René is a pioneer in mixing DJ music with live musicians. As a musician himself - drums & other percussion instruments - René has played many times with prominent local musicians including Robbie Jensen, Moreira Chonguica and Buddy Wells on saxophone, Vaughn Fransch and Lee Thomson on trumpet, Frank Paco and John Hassan on percussion and Alou April on guitar.

www.djrene.co.za
 


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- Health and beauty Part 1

- Flower Decor Trends for summer 2010

... and much more!



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