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Bridal Magazine


Right in the middle of the ice season, we will be looking into the best restaurants for you and your partner to dine in style this winter, alternatively we have the perfect recipe for you to treat yourself at home in front of the fire place.

To ad sparkle to your winter we will reveal what's bubbling at Simonsig Wine Estate and have a sneak peak at the latest lineups in bridal couture by Ladi Marmalaide.
Wedding Diary had the privilege of visiting the amazing Fancourt Golf Estate to see what they offer the princesses of next year's weddings. 
Do enjoy this issue with a glass of Simonsig's Kaapse Vonkel, and we look forward to your feedback.
Carl Wallace



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The Plan Your Wedding Virtual Planner guides you through all the steps of your wedding, from start to finish. Pre-wedding, budget, gifts, guests, the big day itself, and even the honeymoon.

Along all these steps, we have a list of trusted service providers that you can get in touch with to make your dreams come true. Then there are additional features like your very own blog, gallery, and even your own Wedding Website, where you can keep friends and family updated on the progress of your plans, and even post tasks for those helping you with your planning.

With so many brides using one system, it makes it easy for brides to communicate through their blogs and list the joys and difficulties of planning a wedding. With access to so much information you can be sure that whatever  problems you face, there will be some other brides out there that will be able to provide you with some answers.

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Wine Estate


Burrowed in the heart of the Cape wine country, between historical Stellenbosch and gourmet Franschoek, you will find the inconceivable MolenVliet Wine and Guest Estate sparkling in its own personal elegance.This exclusive Estate is only 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and the V&A Waterfront charm. Romantic , festive and unimaginable memories await your getaway at this unforgettable paradise.


When venturing off to some of the most famous wine estates in the Cape, Molenvliet Wine & Guest Estate is a treasure never to be forgotten. Its magical mix of heaven on earth will create unforgettable experiences when looming to explore the beauty of the Cape region.
Discover the secrets of the MolenVliet’s range of boutique wines. Experience, no compromise on quality and patience has made MolenVliet’s wines a very sought after item for collectors and wine lovers all alike.Visit the Estate, taste and learn how our winemaking tradition produces new world elegance and a finesse coupled with old world charm.


We do not put too much stock in either ratings or awards, because we know quite intimately the limitations of that approach, and we would prefer that, over time and with experience, you gain confidence in our ability to select wines of character and distinction.Wine making at MolenVliet is treated with esteem and control. This is because here, wine making is not a job; it is an obsession about a legend. 

For this reason we surround ourselves with people who feel the same way. We are a proud estate - proud of our heritage, proud of our products and proud of our people. We leave it to you to judge that this pride lies in the quality of our wines.



Wedding Bar Services


Vibrant Wedding Production Company - FJS

We are a vibrant Cape Town-based team that is committed to capturing your wedding day in a discreet, yet complete way. Unlike many other wedding videographers, we are able to film the most important parts of your day without hindering other guests, getting in the way or requiring the room to be rearranged to suit our needs. By combining our sense of professionalism with our respect for your personal needs and wants on this, your most important day, we have achieved maximum output with minimal impact.

FJS is a Cape Town-based wedding video supplier that has offered clients a discreet, tasteful service that does not negotiate on quality since 1996. Our state-of-the-art equipment plays an integral part in ensuring that your film is of the highest standard. This means that, with the use of lapel microphones and professional broadcasting editing software, we are able to provide a complete and inclusive record of this momentous day. We do not use bright lights, and we do not require guests or the wedding party to pose or act any of the usual wedding scenes out. This means that all footage is natural, reflecting the true ambience of your wedding.
It is important to note that, at FJS, we do not subcontract video services out to any other videographers, but undertake each project ourselves, with utmost dedication and attention. Thereafter, we conduct our own frame-by-frame editing to maintain top quality standards for each wedding video.
Although our wedding video company is based in Cape Town, we have worked in many other areas in South Africa. We are proud of our 100% client satisfaction rate, and this has only inspired us to continue to improve in our service and product.

Wedding Videos


Wedding Photographer

I am delighted to be back permanently in South Africa. Spending 7 years overseas gave me the amazing opportunity to do wedding shoots in 5 countries with cities ranging from the classy Zurich to the exotic Istanbul.  

I shoot in a natural, contemporary style and will capture beautiful portraits, traditional group shots and naturalistic reportage. 

Wedding Photography
Wedding Photography

At your wedding I will create hundreds of beautiful images that capture the love, the people, the atmosphere and all the little details you spent so much time creating.

Wedding Photography
Wedding Photography

I am a big believer in getting to know you and having some fun before your Big Day which is why ALL my packages include a pre-wedding (engagement) shoot.

Wedding Photography

I am based in the Western Cape and am available for weddings throughout South Africa and the world!
If you would like to see more please visit my website at www.alanbrownephotography.com and make contact on info@alanbrownephotography.com 


JuSt Jack - Wedding and Events Coordination

Wedding Caterers


Most people work to live. We count ourselves very lucky to be making our living while doing stuff we’re passionate about. We cook because we love food, and we go to parties because we love people. Our kitchen is a continually busy riot of flavour and colour where we often laugh so much our stomachs ache.


Since starting in Andrea Foulkes’ home kitchen during the course of 2002 we have cooked for some of South Africa’s best-known corporates, as well as many of Cape Town’s leading lights. From large events, such as the Nederburg Auction, Loerie Awards, Durban July or J&B Met to catered home dinners or fairy tale weddings, we apply the same passion for food and attention to detail.

Wedding Food

Our repertoire draws on European, Asian and New World influences. We bring a contemporary slant to barbecue/braai, which we regard as one of our specialities. While we often use duck, beef, lamb, chicken, as well as various fish and seafood, a disproportionate number of the dishes we produce are vegetarian. 

Wedding Food

The sheer number of different dishes we cook on a regular basis would keep a photographer very busy. Our menus are 100% customisable, so please give us an indication of your preferences and we’ll do our best to accommodate them within your budget.

Whether you’re hosting 10 or 1000 to breakfast, lunch or dinner, we deliver professional, personal service:
we offer the alternative of preparing and serving the food at your function, or dropping off platters ready to put out
we arrange staff to serve food and beverages
menu planned to your specific requirements
your kitchen is left in pristine condition!
Where required we also do full event management and co-ordination.


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Fancourt, South Africa’s premier leisure and business resort is situated in the heart of the Garden Route. Ideally located just seven kilometers from both George Airport and the historic town of George, the resort is superbly landscaped on 613 hectares of lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the perfect backdrop.
Estate facilities include the Club House, Golf Academy and TaylorMade Performance Lab, as well as swimming pools, tennis courts and children’s activity centres, a 5-star hotel with 115 rooms plus the new 18-room Manor House, a 350-delegate conference centre, four restaurants, shops, and a spa with an indoor pool, hair salon and gymnasium.


Glorious swimming beaches are easily accessible and mountain biking, horse riding, picnics and hikes can be arranged on request. Sightseeing excursions in the picturesque coastal towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay are also available.

Garden Route

Fancourt is well established as the top golf destination on the Garden Route, hosting a range of top golf and charity events every year. These include The Presidents Cup (in 2003), and more recently amongst others, the upcoming Gary Player Invitational (GPI) on the 18th - 21st of November, which will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Links, the golf course that has been cited as ‘the most impressive piece of golf design and construction ever in South Africa’. Together with the other two golf courses on the estate, Outeniqua and Montagu, The Links ,too was designed by Gary Player, to provide a total of 54 holes of challenging golf amidst the breathtaking natural beauty at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains.


Fancourt was awarded its first ‘green’ certification by GreenStaySA, achieving an admirable 73% grading to receive four out of five ‘green leaves’. This prestigious accolade affirms Fancourt’s dedication to responsible Environmental Business Practice, and its commitment to improving performance in terms of a ‘green’ approach in all key spheres of the business operation.
Driven by Tana Scott (Fancourt Safety, Health, Environment and Quality manager) Fancourt has adopted a ‘green’ approach to all aspects of the business operation. It has established an Environmental Management System to improve its performance, with recycling as the first and key focus area implemented to lessen its footprint. 
Other focus areas include management of invasive alien vegetation species; waste, water and electricity management, as well as investigating the installation of a biogas system, which would process Fancourt’s sewage, food waste and organic waste, while producing energy and reusable water.
Numerous other joint initiatives and many smaller actions are also employed by Fancourt on an ongoing basis, such as sorting and recycling of all waste, and using biodegradable cleaning products and micro-organisms in the kitchen fat traps. The outcome of this has been remarkable with an impressive 80% recycling figure for all waste generated, and Fancourt’s energy consumption having been reduced by approximately 10% over the last two years.
Voted Africa’s Leading Golf Resort at the 2009 World Travel Awards, Fancourt is dependent on its natural beauty and location along the scenic Garden Route for its status as a major tourist attraction, and is therefore 100% committed to preserving its own, and the surrounding natural habitat and eco-system.

Golf estate

Fancourt’s original homestead, built in 1859, now finds itself rejuvenated as the new luxury boutique hotel, “the Manor House at Fancourt”.

Manor house

The Manor house at Fancourt has eighteen luxury suites, offering personalized, butler-style service. These suites incorporate one master bedroom suite, four grand suites and thirteen luxury suites, immaculately designed in a contemporary classic style.
Dedicated to environmentally sustainable practices with ‘green’ certification endorsed by GreenStaySA, the renovation of the Fancourt Manor House provided an excellent opportunity for Fancourt to focus on the implementation of its ‘green’ strategy.  Some of the eco-friendly initiatives designed and incorporated here include hey card holders to cut power when clients leave their bedrooms, dual flush toilets, low-flow shower heads regulated to utelize about 50% of the usual hotel water usage, and solar heating installed for the swimming pool, to name but a few.


The Manor House restaurant too has received a complete transformation into a fine dining restaurant called Henry White’s. Dedicated to excellence in the culinary arts, it will set a new standard for fine dining on the Garden Route and beyond.

Wedding food

The Montagu Bar & Library lounge in the Manor House boasts a classic ambience and historic nuance, featuring wingback chairs and an original fireplace.


The Conference Centre at Fancourt is equipped with state of the art audio-visual equipment and video conferencing facilities. With a ballroom and six meeting rooms, this venue is suitable for meetings and events ranging from 6 to 400 guests.


Wedding Service providers



- byJust Jack




Arnold and I met when we where teenagers at a beach party in Onrus. Both our families have been going there for holidays (and they still do). We used to sit on the rocks and watch the sunset. Years later we met again as grownups. We were both single and on our first date I knew I wanted to marry Arnold. He proposed to me on the same rocks in Onrus while we were watching the sunset, just like the old days!



We wanted to keep the wedding personal, real and down to earth. I am a wedding photographer and I have been to so many weddings, that the last thing I wanted was a traditional wedding. We love camping and being out in nature, so we wanted the wedding to be outside, but also in a natural setting. We went to look at Beloftebos and immediately knew that was our venue. We both liked the idea of a festive old world carnival with lots of fun and playful elements, oh and with a Karoo farmyard feel to top it off! We thought about the things we loved most and incorporated it into our wedding. We had stalls with ginger beer, candyfloss, popcorn and an ice cream truck. There were lots of picnic blankets and places in the forest for our guests to sit and relax, and even play with games like “kettie skiet” (catapult) – the guys made a stand with some old cooldrink cans that could be shot, this made for excellent fun and great photographs. The dancefloor was outdoors, under the stars with lots of bonfires and the whole forest was lit up by fairylights. Our guests all dressed in “festive” clothes which also made the wedding much more relaxed.


What made our wedding special was that everything was personal and reflected our personalities. We did not do anything by the book but rather tried to be as creative as possible. We made the menus, table plans, signposts, games, table numbers, etc. My mother, aunt and her friend Maurice did all the flowers. I ordered the ostrich feathers from Oudtshoorn for a bit of extra drama. My dress was very special and I could not have asked for better designers than Theresa and Stephen from Gelieft. I told them that I wanted something amazing, different and dramatic and I didn’t want to look like a bride. They made my dream dress and I felt like a princess in it. It was two dresses in one. For the ceremony I had a long dress and then I took the skirt off for the reception and had a whole different look.


My advice? THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! There are no rules when it comes to weddings. Do the things you love and have fun. Be dressed and ready an hour before the wedding so you don’t have to rush and get stressed. Enjoy the wedding as if you are a guest and dance, eat, party and be merry! Don’t feel obligated to speak to every single person for hours because the day goes too fast. If you can, step away with your partner for a few minutes and just take in what is happening around you.

Make a slideshow with all the ideas for different sections like the ceremony , the flowers , the decor , dresses etc. and then go find them! Look around at second-hand shops, discount shops, your own things at home, etc.


Melissa and Arnold – thank you so much for sharing one of the most inspiring weddings I have ever seen! Big thanks also to Jaco from Just Jack and to Carmen as well – I very much hope to feature more of her fabulous work right here! Check out her blog to see what I mean.

Service providers:

Venue & catering: Beloftebos
Co-ordinator: Just Jack
Photography: Carmen Visser
Bride’s dress: Gelieft
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Oom Gert
Hair & makeup: Caren Blom & Ilse van Niekerk
Stationery: Natasha Dornbrack of Idea Catalyst
Hiring: Hiring4U (021 9032537)
DJ: Dirk Hanekom of Baha Entertainment


Wedding Photographers

It started off with Desmond Louw. Desmond met Toni, they fell in love and 
they love to be creative together...  and now it's Desmond Louw Photographers, since we got married! We are two creative, life loving, young and hardworking people, who want to make you happy with awesome pictures of the special moments in your life: your engagement, your wedding, you and your family, just you ...

Wedding Photography

We live and work in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa and are also available world wide.I, Toni (Antonia), have a degree in journalism and am the curious one.I like to radio-dj, write stories, make things, take pictures, and be creative...

Wedding Photography

I, Desmond, have been a photographer for more than 10 years and took pictures of weddings, engagements, cars, motorbikes, products, families, furniture, companies, restaurants, ... We know what's hot. We want to make your pictures look like a piece of art. We want to surprise you. We want you to love what you get. 

Wedding Photography

We love what we do. We have an ever changing style and think about new ideas for every single shoot. We want to bring your personality in the pictures. We want to "keep it real". If you like what we do, get in touch and let's talk.
Desmond & Toni


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Wine Estate


A Winelands wedding is one of the most popular venue choices, and legendary Simonsig Estate outside Stellenbosch offers a picture perfect setting complete with sweeping views of the majestic Simonsberg as an idyllic backdrop amidst the vines – ideal for an unforgettable ceremony and reception.

Ranging from cosy soirees enlivened with a lavish Champagne Menu of deluxe canapés and flutes of the estate’s renowned Kaapse Vonkel to lingering lunches and sophisticated dinners, the estate’s elegant Cuvée restaurant is ideal for that special day in your life. It offers tailor-made wedding packages combined with personal service, superb estate wines and delicious cuisine to ensure that every bride and groom treasures the celebration with family and friends forever. 

Cuvée can accommodate a maximum of 70 guests while the Van Niekerk room can accommodate up to 30 guests. Wedding parties have a choice to book these venues for the entire day or half a day depending on their needs. Simonsig Wine Estate is located outside Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rhee road between the R44 and R304


Fall in love with new vintage Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 
Simonsig Estate, pioneers of South Africa’s first Methodé Cap Classique 40 years ago – the iconic Kaapse Vonkel – celebrate romance with the latest vintage of their blushing debutant, the alluring Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2008. 

Captivating with a bright, rosy pink hue, the newly released Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2008 is a vivacious benchmark for Cap Classiques where Pinotage dominates the blend. This latest vintage is composed of 63% of this uniquely South African grape varietal, rounded off with a classic kiss of Pinot noir (29%) and Pinot Meunier (8%). 

The result is a full-flavoured, refreshingly dry sparkling rosé with a fragrant berry fruitiness, finesse and silky smoothness on the palate.

Rose petal and strawberry aromas dominate the nose, revealing its red grape origins, while a fine, creamy mousse enlivens the floral bouquet in the mouth. A mouth-filling roundness on the palate shows ample fresh fruit intensity and body, which is perfectly balanced by a subtle acid structure that leads to a crisp, dry finish.


Simonsig releases new Kaapse Vonkel vintage 

Simonsig Estate has just released the 2008 vintage of the award-winning Méthode Cap Classique, Kaapse Vonkel Brut – a delicate and refreshing sparkler with great dimension and poise.

In addition to being the country’s first sparkling wine made according to the French tradition of secondary bottle fermentation, Kaapse Vonkel also became the first Cap Classique to use all three of the traditional grape varieties used in Champagne when Pinot Meunier was introduced in 1997. 

The Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2008 has a luminous pale straw hue and shows lively floral aromas with hints of sun-ripened Golden Delicious and citrus freshness on the nose. A classic biscuit character follows through to a nostalgic encounter of freshly baked bread on a rich, full palate. Think lemon creams or your favourite apple pie with almond pastry.

The mousse is extremely fine and enhances the roasted almond nuttiness in the mouth whilst respecting the fruit flavours from the grapes that linger well to a refreshing finish. Alluring with the finest, racy bubbles, this Cap Classique has all the attributes to gain in richness and complexity for four to six years. 

Weddings and Wine

New vintage Simonsig Cuvée Royale adds sparkle to the season  

Simonsig Estate, who gave South Africa its first bottle fermented sparkling wine back in 1971, is adding sheer ‘so-fizz-tication’ to festive celebrations with the release of the latest vintage of its flagship Cap Classique, the poised Cuvée Royale 2005. 

Made from only the finest and most delicate Chardonnay (96%) and Pinot noir (4%) cuvées, this French inspired Cuvée Royale spent five years on the lees to develop its complexity, finesse and fine mousse. Simosig Cuvée Royale is only made in exceptional vintages with previous releases stemming from 2004, 2003 and 1999, 1996 and 1992, a clear indication of the selective manner in which this prestigious Cap Classique is crafted.

Upfront roasted almonds, buttery brioche and ripe yellow apple aromas dominate the nose while the unmistakably citrus flavours of the Chardonnay show gorgeous finesse and a classic mineral freshness on the finish. The result is a sophisticated Brut Cap Classique which revives the palate with exquisite balance between the primary fruit and the complexity of slow evolution.

Wedding Wine

Simonsig is located northwest of Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rhee Road between the R44 and the R304. Take Exit 39 off the N1.

For any further information you can phone them on 021 888 4900, email them at wine@simonsig.co.za or visit their website: www.simonsig.co.za


Wedding planners


Wedding Dresses


Demetrios introduces another era of bridal couture: The 2011 Collection   
One of the most prestigious bridal couture fashion designers of the twentieth century, Demetrios James Elias is known for creating extraordinary wedding gowns- and his 2011 collection is no exception! 
Born in Greece and now based in the United States, Demetrios has become one of the world’s most outstanding wedding gown designers. His parents owned a bridal retail shop in Warren, Ohio where the young aspiring designer became familiar with design, fabric, and his legendary attention to detail. Working in the family business, he soon became a favourite of brides throughout the United States with his creative and elegant styles.
Today, Demetrios is a well-known couture bridal manufacturer with over 600 active bridal gown styles to date, and every season Demetrios adds 100 new designs to his bridal gown collection. His 2011 collection is all about the romance of love and marriage, and has just arrived on our South African shores!

Wedding Dresses

This season, brides-to-be can look forward to full, layered skirts made with soft fabrics such as taffeta and silk organza. With the bottom of the gown as the focal point, Demetrios’ new skirts are designed with a significant amount of draping and dreamy ruffles. Alternate layers of rich organza and lace, peeking out from under the pretty skirts, are reminiscent of the splendour and magnificence of the ball gowns of old. Romantic touches like bows, roses and other embroidered flowers emphasize the femininity of his latest design collection. Other trends for the new season include dropped waistlines, a-symmetrical shoulder lines, exquisitely beaded details on the back, and rouged bodices. 
Demetrios’ designs are made to suit a variety of bridal styles and each is a unique statement of elegance and luxury, created to make the bride look and feel her best on her wedding day. 
For more information visit www.ladymarmalaide.com or call 011 467 3094. 


Wedding caterers



Romantic Dining in the Winelands - Delaire Graff Restaurant


The Delaire Graff Restaurant offers approachable fine food with fresh and vibrant flavours. Guests are able to dine on the terrace under a canopy of pin oak trees or within the spectacular interiors whilst enjoying the breathtaking views Delaire allows of the Stellenbosch Valley and Mountains.
The restaurant, headed by executive Chef Christiaan Campbell, has created accessible and approachable fine cuisine with fresh and robust flavours. The lunch menu is light and vibrant in keeping with many of the dishes being baked or roasted in wood fired ovens. The evening menu shows great delicacy and elegance in its presentation and tastes, without departing from signature bold flavours. Guests are able to dine on the terrace under a canopy of pin oak trees, or within the spectacular interior whilst enjoying the breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch valley and mountains. The dishes on the menu will change regularly, using the best ingredients available on the day.
The estate's herb and vegetable gardens, along with local fresh seafood suppliers, artisan cheeses, poultry and meat producers, will supply the kitchens. The signature dishes include: Pickled Beetroot Carpaccio with goat's cheese fritters; Crayfish Lasagne with king oyster mushrooms; Pistachio Nougat served with rose geranium ice cream.
Delaire wines are perfectly matched to compliment Christiaan Campbell's vibrant cuisine, and guests can sample the full range of wines in the stunning Tasting Lounge, or enjoy a special food and wine paired tasting.
Romantic Dining - Delaire Graff Restaurant


David Collins, the London based interior design genius behind a host of the most spoken-about and photographed hotels, bars and restaurants around the globe, was responsible for creating an enthralling and breathtaking ambience that delights the senses, while relaxing the spirit.
The brilliance of the restaurant’s design is its beauty and sophistication without being overwhelming.
The tone is set by a striking Kentridge portrait that takes pride of place above the fireplace. Generally known for his monotones and muted shades, this rare work, of the 80’s, boasts a swathe of bright tangerine. The same zesty shade is carried through to the statement leather banquettes that snake across the restaurant floor, creating cozy dining enclaves.

Romantic Dining - Delaire Graff Restaurant

Delaire Graff Restaurant Opening Times
Open Wednesdays to Saturdays: Lunch and Dinner
Lunch Operating Times: 12:00 till 14:30
Dinner Operating Times: 18:30 till 21:30
Sundays to Tuesdays: Lunch only
To make a booking request please email: reservations@delaire.co.za

Romantic Dining - Delaire graff


Wedding photographers

"Nolte, we have no words to say how happy we are with your work! The photos are absolutely stunning! Everybody keeps telling us that our wedding photos are the best they have ever seen. How great is that for a feedback?

Wedding Photographers

To get a good photographer was our main priority. After all, the photos are the memories that will always be there, that we'll be able to show to our children and grandchildren, so we were not compromising on anything but the best. 

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We were looking for someone, who has a natural talent of capturing moments and details without making them fake and sort of "directed". And we are so-so happy to get the best professional we could possibly find!

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You made our job so easy, we felt so special and beautiful, free to show our emotions. That's what made those pictures so brilliant!

Wedding Photographers

Thank you so much for your talent! You're a genius!!!" Andrew and Dayna Henderson

Pick and Pay


It is winter time and the time has come for snuggling up infront of the fire! Now there is nothing like warm, decadent plate of food on a cold winters night. We have compiled a scrumpcious three course meal that is guaranteed to keep you hot this winter.

Wedding Food

Roast Butternut, billeting and rice salad
Serves 4
330 ml PnP brown rice
500 grams butternuts, chopped
3 tbsp PnP olive oil
1 pinch salt and milled pepper
125 ml biltong, finely sliced
3 tbsp onion roasted seeds
1 cup cucumber, cut into chunks or shaved into ribbons
2 tbsp parsley, or mint, chopped
Preheat oven to 180°C
Cook brown rice according to packet instructions
Drain and set aside
Toss butternut, olive oil and seasoning into a roasting pan
Roast until cooked through and slightly charred
Stir through rice, butternut, biltong, onion roasted seeds, cucumber and herbs.
Serve tossed with your favourite vinaigrette or honey mustard dressing.

Wedding Main

Oxtail stew with peaches and port
Perfect for those chilly winter evenings. Take care though, this dish is extremely high in fat!
Serves: 4
2 onions, sliced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, peeled and diced
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic avocado oil
2 tbsp cake flour
1 pinch salt and milled pepper, to taste
1.7 kilograms oxtail, ready cut
300 ml boiling water
150 ml port
100 ml beef stock
4 tbsp red grape vinegar
4 tbsp PnP brown sugar
2 PnP bay leaves
4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
20 dried peaches, roughly chopped
1 can tomato, chopped
1 tbsp rosemary, chopped
3 tbsp parsley, chopped
Sauté the onions, carrots, celery and garlic in a little oil until soft
Season the cake flour with salt and pepper and coat the oxtail pieces in the mix
Brown the meat in heated oil.  Add the boiling water, port and beef stock and mix well.
Add the vinegar, sugar and bay leaves and simmer for 3 hours until the meat is nearly tender (add more boiling water if necessary).
Add the potatoes, peaches and tinned tomatoes. Simmer until the potatoes are done and the meat is tender.
Season with more salt and pepper if necessary and add the chopped rosemary and parsley. Mix in well.
Take off the heat and serve with yellow rice


Vanilla and caramel apple crumble
Serves: 4
1 cup PnP organic flour
60 grams PnP butter
60 grams PnP sugar
80 ml PnP butter
125 ml PnP brown sugar
6 cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered
2 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180°C
Grease a 20 x 20cm ovenproof dish or 4-6 smaller ones
Rub crumble ingredients together to resemble rough breadcrumbs
Heat butter and sugar in a pan and stir until all sugar has dissolved. Boil for 3-4 minutes. 
Add apples and vanilla and toss to coat
Spoon into baking dish, sprinkle over crumble mixture and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden
Serve with custard, ice cream or cream
Pick and Pay

Wedding Q & A

My second wedding... his first - My first wedding was not at all glamorous. I got married without a veil and our reception was breakfast/brunch/finger foods. It was still a beautiful occasion with the theme, food etc. and it cost us about R20 000. I'm getting married again - but it's his first wedding. I do not want a big wedding, as I have gone through that already... but I know his family would demand it. What do you suggest I wear this time round? We are also very low on a budget, so I cannot use fancy chapels/lodges/venues etc. I don't want to get married at someone's house either... What type of wedding will suit us?

Hi, congratulations on your engagement!
Before deciding on the perfect dress for your wedding, you first have to establish what type of wedding you are going to have:  inside, outside, traditional, funky, elegant and romantic or maybe a cheerful wedding on the beach?  Also, are you a more mature bride or a young (blushing) bride? 
Needless to say, these factors will influence your dress choice. In general then, let me answer by saying: yes, you can still wear white. For a bride’s second wedding, a “red carpet” dress is extremely elegant and stylish.  Choose a white or off white colour that suits your skin tone.  Remember, there are so many shades of white and choosing the one that suits you is very important.  It can make or break your overall look!  Above all: this is your day – so whether this is your first, second or tenth wedding, wear the dress that makes you feel like the "belle" of the ball. 
Our recommendation for you special day: How about booking out a beautiful restaurant. By doing this you will save a fortune on décor costs and also on waitrons and hiring. Most restaurants will have everything available already. The trick is to find just the right place.

Herewith a few hints when choosing a restaurant as a wedding venue:
•           Will their kitchen be able to cope with your amount of guests?  Most restaurants are not used to sending out a large amount of plated food at the same time.
•           Of course the look of the restaurant is extremely important.  Are you looking for an urban modern wedding or a intimate relaxed wedding?
•           Are the waitrons any good?
•           Is there enough parking for all your guests at the restaurant?
•           Are they able to accommodate a dance floor and are there any noise restrictions?
•           Are they able to tailor make a menu according to your specifications?
•           Is there any venue hire applicable when booking out the whole restaurant?

We have coordinated many weddings in restaurants with huge success and it definitely is a wonderful option.  Especially if you want to save money and still have a glamorous affair.

We truly hope that this helps you a bit.

Best of luck with the planning!

All the best, Aleit

Wedding planning South Africa - The Aleit Group



Pick and pAy
We are The Aleit Group – the specialists that define the wedding and events industry in South Africa. 
Based in the historic town of Stellenbosch, we cater for clients throughout the world. It is our passion to create fabulous, bespoke events that are an extension of our clients’ personalities and that celebrate their true essence and project their unique individuality. We are world-renowned trendsetters that offer impeccably efficient service and you will be guaranteed a stress-free event or wedding day, filled with whatever it is that your heart desires.
Aleit Wedding Planning

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! 
Top Billing

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. 
Cape Town Stadium

Sterns - for now, forever
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. 
Wedding Rings

Coco Palm - Bodu Hithi
Location Maldives - Atoll of islands dispersed in the Indian Ocean. Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is situated on the private island of Bodu Hithi in the North Male' Atoll, a 40 minute (29 km) luxury speedboat ride from Male' International Airport.
The island is rich in vegetation with naturally designed sandy walkways and coconut trees, edged with white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and isolated sand banks. The ambience of the island is enchanting for even the most discerning of guests.

Nomadik Tents
Nomadik® introduced the concept of the stretch tent in 2001 at a time when conventional marquees still dominated the event industry. Our stretch tents quickly caught the attention of the public – becoming the preferred choice for weddings, corporate events and private functions. Today Nomadik® is the leading stretch tent hire company in South Africa and we work hard to maintain our impeccable reputation.
Wedding Tents

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.
Wedding Photographers

Liquidchefs is a movement, and we look forward to showing you why...
By shaking up the concept of cocktails and smoothly blending entertainment with contemporary lifestyle, LiquidChefs has kickstarted a liquid revolution – from our comprehensive mobile bar service offerings to our revolutionary concept stores. There's 'mixology', 'flairing' and more – and we're the movement dedicated to translating these sexy words into high-profile, talked-about, photographed and famous events: corporate functions, product launches, VIP areas, family celebrations, private parties, year-end bashes, and even bachelorettes.
Wedding Bar service

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. 

Wedding Equipment Hire

Presentation Staging
Be it a large or small event, our professionalism, technological skill and expertise have earned us a reputation for providing the highest levels of service to our clients. Not only do we ensure complete peace of mind – but most importantly, we'll add a special spark that turns an ordinary event into a extraordinary memorable occasion.
Good equipment means nothing without great technicians and at Presentation Staging we have both. Whether you are seeking specialist services for a single event, or a partner to stage events at your venue, speak to us for a complete solution.
In recent years we have helped stage events for some of South Africa's top organisations and hotels, among them British American Tobacco, Sanlam, Old Mutual, Renault, GlaxoSmithKline, NH Lord Charles, Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa, Ratanga Theme Park and the University of Cape Town, to name a few.

Since French Huguenot Jacques Malan first set foot in the Cape Winelands in 1688
The Malan family of Simonsig, one of South Africa's most reputable wine producers, has leaped to acclaimed heights in pioneering wine excellence. Endowed with quintessential terroir, progressive winemaking skills and a proud heritage, the three Malan brothers uphold a passionate commitment towards quality and innovation – the hallmark of the Simonsig portfolio. A legendary landmark in its own right, Simonsig continues to reap rewards for its extensive range of formidable red, white and sparkling wines, as the Malan family winemaking legacy lives on. Crafted by family tradition. Enjoyed by connoisseur and novice alike..

Shanna Jones Photography
Based in Cape Town and London, Shanna Jones Photography is a creative force behind a new form of wedding photography that targets a niche market which emphasizes contemporary concepts, style and quality and a unique way to produce a lasting record of the day. Valued for her professional discretion, Shanna has shot a number of celebrity weddings from international sport stars to politicians to supermodels. To date, Shanna Jones has shot weddings in South Africa, England, Malawi, Holland, Belgium, Lebanon, Italy, Poland, Zimbabwe, Mollorca, The Caribbean and Morocco. In 2010 Shanna Jones Photography launched the Shanna Jones Collective which comprises of other photographers and filmmakers all trained by Shanna and specifically chosen because of their creative and artistic style and their natural reportage approach towards photography.
Wedding Photographers

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.
Bridal wear

Molenvliet Wine & Guest Estate
MolenVliet Lifestyle & Leisure is a privately owned company which manages a portfolio of superior accommodation in the Stellenbosch winelands, a private game lodge in Welgevonden, Limpopo, as well as event and conferencing facilities at MolenVliet Wine and Guest Estate. MolenVliet also boasts with a world class selection of red wines under the MolenVliet brand. We are firmly established in the corporate, wedding venue, conference and leisure industries and while specifically targeted towards the luxury market, we also focus in: Commercial and Domestic Property Rentals, Life & Leisure, Accommodation, Weddings, Product Launches, Event Management and Conferencing, Wine Cultivating and Retailing

Victoria Jackson - Make Up
Having achieved success as a Hollywood makeup artist, cosmetics entrepreneur and TV infomercial pioneer, Victoria Jackson prefers to think of herself as "a goodwill ambassador for makeup." When women embrace self-confidence, she says, they learn the key to success, and liking who they see in the mirror is a powerful first step in that transformative process. "My personal philosophy has always been, 'When you look better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you can change your life,'" says Jackson, who in the last dozen years has volunteered hundreds of hours at women's correctional facilities, hospitals and youth support venues, teaching inner confidence through outer beauty. 
Wedding make up

In and Out Events
In And Out Events was founded in 2009 with the aim of providing exclusive, innovative and high quality catering equipment. Today, we continue to source elegant products from all over the world to help create memorable events.
Our clients range from professional caterers, major hotels, restaurants, city institutions and private clients.

Established in 1993 - Subsequently developed into the most exciting hairdressing brand in S.A.
Terenzo on the international circuit, the quality of our cutting and hairdressing skills, has always been our focal point. The Terenzo brand has always stood for quality rather than quantity, and our stylists dedicate themselves with undivided attention to each individual client, utilising our unique consultation system 
Wedding Hair

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. 
Wedding Caterers

FJS Video Productions
A vibrant wedding production company. We are a vibrant Cape Town-based team that is committed to capturing your wedding day in a discreet, yet complete way. Unlike many other wedding videographers, we are able to film the most important parts of your day without hindering other guests, getting in the way or requiring the room to be rearranged to suit our needs. By combining our sense of professionalism with our respect for your personal needs and wants on this, your most important day, we have achieved maximum output with minimal impact.
Wedding Video


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