Today I am EXCITED, and it’s not just because my guilty little pleasure Made in Chelsea came back on TV last night, yah. (Um, Gabriella my namesake “making a point”? Awkward.) It’s because of this wedding. See, I happened to go to university with the groom, and when I heard a rumour that the fabulous wedding he and his lovely wife-to-be were planning was going to be at The Grand, which is just one of the best hangouts in Cape Town (two, in fact, with one in Clifton and one in Granger Bay) and an absolute dream for a cross between Cape Town city chic and right-on-the-beach style, I jumped on the email to Fiona to find out all about it. Co-ordinated by the fab Event and Design, it turned out to be just as gorgeourific in reality as Fiona and James had planned, and now I finally get to share it with you! Wait till you see Fiona’s dress and shoes – she made such a beautiful bride and looked like she stepped straight out of an Audrey Hepburn movie. Another element I loved was the way that the couple incorporated the logo from the venue throughout their stationery (and even on their cupcakes) with special permission from the management – talk about integrated branding! I think it’s such a clever way to make the most of an existing concept, and Event and Design really did a wonderful job on the paper goods. The result is such a stylish and yet very intimate wedding that showcases what Cape Town is all about. Unfortunately The Grand don’t do a lot of weddings, but if this is the kind of look you’re going for, give them a call and you may get lucky. Or why not consider hiring out another favourite restaurant? The good news with restaurants is that much of the decor is already in place, so all you have to do is add personal touches to make it really spectacular.
Unfortunately, as James and Fiona recently moved back to South Africa themselves, they haven’t had a chance to tell the story in their own words, so I’ll just let you enjoy an uninterrupted gawk at the pretty pictures (thanks to the ever awesome Joe Dreyer for these beautiful babies!). Enjoy!