There’s just something about the winelands that’s completely and utterly wonderful, isn’t there? I know my heart soars every time I near Stellenbosch, and stopping for lunch or a wine tasting (or two), I feel like I can just breathe in the romance. So no wonder so many SouthBound brides and grooms choose a vineyard setting for their wedding, and today’s couple added their own, utterly dreamy touches to their Molenvliet location. I’m especially enamoured with the flowers by Okasie, from the rose bedecked ceremony arch to hanging arrangements above the tables with tendrils of roses and greenery hanging down, as well as flower-lined tables and favours in tiny terracotta pots. Like a little garden fantasy, right in the middle of a wedding reception. Jilda G was there to take these beautiful pictures.
Sean and I met at work and were friends before our romance started. We dated for two years before we got engaged, and he makes me the happiest girl in the world! Our proposal was so perfect and personal and so special.
We wanted a venue that hosted more than 120 people so that ruled out a lot of venues in Cape Town. Sean has always wanted to get married on a wine farm, so when we found Molenvliet we fell in love with it immediately. It ticked all our boxes and we just had a really good feeling when we walked around there.
The theme we went with was Natural Elegance. The colour palette wasn’t really defined, but I wanted soft pinks, creams and whites.
My incredible mom handmade and stitched 160 serviettes and also made the beautiful tablecloths. It’s so hard to find 100% linen tablecloths! My aunt also made all the wedding favours ( little succulents in terracotta pots) Sean’s aunt made our wedding cake.
Okasie did the most incredible job. They are the nicest people to work with and they even found me a few peonies I was dying for (even though they were out of season). I wanted hanging flowers and long flower table runners which they created beautifully!
I’m a planner, so I do things quite far in advance and had decided on a dress a year before the wedding. I shopped around a lot and even looked in Paris when we were there on holiday. In the end I decided to go with my gut feeling and have the dress made from a combination of dresses I had tried on. Robyn Roberts made my dress and she was absolutely fantastic. She really makes you feel so relaxed and her work is incredible.
Proudly South African Details
All our flowers were indigenous.
Pemba Island, in Tanzania. So beautiful and peaceful. We spent one day/night on the floating room, something I will never forget! It was a surprise :)
Advice for Future Brides & Grooms
We focused on what our main priorities were: great food, beautiful venue and for our guests to have a good time. Definitely identify what are the most important aspects of the day for you as a couple, and spend your money on that.
You can see more from this wedding on Jilda G’s blog.
Venue: Molenvliet Wine Estate | Catering: Annalize Buchanan Catering | Photography: Jilda G | Co-ordination: Marle Mouton for Someday Soon | Flowers & décor: Okasie | Stationery: Essie Letterpress | Bride’s dress: Robyn Roberts | Bride’s accessories: Jimmy Choo (shoes); Swarovski (jewellery) | Hair & makeup: Makeup and Delight | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Duo Designer Collection @ YDE | Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss | Hiring: Urban Tonic; Something Different; Events Academy | Entertainment: Blair Taberer | DJ: Colin