Ralene’s love of fynbos and her distinctive personal style culminated in a ‘hands-on’ wedding of uncluttered elegance and loads of floral detail. Her artisitic ability was also in ample evidence eg. Ralene painted the delicate fynbos floral on all the stationery items! She enlisted the help of her entire family and friends in the preparations for the big day. They baked the incredible range of cakes (including the BEST fruitcake I’ve ever tasted), picked and then tied hundreds of fynbos bunches and arrived at the venue in full force the day before to arrange flowers, install the unique flower ‘chandeliers’ and other personal objets. Theo concentrated on selecting a range of local wines that showcased the best that the burgeoning Plett wine industry has to offer…All of these elements ensured that the guests who, by and large, hailed from further north, were treated to a fabulous Southern Cape celebration.
On the day….
The weather was bright and sunny, but not too hot – sheer perfection! The months of planning and focus on the tiniest details paid off royally. (Thank you, Ralene for making this one of the easiest and most relaxed weddings we’ve ever had to run.) As has become the custom at The Rose Pavilion, the ceremony was followed by the guests enjoying a lazy afternoon playing lawn games, feasting on a sumptuous harvest table and sampling Theo’s wine list. The formal reception inluded three courses served in the ever popular ‘family dining’ style followed by the selection of cakes mentioned above. Sheer heaven for foodies. And the party that followed was no less exuberant!
Photography: Ben Viljoen Photography
Flowers: Bride’s family and friends
Set Up, Coordinating, decor: The Rose Pavilion.
Catering: Nguni Girls
DJ: The Music Box