Jess and Dean say “I Do”

Jess and Dean were married in March of this year and I am super excited to be able to share these photos with you. They decided on the Granger Bay Hotel School to exchange their vows as well as have their reception. The girls got ready at Jess and Dean’s home in Camps Bay and had loads of fun posing for the photographers.

The venue is really great for small intimate weddings. The helipad was perfect for the type of ceremony they wanted to have. This ceremony was slightly different, they mixed their Jewish and Buddhist cultures into one. It was so refreshing to watch and I loved how the two families came together for this special occasion.

Once everyone had found a seat, the food was served and the speeches began. Dean made the loveliest speech to his new bride and had pretty much most of the guests in tears.

Once the formalities were over, the dancing started.
This crowd definitely knows how to party! Dean also had a special surprise for Jess. He had proposed to Jess in Thailand surrounded by fire dancers, so we organised 3 amazing fire dancers to preform a special act especially for Jess. It really was an incredible thing to see.

ShenFM performed on stage during the night. Really such a talented guy and the crowd loves his voice. He can do pretty much anything when it comes to music, so do yourself a favour and check out his work.
Fern and Tim from Fern Tree Photography produced some stunning photos of this special day. The weather was not playing along unfortunately, so they took the couple out the next day for a lovely couple shoot and they got some really great shots!
Stretch Inc really came through for this wedding. They supplied us with not only the tents, dance floor, stage, tables and chairs, but they supplied a fabulous DJ on top of all of that! I love working with companies that go over and above for my couples.
As you can see by the photos below, Fox and Co did a wonderful job as per usual with the decor and flowers. The venue looked so amazing once it was complete!

Thank you to everyone that helped make this day a success.

To Jess and Dean, I wish you love, light and happiness in your future together. May the love you shared on your special day continue throughout your lives.

Venue: Granger Bay Hotel School 
Photography: Fern Tree Photography
Videography: FJS 
Cake: Cakes by Carlyn 
Decor and Flowers: Fox and Co 
Live Music: ShenFM
DJ: Adrian Gemini
Tent, dance floor, tables and chairs: Stretch Inc
Dress: Eve’s bridal
Marriage Officer: Azila Reisenberger
Henna Artist: Ashia –
Photo Booth: The Picture Booth
Fire Dancers:
Hair: EDL hair and Beauty studio / Stylist: Mariska Spoelstra
Make up: Tiffany Wilson 

Jake and Luxsha get married

Jake and Luxsha, when I think of this couple, I just have to smile.
We chatted over Skype one evening and we clicked pretty much right off the bat. Once they arrived in SA we met up over a cup of coffee, the wedding talk was taken care of and then we proceeded to chat about travelling and life experiences, it was so refreshing. Luxsha’s laugh is 100% infectious, it was a delight to plan their wedding.

Luxsha and Jake had quite specific ideas about their decor. I really liked their style and the amount of effort that they put into everything they did for their special day. Hudsons Venue and Restaurant in Stellenbosch was their chosen spot to say their vows. The staff are extremely helpful and they did all of the decor and flowers that you see in these photos. Such a talented bunch of people!

The ceremony took place outside by the dam. It was a very touching ceremony and Jakes vows, as well as Luxsha’s had not only the crowd, but all of the service providers in tears!
We hired Las Paletas in for their divine artisan lollies for the cocktail hour – honestly, do yourself a favour and either hire them or buy their lollies for a special occasion. So worth it!

Once the sun had started to set, the guests were settled into their seats and the reception started. The food was served and everyone was ready to hit the dance floor. Now I just have to mention this – unfortunately Luxsha’s father has passed on, so Jake surprised her with a few of her closest male friends & family members to each have a ‘first dance’ with her in honour of her dad. I normally shed a tear or two at my weddings, but I was mess after this and I was crying buckets. It was such a beautiful sentiment and it showed how much Jakes absolutely loves and adores his new wife.

To the lovely couple.. Thank you for bringing me on board to help plan your special day. It was an honour to see you become husband and wife and I wish you all the love and happiness in the world.

Thanks to the awesome providers for bringing this day to life:

Venue: Hudsons Venue and Restaurant 
Photographer: Christelle Rall
Cake and candy table: Cakes by Wade 
Car service: Classic Cats
Make up and Hair: Cindy Horton
Accommodation: Wild Mushroom Inn
Videography: Cape Town Wedding Videos
Decor and Flowers: Wedding Warehouse
Dress: Maggie Sottero 
DJ: LMH Productions
Pastor: Peter Fox

Take a look at their wedding video here –

A DIY Guide to a Casino-themed Bachelorette Party

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Casinos are the ultimate entertainment hub with a slew of games, nightclubs, restaurants, and luxurious accommodation. All the key ingredients to a great night out are in casinos, so organizing a bachelorette party there is the perfect way to spend your last night as a single lady.
Don’t panic if there aren’t any casinos in your town because now there are a host of options whereby you can bring the party to you.  Here are a few ideas for your casino-themed bachelorette extravaganza.

As it is a casino night, your guests should be expected to dress like they would during a night out in Las Vegas. Along with the logistics of the party, indicate the dress code on the invitations so that the girls can stick to the theme of the night. References such as FasionBombDaily will give them an idea of the kind of outfits you expect them to wear for the night.

Food and Drinks
If baking is your forte, here is where you can get really creative. Serve up a platter of cookies shaped as playing cards and chips, and a cupcake tower with each treat decorated with dice. Your friends will probably want a variety of food, so be sure to have an assortment of fancy hors d’oeuvres as well. For drinks, martinis are a classy choice of beverage to serve at your party, but if you really want to get in the spirit, experiment with any of The Lady Silvia’s cocktail recipes. These beverages are inspired by iconic casino film favourites.

Once the guests arrive, hand them a set of chips to that they can gamble away at different tables. Casino games that you should include are poker and blackjack. Though you won’t have a wide selection of slot machines like you would in the casino, it might not be such a bad idea to also set up a station for video slots using your laptop so that you can bring the best of online slots to your party. But since this is a party, you don’t want your guests losing any real money. Fortunately modern day portal InterCasino has a “Play for Fun” option that allows you to spin reels using free credit which would be ideal to utilize at the party. Many other leading online portals also have similar features that would be ideal to explore at your party.

Top off the atmosphere with some casino-inspired songs. The House of Bachelorette names a few songs that would be a great start to your party playlist.

At the end of the night, send your girls home with party favors that will serve as a token of this unforgettable occasion.

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