{ Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Launch }

Nothing makes us more excited than receiving a brief which requires us to think completely out the box and come up with a launch event concept that is totally unique and individual. We were fortunate and very lucky to have been asked to do just that for Elizabeth Arden for the launch of their new fragrance, Untold Absolu.

 

The overall concept and idea was to compile a menu and wine tasting experience to match the flavour notes of the fragrance, present these in the style of a formal gala dinner, make the venue look elegant and sophisticated and give guests a night that they would remember for years to come.

 

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Young Blood Studios in Bree Street played host to this spectacular evening. It was such a privilege to be able to setup beautiful long banquet style tables amongst some magnificent artworks created by Jeannette Unite and Luis Torne. These artworks were specifically chosen to be displayed to fit in with the gold colour palette for the evening.

 

We teamed up with the phenomenal and accomplished Cheyne Morrisby of Cheyne’s in Hout Bay to create a 6 course taste sensation inspired by the major flavour notes in the Untold Absolu fragrance. The various facets of a woman have been key in the inspiration for the fragrance and so to highlight these facets, we named each course after them.

 

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To start the culinary journey, guests were treated to a CAPTIVATING canapé of pink pepper tuna tataki and delicate pickled plum. Following this was the REFINED poached crayfish in jasmine and ginger tea, ikura caviar, cardamom and pear jelly. A GLAMOROUS bamboo smoked duck breast, date and water chestnut gyoza with sweet miso was next up. A beautiful yuzu and lemongrass snow and raspberry ice palate cleanser was served before the MYSTERIOUS 5 spice pork belly, corn and cumin puree, potato and coconut dumpling, and vanilla infused fuji apple tempura. To end, a SENSUAL dark chocolate, tonka bean, black sesame brittle and white miso butterscotch stole the show.

 

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Our wonderful friends at Lothian Vineyards {click here for website} {click here for Facebook page} based in the Elgin Valley came on board and provided their exquisite range of wines which were paired to each course. On arrival guests enjoyed the Lothian Vineyards Method Cap Classique, once seated, they moved onto the newly launched Lothian Vineyards Isobel Rose. The amousebouche was paired with the Lothian Vineyards Riesling, followed by the popular Lothian Vineyards Chardonnay which accompanied the duck. For mains the ever-impressive Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir was a delight and to end off the evening guests enjoyed their dessert served with the Lothian Vineyards Noble Late Harvest.

 

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The décor was nothing short of spectacular. Classic white floral arrangements in a mixture of clear vases adorned the long banquet style tables. We created texture on the tables by having varying heights of crystal candle sticks and vases were elevated on a mix of flower boards as well as various mirror boxes. A beautiful golden haze washed over the tables thanks to an abundance of candle light.

 

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While much of the focus for the evening was the food and wine experience, no event is complete without some magical entertainment. As guests entered they were welcomed by a contemporary collaboration of DJ, saxophonist and percussionist playing light lounge style music. Throughout the first few courses, the sophisticated sounds of Gareth Smit on grand piano filled the air and to top off the evening, swing-style singer Ricky Botsis charmed the guests with his Rat-Pack inspired songs. Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp was MC and wow’ed the crowd with her vivacious energy and even joined Ricky for a few notes.

 

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The evening was a total sensory journey where guests could see, touch, smell and taste every aspect of Untold Absolu and thus experience the product in its entirety. We could not have asked for a more incredible event to be a part of and we know that this one will go down in the books as a favourite for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ Alex & Shaun }

Today we take a look back at another one of our favourite weddings from 2013. Alex and Shaun decided to do things a bit differently and had three days of events culminating in an amazing wedding day celebration.

 

The first day was a relaxed barbeque at Birds Café in Bree Street. Guests enjoyed an amazing array of tapas style barbeque food which was served hot off the coals. Entertainment was provided by Red Tape Riot which got everyone tapping their feet and getting into the party mood. Along with the hype of their wedding, this day was also a celebration of Shaun’s birthday, and he was surprised by Alex with a huge chocolate cake. The day was filled with joy, happiness and really got everyone in the mood for the rest of the festivities.

 

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The next event was a 1920’s style bowls day at Camps Bay Bowls Club. It was a family day which saw guests bringing their kids for a fun day out. Everyone dressed up in their ‘20’s swing style clothing got into character for a whimsical day of competitive fun.Gourmet hotdogs and candyfloss were a popular favourite with both adults and kiddies. We could not have asked for a better weather day in Camps Bay and handheld parasols were the order of the day to keep guests shaded and add to the vintage feel.

 

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The third and final day of celebrations was the actual wedding day. Again, not following the traditional route (which we love), Alex and Shaun decided on a pop up wedding. They didn’t tell guests where the wedding would take place. Guests were given a time to meet in The Company Gardens where they would await further information. While guests mingled and pondered as to where they would be heading to, a group of Kaapse Klopse arrived in full force followed by Alex and her family holding large inflated balloons spelling LOVE. Guests were each given a balloon and then followed the couple through town to the venue which was QV54.

 

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Beautiful white draping and crystal chandeliers were key features as guests walked into the venue which was styled with vintage swing style as inspiration. Once the ceremony had taken place the chairs were cleared to make way for a roaring cocktail style reception. Lonesome Dave Ferguson entertained guests while Alex and Shaun disappeared for photos. Upon their return the large black and white checkered dancefloor was the place to be where everyone partied the night away with the help of an amazing modern swing style band Rumpspringer.

 

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Alex and Shaun’s three day celebration was one for the books and we had such fun being apart of their quirky, fun loving and entertainment filled wedding week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ Michael & Michelle }

Michael & Michelle’s wedding was a beautiful mix of relaxed cape country and elegant glamour. Taking over the Warwick Wine Estate grounds for the day, guests were treated to a ceremony at the top of the after the 4 x4 wine safari tack, a scrumptious dinner lake-side with an eclectic mix of blues and golds and then dancing the night away under the stars.

Venue                    Warwick Wine Estate
Photographer        Greg Lumley

 

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{ Brendon & Cassie }

A beautiful summer garden wedding in the winelands is always such a treat; especially for couples living abroad. So when the weather man predicted a 35 degree day for January 3rd, our London based couple Cassie and Brendon were in for a perfect day. The couple decided on Diemersfontein in Wellington to host their wedding, they wanted rolling lawns and beautiful views which is exactly what the venue had to offer.

A quaint alcove in the garden shaded by old tress was the setting for the ceremony. Instead of a traditional arch or gazebo we used the tress to hang big white ball lanterns at different heights which hovered above the couple as they said their “ I do’s”. Rustic country shepherds hooks lined the aisle and were adorned with beautiful posies of flowers to bring in the purple that Cassie loves. A very special moment which brought a tear to many an eye was when Brendon’s niece walked down the aisle holding a sign saying “Uncle Bren, here comes your bride”, just before Cassie walked down the aisle with her dad.

While the couple popped off for their photos guests were able to hydrate themselves with Pimms cocktails served in jam jars. While enjoying delicious canapés, guests had their own photo opportunity. Empty frames were hung off the branch of a tree and made for a unique country style photo booth area.

 

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The reception area was set up under a white Bedouin tent on the vast lawn area of the estate. Purples, whites and hints of silver made up the colour pallet for the day. A mixture of silver and glass vases were used which were all placed on a flowerboard to raise the flower arrangements which allowed them to be noticed more and gave guests more space on their table. A purple water glass was brought in to add that extra pop of colour to the table. Lighting is always so important when hosting an event under a Bedouin tent. For Cassie and Brendon we created clusters of large lampshades in different sizes, shapes and fabrics to hang down from the tent. This had a marvellous visual impact but also created the ambient lighting which was needed in the tent.  Personalised placemats with the menu printed on it added a personal touch to the table setting. We placed every guests name tag on a sparkler which would later on in the evening add a bit of sparkle around the couple while they danced.

The dancefloor was placed in the middle of the tent with long banquet style tables surrounding it, it was important for Cassie and Brendon that everyone feel included and had a great view of the dancefloor.  Guests were absolutely fantastic in getting the party started. Everyone was up on their feet and danced the night away. It is always such a joy seeing a couple along with their friends and family having such a great time and so much fun. This jovial crowd were unbelievable and really shared in the spirit of celebration; so much so that they put up quite the fight when music ended! An after party at the pool was then enjoyed by the die-hards and we believe they continued to celebrate with Cassie and Brendon into the early hours of the next day.

 

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It was such a pleasure being able to make Cassie and Brendon’s dream wedding come to life and we wish them all the love and happiness in the world for their future together.

We must thank Yvette Gilbert for capturing this special wedding day so beautifully, your work is always so amazing.

Another special thanks to Alex Fynn who got everything on film. Check out Cassie and Brendon’s highlights video here.

{ Cody & Tori }

It’s been just over a year since we got to be a part of Cody and Tori’s seaside wedding which took place at the Granger Bay Hotel School.

Living in the States, Cody and Tori decided on Cape Town (Tori’s home town) to celebrate their special day.

Being a wedding planner herself, the pressure was on to impress this bride; however the magical setting made our job easy. The ceremony was setup alongside the seashore and showcased the best that Cape Town has to offer. Handheld parasols and fans were perfect accessories for a beautifully sunny day.

 

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Before moving to dinner guests were treated to a live jazz band while they enjoyed cocktails and fun lawn games overlooking the ocean.

For their reception, the couple opted for a modern and simplistic look made up of a variety of clear vases with red floral. The bold use of black and red was a unique contrast to the very light and airy surroundings creating interest and texture.

 

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Celebrations continued well into the night on the dance floor which was placed outside for guests to party under the stars. To add to the natural sparkle, fairy lights were hung above the dance floor giving the area a warm ambiance.

 

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It is always such a pleasure sharing in such a special day filled with so much love, fun and laughter. We wish Cody and Tori all the best for their many more adventures together.

{ Tim & Millie }

What a truly magical wedding this was… the unforgeable wedding ceremony, sunset like we have never seen before and the most bubbly bunch of friends and family, were all an absolute mirror image of such an incredible couple! Tim and Millie, we so loved being part of your adventure with you.

Wedding Video:      Alex Fynn

Photography:           Yvette Gilbert

Venue:                       Allee Bleue

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{ Michael & Barbara }

Barbara & Michael were married on the beach at The Grand in Cape Town… and it was just that, a Grand wedding!

On arrival guests were treated to French champagne, oysters and Lu Chase singing – this would have been a highlight for most (and it was) but was also just the beginning… The ceremony took place after this in the sand, followed by sundowners, more champagne, frozen margaritas and incredible canapés. The night flowed on casually with a relaxed Grand feast to the tables, speeches, sparkly lights and then the opening dance followed by a surprise set for the guests from Gold Fish. If this wasn’t enough, dessert was served on the dance floor in an extravagant dessert table with its very own French crepe man serving fresh, warm nutella crepes – nothing is better than a nutella crepe after a few glasses of bubbles.

For the girls, if you have a file of dream dresses, then these pics need to be right clicked and saved as we have never seen such a beautiful dress worn by an even more beautiful girl. And not to mention shoes that would stop traffic!

Venue                           The Grand, Granger Bay

Photographers             DnA

 

 

 

{ Kat & John }

This, in short, this is what weddings are made of! Happiness, laughs, families, close friends and fun times… and did I mention happiness!!!

We first met Kat and John on a cold day in Cape Town over coffees and fell in love with Kat as much as John had. And instantly started the plotting and planning of all the pretty and fun details that Kat wanted.

Their beautiful day was celebrated at Diemersfontien with the ceremony and canapés under the lush green trees and then as the sun set, moved inside to warm up for dinner and a lot of dancing. And even our very own Sarah catching the boquet… maybe an inhouse wedding coming soon 🙂

For Kat and John went with green, white and a touch of purple as our colour pallet and matched it with bird cages, crystal chandeliers and fair lights… everything that makes a wedding pretty… and it was so pretty.

Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu’s 80th

It has been the hugest honor to work alongside urbantonic and Waterford Wine Estate in delivering the birthday party / luncheon of our Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu on the 7th September.

 

The look and feel was created to feel as though it was a family lunch at The Arch’s house, and it truly was that. Even with a star studded guest list and home grown south African artists performing, it felt as through the family had welcomed us and all 550 guests into a close family affair with hugs and warm welcomes.

 

We used a mix of early summer floral made up of stocks, lavender, pin cushions, roses, lizzies, delphiniums, lace and lilies to create the “just picked in the garden” look and it suited both the venue and the vent perfectly.

Drape shading and fabric wrapped hay bales were also used sporadically to create a very relaxed feel for the afternoon… and that it was.

A very big thank you to urbantonic, Waterford Wines and of course the Tutu family for including us on this one 🙂