Fleur & David all the way from New Zealand had a beautiful and elegant summer wedding celebration of true love at Nooitgedacht which is a 300 year old family run Wine Estate situated near the picturesque town of Stellenbosch. With its laid back and homely charm it was the perfect venue to create that cozy intimate atmosphere they wanted.
The food & wine selection was a top priority for the couple due to their backgrounds in the food industry. Many of the guests invited were coming from abroad to celebrate their wedding in the beautiful Western Cape region.On arrival the African choir welcomed the guests with the rhythms and sounds of Africa. The setting for the Pre-Ceremony was the lush green gardens of Nooitgedacht, where the guests were served delectable canapés creatively displayed on a variety of gorgeous platters to complement the Theme.
After canapés guests were ushered to the ceremony area to an understated and elegant setting under the oak trees. The aisle was lined with red rose petals. The pageboy was tasked to hand out vintage handkerchiefs to all the ladies. The box they were displayed in read “Happy Tears” The guests were given a glass of champagne before the ceremony started. The bridesmaids wore elegant navy- blue outfits with lovely lace detail. They carried a single stemmed floral posy together with a glass of champagne as they walked down the red petal aisle. The brides entrance was marked by the arrival of the brass banjo band who arrived on one of the farm tractors. Before heading off to lunch the couple signed the register under the oak trees and enjoyed been showered with white rose petals.
We created a relaxed food market setting under the oak tree lane with a collection of pallet furniture and cozy seating, wooden crates, display boxes, ice-buckets, rustic wooden bars, cocktail & café tables and chairs, vintage plates and platters and menu boards. The floral decoration was minimal. Beautifully printed quotes by Lara Designs were placed everywhere for guests to read. The guests were entertained by the brass banjo band and some chill out background music provided by the DJ during the afternoon.The lunch theme was based on a Food Market/Festival with various food stalls and food trucks to serve a range of gourmet street food to the wedding guests from Mexican (El Burro Food Truck) to Middle Eastern. The oyster bar was placed on a small island surrounded by water and the champagne flutes were continually filled. The Cape Malay menu was served from an orange food truck we hired in. There was also a Seafood Feast. A braai of Langoustines, prawns, crayfish, lobster, snoek and kingklip with various condiments.
The bar stations served bespoke cocktails, craft beers and a selection of fine spirits. Simonsig Wine Estate provided us with a selection of their top wines. We had wine stewards assisting guests with the ever-popular wine tasting.Spice jar favours with Cape Malay Curry were displayed in crates for guests to help themselves. The sign read “Love is the spice of Life”
After a 4- hour social lunch gathering the guests were ushered to the Old Wine Cellar which was the perfect setting for the cutting of the wedding cake and wedding speeches. With its dilapidated physical features of plaster peeling off the walls and exposed brickwork this setting just oozed its own distinctive character of old world charm.A gourmet’s delight creating a focal point of mouthwatering splendor the Towers of cheese rounds sourced from Franschoek replaced the traditional wedding cake.
Presented beautifully on a vintage table accompanied by seasonal fruits, homemade breads, crackers and pretzels. As if this isn’t enough jams, preserves and other condiments were at hand to ensure a delectable feast for both eyes and palate. Port and champagne glasses were continually filled, and you could hear the clinking of glasses as guests cheered the couple.
The cellar was also the perfect backdrop for guest photos. A retro pink couch was used to seat guests at. There was a suitcase filled with interesting paraphernalia of hats, scarves etc. We provided a small black board for guests to write their special messages on for the wedding couple. This kept the photographer busy for some time as well as keeping the kids delightfully entertained dressing up and posing for the camera. From here the guests were ushered to the Party Tent erected outside the beautiful Manor house. The guests were drawn in by the beat of the music. A mix of Global music and a touch of great Afro/Latino. The tent was decorated with cozy lounge pockets and mood lighting and some warm blankets as the evening cooled down.The dessert station was filled with mouth-watering finger desserts.
Late night snacks of hot chicken wings, duck pancakes and fries were served. Midnight caps of Amarula, Frangelico and bourbon were served. Before heading home, guests collected their ‘Hang over” kits.
This foodie wedding was a delight from start to finish. A wonderful festive day keeping the guests forever entertained and happy.
Wesley Vorster captured all the details of this wonderful wedding perfectly.