Events Planned // Michele & Renier // L’Hugenote, Val de Vie

Michele & Renier are one of those couples who spontaneously cross your path and leave you intertwined for the remainder of your life.  Not only did we gain the opportunity to work with two beautiful souls but we have become lifelong friends.

Our paths crossed some six months prior to their planned wedding day.  Being excessively busy as a doctor at the Paarl Hospital, and with Renier heavy into the wine harvest and it’s production, they realsied they were going no-where slowly with their wedding planning.  Through industry connections we were introduced and what an introduction it was.

Most know by now we offer the first consultation on a complimentary basis – its our time to better get to know you and understand your needs in order to craft a package best suited to your specified requirements.  In an all-practical, usually hasty-paced world, this takes roughly an hour.  I cannot recall the exact number of hours we spent talking, as it turned out to be so much more then straight wedding talk, but I do know that there and then this couple and I would be doing the planning tango.

Planning a wedding, no matter where the location, is usually a systematic process.  But when you need to fill an otherwise empty shell, that noramlly does not cater for these types of events, the challenges become a bit more…shall we say, challenging.

Michele wanted a warm rustic look.  The ambiant lighting of the barrel room of L’ Hugenote boutique winery, would be a perfectly suited tone while the wood elements would assist to create warmth despite the cooling system of the winery.  Rose gold accents dotted the space as we carted in the protea garlands to dress the tables.  Accent lighting along the winery pillars and doom, along with the suspended naked bulbs, assited with just the right amount of lighting while still setting a mood.

Their ideal day, when asked to describe it, featured the words ‘scrumptious, unpretentious food’, ‘good wine’ (naturally being a winemaker of course), ‘laughter’ and ‘celebrations’.  They wanted maximum time with their friends and family and less time with conventional formalities.

Their ceremony took place under the shaded trees of the L’Hugenote grassway while overlooking the vineyards.  A picnic feast awaiting hungry guests as they could lounge about during the predrink run and watch the sun turn golden before setting.  Unconventional as they were they lead the guests into main reception under a cloud of mist thanks to our smoke machine introduction.  This revealed the cellar-setting in a way guests have never experienced before.  While dining among the barrels the scrumptious beef fillet served by Two Chefs caused a culinery explosion of delight and seductive pleasure.

Thanks to the lovely gentleman of Baha Entertainment guests were able to dance well into the morning hours and watch the rising sun as a new day, in the married life, of Michele & Renier started to take fold.

Key Role Players –

Venue // L’Hugenote

Photography // Sulet Fourie

Dress // Didi Couture

Entertainment // Shake n Bake and Baha Entertainment

Flowers // Bride and Celeste Styled Events

Stationery // Fleur Design Studio

Catering // Two Chefs

Barrista // Fleet Coffee

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