Back at our favourite Polo Estate in South Africa, this time for an Aleit Wedding at Val de Vie. What a pleasure it was to work with such a professional and organised wedding coordination team!
Tendai & Shari, originally from Zimbabwe and now living in the UK. Tendai and Shari are both based in London, UK – but both have lived in South Africa before.. and it was a no-brainer for them to tie the knot in South Africa, what they say, is the most beautiful part of the world. Try organising a wedding of this size and complexity when you live 14 000km away – it’s almost impossible! So the services of the trusted Aleit Group was employed to make sure Shari’s fairytale comes to life.
We met at mutual friends’ wedding (we were both part of the bridal party and was a well orchestrated plan by the bride and groom to make sure that by the end of the wedding, Tendai and Shari would be a couple- it worked!.) and after dating long distance for a bit Tendai proposed (in true grand style- in Paris by the Eiffel Tower) and Shari moved from Johannesburg to London to join him. Whilst the wedding was one of the best memories we have created, the best day of our lives, is definitely the day we met❤..
After the lovely outdoor ceremony in the courtyard, guests were treated to a specially arranged Polo match while they lounged around on the veranda of the Polo Pavillion. I have to mention Liezl Kotze Floral Art for the breathtaking job she did with the flowers! Those hanging arrangements and soft the soft pastels used throughout together with the ghost chairs, draping and mood lighting transformed the Grand Ballroom into a magical, crisp party pad!
Shari’s Favourite moment
Walking down the aisle with my brother ( to the most amazing rendition of Prince- Beautiful Girl in the World by Breakfast Included – High Five to them for creating that amazing atmosphere and memory) and looking up at my happily ever after at the alter!!!! ( p.s I saw the tears behind those glasses Tendai)…
Tendai’s favourite moment
The first dance, finally got a moment with my beautiful wife to take it all in after a long day of preparations and activity! It was a beautiful day enjoyed with family and friends… We need a do over !!!
Photos by Stefan Steenkamp & Laura da Paixao
An International Wedding Celebration in Cape Town
Our couple wanted a festive celebration – it had to be a fun, light and joyous day for their guests, most of whom travelled from far. To be exact, 13 countries – UK, US, Zimbabwe, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada, UAE, Zambia Switzerland, Kenya and South Africa. Tendai and Shari could not be more full of praise fro Nicola of the Aleit Group for the excellent job done in achieving the look, feel and atmosphere they envisaged.
Shari and the girls did their preparations at a luxurious villa on the Polo Estate. She was dressed in a classic creation by American designer, Monique Lhuillier, bought in Amsterdam after a fruitless search in UK Bridal shops. The dress was complemented with a pair of glitzy Jimmy Choos and Swarovski encrusted studs and bracelet. The 6 bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their off shoulder dusty rose pink mermaid dresses
I fell in love with the French Silk trumpet style, teamed with a cute Bow and the Chantilly lace top with lovely flower detail (Just so me)… Kudos to my good friend Kobus Dippenaar for helping with the last minute nips and tucks!
Tendai and the boys got ready at Pearl Valley Golf Estate, right next to Val de Vie. As a big fan of renowned Savile Row designer William Hunt, Tendai wore an Ashmore collection suit and shoes from his favourite designer. His accessories included a silver Patik Phillipe watch, his Oxford University cufflinks, black bowtie handmade in Scotland and a classic cream Christy’s Panama hat and pink happy socks. The Groomsmen were dressed in Navy blue DKNY suits, Grey double-breasted waistcoats, black neckties and Panama hats.
ZaraZoo Photography and Aleit Wedding Planners Work Well as a Team
If you liked this Aleit Wedding at Val de Vie, have a look at a few others we covered there:
- Spring – Thembi & Tando
- Ebun & Segun – Wedding Concepts
- Summer – Luyanda & Siya – Top Billing Wedding
- Summer – Kara & Dirk – The Aleit Group
- Early Summer – Pontsho & Luthando
- Early Summer – Dincer & Tammy
- Val de Vie Venue Review
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