Lourensford Wedding Venue Review

Somerset West

Lourensford Wedding Venue – Laurent

The Lourensford Wedding Venue, Laurent is one of our Top 10 Wedding Venues in the Western Cape.  Ever since this venue was revamped and management was taken over by The Aleit Group, it has rocketed to popularity!

Location

Laurent is set on the Lourensford Estate in Somerset West, the biggest privately owned wine farm in South Africa.  Leading up to the venue, the tree lined lane, sets the tone.  It is most spectacular in Autumn with the falling leaves and hues of brown, yellow and red paving your way to Laurent.  The venue itself is set on the foot of the Helderberg mountians, overlooking the polo field and vineyards.  From its spacious veranda, you have fantastic views over the Hottentots-Holland mountains and False Bay.  The building itself is modern with angular lines and some earthy elements like sandstone and wood.

It will appeal to…

The main function venue design with neutral flooring, crystal chandeliers and predominantly white theme means this venue can easily be transformed to accommodate functions of a wide variety of styles and preferences.  The venue is best suited to a sophisticated couple that wants to combine winelands with a modern contemporary feel.

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Ceremony and Reception

There are plenty of ceremony options to offer.  For an outdoor setting, you can choose from the terrace leading down to the polo field.  It is flanked by huge ponds on each side and the slope means all your guests have a good view of the proceedings.  Another option is the raised Polo deck on the side of the Polo Field – If you want to get married “up in the air” this should be your choice.  But my favourite outdoor ceremony option at Lourensford must be the setting in the middle of the tree-lined lane.  More romantic than this you cannot get! Just imagine walking down that lane to see your groom standing on the side of the “tunnel”.

For less favourable weather, the veranda can be utilised.  It is partly covered by a glass roof, a clever piece of architecture that will prevent you getting wet, but still lets the natural light through.  If you want to get married in a church, here are a few to choose from in Somerset West:


For your pre-dinner drinks and canapé’s the veranda, overlooking the estate and mountains, is the perfect setting.  Part of it is shaded if you need relief from the scorching South African summer sun. Modern sophistication is a fitting description for this area with its sandstone coloured tiles, wooden veranda covering and symmetrically aligned trees.

The main hall of Laurent is huge!  It can comfortably seat 250 guests with a dance floor.  The space is predominantly white, but has some wooden and stone elements that add an earthy feel.  The wall leading to the veranda is of glass – giving your guests the opportunity to admire the view even while inside enjoying the event.  Tying in with the glass elements are the suspended crystal chandeliers, giving a touch of sophistication that is sought after by affluent wedding clients.

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Catering and Bar Services

Teamed up with and based on site, is Stir Food – one of Cape Town’s most celebrated function & event catering outfits.  Gustaaf Boshoff heads a world class team of chefs and caterers, operating from a huge purpose built kitchen right next to Laurent.  “Creative & tasteful, yet economical” – This catering company can do it all and work within your budget!

Photography

Photo opportunities are plentiful – Lourensford is the proverbial “photographer’s dream”!  The estate offers a fusion of historic Cape Dutch architecture and modern style buildings and the 4000 hectare Estate riddled with an array of fields, fruit tree orchards, vineyards, pine forests, gardens and dams.  My favourite spot is next to the lake and pine forest.  If you catch the light right here, it is transformed into a magical fairytale setting – see some of the couple photos taken there above.  From that setting you can also see the whole of False Bay and the surrounding Hottentots-Holland mountains.

Accommodation

Worth mentioning, is their working relationship with the nearby Erinvale Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa – Not only can your wedding guests be accommodated nearby, but they also have the luxury Spa and Golf resort facilities at their doorstep.

Apart from Erinvale, there are also plenty of guest houses in the vicinity that are suitable for bridal and groom preparations.

Venue Management & Coordination Service

Proudly associated with Lourensford, is the Aleit Group. Bringing on board a world class wedding coordination company as such, means that they are totally equipped and qualified to host any type of event or function you can dream of.  Whether you are celebrating a wedding or need to find inspiration hosting a company year-end, Laurent will fulfill your very needs.

 

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Contact Lourensford:  info@laurent-lourensford.co.za  |  +27 21 847 1696  |  thealeitgroup.com/aleit-venues/

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