Stellenbosch Wine Farm Wedding

Katie & Paul’s Stellenbosch Wine Farm Wedding was one of our favourites of the past season.  They got married at Camberley Private Wine Estate in the Banhoek Valley.  This private wine estate is owned by renowned winemakers John & Gael Nel, who made their beautiful home available to the couple as they are good friends with Katie’s family.

Katie is the daughter of well known South African and England cricketer, Allan Lamb.  Paul was born and bred in SA but now lives in England as well.  The couple decided to return to their roots in SA for their wedding.  Camberley Estate was a fantastic choice and I feel that the outdoor setting and tented reception suited them to the tee.  The private setting made it exclusive and personal… they way all weddings should be!

Paul and the boys got ready at Johannesdal Guest House, the home of Okasie flowers owners, Chris Willemse and Dané Erwee.  The preps were followed by an intimate boys only lunch at Clouds Estate, just up the hill.  Katie, the girls and her family, got ready at Farm Lorraine in nearby Franschhoek.  This lovely cottage was the perfect serene and tranquil environment for polishing up.  So much detail went into the planning – from the girl’s gowns to little presents and gifts for everyone.  One can see this is a tight-knit family.  The wedding car was another highlight.  Katie and her dad arrived in style at Camberley Estate in a rare vintage Rolls Royce.

The outdoor ceremony was conducted on the lawn of the Garden Cottage.  Wow, what a setting!  It overlooks vineyards and mountains, the perfect setting for exchanging vows!  After the ceremony, guests were served champagne and canapés while we took the couple for photos in the estate itself.

The reception tent and setup was built from scratch.  Everything from the Kitchen to the washing facilities had to be brought in.  This was a logistical feat itself!  But the end product was an amazing Bedouin garden venue that compared to some of the best reception venues I have shot at in my 15 years of covering weddings.  I must commend Bconfident Events for pulling everything together.  What made it even more difficult was that the bride lives in the UK!

Oh yes, how can I forget to mention the hats!  I have not seen the invite, but I’m sure it mentioned something about hats being a “must-wear” item for the woman.  Since most of the guests jetted in from the UK, it made sense to incorporate this very British tradition of women wearing elaborate hats to weddings.  I just love the picture of the hats all pinned together on a wire with washing pegs!

Once the reception got started, the whole wedding party got into another gear!  The energy levels spiked and the night ended in a full-on party, with young and old on the dance floor, dancing the night away.  Katie & Paul’s wedding was one to remember!  Photos by Stefan Steenkamp and Jaun-Pierre Buys




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