Adore Weddings & Events Celebrating Laughter, Love & Light

Food glorious food!

Just a few mouthwatering images of the sumptuous Harvest Feast put on by Jacqui Rey from Food Matters at Graham & Sarah’s Netherwood wedding. Words are inadequate to describe how sensational this food was! This post should come with a warning label, these images are enough to make my mouth water at the mere memory of these platters … Enjoy friends x

Pre-drinks
home made pink lemonade
Pimms & ginger ale with Maraschino cherries, mint, cucumber, orange & lemon

Cheese Wheel Tower
6 tiers of cheese on round wooden cheese board
Base – Fontina (Parmesan & Ementaler mix)
1st - Mild Gouda
2ND – Drunken pecorino 3kg
3RD – French Brie
4TH – Creamy Gorgonzola
5TH – Natal Midlands Camembert
Decorated with fresh figs S/A, grapes & strawberries

Served with
Preserved green figs, Preserved ginger, Preserved Green melon, Grapes, Salted nuts (Pistachios, Cashew, Macadamia & Almond), pretzels, Dried fruit

Bread display
Selection of Artisan breads & Bread sticks
French loaves, Italian Ciabatta plain or olives
Savoury biscuits

Charcuterie
Bresaola, Coppa, Parma ham, selection of salamis
Whole gammon glazed with beer, mustard & honey
Marinated olives, baby gherkins, stuffed pepper dews, pickled onions, Rosa tomatoes
Green olive & artichoke salsa, walnut & black olive tapenade, Roasted pepper & cashew nut pesto, Feta & artichoke dip, hummus, skordalia

Tarts
Rustic puff pastry tomato tart garnished with wild rocket
Bruschetta with tomato & basil
Melon balls with Parma ham on knotted bamboo skewers inside ½ melon

Brad & Michelle at The Litchi Orchard

One of the things I love most about Litchi Orchard weddings is that friends and family are always an integral part of the entire wedding process, from set up to decor and flowers. There is always a real sense of community and love. Michelle and Brad’s was just such a wedding and the results are spectacular! I absolutely loved the decor at this wedding; whimsical, eclectic and oh-so-pretty!

Close family friend Les Slater headed up their set up team and pulled together a truly beautiful day full of detail, colour and love. Hair and Make up was done by the very talented Robyn Bowles with whom I got to work on our Secret Garden Shoot. Beautiful photography by the lovely Fiona Clair Photography.

Michelle is one of those rare, exquisite, quiet beauties with a deep softness both inside and out, and it shows in these beautiful pictures … Brad you are a lucky man! Mich and Brad, wishing you a lifetime of love and joy! Enjoy this beautiful wedding friends x





Secret Garden Styled Shoot

Spring day was the perfect date to celebrate this styled shoot at the beautiful Benvie Gardens in the Karkloof. Crisp spring air, warm sunlight, cool shade, the smell of fresh pine needles and warm grass, and the sound of birds singing above in the trees set the tone for our Secret Garden inspired styled shoot.

An enormous Thank You to everyone involved: Kate Martens from The Girl in Gumboots Photography for the beautiful images, assisted by Kirsty from Khulisa Projects. Pretty, romantic hair and make up by Robyn Bowles. Stunning dresses of tulle and lace by Tracey from Natural Selection. Romantic stationery designed and hand-made by Bron from Potpourri Box. Decadent cakes and gold dusted macaroons by Kerry from Lemon Canary. Styling, decor and flowers by Carolyn from Adore Weddings. Enjoy friends x






Ronny & Nats at Netherwood Part 2

Part 2 of this Beautiful Big Fat Portuguese Wedding, which was a day of love, a day of warmth and a day honouring the beauty and importance of family. Such a beautiful, loving, happy day.

Make sure you see all the pictures to the end. Jacki captured some INCREDIBLE dance moves from some of Nats and Ronny’s youngest guests - they literally defied gravity! I’ve never witnessed anything like it, wow!

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy friends! Nats and Ronny, I just love you both. Blessings, joy and a life of beauty to you always xxx

See Part 1 of this happy love story here.






An enormous thank you to all our suppliers for helping to make this such a happy wedding!

Catering: Harvey’s
Coordination: Adore Weddings
DJ: DJ Manny
Decor: Midlands Style Events
Flowers: Boston Ivy
Hair: VNH Hair Studio
Make Up: Charelle McAllister
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Second shooter: Natasha Schoeman
Videography: Beyond Measure
Violinist: Elena
Venue: Netherwood

Ronny & Nats at Netherwood Part 1

If I had to try sum this wedding up in three key points they would be: it was a day of love, it was a day about family and in spite of the weather it was a genuinely warm day.

Ronny, Nats and I first met at their initial Netherwood viewing and it felt as though we had known each other for years. By the end of their viewing, Nats and I had visualized her entire wedding (including lots of pretty and clouds of baby’s breath in the venue). Their wedding planning process was a dream. We laughed together, cried together, planned and dreamed together and came to love one another like family. It has been a privilege, an honour and a pure delight to be a part of this journey. These are two of the most warm hearted, kind and generous people I have come to know.

Both Ronny and Nats come from beautiful big Portuguese families. Nats referred to her big day as her “Big, Fat Portuguese Wedding” from start to finish. For anyone who has not yet had the joy of being a part of a Portuguese wedding, let me share a little: family and friends are sacred; love and affection are an integral part of this community make up; good food, good drink and good times are celebrated with the whole heart; and every single guest there was just so proud and so happy for our bride and groom. I love this couple, I love their family, I love their friends and I LOVED witnessing the respect, love and joy throughout this special day.

Their ceremony was one of the most warm, personal, reverent and beautiful I have had the honour of witnessing; and was conducted by their family Priest, Father Gerhard. Nats looked breathtaking in her custom made dress and cathedral length veil (complete with her and Ronny’s initials worked into the train half way down - a beautiful touch), and one of my favorite parts of their ceremony was that there was not one dry eye from either Ronny nor his 8 groomsmen as she walked down the aisle. I admit that I’d been doing pretty well until that moment and had to make use of a strategic hanky too …

Enjoy this celebration of laughter, love and light friends. Beautiful images by Jacki Bruniquel.





Catering: Harvey’s
Coordination: Adore Weddings
DJ: DJ Manny
Decor: Midlands Style Events
Flowers: Boston Ivy
Hair: VNH Hair Studio
Make Up: Charelle McAllister
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Second shooter: Natasha Schoeman
Videography: Beyond Measure
Violinist: Elena
Venue: Netherwood

Sneak Peak - Ronny & Nats

Something lovely to start off the week, a breathtakingly beautiful sneak peak from Nats and Ronny’s wedding by Jacki Bruniquel. Ronny and Nats, I just love you both. Hope you’re having a sensational honeymoon!

Enjoy friends, and have a wonderful day x

The Top 100 Photographers in the World

It seems that Jacki Bruniquel‘s magical run hasn’t come to an end. Awards, accolades, celebrations … they just keep rolling in for this wonderful, generous and fabulously talented woman. Jax has just been listed as one of the top 100 wedding photographers IN THE WORLD by Mr & Mrs Photography, a leading Australian based wedding photography team! Have a look at the amazing link here … so proud! And so chuffed we get to work with one of the Top 100 Photographers in the World again this weekend. How spoiled am I?

Admired in Africa Award

An enormous congratulations to my very dear friend, Jacki Bruniquel for being awarded the Admired in Africa Photographer 2013 award! Admired in Africa is an exclusive, invitation only directory that profiles the top wedding photographers in Africa. To illustrate just how prestigious this award is, have a look at the excerpt from their website below:

Every year we host the largest wedding photography competition on the continent, judged by some of the leading industry experts. The Admired Awards is part of our commitment to honoring wedding photographers who are creating modern compositions and taking wedding photography in new directions.

This year Admired in Africa held their first competition, for which photographers were required to submit images in a variety of categories. In typical, humble Jax style, my friend submitted her images and promptly forgot about it all until she received an email informing her that she had won the whole competition!

Jacki is officially rated as the Top Wedding Photographer in Africa! What a brilliant and well deserved accolade.

Have a look at the Admired in Africa score sheet here and Jacki’s profile on their site here. Congrats Jax my love! I’m so proud of you xxx

Have a look at some of Jacki’s submitted images below. Enjoy friends!




Behind the Scenes - Potting Wild Olives

Tomfuti and I hand potting Wild Olive saplings as table gifts for Ronny and Nat’s Wedding this weekend.





Thanks for the nod!

We’ve been given the lovely honour of being listed on Jacki Bruniquel‘s list of recommended vendors! Thank you so much for your lovely, kind words Jax! It is always a delight to get to work with you. So much love x

Please see Jacki’s full post here.

Graham & Sarah at Netherwood Part 2

Today we get to enjoy Part 2 of Graham and Sarah’s beautiful Provence inspired Netherwood wedding. More beautiful images of the sumptious decor, flowers, food, wine and that gorgeous Pronovias dress follow below. Images by Jacki Bruniquel. Graham and Sarah, wishing a lifetime of love and light to you both. Enjoy this celebration of beauty friends!

View Part 1 here.






A very big thank you to all suppliers involved:

Band: Mark Beiling Band
Catering: Food Matters
Coordination: Adore Weddings
Decor: Natural Nostalgia; Planned to Perfection; Midlands Style Events; Vanilla House and Seating Plan
Flowers: Boston Ivy
Hair: Drew Christie
Make Up: Alana Make Up Your Mind
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Second shooter: Natasha Schoeman
Quintet: African Gypsy Jazz
Videography: Paul Railton
Venue: Netherwood

Graham & Sarah at Netherwood Part 1

Graham and Sarah’s Provence inspired Netherwood wedding was a sensory feast! Sarah put great thought and care into each detail of her wedding, and utilized no less than five decor suppliers to create the perfect look and feel for her special day. Her exquisite flowers were hand picked and beautifully arranged by Di at Boston Ivy to create a truly romantic feel throughout the space. An abundance of sensational food by Jacqui Rey and her team at Food Matters, and a selection of perfectly paired wines kept flowing throughout the day, more than satisfying even the most demanding palate. African Gypsy Jazz and the Mark Beiling Band kept guests entertained from start to finish … and then there was the dress. Oh the dress! I still get giddy and giggly when I see pictures of it! It was a Pronovias work of art with layers of tulle, feathers and a full ballgown skirt. Sarah looked sensational as a bride - exactly the way you imagine a bride would look!

Enjoy this visual feast friends! Images by Jacki Bruniquel. Part 2 coming soon!






A very big thank you to all suppliers involved:

Band: Mark Beiling Band
Catering: Food Matters
Coordination: Adore Weddings
Decor: Natural Nostalgia; Planned to Perfection; Midlands Style Events; Vanilla House and Seating Plan
Dress: Pronovias
Flowers: Boston Ivy
Hair: Drew Christie
Make Up: Alana Make Up Your Mind
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Second shooter: Natasha Schoeman
Quintet: African Gypsy Jazz
Videography: Paul Railton
Venue: Netherwood

Sneak Peak - Sarah & Graham

An absolutely beautiful sneak peak of Sarah & Graham’s wedding shoot from Jacki Bruniquel! I love this shot, I love the dream misty Midlands feel and I love this tree! It is just below my old cottage at Netherwood and I’ve always found it’s shape and texture to be so pretty. I’m delighted it’s finally been included in a shoot! I’m so looking forward to sharing more images from this beautiful wedding with you. Watch this space friends x

This couple gets married tomorrow!

Sarah & Graham get married tomorrow! I cannot WAIT to share pictures for this wedding with you. We are half way through set up and it looks GORGEOUS! Here are a few sneaky snaps of their engagement shoot by Jacki Bruniquel. Have a look at their full safari inspired engagement shoot here. Enjoy friends, and have a beautiful weekend xxx




Picnic Harvest Styled Shoot

OK, are you ready for this? I am so excited to share these images by Dean Maber,one half of the awesome Maber team and husband to Samantha Maber - both extraordinary photographers. Dean and I decided to collaborate on a styled shoot over the course of a dinner, and a few weeks later this is what we pulled together! Many thanks to the incredible team of people involved: Stationery by Rocket Designs, sensational cakes and apple pies (we ate those pies after the shoot and I thought I was going to melt with delight) by Lemon Canary Bakery, make up by the incredibly talented Pam McNeil from Pamjam Make-Up Artist, seriously gorgeous dresses from Belle & Bravado, photography by Dean Maber (assisted by his wife Sam), concept, styling, flowers and decor by Adore Weddings and Events and our very kind models Kerry Hedges and Simon Wilkes who put up with our antics and played along with all the fun. Thank you to everyone who was involved for an absolutely wonderful day, and a beautiful shoot! A very big thank you to Dean Maber for the beautiful images. Hope you all enjoy friends ♥ x





Ronny & Nats Engagement Shoot

Nats and Ronny get married next week (hooray), so I feel it is very fitting to post their engagement shoot pics today. It is one of my greatest joys to get to meet special people who are completely in love and who have decided to make the beautiful commitment to spend the rest of their lives together, and to then be invited to be a very small part of their beautiful journey! Nathalie Lopes and Ronny da Silva are two such people. I had the privilege of meeting them well before I finished at Netherwood and it has been my delight to be involved in their wedding planning since then! I just adore this couple. They are warm, loving, generous and gentle. Nat’s favorite colour is yellow and she loves pretty spaces, so it was very easy to find the perfect location for their engagement shoot - a field of sun hemp right across the road from our house. My incredibly talented friend Jacki Bruniquel was the genius behind the lense (amazing work as usual) and was assisted by Tash and Stew. The beautiful Make up and Hair was by Charelle McAllister, one of the softest and most lovely artists I’ve had the joy of working with. Styling, flowers and flower crown by Adore Weddings and Events. Thank you to everyone involved for a magically beautiful day. Nats and Ronny, I am so excited for your wedding next week! It is going to be magical. All my love x