Adore Weddings & Events Celebrating Laughter, Love & Light

I love my clients!

Incredible words from a very special bride, Mrs Lara Joannou:

Our ray of sunshine, Carolyn, there are no words to describe how thankful Michael Joannou and I are for you helping us create the most beautiful and the best day of our life! You are not only an absolutely amazing professional, but you are also an absolutely amazing person, you are truly beautiful inside and out, and this truly comes through in your work too! Thank you for your hard work, your professionalism, your guidance and your friendship! Lots of love from us both Xxx

Romantic Styled Shoot - Quirky Glamour

Part two of our Romantic Styled Shoot at barker Manor is up today! This second look was almost an afterthought, thrown together with whatever I had in my magic box of tricks … and I’m completely thrilled with the outcome! It’s something glamorous, whimsical, fun and playful. I simply adore being inspired by creatives in this industry! What an awesome shoot. Thank you to the entire team for their love and beautiful talents!

Enjoy friends x





Dresses: Ashleigh Hulley of Jomb & Me
Hair & Make Up: Laura Halgreen
Model: Rossland of Models International
Photography: Bron Fourie from Vanilla Photography
Stationery: Ali Perks from Alice May Stationery
Styling & Flowers: Adore Weddings
Venue: Barker Manor

Romantic Styled Shoot - Whimsical Beauty

I simply love being inspired by creatives in this industry! It’s always a blessing to get to put together a concept, plan a shoot, pack everything you need … then literally just go with what happens when we arrive on site! There’s something magic involved in the organic immediacy when you get to work in this manner.

That’s exactly what took place with this little project. Bron of Vanilla Photography and I had been looking to collaborate on a styled shoot when she proposed an elegant/romantic/whimsical/touch-of-boho/provence feel shoot complete with an organic flower crown, raw wood table, organic table arrangements, touches of copper, and loads of soft light and pretty … exactly my vibe! Ash Hully very kindly came on board with two of her gorgeous dresses, the lovely Laura Halgreen brought her awesome hair and make up talents to the team, the completely beautiful Rossland Ward volunteered as our model, and Barker Manor generously allowed us the run of their pretty new venue for the day. Stunning stationery was provided by Alice May, and the gorgeous little heart biscuits by Lemon Canary Bakery.

Part one (featured here) worked beautifully. Part two was almost an afterthought, thrown together with whatever I had in my magic box of tricks … and it turned out exquisitely! I truly do adore being inspired by creatives in this industry! What an awesome shoot. Enjoy friends x










An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to this gorgeous day.

Decor: Planned to Perfection and Adore Weddings
Dresses: Ashleigh Hulley of Jomb & Me
Hair & Make Up: Laura Halgreen
Heart Biscuits: Lemon Canary Bakery
Model: Rossland from Models International
Photography: Bron Fourie from Vanilla Photography
Stationery: Ali Perks from Alice May Stationery
Styling & Flowers: Adore Weddings
Venue: Barker Manor

I love my clients!

An amazing letter I received from Nats on the morning of her and Ronny’s wedding … yes, I did cry because I had such a full heart!

Dearest Carolyn

From the moment we started talking over the phone as our emails got somewhat lost via technology, I loved you! I had told friends of mine and Ronny, wow this girl is so helpful and friendly - you don’t get that now a days! To then meeting you at Netherwood, feeling already like you were an old friend to Ronny controlling us in the chapel for crying, to all the planning and that lead me to NOW.

I am yet to believe this day is already here, time has gone so quick that we feel we need more time with you!

Thank you for being who you are - kind, loving, warm and helpful. And thank you for making our vision come true. You understood us and got to know us. Soon we will be saying I do and I’m happy you will be there ti witness this.

May God always bless you Carolyn and may all your wishes come true.

P.S: “Love can’t always be perfect, love is just love” -The Wedding Planner

We love you lots,

Nats & Ronny xxx

Lyle & Kelly’s Wedding

How completely gorgeous is this bride, and how dapper her groom? The light, the people, the dress, the entire day was pure magic, and beautifully captured by CC Rossler. Thank you Kelly and Lyle for choosing me to do your flowers, and to Kel for giving me creative carte blanche! It has been a delight to get to know you throughout the process.

Enjoy friends x










Decor: Bride, family and friends
Flowers: Adore Weddings
Make Up: Make Up Your Mind, Ballito
Photography: CC Rossler
Venue: Orchid House

Sneak Peak - Mike & Lara’s Wedding!

A few sneak peaks from Mike & Lara’s sensational Kenyan/Greek wedding at Netherwood last weekend. Beautiful images by Jacki Bruniquel.



Catering: Harvey’s
Concept, Styling & Coordination: Adore Weddings
Decor: A collaboration between Adore Weddings & Functions for Africa
Dress: Pronovias
Flowers: Floey’s Flowers
Hair: drew Christie from Evolve
Make Up: Kendal from Nixon Make Up
Photography: Jacki bruniquel
Videography: Beyond Measure
Venue: Netherwood

Mike & Lara’s Greek Kenyan Wedding Video

Mike and Lara’s wedding trailer is here! Watching this beautiful clip brings back every good and happy memory from this very special day. Beyond Measure have really raised the bar with this one! Mike, I love the words you shared with your new wife - just beautiful! Enjoy friends x

Mike & Lara’s Wedding Trailer from Beyond Measure on Vimeo.

Once again a very big, heart felt thank you to all the suppliers who helped make this day such a wonderful success!

Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Venue: Netherwood
Second Shooter: Tash Schoeman
Wedding planner and stylist: Carolyn McNeil Adore Weddings
Decor: Functions For Africaand [Adore weddings(http://www.adoreweddings.co.za)
Flowers: Floey Van Der Plank
Hair: Drew Christie
Make up: Natasha Papadopoulos and Kendyl McPherson – Nixon Makeup
Brides Dress: Pronovias Barcelona, Johannesburg
Bridesmaids dresses: Bianca Warren
Groom’s Suit: Terrance Bray
Cake: Penny Mc Loughlin 0825693766 pennymcloughlin@gmail.com
Music: Zaffa (Rob and Garth Warren)
Videographer: Beyond Measure
Priest: His Eminence, The Orthodox Archbishop of Cape Town, Sergios Kykkotis and Pater Kostandinos
Food: Harvey’s Catering
Wedding stationary design: Fathima Kathrada
Wedding stationary printers: Crystal Printers

Mike & Lara’s Gorgeous Greek-Kenyan Wedding: Part 3

This wedding is deeply special to me not only because of the incredible couple I had the delight of working with, but also because of how much creative licence and fun I was able to have! There were certain very special aspects we wove into the decor in order to honour both Mike and Lara’s story, but also the most special people in their lives. Lara’s family garden has the most beautiful fever trees, which she would have been married under if she had been married at home, so in order to honour her heritage and parents, we brought fully grown fever trees into the venue. Mike’s beautiful Mother sadly passed away a number of years ago, but white butterflies have always reminded him of her, so we brought hundreds of them into the venue and suspended them from both the roof and trees as a visual reflection of her tangible spirit which was present throughout the day. Lara’s Dad is a cut rose farmer up in Kenya so hundreds and hundreds of her most favorite roses were shipped down from home and included in the magnificent flower displays by Floey.

This was a day of warmth, love, beauty, friendship and joy.

La and Mike, it has been a true honour to get to know and grow to love you both. Blessings for a beautiful life of adventure and joy together xxx








Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Venue: Netherwood
Second Shooter: Tash Schoeman
Wedding planner and stylist: Carolyn McNeil Adore Weddings
Decor: Functions For Africa
Flowers: Floey Van Der Plank
Hair: Drew Christie
Make up: Natasha Papadopoulos and Kendyl McPherson – Nixon Makeup
Brides Dress: Pronovias Barcelona, Johannesburg
Bridesmaids dresses: Bianca Warren
Groom’s Suit: Terrance Bray
Cake: Penny Mc Loughlin 0825693766 pennymcloughlin@gmail.com
Music: Zaffa (Rob and Garth Warren)
Videographer: Beyond Measure
Priest: His Eminence, The Orthodox Archbishop of Cape Town, Sergios Kykkotis and Pater Kostandinos
Food: Harvey’s Catering
Wedding stationary design: Fathima Kathrada
Wedding stationary printers: Crystal Printers

Mike & Lara’s Gorgeous Greek-Kenyan Wedding: Part 2

Part 2 of this beautiful, special, happy Greek/Kenyan Wedding! A beautiful ceremony rich in tradition and meaning; the warmth of love and joy from family and friends; and loads of happy fun with the bridal party post ceremony! I just love how much these two love one another. Mike and Lara you are a delight!

Enjoy these gorgeous pics by Jacki Bruniquel friends.

P.S: How stunning is this dress and veil? Pronovias heaven!!! Lara you are gorgeous x











Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Venue: Netherwood
Second Shooter: Tash Schoeman
Wedding planner and stylist: Carolyn Mc Neil Adore Weddings
Decor: Functions For Africa
Flowers: Floey Van Der Plank
Hair: Drew Christie
Make up: Natasha Papadopoulos and Kendyl McPherson – Nixon Makeup
Brides Dress: Pronovias Barcelona, Johannesburg
Bridesmaids dresses: Bianca Warren
Groom’s Suit: Terrance Bray
Cake: Penny Mc Loughlin 0825693766 pennymcloughlin@gmail.com
Music: Zaffa (Rob and Garth Warren)
Videographer: Beyond Measure
Priest: His Eminence, The Orthodox Archbishop of Cape Town, Sergios Kykkotis and Pater Kostandinos
Food: Harvey’s Catering
Wedding stationary design: Fathima Kathrada
Wedding stationary printers: Crystal Printers

Mike & Lara’s Gorgeous Greek-Kenyan Wedding: Part 1

I have been saving this wedding up to share with you for some time. I adored everything about this special celebration; from the very first time I met Lara to discuss her wedding, to our countless cups of tea and chats, to sharing ideas and getting excited, to the actual incredible day itself. Here is part 1 of this lovely wedding, put together by a team of incredibly talented artists an captured beautifully by Jacki Bruniquel. Enjoy this day of delight friends xxx








Below are some words about the day from Mike and Lara:

From the start of the day waking up at the crack of dawn with excitement, to eventually heading to bed after an amazing day it truly was the happiest day of our life! Weddings truly are so special as you are surrounded by only your very special friends and family! With advice from several people we truly savored every moment of the day together, and we made sure that at times we snuck off alone just to take everything all in and realize just how lucky we are to not only have found each other but also by the loved ones that surround us. During the day everyone kept asking us how we felt and this made us think we should have been more stressed or nervous, but we both simply felt so happy, relaxed and excited for the day ahead and we both just could not wait to marry our best friend and soul mate!

Our wedding had a lot of symbolic and sentimental meanings to us within the decor. The acacia trees represent where I was born and brought up in Kenya, our farm is surrounded by acacia trees. All of the roses came all the way from Kenya from my Dads rose farm. The white butterflies where in remembrance of Mixalis special Mum, he always believed that she came back as a beautiful butterfly.

We can’t thank everyone enough, we truly had our dream team when it came to our suppliers, of which Jacki, Carolyn, Floey and Drew have become very special to us also as friends now. Our friends and family have been incredible and will always be treasured. The biggest thank you is to our parents, without them we would be nothing, they are our everything, and they made this special day possible, we love you from the bottom of our hearts. Lastly each other, we are grateful every day that our paths of life crossed and now we begin our special journey through life together for an eternity.

Big love and hugs to everyone that was there for our special day and also for those that could not make it, we love you all.

Mixali and Lara
Xxx

Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Venue: Netherwood
Second Shooter: Tash Schoeman
Wedding planner and stylist: Carolyn Mc Neil Adore Weddings
Decor: Functions For Africa
Flowers: Floey Van Der Plank
Hair: Drew Christie
Make up: Natasha Papadopoulos and Kendyl McPherson – Nixon Makeup
Brides Dress: Pronovias Barcelona, Johannesburg
Bridesmaids dresses: Bianca Warren
Groom’s Suit: Terrance Bray
Cake: Penny Mc Loughlin 0825693766 pennymcloughlin@gmail.com
Music: Zaffa (Rob and Garth Warren)
Videographer: Beyond Measure
Priest: His Eminence, The Orthodox Archbishop of Cape Town, Sergios Kykkotis and Pater Kostandinos
Food: Harvey’s Catering
Wedding stationary design: Fathima Kathrada
Wedding stationary printers: Crystal Printers

Bunches of Pretty

Peach rose sprays, Star of Bethlehem, lace flower and fresh white lizianthus. A sweet summer bunch of pretty x




Alex & Brendan’s Wedding

Alex and Brendan were married at Rain Farm on a glorious summers day in March. When Alex walked down the aisle she totally took my breath away … and Brendan’s face as he saw her was enough to reduce me to tears! I loved how relaxed and playful this wedding was, and how much fun I got to have with creating the concept and styling of this pretty day!

Alex loved the natural bush feel of the venue, so we incorporated delicious raw wood textures on the tables and loads of candle light to add romance to the evening. For height and a touch of pure, simple, pretty, we included extra tall glass vases with sprays of white gladioli. This was offset by over 300 rock roses, generously gathered and donated out the gardens of family and friends! One of my favorite decor features was the fully grown acacia tree we brought into the venue. It created a gorgeous focal point in the center of the room!

Alex and Brendan, thank you so much for the delight of being a part of your wedding! I wish you and your families a lifetime of joy together x

Very pretty images by Conway Photography. Enjoy friends!






Concept, Styling & Coordination: Adore Weddings
Decor & Flowers: A collaboration between Adore Weddings and Functions for Africa
Photography: Conway Photography
Venue & Catering: Rain Farm