Bohemian Luxury in the Cape Winelands – Rachel & Stephen’s Real Life Wedding

“With an abundance of leafy greenery and soft white blooms, natural textures and elegant details, this South African destination wedding is the epitome of effortless sophistication.”

“With an abundance of leafy greenery and soft white blooms, natural textures and elegant details, this South African destination wedding is the epitome of effortless sophistication.”

We may be a little biased, but there’s no place like South Africa’s winelands for a destination wedding! Rachel and Stephen were looking for a unique and beautiful location for their nuptials and having visited the Cape, they fell head over heels in love with Molenvliet. Friends and family from all over the world travelled to be part of their wedding. With a palette of muted leafy greens, bright whites, and touches of soft blue, it was the epitome of effortless sophistication, and the perfect combination of modern elegance with bohemian luxury.

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To showcase the beauty of Molenvliet’s surroundings, the couple chose to host almost every part of their wedding outdoors. Under clear sunny skies, guests gathered in the manicured gardens for the outdoor ceremony. Rachel and Stephen exchanged their vows beneath a stunning circular arch, covered in roses and foliage that mirrored the bride’s greenery crown and white Protea bouquet.

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After the intimate ceremony, guests made their way down to the vineyards where the brilliant Acoustic Element kept everyone entertained during pre-dinner drinks. Every little detail was thought through carefully by the bride and groom, from the personalised ‘his and hers’ G&T’s served during cocktail hour, to the lavish three-course menu, a 6 metre pavlova, and delicious late night snacks.

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Guests were then invited to the reception, which took place under a fragrant canopy of greenery and white florals, dotted with an abundance of Edison bulbs that glittered overhead as the light faded. We filled over 45 metres with a mix of greenery, white orchids, and blue thistle, which also served as a tribute to Stephen’s English roots. A mix of elongated rectangular and round wooden tables provided visual interest, while natural wooden chairs added additional texture, complemented by plush upholstered Marie Antoinette chairs.

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Following dinner on the terrace, guests were asked to make their way inside for the after party. We continued the theme of luscious greenery bringing the outdoors in, with luxe lounge furniture and twinkling fairy lights, mixed with more greenery garlands cascading gently from the ceiling. The Black Ties seven-piece band were on hand to kickstart the dance floor, where the couple and their guests remained long into the night!

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Here’s what Rachel said about her wedding day:
“Thank you so much for giving us our dream wedding! You made our special day even more special by making all our dreams come true on the wedding day. You have made what we have heard to be an incredibly stressful experience (planning a wedding) just so much fun! If only we could have a wedding in South Africa every year. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for us!”

Photography: Kristi Agier