Stylish Black Tie Winter Celebration – Megan & JP’s real life wedding

“Set in the heart of the Somerset West Winelands, Megan & JP’s winter celebration was a carefully handcrafted wedding centred around the most important aspects of the day – this stunning young and vibrant couple, beautiful bespoke details, and an incredible array of food and wine! ”

“Set in the heart of the Somerset West Winelands, Megan & JP’s winter celebration was a carefully handcrafted wedding centred around the most important aspects of the day – this stunning young and vibrant couple, beautiful bespoke details, and an incredible array of food and wine! ”

Set in the heart of the Somerset West Winelands, Megan & JP’s winter celebration was a carefully handcrafted wedding centred around the most important aspects of the day – this stunning young and vibrant couple, beautiful bespoke details, and an incredible array of food and wine! Despite a local celebrity guest list comprising of some of South Africa’s finest rugby players; celebrating this momentous occasion with their closest family and friends and being surrounded by their favourite things in a breathtakingly picturesque setting, was the couple’s primary focus.

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Despite JP’s blossoming rugby career having relocated them both to Japan; and with a 7 hour time difference, both Megan and JP were incredibly hands on for the duration of the wedding planning process. Both had a specific vision for their celebration and with this in mind the Wedding Concepts team’s objective was to create a look that would be timeless in design, understatedly elegant and incorporating the “all-white” on-trend colour palate.

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What turned out to be a perfectly sunny day in the middle of the Cape winter, the classic ceremony set the tone for the elegant, black–tie celebration ahead! An afternoon alfresco soiree followed where guests were able to indulge in  sumptuous canapés, a handcrafted gin bar, charcuterie, cheese and coffee stations. Adding a fun digital aspect to their celebration and to capture every moment, the couple encouraged the guests to take photos throughout the day and to share them on social media with their personalised hashtag.

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As the sun set over the magnificent Helderberg Mountains, the guests were ushered into the stylish reception space and welcomed with a glass of champagne whilst taking in the modern yet edgy décor scheme. Our design teams décor rationale was that the overall look and feel would remain clean, uncomplicated and modern, with white being used as the highlight colour. Striking floral features were suspended from the roof and seemed to perfectly float over each of the beautifully white cladded dinner tables and the classic black and white checkered dancefloor was a classic focal feature. This look was carried through on the dinner tables with a beautiful assortment of white flowers, crystal vases and touches of gold all tied together with contemporary mirror accents.

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The in-style predominantly white colour palette worked flawlessly within the reception space and custom-made black and gold stationery elements added an fashionable touch to finish the look off perfectly.

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The evening was filled with memorable speeches including some from JP’s fellow rugby players, a delectable three course menu and an impressive late night snack station. A highlight for the evening was definitely the couple’s emotional first dance to John Legend and Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’ – that eventually that had all their guests join them on the dance floor to share in on the special moment.

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Photography by: Christine Meintjes