“Meet our Wedding Concepts Team.”

A multinational collection of world travellers, our team is now grounded in Southern Africa with a collective love of its beauty and diversity. Combining our European sense of style & service with local spirit & culture, we create the ultimate in unforgettable wedding experiences for our discerning clients from across the globe.

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I arrived and fell in love with Southern Africa in the early 1990’s and have been exploring ever since. It’s a majestic part of the world with so much beauty and diversity, the perfect backdrop for our international clients’ private and corporate celebrations. My calling is to turn these into world-class events that truly stand out with each carrying their own unique signature.

Richard Holt

Group CEO

Originally from the UK, Richard trained initially in the sports & leisure and hospitality industry before embarking on a 20 year career that has seen him establish, grow and manage several successful businesses.

A visionary leader and engaging people person he has the gold medal when it comes to building relationships, running major events and  “thinking outside the norm” to deliver customer excellence. With a focus on strategic and business development he leads the Concepts Collection team with flair and infectious energy and is passionate about building effective teams that can co-create memorable customer experiences.

Richards love affair with Africa started in the 1990’s and he continuously travels Southern Africa and beyond in search of new locations and experiences to promote to the world. Rarely seen travelling without his golf clubs, he is also our resident South African wine expert, foodie and “go to man” on all things luxury.

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I am devoted to making the world-class quality of South Africa’s services available to our clients from around the globe. I want them to embrace the opportunity of celebrating a memorable wedding, their corporate event, incentive or simply unforgettable African journey in one the world’s most beautiful locations – just as I did.

Christina Holt

Founder & Managing Director

German born Christina is the Founder and Director of Wedding Concepts – responsible for creating some of the largest and most high profile African nuptials & exclusive events for a discerning international clientele.

Regarded as one of Africa’s leading luxury wedding experts Christina has lived and worked previously in the USA, UAE, UK and Germany and managed a multitude of international events before moving to Cape Town in 2004.

She started Wedding Concepts the same year, followed by sister companies Event Concepts & Travel Concepts that now form the luxury brand “The Concepts Collection”.

Respected as an industry innovator with a keen eye for international trends Christina intuitively understands and values different cultures and is hugely passionate about promoting true 5* service excellence and uniquely tailored, stylish celebrations with a strong focus on each individual client and an eagle eye for detail.

Christina avidly markets luxury South African destination weddings and is also a fierce brand ambassador for Southern Africa as a whole. She is counted as amongst the international wedding elite and is honoured to regularly be invited globally to share her experience as a speaker, MC and panellist with international luxury wedding & event peers. She has been voted as “Africa’s Best Wedding Planner” and honoured with the coveted ACE Award in Dubai in 2019.

A real people person and passionate traveler at heart she loves exploring Africa and the world – camera in hand – and currently lives in Cape Town with her husband Richard and her two Ridgebacks Sam & Jesse. She enjoys good food & fine dining, loves stylish boutique hotels and reading autobiographies.

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My heart lies firmly in this passionate, high-energy and inspiring industry and I am so excited to be a part of this journey at my new home – The Concepts Collection

Kirsty Dunn

Project Manager - Weddings and Events

Kirsty is the newest member of our Concepts Collection team, and joins as one of our Senior Project Managers. She is appreciated for her boundless organizational skills and takes pride in thoughtful detailing creating those extra meaningful and personal touches for her clients.

She has a formal qualification in Events Management, specialising in weddings and events within the luxury market. She has creatively and expertly managed and designed celebrations for high-profile clients and couples originating from all corners of the globe, and does it all with natural ease and expertise.

Her smile and friendly nature instantly puts our clients at ease and she brings with her a dynamic energy which you are instantly drawn to, and is passionate about customer service and experience.

In her spare time, she can be found cooking up a storm in her own kitchen for family and friends or searching for the finest cheese platter that Cape Town has to offer, along with her husband who shares her love and passion for remarkable food and wine!

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Clare’s heart has always been in Africa and her love for travel is undeniable. She possesses keen client management skills, blended with a diligence and aptitude to understand people and their aspirations, all delivered in a very caring manner.

Clare Rutherford

Travel Guru

Clare is creative, organised and thorough and leaves no stone unturned, ensuring every client’s travel desires are met and executed to perfection. She is especially thoughtful and considerate when designing personalised itineraries, and she is genuinely dedicated to creating those once in lifetime moments.

Clare is a mother of 2 girls so, juggling is her middle name. When not at her desk, she loves spending time outdoors and being on safari is her ultimate escape.

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Kerry has lived & worked in diverse cities across the globe for many years now, from the busy & hectic pace of London to a remote island in the Seychelles. She now however finds her feet firmly back under the shadow of Table Mountain in Cape Town.

Kerry Collins

Travel Guru

Kerry has extensive personal knowledge of Southern Africa, East Africa & Indian Ocean islands and having worked & travelled within the luxury travel sector for over 14 years, she is always eager to impart these gems onto clients.

Her true passion for working with people is evident in the care & attention she provides each & every one of her diverse clients. Kerry is highly organised and efficient and heavily client-focused and has a genuine love for what she does.

Out of work, you can expect to find Kerry perfecting her Pilates as well as her palate! Experiencing first-hand ‘foodie’ emporiums & hidden gems that are then stored in her impressive repertoire.

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I am very excited about joining the dynamic close-nit team. Every day is exciting at our office – as I can literally travel “indoors” – all over the world in a day’s work!

Ester Smit

Travel Consultant

Ester is our travel specialist with a love for Africa and the great outdoors. With degrees in education, tourism management and photography – she is an all-rounder with a true love for nature and adventure travel.

Having worked in London and after traveling around Europe and across the African continent she found her calling in the world of travel & tourism back at home in South Africa. Customising safaris and multitasking to create hand-crafted travel experiences are her true passion.

When Ester is not planning exciting itineraries or dealing with clients from all over the world – she is will be found outdoors doing something active or spending time with family and friends (in the city or at her family’s wine farm) – enjoying a good glass of South African red wine.

Ester is the most recent addition to our ever growing team and she brings a great wealth of travel knowledge to our Concepts Collection family & clients.

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I am so excited to be a part of this dynamic team. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel and at the Concepts Collection, we make everyone feel special!

Nicky Hendricks

Operations & Project Manager

Capetonian Nicky is the friendly voice on the phone, our “meeter & greeter” and brand ambassador, who serves as the first point of contact for clients, suppliers and industry colleagues. With a successful career in front of house management with luxury hotels, she is a perfect fit.

Highly organised, efficient and armed with an Advanced Diploma in International Hotel Management, Nicky knows all about personalising the customer experience and delivering the highest standards of service, with a smile.

Her love for travel and different cultures has seen her hotel career take her to Europe and the USA, but the love for Cape Town was always going to bring her home – and we are glad it did. She runs the office with passion and integrity, and manages the busy “behind-the-scenes” like a it’s nobody’s business!

In her spare time you will either find Nicky at home, with her husband Roscoe, hosting friends for a typical South African “braai” or seeking adventure in the wonderful nature our city has to offer.

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