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Express the fusion of your cultures with daring unexpected details – like combining indigenous foliage with softly coloured flowers, earthy elements with designer lampshades and wooden laser-cut stationery with a stylish wedding cake. Opposites attract when it comes to customised wedding details!

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Manar and Hussein’s wedding will be noted in the Wedding Concepts History Books as having the most diverse and extensive international guest list ever. By the end of the evening it had been confirmed that there was at least 1 guest from every single continent in the world present, a total of at least 10 different languages being spoken, and 1 guest who had actually visited the North Pole – resulting in the most global celebration to date!

Manar is a stunning beauty from the small East African country of Eritrea and Hussein originally hails from Palestine. Together they flip between French, Arabic and English with ease and possess a unique international connection. For their wedding, they chose Cape Town not only for its unique beauty, renowned world class cuisine and wines – but also because it was pretty much centrally located for everyone from around the world to attend!

With such an enjoyable and easy going nature, coming up with a décor concept from their initial brief was an exciting experience. Manar & Hussein liked the idea of a romantic “safariesque” look to feature throughout, but also wanted the look to make sense in the winelands setting. Our creative team conceptualised a décor concept where we would have the opportunity to work with different materials, textures, natural and earthy elements. The ceremony was kept slightly traditional with a white floral theme. Large wooden stumps with a variety of different white floral arrangements were added down the aisle to soften the look but also to add a fun natural detail. Stunning artichoke flowers and a mix of orchids and lisianthus kept the arrangements strikingly different.

For the reception, our team created an African-inspired earthy table setting complimented by its unique colour scheme. We were inspired by the romantic color palate of an African desert scape. Mauve, amber, maroon, dusty pink & purple florals worked beautifully alongside the natural -coloured stone stripe table cloth that was adorned with wooden discs. A modern mix of floral arrangements in glass vases of various heights took centre stage, and in keeping with the earthy look, they were filled with sand from 3 different deserts in Africa: The Kalahari, Sahara and Karoo Deserts! The different coloured sand mixed with soil from Cape Town created a stunning effect throughout. Flowers were a mix of indigenous florals such as proteas & silver brunia, succulents, artichoke flowers as well as roses and orchids which softened the setting. Amber glassware and wooden laser cut stationery pieces tied the organic look together beautifully.

 The reception was an arrangement of round tables, and for lighting our creative team wanted to create a variety of concepts that would not only add a fun feature above each table, but that would also give the appearance of being an extension of the table décor. Each table had a tall arrangement with a light shade that would house a floral arrangement, or a suspended light shade with a floral arrangement inside it. There were no less than 5 suspended lighting objects above each table – including the striking customised over- sized wooden light bulb!

The food and wine from Overture and Hidden Valley were a gastronomic hit amongst the international crowd, and a charming 2 tier wedding cake repeated the recognisable silhouette of the African Acacia tree which was a design feature across all the wedding stationery and even on the dance floor!

Moroccan themed shisha lounge along with colourful kelims and vibrant décor, created the perfect chill-out space for guests to socialise, puff away on a shisha and enjoy the wide range of international dance music on offer. And finally, an African and vintage-travel themed photo corner was the final piece in the travelling romantics dazzling South African wedding adventure!
Photographer: Welovepictures