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To add ambience and to keep dazzling décor features elegant, use soft moving lighting concepts. The light will assist to highlight these features through reflection and by bouncing the light off them.

The Story:

Nombuso had only one specific request for her wedding day: she wanted to feel like Cinderella. That was all our wedding team needed to get started! With the setting in the heart of the affluent Sandton area, our creative teams felt it compulsory to ensure that the look and feel for this wedding, from ceremony to reception, had to be as elegant and glamorous as its host city, and the brides favourite colour scheme  – soft pink and white – would take center stage.

For the ceremony, our team created an incredible built-in 8-meter long aisle that extended from the stairs of the Palm Terrace to the raised platform over looking the Rose Garden. This aisle was custom-made and had an average height of 1 ½ meters.  Truly an aisle fit for Cinderella! Lined with a carpet of ombre cream and pink petals, the aisle finished with a beautifully adorned gazebo covered in pink roses and fragrant pennygum.

The bride, dressed in a wedding dress covered with gleaming pearls and Swarovski crystals, arrived in style in a white Rolls Royce, whilst Thabo, also looking very dapper in a white tuxedo jacket and bow tie, waited patiently for his brides arrival. The weather played along on the day as it looked like it would rain at any moment! But it served to create a dramatic backdrop to an emotional ceremony.

During pre-drinks, guests were entertained by local jazz trio Chilli ‘n Lime whilst they sipping on a selection of both French Champagne and South African Cap Classique. Before guests were able to enter the reception, Nombuso and Thabo were able to walk around the reception space, quietly taking in all the dazzling detailed touches our team had created for them. Each table was a masterpiece and no sparkling detail was spared. A variety of Perspex and mirror boxes filled with rose petals provided the perfect platform for a variety of striking arrangements on each table. Tall arrangements consisting of pink roses, tulips and orchids with pin-spotted to ensure that they were lit up at night, andbejeweled candelabra and vases reflected the candle light beautifully. Pink and purple intelligent lighting flooded the usually cream and white room to really enhance the colour scheme, and a gobo of the couples’ cupid from the invitations, moved across the dance floor throughout the evening. The bridal table sat proudly in front of an antique mirror installation and 2 exquisitely large rose and pennygym mass arrangements. Cut crystal charger plates and glassware added the right amount of sparkle to the table settings, and a customised diamante band around each napkin was the final glistening detail to each place setting.

The last 2 show stoppers for the evening was the 4-tier cake, which had cake tiers separated by 2 hanging crystal layers. And finally, the magnificent dessert station which filled an entire room was adorned with a variety of mini glass pots of Vanilla pod infused crème brûlée, lemon curd syllabub and shortbread biscuits, duo of dark and white chocolate mousse and mini Eaton mess pots filled with vanilla bean meringues and plump berries. Edible flowers and strawberries gave the final elegant detail.

The delighted Nombuso had this to say after the wedding, “Thank you so, so much! I really felt like a real-life Cinderella on the day and you made all my weddings dream a reality!”

The Photographer: Ryan Graham