Western Cape Wedding Workshop – Brenaissance Wine and Stud Farm


Little Pink Book’s last Western Cape Wedding Workshop for the year took place on Thursday, 8 November 2012, at the beautiful Wine and Stud Farm, Brenaissance. Our theme for this Workshop was 1920’s going on 2020’s and each guest, as well as the suppliers, needed to dress for the occasion. And we even had a prize for the best dressed! Every aspect of the Workshop was carefully thought out and executed by the amazing team of Absolute Collection. Karla and her team put together a magnificent evening where guests were treated like royalty by some of the top Wedding Suppliers in the Western Cape.

As guests arrived, they could quench their thirst with delicious homemade lemonade or champagne and made their way to the Rose Conservatory. The Rose Conservatory is used as the Chapel for the Wedding Ceremony. Here, each guest received their Goodie Bag while they were entertained by the very talented Piano Man, Gert Loubser. After admiring the stunning view, guests were ushered to the main Venue where the rest of the evening commenced.

The Venue was truly a feast for the eyes, with the theme beautifully portrayed with black, white and nude décor. Our MC for the evening was Hannes Loubser. You might recognise him from the popular TV Series, Bruilof. Hannes did an impeccable job of keeping the guests informed of the evening’s proceedings.

This Workshop was a bit different to how we’ve done it in the past. Suppliers had stations and the guests were guided from station to station and each supplier could explain and/or show what they have to offer. First up was Gustav from Stir Food. The new trend for the starters at your wedding is to have your guests make their own starter by having live food stations, instead of serving canapés. You can almost call it a DIY-Starter. Gustav showed us an example of a Martini Salad Bar, where you have all the ingredients to make your own salad in a Martini glass. Karla gave a tip at each station and her advice was that you should always ask to have a food tasting. You are allowed to taste two of each course (starter, mains and dessert).

Our next station was Blend Eventlife. They are a mobile bar service and now also offers a mobile coffee bar service. They have interesting flavours such as Rose Petal Martini, Pink Lemonade and Candy Floss Martini. They can even offer milkshake – and smoothie bars. Tip from Karla: when you do the calculations for the amount of wine you will have on your wedding day, work on a bottle of wine per person. Rather over-budget for beverages and be sure to have something non-alcoholic available to drink as well.

After Blend Eventlife, there was a mini-fashion show where models showcased different types of bridesmaid dresses. Karla’s advice: the bouquet must compliment the dress, not complete it. If it’s a long dress, keep the bouquet simple. And always wear comfortable shoes! The beautiful bouquets were created by Design by Marcel. He explained that a new trend nowadays is the Language of Flowers. This means that each flower in your bouquet symbolises something different. For instance Peonies symbolise passion, a Pink Rose symbolises purity and Lisianthus symbolise strength. Now you don’t only choose flowers you love, but your bouquet actually has a deeper meaning.

After the Bridesmaids dresses, the stunning wedding dresses of Elbeth Gillis Couture were showcased. Elbeth suggest that you try on as many wedding dresses as you can to see which style/type of dress fits your body, as well as your personality. The style of your wedding dress will also be influenced by the type of wedding you will have: on the beach or wine farm, etc. Your wedding dress must be timeless. You can either hire or buy your wedding dress from one of Elbeth Gillis’ Collections.

When it comes to your wedding make-up, Leverne Professional Make-up and Hair Artist suggests that you must stay true to yourself. Of you are the girl who only wears lip balm and is not used to wearing lots of make-up, then don’t wear too much make-up on your wedding day. If you would like to incorporate the 1920’s theme in your wedding make-up, choose one element you like. The colour of your blusher and your lips usually go together. When you do a smokey eye or accentuate your eyes, opt for a nude lip colour. Tip: to keep your make-up looking fresh all day, always have a compact powder and a lip pencil nearby.

Our photographer for the evening was Pc Benadé. Pc strongly recommends that you have an E-session before the wedding. This way, you are able to get to know the photographer better and will not be so nervous on your wedding day. You can also use the photos of the Engagement Shoot as part of your wedding stationery. All stationery for the evening was designed by Inspiration Rocket.

Our next station was Anella Shoes. Hanel started her business out of her own experience as a bride. Her shoe range consists of a wide variety, from sizes 3 to 9, to suit every Bride’s style and need. The shoes can also be dyed in any colour, should you want to be a little more daring. Tip: never compromise on comfort and don’t wear your wedding shoes for the first time on your wedding day.

One part of your wedding planning that also requires the same attention as your wedding dress is the Groom’s attire. Rozanne from Moi Styling will have your fiancé styled to perfection for your wedding day. If your fiancé has a short waist, he should wear a one-buttoned suit, whereas taller men should wear a two-buttoned suit. Tip: if you are getting married in summer, ensure to have an extra shirt for the groom.

The mouth watering cake buffet from Cakes by Wade looked gorgeous. When you go for your consultation, Wade will sit with you and design your dream dessert buffet. From cake-pops and giant meringues to 3-tiered wedding cakes, he does it all. They can even print on edible rice paper! Supply each wedding guest with a gift box and they can take their edible gift home.

Last, but not least, Hayley from Brenaissace told us a bit more about the Venue. The main hall can cater for up to 250 guests and there is accommodation available for 16 guests on the premises. They produce their own wine and recently opened their own Café on the Farm. On the day of your wedding, you have full use of the premises, including the Rose Conservatory, main Venue Hall and accommodation. Hayley’s advice: visit the venue beforehand and draw up a list of possible photo locations. Also, make arrangements for the possibility of rain on your wedding day.

A couple of lucky guests received prizes, which included: three Yuppiechef vouchers to the value of R250, a silk tie with matching handkerchief from Moi Styling, five “I do” stickers and a pair of heel protectors form Anella Shoes, a R1200 discount voucher from Inspiration Rocket, a Villiera Magnum, and Engagement Shoot from Pc Benadé, a free consultation from Elbeth Gillis Couture and a R1000 discount voucher from Cakes by Wade. The best dressed couple for the evening, JD and Crystal, received one night’s accommodation at Brenaissance Wine and Stud Farm.

After the lucky draw, guests could help themselves to Wade’s amazing dessert buffet and the delicious food served by Stir Food, have the Barista from Blend Eventlife make them a cappuccino and capture memories in The Original Retro Photo Booth Company.

 We would also like to thank the following suppliers for their contribution: Rain Productions for all the furniture, Paul Olivier Productions for the DVD, SMD Technical for all the sound and lighting requirements, Styled Functions Rentals, Absolute Music and Boland Classics.

To Karla, her team and all the service providers involved, thank you very much for making our last Western Cape Wedding Workshop for 2012 end on such a high note! We appreciate all your effort and contributions to make this Wedding Workshop a huge success!

Our first Gauteng Wedding Workshop for 2013 will be held on 28 February 2013 at Katy’s Palace Bar! Tickets will go on sale today at 12:00!