Taking a leap of faith, Paraguayan Jazmine, and her South African fiancé, Mike, decided to host their destination wedding in Cape Town, South Africa! Little did they know that many family and friends from all over South America would use their celebration as the perfect reason to make the journey to South Africa for the first time.
The color palette for the wedding was honey and wheat with a hint of lavender. Blush pinks, cream, and shades of green were used as secondary colors to bring the chic together. The overall look was elegant, romantic, feminine with eclectic features throughout. Delight in more of the fun from this South Africa destination wedding in the full gallery here, coordinated without a hitch by Wedding Concepts and captured by Gavin Casey.
Words from The Vendors
Jazmine is a rare gem. She is one of those quintessential brides that has been planning her wedding since she was a little girl, and in doing so could already envision what her wedding would look like – in intricate detail. For the ceremony, bohemian Kelim rugs adorned the altar floor, whilst a rich, dark wood table laden with florals and candles acted as the altar. For the reception space, soft dreamy cream and white draping was suspended low and loosely from the ceiling beams. This not only created a warm and inviting space, but once it was filled with wedding guests, a captivating ambiance!
With the décor done, this gorgeous young couple wanted to ensure their guests were entertained from the very beginning. Starting off in true African style with marimba bands during pre-drinks to dancing the night away to sounds of South American Latin music played by one of Cape Town’s best Dj’s. This was preceded by a salsa demonstration to ensure the South Africans were not left wanting more on the dance floor! Once the dance floor was filled, hilarious props, wigs, hats, dress up, and lumo-party paraphernalia were handed out to guests to wear to really get into the Latin Carnival spirit. When a few raindrops fell in the early hours of the morning, although outdoors and covered with street-party draping, this did nothing to dampen the fiery fiesta that was taking place on the dance floor.
Luxurious blush pink tablecloths were covered with vintage lace overlays to add delicate texture. Floral vases and containers involved an assortment of embellished silver, copper goblets and trophies, antique wooden candlesticks, and pastel-colored ceramic urns. The final touches of color were antique China plates placed at each setting. The inspired lighting concepts above each table were striking extensions of the overall decor concept. Vintage birdcages that contained a small posy of flowers, silver lanterns with candles and crystal chandeliers ornamented with cascading ferns, orchids, and tulips. The bridal table was the striking focal feature in the center of the room that had only chandeliers suspended above it. The finishing touches on each table were the hand painted watercolor paintings of cities around the world that Jasmine and Mike had visited together that acted as the table names.
Words from The bride
Include bits and bops that add a personalized touch and either tell your story or connect to your roots, our table names were cities we’d visited in our 5 years of dating because we love traveling and a friend painted a personalized watercolor of each place with highlights of places/things we saw or did; we also had “cootie catchers” with trivia about us. People enjoyed playing with and learning about us on the tables; our souvenirs were in little cardboard boxes with Paraguayan ñandutí crochet on the lids; our candy table had watercolor flags I made of the countries where each of our guests are from – it added loads of color, fun, and people felt recognized; our welcome kits had goodies from Paraguay and Costa Rica representing my heritage and South Africa and England representing Mike’s, with explanations for people to understand…and everyone enjoyed every tasty bit!
Coordination: Wedding Concepts
Photography: Gavin Casey
Venue: Vrede en Lust
Stationery: Lara's Designs
Flowers: Fleur Le Cordeur
Cake: Kanya Hunt
Caterer: Lust Bistro and Bakery
Hair: Yolande Du Toit
Lighting: Something Different
Read on for advice from the bride on how to plan an unforgettable destination wedding week of fun for the guests, some of the stress causers, and how you can work around them, so helpful!
I was so psyched and excited about having so many loved ones fly into South Africa and see what I have fallen in love with, I planned quite a few activities. We had buses picking up all of our friends from Latin America, Europe, and the US around Cape Town every morning and going on some sort of excursion. From Table Mountain and Robben Island, to the Cape of Good Hope and Penguin Colony visit, to game drives, to a full day wine tour with chocolate tasting - every single day was jam-packed. Our guests absolutely loved it and I think it's very important that, when a destination wedding is planned, you ensure there's lots for your guests to do. The problem was I organized all the tours myself, buying the packages from an agency that also provided transportation. But by making myself responsible for every person my phone would start ringing very early every day, people would get left behind or lost (and no one had cell phones once they left their hotels as they were avoiding roaming charges)...ahhh! In the end I wasn't able to properly enjoy most of the tours and by the time the Rehearsal Dinner came around I was absolutely shattered. Fortunately my friends and mother-in-law stole me away early, gave me a sleeping pill, and I woke up refreshed and bursting with happiness, excitement and emotion on our wedding day. Mike & I had a lovely breakfast with our closest friends and family that were staying with us at Vrede en Lust, and then off I went to start getting ready with my friends. The day itself couldn't have been more special, fun, and perfect.
Advice: Hire a good wedding planning team - everyone at Wedding Concepts, Kate our planner especially, is incredible. They not only saved us cash, they dealt with all the admin for us from afar and basically just made our dream day a reality without us having to do more than look at pics, answer emails, and give our ok's.
One of the best things Mike and I did was, between our portraits and going into the canopy for the reception, we stood under a tree, looking around the wine farm, watching our family and friends chat and enjoy themselves, and we talked about the ceremony and our interactions with everyone up until then. We were able to share what we had felt throughout the ceremony, relive the excitement and emotion, and we said a little prayer of thanks for everything. We both still talk about how that was one of the best parts of the day for us and kept us connected.
All of our ideas came together so beautifully; the whole thing exceeded our expectations. The Wedding Concepts team executed things perfectly and we couldn't have asked for better vendors, photographers, location, food, flowers or anything! The two things that come to mind on the wedding day: 1) We didn't give our photographer a list of specific people or types of pics we wanted to be sure we had, so, for example, there aren't any pictures of my brother-in-law and his wife, while we had lots of pictures of other couples repeated. Also, fun and funny pictures with the bridal party! They're almost all quite formal, although Gavin is brilliant at catching impromptu photos so there were loads of those with the gang to make up for it. The pictures are all incredibly stunning, and we know it was our bad to not communicate this properly (or at all, really!). 2) We didn't get a chance to try the appetizers which we heard were delicious! It was because we were off taking pictures of the two of us, but we could have arranged for the MOH or one of the mums to bring us some of the tasty snacks. Also, Mike never tried our wedding cake! Which is a huge pity because it was his favorite - red velvet - and just thinking about it makes my mouth water.