South Africa Destination Wedding – Tasha & Gordon

destination wedding in south africaTasha and Gordon define the term “jetsetters” to a tee! The couple got engaged during a romantic rendezvous in Bali and held their wedding in equally as exotic South Africa, but with a Balinese twist. With the help of the creative talent at The Aleit Group, the couple pulled together a stunning outdoor ceremony at the Suncoast Hotel with vibrant pops of fuchsia, teal and gold. A sitar player accompanied Tasha’s walk down the aisle, and guests cooled down with wooden fans turned ceremony programs.destination wedding in South AfricaTasha wore a truly unique gown by local South African talent Klûk with an intricate scalloped edge. A string of orchids wrapped around her wrist complemented her non-traditional dress in place of a bouquet.South Africa WeddingsIt’s obvious this couple wasn’t afraid of making a statement, and their dramatic place card display was no exception! What seems like hundreds of strings hung with escort cards delicately tied on, with pops of hot pink of course! Over-sized cages in their palette flanked the reception space, The Czar, which fittingly means “a place of magic.”Aqua and pink weddingTasha and Gordon’s reception tables were beautifully curated displays of vivid florals and Southeast Asian-inspired vessels. Above hung sparkling chandeliers, from which menus and table numbers were creatively displayed.South Africa destination weddingNot only did the venue bring Bali and South Africa together cohesively, the food and drinks (which included a Chai Martini) were also Asian inspired. And we’re loving those teal and gold linens, too!pink teal and gold destination weddingsAt a wedding this vibrant, the dance floor couldn’t be anything but a confetti filled, lantern topped celebration! Who wouldn’t want to have their first dance in a setting like this?!bright wedding colorsFrom the drinks to the dinner tables, and everything in between, this couple perfectly infused a location that had great meaning to them while celebrating thousands of miles away. Congratulations Tasha and Gordon!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Joe Photographer

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Suncoast Hotel, Reception Venue: The Czar, Wedding Planning: The Aleit Group, Wedding Flowers: Lifestyle Bazaar, Lighting: Something Different, Catering & Wedding Cake: Olive Twist, Tent: Nomadik Tent, Stationery: Elsje Designs, Hair and Make-up: Luciano dos Santos, Wedding Dress: Klûk


Airstream Trailer Hotels

airstream trailer hotel{Photo: Grand Daddy Hotel}

Thinking of driving across country for your honeymoon?  Do you love the open road and local hipster hotels but don’t really want to rough it for your first vacation as husband and wife?  Then consider the growing trend of airstream hotels!  Yep, you read this right, literally, four star airstream trailer hotels in cities across the US and the globe.  For domestic honeymooners, consider the appropriately named Hicksville Hotel in Joshua Tree, CA.  Your stay will come complete with a saltwater pool, fire pits, hotel bar (inside a trailer of course), roof deck with a hot tub, and all kinds of old fashioned American games for you and your new spouse to enjoy a little vintage fun after the big day festivities.

airstream trailor hotels{Photos: Hicksville Trailer Palace}

For the granddaddy of airstream hotels, check into the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.  Seems like a far distance to travel for a little trailer fun, but perched atop a hotel with views of the city and nightlife combined, this polka-dotted penthouse is quite the talk of the town.  The hotel hauled seven vintage Airsteam Trailers from the US to their rooftop, each appointed with their own unique theme, and complete with a familiar mailbox from home.

cape town hotels{Photos: Grand Daddy Hotel}

If you’re honeymoon follows a road less traveled, then check out these Airstream-appointed properties along the way too!  The Lakedale in Washington, Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, NM, and The StarLux in New Jersey will all make you feel at home in your own fabulously fancy double-wide.


South Africa Destination Wedding – Yvette & Aldo

destination wedding in south africaThis post took us to wine country but not stateside, for an extraordinary wedding at a winery in South Africa.  Did you know South Africa produces some pretty exceptional wine?  Add a day of tasting when in town for your wedding!

Yvette and Aldo’s story is quite an ever-after for the books!  After studying abroad in Germany, Yvette returned to Bloemfontein to stay with her parents.  During her stay, Yvette’s unremitting sister, Sally, had consistently spoke of her fiancé’s best friend, Aldo, while also speaking to Aldo about Yvette, in hopes of proving that they would be perfect for one another if they would only meet.  Finally, when Yvette visited her sister in Cape Town, opportunity arose for the two to meet.  After an arranged double date with Sally and her fiancé, Aldo recalled it being “love at first sight”.  Although with Yvette returning to Bloemfontein, a relationship was yielded from being pursued right away.  However, such chemistry was visible that the two kept communicating.  A year later, when Sally’s wedding rolled around, fate had found its way, and fate it was.  When Yvette made it to the Cape Town for the wedding, she was Sally’s maid of honor, and a shocking surprise…Aldo was the best man of the groom!  Was this a cupid moment or was it just coincidence?  The day after the wedding, Yvette and Aldo decided it was not just a coincidence; love was knocking on their doors.  After a year of long distance dating, Yvette moved to Cape Town where three months passed and Aldo popped the big question on Yvette’s birthday – yes, an engagement and wedding planning was now in motion!destination wedding south africaYvette and Aldo wed in the midst of Franschloek Mountains, atop a piazza with a spectacular view!  With the help of Aleit Wedding Coordination, the wedding was fabulous!  It was an intimate affair with twenty guests at the Clouds Guesthouse.  When the grand moment approached, Yvette captivated everyone with her champagne-colored dress designed by Albert Gillis, as she stepped onto the aisle, escorted by her father.  Aldo also looked charmingly dashing in his Fabiani Suit, as he admired Yvette ascending the steps towards him.  It was a magical moment for the couple, but Aldo recalls the most memorable moment of the wedding being their first kiss as husband and wife!destination weddings south africaAfter the ceremony, guests were charmed by the vibes of the Jazz duo as everyone enjoyed one another’s company and the pre-dinner beverages and canapés of mango and duck rolls, chicken satays, and shot glasses of fragrant Thai butternut soup.  At a long, beautifully embellished table with assorted glass vases full of vibrant arrangements of bukkara roses, cymbidium orchids, stargazer lilies, and Proteas and single blooms afloat in decorative containers, guests were seated for dining in such an air of royalty.   The floral design was for the feasting table created by Flower Floral Design.  The charming blend of colors from the table cloth to the flowers to the silver candle holders and vases all set a captivating and oh-so romantic and extraordinary ambiance of this cultured South African wedding!destination wedding flowers in south africaYvette and Aldo continued their celebration in Mauritius, where they traveled for their honeymoon full of quad biking, canoeing, mountain biking, skiing, and abseiling.

Congratulations Yvette and Aldo!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Joe Dreyer


Cape Town, South Africa

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cape town wedding

Photo by Robert Evans Studios