A Fragrant Affair

Leigh and Brian wanted a wedding that smelled amazing! We worked with them via correspondence from their home in the Caribbean to hone in on the very many visions from the bride, to create an event that was special and beautiful.


Leigh is South African and Brian from the UK and they chose to share this day and the blessing of their marriage in South Africa, with resident family and friends but also friends from around the world. The date was set for end December and the celebrations started before the big day (and would last until well after) with a pizza night at Carlucci’s Deli, so that guests could get acquainted with each other and ensure that by the big day, all were friends. The entertainment for the evening was caricaturist Martinus van Tee who took turns at capturing each guest with great exaggeration and huge comedic result. The next day, the couple’s image formed part of the reception for guests to write their message and well wishes for the Leigh and Brian.


The lovely Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville was the venue for this special occasion with the wine cellar creating an intimate and welcoming atmosphere for the reception. The decor was crisp and clean in white with complementary green and gold, textures of wood and aromas of oak from the wine barrels that lined the walls of the room. Well chosen lighting turned a usually cold, dark space into a romantic, dream-like reception. The food was simple and beautifully plated so as to showcase the deliciously prepared local dishes. Potted herbs added a special touch that served as table numbers and this theme extended from the ceremony where fresh cut herbs were showered over the couple as confetti.


A cigar bar was set up for the men and the drinks bar served a variety of the best South African wines and craft beers. In addition, each guest received a wired, beaded keyring as wedding favours - proteas for the women, saxophones (Brian is a saxophonist) for the men - another typically South African artifact.


Leigh was a wonderfully joyful bride and their South African wedding day was a celebration of family, friends, cultures and love…and it smelled so good!

Decor, Styling, Concept and Co-ordination PRETTY DIFFERENT EVENTS

Photographer KIRSTEN GOSLETT

Venue MEERENDAL WINE ESTATE

Florist KWEEK STUDIO

Dress EVER AFTER BRIDAL

Cake WHIMSICAL CUPCAKES

Band CRIMSON HOUSE BAND

DJ ESSENTIAL MUSIC

Caterer CARLUCCI'S DELI, MEERENDAL

Caricaturist MARTINUS VAN TEE