In a perfect marriage of natural and modern, Suzette and Sebe married amidst the beauty of South Africa’s Western Cape. The wedding had that edge, that something different that makes you stop dead in your tracks and say, “We’re not at your standard wedding anymore.”
With a relaxed yet love filled tone, Suzette and Sebe wed between vineyards, valleys and mountains. This however was not a rustic wedding but rather one with modern and clean touches. The two married and married two different elements, modern and romance. With the romance of Clouds Estate’s natural surroundings and the modernity of its structure and the couple’s style, Suzette and Sebe achieved a South African wedding worthy of imitation.
Suzette and Sebe choose to get married in South Africa. The couple landed in the Western Cape region of the country at Clouds Estate. The venue is glossed in vineyards looking out on a towering mountain range. The region itself boasts some of the world’s best wines. Clouds Estate made it easy for guests coming from all over the globe to reach the seemingly remote venue. Located in the town of Stellenbosch, Clouds Estate sits just 45 minutes from Cape Town. Guests can stay on site if they snag a room at Clouds Estate or in neighboring Stellenbosch. The location appeals to brides and grooms as it directly gazes on the Simonsberg Mountain and Banhoek Valley. While natural gifts are all fine and well, Clouds Estate sweetens the deal with not one but two swimming pools to splash around in while enjoying the jaw-dropping views.
Suzette and Sebe kicked off their wedding day barring tradition. The couple decided to mix and mingle with their guests before saying their “I dos.” The wedding day at Clouds Estate began poolside with dinks and canapés. By kicking off the wedding day with a more relaxed cocktail hour, the bride and groom could chat with guests before the ceremony. After an outfit change, the bride emerged from the estate to greet her groom and guests for the ceremony. Clouds Estate offered up a unique ceremony location, overlooking some of the Western Cape’s best scenery of lofty mountains.
After cocktails, caricatures and the official ceremony, Suzette and Sebe moved their celebrating indoors at Clouds Estate. The couple occupied part of the estate’s indoor space for their intimate affair. Guests enjoyed a six-course dinner in a tropical decorated reception space. While the reception was indoors, Suzette and Sebe lent the allusion of dining out in South Africa’s natural beauty through their table décor. Candles were spread across the tables. In addition, the couple had leafy centerpieces stretching to the ceiling. Guests were surrounded by candlelight and greenery, even during dinner. The couple sat back and felt the emotion of many friends and family toasting their marriage throughout the reception.
After dinner, the couple went back outside for dancing. The dance floor occupied the ceremony perch with the same paper lantern lights and string lights. Guests also enjoyed the show of fire dancers after dinner, another element barring with most traditional weddings. Suzette and Sebe’s reception, one held in and outdoors, showcased one of the main appeals of hosting a wedding at Clouds Estate. Couples can transition indoors and outdoors depending on the wedding event. Having such an option lends an effortless flow to the wedding reception.
Style and Décor
The style and décor of Suzette and Sebe’s wedding certainly fit in with their wedding venue. In a location combining modern and natural surroundings, much of the couple’s wedding reflected this theme. The bride didn’t keep with tradition and only wear one dress. For the pre-ceremony cocktail party, Suzette adorned a shorter dress with a bit more fun and flair. For the ceremony and reception, the bride changed into a more traditional lace gown with her hair pinned up. The groom selected a traditional look with a modern twist as well. Forgoing a suit jacket, he wore a old-fashioned suit vest with a colorful striped tie.
In terms of wedding décor, the couple stayed true to their surroundings by not over cluttering the event space. Suzette and Sebe played on light to add a striking yet simple décor element. Their ceremony perch and also their dance floor featured twinkle lights and paper lantern lights. For flowers, the couple used their natural surroundings by never shying away from brightly colored blooms, mixing in a cactus or two into arrangements.
Suzette and Sebe certainly knew how to make their wedding stand out from the rest. The couple had a caricature artist on hand to draw caricatures of the guests during the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. The element added a bit of whit and whimsy to help everyone relax and laugh at their depictions. In addition to a caricature artist, the couple entertained guests after dinner with fire dancers on the lawn of Clouds Estate. Guests also were given a stylish pair of white-rimmed sunglasses that effortlessly blended into their very white and modern wedding decor.
While Suzette and Sebe added their own unique touches here and there throughout their wedding day, the venue also provides some added bonuses. Clouds Estate doesn’t just act as a wedding venue, but the site also offers conference facilities, the ability to host special events and also romantic getaways. The venue has guestrooms, suites and self-catering villas. The private villas are ideal for a honeymoon or luxurious getaway. All of the rooms at Clouds Estate lend guests panoramic views of Stellenbosch Valley.
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