White Light Venue

Yesterday I attended the launch party of The Forum Company‘s new venue – White Light. It’s situated in Lanseria, great for guests who fly in via the Lanseria airport. The venue is situated on a plot with lovely natural surroundings.

White Light Venue

White Light Venue. Photo by Terry Parenzee

White Light Venue

White Light Venue. Photo by Terry Parenzee

I love a venue that has modern, simple architecture with natural light and beauty. White Light is exactly this – a clean white canvas with a few carefully chosen details and decor aspects to add interest. As a decor co-ordinator I often feel limited by existing over-powering decor that one has to work around or camouflage. White Light provides the bride (and decorator) with a fresh palette that will support whatever her style or theme rather than determine that style.

The venue is divided into two main structures : The reception hall with it’s high ceilings, big windows and two large patios and the chapel; an airy open-sided canopy amongst the pine trees. There is also a lovely bridal suit alongside the reception area for the bride and her retinue to get ready in and pop into if she needs a touch-up or breather during the night.

Being part of the Forum Company who also own the established venues, Turbine Hall and The Campus means that you can have faith that co-ordination and catering has an existing standard of excellence.

Here are a couple more shots I took at the venue.

White Light Venue

White Light Launch Event. Photos by Terry Parenzee

White Light Venue

White Light Chapel and Bridal Suite. Photos by Terry Parenzee

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Natural Inspiration: A DIY Wedding

When Mandy first contacted me about doing her wedding stationery, she explained the style for her wedding as natural, earthy and vintage with the focus on Proteas. As you’ll see in the images below, provided by Model Image Photography, this is exactly the look she achieved.

I love to see a bride who is so involved in the décor of her wedding – not only in coming up with her own ideas but also in getting her hands dirty with creating some of the items for the day. Mandy made her own table numbers, seating plan, gift for the guests and so much more!

Mandy and Piet Viljoen got married at the lovely Rosemary Hill – see a previous blog post about the venue here. The magnificent trees and farm feel acted as the perfect back-drop for Mandy’s vision. It was a morning winter wedding but Mandy and the venue brought so many warm touches to the day like a blanket with a “Keep Warm” tag for guests to use during the outdoor ceremony.

The protea motif that Ribbon Wedding Stationery created for the invitations and on-the-day stationery was reflected throughout the day – in the beautiful flowers arrangements and small details such as the seating plan painted on glass window panes.

It was a pleasure working for such a lovely bride with inspiring ideas. Ribbon wishes you all the best for a future that will be as happy and beautiful as your wedding day was!

Credits:

Photography: Model Image Photography

Venue: Rosemary Hill

Flowers: Party Design creations – Valdo Machine

Decor: The bride

Stationery : Ribbon Wedding Stationery

Make-up : Samantha Gage Kruger

 

Friday’s Secret: Choosing a venue

Image: Copyright Rosemary Hill

When planning a wedding, most brides start here – looking for a venue. Rightly so as this is one of the most important decisions you’ll make and will set the tone for all the decisions to follow.

I’m busy doing stationery for a lovely bride who introduced me to Rosemary Hill. She’s getting married there in July and I have to admit, I have bride envy! Rosemary Hill is a family owned farm situated just 10 minutes from Pretoria East.

Apart from hosting weddings, it has been a practicing organic farm for 35 years. This fact alone excites me as you know you’re going to be surrounded by natural, established beauty. There’s also something endearing about a venue that isn’t just a conference centre or a set-up specifically for weddings but something that exists and enriches people’s lives without the weekend ceremonies. The farm produces African Potato, Sutherlandia, Rosemary, Lavender, Artemisia, Lippia, Spearmint, Eucalyptus and various other plants from which they distill essential oils.  There’s even a nursery selling a variety of shrubs, herbs, flowers and trees.

My absolute favourite feature of this venue is the maze. The maze is 80 metres in diameter and is made up of 2154 trees, herbs and shrubs! This serves as a most incredible and unique setting for a wedding ceremony. The guests can all be seated in the centre of the maze and the bride can make her way down the pathways with her dad in hand.

Image: Copyright Rosemary Hill

Having featured this lovely venue, I’d like to add what today’s secret actually is. When selecting a venue for your wedding, look past all the well-known venues that need to be booked two years in advance. Because these venues host so many weddings (sometimes up to 5 a week) – there’s a certain lack of intimacy and personalized service.

So my advice is to look for the smaller, lesser known venues. Often a place like Rosemary Hill that doesn’t only do functions will do fewer weddings in a week as they have other forms of sustainability. Look for the venues that are family owned and run with love rather than like a business with the end goal of monetary gain. These are the places that are likely to be willing to assist you in creating your dream wedding without the rules and restrictions of the more commercial venues. You are also likely to find that these are the venues that are a lot more affordable yet with triple the quality!

If you’d like to visit Rosemary Hill, make a booking for High Tea on a Sunday. Take your mom and bff and relax, take in the atmosphere and sample some of their delicious food. The prefect way to get to know a venue!

Wedding Venues: Imperfect Perfection

The location of your wedding sets the tone for all other aspects of the day – your theme, colours, vibe, food, attire. There’s a lot riding on this decision so be wise and perceptive. I began my search for our wedding venue even before we got engaged – I’m in the industry so it’s not that crazy! I didn’t visit many as I’d fallen in love with the setting of an old friend’s wedding photos on facebook. The appointment I made at Imperfect Perfection was actually only the day after I got engaged!

If you’re tired of the same ol’ venues with faux Tuscan architecture and wrought iron everything then Imperfect Perfection in Pretoria could be right for you. I have an artistic soul and mind and this venue filled every thread of canvas I was looking for. Noleen, owner and planner at Imperfect Perfection comes from a ballet background so has used her knowledge of set décor to bring the place to life. The venue is off-beat and rustic which is somehow so much more homely and heart-warming than great expanding halls of marble.

The contact I have had with the owners has been wonderful. They are willing to assist you in creating your vision rather than limiting you with the ‘rules and policies’. They also seem to be very hands-on when it comes to the day and days before, with full control and co-ordination on the day. Looking at these photos gives me such a chill of excitement for my upcoming day!

Photo Credits:

Carolien and Ben Photography

Jaco Dreyer Photography

Miracles Photography