Amber and Alex tied the knot on the 12th of December at Brenaissance Wine & Stud Farm outside Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. Shantelle Visser (2017 TopVendor Wedding Awards Winner) captured their day and tells us more about their beautiful wedding.
"A&A had very specific ideas for their celebration. I adore and encourage that when I hear of my couples wanting to embrace the opportunity to make theirs a more personal celebration - I have a real affinity for intimate weddings and truly believe yours must represent who you are as a couple, it adds to the authentic intimacy of your day and is so much more memorable for all who celebrate with you.
2020 as with so many couples, presented endless challenges when planning their wedding, but after much ado as well as uncertainty around dates, theirs was set and their unique celebration flowed seamlessly and couldn't have been more perfect! What a way to end the season. We had such fun collaborating on a styled shoot for @Scrunchdeene earlier in the year, and through that Ambs realised she already had her dream team at her disposal.
From there a few more favourite vendors were brought in, A&A then discovered their ideal venue in Brenaissance who were open to and encouraged their ideas, and so theirs developed into something we were all really excited to be a part of. What they did differently: Their celebration was very much about the two of them and remaining authentic to who they are and what they like and how they wanted to celebrate with their family & friends. No bridal party, black & white dress code, an alfresco setting with informal pocket seating which allowed for guests to mingle throughout, with the focus being on great food in the form of a continually replenished, harvest table, topped off with great wine and fabulous entertainment. The only formality other than a beautiful and personal chapel ceremony was an informal bubbly toast & speech by the couple on return from their photo session. That was then followed by an outfit change for the both of them and some foot-tapping fun under the stars for the rest of the evening.
A&A's wedding planner Alex-Deene Howard shares more about their vision for their wedding day: "What made this wedding so completely unique and special was the couples desire to be different and to stand alone from a normal traditional wedding. Their spectacular celebration was utterly versatile. Amber and Alex are a phenomenal couple, being able to witness, plan and coordinate their wedding was a blessing. Especially during this crazy time, we are going through. The most magical for us service providers were being out there working after such a lengthy period of time, bringing us all close again whilst doing what we love to do. Working with such great service providers we were able to not just achieve a successful wedding but we were able to achieve forever lasting wonderful memories."
The venue manager at Brenaissance tells us more about the couple and their day: "Alex & Amber's wedding. ... an EPIC day at Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate! They are hands down the King & Queen of the glam shots and what wedding dreams are made of. After the couple got engaged it was kind of a given and a mutual agreement that Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate would be the perfect venue for them as they were looking for something serene, peaceful and sacred. They wanted a simple, elegant, and dreamy vibe with a lovely summer feel and wanted their Venue to be naturally beautiful. They said their vows with an ample dose of glamour in our Rose Conservatory Chapel followed by a spectacular Sunset Harvest Celebration on the edge of the river with the most incredible backdrop of the Devon Valley Hills and Mountainside.
There was much MAGIC on Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate but what was most important to them at the end of the day was that they were surrounded by the people they love most and that their day would reflect the kind of love they have for each other. CONGRATULATIONS Alex and Amber your wedding at Brenaissance was all about a New Beginning and New Adventures by your side, always remember to take a minute for yourselves, take a deep breath and get ready for a beautiful ride ahead."
Photographer | Shantelle Visser Photography
Planner | Alex-Deene Howard
Decor | aCreate
Venue & Catering | Brenaissance
Makeup | Mia Taylor
Hair | Thelma Smit
Entertainment | Man with Music
Gown | Fender Bridal
Officiant | Bernard Yeowart
Lighting | Sitting Pretty
Bouquet, boutineer & confetti | Paradiso Flowers
Engagement Ring | Mustard Jewellery
Nails | Unique Nails
Harvest Table Florals | Fresh & Green