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Justin & Carrie

All the way from New York, with their sights set on a Winelands Wedding in South Africa, Carrie and Justin couldn’t have picked a better venue than Boschendal’s Olive Press.

Born and bred in South Africa, Justin moved to the States where he met Carrie – and the rest is history! When the Couple asked us to plan their Wedding Day alongside them, we were super excited and couldn’t wait to create something spectacular just for them at one of our favourite locations. With guests coming in from around the world, the couple wanted to plan a weekend of activities in an environment where guests could meet, get to know one another and leave as friends.

The first day took place at Boschendal’s newest development, The Retreat, where a cricket game took place on the fields – a day of sun, fun and lots of laughter as cricket doesn’t really have much of a profile in the States! With a very special, handmade Cricket Score board at the ready, Guests had a crash course in the Game of Cricket and then it was on!! After a good giggle, a wonderful lunch and glass or two of Boschendal’s best, Guests made their way back to their accommodation to freshen up before the evening’s celebrations. As the sun set, Guests arrived at the Orchards Cottages where they enjoyed a huge bonfire and a South African Burger Braai. With a traditional Malva Pudding in hand, heart-felt speeches around the fire took place before making their way back for an early night before the big day.

The morning of Carrie and Justin’s Wedding was a perfect one…. Carrie set off on a horse ride and Justin a breakfast with his Mom. We hit the ground running with our amazing team of suppliers, and set out to transform the venue. OKASIE were on site in full force, setting up their impressive, statement gazebo in the Ceremony area up on the grass under the shade of the massive trees. With the help of In & Out, trellises of greenery and naked bulbs were suspended above the long, elegant tables in the Olive Press. While focused on greenery the Couple wanted a romantic setting, sculpted by candles and large blooms in soft blush, cream and peach hues.

On arrival, Guests were entertained by The Thokozani Brothers Choir while they sipped on chilled bubbly. Against the backdrop of the Drakenstein Mountain range, the lawns flanking the Olive Press created the perfect location for the Couple to say their I Do’s. After a very personal ceremony officiated by Justin’s uncle, an Anglican Priest from London, the couple made their exit in a cloud of fresh floral confetti. Being a warm afternoon, Guests escaped to the shade of the Courtyard and Patio outside the Olive Press for refreshments and delicious canapés. Sitting comfortably in beautiful lounge Areas from OKASIE surrounded by massive vases of wild flowers, Guests chatted and mingled as the sun went down.

Guests found their seats inside and enjoyed an incredible meal expertly prepared by the Boschendal Team. Wine, conversation and laughter flowed throughout the dinner. After speeches and formalities, the newly-weds made their way onto the dance floor, followed by friends and family thanks to DJ Didier who had guests dancing into the early hours of the morning.

The next morning saw another beautiful day! Guests gathered for a sweet farewell (and recovery) Picnic Brunch at the Rose Garden at Boschendal which ended their three-day celebration. Guests shared their memories over picnic baskets filled with delicious continental breakfast bites and coffee catered by the Boschendal team.

Service Providers:

Venues and Catering: Boschendal
Bridal HMU: Sam Scarborough
Linen: Muse Décor Hire
Wedding Cake: Lia Rothman Cakes
Photographer: Jani B Photography
Ceremony Entertainment: Thokozani Brothers Choir
Reception Entertainment: DJ Didier
Floral and Furniture: OKASIE
Technical: DNG Presentation Staging
Lighting: In and Out
Stationery: Kirstin Simone