NICOLE & DIVAN

We are so excited to share this post with you…. Nicole & Divan’s wedding was breathtakingly beautiful. We absolutely love everything of this romantic winter wedding and it was such an honour to be part of this special day.

“A lasting marriage always begins with an enduring friendship”, and we can certainly say that Nicole married her best friend on 2 July 2016. It was beautiful to the see the teamwork, affection and thoughtfulness between them.

The day started out with make-up, bubbly, fun and laughter with her bridesmaids. Nicole was calm and excited at the same time when her dad walked her down the aisle, while Divan looked at her in awe. A beautiful ceremony announced Nicole & Divan married.

Pre-drinks were hosted in our century old red wine cellar, which turned into the dance floor later at night. Guests were spoiled with Muscadel, Red Wine and Hot Chocolate to keep them warm. Lounge pockets brought a cosy atmosphere and guests huddled up to the fire place. Waiters roamed around with gourmet canapes.

A colour scheme of green, white & gold with a touch of navy brought an elegant touch to reception. The Ghost-chairs looked so chic with the flower runner on long tables. Slow braised Red Wine Lamb Shanks was a sensation, while others enjoyed a Creamed White Leipzig Chicken dish as an option. Guests danced the night away with decadent canape-style desserts to snack on.

 

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Photographer: Moira West Photography
Flowers & Décor: Leipzig Floral Design
Venue, Décor, Wine & Catering: Leipzig Country House & Winery
DJ: DJ Dean SA

VOWS WITH A VIEW

Experience an unforgettable journey to the ideal place for a South African, destination wedding.

It’s all at Leipzig. An old wine cellar, chapel, tranquil garden, towering Oaks, amphitheater and the option of a Bedouin Tent. Long days, magical moments and simple luxuries, one thing’s for sure – Leipzig Country House is for lovers.

Have a unique wedding reception in our historic wine cellar that can seat up to 130 people with a separate dance floor. An outdoor ceremony in our tranquil garden with towering Oaks and the old Manor House will transform your special day into a fairy tale. Or have a romantic ceremony overlooking the vineyards in our century-old brandy cellar, which is now used for a Chapel. The endless vistas, surrounding vineyards, rolling lawns of the amphitheater and rural charm of the historic buildings provide a stunning canvas to capture lasting memories. The best part is, these scenic settings is perfect for your wedding shoot.

All our meals are prepared with fresh produce from the fertile valley & surrounds. Sip on our boutique wines, create new memories and enjoy artisan delicacies.

With 21 luxury rooms on the Estate, guests from far will not have to worry about the drive back. Our rooms are surrounded by vineyards, mountains and pristine gardens, which is a scenic relief from the city life. Turn your wedding into a weekend get-away for your guests by opting for a Braai on the night before your wedding. Combined with a Sun-downer Tractor-Wagon drive through the Vineyards, your guests will have the ultimate experience. Personal wine Tastings can be arranged for guests staying over or they can explore the valley the morning before the wedding. Your guests will be entertained throughout the weekend. From strangers to family…strong bonds are created here at Leipzig. Alternative accommodation for an overflow of guests is just around the corner.

The big sendoff can be done in style by having a delicious Champagne Breakfast in our garden underneath the Bedouin tent the morning after your wedding.

Our beautiful Honeymoon Suite is picture-perfect for getting ready with your bride’s maids. Platters can be arranged to be brought to your room with some bubbly for the festiveness. Your make-up artist and hairstylist will be brought to your room and that’s where the fun begins.

Should this sound perfect for you, make an appointment to view our beautiful venue. We are available weekdays from 08:00-16:00 and on Saturday from 08:00-12:00. It would be a pleasure to show you around and discuss your preferences. You will be treated with a wine tasting delight at our Boutique Winery to end off your Leipzig-experience.

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Landi & Willem

On Saturday, 19 March two beautiful souls vowed to spend the rest of their lives with one another.

Starting off the weekend with an intimate braai with close family and friends the Friday night, a promising weekend lied ahead. A big surprise awaited the groom’s mother on Saturday morning, where she was treated wit  h a Champagne Breakfast for her Birthday.

The anticipated big ‘I-do’ was slowly but surely approaching. A big smile greeted me as I went to fetch the bride to meet her father before walking down the aisle.  It was a magical moment as they exchanged their rings…and the kiss, was out of this world.

Guests enjoyed craft beers and homemade lemonade during pre-drinks. Fingerprint canvas art was used to complete the innovated guest book.

The bride decided on two long tables decorated beautifully by Lizl from Flamboijant Décor. Instead of a wedding cake, guests were treated with donuts, which served as the wedding favour too. After our famous Crème Brule dessert, guests danced the night away.

It is a privilege to work with such great service providers in the wedding industry. Thank you, Ronel Kruger, for sharing your amazing talent with us.

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Round vs Rectangular

Round vs Rectangular…
When doing your to do list for your wedding, you will come to the point of your table plan and who is going to sit where. First of all, you need to decide what sort of tables you are going to have…Rectangular or Round tables? Or the nowadays, popular, long tables?
This thought shouldn’t be keeping you awake. I have some pointers for those who struggle.
Most people go for the round option because they think their guests will interact better than with rectangular tables. That is not the case. Round tables have a bigger surface between the opposite guests than rectangular table. Rectangular tables are just as easy to interact than round tables, you will be able to speak to guests next to you, across from you and diagonal.
Long tables are basically the same as rectangular tables, just next to each other. You will still put those guests closest to one another, adjacent to each other.
Basically it depends on your Centre Piece. If it is big and takes up a lot of space, go for round tables. If your Centre Piece will be slim or you would like to go with flowers and candles of different heights, go for rectangular or long tables. Also take in mind the venue and theme.

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Our Favourite On-Location Spots on Leipzig

Even though there are so many places to shoot at Leipzig Country House, we have our favourites.

  1. The Olive Orchards

The subtle green surrounds the couple in nature but keeps the focus on the bride and groom. The white, supplied by the wedding dress creates a contrast between softness and clarity.

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2. Winery

The winery is an exciting spot to shoot, it provides more than one option and is an elegant background. I just love a shoot in the cellar itself with bottles as the background.

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3. Rose Garden

You can never go wrong with shooting at a Rose Garden. Roses and weddings goes hand-in-hand, as roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. It is definitely a must when it comes to the location of the shoot. I mean, look how romantic this looks, I just want to fall in love all over again.

 

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4. Honeymoon Suite

There’s a kind of sweetness and joy in the air when it comes to the bride getting ready for het big day. A fairy tale feeling coming to life. Excitement is all around, giggling ladies gushing and getting their make-up done, dressed in beautiful gowns. This is not to be missed by the photographer. It’s also why it’s one of our favourite spots for a shoot.

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5. Leipzig’s Entrance

Leipzig’s entrance projects that happily-ever-after moment. That moment where the prince and the princess walk off, into the sunset, knowing the best love story has just been written. And with a big mountain as the backdrop, what more can you want?

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6. Historical Building

It is not just me who is in love with this historical building’s raw appearance, but photographers too. It may be the old and borrowed feeling with contrast to the newlyweds or it may be the simple and rustic look which deepens the characters of the photo.

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8. The Manor House

Another great historical building to capture those special memories straight after the “I-do”.

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Making a statement at your wedding

I just love it when brides are daring enough to make a statement on their wedding day. After all, it’s the one day you are allowed to be the center of attention. The bigger and bolder, the more beautiful. You will have your guests talking and even inspire others.

Oversize statement bouquets and flower headpieces are setting off with a bang around the world. It’s an easy way to add big colour and big drama to your decor and style. Let’s look at a few of our favourites:

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This powerful head piece not only brightens up the appearance of the bride but makes a major statement of pure boldness.

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This “never-ending” bouquet brings length to the bride and adds some sophistication and elegance.

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If you are hesitant to go for the bold statements, soft, pastel colours will also do the trick. It will still make an impact without bringing a strong focus to you.

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The elaborate flower arrangements create a look and feel of abundant feasts and luxury, a South African Flair if you may.