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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Fresh Produce in our Gardens

Guests staying at Leipzig Country House is in for a treat. Our chef specially cooks dinner with fresh produce from our gardens.

Mint, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Basil, Dill, Parsley and Oregano to name a few, is the herbs we use while cooking or just to brighten up the plate.

Figs, Eggplants, Spinach, Cabbage, Lemons and Quinces are some of the fruit and vegetables we use freshly from our garden.

Guests will be surprised by some of the following fruits straight out the garden. Pomegranates, Guavas, Pomelo, Naartjie and Oranges.

We are also very proud of our Olives growing in the garden, along with Peacan Nuts and Almonds. Be sure to taste some of our very own olive oil, olives and homemade jam made with love from our gardens.

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Leipzig Winery invites you for a wine tasting!

All good things take time. Each bottle tells a story, every sip creates a lasting memory.

From the 1890s to 1963 spectacular wines were created on the Estate, wines that even the British Royalty enjoyed during their visit to South Africa after World War 2. They sipped on a luxurious white blend called “White Leipzig”.
Wine production on Leipzig came to a halt,50 years passed and the owner decided that the wine tradition of Leipzig deserved its time in the sun again. He joined forces with master winemaker Mark Carmichael Green to bring winemaking and wine production back to the homeland.

The modern, fully equipped, boutique-style winery produces world-class wines. Only the finest, quality, handpicked grapes from the best vineyards are selected for production. To preserve the memory and continue the story, it was decided that White Leipzig would once again see the light after many years. Today, it’s a beautiful blend and it’s a must-try. We also serve Cheese & Charcuterie platters to accompany our handcrafted award winning wines.

Leipzig Winery offers intimate wine tastings in our tasting room, exclusive cellar tours on request and wine sales.
Need more info about Leipzig Winery? To book private cellar tours and wine-tastings please contact us.

Trading Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 09:00-16:00
Sat: 10:00-14:00

Email: winery@leipzigcountryhouse.co.za

Tel: 023 3478422

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Harvest Season in full swing

Things have really been busy at Leipzig Winery early in the year, especially with harvest season being in full swing.

We have collected all the Sauvignon Blanc that will comprise our 2016 wine and the two components, from Durbanville and Elim, have been fermenting in separate stainless steel tanks. The Durbanville component has finished its fermentation process and is already a beautiful wine abounding with tropical flavours and a natural high acidity. A very special yeast was introduced to the Elim component, and as this newsletter goes out, this tank is still slowly fermenting. The very slow fermentation process this tank has been following is sure to bring the best out of the very high quality grapes sourced from Elim.

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In addition to the Sauvignon Blanc, we have also collected some exquisite and very special Chenin Blanc grapes from the Phisantekraal area in Durbanville. These are the same grapes used to make our 2015 Lida Chenin Blanc, which we have just now released. Only 700 bottles of the 2015 Lida Chenin Blanc was produced and we hope to have more of this lovely wine in 2016. The Chenin is currently about halfway through its fermentation process. The first red grapes to enter our cellar in 2016, was Pinotage sourced from Stellenbosch. These grapes were crushed and destemmed and has spent a few days cold-soaking whilst also undergoing its primary fermentation. These grapes were then pressed and the wine has been moved to small French Oak barrels for its further development.

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Now we are waiting on mother nature to tell us when the rest of our planned intake of grapes will be ready for harvest!

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Our exclusive Grand Master 2014, which is a Bordeaux blend and our 2015 Lida Chenin Blanc is now available for purchase together with all our other old favourites. Please note that on the white wine side, our 2014 Viognier is getting low on stock and on the red wine side, we have very limited amount of the 2014 Master Blend and 2013 Shiraz left. Be sure to pick up a few of these wines before they are sold out.

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Photos by: Illuminate Photography

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.