Cradle Valley Guest Farm

Crisp South African winter Styled Wedding! 

  • Venue:
    • The View at Cradle Valley Guesthouse
      • 079 697 3039
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  • Photographer:
    • Lireze Photography
      • 072 698 3121
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  • Stationery:
  • Models 

          Calonice Fick

          Jacques de Wet

          Tsholanang Podile

          Mohamed Allam


  • Hair Stylist:
    • Chinique van der Walt
      • 082 337 9529
  • Makeup Artis:
    • Isabel Asamu make up and styling
      • 073 404 5376
  • Attrire:


There is something remarkable about South African winters; never quite turning into mystical and magical snow, but taking off just enough from the trees, the skyline, and the air to expose the raw, rustic and textured feel of nature. The warmth of nestling into one’s plush blankets oozes comfort and luxury.  This was perfect inspiration to deliver a styled shoot with theme “Exposed”. This theme combined natural raw elements with an elegant contemporary twist using texture and wintery tones. 

 The SA School of Weddings student stylists were inspired by this, especially as they were starting their own journey into Wedding Planning at the beginning of winter 2016. The venue, The View at Cradle Valley, captured the beauty of winter with its natural elements and surrounds that has a modern and glamorous twist at a beautiful location in Muldersdrift.


The attire was all about texture, the kind that mimicked the feel of a winter’s day – browns, blues, grey tons and brown accessories resembled the earthy/ natural tones of “bare winter”.  The make-up stole elements of European winters reflecting "frost bite", and dark lips as a look. The rose gold colours which extended the metallic texture in the theme was brought to life in the make-up. Smokey eye with bronze palette.

Cake and champagne

The taste of the day was a two tier semi naked cake designed to excite the palette. Vanilla sponge cake decorated and styled with figs, adorned with rose gold glitter, leaf garnish and a sprinkling of blueberries.  Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque vintage champagne tingled on the tongue. Described as a having all the lightness of white floral notes, fresh, stylish wine with good structure, silky and elegant was the perfect accompaniment with a pleasant finish on the palate.

 Design & Décor 

The décor extended the theme with snow spray and colour scheme sage, greys, rose gold and white. Texture came to live through the use of crystal, branches, fur and “frost”. The stationery was a combination of Perspex and wooden touches complimenting the décor.

 For the ceremony site, the sundowner verandah lent itself to the beauty of the shoot with an unconventional bridal arch – a combination of suspended glass bottle chandelier venue fixture with succulent flora placed inside. 

 Ghost chairs brought in the modern element, alternated with natural vintage wooden chairs with linen cushions made for a fantastic setting. The pew detail was to die for where candles in glass cylinders were placed along the aisle and silver candle stands woven with penny gum sprayed rose gold, grey, white and natural were used.

 The reception table was a magical culmination of the beauty of the day. Fur table cloth supporting wooden plank table runners and an array of votives, crystals, glass, candles and a pop of green from the succulent floral touches. Rose gold cutlery lifted the table setting to life against the back drop of large imposing mirrors. A final touch of draped fur on the ghost chair finished off the look.

 Using textures like metals, crystal, wood and warm materials – the students brought to life a concept which was a labour of love; beautifully captured to reflect a lovingly exposed and crisp South African winter.