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The biggest trend in weddings that I’ve noticed in recent seasons, is that of the forest wedding. There are some absolutely spectacular wooded wedding venues in Cape Town and surrounds and this rustic, bohemian vibe has taken preference over the traditional Cape Town Wine Farm wedding amongst many of my more modern brides.

With the above in mind, I decided I would help you find your perfect forest wedding venue by listing my favourite woods in which to wed!

 Beloftebos- wooded wedding venue Stanford


Beloftebos is one of the most popular forest wedding venues around Cape Town, and for obvious reasons!
The venue has a gorgeous farmhouse nestled on the banks of the Paardenberg River, and beyond that is a spectacular forest of oak trees. You can say your I-do’s to your beloved underneath the canopy of these great trees, which can provide cool respite from the heat if you’re planning on getting married in midsummer. The trees will also help to provide shelter from the infamous Cape Town wind, which your guests will undoubtedly be happy for.

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Everything at the venue has been hand crafted and inspired by nature, so if you’re going for a bohemian styled wedding, this is right up your alley!
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Due to the venue’s cozy and luxurious reception area, Beloftebos has also been flagged as a great venue for a winter wedding too!

Die Woud - fairytale forest wedding venue Caledon


Now one of my very favourite bohemian brides, Gia, got married in my custom made couture bridal ensemble amongst the trees at Die Woud. I must say that I was completely blown away by the beauty of her wedding! The modern bohemian wedding at it’s best!

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The venue is nestled between established oak trees and breathtakingly tall wattle trees, and provides the perfect space to get in touch with nature! You can either dine out in the open air, or underneath their clean PVC tent, but either way you get to experience the romance of this ageless forest.
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The ceremony itself takes place in their constructed “open air church” underneath the wattle trees.The guest will then walk to the reception area through the trees, where they are seated at wooden tables lit with fairy lights.

If you have a large wedding party, then Die Woud is perfect for you as it accommodates up to 140 guests.

De Uijlenes - wooded fores wedding  venue Gansbaai

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De Uiljenes provides a real woodland wedding dream!
Say your vows in an oak and indigenous forest with a sea of white arum lilies surrounding you. Your guests can have pre-drinks in the forest picnic area while the couple explored the myriad of perfect natural spots to take their romantic photographs.

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For the reception, you can get cozy in the rustic old 19th century barn that has been lovingly converted into a totally unique venue. It comes complete with numerous open fire places on which to make s’mores, and warm your toes on cold winter nights. For this reason, De Uijlenes is a perfect venue for a winter wedding.

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If you’re planning a romantic, bohemian winter wedding or a laid back rustic style wedding, this is the ideal venue for you!
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The memory of your wedding day is one you’ll treasure for the rest of your life. On the day itself, all preparations are done and dusted and the big day can be enjoyed for what it is: a celebration of love and commitment. When planning a wedding, many experience stress and anxiety and this may be elevated if you’re one of the third of all South Africans diagnosed with a mental health condition. However, rest assured, there are steps and measures you can take to ensure things go without a hitch, allowing you to put all the efforts into finding your perfect dress, whether it be a modern gown with a twist, a flowing bohemian dress or a custom made Muslim wedding dress.

Stress

Mental health covers a vast range of illnesses, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Treatment for these illnesses vary depending on diagnosis, severity, the individual’s age and overall well-being.

Stress is a factor strongly associated with planning a wedding. The cost, finding the right venue, choosing the perfect dress, booking a photographer, the list of things to arrange is endless. One of the linking symptoms of all mental health conditions is stress, thus seeking treatment and finding stress management solutions which work for you is key when planning your wedding.

Preparation

Prepare yourself for something to go wrong, whether it be on the day itself or in the lead up. You’re relying on a lot of other people, including, caterers, seamstresses and photographers and there’s a chance that something might not be as you expected or a supplier could cancel on you at the last minute. By mentally preparing yourself for any letdown, you’re already accepting the issue, allowing you to persevere through and make alternative arrangements.

Keeping calm and taking time out to enjoy a break from your wedding plans is also beneficial for your mental health. You and your best friend could have a spa day or a nice lunch in town. Whatever it is you do, though, ban all wedding talk and embrace having some wedding-free time.

Accept help

Family and friends love a wedding and most love to pitch in and help out with the organizing. Rather than turning them away because you want to do it all yourself, accept their help. Simple things to them such as filling 100 wedding favors can be a big weight off your shoulders, but won’t seem like much to someone who hasn’t got numerous other wedding related tasks on their list to complete.

If you’re finding things are getting on top of you, don’t be afraid to seek help from your doctor and share the way you’re feeling with them. They may offer medication, if you’re not already on it, or they could temporarily increase the dose of any medication you’re on for a brief period.

When it comes to the big day, as long as you love your dress, the venue and the cake, it ultimately doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Your wedding day should be an enjoyable one, so accept and seek any help you can to ensure it’s a day you’ll never forget.

Written by Jackie
writingjackie@diamondmail.net
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Hi Friends!

I am proud to say that I made many, MANY Matric girls happy last year by making them their dream Matric ball gowns. 
From extravagant gold gowns, to sleek white dresses, at Molteno we made them all!

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This year the Matric Farewell season is already kicking off to a busy start, but I thought I'd help you all out by opening my doors to the public from 9am to 2pm on Saturday the 20th of January. This means all who are shopping for a Matric Dance dress are welcome to walk in and try on my dresses, free of charge and without an appointment. 
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I have a wide variety of styles, colours and sizes for sale and to try on for inspiration. 

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So, bring those heels and join us for a day of fun and fancy dress!






















I can do mini consultations if time will allow, but pull in and let's get this party started!
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Hi Friends!
I hope you are all having a blessed, fun and safe festive season! Well, let's hope you have more luck than I, who am currently recovering from having broken my arm two weeks ago. How, you may ask? Rollerblading. Yes, I still rollerblade ok, and no I'm not too old! haha, anyway, moving on...

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Today I wanted to start introducing you to each of my latest additions to my 2018 Bridal range. I'm going to start with Isabella who is a classic bohemian bridal gown and perfect for the fashion forward bride who wants to leave a lasting impression. 

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Isabella is a wedding dress made from delicate French lace from shoulder to toe. The shape is a gentle fit and flare with a small puddle train at the back. She has an off-the-shoulder design with long lace sleeves. I have hand embellished the cuffs with stunning bridal lace that is beaded with pearls and sparking beadwork. The neckline, front and back is further embellished with the same beaded detailing making for a truly spectacular neckline. The back is fascened with covered buttons and an invisible zip. 

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I would reccommend Isabella to the lean column, the rectange, the pear and the neat hourglass figures.
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Hi Friends!

So my latest bridal range has been a hell-of a hit so far and I'm feeling super excited about the coming season as a result. One dress, however, has been such a hit that I feel like it diserves a blog post of it's own!

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Grace, named after Grace Kelly, is a simple, clean cut wedding dress made of a stunning structured fabric. The bodice is a deep V neck, and the back is completely open. 

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Grace suits everyone who puts her on, and the simplicity of the design is just so incredibly striking that everyone falls in love instantly!
The skirt is a full, box pleated design and best of all - she has pockets!!

So many of my Cape Town and Johannesburg brides have been absolutely LOVING this feature and has sealed the deal!
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