Everwood Country Weddings

Planning your wedding can become stressful and chaotic. You need someone that can remove your concerns and give you professional specialist services, so that you can focus on yourself and your partner and enjoy the count-down to that moment you say “I do!”.

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Everwood Country Weddings has just that. They have had thousands of deliriously happy brides,  and even more wedding guests enjoy their experience. Maybe it’s the unique open-air chapel, which offers the guests a view of 100km and the Magaliesberg Mountains in the distance. Maybe it’s their velvet green lawn and beautifully landscaped gardens that give everyone that sense of relaxed escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Maybe it is their five water features or the rustic ruin that adds the magical charm of a fairy-tale? Best part of all, photographers LOVE this place! Everwood Country Weddings is set 35 minutes from Sandton, the location is idyllic.

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With the Everwood Country Weddings’ team of experienced and reliable wedding planners, they can offer you a tailor made package that will keep you from going into debt before you’re even married! They work with your budget to offer you and your guests, the best for what you can afford. You can choose from their selection of services to make your wedding dream come true.

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Contact: Vanessa





Local Private Beach Honeymoon

Are you and your future partner for life looking for the perfect local 5 star honeymoon?

We have just the place for you. Named one of the best “Hotels for Romance” at the 2017 Trip Advisor Choice Awards, Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa is the ideal location for newlyweds seeking solace in an unspoilt, natural environment. Situated just 40 minutes from East London Airport on an uninterrupted 21 km stretch of pristine beach, the hotel allows couples to leave the world behind and enjoy each other’s company in one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Peace and tranquillity, as well as utmost privacy, make Prana Lodge stand out as one of the Wild Coast’s premier honeymoon destinations.


The lodge comprises eight luxurious suites, each with its own private garden and plunge pool (with the exception of the Forest Suite). These stand-alone havens boast luxury touches such as Persian carpets, fine linens and other five-star mod cons and provide total security in an intimate environment; the perfect setting for a romantic hideaway.


As the only five-star hotel in the region, Prana Lodge offers guests the very best in dining. Under the guidance of award-winning Head Chef, Jaycee Ferreira, Prana’s young and talented chefs are dedicated to preparing wholesome dishes marked by bold, palate-delighting flavours. With five chefs and eight suites, it is clear that much emphasis is placed on ensuring that guests enjoy an exquisite dining experience.


The Prana Lodge Wellness Spa on the premises is another highlight that honeymooners can anticipate. Each guest receives an individual assessment from the spa therapist in order to tailor the treatment to their specific needs. Uniquely, the ingredients for the oils, rubs and ointments used at the spa are picked from the property’s herb garden. In-house guests can opt to have certain treatments done in the privacy of their suite, or on the deck overlooking Chintsa Bay. Whether it’s a sensual couple’s massage, a herbal sauna session or some down-time together in the Jacuzzi, it’s an experience not to be missed.

Guests not only have Prana Lodge’s excellent service to look forward to, but can also enjoy nearby activities such as hiking, bird-watching, surfing, golf, fishing and horse-riding. The Wild Coast boasts stunning views and couples can take leisurely walks along the beach and admire the indigenous dune forests.

Prana’s three-night honeymoon package includes accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, a beach picnic, a 60 minute couple’s aromatherapy massage and a 30 minute couple’s foot massage in the garden or on the Prana deck.

For further information on Prana Lodge, contact +27 (0) 43 704 5100, visit or email


Incredibly Unique Wedding Rings

We are in love with these incredible inspirations of unique wedding rings. Small clusters of different shaped stones with different metals make for a delicate feminine ring.

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Love And Fun Filled Wedding Celebration

The free spirited couple Lauren and Shawn chose the beautiful Gourikwa Nature Reserve, in the Garden Route, to have their wedding day. Read more about their incredible day below.


Lauren Ambler & Shawn Mey

25 March 2017

Gourikwa Reserve

Rustic and vintage wedding decor

75 Guests

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Gourikwa Nature Reserve was the perfect back drop for this rustic, fun filled wedding.

Lauren and Shawn both met in school through a mutual friend.

We asked Lauren how Shawn proposed to her, she explains; “Shawn is a fisherman and it was so sweet the amount of effort he put into the proposal. I had been wanting to take the fur babies down to the beach for a while already but we just didn’t have the time. One afternoon he insisted on going and I wasn’t really in the mood.  We went anyway and after about a 30min walk we ended up with a spectacular view and sunset. I noticed him scratching around in a bush and lone behold he pulled out a bottle of champagne and plastic cups. He had hidden them there a few hours before.  He then pulled out the most beautiful ring and told me that I had to marry him. I didn’t even need to say yes!”

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Something old, something borrowed, something blue?

“My something old were my moms pearl earnings.  Something new was the silver chain I wore on the back of my dress, the something blue was the wedding band we had made with a blue tourmaline.” Says Lauren.

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Regarding their ceremony, they were blessed to have Lauren’s father marry them. A very special gesture that they will cherish forever. Lauren and Shawn described the highlight of the wedding being surrounded by their guests and feeling their love seeing how much fun they where having.

Lauren says they tried to keep everything simple and stress free. They did most of the wedding things themselves and now they have such great memories about doing it together.

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Advice from Lauren and Shawn; “Don’t stress, just enjoy the process.  Its not about everyone else, its about the two of you.”


Photographer: Sharyn Hodges

Décor Company: Fancy Functions



Treat Your Hands And Feet With Phat Sam Studio

At Phat Sam Studio, they are selective regarding Manicure & Pedicure Products, always ensuring the best quality and that products are not tested on animals.



As the original curable gel nail system, Bio Sculpture Gel has been tried, tested and proven. Bio Sculpture Gel is the ONLY nail system with a 5 STAR SAFETY RATING and is 100% Vegan.

The Bio Sculpture Gel System can be used to build Upper Arch support, Re-enforce the natural nail, do Silk Repairs and create painstakingly beautiful nail art – including hand painting with Gel and more.

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A chemical peel forms the basis of the Medi-Heel treatment and brand, which is FDA approved. This is the key to achieving profound results. The products epitomise luxury, with decadent textures and fine fragrances. Medi-Heel is all about the new generation pedicure. It offers real and lasting results.


To book a treatment or to enquire on prices, contact Sam Perry or WhatsApp on 083 291 7700
Look out for our weekly blog about each treatment, follow Phat Sam Studio on Facebook and Instagram for daily specials, savings and competitions.

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The Enchanted Chapel

Carla from Mooi Photography and Plank Kreatief was inspired to do this extraordinary shoot at Bosjes that they titled, “The Enchanted Chapel”. With a variation of textures, lines and warm colours of red, black and gold, creates a very extravagant atmosphere. They explain all the details of the shoot below.


Inspired by the striking architectural curves of the iconic Bosjes Chapel, this shoot focused on modern lines and bold colours. Soft textures were used to compliment the structural designs. The chapel and surrounds offer a wide range of artistic masterpieces, the aim of the shoot was to play within the natural and constructed beauty of this environment.

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We decided on alternative flower and decor to suit this alternative new chapel. Dried branches served as bouquet and base of the table arrangement. The bouquet was then further dressed with small red origami flower petals to complement the paper theme and create a sense of cohesion throughout the shoot.

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The same effort was put into the table scape with dried leaves, dried herbs and black sprayed flowers to imitate the strong lines found in the art of origami. Layers of black and grey velvet and soft grey tulle was the perfect base for the matt black plates, cutlery and black glassware. The goal was to create a moody and bold table scape with dark colours and flashes of gold and red.

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Venue: Bosjes

Photography and Image retouching: Mooi Photography

Coordination: Blank Canvas Event Design

Flowers and Table Decor/Styling: Kadou Floral Design

Hair & Make-Up: Skoonlief

Paper Accessories and Decor: Plank Kreatief

Cakes: Crumb Cakes SA

Dressed by: Cindy Bam Couture

Stationary: Lieflingkind

Chairs & Tables: Grand Style Hiring

Table Linen: Tablecloth Hiring Company

Gold & Black Cutlery and Black Crockery: Two Birds at The Dairy Shed

Black Glassware & Vase: Function Hiring 4 U

Model: Listelle Visser

Model: Nina de Waal

Model: Poppy the bunny (Photographer’s fur baby and house pet)

Model: Daisy the bunny  (Photographer’s fur baby and house pet)

Photographer’s Assistant: Marinda Labuschagne


Getting In Touch With Beauty

We would like to share our favourite pieces from Gosh Cosmetics with you.

Forever Eye Shadow is a great metallic eyeshadow that come in a stick for easy application and no mess. It is a smooth soft texture that allows you enough time to blend on your eyelid before it sets and stays. No more smudges and you will look great all day. There are 8 beautiful colours that are suited to all skin tones.


Gosh Cosmetics also have these new Forever Eyeshadow Sticks in Matt. They provide long lasting matt colour in just one stroke. Creamy, velvet soft eye shadow sticks with a Matt finish in 4 gorgeous colours. No creasing, flaking or fading. Keep your look all day. Great for smokey eyes.


Regarding their primer, Primer Plus + Illuminating Skin Perfector, applying it feels refreshing and does not leave skin feeling tight like some other brands out there. As soon as you apply it, there is a noticeable difference in skin tone and it reduces imperfections. it does not cover all imperfections, thus it is a primer and not foundation or concealer. It is great if you want light cover with a healthy natural glow.

“The unique formula includes Silsoft E-Pearl, an emulsion that provides moisture and skin lightening benefits, combined with ProRenew Complex – stimulating the skins ability to self-renewal, oil from the superfood Sea Buckthorn and vitamin E.”- Gosh Cosmetics


Our favourite mascara from Gosh Cosmetics is their new Catchy Eyes Mascara. It has a special curved applicator brush that gives your lashes that “cats eye effect”. The brush also has little separators to define and separate lashes. Best of all, it is perfume and paraben free so no nasty chemicals on your delicate lashes.


We are also loving Gosh Cosmetic’s Giant Pro Liner. It is a new graphic eyeliner with an very black colour.
The pointed tip is great for either doing thin delicate lines, but can also make great straight bold lines if tilted to the side. It really does last long and does not smudge once it has set on your face.


You can get these great products in Edgars stores until August 2017. The company has its roots in the pharmaceutical industry and their products are PETA-approved, which adds further confidence and cachet to the quality of its products.




Rustic Beach Wedding Celebration

This is a beautiful rustic beach wedding celebration that touches our hearts as they did so much for the community where they got married and it was a beautiful celebration to top it all off


Shandre Oosthuizen & Lean Badenhorst

19 March 2017

Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape

Rustic Beach wedding

48 Guests

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Where did you meet?  

Under the roof of Leans Lapa, and now we both live here.

How did he propose?

We arranged a trip to the Victoria Falls Carnival in Zimbabwe for December 2015. On arrival we settled in and Lean suggested we go for a walk. We packed our back pack with some drinks and he showed me around and told me a bit of History, as this was my first time in Zimbabwe. We came to the Bridge where you can bungee jump & king swing and this bridge also separated Zimbabwe form Zambia. He then showed me the actual line that means you are now in no man’s land. A few minutes after that we moved to the side of the bridge where he looked at me and asked if I would be his wife….and of course my answer was YES. It was an amazing surprise and couldn’t have asked for a better proposal, it was beautiful, and yes I was the luckiest and happiest girl in the world.

Cermony Details 
On the morning of our wedding day we were blessed with beautiful rain that brought nature to life.
Our ceremony was situated in front of the Hole in The Wall on the Beach with lush forest surrounding us and the ocean in front of us.
With local drummers playing music and entertaining our guest while they awaited the big moment.
We had a stretch tent set up on the beach, with hay bales for friends and family to be seated on.
The wedding arch was hand built by Lean out of Drift wood, rocks from our surroundings and proteas I had preserved and dried out.
We had a very special friend, Reinhard Botha, play and sing My Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on his acoustic guitar while I was making my way down the aisle.

Trevor Meyer, one of Lean’s best friends, did us the honor of being the MC and ceremony master. I had the honor of having my brother, Shaun Oosthuizen, walk me down the aisle and hand me over to Lean. Myself and Lean both had two of our very best friends alongside us before and during the wedding. My little cousin, Declan Fischer, was our ring bearer for the ceremony. We exchanged our vows and our “BIG KISS” was celebrated with hand drums in the back round. All our guest then made their way back to the beach in front of the Hotel where we then continued with cutting the cheese cake and reception.


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What was extra special at your wedding?

We had a different approach to planning and making our Wedding day happen, asking permission to use the grounds that belonged to the local community and Chief Lindiwe. We had a meeting with the headsman, from there they sat with the board where they made a decision to whether we can use the beach in front of the HIW and what they would like in return for the community.

We were the 1st ever in history to be granted the opportunity to have our wedding in this special place.

2 Days before the wedding we met with Chief Lindiwe and did the exchange and showed our respect to them and thanked them for granting us the grounds for our big day.

Myself and Lean also decided that we didn’t want our guest to bring us any gifts, but rather bring any clothes or stationery for the community. We arranged a day where we did the charity drive and handed it out to all the kids and parents.

Lean’s mother and grandmother also made red and blue bibs for the local rugby teams for practice.
Our main aim was to give to the less fortunate and support the local community.

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What advice would you give other brides and grooms?

Work and plan together, make it a journey and let life take its course. Always stay calm whatever doesn’t work out wasn’t meant to work out and only you will know that it didn’t.

Most important enjoy the journey together and enjoy the moment, take a step back every now and then and take it all in!

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Service Providers

Photographer: Susan Smit Photography

Assistant Photographer: Belinda Louie Photography

Wedding Coordinator and Decor: Urban Group

Wedding Gown: Bride & Co

Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade by Alta Oosthuizen

Make-Up: Belinda Louie Make-Up Artistry

Hair: Susan Smit

Flower Crowns: Ouma Hettie

Wedding Cake: Sweet Bake shop – Caron Fischer

Flowers: Japie Proteas, Cullinan

Food: Hole in the Wall Hotel

Bride’s Jewelry: Moonlight Jewelers – Karin Verwey

Wedding Rings:    Groom -Wooden Rings

Bride – Moonlight Jewelers

DJ and/or Band: Kilowatt Sounds

Tents : Outside Adventures
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The Hype About MicroBlading Brows

Phat Sam Studio provides MicroBlading treatments from the home-based salon. Sam Perry, the owner gives us a description of what MicroBlading is.

Also, known as hair stroke brows, micro-stroking and micro-pigmentation.

This is a form of permanent make-up and is a relatively new technique of enhancing the appearance of eyebrows.

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MicroBlading is performed with the use of an ultra-thin blade. This blade is a grouping of extremely fine needles affixed to a handle to manually create clean & crisp lines that resemble eyebrow hairs.

Using a hand tool and blade, natural pigment is deposited into the upper dermal layer of the skin, making it only semi-permanent. This means it can last for 1-4 years, depending on the skin type and lifestyle. This technique will give you thin and defined hair strokes opposed to the conventional permanent make-up machine which can create a solid and unnatural ‘drawn on’ look.

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To establish if you are a suitable candidate, please take a few moments to complete the following Online Questionnaire


Or contact Phat Sam Studio on What’s App 083 291 7700

Look out for our weekly blog about each treatment, follow Phat Sam Studio on Facebook and Instagram for daily specials, savings and competitions.

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Say “I Do” With The Ocean As Your Witness

Wedding venues in the garden route. With a chapel overlooking the ocean, there surely can’t be many wedding venues that can compare to Gourikwa’s offering. The picturesque chapel with a thatch roof and bell tower is a mere 50m from the shore making it idea for newly wed pictures on the beach.

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Walking distance from the chapel is a brand new banquet hall, which can accommodate between 180 – 200 people. We supply all the tables and chairs, the catering is included from the beautiful restaurant they have recently opened.. The pool house can be utilized as an additional bar facility with restrooms available.

Book your wedding day at Gourikwa Reserve, it is without a doubt one of the most unique private reserves along the South African coastline. The reserve is a true escape with 5km of pristine coastline, a rich variety of indigenous fauna and flora as well as boasting with facilities ranging from top class accommodation to a beachfront chapel and wedding facility. Formerly known as Reins Reserve, Gourikwa has retaken its original name and has recently undergone major upgrades to make every visit an unforgettable one. Located in the heart of the scenic Garden Route, the 2000ha reserve is nestled between Mosselbay and Stillbay and is only a 30min drive from the George Airport.

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Contact Marelize for more information.

087 702 9126


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