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Friday, November 11, 2011

Fab Franschhoek Wedding!









The most anticipated wedding of the year, when Hans from the Aleit group got married to Babette. What a privilege to be a wedding guest at this special event! Hans & Babette’s wedding in Franschhoek is definitely one of the most chic and gorgeous ever.


Up to now, no wedding has ever been held at the Huguenot Monument, but that was all to change – Hans & Babette vowed that they wanted to get married at the exact same place that Hans popped the question. As his colleagues at The Aleit Group know, nothing is impossible for Hans – and he honored his reputation by getting a once-off license for the ceremony at the Monument! Don’t ask how…

That was not the only surprise they had in stall…

Guests were made to believe that the ceremony would be conducted at the Dutch Reformed Church. As the pews filled up, Hans entered with an 80′s Boom Box, took position on the pulpit and announced that he was not getting married in the church – he pressed PLAY and waltzed out to the tune of “Phantom of the Opera”!!

The guests followed, still not knowing where they were going… posters by Elsje Designs fixed to lamp posts en route the monument gave subtle hints of the destination – The walk complimented by a half-way champagne stop at Reuben’s – Most people were quite stunned when they arrived at the Huguenot Monument!

This post features all the photos from Babette (La Residence) & Hans’s (Basse Provence) preparations, all the way through to the end of the ceremony.

Please visit Zara-Zoo to see all the beautiful photographs. Andre of Vivid Blue Photography for helped the ZaraZoo team to cover this one!

• Venue - Huguenot Monument

• Make-up - Alicia Buckle

• Coordinator - The Aleit Academy

• Decor - Floral Affairs

• Dress - Abigail Betz

• ZaraZoo Photographer - Stefan Steenkamp

• Assistant - Laura da Paixao

I would just like to add that flowers was the most beautiful I have ever seen!! The bride looked radiant, lovely and beautiful. The food and service was flawless – as with all the Aleit events.


Everything that touches us, me and you,


Takes us together like a violin’s bow,


Which draws one voice out of two separate strings.


Upon what instrument are we two spanned?


And what musician holds us in his hand?


Oh sweetest song.






From “Love Song”, Rainer Maria Rilke 1875 – 1926







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