Sugar smile, sticky fingers, cherub cheeks, icing lingers on chubby chin, pink lips all the way down to teeny fingertips.
On 9 September 2013 Minka Pretorius turned one year old and to celebrate her first milestone she was given her very own cake to smash and savour. Tentative fingers soon found their way beneath the gooey icing as an inquisitive look turned into a mischievous twinkle. It wasn’t long until the top of the giant cupcake was obliterated, sending shards of sugar pink crystals and sweet vanilla crumbs across the room.
As the late winter’s sun sunk low between the mountains and the last lingering rays turned the rolling bare vineyards into stark slithers of shadows, guests began to descend the long driveway of Eaglevlei Estate. Travelling from Durban, London, Joburg or around the corner in Paarl, they had all been drawn together for one magical night by their shared love for a one-of-a-kind woman – Gayle Britz – to celebrate her 40th birthday milestone.
On 18 May the clouds parted, the rains paused and the wind held its breath, winter gave stage to the most sublime summer’s day as it shone brilliantly down from the heavens. In the midst of this suspended splendour, Marike and Stephan Basson were wed at Laatson Porterville, enclosed by the serenity of nature and the blessings of close friends and family.
A multitude of coloured stockings mimicked the bright cheerfulness of the “best day ever” as Marthina’s bridesmaids descended the secret garden aisle. At the end Michael stood waiting for his bride to light up the intimate gathering seated beneath the dappled shade of trees. On the arm of her brother she appeared around the corner and in a flurry of vivacious laughter the couple were wed in their own unique ceremony.
Marielienne and Willie van der Vyver were married on 27 October 2012. The late spring morning dawned bright and clear as the soft early light danced across the waves of the Indian Ocean. The quaint hillside village of Simonstown was still fast asleep but, for some, this day was twelve years coming and they weren’t going to miss a second of it.