Tropical Meets Traditional Western Cape Wedding at Glenbrae

After moving to New Zealand from South Africa eight months before their wedding, Monique and George relied on the support of their families, fantastic vendors, and the understated elegance of their venue Glenbrae to create a beautiful and unique setting perfect for a social celebration planned from several thousand miles away. The indoor-outdoor space offered a stunningly peaceful forest ceremony, spectacular vineyard views, and fashionable reception space. Décor designed by Saffron Events featured a timelessly chic theme, tropical greenery and exotic florals combined with classic formal elements and accented with rose gold. We love the geometric-inspired candleholders, hanging macramé, and palm branches that created an incredibly inspiring space that perfectly complimented the bridesmaids’ gorgeous tropical printed dresses. Yeah Yeah Photography captured the fab décor, but even more beautiful were the quiet moments of the sweet couple enjoying their time with family and friends.

The Couple:

Monique and George

The Wedding:

Glenbrae, Western Cape, South Africa

I tried on a couple amazing dresses but still had my idea of what I wanted to look like. She understood my vision and was willing to cut one of her dresses in two to create my dream wedding dress. I honestly felt so beautiful on the day as I absolutely loved my dress and makeup which was done by my godmother. For my bridesmaids I wanted to incorporate the tropical theme but they also had to go with the my husband to be and his groomsmen who wore olive green andnavy.

For us the most important part of planning our wedding was to find a beautiful wedding venue that would allow us to invite all our friends and family as we moved to New Zealand from South Africa 8 months before our wedding. We wanted the venue to be both beautiful and unique but also give the opportunity for our guests and us to talk to each other or to dance the night away.

We wanted something unique that had a social feel to it, we also liked the venue as it had a great indoor outdoor flow with beautiful views from the veranda. The venue is set in the Apple valley of Elgin just outside of Cape Town with the most spectacular views over orchards and vineyards.

The day was so amazing and exceeded all my expectations in every possible way, but I think what stood out from the day was that I knew I was getting married to my best friend and love of my love andcouldn`t wait to see him and to be married. We had the best day overall and got to dance and spend time with all the people we love.

My engagement ring is rose gold so I wanted to incorporate it into our day. I know I wanted to have a lot of greenery for my flowers and therefor made green another main color. I thought white would compliment them andtherefore our colors for the wedding was rose gold, green and white.

I wanted to choose a theme/style that was trendy but also something that I would look back in a couple of years and still think looked amazing. As I knew I wanted greenery as my main flower inspo we leaned toward a tropical feel but combined it with a lot of classic elements by combining it with a more formal color like rose gold. The amazing team form Saffron Functions exceeded my decor expectations in every way.

Processional: ‘Voshaarnooi’ by Joshua na die Reen
Recessional: ‘Going up the Country’ by Canned Heat
First Dance: ‘To Love Somebody’ by the Bee Gees

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Yeah Yeah Photography
Event Planning – Saffron Events
Venue – Glenbrae
Floral Design – Saffron Events
Catering – Saffron Events
Cake – Birdcage
DJ – DJ Wico
Invitations – Saffron Events
Makeup Artist – Authentics
Hair Styling – Allure Hair Couture
Wedding Dress – Brides of Somerset


Congratulations to Monique and George on their beautiful wedding day and special thanks to Yeah Yeah Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding with Junebug! For more tropical wedding inspiration, check out this elegant tropical Phoenix wedding at The Boojum Tree!

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One Comment

  1. Really really beautiful wedding. Loved the photography! Such a natural and relaxed feel to the images. Congratulations and best wishes to the couple

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