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  • The dream team: Pink and green

    Posted on July 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Pink and green might seem like an unlikely pair, but these two colours look magical together. Perfect for a spring or summertime wedding, the colours create a feeling playfulness, freshness and vitality in your decor. Opt for a gentle palette of soft greens, blush pink coupled with splashes of gold.


  • Black and white and... pink!

    Posted on July 22, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Black and white is easily one of the most classic and elegant decor themes. Spice it up by adding a splash of pink (we like dusty pink or soft rose) and you'll get a completely different look. The pop of colour adds a sense of modern fun and softens the starkness of black and white.


  • Shardae and Richard's wedding

    Posted on July 18, 2014 by Admin

    FJS Productions have beautifully captured Shardae and Richard's stunning wedding, which Val de Vie Events had the pleasure of coordinating. The ceremony overlooked our beautiful green polo fields, followed by an exciting polo match and a dazzling reception.

    The following service providers helped to bring this magical day together:

    Videographer: FJS
    Coordination: Val de Vie
    Photographer: Ryan Graham
    Décor: Nico Laubscher
    DJ: Sound Print
    Minister: Dave Basson
    Stationary: Secret Diary Designs
    Wedding Cake: Wades Cakes
    Make up & Hair: Helga Strydom


  • Lovely in lace

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Lace is a major trend this year and we love its delicate, feminine appeal. Lace is ladylike and romantic; the perfect addition to any bridal outfit.


  • The decadence of chocolate

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    When it comes to indulgence, there is nothing quite like chocolate. From truffles and gelato to macaroons and mousse, there are so many ways to enjoy the decadent appeal of this sweet sensation. Serve chocolate themed mini desserts to your guests, or include luxury chocolates in their wedding favours.


  • The luxury of vintage gold

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by Elsje Human

    We love the beauty of old, vintage gold. The rich, deep yellow tones are gorgeously luxurious and eye-catching, adding a sense of warm and vintage appeal.


  • Burger and Heleen's wedding

    Posted on July 14, 2014 by Admin

    Griekwa rugby player Burger Schoeman made his vows to his beautiful bride Heleen on  23 May at Val de Vie, only a week after ending his Curry Cup season on a high, winning the man of the match award.

    Beautiful Autumn weather shone down on the special day, as the newlyweds celebrated their love for each other with family and friends from all over the country.

    We just adore the timeless style Heleen, who opted for a vintage veil, soft sheer fabric and colours for the bridesmaid's dresses. Raw oak tables with pastel runners were paired with natural elements for the décor & flowers.

    The talented Kyle Krige captured their day perfectly.


  • Dreaming of dusty pink

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Pink is a very feminine and romantic colour, but too much of it can look kitsch and overbearing. Dusty pink is a classy, grown-up shade of pink that is more subtle and gentle.

    It would be beautifully suited to a summer wedding, or even a romantic winter celebration. Add lace, wooden textures, some sparkle and it'll look sublime!


  • Berry bliss

    Posted on July 8, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Just because fresh berries are a bit harder to find and more expensive in Winter, it doesn't  mean that we can't feel inspired by these tasty fruits! We're daydreaming about warmer days and getting creative with some new ideas for Summer pre-drinks and delicious desserts. Yum!


  • Richard and Shardae's in the Sunday Times!

    Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

    Richard and Shardae's stunning Val de Vie wedding was recently featured in the Sunday Times! Their special day was held 4 January 2014 and it was beautifully planned by Full Coordination.


  • The Celebrate Life Ball

    Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

    The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was recently held at Val de Vie. It was a glamorous and fun-filled event that was attended by a host of stylish guests. The event was conceptualised by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, as a means to do good and raise money for charity. True to this dream, 100% of the proceeds raised have been donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

    It was our pleasure to host the event and as the photos show, it was a spectacular evening filled with fine dining, chic fashion and amazing entertainment. Visit House of Vizion to view more photos.


  • White on white

    Posted on July 4, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    There's nothing boring about a white on white decor scheme. Fresh white brightens a space, creating a beautiful sense of lightness and feeling of space. larger space, and highlights everything around it. White is very versatile and looks stunning with modern or traditional styling.


  • Why we can't wait for Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

    Danielle Boon, a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School, recently joined the Val de Vie Events team as an intern. She was very keen  delighted to learn about our estate and highly anticipated events such as Pink Polo, which takes place in October every year. Here's what Danielle had to write about the upcoming event:

    "The annual Cintron Pink Polo Event is all about bringing friends together to have fun in the sun for a good cause. The glamorous event raises awareness and funds in aid of breast cancer.  Polo combines with timeless, elegant fashion to create a sensational day on the social calendar. What can be more fun than making a statement in pink?"


  • Vintage va va voom

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team recently had a new addition, intern Danielle Boon. As a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School in Paarl, she was keen to learn about our estate and the exciting events industry.

    We love this vintage themed moodboard that Danielle created. The vintage look never goes out of fashion and it's got a beautiful sense of romance. As she says, "make your vows timeless with a touch of vintage."


  • Don't miss the Wees Lig Vrouefees on 9 August 2014

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin


  • Wees Lig Vrouefees is coming to Val de Vie

    Posted on June 20, 2014 by Admin


  • Anel and SW's wedding is on b.loved wedding blog!

    Posted on June 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    We're thrilled to see that Anel and SW's wedding has been featured on UK wedding blog, b.loved.This elegant wedding was held in April at Val de Vie and it was memorable for so many reasons: the tangible joy of the newlyweds, the elegant, timeless white decor and the happy atmosphere. Yolandé Marx took gorgeous photos that capture the mood and the stylish simplicity of the decor - no wonder b.loved took notice!

    View the full article and more images here.


  • The Celebrate Life Ball is coming to Val de Vie

    Posted on June 13, 2014 by Admin

    Celebrate Life Ball

    The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was birthed out of a desire by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, to use a celebration as a vehicle for doing good. We are all connected with our fellow man, yet we live worlds apart. The CLB brings these two worlds together. It reminds us of our blessings and that we have much to celebrate, but it also encourages us to be a blessing to others. Aramex South Africa is proud to be the official sponsor of the Celebrate Life Ball. It promises to be a fun-filled and glamorous event in support of a very worthy cause. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

    The glamorous evening is going to be filled with great entertainment, delicious food and dancing. The Celebrate Life Ball is taking place at the stunning Val de Vie Estate in Paarl. The guests include friends, family members and anybody who would like to celebrate life. Most of the 23 Mrs. South Africa finalists will also attend the Celebrate Life Ball. Another exciting element is the fact that my Mrs. World dresses will be shown at the event. This, together with the worthy cause, sparked media interest in the Celebrate Life Ball, so I am excited to announce that the popular SABC program, Expresso Show, will be filming the event. Several newspapers will also be attending the event. So get your best dress and those dancing shoes ready because this is going to be a night to remember.


  • Corporate gifting with an edge

    Posted on June 12, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    At Val de Vie we know how important it is for corporate events to have a real wow-factor. After all, they are a representation of your business and brand, so every detail must be well thought out and considered.

    A great way to make an impression is corporate gifting. Take the time to find quality items that your guests will love to use and show off. Examples are leather bound stationery, elegant fountain pens, cufflinks or even wine accessories.

    If you're planning a corporate event, look no further than Val de Vie. Our beautiful estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from year-end functions, gala dinners, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties and product launches.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Suit up in style

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Finding the right suit can be a challenge, but a well tailored suit is a real wardrobe investment. This article from Destiny Man magazine offers guidance on finding the right suit.

    Bespoke suits are the ultimate personal expression of the gentleman who wants the best. We go behind the scenes to learn what the creation of just one of these suits entails.

    Bespoke suits say something about the man behind the material – the quality’s sublime, the sewing’s precise and perfectly finished, the trimmings are top-notch and the superb tailoring means your suit is the ideal fit.

    Bespoke suits are made just for you, so the fit’s impeccable and every single detail of the suit can be personalized. Most clients enjoy the fact that their suit isn’t mass-produced in a factory, but is created exclusively for them by a private tailor.

    Made-to-measure clothing can also hide a multitude of sins. A shopper interested in an off-the-rack suit might have to buy a larger jacket to accommodate a wide midsection; it could also be too long and have oversized shoulders and arms. But a bespoke suit often includes a few strategically positioned extra centimeters of fabric where needed, while keeping the rest of the measurements in proportion.

    Posture also affects the way fabric hangs on the body. A good custom tailor will take diagonal body measurements to fit rounded shoulders or a slight slouch.

    You never have to worry about major alterations, since every suit you order will be in your size. Usually future alterations are complimentary, should you lose or gain weight.

    No matter the designer or the tailor, here’s what you can expect when getting a bespoke suit.

    Step 1: The initial meeting

    The first step in the process is to meet your tailor. If you don’t have ‘the average build’ (i.e. you are super-slender or very tall and bulky), this is your opportunity to tell him − or, her − what you struggle with when looking for a suit.

    Step 2: Fabric swatch choice

    This is a somewhat involved process, as everything counts. Most high-end tailors will use age-old methods of layering canvas inside the front of the jacket to create a perfectly hanging suit, though the silhouettes
are usually trim and the fabric colours range
from purples to midnight blue with chalk stripes.

    Step 3: Extensive lining options

    Although the lining is on the inside of the garment, it’s just as important as the actual fabric. The lining is always of superior-quality fabric and in an exciting colour. Picking your own lining today is like picking a tie.

    Step 4: Fabric matching

    The tailor − if he’s worth his salt − will usually drape the fabric you have chosen over your shoulder to match it to your complexion. This way, you get a realistic idea of how the colour complements your skin tone and eyes and is a far better method than merely choosing a fabric from minute swatches.

    Step 5: Measurements

    The tailor will take over 11 separate measurements of your body and these form the backbone of a well-fitting suit.

    Step 6: Final sketch

    The design process involves you and the designer equally, with you stating your requirements and the designer advising what’s feasible and offering creative input.

    Step 7: The fitting

    A bespoke suit takes a minimum of 35 hours to make. When it is completed, your tailor may ask you to come in for minor finishing touches.

    This article first appeared in Destiny Man magazine.


  • Lezanne and Andre's wedding

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    We're loving the colourful quirkiness of the Lezanne and Andre's wedding photos, masterfully taken by Charl Smith from Agape Studios. The couple held at Val de Vie on the 15th of March 2014 and these photos capture the energy and vibrancy of the day.



  • DIY Mimosa bar

    Posted on June 9, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    We love this creative idea of a “help yourself to a Mimosa” bar.

    Choose as many Summer fruity flavours as you wish and set them out for your guests to enjoy. Glassware can either be very formal with pretty Champagne flutes, or for a more relaxed style go for an eclectic mix and match.

    This fun idea is perfect for an outdoor kitchen tea in Spring or Summer or simply for a get together with great friends.


  • Pure elegance

    Posted on June 6, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Happy Friday! We just love this romantic, elegant look. Vintage Lace, touches of gold, glass, crystal and pearl create a classy style all around.


  • Mia and Mikhael's wedding video

    Posted on June 5, 2014 by Admin

    Here' the beautiful wedding video of Mia and Mikhael, who celebrated their special wedding at Val de Vie. Just gorgeous! Videography by TRÖvideo.


  • A fabulous Ladies Brunch in support of Bridging Abilities

    Posted on June 4, 2014 by Admin

    Bridging Abilities will be hosting a charity event on 28 June at Val de Vie Estate. This wonderful organisation  aims to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to foster their personal and social development. Through sport and recreation camps, Bridging Abilities helps to improve the quality of life for each individual that passes through their doors, through rehabilitation, support and a range of wellness services.

    We applaud their incredible work and encourage everyone to support their worthy cause by attending this brunch. The event promises to be a very enjoyable occasion, offering a delectable brunch in the elegant surroundings of our picturesque estate.

    The details about the event are in the invitation below, we hope to you there! For more information about Bridging Abilities, please visit their website.


  • Kara and Dirk's dream wedding at Val de Vie

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

    Imagine winning a wedding at Val de Vie worth R800 000!  For one lucky couple this is not a dream anymore, but a reality!  Kara and Dirk won the SA Wedding Show “Win a Wedding” competition last year.  It was the biggest wedding prize that has ever been given away in South Africa and the record might stand for a few years to come.

    Apart from getting the luxurious Val de Vie as a wedding venue, Kara was also sponsored a beautiful Anna Georgina dress, a wedding video from Vision on Fire and plenty of other prizes. Zara Zoo offered a wedding photography package worth R30 000 that included a pre-wedding photo shoot.

    Although Kara and Dirk were at school together, the flame only started burning when they studied together at Stellenbosch University.  The couple now lives in Gauteng, but their dream had always been to have their wedding in the Cape Winelands.

    Both bride and groom got ready on the estate with Kara arriving in the estate's beautiful vintage car that was also later used for the couple photos.  The tented ceremony was done in the French courtyard. 160 of their closest family and friends attended.

    After the ceremony photographer Natelee took Kara and Dirk around the estate, including the wine tasting house, vineyards and the polo field for photos.  While the couple had their photos done, guests were entertained to a real polo match while sipping on the finest bubbly and being treated to sumptuous Canapés from the Polo Club Restaurant.

    The reception was a feast fit for royalty with styling done by Cream Event Library and music by Aleit Music & Entertainment.  Thanks to the SA Wedding Show, Die Burger and an element of luck, Kara and Dirk had their dream wedding realized in style!

    The SA Wedding Show will run from 6-8 June this year and is hosted at the CTICC.  It is the biggest Wedding Expo in the Western Cape.  Tickets are available at the door at R80 and gives you a host of experiences including live demos, chef tastings, a Little Pink Book Wedding Workshop and the cream of Western Cape wedding suppliers and services to browse through.  Plan your wedding in one weekend by visiting the SA Wedding Show 2014.

    Photos by Natelee Koen & Annerien Nel


  • Francois and Donna-Lee's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

    Francois Brummer, a Griekwa Rugby Player, will be tying the knot with his beautiful fiance, Donna-Lee, up North in December. The couple celebrated their love with a beautiful engagement shoot at Val de Vie - simply stunning!


  • Gatsby gold

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    A 1920s inspired Great Gatsby theme has long been a popular option for parties and weddings alike. This era saw the rising popularity of jazz, radical new fashions for women (think of the stylish bob) and classic cocktails such as Long Island ice tea and the Manhattan. Put a twist on your version of this theme with a dazzling gold colour scheme. You'll have all the fun and energy of the roaring 20s with an extra dash of glamour.


  • City chic

    Posted on May 26, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Today we are so inspired by the beautiful colours, patterns and textures of old European cities. Got the Monday blues? Perk up your day with some bright primary colours and eye-catching prints.


  • Anel and SW's wedding

    Posted on May 21, 2014 by Admin

    Here are some stunning photos by Yolandé Marx of Anel and SW's Val de Vie wedding, which was held on 12 April 2014 and coordinated by Karla Oettler from Absolute Weddings. We were delighted to host this lovely couple and wish them much joy and happiness.

















  • Botanical beauty

    Posted on May 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

    In South Africa we are so lucky to have an abundance of gorgeous indigenous flowers and vegetation. Bring the beauty of our botanical heritage into your wedding with fynbos, proteas and lush leaves. Think out the box by laying flowers along table runners, or topping your cake with a rustic flower arrangement.


  • Val de Vie: The venue of choice for chic corporate events

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

    The  elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sone's beautiful family photo shoot

    Posted on May 19, 2014 by Admin

    Sone, a gorgeous Val de Vie bride, recently had a beautiful family photo shoot at Warwick Wine Estate. The photos were taken by Inecke Photography and they are absolutely gorgeous!

    The Val de Vie Events team loves the idea of a family photo shoot before a wedding. It's a wonderful way to celebrate family bonds at such a special time in ones life.

    View more photos from the shoot on Inecke's website.





  • Fresh and simple

    Posted on May 19, 2014 by Elsje Human

    It's the start of a new week, so we are feeling inspired by this fresh, clean look. White is peaceful, elegant and pure, and it can be a gorgeous statement colour on its own. Add some accent items to add visual interest, such as striking jewellery or quirky table settings.


  • Pink passion

    Posted on May 16, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Did you know that a pink carnation means "I will never forget you"? Beautiful, romantic pink is the color of universal love. Add some charm to your wedding with splashes of this warm, loving colour.


  • Burger and Heleen's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 15, 2014 by Admin

    We are very excited about the wedding of Burger and Heleen, who are tying the knot next week at Val de Vie. Their gorgeous engagement shoot was taken by Kyle Krige, who has beautifully captured the bond shared by this wonderful couple.


  • Jean-Mari and Julian's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 14, 2014 by Admin

    Jean-Mari and Julian's wedding will be held at Val de Vie on 23 August 2014 and we know it's going to be a wonderful day!

    We love their engagement shoot by Aglow Photography, which took place in Cape Town and beautifully celebrates their love.


  • Vintage simplicity

    Posted on May 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

    We love the idea of a vintage decor theme that's all about simplicity. Imagine old glass bottles filled with wild flower posies, a gorgeous naked cake with no icing, a simple bouquet of baby's breath or a table setting with no tablecloths, but rather exposed, beautiful antique wood. With this look there's no need for extra embellishments or fiddly details - just celebrate the beauty of the simple things.


  • Quirky and cute!

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Embrace your inner child by adding fun, quirky elements to your wedding. Imagine splashes of glitter, a bright, cheery palette of colours and loads of bright sweet treats. Find unusual accessories such as old suitcases to add to the decor, or perhaps even arrive at the ceremony in a school bus! Think back to the parties of your childhood and draw inspiration from there. After all, this theme is all about celebrating your special day with a big smile!


  • Monique and Nick's wedding video

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

    FJS Productions have released their captivating video of Monique and Nick's Val de Vie wedding. The special day included a polo match and a stunning reception that really had the wow factor.


  • Falling for fall

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    May is the last month of Autumn and we love the beauty of this mellow season. Leaves  are ablaze with red and gold start falling from the trees, and the weather begins to cool down. An Autumn-themed wedding pays tribute to the beauty of nature, drawing on natural themes such as leaves, wooden textures and deep, rich colours.

    Autumn flowers

    Take inspiration from Autumn's golden hues by using deep yellow, muted greens and rusty reds. Berries and bright leaves also look beautiful in a bouquet.


  • Tracy and Colin's engagement shoot

    Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

    Tracy and Colin are planning to celebrate their wedding at Val de Vie early next year. It's going to be a spectacular occasion and we are so thrilled to be coordianting the big day of this amazing couple!

    Their stunning engagement shoot by Abri Kruger took our breath away. Tracy and Colin's adorable little boy and girl were part of the shoot and we love the glamour and warmth that the images convey.

    The talented Abri Kruger boasts years of experience in the USA and South Africa. He covers wedding internationally but calls South Africa his home.


  • Mikhael & Mia's Wedding

    Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

    Mikhael and Mia recently held their wedding at Val de Vie, which was beautifully coordinated by Elsje Oosthuizen.

    We are enthralled by the amazing photographs taken by Ryan Graham. They are truly magnificent and bring the day to life in exquisite detail. The chic white decor scheme included natural, country-inspired flower arrangements with rosemary, baby's breath and proteas, amongst others.

    We were honoured to host this lovely wedding and wish Mikhael and Mia much happiness in their lives together.

    View more photos on Ryan Graham's website.


  • Dreamy wedding decor

    Posted on May 9, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    Get dreamy with this eye-catching and opulent decor scheme. Gold, vibrant colours and rich textures are combined to make a dramatic statement -  it's all about mixing up disparate ideas and making them work together.


  • Shelley and Paul's wedding

    Posted on May 8, 2014 by Admin

    We love the gorgeous photos of Shelley and Paul's wedding day, taken by Alice Swan Photography. We were so happy to be part of this wonderful couple's big day, which was held at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013.

    The ceremony took place in the Polo Pavilion, while the dazzling reception was in our ballroom. A crisp white decor scheme created a beautifully elegant and romantic mood.

    To view more photos, please visit Alice Swan's website.


  • A picture perfect paint-themed party for kids

    Posted on May 8, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    Add a splash of colour with a paint-themed party! Kids will love this quirky and vibrant theme, which draws on all things paint related. It's a great way for them to have a party that celebrates their favourite colours. Elements such as colour swatch cards, paintbrushes and Pantone colours are transformed into cute decorations and delicious treats.

    All images courtesy of Sweetstyle.com.au


  • A peek at Shelley and Paul's wedding

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

    Here's a preview of Shelley and Paul's wedding photos, taken by Alice Swan Photography. This amazing couple tied the knot at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013, watch out for more photos soon!


  • Simone and Nick's wedding

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

    Simone and Nick held their wedding at Val de Vie on 8 March 2014. Val de Vie Full Coordination was delighted to have planned this special day; the couple are so in love and it was a real pleasure to work with them.

    The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place in the French Quad, which boasts magnificent views of the polo fields and surrounding mountains.

    An intimate reception followed in the Polo Club Restaurant. Crisp, elegant decor set the tone, and after a sumptuous dinner guests were keen to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.

    These are just some of the gorgeous photos of the day, taken by Moira West Photography. Be sure to view more on Moira's Facebook page.

    We wish Simone and Nick much joy and happiness in their future together!


  • We love Joannette Kruger and Abri Kruger Photography

    Posted on May 2, 2014 by Admin

    We are taken aback by the talent of Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography. From weddings to family photo shoots, their work is always absolutely beautiful and full of emotion. With Winter on the way, why not contact them for a family photoshoot with a winter theme?

    As Joanette says, "I strive to make each session creative and fun as possible and try to steer away from your traditional family sessions."

    To find out more about their work, please Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography.


  • Corporate event trends for 2014

    Posted on May 1, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Gone are the days when corporate events meant stale canapes, bad lighting and dull PowerPoint presentations. Today any corporate functions needs to be a slick, creative affair that conveys a powerful brand message. Event Solutions has a great overview of some of the trends we can expect to see in the year ahead.

    All images and ideas courtesy of Event Solutions.

    1. Marquee Signs
    Use illuminated letters to spell out anything important, from your company name to a key area at the venue.

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    2. Events for a Cause
    Companies are becoming more socially aware, which is why the hottest events are associating themselves with worthy causes. From savvy marketing for charities to worthy donations, it's all about making a positive difference.

    3. Shapes and Patterns
    Decor is going beyond single colour palettes and now a range of patterns are all the rage. Chevrons, diamonds, florals, polka dots... there are so many ways to add some visual drama with patterns.

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    4. Rustic Modern Décor
    Rustic decor takes on a modern edge when combined with striking modern elements such as glass, metal and mirrors. The contrast of natural materials such as wood and raw fabrics with industrial styling is a look that we'll be seeing a lot of in the year ahead.

    5. Unique Venues
    Finding an unusual venue is a hot trend that adds a sense of intrigue and excitement. Never mind conference halls or ballrooms, events are now taking place at unexpected locations such as galleries, museums and warehouses.

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  • Funky festive food ideas

    Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Let food become a visual feast with bold colours and eye-catching patterns. Quirky and downright decadent, we love the idea of making party food just as fun as it was when we were kids. Who can resist pink candy floss or luscious cupcakes adorned with hundreds and thousands? Yum!


  • Bigger Better Beverage Bars

    Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Hot or cold, winter or summer,  nothing can stop you from having a creative  and fresh beverage offering at your big day bash!

    We love the idea of signature cocktails, as well as His and Hers drinks. The customised coffee bar is also a super  idea if you are having a winter wedding. Mini drinks are a clever way of having more drinks on offer, but still saving on the costs.
    Whatever tickles your fancy, a funky beverage offering is a MUST this season.
    Cheers to choosing something fun and delicious!

    Images courtesy of Lover.ly


  • Glittering gold

    Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Gold is a glamorous colour that never goes out of fashion. Adding some golden sparkle to your wedding instantly creates a luxe feel. Use sequins, glitter or sumptuous fabrics to add some gold to your decor. Gold looks great with many other colours, from whites and neutrals to pinks or even greens, so it's very versatile too.


  • Warm up with Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

    Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Autumn is here so we're preparing ourselves for cooler days and evenings. This soup recipe is a perfect hearty and healthy dish for the chilly weather on the way.

    Recipe courtesy of www.justeasyrecipes.co.za

    Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup (serves 4-6)

    This is a rich tomato soup, it’s absolutely delicious… Perfect for a starter, main course or even as a base for a pasta sauce!  Use plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, in fact whatever tomato you use, just make sure it’s red, ripe and juicy.

    Ingredients

    10-12 plum tomatoes, cut lengthwise
    1 large onion, cut into quarters
    6 cloves of garlic, peeled (4 left whole for roasting and 2 crushed for sautéing)
    4 tablespoons olive oil (you’ll use 3 tbs for roasting and 1 tbs for frying garlic)
    1/3 cup dry red wine
    2 cups chicken stock
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (and some extra for garnish)
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    Optional: ¼ – ½ cup cream if you want it to be a little creamier

    Method:

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
    2. Place the tomatoes, onions and 4 garlic cloves onto a large roasting tray.  Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.  Roast for 1 hour and allow to cool.
    3. Once cooled, transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth.
    4. In a medium-sized pot (big enough for the soup) and over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.
    5. Now pour in the pureed tomato mixture and cook for roughly 5 minutes.
    6. Add the tomato paste, sugar, chopped basil, red wine, chicken stock and balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
    7. Allow the mixture to come to the boil and then reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
    8. If you’d like the soup even smoother, run the blender through the soup again.

  • Brown and white

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    We all know that black and white is a classic combination, but at the moment the Val de Vie events team is loving brown and white. Classy and understated, the brown-white spectrum has it all: white is crisp, clean and modern, while chocolate brown conveys a welcoming sense of warmth, comfort and relaxation.


  • Crazy about cake stations

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Sweet stations have been a popular dessert option at weddings for quite a while now, so we're excited to see the latest hot trend: the cake station! Tempt your guests with an array of scrumptious cakes. Not only does everyone get to enjoy different flavours, the cakes also look gorgeous and make a decor statement.

    All images courtesy of Lover.ly


  • Pure and simple

    Posted on April 23, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

    Sometimes simple is best. A classic plan white t-shirt, a slick ponytail, a bunch of plain white roses or a cake that's simply adorned with luscious icing. It's almost become a cliche to say that less is more, but there is still so much truth in this statement. As Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”


  • Equestrian inspired events

    Posted on April 23, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Here at Val de Vie we've long been drawn to the beauty of horses and the elegance of polo, so it's no surprise to us that a trend for equestrian-inspired events has taken off. Hay bales, lucky horse shoes and rustic flowers complete the look for this country-style theme. Many of our couples choose to have a polo match played at their wedding, which we think is the absolute cherry on top!

    All images courtesy of Lover.ly


  • UB40 ft. Ali Campbell at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Admin

    Check out this great video of UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, who performed at Val de Vie on 4 April 2014. Brought to SA by Seed Experiences & DStv, the show also included Trenton and Free Radical, Hot Water and special guests Mango Groove.

    With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the original members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who mesmerized audiences with his signature voice.

    DSTV were proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart 104.9FM as Cape Town radio partner, to bring fans the band's all time classics such as 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love', which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.


  • Daily inspiration

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Elsje Human


  • Wedding Trends

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Navy blue is one of the hottest wedding colors for 2014. Classy, classic and understated, it looks gorgeous with white, silver and even pink.

    Image courtesy of elegantweddinginvites.com


  • Simone and Nicholas' beautiful wedding video

    Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

    Mr & Mrs Rixon from Someday Films on Vimeo.

    We love this wedding video of Simone and Nicholas' Val de Vie wedding. Created by Someday Films, it captures the love and happiness of the day.


  • Val de Vie Estate welcomes Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme

    Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate was thrilled to welcome seven young men from Mbekweni Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme.

    Hosted by the Val de Vie Events team, the programme launched on 13 April 2014. The aim is to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

    We believe that with the necessary training and practical experience, we can impart key business principals that will empower candidates to apply for positions within the industry. They will be motivated, confident and geared to improve their career prospects.

    Thousands of tourists visit the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley each year and the South African hospitality industry is growing at a steady pace, offering many potential areas of interest to the youth of our valley.

    To share in our excitement about this great programme, keep your eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates about their journey.

    We are so grateful to our sponsors who have made a valuable contribution to the initiative.

    Poloworld

    Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community." Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

    Courier Crew Shuttle Service

    We thank the Courier Crew Shuttle Service for sponsoring the Transport to and from the estate to ensure our Men from Mbekweni travel safely and timely during their Journey with us at Val de Vie Estate. Contact them at info@couriercrew.co.za.


  • Hope Through Action helps out at the Val de Vie Market

    Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie hosted another successful Market on Sunday 13 April. Apart from the tempting stalls, family activities and music by Heinz Winckler, what made this market extra special was the participants from our Hope Through Action programme who helped out at the event.

    The aim of the initiative to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

    We are so grateful to our sponsors, Poloworld and Courier Crew, for their valuable help.

    Poloworld

    Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community. Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

    Courier Crew

    We are also so grateful to Kobie Malan from Courier Crew and Shuttle Crew, who provided free transport for the guys. For more information about their services, call 021 872 8460 or visit their website.

    Here are some fun photos of the day, including shots from a popular photo booth for visitors to enjoy.


  • On trend with toile

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    "Toile de Jouy" or "toile", is a beautiful type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background coupled with floral or country-inspired prints. Colours can range from blue, black to dark red. We love how it can be applied from stationery to cakes, creating an elegantly classic look.

    All images from Loverly


  • Top event trends for 2014

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Arthur Backal from New York-based event company Backal Management Group has some wonderful insights into the top event trends for 2014. The Val de Vie Events team has already been inspired by some of these trends and we can't wait to try them all.

    Food & Beverage

    Healthier Snacks for New Year’s Resolutions

    As people become more health aware, sweets and unhealthy snacks are far less popular at events. Granola bars, fruit and other healthy snacks are in. Guests feel better with healthier snacks such as nuts, energy bars or fruit.

    Mini-everything


    Mini desserts have been a popular option for a while, but the trend is extending to make all meals “mini.” The Backal team offers mini breakfast pastries and yogurt parfaits with breakfast. “People don’t want to feel like they’re missing out,” Backal said. “They want a bit of everything. We serve small portions of everything so you can get a little taste.”

    This plays into...

    Sampling rather than heavy buffets


    Heavy buffet dinners are limiting, Backal noted, and do not convey “fresh” or “local.” Instead, he recommends interactive stations with small plates to let guests sample a wide range of options. “Give people a little taste,” Backal said. “Have a variety.”

    Technology

    Registration via iPads for Check In

    Although paper registration is a comfortable fallback, it allows for a issues such as missing or misspelled names and having to reprint attendee lists. Electronic lists, on the other hand, are easy to update and can be transferred seamlessly between devices, making a planner’s job smoother during a hectic meeting.

    Which plays into...

    iPads instead of Pen and Paper

    Pen and paper are out. Today, companies provide their attendees with iPads to take important notes for the day, or install tablets in shared lounge spaces where guests can check email and take a quick break from the workday. “It helps the overall aesthetic and keeps things focused on what’s happening,” Backal said. “This is better for the environment, and it appeals to tech-savvy companies.”

    Set-up & Décor

    Creating the Atmosphere

    “Uplighting” is in and transforms a ballroom to a lounge, turning a function room into a party. Creative colors can pick up on company’s logos or client’s theme. “You can transform a space in an effective way,” Backal said, “and it can help with economics without going into over-the-top decor."

    Social Seating

    Generic classroom seating is out and can feel crowded and boring. Instead, consider interactive setups such as clusters, round circles or small tables.These alternative seating styles encourage interaction, mingling and a sense of inclusion.

    Content courtesy of internationalmeetingsreview.com


  • The Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo 2014 in Get It Cape Town Magazine

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

    The April edition of Get It Cape Town Magazine has a fantastic overview of the annual Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo Cape Town, which was held at Val de Vie Estate in March. As the articles show, the event was attended by a host of glamorous celebs such as Locnville, Cindy Nell, Jen Su, Dion Chang, Christiaan Gabriël Du Toit and Jeannie Dee. What a stunning day!


  • Ryk Neethling chats to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 9, 2014 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling recently chatted to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie that's taking place this Sunday on 13 April 2014.

    It's going to be a day packed with fun things to do! Apart from delicious foods and beautiful goods that will be on sale, Heinz Winckler will be providing wonderful musical entertainment. 4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! View the event details now.

    Click here t0 listen to the interview.


  • Kara and Dirk tie the knot at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 8, 2014 by Admin

    A year ago Val de Vie formed part of The South African Wedding Show wedding competition, which is worth a dazzling R800 000. Hosted in association with Die Burger, the competition offers incredible prizes to make the perfect wedding day. This past weekend we were thrilled to celebrated with the winning couple, Kara and Dirk, who both looked amazing on special big day.

    Val de Vie Events wishes them all the best in their future together.


  • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep this Sunday

    Posted on April 7, 2014 by Admin

    4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! Interested? View the event details now.

    The Jeep® Wrangler has proven off-road capability. It's the original trailblazer, fortified with components that give you the freedom to Go Anywhere, Do Anything™. Whether your quest for adventure takes you over rocks, through water,3 or onto roads buried in fresh snow, Wrangler’s unmatched capability holds true for all who take the wheel. View Jeep's Brochure to find out more.

    The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

    Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


  • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep

    Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

    4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep model at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event!

    The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

    Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 caught on camera

    Posted on April 1, 2014 by Admin

    We love this video of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 by KOLLIG TV, which beautifully sums up the glamour, luxury and excitement of this prestigious event.


  • Lezanne and Andre's wedding at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

    Lezanne and Andre celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we are delighted to share some photos of their big day, taken by the talented Charl Smith. View more photos on Agape Studio's website.


  • Jen Su visits the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

    5FM and SABC 3 Hollywood reporter Jen Su attended the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 which was held at Val de Vie Estate. People Magazine has all the details about her experience of the event, from rubbing shoulders with celebs such as Roxy Louw, Jeannie D and Locnville to checking out the latest trends worn by the fashionable crowd. We look forward to seeing you again next year, Jen Su!


  • DSTV Presents The UB40 SA Tour Ft. Ali Campbell, Giving Fans More Than Just Music

    Posted on March 27, 2014 by Admin

    JOHANNESBURG VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT

    HEART 104.9 FM AND KAYA FM TO GIVEAWAY A SIGNED UB40 GUITAR TO THEIR BIGGEST UB40 FAN

    With just over a week to go until UB40, featuring the original voice of Ali Campbell, perform live in Cape Town and Johannesburg, concert goers have been warming up their vocal chords to sing along to the hit songs of the legendary group. VIP tickets in Johannesburg have officially sold out and only a few of Cape Town’s VIP tickets are left.

    The two shows will be hosted by popular personalities from radio media partners Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg, bringing their beat and flavour to the shows for fans to enjoy. Heart 104.9 FM will also be doing an outside broadcast at Val De Vie Estate, connecting fans directly to the concert experience. Not only will they have loads of great giveaways at the events, Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9 will also be giving away a signed limited edition UB40 guitar on air over the next week to one lucky fan from each city. Tune in to Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg to hear how you can stand a chance of winning this outstanding prize, along with tickets to the concert.

    The beautiful settings of Val De Vie Estate in Paarl and Emmarentia Dam in Joburg will be the perfect backdrops for what promises to be fun-filled concert experiences for the family. Both shows will feature a special appearance from the iconic Mango Groove along with Hot Water and Trenton & Free Radical in Cape Town, and Freshlyground and Michael Lowman in Joburg. Ali Campbell, the original voice of UB40, along with Astro and Mickey, will perform hit songs like ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town” and ‘I Got You, Babe’, which have made them a household name across the globe.

    Get your tickets now to one of the most talked about tours to hit South Africa in 2014 and be a part of UB40’s world tour.

    Please note: Picnic baskets with food and snacks are allowed into the venues but absolutely no liquids or drinks whatsoever.

    CAPE TOWN LINE-UP:

    UB40 ft Ali Campbell, Mango Groove, Hot Water, Trenton & the Free Radical

    Gates open: 15h30 in Cape Town and at 11h30 in Joburg
    Concert starts: 17h45 in Cape Town and 12h00 in Joburg
    Concert ends: 23h00 in Cape Town and 18h00 in Joburg
    Duration: 07hours 30 mins in Cape Town and 06 hours 30 mins in Joburg

    Tickets:  General Admission: R395 VIP: R1495

    Friday 4 April

    Cape Town: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563846

    Follow UB40 SA Tour on Facebook for further announcements, and listen out to Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9. Keep an eye on their social pages and website for more information on the events.

    #UB40SA
    #DStvUB40

    LINKS

    https://www.facebook.com/UB40TourSouthAfrica
    https://www.youtube.com/weareseed1

    https://twitter.com/SeedExperiences
    http://www.1049.fm/

    http://www.facebook.com/Heart104.9FM

    http://www.youtube.com/user/HeartFM1049
    https://twitter.com/Heart1049FM

    UB40 links:

    http://ub40.org/
    https://www.facebook.com/WeAreUB40
    https://twitter.com/WeAreUB40


  • All that glitters: Add some sparkle to your wedding day

    Posted on March 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Just like a twinkling diamond ring, there's something so gorgeous about adding a dash of shine to your wedding decor. The Val de Vie Events team loves how glittering textures add a sense of glamour and fun at the same time. Just remember, the key to this look is subtlety: don't make every square inch sparkle, rather use shiny elements as accents.

    Sequins and Swarovski crystals make beautiful embellishments on dresses or accessories, while a glittered pair of heels looks absolutely magical. Jazz up table settings with these elements too, from the napkin rings and runners to the hems of tablecloths.

    Food can also get the sparkly treatments. Imagine marshmallows dipped in sugar crystals, or perhaps silver cupcake sprinkles. There are many ways to bring the look to life, so sparkle on!


  • Heinz Winckler is coming to the Market at Val de Vie!

    Posted on March 20, 2014 by Admin

    Join us on Sunday 13 April for another wonderful day of delicious food, beautiful wares, fun family activities and great entertainment. The Market at Val de Vie is always a wonderful day out and on Sunday 13 April is promises to be even better with Heinz Winckler's musical talent. We can't wait!


  • Mmm... we love mini cakes

    Posted on March 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    These gorgeous mini cakes were created by the ever so talented Maggie from Edible Art for Simone and Nick's wedding on 8 March 2014.

    We think that the cakes make the perfect personalised thank you gift - they can be made in a multitude of colours and styles. Of course, they taste incredible too!


  • Here's to chic corporate cocktail parties

    Posted on March 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Daiquiris that delight, scenery that enchants, canapes that can't be resisted...  A chic cocktail function at Val de Vie is a great way to entertain clients and treat them to something truly unique. Sip on a delicious drink while watching an exciting polo match, or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful views of the polo fields and vast mountains.

    Contact us at events@valdevie.co.za or 021 863 6100 for more information.


  • Lacy loveliness

    Posted on March 13, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    There is no easier way to add a romantic touch to a wedding than with beautiful lace. Add lace detailing to your dress or veil, or perhaps don a pair of feminine lacy shoes. We love the idea of wrapping lace around jars as a pretty decor element. You could also tie lace around your bouquet, or wear a delicate headband.


  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 on video

    Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 was a great success, celebrating the finer things in life: polo, French Champagne, luxurious Bentley cars, high fashion and delectable food. This video showcases the event, we can't wait for next year!


  • Carnival Games brings fun for the kids this weekend

    Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

    There's so much fun for little ones at the upcoming Market at Val de Vie, which takes place this Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

    Carnival Games will be offering a range of exciting games and activities for kids to enjoy, such as bulls eye, ring toss, a spinning wheel and more! Be sure to bring the whole family along and be part of the fun.


  • Be bright and bold

    Posted on March 11, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Add a fresh, modern twist to a corporate event with this lively colour palette. Acid green, pink, yellow and aqua make a striking combination that will spruce up your decor in a flash.


  • Clair and Jason's wedding

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

    Clair and Jason celebrated their beautiful wedding on 21 December 2013 at Val de Vie Estate. We were delighted to have been a part of their big day, which was a relaxed and joyful occasion. Clair and Jason are a wonderful couple and we wish them much happiness in their life together.


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie this weekend!

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

    This Sunday it's time for the Market at Val de Vie, which always promises to have fun for the whole family. Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the market showcases some of the region’s finest local produce. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible foods, stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from across the winelands. Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo, chocolate and bubbly pairings by Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    If you'd like more information, please email events@valdevie.co.za.


  • Tanya Van Graan dazzles at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    These photos of Tanya Van Graan capture how gorgeous she looked at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014. We adore her modern yellow dress paired with nude heels and a chic up-do.


  • A light-hearted look at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 was attended by a host of celebs, VIPS and fashionable folk. We love Skattie, what are you wearing?'s witty write-up of the event, which hilariously satirises all the small talk, shoulder rubbing and people watching.

    So lovely to have seen you there, Malibongwe!

    Image courtesy of Skattie, what are you wearing?


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 Cape Town sets a new benchmark

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, local and international guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 attended this past Saturday, 01 March 2014, what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive polo and luxury lifestyle event on the annual social calendar. With notable VIP’s in attendance such as The Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, Tokyo Sexwale and world land-speed record holder Andy Green, along with local celebrities Cindy Nell, Jimmy Nevis, Tanya van Graan, international super model Katryn Kruger and fashion icons David Tlale, Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit, guests enjoyed an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne and gourmet canapés.

    In keeping with tradition, Bentley was both Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 and hosted the world land speed record holder, Wing Commander Andy Green as their special guest in their VIP Lounge. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, the Bentley Mulsanne as well as their recently launched Bentley Flying Spur, it was the new Bentley GT Speed convertible parked side by side with two rare Bentley Blowers on the day which stole the show.

    Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious champagne house sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, is the only event of its kind on the African continent and draws both local and international spectators in numbers.

    D’Oré, the Official Fashion Partner for the day, showcased some of the world’s top luxury fashion brands such as Emilio Pucci, Escada, Cavalli, Armani Collezione, Rupert Sanderson, Elie Tahari, Herve Leger and Vanessa G in a quintessential runway show.

    Global prestige Beauty Sponsor, Elizabeth Arden Inc. kept guests of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 beautified all day long. With Elizabeth Arden ‘Beautiful Colour’ touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Committed to the concept of holistic beauty, Elizabeth Arden ensured everyone was beautiful from the inside out with a Prevage anti-oxidant bar on the day for guests to enjoy.

    Redkin and The Cutting Room provided expertly styled hair for the D'Ore models and key celebrity and VIP guests on the day.

    Official Time Keeper for the polo, Breitling for Bentley, showcased a timeless collection born from a cross between the grand art of British car making and the finest Swiss watch making traditions. Avouching a new art of living, Breitling for Bentley is the most trusted when it comes to their unique blend of elegance and performance, power and style, sportiness and refinement.

    More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live with all eyes fixed on the games of polo played on the day. With an added opening exhibition match, a first for the tournament and the final 8-goal tournament comprising of top local and international players, play was organised by HRH Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim of Nigeria and saw the day’s nail biting finish with winning team Veuve Clicquot, captained by Johan du Plooy, narrowly beating team Nigus with a 6/5 victory.

    Watch out for more photos of the event on our blog!


  • Corporate events get chic at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 3, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Who says that corporate events are dull and dreary? Val de Vie can coordinate slick and stylish corporate events that have a real wow factor.

    Planning a year end function? Imagine sipping on exotic cocktails on our expansive terrace that overlooks the lush polo fields. For something more formal, we can create spectacular gala dinners with custom menus and dazzling decor.

    Contact us at events@valdevie.co.za or 021 863 6100 for more information.


  • Angela and Dino's wedding

    Posted on March 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Angela and Dino held their wedding at Val de Vie on 22 February 2014 and it was wonderful to host this special couple. They had a beautiful Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony which was very special to see.

    Something that we loved were the personalised paddle fans were created by Secret Diary Designs, which complemented the cream and gold colour scheme. Watch out for more photos from the big day.


  • Katie and Aidan's wedding

    Posted on February 27, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Katie & Aidan celebrated their wedding day at Val de Vie on a sunny Wednesday in December.

    Katie’s love for horses made Val de Vie her dream wedding venue. She has been show jumping since she was five years old.

    Although Katie was unfortunately not feeling well on the day, she was very brave and stepped out of her bridal villa looking breathtaking in her princess-style gown and dazzling gold shoes.

    The ceremony was made even more special with the presence of Katie’s two Horses, Corsica and Paris, who stood alongside the couple. Their manes were beautifully braided with fresh flowers.

    The horses provided quite a few funny moments when they realised that they could eat the flowers off each other’s hair! After the second batch of flowers and the Grooms keeping them apart for a while, all worked out well in the end

    Stunning décor and flowers was masterfully conceptualised by Nico Laubscher from Nconcepts & Designs.

    Here are some beautiful photos taken by the amazing Tracy Robertson Photography.


  • Sexy silver

    Posted on February 27, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Silver is often used as sparkly, feminine accent in decor schemes. In contrast, we love this sexy, grown-up interpretation of silver. It's all about heavy metals, deep greys and subtle shine.


  • Classic vintage glamour

    Posted on February 26, 2014 by Admin

    For the ultimate in sophistication, you can't top the glamour of a classic vintage theme. Pure crystal glasses, real French lace, perfectly tailored tuxedos and classic silhuoettes are just some of the things that create a send of occasion and timeless style.


  • Pop of colour

    Posted on February 25, 2014 by Admin

    We love the simplicity and elegance of a neutral colour palette, but it can be fun to jazz things up a bit. Add a cheerful pop of colour through bold accessories and decor items. It's a playful and quirky way to inject some fun into your style.


  • Happy house warmings

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Moving house is always a big event, and a house warming is the perfect way to celebrate a new home. We love this housewarming invitation, which is made out of colourful paint swatches. It's the perfect way to invite family and friends to your new home.


  • The finest flavours: Catering for corporate events

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Admin

    Tempting ingredients, mouthwatering recipes, sumptuous colours and textures... who can resist a feast of beautifully prepared food? The Polo Club Restaurant can cater for corporate functions, offering creative and delectable menus that are sure to satisfy any taste and appetite.

    Click here to read more about the Polo Club Restaurant, or to find out more about corporate functions please visit the events section on our website.


  • What are you wearing to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters?

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Admin

    It's the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate and we can't wait! This prestigious event is synonymous with fashion, exciting polo action and enjoying the finer things in life.

    If you don't have tickets yet, you can buy them online at Computicket.

    Still planning your outfit? Here's some fabulous fashion inspiration.


  • Monique and Nick's wedding

    Posted on February 17, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Val de Vie Coordinator Nadia only met Monique and Nick shortly before their wedding, due to the couple living abroad. In spite of this, they all instantly clicked and it was a real pleasure to plan their big day for them.

    Their wedding day was very special and Monique took breaths away in her dazzling satin gown.

    Family and friends from all over the world witnessed the couple saying “I do” in an intimate outdoor ceremony. After this they celebrated with the newlyweds at the elegant reception in our French ballroom.

    Both Nick and Monique’s personalities were the inspiration for the décor, which portrayed their shared love for travel. The stationery was designed and made by the beautiful bride herself, including the polo-themed table names which had titles such as Chukka, High Goal and Ponies.

    It was an honour to be a part of this special couple’s day and we wish them only the best for their new life in Australia.


  • Jani and Gerhard’s Wedding

    Posted on February 12, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

    Val de Vie Full Coordination had the privilege to be part of Jani and Gerhard’s Wedding day on 28 December 2013.

    The couple had been looking forward to their special day for a year and not even the rain in the morning could dampen their excitement.

    They pledged their vows in the spectacular Toringkerk in Paarl, together with family and friends who flew from far and wide to be there. Afterwards everyone made their way to the Val de Vie for pre-drinks, canapes and an action-packed polo game on the Champions Field.

    The couple opened the game by throwing in the Ball. Then it was time for family and couple photos to be taken.

    Not long after that, the reception followed in the French Ballroom. Guests feasted their eyes on a stunning four tier wedding cake made by Wade and a mouth-watering sugar station from Chic Sugar. Soundprint provided lively musical entertainment.

    So much detail and thought went into the theme, which Jani had dreamed of for a long time. It was all pulled together by the beautiful faded purple stationery from Secret Diary and the décor and flowers from NConcepts and Design.

    Once everyone had enjoyed a scrumptious starter, guests listened to several hilarious and very special speeches. After that it was time to savour main course, a mouth-watering lamb shank.

    The dance floor was opened in style with the couple dancing around their floor decal monogram. A beautiful shower of white and silver confetti fell over them.

    Much to everyone's delight, the sugar and dessert station was opened. Guests could indulge on an array of sweet treats and pack some into a box to enjoy later.

    It was an absolute honour to have known and worked with Jani & Gerhard and to be part of their special day. We wish them only the best for their future!

    Also a very big thank you to Mrs Greeff who planned with us and gave such valued input. You are all like family now

    Then this day could not have been possible without the amazing skills and talent of all the service providers; a very big thank you to all:


  • Chris and Sone's engagement shoot

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by Admin

    We are blown away by this gorgeous engagement shoot! Inecke Photography took these striking engagement photos of Chris and Sone. We love the urban setting that uses the buzz of Cape Town city life as a backdrop. Chris and Sone look fantastic together and we can't wait for the big day!

    View more images on Inecke's website.








  • The Olivelli fashion show extravanganza

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by Admin

    Olivelli is hosting their first fashion show extravanganza! Olivelli will showcase 50 wedding dresses, their bridesmaid range, their mother of the bride range and their evening wear range. Only A-grade models. They will also have something for the men – four A grade models in suits and styling by Rozanne from Moi Styling. The event is on 9 March at Val de Vie Estate with high tea and polo match included. After the event, all the brides will have the opportunity to fit the dresses of their choice.

    The best attraction to the event are the giveaways – they will give away:
    · A Wedding Dress
    · Bridesmaid dresses
    · Mother of the bride outfit
    · Jo-Ann Stokes photography will give away a couple shoot/boudoir shoot (www.joannstokes.com)
    · Kathleen Barry will give away 2 accessory prizes (https://www.facebook.com/barrykathleen)
    · The SA Wedding Show will give away tickets to the SA Wedding Show coming in June 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/thesaweddingshow)

    For every person that sells 10 tickets to the event, you will give a free ticket. Prizes can only be won if you are present at the event. Booking can be done at the Olivelli Cape Town store in Willowbridge or via email by emailing natasha@olivellicapetown.co.za.


  • Johann and Janine win an indulgent stay at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate ran an exciting social media competition for all brides who celebrated their weddings at Val de Vie in the last two years. The winners were Johann and Janine Bensch, who tied the knot on 20 December 2012. The lucky couple and six of their friends received an indulgent stay at a Villa on the estate, along with a dinner experience courtesy of Val de Vie Events, The Polo Club Restaurant and Val de Vie Wines.

    The occasion started with the ladies being pampered by make-up artist Helga, while the guys enjoyed tasting Val de Vie’s award-winning wines at the estate’s tasting room.

    The guests were chauffeured in a vintage Rolls Royce to the Polo Club Restaurant, where a table had been specially styled by decor specialists N Concepts and Design and stationery experts Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs. Vinyl art by Supa Sign Paarl completed the decor.

    Guests enjoyed a delectable three-course dinner while sipping on Pongrácz. The meal concluded with guests being treated to delicate mini cakes by Edible Art Cakes. The experience will never be forgotten, having been beautifully captured on camera by Inecke Photography.

    To top it off, LEGACY LIFESTYLE gave 4000 Legacy Rands as well as a weekend stay in a luxury hotel for the couple to enjoy.

    What Johann and Janine thought of the experience:

    "For us to celebrate friendship and love at Val de Vie is always an exceptional experience. A lifestyle that feels like home, where we can relive the magic of our wedding day! Thank you Val de Vie & sponsors for our beautifully planned anniversary dinner! An atmosphere which cannot be described only to be enjoyed time and time again. See you soon!"
    - Johann & Janine Bensch


  • Don't miss the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Master Polo 2014 Tournament

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Admin


  • Val de Vie: The ultimate venue for corporate events

    Posted on January 29, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie is an exceptional venue for corporate functions, gala dinners and conferences.

    We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs.

    Our elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner.

    From planning to execution, our onsite coordination team can assist with all arrangements, ensuring that your corporate event will turn out exactly how you want.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Picture perfect

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Varety Da Silva

    Val de Vie is a unique setting as a photographic venue, offering a variety of locations within the estate. With its breathtaking scenery, Val de Vie has been featured in several publications including Private Edition and high profile campaigns for brands such as BMW.

    View some of the photo shoots that have taken place at the estate.


  • Life is peachy

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Soft shades of peach make a deliciously beautiful and romantic decor scheme. Peach is warm and inviting, creating a welcoming ambience and a warm glow. It's stunning paired with rich creams, whites and even touches of green.


  • Richard and Shardae's Wedding

    Posted on January 23, 2014 by Admin

    We are absolutely in awe of these beautiful photographs of Richard and Shardae's wedding. Taken by Ryan Graham, they illustrate what a joyful and magnificent day it was. By Appointment Coordination, our on and offsite coordination service, was honoured to have planned the occasion.

    View more photos on Ryan Graham's website: Part I | Part II


  • Ladies: Don't miss the Eve's Journey Event on 9 February 2014

    Posted on January 22, 2014 by Admin


  • Sunday Pony Rides at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on January 21, 2014 by Admin

    Treat your little ones to fun pony rides  every Sunday at the Polo Club Restaurant. Visit between 11:00 – 16:00 and let them enjoy a ride on one of our friendly ponies.


  • Luxury Winter Wedding Special!

    Posted on January 21, 2014 by Admin

    Don’t miss out on this BESPOKE winelands winter wedding offer, book your winter dream day now and enjoy being driven around in a Vintage Rolls Royce on your big day.

    Also take advantage of a complimentary wedding consultation with one of our coordinating experts to make the planning a memorable experience.

    Contact us: events@valdevie.co.za


  • Fran and James' Wedding

    Posted on January 16, 2014 by Admin

    Fran and James held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie. As these gorgeous images show, the day was all about love, happiness and celebrating the special connection that the couple share. It was truly our pleasure to host their big day and we wish them all the best for their future together.

    Visit Inecke Photography's website to view more photos.














  • Yolande and Anton's wedding

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin

    Yolande and Anton celebrated their special day at Val de Vie on 30 November 2013 and it was our absolute pleasure to be part of their wedding. The bride's Irish heritage gave the day an Irish twist, with beautiful bursts of green adding to the decor scheme.

    Inecke Photography captured the day to perfection in these photos, be sure to visit their website to view more.









  • A sneak preview of Fran and James' wedding shoot

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin

    Inecke Photography has done it again with some stunning photos of Fran and James' wedding shoot at Val de Vie. These are just a sneak preview and we can't wait to see the rest!


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    It's nearly that time of year for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014! Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 are set to attend what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive and luxury polo event on the Western Cape’s social calendar on Saturday, 01 March 2014.

    Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious Champagne House sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, the only event of its kind on the African continent.

    VIP guests of Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 tournament can look forward to an afternoon of stylish décor opulence, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne, gourmet canapés, lavish couture fashion and a highly anticipated action packed finale of polo.

    More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live – a theme steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

    Tickets are available on Computicket, click here to buy yours!

    SAVE THE DATE DIARY DETAILS:

    Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014
    Date: Saturday, 1 March 2014
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Road, Paarl 7646


  • Two beautiful weddings captured on film

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    have treated us with two fabulous videos of wedding held at Val de Vie Estate. It's wonderful to relive the moments from these special days, which we are thrilled to have been a part of.

    The first is of Yolande and Anton, who tied the knot on 30 November 2013:

    Yolande & Anton love story from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

    Then there is the lovely video of Fran and James, who celebrated their big day on 6 December 2013:

    Fran & James love story from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.


  • Richard and Shardae's wedding

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    Richard and Shardae held their wedding at Val de Vie and these incredible images by Ryan Graham offer a glimpse into this beautiful celebration. Watch out for more stunning photos!


  • Marcus and Sharrol's wedding

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    Marcus and Sharrol celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie Estate on 23 November 2013. The celebration was a truly beautiful day to behold, with splashes of colour from bright blooms, perfect sunny weather and smiles all round. We were so delighted to coordinate the wedding of this special couple and we wish them all the best for the future!

    To view more photos, visit Nikki Meyer's website.


  • Cool blues and soft greys

    Posted on December 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    Soft shades of grey and blue make a dreamy, romantic combination for an elegant event. This cool palette is ideal for a warm Summer wedding. Want to add some glamour? Add touches of silver and crystal as sparkly accents.


  • Pure romance

    Posted on December 13, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    The warm, long Summer days can't help but us into a romantic mood. This moodboard captures all the things speak of romance: decadent treats, soft shades of pink, antique lace and a bit of sparkle.


  • The Bottomless Coffee Band at the Val de Vie Market

    Posted on December 13, 2013 by Admin

    Bottomless Coffee Band - Morning Coffee from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

    Here's a clip of the Bottomless Coffee Band playing at the Val de Vie Market. This talented two-piece band combines several instruments and vocal in a medley of genres such as acoustic folk-rock, afro-blues and jazz. Be sure to check them out at our next market!


  • Val de Vie hosts a lavish polo event

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate was proud to be one of the venues for an exclusive event organised by Mamemo Productions and Event Concepts.

    After a dazzling cocktail event in Cape Town, guests attended an International Polo Event and gala dinner at Val de Vie Estate. Our home team played against an international team featuring top Emirati polo players. The guests witnessed the exhilarating polo actions while enjoying our award-winning wines and delectable canapés.

    After a prize giving, guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner in the ball room, which was beautifully adorned with shades of silver, crisp whites and striking royal blue.







  • Congratulations to Johann and Janine!

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin

    A big congratulations to Johann and Janine for winning our Life Worth Loving Celebration Competition! They received more than a 1000 Likes on Facebook and will enjoy an enviable Val de Vie experience worth more than R50 000.


  • The Olivelli Fashion Show Extravaganza

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo captured on film

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo SA Event at Val de Vie Estate from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

    Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event has been beautifully captured by Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema. Enjoy the video!


  • In the spirit of celebration with Pongrácz

    Posted on November 29, 2013 by Admin

    What a treat! All new brides who book Val de Vie as their venue receive a complimentary chocolate and Pongrácz tasting at the estate.


  • Yolande and Anton's Engagement Shoot

    Posted on November 21, 2013 by Admin


    Yolande and Anton are getting married at Val de Vie next Saturday and we can't wait for the special day to arrive!

    Inecke Photography are the talent behind their beautiful engagement shoot, which was held at Tea under the trees in Paarl. View more photographs on Inecke's website.


  • Life worth Loving Celebration Competition

    Posted on November 20, 2013 by Admin

    To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Val de Vie Events, we will be hosting a competition where one of these lovely couples who celebrated their wedding day at Val de Vie, will be able to win an unforgettable experience for 8 guests at Val de Vie Estate worth more than R50 000.

    The couple to receive the most LIKES will WIN.

    The prize will include a night stay in a luxury Villa on the estate, driven by the Val de Vie Rolls Royce and Mercedes, as well as a private styled dinner by The Polo Club Restaurant and award winning Val de Vie Wines.

    Thank you to The Polo Club Restaurant, Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs, N Concepts and Design, Inecke Photography, Pongrácz, LEGACY LIFESTYLE, Edible Art Cakes, Val de Vie Wines, Villa Inze and many others.

    Visit our Facebook Page to cast your vote!


  • More great shots from the Val de Vie Outdoor Challenge

    Posted on November 19, 2013 by Admin













































  • The Val De Vie Outdoor Challenge

    Posted on November 18, 2013 by Admin

    The Val De Vie Outdoor Challenge was held on Sunday 17 November 2013 and we're thrilled to see how much fun was had by all. The event included a 5km fun run, two trail runs and an open water swim, as well as the ever popular Market at Val de Vie. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

    View more awesome photos on Chris Hitchcock's Facebook Page.


  • More Movember magic

    Posted on November 7, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Are you planning to entertain this weekend? Get into the spirit of Movember with cute moustache decorations and accessories. It's a fun and playful way to take note of this worthy cause!


  • Eureka Mills is coming to The Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin

    The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday 10 November and we can't wait! Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the region’s finest local produce and goods. Visitors can also enjoy live music or watch a polo match, while kids can enjoy a host of fun activities.

    Amongst the vendors will be Eureka Mills, a local mill that only uses high-quality, locally-produced wheat to create white bread flour, brown bread flour, cake flour, wholemeal flour, crushed rye and rye flour. They pride themselves on using traditional farming methods such as crop rotation and the gentle aeration of the soil, to create a premium product that is kinder to the environment and better for us to eat.

    Visit their website for more information on what they do.


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo in Die Burger

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 was a fantastic success and we're thrilled to hear what how much it was enjoyed by all. Die Burger has featured an article that covers all the  highlights of the event - we love to see such a worthy event making news!


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 - The Showcase

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin


  • ABSOLUT Sunset Fridays at the Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on November 1, 2013 by Admin


  • Trevor Noah supports BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 31, 2013 by Admin

    We were thrilled to see Trevor Noah showing his support for BlackBerry Pink Polo! Trevor is such a talented entertainer and it was fantastic to have him at the Estate.


  • Don't miss our exciting events line-up!

    Posted on October 31, 2013 by Admin


  • Simply stunning: BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on October 29, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 took place this past weekend on Saturday 23 October and this glamorous event was a resounding success. Held in aid of breast cancer, BlackBerry Pink Polo raises funds for Reach for Recovery, which provides much needed support and counselling for survivors with the CANSA Association for South Africa.

    Guests were treated to action-packed polo, a glamorous fashion show, decadent snacks, bubbly and beautiful sunshine. A big thank you to all sponsors and attendees who helped to make the day such a success!

    There's already plenty of buzz about Pink Polo in the media. Read more on Marie Claire's blog or visit Hy-se-sy-se to view their take on the event.

    All images courtesy of Marie Claire.


  • Good Hope FM supports BlackBerry Pink Polo week

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo week has been in full swing at Good Hope FM! Here the team is sporting their fabulous pink umbrellas, we love their enthusiasm and are so grateful for their support.


  • Good Hope FM gets the lowdown on BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 23, 2013 by Admin

    Simone de Wet, the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, was on Good Hope FM to chat about the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo event this weekend.

    This highly anticipated event takes place on Saturday 26 October, helping to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

    Listen to the interview here.


  • Poloworld goes totally pink

    Posted on October 22, 2013 by Admin

    Be sure to visit the Poloworld International stand at the Blackberry Pink Polo this weekend. A new and exciting Polo collection will be available which includes polo shirts, gilets, sweat shirts, hoodies and a selection of stunning beach bags. The exclusive Val de Vie Collection in black or white will also be on sale.


  • Fran and James' Engagement Shoot

    Posted on October 21, 2013 by Admin

    Joburg couple Fran and James will be celebrating their wedding at Val de Vie on Friday 6 December 2013 and we can't wait! The two are so in love and their vibrant, joyful personalities light up any room.

    Every detail of the special day will be planned by Val de Vie Full Coordination and these gorgeous engagement shoot photographs by Inecke Photography capture the love between these two special people.

    Visit Inecke's site to see more shots.






  • Corporate Events at Val de Vie

    Posted on October 21, 2013 by Admin


  • Pink and cream perfection

    Posted on October 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    Perfectly coordinated in pink - that's one of the looks we love for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013! Cream and dusty make a soft, feminine colour combination that looks so chic and elegant.

    Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

    Ticket options:

    Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

    Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

    For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

    Pink Polo Market

    Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA


  • Oh jaaaaa!

    Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

    Be sure to visit the Val de Vie Market this Sunday and to check out the beautiful rustic good from Jaaaa. From wooden chopping boards and denim aprons to crockery and tableware, there are all sorts of gorgeous goodies for the home.

    For more information about their good, please call Eugene Nortje on 076 555 7736 or email eugene@jaaaa.co.za.


  • Ryk Neethling on Good Hope FM

    Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling was interviewed on Good Hope FM to discuss the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October. This fun and fabulous event  is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

    Listen to the interview.


  • Herbex hosts a photoshoot at Val de Vie

    Posted on October 15, 2013 by Admin

    Herbex recently had a photo shoot at Val de Vie and we love how the images capture a sense of healthy living and vitality!

    The shots were taken by the talented Eric Uys while Marietjie Hurter did the hair and make-up.


  • Impeccable Polo style from Canterbury SA

    Posted on October 15, 2013 by Admin

    Canterbury SA has some seriously chic menswear that's ideal for the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo Event on 26 October 2013. Tailored shirts and smart accessories set the tone for an elegant yet laid back look.

    Visit Canterbury's Facebook page to find out more.


  • Marie Claire's Pink Polo pizazz

    Posted on October 10, 2013 by Admin

    Marie Claire Magazine has its eye on the latest fashion trends for BlackBerry Pink Polo, which is taking place this month on 26 October. From striped accessories and chunky hills to bohemian gypsy-inspired outfits, there are plenty of gorgeous styles to choose from.

    Feeling inspired? Visit their site to view the full article.

    The day will be filled with fabulous fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of a very worthy cause. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.


  • Poloworld International Gearing up for BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Admin


    Poloworld International are gearing up for the BlackBerry Pink Polo event with a stunning variety of new "Polo Inspired" merchandise that will be available at the Market at Val de Vie.

    The Iconic Joules Dunsden Polo shirt is now simply frilling! With a ruffled collar this is a classic polo top with a twist. It's available in new colours for the new season and crafted from cotton pique with a touch of stretch to ensure a great fit with easy movement.

    Be sure to visit their online shop.


  • Elle takes note of BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 2, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo is taking place this month on 26 October and the hype is building up for this highly anticipated event! Elle Magazine has taken a look at several ways to support  organisations that are raising awareness about the disease, with BlackBerry Pink Polo being first on the list.

    The event promises to be a celebration of fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of a very worthy cause. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.

    To read the full article and to find out more ideas on how to make a difference, please visit Elle's website.


  • October is Pink Month

    Posted on October 1, 2013 by Admin

    October is breast cancer month, an important time to increase awareness about the disease. While many of us are aware of breast cancer, it's vital to know about early detection and to each others about it too.

    The month of pink will end with a big bash at BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October, which is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!


  • Fabulous frocks

    Posted on October 1, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Celebrate Spring with a pretty dress that suits the warmer weather. We love the femininity of lace and floral prints, or perhaps a touch of ruffles for some flirtatious texture. With BlackBerry Pink Polo on the way, these styles are definitely inspiring our outfits!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Jo-Anne and Charl's Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wedding

    Posted on September 25, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Val de Vie Events was delighted to coordinate the wedding of Jo-Anne and Charl Coetsee this past weekend on 21 September 2013. This beautiful celebration was held at La Vierge in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and we were so thrilled to have been part of the day! Enjoy these stunning shot by Warren Williams.







  • Chic and serene

    Posted on September 18, 2013 by Elsje Human

    We love the pure, clean serenity of white. Clean lines and uncluttered decor create a beautifully peaceful and elegant style.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Parisian dreams

    Posted on September 13, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Be smitten with all things classic... I'm dreaming of pearls, antique lace, flawlessly tailored gowns, elegant up-dos and crisp white cotton.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • The look of romance

    Posted on September 12, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    I adore the look of these wedding dresses. Flowing fabric, empire line cuts and muted colours create a beautifully romantic and feminine look. This style is ideal for a free-spirited bride who wants to look gorgeous on her big day, but still feel relaxed and comfortable.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Mad for mustard yellow

    Posted on September 11, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Add a burst of warmth to your wardrobe or decor with mustard yellow. This stylish colour has all the energy and vibrancy of yellow, but its far more subtle and classy.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Janke and Barnie's stunning engagement shoot

    Posted on September 4, 2013 by Admin

    Janke and Barnie recently held their engagement shoot at Val de Vie. The photos were taken by Moira West and we think they're absolutely stunning!

    View more gorgeous shots on Moira's website.







  • Brandy Fridays at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by Admin

    We found a way to beat the winter blues with Brandy Fridays at Val de Vie, a unique opportunity to enjoy live music and exceptional brandy at the Polo Club Restaurant. Brandy Fridays have been held every Friday from 16 August and will continue to 20 September, coordinated by Val de Vie Events and sponsored by Fine Brandy by Design, a collection of premium brandies that includes Oude Meester Demant, Van Ryn’s 12 Year Old Distillers Reserve, Klipdrift Gold, Flight of the Fish Eagle and Collison’s White Gold.

    The talented Gerald Clark kept guests entertained in August and Jason Reolon will be on stage in September.

    Visitors can take advantage of the Polo Club Restaurant’s fantastic two courses for the price of one special.  To top it off, a selection of heart-warming cocktails are on offer, such as Klipdrift Gold Coffee and Van Ryn’s Decadent Hot Chocolate.

    Visit the Val de Vie Estate Facebook page to view some recipes of these delicious cocktails and keep an eye on the Val de Vie Calendar to avoid missing out on exciting events.

    Photographs by Inecke Photography


  • Romantic nostalgia

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Seeing the budding blossoms all around the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley orchards made us think back about the beautiful Engagement shoot of Anemi and Zeán last year. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we re-look their photos taken by the talented Joe Dreyer.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner



  • Get style savvy for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Admin

    We love Luxo's fashion inspiration for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013. Held on 26 October 2013, this glamorous occasion helps to raise awareness about breast cancer. Looking chic and stylish is a must, so we're already looking out for the right outfits to wear, visit Luxo for more ideas.

    Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

    Ticket options:

    Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

    Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

    For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

    Pink Polo Market

    Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA



  • Pure glamour at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was the venue for photographer Shireen Louw's glamorous photoshoot of several gorgeous ladies. Amongst them was Sue Duminy, who tied the knot at the estate with her husband, JP Duminy, in 2011.

    Visit Shireen Louw's website to see more images.





  • Ezel and Duane Vermeulen's Maternity Shoot

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

    Last year we were delighted to host the wedding of Springbok Rugby player Duane Vermeulen and his lovely wife, Ezel. This wonderful couple are expecting a baby boy and we are so happy for them! Here are some stunning shots from their maternity shoot, taken by Agape Studio at Meerendal Wine Estate.



    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Nathan and Charnay's engagement shoot

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    Nathan and Charnay are celebrating their wedding at Val de Vie on 24 September 2013 and we adore their engagement shoot by Gustav Klotz. The photos really depict the love and energy that the couple share, we can't wait for the wedding!

    Visit Gustav's website to view more photos from the shoot.




    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Be bright and bold with beautiful balloons

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Bright balloons add an element of quirky fun to wedding photos. We adore this shoot by Shireen Louw, which included 99 red balloons, a gorgeous model and an adorable dog! Visit Want that Wedding for more photos.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner





  • Blush pink beauty

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Romance, love and roses... these are all things we associate with blush pink, a gorgeously soft and feminine shade that's perfect for an elegant yet dreamy wedding theme.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Val de Vie Hosts Nataniël

    Posted on August 7, 2013 by Admin

    We were thrilled to host Nataniël at the Estate this August.  As one of South Africa's favourite entertainers, Nataniël held two unforgettable shows which were packed with laughter, fun and plenty of smiles.

    The evening show included plenty of singing and story telling. Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and canapés before entering the ballroom, where they laughed the night away with Nataniël.

    The following morning show started bubbly and breakfast for the guests, followed by Nataniël's Leefstyl show. He offered a variety of tips and ideas about about decor, colour and food, as well as insight into the history of dining and etiquette.


  • Ocean calm

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    Did you have a manic Monday? Be inspired by the peacefulness of the ocean. Serene shades of deep blue and turquoise create a beautiful sea of calm.

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Estine and Marnus's engagement shoot at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Admin

    Estine and Marnus hosted their stunning engagement shoot at Val de Vie and we just love the results! Photographer Lindy Kriek has beautifully captured the spirit and love shared between the couple. Visit Mooi Troues to see more shots.





  • Nataniël is coming to Val de Vie Estate - Get your tickets now!

    Posted on July 30, 2013 by Admin

    Don't miss out on this must-see event! Ticket sales close tomorrow and we have limited seats available. Click here to buy tickets.


  • Dewaldt & Nicke's engagement shoot

    Posted on July 24, 2013 by Admin

    We love this stunning engagement shoot of Dewaldt and Nicke, a gorgeous couple who are planning to tie the knot in December.

    The photos we taken by the talented Kyle Krige at Val de Vie and they really capture the special connection between the two lovebirds. Visit Kyle's website to view more photos and to see more of his work.







  • Poloworld International's gorgeous Spring 2013 Collection - on sale at the Market at Pink Polo

    Posted on July 22, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo is always a must-attend event, complete with fashion, polo action, great food and wine, all in the name of a good cause.

    This year the event will also include a fantastic market, offering a selection of find foods, decor goods, crafts and much more. Poloworld International will be selling their latest range at our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Events on 26 October 2013. The Spring 2013 Collection has a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. Expect to see stunning beach bags in sea blue, apple, red bus and yellow, as well as cheeky sleeveless Polo T-shirts in pink and multi candy colours.

    Don't miss out - visit our calendar page to find out more about buying your BlackBerry Pink Polo tickets.


  • studioBLOEM's floral creations come to Val de Vie

    Posted on July 22, 2013 by Admin

    Talented wedding florsts studioBLOEM recently took part in a series of workshops organised by the Little Pink Book as part of the on stage entertainment at the SA Wedding Show. Various service providers took part in the workshops and worked together to create a gorgeous wedding look for inspiration. This beautiful photo shoot took place at Val de Vie and showcases their final concept: a summery look that draws on the Dutch master painters of the 1700s.

    As studioBLOEM puts it, "this look is really a clash between traditional, old world beauty and a more organic, stripped down, fresh approach. I am completely obsessed with wood at the moment and the natural wood Tiffany chairs from Exclusive Hire, really sum up this look perfectly. The raw silk dress we chose is very simple, structured, almost functional. The bouquet was kept simple with a combination of decorative cabbages, tulips, blushing brides and amaranthus."

    All images courtesy of studioBLOEM. Photos by JaniB Photography, Second Photographer – Janine Bronkhorst







  • Celebrating past events

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was fortunate to host the wedding of AD and Reza in 2011. It was such a beautiful day that we can't resist looking back on the celebrations and festivity.


  • Nataniël is coming to Val de Vie Estate - Get your tickets now!

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Admin

    Don't miss out on this must-see event! Ticket sales close the 31st of July and we have limited seats available. Click here to buy tickets.


  • Crazy for colour

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Have fun with your wedding decor by incorporating a rainbow of colours all together. Quirky, creative and colourful, this style will put a smile of everyone's faces. Don't be scared to mix and match; we love stripey designs, jars of colourful sweets and bunches of bright flowers.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Inspiration from abroad

    Posted on July 1, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    We adore this New Mexico styled elopement shoot by photographer Christy Cross. The shoot beautifully tells a story of how two lovers meet up and elope.

    Here's what they have to say about the concept behind the shoot:

    "I had a dream…well maybe not a dream, but a vision. I wanted to create a styled shoot, something that would showcase my work, and other talents in my small town. I wanted to do an elopement shoot, and I wanted a storyline to go with it. So here is the story…

    Guy meets girl. Girl and guy fall in love…they want to get married, but on a budget, and just the two of them…an elopement.

    In preparation for the wedding, she sketches out ideas for her dress, but didn’t want a typical wedding dress.  She has a talent with a needle and thread, and makes it herself.  She wanted something that said,”I’m beautiful” with a little sparkle, and something that would look great with her red hair.
    While she prepares in her way for the wedding, he prepares in his way and uses his handyman skills by making a wall that would symbolize an alter for the small and quaint wedding.

    She meets him at their favorite spot carrying their wedding cake she made with love, and he takes her as his bride, with his grandmother’s charming coral ring.  The end."

    There's also a video of the shoot, which shows it in gorgeous cinematic detail.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events







  • The colours of nature

    Posted on July 1, 2013 by Elsje Human

    If you think of the colours of Winter, you probably picture grey, white and cooler shades. Shake things up and delight in a rich palette of nature's colours: vibrant reds, deep oranges, luscious greens and happy yellows. A bowl of seasonal fruits, a posy of country flowers or a platter of colourful treats can add some zest and cheer - simply gorgeous.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Candice and Bradley's Wedding

    Posted on June 27, 2013 by Admin

    Candice and Bradley celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in on 2 March 2013 and we are delighted to share their beautiful photos. It was a true pleasure to host the special day of such a wonderful couple, we wish them all the best in their future ahead!


  • Peachy perfection

    Posted on June 27, 2013 by Elsje Human

    There's something so warm and dreamy about peach. This glowing colour reminds us of beautiful sunsets and the mouthwatering fruit it's named after. Peach accents in your wedding decor add a sense of romance and whimsy. Peach also creates a lovely sense of warmth, ideal for a Winter wedding.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Yes to yellow

    Posted on June 25, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    The Cape is in the clutches of a stormy cold front that's keeping us all indoors. Beat the Winter blues with a splash of sunny yellow. This vibrant colour is lively, warm and extremely eye-catching, the perfect way to defy the grey skies and gloomy rainfall!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Magic at midnight

    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Sometimes the best weddings are fabulous parties that carry on late into the night, with friends and family celebrating hitting the dance floor together.

    The fun doesn't have to stop just because the clock is getting close to midnight. We love serving a tasty midnight snack to keep the party going strong, such as a luscious cheese platter or tasty slices of pizza. Just when guests think they've seen it all, dazzle them with a fireworks display. It'll be a party they never forget!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Winter polo chic

    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Just because Winter brings cold weather and resting time for our four-hooved friends, we still think that an equestrian-inspired look is the perfect style for a visit to the Estate. This winter it’s all about the boots, braids and beautiful bags! Crisp tailored shirts paired with luxury denims complete the look.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Craving Spring

    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    It's cold, rainy and the skies are grey, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about sunny Spring days, the smell of flowers and the sound of birdsong. Add some Spring dreaminess to your wardrobe with splashes of pink, mint and floral patterns. Winter won't stand a chance!

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Anemi and Zeán's wedding

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Val de Vie Full Coordination hosted the beautiful Wedding of Anemi and Zeán in March. Attended by 160 guests, it was a wonderful celebration and we are so excited to share some photos of their special day.

    The ceremony took place in the Franschhoek NG Kerk, which is very close to Anemi’s heart. Being the awesome bride that she is, she was on time and enthusiastically applauded by a bus of tourists, who wished her well down the aisle.

    The guests later made their way to Val de Vie for pre-dinner drinks and canapes on the terraces overlooking the polo fields. They were entertained by the jazzy tunes of the  talented Werner Denner.

    The reception soon followed in the ballroom, which boasted spectacular decor that included soft flower arrangements in shades of white and green and elegant elements of glass and crystal.

    The evening began with starters, speeches and a mouthwatering main course. After the couple opened the dance floor, guests were treated to a scrumptious dessert station and wedding cake made by Kanya Hunt.

    DJ Conrad from Sound Print kept the guests partying on the dance floor the entire evening.

    Val de Vie Coordination would like to thank each service professional for their part in making the couple’s day so special: Joe Dreyer for capturing every detail, Kanya Hunt for the delicious four tier cake creation, Maritza and Roelé for the Bride’s gorgeous hair and makeup,  DJ Conrad from Soundprint and the team from Audiolife for the music, Secret Diary for the lovely stationery, Nico Laubscher from NConcepts and Designs for the decor and styling, West Staff Services for their superb service, Chef Edmore and his team in the kitchen for the catering and Wilgenhof Estate for their beautiful chairs.

    What an amazing couple and celebration... we are honored to been part of your wedding day!

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner



  • Great Gatsby glamour

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Everyone is talking about the new Great Gatsby movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio. It's a visual feast that presents a rather dazzling view of high society in 1920s New York.

    We love the style and flamboyance of this era. It's ideal as a party or even a wedding theme, offering your guests the chance to dress up and indulge in some 1920s glamour.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Flower power

    Posted on June 13, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

    Flowers are such an important part of an event's decor. Not only are they beautiful to behold, they also help to convey the colour scheme and add a lovely sense of freshness and vibrancy. Winter might not be the most colourful of months, but there are still some gorgeous blooms that can be used in your decor, whether they are seasonal or year-round varieties.

    Autumn & Winter Blooms
    Tulips, hyacinth, iris, dahlia, daisy, daffodil, camellia, azalea, delphinium, gladiolus, lily, hibiscus, marigold, lavender, cornflower, morning glory, alstroemeria, roses, freesias.

    All-Year Round
    Phalaenopsis orchid, gladiolus, gardenia, Singapore orchid, baby’s breath, lily, rose, iris, carnations.

    By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


  • Val de Vie Estate, a special place for special moments

    Posted on June 12, 2013 by Admin

    From exquisite weddings and private parties to festive year-end functions, Val de Vie is an exceptional setting for any type of event. Our events team delights in coordinating memorable occasions that reflect your unique style and preferencess.


  • The Val de Vie Events team in The Wedding Album

    Posted on June 11, 2013 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team is thrilled to have been showcased in a stunning double page advertisement in the latest issue of The Wedding Album! Be sure to get your copy of this gorgeous and inspiring magazine, a real must-read for all brides-to-be.

    Click here to view a larger version of the advert.

    Credits:

    Fashion: Isabella Niehaus
    Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys
    Stylist: Alwijn Burger
    Make up and hair: Candice-Leigh
    Décor: Nico Laubscher
    Props: Interior Concepts
    Designer: Flance


  • Going places

    Posted on June 6, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Feel the freedom of travel and new destinations with vintage travel-inspired accessories. A stack of old suitcases could make a quirky table, a beautiful globe becomes an objet d'art and an old bicycle propped against a wall is an eye-catching curiosity.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Nataniël at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Admin

    Don't miss out on this must-see event! Click here to buy tickets.


  • Dreaming about BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event will be taking place on 26 October 2013 and we're already so excited, even though we have a few months to wait! The day is all about celebrating polo, fashion and luxury in the name of supporting breast cancer.

    Guests always arrive looking chic and stylish, so take inspiration from these moodboards which showcase how stunning pink can be, whether it's bright and bold or soft and sensual.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Party it up with pink and gold

    Posted on May 29, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Pink and gold are a magical colour combination that we can't get enough of. The feminine  charm of pink looks simply gorgeous alongside the glamour and flair of gold. To keep things looking chic, add some neutral shades such as grey or beige to the mix. You'll have the perfect party palette!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Ethnic elegance

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Glam up your look with beautiful ethnic jewellery and fabrics. We love big, bold and colourful patterns which are bang on trend and also celebrate our African heritage. Silver and brass  bangles, large earrings and layered necklaces complete the look.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Practical Make-Up Workshop with Nicky Lonte

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Admin

    Learn how to do your make-up the professional way with Nicky Lonte, a professional make-up artist who will be hosting a fabulous workshop at Val de Vie Estate.

    Venue : Val de Vie Polo Club
    Dates: Wednesday 19 June or Friday 26 July
    Times: 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:30 - 17:00
    Cost: R450.00 per person

    Includes: Notes, face chart, snack & coffee / tea
    Make-up & Brushes will be for sale.
    ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE PER SLOT.
    View the flyer.

    Book your place by contacting Nicky at 083 2646717 or nicky_lonte@vodamail.co.za. Visit Nicky's website to find out more about what she can do for you.


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on May 27, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Polo 2013


  • Whimsical wonder

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Get into a whimsical mood with bursts of pretty pink, colourful cocktails, super colourful bouques and plenty of bright balloons. Put on a fabulous frock and you're ready to feel the fun!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • A romantic Val de Vie Wedding

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie hosted a beautiful wedding in December that had a soft, romantic decor scheme featuring accents of pink, cream and white. Kim du Toit's lovely photos capture the gorgeous ambience.







  • A sensational splash of colour from Secret Diary Designs

    Posted on May 21, 2013 by Admin

    We can always rely on Secret Diary Designs to be on top of the hottest stationery trends. This Winter they are celebrating colour with bold, exciting shades and eye-catching patterns.



  • Winter wedding wonder

    Posted on May 21, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    Let cool aqua colours and crisp whites set the tone for a chic Winter wedding. We love using old glass bottles in the table decor and adding some warmth with hundreds of burning candles. Give guests pashminas or cosy blankets if the temperature drops, it's a thoughtful touch that they'll be sure to appreciate.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Gorgeous in gold

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    Feel the warm glow of gold by adding dazzling touches to your wedding decor. Gold is often perceived as being bold and showy, but it can also be beautifully soft, elegant and romantic. Take inspiration from these beautiful images, which celebrate this classic colour.




    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Sweet treats

    Posted on May 17, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    Feast your eyes on these luscious dessert ideas... a biscuit bar, featuring a mix of different cookies, mini lemon meringue shakes, bowls of macaroons, plates of petit fours and stacks of crepes and meringues. Any of these would make the perfect sweet treat at wedding or party, much to the delight of your guests!

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Classic country

    Posted on May 17, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    We love the idea of a relaxed, country-inspired wedding with a relaxed, rustic ambiance. Picture an old barn or a beautiful field as the venue - what could be more romantic? Decor draws on all the elements of the countryside: natural fabrics and twines, informal arrangements of wild flowers, hay bales for seating and lanterns for lighting. This is the perfect look for the down-to-earth brides who has a sense of fun.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Spread some winter warmth

    Posted on May 16, 2013 by Admin


  • Understated romance

    Posted on May 14, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Soft shades of lavender, mauve and dusty pink are gorgeous colours for a dreamy decor scheme. Beautifully soft and delicate, these hues have a sense of sophistication and create a romantic look without seeming too girly or twee.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Vintage glamour

    Posted on May 13, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Vintage styling might draw inspiration from past times, but that doesn't mean that is has to look old-fashioned! Add some sparkle to a vintage look with a bold touch of gold. It adds instant, eye-catching style, reminiscent of the glamour of old Hollywood.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Add some "wow" to your Winter wedding

    Posted on May 8, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Are you planning a Winter wedding? Then it's time to embrace the unique beauty of the coldest season. Draw on the cool colours of Winter as your inspiration, such as crisp white and delicate grey. Then add some shine with vintage gold and silver, pearls and elegant lace.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • A French Love Story: Part 2

    Posted on May 7, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    France is so often associated with all things romantic, and it's no wonder why: picture the allure of Paris, the city of Lights, the lingering scent of classic Chanel perfume, the taste of real Champagne and the sheer decadence of macarons and petit fours. Add some romance to your week with some French inspired romance. What's not to love?

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Lizanne & Renier's Wedding Day

    Posted on May 6, 2013 by Admin

    Lizanne and Renier celebrated their stunning wedding at Val de Vie Estate and we were so delighted to have been part of the day. Apart from the beautiful ceremony and the fun-filled festivities, the decor scheme was a real highlight, featuring pops of vibrant colours such as violet, pink and cerise.

    Photography by Inecke.










  • Duonay and Liana's Wedding Day

    Posted on May 3, 2013 by Admin

    Inecke Photography has beautifully captured Duonay and Liana's Wedding Day that took place at Val de Vie Estate. The skies may have been grey, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of this gorgeous occasion. Elegant floral decor by Fresh Collection included a symphony of cream and white blooms, such as tulips, roses and lilies. Tables were tastefully adorned in shades of white and accents of deep blue.










  • Val de Vie Estate featured in African Wedding Style

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by Admin

    We're delighted to be featured on African Wedding Style, a design & inspiration resource to brides planning their weddings in Africa. The site features the most exclusive venues and vendors available as well as the most fresh and inspiring designs.

    We love what they had to say about out Events Coorindation service and venue:

    "The Val de Vie Coordination Team ensures that every celebration is a unique occasion, with every small detail attended to by industry experts. Expect nothing less than the exceptional."


  • Winter delight

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Winter can be a wonderfully atmospheric time to hold a wedding: cosy venues, hearty food and the warm glow of candle light immediately spring to ming. But even if it's cold outside, there's no reason that you can't have a wedding dress and decor that still has a sense of lightness and delicate romance. Add lace sleeves to your dress for extra warmth, serve guests frothy cups of hot chocolate, create dreamy cream-coloured bouquets from seasonal flowers and add some sparkle with diamante. Winter will never have felt so fresh!

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Smart Winter style

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Winter is just around the corner and we're smitten with this classic look. Opt for tailored coats, smart leather bags and classic black boots in a palette of black and khaki or camel.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Less is more

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    I'm loving the simplicity of minimalist homeware. Instead of ornate patterns or intricate designs, these pieces are clean and beautifully simple.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Carla and Craig's Val de Vie wedding

    Posted on April 24, 2013 by Admin

    FJS Productions have created an absolutely stunning video of Carla and Craig's Val de Vie Full Coordination wedding. Carla is the owner of Secret Diary, which produces some of the finest wedding stationery in South Africa. The special day was a celebration of love, happiness and all things beautiful.


  • Val de Vie Estate hosts the Infiniti 4 Nations Invitational Polo Tournament

    Posted on April 24, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate hosted the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Invitational Polo Tournament on the 20thApril 2013 and the event has been described as a great success. With Infiniti as the head sponsor, the invitational teams included Nigeria, Pakistan, Holland and South Africa.

    The event ended the polo season on a high note and highlighted how the sport has enjoyed phenomenal growth and recognition in the past year. Alec Combrink, Infiniti Cape Town’s Dealer Principle, observed that "Infiniti Cape Town is proud to be part of the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo event at Val de Vie and feels that the event is a wonderful opportunity to expose potential customers to our luxurious brand."

    Mr Combrink opened the Plate Final, which saw Nigeria taking on Holland in a fast paced match and Nigeria winning 6-4.  Several of the competing ponies were supplied by Val De Vie Polo Club and were in top sporting condition.

    South Africa played against Pakistan in an exhilarating Final Match in which Pakistan won 5-2. The winning team was awarded the glittering trophy by Michele Stuurman from Carrol Boyes along with generous prizes from Rudy Project, Polo SA, Val de Vie Wines, Polo World and asparkly Cap Classique from GM & Ahrens.

    The tournament was commentated byMr.Gavin Kanigowski from Cape Town Polo Club and kept guests on the edge of their seats and up to speed with the rules of the sport. Olympic medallist and Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling was MC of the event, while Val de Vie Events coordinated all the elements of the day. Chic, corporate-inspired decor with shades of black and white set the scene for guests to enjoy the polo, relax and network. Gentleman guests, not to mention some curious ladies, were treated to get a feel of driving some of the elegant Infiniti cars on display.

    Charl du Plessis was named as the Most Valued Polo Player, while the Best Playing Polo Pony prize went to Bubbles, who is owned by Mr. Martin Venter and ridden by Mr. Lance Anderson. The day ended with three cheers saluting the polo ponies' valorous play and guests enjoyed the rest of the evening celebrating in the Polo Club Restaurant and Pavilion.















  • Precious metals

    Posted on April 23, 2013 by Admin

    Gold and silver are associated with glamour and a sense of opulence, but they needn't be over the top or too showy. Rose gold, soft shades of silver and subtle touches of metallic detailing look so pretty and feminine - the perfect way to add some sparkle without the bling.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Happy anniversary to Ammie and Appel

    Posted on April 22, 2013 by Admin

    We would like to wish Ammie and Appel a very happy anniversary. We were so delighted to have coordinated their beautiful West Coast wedding last year on 21 April and we wish them all the happiness in the future ahead.


  • Pure simplicity

    Posted on April 19, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    This week we're so inspired by simple, pure styling that focuses on clean lines and colours. Black, white, cream and soft pink make a chic combination, creating a look that is all about subtlety and refinement. This is elegance at its best.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    Please view our brochure for more details or contact the events team at 021 863 6191, we'd love to hear from you.


  • US Polo Assn. photo shoot at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Admin

    Check out this video of the gorgeous US Polo Assn. photo shoot that was held at Val de Vie. Filmed by Big Sky Productions, it offers a behind the scenes look at all the beautiful clothes, models and scenery. U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. We love their elegant style and are so proud to have been the venue for the shoot.


  • Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Tournament Final

    Posted on April 8, 2013 by Admin


  • Visit the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday!

    Posted on April 4, 2013 by Admin

    The Market at Val de Vie is back this Sunday, 7 April, and promises to have loads of gorgeous local goodies on sale! Savour fine foods, discover stunning crafts and wares, listen to live music and enjoy the action of a live polo match. Kids can take part in a variety of fun activities, including a delightful petting zoo by Zoo to You, face painting by Bazinga and a tricycle track for toddlers.

    The market will be held between 10AM and 3PM, see you there!

    Photos by Inecke Photography






  • Fitness Fun: The Ladies Triathlon and Duathlon at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 3, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate hosted the second Ladies only Triathlon and Duathlon on 24 March 2013, in association with Western Province Triathlon.

    The event consisted of four categories:
    - Ladies triathlon 600m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run
    - Ladies sprint Triathlon 300m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
    - Ladies Duathlon 4km run, 8km cycle and 2km run
    - Girlie super sprint 200m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run

    All the girls had to do an open water swim in one of the beautiful Val de Vie dams, followed by a cycle through the estate and the Valentia farm followed by a run on the estate.

    The event was very successful: all the entrants completed the race! There were a lot of first time triathletes and all finished with big smiles. Well done to you all, next year we will be back!

    Results:

    Ladies triathlon 600m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run
    1. ROBYN WILLIAMS 1:01:11
    2. MADELIEF ROUX 1:03:29
    3. MARIÃ HEATLIE 1:06:29

    TEAM
    1. Sue Bosch / Charmain Van der Merwe 1:15:10
    2. Sofie Moens 1:31:50
    Andrie van Niekerk 1:55:01

    Ladies sprint Triathlon 300m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
    1. SIMONE FAULMANN 38:35:00
    2. LYNN BRENNAN 39:07:00
    3. TANYA DUTOIT 41:00:00

    Ladies Duathlon 4km run, 8km cycle and 2km run
    1. DEBRA ROSSOUW 52:27:00
    2. JO VANDYK 56:29:00
    3. RESIA SWART 56:57:00

    Girlie super sprint 200m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
    1. LIEZE VANHEERDEN 0:42:47
    2. TATUM MAHER 0:42:57
    3. TAYLOR-DREW THOMSON 0:53:07






  • Johann and Janine's beautiful wedding video

    Posted on March 27, 2013 by Admin

    We simply adore Vision of Fire's wonderful video of Johann and Janine's wedding at Val de Vie! With the romantic music of Riana Nel as a backdrop, it's a beautifully put together work that celebrates all the day's special moments.


  • Dare to be different

    Posted on March 27, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Sometimes it's fun to be different and a bit daring! I love these quirky designs which celebrate the strange and unexpected: a classic platter gets livened up with a modern splash of yellow, a bracelet that playfully twists around your arm, a dark layered skirt with a shocking pink lining and an antique cabinet that opens up to reveal dozens of compartments. Fun elements of surprise really make a design or a look stand out, adding a wonderful sense of intrigue and indiviuality.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • In pictures: The Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 26, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate hosted its first market on 24 March 2013. As the first market of its kind in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley, the event was a great success and attracted over 1000 visitors to the estate.

    Held twice a month on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors had the opportunity to discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoyed sunshine, smiles and festive atmosphere.

    18 irresistible food stands presented a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There was no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware were also on sale, lovingly made by Different, Handmade by Me, Roxanne, Wild Orchid Boutique, 22kids, Louw van Heerden, Daffadowndilly, Poloworld International, Patatie Designs, Lullybay and Dakota Fashion Wear. To top it off, the works of acclaimed artist Louis Janse van Vuuren were displayed in the pavilion’s foyer, while Alta Venter’s works could be viewed in the Polo Club Restaurant.

    Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there was something for everyone at the market. Patrons were entertained by an exciting game of polo, chocolate and bubbly pairings by Pongracz and live music by Sven Blumer. Children were treated to a variety of fun activities, including a delightful petting zoo by Zoo to You. Bazinga entertained kids with face paint and balloons, while toddlers loved riding around the tricycle track.

    The next Market at Val de Vie will be held between 10AM and 3PM on 7 April and promises to be another must-attend event.

    Photos by Inecke Photography







  • Golden glamour

    Posted on March 26, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Gold is glamorous colour that always makes a bold style statement. If you prefer a look that's a bit less showy, choose subtle antique hues of gold that are less about bling and more about class. It's a refined style that retains the grand impact of gold, but with a more understated ambience.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Pretty personalised totes

    Posted on March 25, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

    We love the idea of personalised totes as a bridal gift idea. They look so pretty and they won't be expensive to make, so they are truly the perfect personalised pressie for your bridal party.

    Images courtesy of Pinterest

    By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Natural beauty

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    There is almost no beauty that compares to that of nature and fashion has long taken inspiration from the natural world. Combine natural textures such as ostrich feathers, leather and linen with glamorous elements such as lace or diamante. We love soft, sepia coloured hues such as dusky pinks and shades of cream, which add a touch of class to the style.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Visit the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday!

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Admin

    Here's to Bubbly Sundays


  • Handmade by me is coming to the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Admin

    We're thrilled that Handmade by me are going to be selling their stunning fabrics and interior products at our new market on 24 March 2013! Held between 10AM and 3PM at the terraces of our pavilion, the market will showcase some of the finest local producers. There will be so much to enjoy, such as delicious foods, bubbly, wine tastings, kids activities and even an exiciting polo match.

    Be sure to look out for Handmade by me, which was founded by Sera Holland, a graphic and textile designer based in Cape Town. Handmade by me produces bespoke fabrics which are made into handmade interior products. They also have a wallpaper range. The fabrics are all high quality natural fiber textiles, and are either digitally printed with eco-friendly water-based inks or screenprinted locally. To find out more, visit the Handmade by me website, or visit their blog to read about their write-up on the market.



  • Win with the Ladies Only Triathlon and Duathlon

    Posted on March 15, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie is proud to be hosting the second Ladies Only Triathlon and Duathlon on 24 March 2012. This off road event specifically aimed at female competitors and their participation in sport and wellness either as an individual or part of a team. Both the Triathlon and Duathlon allow for a choice of distances with team or individual entries to accommodate various levels of fitness and ability.

    Fantastic prizes up for grabs

    If you follow the event on Facebook and Twitter, you can stand a chance to win one of many Hammer Nutrition and ladies clothing give away hampers!

    You can also enter the race on the event's offical website, it's guaranteed to be a fun-filled day!


  • Isabella Niehaus, our favourite market madame

    Posted on March 15, 2013 by Admin

    The first Market at Val de Vie is going to be held on Sunday 24 March and will include a host of talented local craftsmen and producers. Bella Isabella Niehaus will be selling mouthwatering country fare from West Coast, with delicious seafood dishes and hearty platteland cooking. As a self-confessed market madame, today she talks about her love for markets and her excitement for our upcoming event:

    "Once you’re bitten by the market bug, it’s here to stay! Exchanging designer flats and magazine fashion spreads for the love of a food market was not on my shopping list a few years ago. But, here I am: a real market madame and loving every minute of it!

    It all started four years ago with organizing a lovely little fresh food market on the West Coast. Last year the big challenge came: bring platteland cooking and delicacies (hartskos) to city tables! That is exactly what the Palms Food Market in Woodstock offers: wonderful quality and homemade fare.

    Every Friday there is so much excitement here in Langebaan on my Dune. I rush to collect fresh oysters and mussels and then settle down with a strong pot of coffee, ready to prepare the dough for the quiches and steam the mussels for the famous mussel bobotie (mmm, you have to taste this). I even venture into the freezing water in the early evening to collect a bottle of seawater for opening the oysters. Late at night I pack my shopping trolley (my car!) and at 6:00 on Saturday morning, I hit the R27 to Cape Town. When I reach Woodstock, it’s the start of another amazing, fun-filled and beautiful Saturday!

    Although I was adamant that one market a week is enough, I was bowled over by the amazing enthusiasm of the events team of Val de Vie Estate. What can a market madame do but join this energetic young crowd, two Sundays a month, with a wonderful seafood table!

    Perhaps markets are so popular because each one has its own character and unique set of offerings. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Val de Vie, the romance of polo, a host of stalls under yellow umbrellas, stunning goods from artists such as Louis Jansen van Vuuren, as well as a glass or two of Pongracz.

    Every market must have its own individual stamp, and I’m proud to say that we achieved that with the market at The Palms. It’s all about homemade foods, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful buildings right in the heart of the city.

    The Market at Val de Vie is going to be an eclectic mix with wonderful homemade foods, crafts, clothes and so much more. I can’t wait to watch my first polo match too, and just fill my soul with the beauty of the surroundings, watching people enjoy their delicious eats! So be sure to come and visit us next Sunday at Val de Vie, I can’t wait!"

    The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


  • Stylish ceramics on sale at the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 14, 2013 by Admin

    It's not long until we'll be hosting our first market at Val de Vie, and we can't wait! A host of talented local craftsmen and producers will be selling their goods at the estate on Sunday 24 March, and it's the perfect opportunity for you to discover what the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley has to offer.

    Artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren will be selling his gorgeous range of ceramics, so be sure to look out for his contemporary stoneware pieces. Every single plate and bowl is slightly different as they are handmade. The design elements are uniquely considered regarding size, scale and placement on the images on the tableware. Please click here to download their pricelist and catalogue, or read this article in Die Burger that discusses his works.

    The Details

    The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


  • The Filly’s Annual Casino Charity Event

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

    The Filly’s will be hosting the annual fund raiser on Friday 3 May at the Val de Vie Estate.  The theme this year is Harlem Nights and it's not to be missed, so be sure to book your tickets on our website.

    Ticket details
    Tickets cost R 250.00 p/p or R 500.00 p/p for drinks package.

    Package one: R250.00 p/p includes a welcome drink, R200 “funny money”, bowl food tables, entertainment and a ticket to one of the lucky draws. BUY TICKETS NOW

    Package Two: R500.00 p/p includes all as per package one, R250.00 drinks vouchers and a free bottle of wine. BUY TICKETS NOW


  • Top Billing at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

    If you missed Top Billing's showcase of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013, you can check out all the glamour in this fabulous video. We're thrilled that the Top Billing team were part of this event, which celebrated all the finer things in life. We can't wait for next year!


  • Happy Anniversary to Christine and Bobby!

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie would like to wish Christine and Bobby a very happy anniversary this weekend. This wonderful couple celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie on 9 March 2012 and it was such a pleasure to be party of their special day. We wish them all the best for their future together.


  • Tune in to Top Billing tonight!

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to be featured on the Expresso Show last week. With Jen Su as their guest presenter, the show takes a look at the highlights of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and also interviews some of the celebrity guests.

    Tune into Top Billing tonight at 8pm on SABC 3 for their look at the event, it's guaranteed to be sensational!


  • The musical magic of Ike Moriz

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Admin

    International SA pop star, singer, producer and actor Ike Moriz has received wide acclaim for his 13 albums ranging from original melodic indie Rock/Pop to Latin/Easy Listening and Jazzy Swing (all available on iTunes). He is a music specialist, with more than 15 years of experience and a tremendous passion for the industry. He offers top quality entertainment for weddings, receptions, functions, corporate events, festivals etc., with several hundred songs in his repertoire – covering various genres of music, ranging from Jazz, Swing and Latin to Pop and Rock influences.

    He has performed at most of the major venues in South Africa, was voted one of the top 5 singers in South Africa in 2006, and he is currently one of the most popular professional male singers in the country.

    Due to his diversity, Ike can be considered as a brilliant artist to entertain your guests, no matter what function you are planning.

    Some of his most recent performances include entertaining guests at the prestigious Victoria & Alfred Hotel in Cape Town (New Year's Eve as well as Christmas Day 2012) and can be seen live at some of South Africa's best 5 star Hotels and Restaurants in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. He was also the resident artist at the Cape Grace Hotel as well as at the luxurious 12 Apostles Hotel from 2010 to 2011.

    Ike has just released “Siren Terpsichore”, his 13th studio album to date, which has already been described as the “Crown jewel of original SA swing” (CD Baby). Composed, produced & recorded by Ike himself, it contains 14 beautifully crafted, brand-new songs in the Jazz/Swing/Latin genre.

    To find out more about Ike's music and hiring him for your event, be sure to visit his website or his Facebook page.


  • Vintage chic stationery

    Posted on March 1, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    Vintage styling is a look that's endured in popularity for the past few years, and it shows no sign of losing its popularity. This moodboard by Secret Diary Designs captures the charm of this nostalgic style, using elegant script typography, lacy trims and decorative patterns.

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Twisted Lifestyle attends the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 28, 2013 by Admin

    Twisted Lifestyle attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and we love the gorgeous photos that Ross took of the day. They truly capture the glamour of the event, as well as the fun that was had by all. As he puts it, "Thoroughbreds, elegance and champagne were experienced in abundance, while smiles, good conversation and quality friends rounded up a wonderful day out at Val de Vie."

    Be sure to visit the Twisted Lifestyle blog to view more photos and to read their full write-up.

    Images courtesy of Twisted Lifestyle.







  • Denzil Jacobs visits the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 26, 2013 by Admin

    Celebrity photographer Denzil Jacobs attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 this weekend and we love his glamorous photos from the event. A host of VIP guests attended the event, including Jeannie D, Jennifer Su, Thulane Hadebe, Lee-Anne Summers, Natalie Becker, Leizel van der Westhuizen, Marilize de Clercq and Sonia Booth. Be sure to visit Denzil's website to find out more about his take on the fun-filled day.

    Images courtesy of Denzil Jacobs.



  • Take a glance at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 25, 2013 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 was held this past weekend and what a magnificent event it was! The day was filled with all things fabulous: high fashion, polo action, decadent food, VIPs, a Bentley car parade, an Elizabeth Arden pampering lounge and fine Champagne and wines. The prestige event was co-owned and coordinated by Val de Vie Events and Vivid Luxury, with a host of sponsors that included
    Veuve Clicquot, Polo world, BlackBerry, Carrol Boyes, Hilton Weiner, Whimsical Nomad, Haagen Daz, Elizabeth Arden, Jenny Button, Bentley and Hospitality Partner, Equus. Media partners included SABC 3, who will broadcast their coverage at the following times:

    Top Billing –  Tuesday, 05 March 2013 at 20:00 onwards; and
    Expresso – Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 at 7:30 / 7:45
    Bravo - VCM 2013 to air on Thursday 28th February @ 19h30 on kykNET.

    Guests were treated to a gorgeous fashion show by Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner, after which Team Val de Vie beat Veuve Clicquot in an exciting polo match that had everyone enthralled. These photos by Martin de Kock are just a peek at how much fun was had by all, be sure to look out for more photos during the course of the week!

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013


  • We can't wait for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013!

    Posted on February 21, 2013 by Admin

    This weekend it's time for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters at Val de Vie Estate, an absolute must-attend event! It's a day of fun, fashion and all that's fabulous, with plenty of polo action in the line-up. Other entertainment includes a fashion show, live bands and a showcase of stunning Bentley cars.

    Simone de Wet, the MD of Val de Vie Events Full Coordination, spoke to MFM about the event today, click here to listen to the interview. If you don't have your ticket yet, be sure to buy one on our website. See you there!


  • Be grand with mint and gold

    Posted on February 20, 2013 by Iza de Lange


    Secret Diary Designs never fails to inspire us with beautiful stationery trends and at the moment we're simply in love with mint and gold. This elegant combination is reminiscent of royalty and makes a sophisticated, elegant statement. Ornate typography adds to the grandeur of this style. We think it's a look that's fit for Versailles - opulent, eye-catching and just gorgeous!

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Introducing The Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 14, 2013 by Admin

    We are so excited to announce that Val de Vie will soon be hosting a fabulous market! On Sunday 24 March, The Market at Val de Vie will take place for the first time. As a fresh goods and craft market, it will showcase some of the finest local produce from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley Region and beyond.

    The market is the first of its kind in the Paarl area and offers a unique experience to visitors. We invite you to visit the market and browse a variety of local wares, taking in the scenery of the surrounding countryside. To top it off, each market will be accompanied by a lively polo match for your entertainment. It's the perfect opportunity to purchase delicious foods and gorgeous goods, and to support local businesses. We can't wait to see you there!

    The Details

    The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


  • Stunning stationery inspiration: A wedding passport

    Posted on February 11, 2013 by Iza de Lange

    Here's a really creative and fun idea for wedding invitations: a wedding passport! Secret Diary Designs created this gorgeous invitation for couple Elvira and Ray. Designed to look like a passport, the invitation is a little booklet that contains all the details of the event, as well as photos and fun details about the two lovebirds. We think it's a delightfully original way to convey a lot of information to your guests.

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager




  • A fabulously fashionable photoshoot

    Posted on February 8, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was proud to be the venue for Zando's latest photoshoot. Zando is a leading online fashion store that offers a vast variety of leading clothing brands, making it easy to have the latest trends delivered right to your doorstep. Our beautiful estate provided the perfect backdrop to their stunning photoshoot.





  • Congratulations to Iza and Lochner!

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Admin

    We are so happy to announce that Iza from the Events Team is getting married! She and her fiancé, Lochner, are one of those special couples who truly show the world what it means to love and cherish another person. The warmth and affection in their relationship is tangible to all who know them, as this engagement shoot by Inecke Photography shows.

    All of us in the Events Team can’t wait for their big day, which will be celebrated at a secret (and exceptionally gorgeous) beach destination in March this year. We wish these two only the best for their future together.

    “For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” - Judy Garland





  • Kasper and Tanya's engagement shoot

    Posted on February 4, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to be the venue for the beautiful engagement shoot of model Tanya van Graan, and her fiancé, Kasper. Shot by Rensche Mari, the photos have an elegant equestrian look that captures the love shared between this handsome couple.

    View more stunning photos on Rensche Mari's website.












  • A symphony of grey and red

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

    For a dramatic decor scheme, combine the fiery power of red with the coolness of grey. It's a style that's all about contrasts. Use red as a vibrant accent colour and grey as the soft, neutral backdrop. Next month we'll be celebrating Valentine's Day, and this would be the perfect look for a chic, romantic dinner.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • Go for gold

    Posted on January 28, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    If you'd like to add a dash of glamour to your decor, there are few colours that can beat the allure of gold. It's warm, sexy and adds a festive touch. Too much gold can come across as a bit gaudy, so we like to keep the look subtle and stylish. Use gold as an accent colour to complement a neutral or black and white decor theme. Your party is sure to sparkle!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Summer bliss

    Posted on January 22, 2013 by Admin

    It's no wonder why so many of us love Summer time: those long, lazy afternoons spent enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Add some fresh ideas to your summer entertaining by serving refreshing popsicles and ice-cream sandwiches, or perhaps a light lemon cake. Keep guests refreshed with iced lemon water, lemonade or fruity cocktails, and add a pop of sunny colour with cheerful yellow flowers.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Go green with emerald

    Posted on January 21, 2013 by Admin

    Pantone recently announced that emerald is their colour for 2013. This beautiful shade is often associated with royalty, conveying a sense of regal elegance and class. Queen Victoria's glittering tiara was set apart by its dazzling emeralds, and now is the time for you to add some green magic into your wardrobe. Look out for interesting accessories and jewellery with emerald hues and you'll be right on trend for the season ahead.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Get your Veuve on

    Posted on January 18, 2013 by Admin

    Next month is February, which is mean it's time for the third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters! This highly anticipated event is taking place on 23 February and it's undoubtedly the most glamorous polo event in South Africa. Guests can expect a celebration of all the finer things in life: riveting polo action, stunning fashion and, of course, delicious French Champagne.

    Click here to view the Save the Date, and be sure to get your tickets for the events on our website - this is a day that you don't want to miss!


  • Quirky cake toppers

    Posted on January 18, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Today there is so much more to cake toppers than the traditional bride and groom figurines. Get creative with decorative wording, or opt for a tasteful silhouette. Unusual textures and materials also add visual interest, anything from pretty paper to delicate wire can look amazing.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Johann and Janine's wedding

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    Johann and Janine celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie on 20 December 2012. It was a picture-perfect day, filled with love and smiles. A black and white decor scheme created a distinctly elegant and crisp look, perfect for a summer wedding.

    These photos, beautifully taken by Nikki Meyer, truly show how in love and happy these two are.

    View more stunning photos on Nikki Meyer's website.








  • Duane and Ezel's stunning wedding video

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    Goosebump Productions have released the beautiful wedding video of Duane and Ezel Vermeulen's Val de Vie wedding. We love how it captures the spirit of this special day and we're so thrilled to have been a part of it!


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    The third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is taking place on 23 February and we can't wait! This exciting day is a celebration of all the finer things in life: riveting polo action, glamorous fashion and, of course, delicious French Champagne.

    Keep up to date with all the latest news about this prestigious event by visiting the official Facebook page. Be sure to also get your tickets for the events on our website - this is a day that you don't want to miss!


  • In pictures; Christine Meintjies' workshop at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    Christine Meintjies hosted a workshop at Val de Vie Estate a few months ago and we absooultely love these images from the event. A fresh, romantic Spring decor scheme was conceptualised by stylist Anneke Roux from AnnaH, while the stationery was created by Sugapenguin, the flower arrangements by Aartsappel and the stunning cake by Edible Art.

    Visit The Pretty Blog to view more photos from the day.

    Images courtesy of The Pretty Blog







  • Leon and Amanda's Wedding

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by Admin

    Leon and Amanda celebrated their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie. It was an intimate occasion, filled with all sorts of special touches that made it a truly memorable day: a polo match, live music, chic decor and, of course, the bride's stunning Jimmy Choo shoes!

    Here is a selection of photos of the special day, taken by Agapé Studio. To view more photos, please visit Agapé Studio's website.








  • Coral: Summer's sexiest shade

    Posted on January 9, 2013 by Admin

    Coral has been one of summer's hottest colours, so it's no surprise that it's become a popular choice in wedding decor. This vibrant shade is a warm, feminine colour that has a sense of fun and edginess. If you'd like to pair it with another colour, coral looks particularly good with green hues such as turquoise and mint. Choose a pastel coral for a more romantic and delicate look, or make a statement with brighter shades of coral.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Val de Vie in The Wedding Album

    Posted on January 8, 2013 by Admin

    Be sure to get hold of the latest issue of The Wedding Album, which has a stunning feature on Tamryn and Dincer's Val de Vie Wedding. Our team enjoyed every minute of coordinating this special day and we're thrilled that brides-to-be can take inspiration from the article.


  • Indian Romance

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by Admin

    Weddings are deeply personal and meaningful events, celebrating not only the love of two people, but also their heritage and personalities. That's why we love the Pacific wedding of Saree and Sidh that was recently featured on 100 Layer Cake. The special day was marked by its simple, romantic style that drew on their Indian heritage in a variety of details, such as the white garlands hanging above their ceremony, the beautifully embroidered table runners, Eastern-inspired glassware and dashes of vibrant colour.

    To view more photos, please visit the 100 Layer Cake Blog.







  • Revving up the retinue

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    Here's a trend that's bound to add a very festive touch to a wedding: having a REALLY big retinue. Brides and grooms are honouring their friends by including them in a large retinue, thus celebrating not only their marriage, but also their friendships. With so many people being part of the celebration, there's no doubt that this trend will create a uniquely fun and social atmosphere.


  • Mexican magic

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    If you're a lover of colour, then this is the ideal style for you! Be bold, bright and plain fabulous with a Mexican-inspired wedding theme. Intense shades of pink, orange and turquoise work together to create a vibrant look that's full of life and festivity.




  • Duane and Ezél's wedding on camera

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    Here is a wonderful clip from Top Billing's coverage of Duane and Ezél's wedding. We are so thrilled to have been part of this special day!


  • California Dreaming

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Admin

    One of the most inspiring parts of planning events at Val de Vie is keeping track of all the amazing trends in the industry. We're always on the lookout for gorgeous ideas that catch our eye, and this beautiful Californian wedding is no exception. It's featured on Style Me Pretty and has a classic and elegant look, while still retaining a sense of relaxed country living. It's a style that would work well in our own winelands, or for a summer country wedding.

    View more photos of the wedding at Style Me Pretty (Photography by Edyta Szyszlo Photography)








  • Welcome, Elsje!

    Posted on December 18, 2012 by Admin

    We're delighted to welcome Elsje Human as our new Events Assistant! Originally from Bloemfontein, Elsje has a degree in drama and has become our go-to person for all things event-related.

    Her favourite quote illustrates her positive, can-do attitude to life: "The trouble is if you dont spend your life yourself, other people will spend it for you".

    When she's not hard at work, Elsje enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and enjoying good wine and dark chocolate.

    Welcome to the team Elsje, we're excited to have you onboard!


  • Duane and Ezel’s Wedding on Top Billing

    Posted on December 18, 2012 by Admin

    We're so excited that Duane and Ezel’s Wedding will be on Top Billing tonight at 8pm on SABC3. Here are some short clips that give you a hint of what to expect, so be sure not to miss the show tonight!

    View the promo:


  • Duane and Ezel’s Wedding

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by Admin

    Duane and Ezel celebrated their special day at Val de Vie on 8 December 2012, and it was a stunning occasion that Val de Vie Full Coordination is so proud to have been part of.

    Gorgeous summer weather shone down on the guests, who included Schalk Burger, Joe Pietersen and Brian Habana. The ceremony was held in the historic Franschhoek Dutch Reformed Church, followed by the reception which was held at our beautiful estate.

    Musician Gerald Clarke kept guests entertained during the pre-dinner drinks, and they were also treated to a magnificent polo game. The ball room looked nothing less than spectacular, with a warm vintage decor scheme. To add a personal element and a sense of individuality, the couple added numerous personal touches and DIY details into the decor.

    One of the highlights was the sensational four tiered cake that included several different layers: carrot cake, tiramisu, chocolate mousse and salted caramel, yum!

    The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the newlyweds and their guests, and we had so much fun coordinating the occasion. To see it for yourself, the wedding will be aired on Top Billing on 18 December 2012, so don't forget to tune in at 20:00 on SABC3!

    To view more photos, please visit Agape Studio's website.








  • Frontline Rendevous 2013

    Posted on December 11, 2012 by Admin

    Hillsong Frontline Cape Town will be hosting their first annual retreat getaway in 2013: the Frontline Rendevous! This exciting event will be taking place at Val de Vie estate and it promises to be an amazing two days of fun, inspiration, worship, the Word of God and much more. The guest speaker is the world-renowned, powerful communicator, Pastor Steve Penny.

    For more details about the event, please visit Hillsong Frontline Cape Town's Facebook Page.


  • Emerald elegance: Let's go green in 2013

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Iza de Lange

    We're so excited to hear that Pantone LLC have announced Emerald as their Color of the Year for 2013. Luxurious, radiant and symbolic of growth and renewal, there's no doubt that this gorgeous shade is going to influence our fashion and decor in the year ahead. Here's what Pantone have to say about the colour:

    "Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity."

    "The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

    Eiseman adds that emerald is a versatile colour, because in decor it can work like a neutral, complementing almost everything else. It can be paired with tan, black, blue or even yellow.

    We have already seen emerald green on the runways, most botable at Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore and Vivienne Tam.

    Our team can't wait to see how this colour will make an appearance in wedding and event decor!

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Magnificent mint and gold

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Simone de Wet

    Here's a hot colour combo that will add a dazzling touch to your 2013 Summer wardrobe. Cool, calm mint looks absolutely gorgeous with the warmth and glamour of gold, creating an exotic and sophisticated look.

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Christmas wedding magic

    Posted on December 7, 2012 by Admin

    As Christmas draws ever closer, there's no doubt that the festive season is getting into full swing! December brides can get into the holiday spirit and draw inspiration from this special time of the year, incorporating beautiful shades of red, green and cream into their decor scheme. It's a traditional look that is sure to add a sense of cheer and festivity to your big day.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • Gareth and Laura's wedding

    Posted on December 5, 2012 by Admin

    Gareth and Laura celebrated their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie recently, and it was such a delight to coordinate this big day. With perfect Spring sunshine forming the backdrop, the couple had an outside ceremony alongside our polo fields, followed by a reception in our grand ballroom. The clean, crisp decor scheme had eye-catching dashes of pink, adding a gorgeous sense of romance.

    View more stunning shots of the special day on Tyme Photography's website.












  • Black and gold glitzy christmas vibes

    Posted on December 5, 2012 by Simone de Wet

    After an interesting year of fashion with bold patterns and colours, I have chosen a very glitzy yet traditional Christmas style for this year's family celebration. This glitzy look represents all the “sparkling” moments or blessings that I have experienced in the past year, while the traditional elements symbolise the precious family time that will be spent with loved ones, enjoying the festivities and abundant love.

    Wishing a blessed festive season to all our blog followers!

    Simone xxx

    By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


  • Tangerine dream

    Posted on December 4, 2012 by Admin

    Summer is here and colourful nail varnish offers the perfect opportunity to add a pop of colour. Pantone named "Tangerine Tango", a hot orange-red shade, as its top colour for 2012, so be sure to add some bright, citrusy color into your style with tangerine nail polish. It's a bold look that's sure to get attention!

    Why not splash out with this look at the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters, which will be held at Val de Vie Estate on 23 February 2013. Tickets are available for sale on our website, with the option to purchase a ticket which includes a refreshing drink and light lunch for R390.00 pp, or a Veuve Clicquot Masters Picnic Site Ticket for R150.00 pp. Don't miss out on this exceptional event, which is the ultimate celebration of fashion, polo and pure luxury.

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Sweet festive treats

    Posted on December 4, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    It's the time of year for fun, festivity and a bit of indulgence! We love these delicious jam straws, which are so easy to make and the ideal sweet treat to serve at Christmas parties, year-end functions or simply to give as a yummy gift.

    Jam Straws

    1 package puff pastry (2 sheets)
    1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
    Flour for dusting
    Powdered sugar for sprinkling

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment and set aside.

    Allow puff pastry to thaw as directed on the package. Dust work surface with flour and lightly dust rolling pin with flour. Roll out puff pastry until about 2" larger on each side. Cut crosswise into two rectangles.

    Heat 1/4 cup of jam in microwave for15-20 seconds, just enough to loosen the consistency.

    With a pastry brush, coat one piece of puff pastry with half the jam. Cover jam-coated piece with the remaining plain piece of puff pastry and gently roll together with rolling pin - not too hard, or your jam will squish out.

    Slice into long strips and twist, then place on parchment lined pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before removing from the pan. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.

    Repeat process with second sheet of puff pastry.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Carla and Craig's wedding

    Posted on November 29, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie Full Coordination recently coordinated the wedding of Carla and Craig, and what a pleasure it was to host this special couple. The talented Elsjé from our team helped to transform our venue into a beautifully romantic spcae with a truly magical ambience.

    View more gorgeous photos on Shanna Jones' website.







  • The Legacy Group's Glamorous Photoshoot

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by Admin

    Here are some gorgeous shots taken by Daniel Parker for the Legacy Group. We love their sense of elegance and sophistication - pure Val de Vie glamour!







  • Ryk Neethling's Birthday Celebrations

    Posted on November 21, 2012 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie's Marketing Director, recently hosted his birthday party at the estate. With a dress code of Gentlemen Chic and Fabulously Feminine, a host of elegantly attired guests enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Polo Pavilion, expertly planned by Val de Vie Private Room.












  • Nigel and Carly's Wedding

    Posted on November 16, 2012 by Admin

    Nigel and Carly recently celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and it was such a pleasure to coordinate their big day. We love that they chose to break away from tradition and put their own spin on the celebrations. Instead of throwing the garter and bouquet, they chose to give these items to special guests as a meaningful gesture. They also decided to replace the traditional first dance with something fun and spontaneous: as the DJ got the music going, Nigel and Carly called up random guests to come and join them on the dancefloor - what a party!

    It was such an enjoyable day and we are so glad to have been part of it. Photographer Warren Williams has beautifully captured the spirit of the day, you can view more gorgeous shots on his website.






  • BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by Admin

    We love this BlackBerry Pink Polo photo collage from Jen Su, Hollywood Reporter on 5 FM and SABC3's Expresso Show. It captures how gorgeous all our lovely guests looked, in keeping with the event's focus on fashion and luxury living.


  • Val de Vie in the news

    Posted on November 12, 2012 by Admin

    There have been many exciting events at Val de Vie Estate recently, so it's no surprise that we're making headlines! Die Burger recently featured two articles about BlackBerry Pink Polo and the Kia and Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge, highlighting the success of both events.

    Click here to read the full article about Pink Polo, or the full article about the Kia and Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge.


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo on Bravo!

    Posted on November 8, 2012 by Admin

    Don't miss Bravo! on KykNet (channel 144) at 21:00 tonight! This exciting lifestyle show will be taking a look at our recent BlackBerry Pink Polo Event which was held in aid of breast cancer.

    Click here to view the promotional video about the episode.


  • Equestrian chic

    Posted on November 7, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    A look that we love for Summer is a laid-back, equestrian inspired style that  speaks of relaxed country elegance. Think of vintage cowboy boots, slouchy leather bags, natural fabrics and denim.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Vintage va-va-voom

    Posted on November 7, 2012 by Admin

    Vintage style has been a hot look at weddings for many seasons now. We love the sense of nostalgia and romance that this style conveys, but to keep it fresh and original, combine vintage styling with a trendy shade such as turquoise. It's a gorgeous colour for a summer wedding, adding a calm, cool and feminine touch. Complement it with vintage decor elements and you've got a uniquely modern take on the vintage trend.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo in aid of Reach for Recovery

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie is recognised as South Africa's premier lifestyle, wine and polo estate, and once again we hosted BlackBerry Pink Polo, the most sought after event on the social calendar.

    For the third year in a row BlackBerry® sponsored the event in line with its support for the cause of women's wellness and the fight against breast cancer. Supporting sponsors included Bosch Siemens Gaggenau, Discovery, Polo SA and Marie Claire.

    This year at this exclusive event saw BlackBerry and Gaggenau, two top male Polo teams, play an exciting match on Val de Vie's celebrated polo fields.

    Guests enjoyed a lavish high tea in the spectacular setting of this beautiful estate. Pongracz and Pink Pigeon ensured the guests were kept hydrated, while pop-up shops included Carrol Boyes, Elizabeth Arden, The Little Hattery and Jan & Guy.

    The highlight of the afternoon was a fashion show by Polo SA, who showcased their latest designs and trends for summer. A special range of Pink Polo products are being sold in their retail stores and select Stuttafords whereby 15% of proceeds from these products will be donated to CANSA.

    One in 29 South African women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. If breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early, a woman stands a good chance of recovering completely. As such, educating women about the symptoms of breast cancer and the need for regular check-ups is vital to combating the disease.

    The Pink Polo event helps highlight these facts to the public and to raise funds for Reach for Recovery whose programme is to supply practical and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    A quote from Edith Venter, event organiser: "This is a wonderful day filled with fabulous entertainment, South Africa's favourite celebrities, prizes and goody bags. It is an enjoyable way to show your support for breast cancer sufferers and survivors while enjoying a spectacular day out."





  • Wise Words from a Beautiful Bride: Izza

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

    All brides-to-be know how much work there is planning a wedding and how valuable good advice can be! Val de Vie bride Izza offers some excellent wedding tips:

    Find the right photographer
    I know this is something that everyone tells you – but your wedding day really goes by very quickly. Your photos are the one thing you will have left when all the excitement is over, so choose wisely! There are so many talented photographers these days… browse through their photos to get a good feeling of what style you like – each one has a different style! It is definitely worth it to spend some money on the right photographer for you.

      Serve your wedding cake for dessert
      OK – as you know I really like wedding cakes! Wedding budgets are sometimes tight. So what I did was I used my wedding cake as my dessert. After we cut our cake, they took it to the kitchen and cut it in pieces for dessert (you can maybe add something like ice-cream or chocolate sauce to get a more decadent effect). By doing this, you save a lot by not paying for dessert and a wedding cake.

        Relax and enjoy the moment
        Every girl wants “the perfect wedding”. Just remember… if you marry the man of your dreams, the day is already perfect. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Dance and laugh and celebrate, don’t worry too much about the little things that can go wrong, the only person who knows about it is you!

          Get your dancing shoes on!
          Comfortable shoes! Weddings are all about celebration…don’t force yourself to wear uncomfortable high heals the whole night. I bought a pretty pair of shoes that I wore to the church and to our photo session for our photos. I then asked my bridesmaids to pack some comfortable shoes for me so I could hit the dance floor without killing my feet after the formalities.

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • GQ takes a look at Pink Polo fashion

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

            Pink Polo 2012 was a celebration of polo chic style, and GQ has highlighted some of the best dressed gents at the event. From tailored suits to edgy ensembles, there's no doubt that these guys were every bit as chic and fashion-forward as the ladies! You can view the full gallery on the GQ website.


          • Pink Polo 2012 in pictures

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

            Our recent Pink Polo 2012 event took place on 27 October and it was a spectacular success! Held to raise awareness about breast cancer, the event is a major highlight in the South African social calendar and brings together high fashion, luxury indulgence and exciting polo action. Here are some photos from this fabulous occasion. We already can't wait for next year's event!

            Jen Su talking about her shoes during TV interview; Ryk Neethling

            Tanya van Graan taking part in the polo distance hitting competition

            Polo fashion show & BlackBerry fashion show

            Denim performing

            Crowd watching the polo game, Roxy Louw

            Guests dishing snacks by the polo field

            Polo game in action

            Captain of the BlackBerry team receiving the trophy


          • Introducing the best dressed guests at Pink Polo 2012

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

            Our Pink Polo 2012 event was just as chic and fabulous as it always promises to be. Guests went all out to look stylish and sophisticated for the day, making it very difficult indeed to decide on who was the best dressed!

            After the votes were cast, we're thrilled to annouce Pink Polo's best dressed man and lady: Ritza van Rensburg dazzled us in her stunning soft pink gown, while Liam Vandiar captured the spirit of classic polo elegance.

            You can view the other nominees on our Facebook page.


          • Thank you for making Pink Polo 2012 such a success!

            Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin


          • Finishing touches for BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 25, 2012 by Admin

            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 BlackBerry Pink Polo Event, which is taking place this weekend. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize has got some great style advice about wearing hats.

            "I love wearing hats. Come rain or shine; wearing a head accessory makes you feel and look confident, vibrant and ‘oh so’ stylish!

            Although some might not feel confident enough to wear a hat, even a small fascinator or hair pin can ease you into wearing YOUR hair charm with assurance and sophistication.

            Having said this, recently I was introduced to the very creative team from The Little Hattery – I was blown away by their designs – providing young and old, imaginative or not, with pieces of joy! Hats are such a feminine accessory; they always makes me think of big ball gowns with a tightly pulled corset as well high teas and polo fields – women elegantly moving through the room; meeting and greeting all the attending guests.

            The great thing is that The Little Hattery will once again be creating wonderful goodies for the Pink Polo on 27 October 2012. They design and make to order gorgeous hats and beautiful fascinators for events the world over.

            Kerry and Dominik, owners of The Little Hattery agree: "We are having a ball and making beautiful things as we go along!" Two years from when they first started, it seems that things in hat land are looking very promising!

            For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za."


          • Advice from annaH: Be polished and pretty for BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 23, 2012 by Admin

            This weekend it's time for our highly anticipated BlackBerry Pink Polo Event, which is always a fabulously fashionable affair. Our favourite wedding stylist and consultant, annaH, gives advice on how to perfect your look for the event:

            "It’s almost time for the larger-than-life BlackBerry Pink Polo Event. You’ve planned and picked the perfect fashionable outfit, but what about the finishing touches? Of course, you want to go all out with an ȕber stylish hairstyle, fantastic shades and the perfect make-up. Here are some fresh beauty trends for the 2012/13 season. Be inspired, indulge and spoil yourself with a Spring make-over that will have you looking and feeling like a polo princess."






          • Lyle and Shannon's wedding video

            Posted on October 23, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Lyle and Shannon celebrated their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie, and this video by FJS Productions truly conveys the magic of the day. We're absolutely enchanted!

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • A glamorous matric dance photoshoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on October 22, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Estate is a beautiful setting for photoshoots, and recently we were the venue for a stunning matric dance photoshoot. The photos were taken by Bakkes Images and truly convey the event's glamour and sense of occasion. We are delighted to have a been a part of this special shoot.

            To view more photoshoots at our estate, please view our gallery.





          • Time is running out to buy Pink Polo tickets!

            Posted on October 22, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            We're only five days away from our highly anticipated BlackBerry Pink Polo event! Time is running out to buy tickets, so get hold of yours before it's too late. Tickets costs R350.00 per person and can be bought through Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


          • An exceptional offer from KlûK CGDT

            Posted on October 22, 2012 by Admin

            Win one of ten free bridal consulations

            We are thrilled to announce that KlûK CGDT is offering ten free bridal consulations to approaching Val de Vie brides. This is an exceptional opportunity to get indispensable advice from one of South Africa's top design houses, helping you to look both chic and gorgeous on your special day.

            Malcolm KLûK and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit are the creative force behind KlûK CGDT, an internationally recognised label that represents the culmination of two designers’ passion and the vision of bringing South Africans an international experience of South African fashion. Their careful consideration and attention to detail truly distinguishes their clothes as luxury garments. Indeed, they have dressed numerous international celebrities including Beyonce, Charlize Theron and Rachel Weisz, as well as many other local celebrities and politicians including Miss South Africas Nicole Flynt for her crowning, Tatum Keshwar for the Miss World pageant, Megan Coleman and Tansey Coetzee, for the Miss Universe Pageant.

            They have been also awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and African Designer of the Year 2011 and 2012 at Arise Fashion Week Lagos, the “Most Stylish Designers” at the SA Style awards, “Best red carpet Designers” at the Arise Africa Fashion Awards and “Best Red Carpet designers “ by Marie Claire magazine Prix de excellence.

            Enter now!

            This offer is a very special opportunity for brides to be inspired by KlûK CGDT's sense of style and design expertise. For more information about this fantastic giveaway, please contact events@valdevie.co.za. To find out more about the work of KlûK CGDT, please visit their website.


          • Marie Claire gets into the Pink Polo spirit

            Posted on October 16, 2012 by Admin

            Earlier this week we wrote about our recent Pink Polo School, a fun-filled day that was held by Ryk Neethling in aid of breast cancer. Several fabulous celebrities visited Val de Vie to learn how to play polo, as well as the chance to design their own fascinators and to savour a delicious lunch at the Polo Club Restaurant and Lounge Bar.

            Marie Claire's Romy Heldsinger attended the event and we love their write-up about the day. Everyone did exceptionally well during the lesson, which was coached by Kevin Rixon.

            Read the full write-up on Marie Claire's blog, and don't forget to get your tickets for BlackBerry Pink Polo! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 October 2012 to experience this exclusive and exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.


          • Everyone's talking about BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 16, 2012 by Admin

            Excitement is building up for BlackBerry Pink Polo! 021 Magazine has featured the event on their website, highlighting it as a must-attend event on the social calendar. There is so much to look forward to: exciting polo matches, fabulous hospitality areas, a glass of bubbly on arrival sponsored by Pongraz, a scrumptious high tea, fashion by Polo SA, accessories and gifts from Carrol Boyes, an Elizabeth Arden pampering area and pop up store and a fun cook off by Gaggenau.

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive  event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.


          • Pink Polo School

            Posted on October 15, 2012 by Admin

            Our annual Pink Polo event that is held in aid of breast cancer is coming up on 27 October and we can't wait! To get into the spirit of this highly anticipated day, we invited several prominent and fabulous South African women to learn polo, Pink Polo School style.

            The ladies included Tanya van Graan and Roxy Louw, both models and actresses, Romy Heldsinger from Marie Claire and Expresso presenter, Kia Johnson.

            Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 October 2012 to experience this exclusive and exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            View more images on the Vasgevang website.











          • Brigitte Willers will party things up at BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 12, 2012 by Admin

            We can't wait to hear the cool tunes of DJ Brigitte Willers at our upcoming Blackberry Pink Polo event! As a local South African DJ, Sportsmodel, Entrepreneur and Socialite, Brigitte is a very talented lady and will definitely get the party started. Visit her blog to find out more about she does, and be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            Click here to download the full invite.


          • Zara and Riaaz's Val de Vie Wedding

            Posted on October 10, 2012 by Admin

            Zara and Riaaz celebrated their special day at Val de Vie, and these photos taken by Sybrand Cillié beautifully portray the spirit of the occasion.

            View more stunning photos at Sybrand's website.








          • Craig and Carla's gorgeous wedding stationery

            Posted on October 9, 2012 by Admin

            We adore these beautiful invitations made by Carla from Secret Diary, who will be tying the know with her fiance, Craig, at Val de Vie in November. Val de Vie Full Coordination is delighted to be planning the wedding, we know it's going to be a fabulous day!









          • What to wear to Pink Polo

            Posted on October 9, 2012 by Admin

            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some tips on what heels to wear to this chic event.

            There are so many exciting trends at the moment and dressing for a cocktail or fashion event has never been so easy, with all the heavenly fabrics, daring colours and classic neutrals provided by both local and international designers. I want to highlight a few tips and share some inspiration for this year’s Pink Polo.

            Silver and Gold
            One can never go wrong with bling for an event such as the Pink Polo. Metal is one of the season’s biggest trends and an elegant statement indeed. For all the obvious cool palettes, rather wear silver than yellow gold. Alternatively combine the two.

            Prints
            From opulent embellished baroque to art deco graphic inspiration and whimsical prints, prints are a must-have for every wardrobe this summer. Prints are flattering because they confuse the eye. Be daring and wear print on print – one print should be busy while the second repeats at least two of the colours to connect the pieces.

            Sheer Cut-away
            Sheer fabrics and lace are feminine and perfect for a summer’s day. Be careful of too much fabric around areas where you carry more weight; this will only add volume. Cut-away or cutouts should reveal areas that are allowed to grab attention: your back or your midriff; definitely a great look for the petite.

            Neon
            Neon might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s something different and I dare you do step out of your comfort zone. Buy a stylish pair of shoes or cocktail bag in neon that will compliment your outfit. The easiest way to style this is to team it with neutral shades.

            Pink
            Everyone is asking me whether I’m going to wear pink to the event, or whether one should one wear pink. My answer is – wear what makes you feel good. This is a day dedicated to a good cause and we want to celebrate it! If you happen to find something in a pink that suits you and fits your shape, GO FOR IT!

            Pastels
            This soft palette is not for everyone. Some of us look completely washed out in pastels, but like neon colours, use them to compliment your true colours. It’s a great alternative to the usual black.

            Dresses and Slacks
            Dresses and skirts are huge this year; celebrating the feminine silhouette. Yes, it is elegant…if it suits your shape! If dresses are not for you then choose one of the many slacks hanging on the shelves: wide legs, sheer palazzos, capri, printed, studded etc.

            The secret to looking sexy and elegant is to be comfortable and confident in what you wear.

            Where can I find a perfect outfit?

            • Malcolm Kluk
            • Kobus Dippenaar
            • Forever New
            • ZARA
            • Jo-Borkette
            • Marie & Me
            • Stuttafords
            • Jenni Button
            • Philosophy
            • Callaghan
            • Isabella Charlotte Boutique

            Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a personal styling or shopping session to look your best at this year’s Pink Polo event.

            For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za.

            Marilize



          • The YSL 2012 Summer Makeup Collection

            Posted on October 8, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            The YSL 2012 Summer Makeup Collection is sure to add a level of glamour to your look in the coming season. With hues of pink and beige, as well as dashes of coral, it's an elegantly feminine collection that we can't wait to use. Nail colours includes shades such as Corail Colisee (coral red), Beige Leger (nude beige), Taupe Retro (dark brown) and Dore Orfevre (gold).

            Here's what this leading fashion brand has to say about their Summer look: "Beside the pool, the Yves Saint Laurent woman strikes a pose and bathes in the sun. Beneath the azure sky, the heat is at its peak. She wants to cool off. Her fingers, with their coral red tips, slowly untie her safari shirt and YSL python skin sandals. Her skin is sun-kissed, her lips are tantalizing, her eyes are electric blue. She is chic and provocative as she moves through the pool. Her every step gives the water a mirror-like shine. She loves to feel the tension between the icy water and the burning sun. Between shadow and light, earth and water. Between attraction and the temptation to give in. Footsteps approach. She raises her eyes and sees him. She looks at him with her indigo eyes and an irresistible smile appears on her lips. A subtle encouragement or a simmering promise? When it comes to seduction, the Yves Saint Laurent woman makes her own rules."



            Images from Chicprofile.com
            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Coordination


          • Christine Meintjies Photography Workshop

            Posted on October 8, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Private Room recently coordinated Christine Meintjies' Photography Workshop, an inspiring event that helped aspiring wedding photographers to get some valuable tips, ideas and advice from one of our favourite photographers.

            When asked why she loves to host workshops, Christine replies: "It’s simple. I love sharing. I love meeting new people. I love inspiring and empowering photographers. And most of all, I love to see people blossom in something they love!"

            You can view more beautiful photos on Christine's Facebook Page, or visit her website to find out about her workshops.


          • The fabulous photography of Kristina Stojiljkovic

            Posted on October 4, 2012 by Admin

            We adore the work of Kristina Stojiljkovic, a freelance photographer who is based in Cape Town. She has a real talent for capturing all the special moments of a wedding, while also adding an artistic touch to her images. Kristina's wedding photography can be viewed at www.loveandrockets.carbonmade.com and her commercial website is www.birdonawire.co.za.



          • Karma Open Day at the Health Club

            Posted on October 3, 2012 by Admin


          • Make your chair a throne

            Posted on October 3, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            Sometimes a chair is not just a chair... it's more like a beautiful throne that adorns your home. These gorgeous chairs reflect the style of our upcoming Pink Polo Event, which will have a classic polo theme. White with touches of pink will set the tone for the decor, and we think this combination is perfect for upholstery and soft furnishings. Choose delicate pastel shades and pair them with ivory or soft grey, or even trendy metallics.

            Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


          • La Vie Est Belle

            Posted on October 2, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            It's only a few weeks until we host our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event on 27 October 2012! As always, it'll be a day of high fashion and indulgence. The dress code is polo chic, so it's time to start getting your look ready for this exciting day. Of course, no outfit is complete without a sensational perfume, and we have our eye on Lancome's new fragrance, La Vie Est Belle. This gorgeous new scent is not only pink, making it perfect for Pink Polo, but it represents the good things in life.  According to fragrantica.com, "the concept of this fragrance is centered on the idea of natural and simple beauty, freedom from conventions and the choice of once own vision of happiness. The fragrance is a kind of outlook on life, inspired by joy and pleasure in small things."

            "This gourmand yet elegant composition is developed by perfumers Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. The final formula is the result achieved after three years of probation and 5000 versions. Iris is the key ingredient of the perfume, surrounded by orange blossoms and jasmine in the heart. The composition’s opening provides fruity flavors of black currant and pear, while the base is warm, gourmand and powdery due to almond-like accords of tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla."

            Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Coordination


          • 663 Must-have Wedding Ideas

            Posted on October 2, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            All brides-to-be know how much planning goes into a wedding. With so many elements and details to take care of, there's no doubt that the more help you can get, the better!

            663 Must-have Wedding Ideas is a fantastic e-book that's packed with inspiration and invaluable tips. It only costs $7.00 and includes 663 original ideas, fun categories like Walking Down the Aisle and Wedding Party Introductions and unique finishing touches that your guests will love.

            You can find the book on Etsy and purchase it online. It's easy inspiration at your fingertips!

            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Coordination


          • Lisa and Mike's Engagement Shoot

            Posted on October 2, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Lisa and Mike are a lovely New York couple who will be getting married at Val de Vie Estate in November, and we are so excited to host their special day!

            We love these shots from their engagement shoot, which was held in Times Square, Manhattan and DUMBO, Brooklyn. In August the couple got their marriage license and civil registration at the Manhattan City Hall, followed by an amazing lunch at one of their favourite restaurants in New York's fashionable Meatpacking District.

            Lisa is Zulu and Michael is Italian, which means that the wedding will have a truly international set of guests. Lisa's family will be coming from Durban, Joburg and East London, while Michael’s family will travel from New York and Croatia. Friends from New York, Washington D.C., Dallas, Boston, New Jersey, San Diego, Los Angeles and Hong Kong will also be attending the big day. We can't wait!



            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Lizelle's Maternity Photoshoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on September 27, 2012 by Admin

            Pure magic. That's what describes the lovely maternity photoshoot of Lizelle Venter that took place at Val de Vie. Photographer Abri Kruger truly captures the love between this special mother and daughter, creating a series of images that are filled with beauty and emotion.

            Be sure to view more photos at Abri Kruger's website.








          • Val de Vie Private Room: Personalised coordination, wherever you need it

            Posted on September 26, 2012 by Admin


          • Pink Polo Partners: Polo

            Posted on September 25, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            Polo is a proud sponsor of this event and will join us the fashion partner, bringing the brand's signature style to the day. Polo will be presenting the fashion show and a Pink Pony pop up store for those wanting to purchase something on the day.

            In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Polo also presents its Pink Pony collection. A limited range of Pink Pony signature golfers, t-shirts, belts, journals, handbags and caps will be available from Polo retail stores and selected Stuttafords stores for the duration of October. Polo will donate 15% of the proceeds of Pink Pony products to the Cancer Association of South Africa.

            Polo stores are located in the malls of Sandton, Eastgate, Rosebank, Menlyn, Cavendish and V&A Waterfront.


          • Lee and Garth's Wedding on the SouthBound Bride Blog

            Posted on September 25, 2012 by Admin

            We are delighted that Lee and Garth's Val de Vie wedding  was recently featured on SouthBound Bride wedding blog. The special day was a true celebration of their love and our beautiful estate formed the perfect backdrop to the occasion. As Lee puts it,

            "My husband and I drove around Cape Town for many weekends before we found the perfect venue. One afternoon we came across the Val de Vie Polo Estate and fell in love with it. Garth and I wanted a sophisticated venue that would deliver a spectacular wedding. Val de Vie is fantastic, equipped with modern equipment and features, beautiful landscapes, and a professional, organised team."

            SouthBound Bride (formerly known as Cap Classique) is an established South African wedding blog, featuring real weddings from all over the country, comprehensive supplier lists, and plenty of inspiration for brides and grooms getting married in SA. They have twice been named part of the Bridetide list of the top 100 wedding blogs internationally.

            Be sure to visit the blog to read more about Lee and Garth's wedding, and to see more gorgeous photos by Warren Williams.


          • Step out with our BlackBerry Pink Polo Fashion Maestro

            Posted on September 21, 2012 by Admin


            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some tips on what heels to wear to this chic event.

            Bold Steps

            "If you are as crazy about shoes as I am, I'm sure that you are enjoying the multi-colour, print, details and colour-block styles this season. Not to mention a touch of neon and a modern twist on pastels.

            2012 is all about statement pieces, with silver and gold taking the spotlight on the runways this spring. The metal detailing on the toe, ankle or heel is one of my favourites. It’s perfect for daytime or evening wear; a bold and eye-catching must-have.

            For a couple of seasons the round toe has been the style to wear, but finally the feminine pointy shoe is back. I have always been a huge fan, especially because it is flattering for my straight boy-shape silhouette. However, if you carry your weight below, then this is not your best shoe. It will accentuate your curves, but there are plenty of alternative sexy and glamorous trends to choose from.

            Besides bright colours and bling, nude is still a wardrobe essential and it’s easy to wear. A classy nude heel is the perfect shoe to wear with a dress; it'll elongate your legs and look very elegant if you prefer a classic look.

            The right pair of shoes can take your outfit to a whole new level of elegance. Try something different to stand out at this year’s Pink Polo."

            Book your personal shopping session: styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za
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          • An elegant birthday celebration by Val de Vie Private Room

            Posted on September 20, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Private Room was proud to coordinate Mr Martin Venter's birthday party. The event was attended by close family and friends, who enjoyed a delicious menu complemented by elegant decor.

            These photos by Inecke Photography reflect what an enjoyable celebration it was. Visit their blog to view more images.


          • Anemi and Zeán's Engagement Shoot

            Posted on September 19, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            We are very excited to share some of the beautiful engagements photos of our Full Coordination couple, Anemi & Zeán, who are getting married in March 2013 at Val de Vie.

            They chose a stunning Spring day in the Boland for the shoot (after the first day got rained out!) and the photos were taken by the amazing Joe Dreyer on Zeán’s family farm.

            Anemi’s wants her dream wedding to be clean-cut and minimalistic, yet beautiful, full of elegance and style. It must be a day that their friends and family can celebrate with them and enjoy every minute.

            We cannot wait for the big day when they are pronounced Mr and Mrs!”

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner










          • Pink Polo Inspiration

            Posted on September 13, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show.

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so it's time to get inspired and find the look that's right for you. We love this vibrant style, perfect for those who like to stand out amongst the crowd. Shiny embellishments, exotic jewellery and deep, rich colours create a very eye-catching look that still retains a sense of elegance.

            By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


          • Pastel prettiness

            Posted on September 12, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            Perk up your day with pretty pastel shades. Light turquoise and pink tones look almost good enough eat, and they add a fun feminine touch to your decor or wardrobe. There are so many ways to embrace this gorgeous colour combination. Wear a pale turquoise dress complemented by a pink belt, decorate cupcakes in irresistable shades of pink, or accessorise with sparkly aqua coloured gemstones. So soft and sweet, so delicate and delightful!

            By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


          • Perfect Soles

            Posted on September 3, 2012 by Admin

            Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some fabulous tips on how men can get style-savvy with their shoes.

            "It is a great honor to be the Style Maestro for this year’s Pink Polo event and I would like to take you on a fashion journey of colour, what to wear and how to wear it at this year’s event, hosted at Val de Vie Polo Estate.

            It is good to start with a key item that you want to focus on and create a look around the color or ‘theme’ you would like to visually communicate. For example, a striking blazer, bright trousers, printed shorts etc.

            I have had a shoe fetish ever since I can remember and it if there is one thing I notice about a man, it is his shoes. I am particularly fond of the colors and prints for Spring/Summer 2012; and what better opportunity to dress your best or show your interpretation of pink in aid of breast cancer.

            Pink, yellow, pastels and neon are all colours you have either heard or read about in the past few months. Yes, these are all colours that you can enjoy other than the usual blue, navy, black and grey.

            There is, however, a whole new take on blue this spring and summer. It is brighter, lighter and looks amazing with this year’s 80’s comeback, neon colors. For the not-so-daring men who are looking for some change, trade your boring monotone shoelaces for trendy bright colors available at Fabiani, or I dare you to wear colourful printed socks; they do not have to match the colours of your apparel.

            The difference this season is in the detail; tasseled loafers, colorful rubber soles and two-tone color brogues. These are all styles that will make a statement and be comfortable at the same time.

            I am looking forward to seeing you on the 27 October 2012; please don’t hesitate to contact me for a personal styling or shopping session to look your best at this year’s Pink Polo event.

            For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za."

            Kind regards
            Marilize



          • Congratulations to Duane!

            Posted on August 30, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Full Coordination would like to congratulate Duane, a Val de Vie groom, on being chosen as a Spingbok player! It's a wonderful achievement and we wish him and Ezel all the best for the exciting times ahead.

            Photo by Agape Studio


          • The Power of Pink

            Posted on August 29, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event is coming up on 27 October 2012 and it's going to be a fabulous fay of fashion, polo and pampering. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, and of course, pink!

            An easy way to add some pink to your outfit is to find a stunning shade of pink lipstick. Pay close attention to the fashion runways this year and you'll see an explosion of pink lipstick. Pink appears to be the hue of the season, with celebrities donning the color all over the place. But you've probably also seen quite a few pink lipstick disasters. This is because pink can be a tricky colour to master when it comes to fashion. The wrong shade, the wrong lighting, or even the wrong brand-can wreak havoc on your outfit. There are some clever tricks you can use to make sure your pink explosion doesn't look like clown-wear. Here are some basic Dos and Don'ts.

            Don't...Forget to moisturize lips underneath.

            Like red lips, bright pink colors have a tendency to look caked and artificial. To avoid this, make sure that your lips are smooth and moisturized underneath. Try wearing a nourishing lip balm underneath. If you don't, by the end of the day it may look as if you've dipped your lips in cake frosting.

            Don't...Line the lips with a dark color.

            For some reason in the late 70's and early 80's it was fashionable for African American women to line their lips with dark brown (or black) liner, filling the middle in with their color of choice. While that style has (fortunately) dissipated, there is still a tendency for some ladies to line their pink lips with a color that is in effect, too dark. Stay away from dark liners, and opt for liner in a similar shade, if you do line the lips at all.

            Don't...Wear bright pink lips with bright blue eye shadow.

            You may have seen that fabulous Zac Posen model sporting a freakishly stylish set of colors on her face. But that neon pink lip color and matching electric blue was more than likely all for show. That designers and stylists utilize these avant garde styles is enticing to most consumers. But translating these crazy looks is much more difficult in the harsh light of day. If you're not yet comfortable with your new pink lips, skip the blue shadow and wear eye shades that are a bit more conservative this go 'round.

            Do...Wear sheer pink colors for an easy daytime look.

            One way to really amp up your look for spring is to try out sheer styles. If you're still a bit apprehensive about pink lip color for your skin tone, start out with a tinted gloss. Glosses are delicate and natural looking, and don't come across as garish. Or experiment by blotting a light coat of pink lipstick, and then "smudging" it with a clear gloss you already have.

            Do...Opt for "toned down " pink versions.

            Many people think Bubblegum when they about pink lipstick. While this color can work in some situations, there are indeed some other shades you should consider. A muted mauve-perhaps a gloss-is another great option for day or night. Other shades to try out? Dusty pink, rose colors, pearlized pinks, and magenta.

            Do...Balance delicate pink lips with big, flirty lashes.

            One thing you'll notice on your favorite celebrities are pairs of luscious lashes. Because pink can be a rather "intrusive" color when worn, you can balance your cosmetic look by making sure you've got flirty eyes. Dust a neutral, iridescent shadow on lids, and finish off with some lash extensions, a pair of curly fake lashes, or some really terrific mascara.

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Pink Polo Partners: Pongrácz

            Posted on August 28, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            We are thrilled to have Pongrácz as a sponsor for this exceptional event. This singularly noble Cap Classique is now available in a stylish petite bottle – the ultra elegant choice when all you need is a glass or two. Availabe in both Pongrácz and Pongrácz Rosé, these exquisite 375 ml bottles are the perfect pre-dinner aperitif or a luxurious after work indulgence.

            An exceptional blend of the classic Champagne varietals, Pinot noir and Chardonnay, Pongrácz is set apart by its crisp green apple tones and the nuttiness of freshly baked bread. The graceful Pongrácz Rosé with its salmon hue is enchantingly dry with a wonderful foamy mouthful of black berry fruit and delicate yeasty notes.

            Whether you enjoy a flute of fine Cap Classique at a chic night spot or for an after work get together, the Pongrácz petites are stylish companions for any occasion.

            Retailing at R61 and R70 respectively, the 375 ml Pongrácz and Pongrácz Rosé are available at selected wine shops, trendy bars and restaurants. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PongraczCapClassique or www.pongracz.co.za.


          • Karlien van Jaarsveld's Val de Vie Photoshoot

            Posted on August 27, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Lig magazine held a photoshoot at Val de Vie last week featuring Karlien van Jaarsveld and her fiance. We adore the beautiful, romantic photos of this fabulous couple!

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Pink Polo Partners: BMW

            Posted on August 27, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            We are delighted to have BMW as a sponsor of the event. Innovation is part of the BMW brand and evolutionary innovations have shaped the history of their company and the image of their cars. Enter a BMW and you know you will find an intelligent combination of the possible and the practical. BMW doesn’t subscribe to developing new technology for its own sake: only when an invention proves that it makes driving more efficient, safer or more enjoyable will they develop it into a BMW innovation.

            Active Steering is a perfect example: it earned BMW an award as the most innovative company in Germany. But for them the most valuable award is the satisfaction of our customers. Every day, our developers, engineers, technicians and designers take on the challenge of finding not just any solution but the very best. Not to simply meet standards, but to surpass them. Driving a BMW means sensing this in every detail: in its quality and design. In its remarkable agility. In its dynamic, efficient engines. After all, there’s one BMW innovation that sets them apart from all others: Sheer Driving Pleasure.


          • Pink Polo Partners: Gaggenau

            Posted on August 27, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

            Gaggenau is one of the proud sponsors of the event and are renowned for creating high-quality home appliances. They are acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 300 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality. Gaggenau has been a subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich since 1995 and is currently represented in more than 50 countries with flagship showrooms in major cities around the world. In 2011, Gaggenau reached a turnover of more than 170 million euros.

            The team of five Gaggenau designers headed by Sven Baacke pursue a holistic approach that explores the essence of the brand. Aside from product design, the team is involved in shaping the entire brand experience chain from accessories and exhibition presentations to flagship showrooms (from left to right : Sören Strayle, Sándor Klunker, Janina Fey, Sven Baacke, Sebastian Knöll).



          • Get ready for BlackBerry Pink Polo at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 24, 2012 by Admin

            On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

            Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

            Click here to download the full invite.


          • The most delicious Custard Cake

            Posted on August 23, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            The Pretty Blog has a scrumptious recipe for a Custard Cake, and we can't wait to try it! It's a treasured family recipe by Elza de Jongh with a lovely story behind it.

            Custard Cake Recipe

            Note: This recipe is all about the custard icing. Please use any sponge cake recipe that you are comfortable with – I like the warm milk method, and I use a little less sugar than tannie Elsa’s original cake batter recipe. But don’t tweak anything about the custard icing – it looks a little curdled, but that is exactly what it should look like! :)

            Ingredients for sponge cake:
            4 eggs
            300 ml (250 g) caster sugar
            500 ml (280 g) cake flour
            15 ml baking powder
            a pinch of salt
            250 ml milk
            100 g butter
            5 ml vanilla essence

            Method:
            Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Grease and/or line 2 x 20 cm round cake tins.
            Beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
            Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, then fold into egg mixture.
            Heat milk and butter until butter is melted, but don’t let it boil. Add vanilla, then fold into flour and egg mixture.
            Pour batter into lined cake tins, then bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked and golden brown.
            Remove from oven, and cool on wire racks.

            Ingredients for Custard icing:
            500 ml milk
            100 ml custard powder (I use Moirs)
            125 g butter at room temperature
            200 ml caster sugar
            5 ml vanilla essence
            100 ml desiccated coconut, toasted to a golden brown in a dry pan

            Method:
            Dissolve the custard powder in 100 ml milk. Heat remaining 400 ml milk until boiling point, then add custard mixture and stir for a few minutes over lowered heat until it is smooth and thick. Take care not to let it burn. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
            In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and vanilla for a few minutes until creamy.
            Add cooled custard to butter mixture, then beat on high speed for about 3 minutes until smooth. It will look slightly curdled, that is perfect!
            Spread custard on cake layers and on top, then top with toasted coconut.

            Visit The Pretty Blog to view the full post.

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • The ELLE Loves Being A Woman event at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 22, 2012 by Admin

            Western Cape readers of ELLE joined editor Jackie Burger and the ELLE team for a day of pampering and inspirations at Val de Vie Estate, which hosted the annual ELLE Loves Being A Woman event. Guests were treated to a fashion show, pop-up stroes, fashion and beauty tips as well as a delectable three course lunch. The ladies also went home with a goodie bag worth R1000 each, including a Forever New voucher, a copy of our September issue, and a sweet fix provided by Cadbury’s new Bubbly slab. What a fabulous day!

            View more photos and details about the event on the ELLE Facebook page or on their website.







          • The new vintage wedding

            Posted on August 20, 2012 by Admin

            This week our favourite wedding stylist and consultant, annaH, takes a look at the new way of interpreting the vintage theme at your wedding:

            "Forget the conventional and swap your dusty pink and ivory colour scheme to embrace a different kind of vintage this season. This beautiful wedding (photographed by Alea Lovely) proves that with the right accessories, stationery and tailoring ... you CAN pull off a timeless, vintage wedding without the 'safe' comfort of lace trimmings and pearls." - annaH








          • The Phoebe and Floyd photo shoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 20, 2012 by Admin

            The Manor House at Val de Vie was recently the location of the Phoebe and Floyd Kiddies range photo shoot. Designed by Marty Nagel, the range is exclusively for children and we are absolutely smitten with these adorable photos! Photography by Joannette Kruger of Captured Moments.

            The estate is a fantastic venue for photo shoots, be sure to look at our visual showcase.








          • Wedding Ceremony Basics

            Posted on August 17, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            Martha Stewart Weddings has an excellent guide on wedding ceremony etiquette. Whether you are planning a traditional Christian or Jewish ceremony, there are certain traditions which should be observed.

            For example, at a traditional, formal Christian wedding or a large civil ceremony, the bride's family and friends are seated on the left and the groom's on the right. Mark off the first few rows with flowers or ribbon as seating for immediate family and special guests, as labeled below. Divorced parents may sit together in the front row. If they are remarried or not on good terms, the father and his wife should sit in the third or fourth row. Ushers seat guests as they arrive, from front rows to back; the final guests to be seated are, in this order: grandparents, mother of the groom (with father walking just behind), and mother of the bride.

            Read more about ceremony guidelines at Martha Stewart Weddings.

            By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Full Coordination


          • Choosing the engagement ring - The four c's of diamonds

            Posted on August 17, 2012 by Iza de Lange



            THE CUT OF A DIAMOND
            Cut is possibly the most important factor in the Four Cs, because cut is what gives a diamond its brilliance. Cut is certainly the most misunderstood and controversial of the four Cs.

            When we talk about cut, we mean much more than the shape of a diamond. We are talking about the technicalities of exact angles, proportions, symmetry, and polish that affect the way a diamond handles light.

            In short, how well a diamond is cut determines how well the diamond will shine.

            THE CLARITY GRADING SYSTEM
            The most widely used system for grading a diamond's clarity was developed by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Each grade and description was developed so that trained gemologists all over the world working with a ten-power magnification could all give a diamond the same grade.

            FI - Flawless : No blemishes or inclusions- Ordinary wear could cause a flawless diamond to lose its flawless status, and therefore they are rarely used in jewelry.

            IF - Internally Flawless : No inclusions and only insignificant blemishes - Diamonds, with no inclusions and only tiny scratches or pits that can be removed by repolishing, are classified as IF.

            VVS-1 & VVS-2 : Very, Very Slightly Included, very minor inclusions that are difficult to see - The inclusions in this grading are so small that the average person will likely not find them under a ten-power microscope.

            VS-1 : Very Slightly Included : Small inclusions that are difficult to see - An average person has a very hard time finding inclusions on diamonds in this category when using a ten power microscope.

            VS-2 : Very Slightly Included : Small inclusions that are somewhat easy to see - The inclusions on a diamond in this category are the same as those in VS1, but the inclusions are more numerous or larger.

            • SI-1 : Slightly Included : Inclusions that are easy to see - The unaided eye probably cannot see any inclusions.

            • SI-2 : Slightly Included : Inclusions that are very easy to see - The inclusions of these diamonds can be seen through the bottom of the stone, but not normally through the top.

            • I-1, I-2, I-3 : Imperfect : inclusions that are obvious - The inclusions of diamonds in these categories are easily seen. Diamonds with an I3 rating often look shattered. I2 and I3 diamonds may have inclusions that could affect the durability of the diamond.

            THE COLOUR OF A DIAMOND
            The Colours of diamonds can vary greatly. Diamonds can be red, green, purple, blue, brown, yellow, and even black. The brightly Coloured diamonds are often called "fancy Colour." The Colour is determined by which trace elements can be found within the diamond and how they originated. The most valuable diamonds are those for which no Colour can be found in the stone. Such diamonds, however, are very rare. Far more common are diamonds with a slight to obvious yellow tint.

            A Colourless diamond is more valuable because it reflects 100% of the light back through the diamond.

            The Colour Grading System
            The most widely used system for grading the colour of diamonds was developed by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). The system uses alphabetical letters ranging from D to Z+ to identify Colours.

            In terms of price, D is the most expensive Colour while N through Z are the least expensive. Diamonds, that are yellow enough to receive the rating of Z+, are considered fancies and are not priced in this manner. Their price increases with the intensity of their Colour.

            Diamonds with a grade between D and F are rare and therefore, the most expensive. They are often called "Colourless" or "collection." The difference between a D and F graded stone is a matter of transparency, where D is the most transparent. D, E, and F stones are Colourless to the naked eye.

            Diamonds in the G though J area are called "near Colourless" or "white." A near Colourless diamond can also be worth a lot, as the average consumer will not even notice the yellow tints. A trained gemologist, however, will be able to detect the yellowish hue.

            K through M rated diamonds, or "faint yellow," have a slightly noticeable yellow tint. These stones are more common and less expensive. Some people prefer the yellowish tint because of the warm tone it conveys.

            Diamonds that have been graded N through have a noticeable yellow Colour and are therefore much less expensive.

            DIAMOND CARAT
            How the carat weight of a diamond affects its value.
            A diamond's weight in carats is one measure of its value, along with the other 3 of the "4 Cs:" carat weight, cut, color and clarity.

            Diamonds are among the rarest of materials on earth; every diamond, of every size and quality, has a definite value. The size of a diamond is measured in its carat weight. One carat = 1/5 of a gram. Carats are further divided into 100 points. Diamond weight may sometimes be expressed in points or in carats: a "75 point diamond" weighs 3/4 of a carat.
            Large diamonds are far more rare than smaller ones. Large diamonds are highly prized because of their rarity and because larger diamonds, when cut, have more brilliance. Carat for carat, a large diamond will cost more than a smaller one.

            It is difficult to judge the carat weight of a diamond by its apparent size; diamonds of the same diameter may weigh more or less than each other because of the way they are cut.

            By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


          • Marlene's 30th birthday celebration

            Posted on August 13, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            Val de Vie Private Room is an on and off-site coordination service that promises you a boutique event experience. With our expertise, we can coordinate anything from baby showers and birthdays to kitchen teas and cocktail parties, all in the privacy of your home or your chosen venue.

            We recently coordinated Marlene's 30th birthday celebration, which was hosted at her house and attended by 30 guests. It was really great working with such a lovely client and we thoroughly enjoyed the planning process. The decor was beautifully put together by Nico, while the Polo Club Restaurant created a feast of flavours. The talented Marlene baked the birthday cake herself and it was truly delicious, with a chocolate mousse heart in the middle.







            Photos by Inecke Photography

            By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


          • Olga and Hanjo's wedding in pictures

            Posted on August 11, 2012 by Admin

            Olga and Hanjo held their wedding at Val de Vie on 30 June 2012, and it was a dazzling winter celebration that Val de Vie Full Coordination was so proud to coordinate. The glass marquee was a real sight to behold and a venue option that we are very excited to offer.

            We are so excited to see all the beautiful photos from this special day, they are truly spectacular! Visit Christine Meintjes' website for more images: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3















          • Christine and Bobby's wedding video

            Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin

            FJS Productions have done it again with Christine and Bobby's beautiful wedding video. Their chic wedding was held at Val de Vie and it was a joyful celebration that we were proud to coordinate.


            View more spectacular Full Coordination weddings
            on our website.


          • A fabulous pre-wedding photoshoot

            Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin



            With its lush polo fields and dazzling views of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie is an exquisite venue for photoshoots. These photos by ZaraZoo were taken of couple Avani and Vir as part of their pre-wedding photoshoot. The couple travelled all the way to Cape Town for the shoot and we are in awe of these gorgeous shots. To view more photos, please visit our Facebook page.


          • Dazzling, delectable and downright dreamy cakes

            Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin

            Metallic Cakes

            Be bold with a metallic cake. From shimmering silvers to glowing golds, it's sure to make an eye-catching statement! Resist the urge to go all out bling - elegance is key with this look. See your cake as an extension of your decor scheme, so that it doesn't come across as overpowering.

            Lace Cakes

            Delicate, romantic and so pretty. These lacy cakes draw inspiration from vintage crochet, doilies and flowert cut-outs. Keep the overall pure and simple with creame and whites, or add some drama with black lace icing contrasted against lighter colours.

            Hand Painted Cakes
            Cakes get the artist's touch with the latest trend for hand painted cakes. Each creation is literally an edible masterpiece, showing off any design that you could image. We love floral and botanical inspired designs, but the only limit is what you can imagine!

            Images courtesy of onefabday.com


          • Val de Vie is SA Wedding Venue's top venue of the month!

            Posted on July 30, 2012 by Admin

            We're so proud that Val de Vie is SA Wedding Venue's venue of the month! Check out their lovely review of the estate, which showcases the many different options that Val de Vie present for bridal couples.


          • Carrol Boyes: A proud sponsor of BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012

            Posted on July 23, 2012 by Admin

            We're thrilled that Carrol Boyes will be one of the sponsors of the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012 event on 27 October. We adore their stylish creations, especially their quirky Wound Up collection. In the next few weeks we'll be showcasing more beautiful items created by Carrol Boyes, watch this space!


          • Behind the scenes of the Wedding Album photo shoot

            Posted on July 23, 2012 by Iza de Lange


            The photo shoot for Val de Vie’s third spread in the Wedding Album magazine was such an exciting day for the Val de Vie Events team. As the ultimate source for all the latest bridal trends and innovations, the Wedding Album is a must-read for any bride. There was no doubt that that our advertisement had to capture the glamour, style and luxury of Val de Vie!

            The day began when the models arrived (including our very own Janette Griesel) for their hair and makeup to be perfected. At the same time photographer Jean-Pierre Uys and his two assistants were scouting out every corner of the Pavilion, not far behind Alwijn, the design genius who envisioned the entire shoot.

            While they were busy planning, we moved our office to the Ballroom and worked in the middle of the action for the rest of the day. We didn’t want to miss out on a thing! We were surrounded by gorgeous Kobus Dippenaar wedding gowns, large white screens, high tech camera gear, Alwijn and his styling props of flowers, pearls and more, as well as Helga, who had tables laden with makeup and hair products.

            As with any event, there were a few hiccups. One was that there were no shoes for the male model who was dressed as the groom. The events team was phoning around, bribing the IT guy and getting ready to jump in the car to race to the mall, until we finally found someone willing to lend us his black evening shoes. Even though the shoes were a size 12 and the model needed a size 8, we finally had black shoes for the shoot!

            We gained a new level of respect for brides; wedding gowns are definitely not the lightest outfits to wear. What we admire even more is how bridesmaids are able to assist the bride in getting dressed without messing up their own hair or make up. Now that’s difficult!

            Late that night we looked at the amazing shots that were taken by the team. We chose the prefect photo and sent it off to the graphic designer, right on time for the deadline the next day.

            With Val de Vie as the ultimate venue for any photo shoot, it was such a fun and successful day. Keep an eye on the Val de Vie blog to see what other magazines we’re going to be featured in.

            Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys
            Make-up and Hair: Helga Bridal
            Design: Alwijn from Coord
            Menswear: Hilton Weiner
            Wedding dresses: Kobus Dippenaar

            The Val de Vie Events Team

            By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


          • A sensational Spanish evening at Val de Vie

            Posted on July 13, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie recently hosted a sensational Spanish evening at the Polo Club Restaurant which included a live performance by Kubu Strings. It was a lively and hugely enjoyable occasion, complete with tapas, fine wine, Spanish guitar and flambéed crêpes.

            We're looking forward to our next event on Wednesday 18 July, in which The Room will be playing at the Polo Club Restaurant. Watch this space for details!


          • The scent of pink

            Posted on July 10, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            Whether you like fruity, floral or spicy fragrances, there are so many gorgeous scents that can capture your own personal style. Harper's Bazaar have put together a brilliant Summer perfume guide that highlights some of the top fragrances for 2012, and we think that they would be perfect for our upcoming Pink Polo event on 27 October. It's the perfect chance to glam up and spoil yourself with something special!

            By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Finance Manager, Event & Wedding Coordinator


          • Family fun with Lollos at Val de Vie Estate

            Posted on July 10, 2012 by Admin

            We were delighted to host another fun-filled Lollos event at Val de Vie Estate today! The Ballroom was full of excited kids who couldn't wait to dance and jump along with Lollos. The show was 45 minutes long and every moment was full of smiles, singing and laughter.

            To keep little tummies full, the Polo Club Restaurant had a delicious and very popular menu just for the kids to enjoy. To top it off, children also received packs with treats such as sweets, chips, cool drink, yoghurt and more. Lollos will definitely be back at Val de Vie soon!


          • Get your pink on!

            Posted on July 10, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            The highly anticipated Pink Polo Event is taking place on 27 October 2012 at Val de Vie Estate and it promises to be a fabulous day of polo, fashion and goodwill. Held in aid of breast cancer, the event celebrates everything that is pink and pretty. Playful, feminine and always charming, we love this gorgeous colour. Be bold in a cerise dress, or  subtle in soft rose. To shy to go all out pink? Find some cute accessories or a stunning shade of lipstick.

            By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


          • Dine out with David Bullard at Val de Vie

            Posted on July 10, 2012 by Admin

            David Bullard, the controversial columnist, motoring journalist, outspoken critic of the media and dinner speaker, is coming to Val de Vie on 26 July 2012. Known for his controversial satire, Bullard is the author of three books, including Out to Lunch, Out to Lunch Again, and Screw it, Let's Do Lunch! It's sure to be a very entertaining and interesting evening, so be sure to book your table.

            Time: 18:30 for 19:00
            Price: R350
            Includes a two course dinner with wine.

            RSVP: janette.griesel@valdevie.co.za


          • The Pretty Ponytail

            Posted on July 10, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            Our Pink Polo event is coming up on the 27 October 2012 and we're already planning our outfits for this glamorous event! There's no doubt what hairstyle we've all got our eye on: it's the humble ponytail. Throughout the years this simple style has been adapted in numerous ways to become a slick option for formal events. Check out a gallery of ponytail inspiration at Harper's Bazaar.

            By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


          • The Pretty Inspired Wedding Session comes to Val de Vie

            Posted on July 10, 2012 by Admin



            Val de Vie recently hosted The Pretty Blog's first Pretty Inspired Wedding Session. It was so lovely to have the talented Pretty Blog team with us for the workshop, which was a great success and left many brides-to-be feeling inspired and energised for their big day. The event was held in the Founder's Lounge, the perfect venue for intimate events. Visit the Pretty Blog for more photos and details about the day.

            By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator



          • Dine with David Bullard

            Posted on July 9, 2012 by Admin

            David Bullard, the controversial columnist, motoring journalist, outspoken critic of the media and dinner speaker, is coming to Val de Vie on 26 July 2012. It's sure to be a very entertaining and interesting evening, so be sure to book your table.

            Time: 18:30 for 19:00
            Price: R350
            Includes a two course dinner with wine.

            RSVP: janette.griesel@valdevie.co.za


          • The beauty of black and white

            Posted on July 9, 2012 by Admin

            For a look that's guaranteed to ooze elegance and style, Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate always loves a classy black and white decor scheme. Splashes of silver can add some glamour, or even soft shades of grey.

            Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


          • A West Coast Gem: Die Huis op die Duin

            Posted on July 6, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            We adore Die Huis op die Duin, a lovely little West Coast venue that's a true gem. Val de Vie Full Coordination can plan any event or wedding at the house as part of our full coordination option. It's an exqusite setting and we are thrilled to present it to you.

            Owned by fashion editor and foodie Isabella Niehaus, the house is a striking cement structure with an amazing deck that opens up onto the dunes. It feels like a real home, which is what makes it so charming. The decor style is beautifully is eclectic and creative. Paintings, books and retro furniture fill the interior, while the views onto the beach are truly breathtaking.

            Host Isabella treats her guests to the most mouthwatering dishes, such as a West Coast tapas board, oysters, mussels, vetkoek. fresh fish in phyllo, salads and the most amazing cheesecake. Apart from this seafood feast, any type menu can be requested. Tables are decked with Wonkiware, a pretty mix of glasses and vintage cutlery, or they can be styled to suit your own theme.

            A church is being built on the beach, making this an even more incredible venue for a wedding.

            24 Casosweg, Calypso Beach
            Langebaan
            Tel: 083 265 2147
            bellnie@iafrica.com

            By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


          • Val de Vie Venues

            Posted on July 6, 2012 by Admin

            Magnificent weddings. Chic polo tournaments. Unforgettable product launches. These are all just some of the events that have been hosted at Val de Vie, one of the most sought-after venues in South Africa. The estate conveniently offers several different areas that are suited to different types of events. Along with the expert advice of our Events Team, it's so easy to find the perfect setting in which to celebrate your occasion.

            The Ballroom

            The Ballroom is a prestigious venue for almost any event, from luxury weddings and parties to conferences. The ballroom can seat up to 300 people and includes an imported bamboo laminated dance floor, gleaming marble tiles and three huge silver chandeliers. Equipped with some of the finest facilities in the land, this is an unparalleled setting.

            The Founder’s Lounge

            Entertain in style at the Founder’s Lounge, an intimate venue that’s perfect for conferences, personal birthday parties or small workshops.

            The Manor House

            With its beautiful gardens, the elegant Manor house is ideal for outdoor functions (weather dependent).

            The Polo Club Restaurant

            For a relaxed but elegant event, tables can be reserved at The Polo Club Restaurant.


          • Sail into style

            Posted on July 6, 2012 by Admin

            Yesterday Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate featured a marine-inspired moodboard that celebrates the colours of the ocean. This nautical-themed moodboard offers a different take on seaside style, drawing on bright and cheerful naval themes. Think of red, white and blue and classic stripes. It's an elegant but fun theme that has plenty of options for quirky details - incorporate ropes, colourful buoys or anchors.

            Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


          • Celebrate being a woman with ELLE

            Posted on July 5, 2012 by Admin

            Join ELLE editor Jackie Burger on 18 August 2012 for a spirited and elegant event in the month dedicated to women: ELLE Loves Being A Woman. This luxurious event is an all-day affair that will be held at Val de Vie Estate. It is the perfect opportunity to spoil a mom or daughter, or to share with sisters and friends.

            What Can You Expect?
            A salon fashion show featuring the trends for summer 2012/13 from Mango, Forever New, Nine West, Christopher Strong, Klûk CGDT, TWO and others
            A goodie bag worth R1 000
            Pop-up stores including a make-up touch-up area and a nail bar
            A three-course lunch, to end a perfect celebration

            Book Now
            Tickets cost R450 pp
            Go to elle.co.za and follow instructions to reserve your seat and make an electronic payment.
            NB: Bookings close on 8 August. Registration starts at 10am and the event will conclude at 4pm on both days.

            Download the full details


          • Val de Vie Events: The Ultimate in Coordination Excellence

            Posted on July 5, 2012 by Admin

            Whether it's joy of a wedding day, the fun and frivolity of a cocktail party or the glamour of a corporate ball, the Val de Vie Events team is simply smitten with creating the most exquisite events. We can coordinate events both at the estate or at the venue of your choice, making it so easy to turn any occasion into a stunning experience.

            There are a host of packages to choose from:

            On-the-day Coordination

            Our On-the-day Coordination Service allows you to relax and enjoy your event on the day itself. We will manage the course of your event according to a strict programme, ensuring that it’s a flawless experience.

            Full Coordination

            Our comprehensive Full Coordination Service offers the ultimate in planning luxury. With your unique preferences and needs taken into account, our team will manage every element of your event and ensure that it runs smoothly from beginning to end.

            Private Room

            With Private Room we can coordinate an event in your home or chosen venue, offering you the convenience of a boutique event experience.

            Off-site Events

            Whether you’re dreaming of a beach wedding or a smart corporate retreat, we can bring the expertise of Val de Vie to your event. Our team can coordinate off-site events at the venue of your choice, from destination weddings and parties to so much more.

            Find out more on our website.


          • Marine magic

            Posted on July 5, 2012 by Admin

            Ahoy! The team at Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate can't help but be enchanted by this marine theme. Aqua, grey and azure create a cool colour scheme that is reminiscent of the big blue sea. This look would be gorgeous for a summer beach wedding, or at a leisurely lunch overlooking the ocean.

            Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


          • Olga and Hanjo's spectacular wedding

            Posted on July 4, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Full Coordination was thrilled to host the winter wedding of Olga and Hanjo this past weekend. What a day, what an occasion and what a wonderful couple!

            We were honoured to be part of the celebration as production started 9 days before the wedding day. 590 guests filled a spectacular glass marquee tent that was erected on our lush polo fields. The tent was a vast structure, using no less than 5596 screws and 6520 carpet tiles. 29 sparkling chandeliers and 270 bulbs illuminated the space, while we created a real sense of romance with 10 500 roses that came 5 563km all the way from Kenya.

            The stationery team had their hands full for this wedding. It took four women 135 hours and 1300 sheets of paper to create everything, all by hand. In addition, an amazing 4.4kg sequence of confetti was required to sparkle the couple as they departed from the Toring Church in Paarl.  To top it off, the dedicated team consisted of 7 coordinators and 6 floor Managers ensuring all details were perfected, 22 chefs with a team of 60 waiters tending to all our guests needs.

            After the success of the day, we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved with this special wedding. This bride was wonderfully spoiled on her wedding day and celebrated being a year older on the 2nd of July.

            Val de Vie Coordination would like to thank each service professional for their dedication throughout the production of this spectacular wedding: FJS for taking breathtaking shots, Christine Meintjies and her team Catherine Mac, Yolande Marx and Iaan Van Niekerk capturing every detail, Kanya Hunt for the stunning Chanel cake creation, Nicola of La fête for the treasured tea party, Jaype and Fabienne for glamming up our gorgeous bride, Chattels for the beautiful glass structure, Gearhouse for illuminating the entire evening, Secret Diary for the beautiful stationary and sugar station, Nico Laubscher from NConcepts and Designs that brought touches of opulence, Something Different for the lighting that sparkled, Blend Event Life for impeccable service, Absolute Waitrons for their ongoing dedication, Pastry chef Andrew from Val de Vie Estate and Dewald Hurter and his team, and Rob for our quirky and interactive photo booth. Last but not least, thank you to our performing artists who made the evening unforgettable, DJ Conrad, Christo, Cobus and Nic Stevens, Shout Music Company and Romanz.

            It was truly a great pleasure to have you all by our side.

            Blessings and love to our precious couple, Olga and Hanjo.

            Photography by Christine Meintjes


          • Cool, crisp and chic

            Posted on July 4, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate loves this uber cool look for a smart dinner celebration. Icy white and sparkling silver form an elegant backdrop for this style. Add texture with lace, sequins and crystal. You'll have a real winter wonderland to enchant you and your guests alike.

            Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


          • Keep calm with colour

            Posted on July 3, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            Are you feeling as cool as blue, or rather as enraged as red? Staying calm is surely one of the most difficult things to do before and on your wedding day. From the coordinators and the bridesmaids to the bridal couple and family members, everyone feels the pre-wedding stress.

            Every bride knows that colours play a massive role on your big day. They are an integral part of the wedding decor and a reflection of your own personality. However, the right colours can also change your mood leading up to the day. Certain shades can have a calming effect, soothing you as during the busy planning process. Soft pinks, delicate blues and greys or a gentle turquoise can set the right frame mind for you. Wear your favourite relaxing colors before your wedding and on your wedding day to be both calm and collected.

            By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


          • The glamour of Chanel

            Posted on July 3, 2012 by Admin

            Elegance and impeccable style. That's the spirit of this moodboard by Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate, which celebrates the chic glamour of Coco Chanel.

            Moodboard designed by Secret Diary.


          • Colourful whimsy

            Posted on July 2, 2012 by Admin

            For instant fun and brightness, add a zing of colour to your wedding with bold shades of pink, lime and turquoise. Val de Vie Full Coordination Weddings & Corporate created this vibrant look that has a wonderful sense of playfulness.

            Moodboard by Secret Diary.


          • A symphony of Spring flowers

            Posted on June 26, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            At the moment we're in the middle of a chilly Winter, but it's some reassurance that we can look forward to the freshness and beauty of Spring. Brides who are tying the knot in Spring should start planning their flowers now, and there is such a dazzling array to choose from. You are spoilt for choice with classic favourites such as roses, crysanthenums, carnations and irises, or more modern options such as proteas and orchids.

            Here is a a list of other gorgeous flowers that are available in Spring:

            • Daffodils
            • Gerberas
            • Gladiolus
            • Lace Flower
            • Delphiniums
            • Tulips
            • Veronicas
            • Anemones
            • Freecias
            • Tuberoses
            • Snap Dragons
            • Larkspurs
            • Stocks
            • Sweetpeas
            • Ranunculus

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • Wishing a happy anniversary to Sue and JP Duminy

            Posted on June 25, 2012 by Admin

            We wish JP and Sue a very happy anniversary today! It was our absoloute pleasure to oversee the Full Coordination of their special day last year, and we wish them all the happiness for the future.


          • Bravo! showcases the Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo

            Posted on June 25, 2012 by Admin

            We are thrilled that Bravo! recently featured the Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo. Be sure to watch this wonderful video that captures the spirit of this chic event.


          • Love rewards the brave

            Posted on June 25, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            Soft, dusky tones and romantic details complete the look of this beautiful moodboard.

            By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events

            Images sourced from Pinterest.


          • Jetsetter chic

            Posted on June 25, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Here's a great wedding theme for jetsetters! Celebrate the spirit of journey and adventure with a quirky travel theme. There are so many ways to have fun with this look; use maps, globes, childhood books and vintage suitcases in your decor, and have a polaroid photobooth for your guests. Travel name tags are perfect for place settings, while your invitations can take the form of passports complete with wax seals and stamps.
            Bon voyage!

            By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


          • It's the dream team!

            Posted on June 25, 2012 by Admin

            We are so excited to introduce our new team page! It features stunning new photos of our team, taken by Jean-Pierre Uys. Our flawless make-up was courtesy of Candice Leigh.

            Be sure to visit the page to find out about all the talented ladies behind Val de Vie Events.


          • Celebrate being a woman with ELLE

            Posted on June 20, 2012 by Admin

            Join ELLE editor Jackie Burger on 18 August 2012 for a spirited and elegant event in the month dedicated to women: ELLE Loves Being A Woman. This luxurious event is an all-day affair that will be held at Val de Vie Estate. It is the perfect opportunity to spoil a mom or daughter, or to share with sisters and friends.

            What Can You Expect?
            A salon fashion show featuring the trends for summer 2012/13 from Mango, Forever New, Nine West, Christopher Strong, Klûk CGDT, TWO and others
            A goodie bag worth R1 000
            Pop-up stores including a make-up touch-up area and a nail bar
            A three-course lunch, to end a perfect celebration

            Book Now
            Tickets cost R450 pp
            Go to elle.co.za and follow instructions to reserve your seat and make an electronic payment.
            NB: Bookings close on 8 August. Registration starts at 10am and the event will conclude at 4pm on both days.

            Download the full details


          • Val de Vie in The Wedding Album

            Posted on June 20, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie is proud to have a beautiful new advertisement in the latest issue of the Wedding Album. This must-read publication is the ultimate source for all the latest bridal trends and innovations.

            The advert features an elegant photoshoot that we recently held at the estate. We love how it all came together so beautifully and are so excited to be featured in the Wedding Album for the third year running.

            Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys, Make up: Helga, Design: Alwijn from Coord
            Wedding dresses: Kobus Dippenaar, Menswear: Hilton Weiner

            By Iza de Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager



          • Vinyl va-va-voom

            Posted on June 19, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            At Val de Vie Events we're crazy about vinyl wall art. It's such an easy way to jazz up an interior and create something that looks both unique and eye-catching. Vinyl shapes are also fun to include in your wedding decor, whether you create monogrammed motifs or chic floral patterns.

            We're busy decorating our offices with some stunning vinyl decorations, watch this space!

            By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator


          • Olga & Hanjo's winter wedding

            Posted on June 15, 2012 by Admin

            We are so excited to be planning the wedding of Olga and Hanjo on 30 June 2012, which promises to be a lavish winter celebration. It'll be an event that captures pure winter elegance, with chic shades of silver and white, complemented by hints of color. The bride's dream for her wedding is certainly unconventional - she hopes to have a wet winter wedding in a glass marquee tent! Our team is so inspired to help realise her dream day and we know it's going to be exceptional.

            The start up for this wedding begins 21 June 2012. We'll be setting up a spectacular glass marquee tent on our lush polo fields. The decor will take a full week to perfect, helping us to be sure that the flowers and elegant details are absolutely perfect. MD Sımone de Wet has confırmed that Elsje Oosthuizen and six wedding coordinators from Val de Vıe Full Coordination wıll be looking after every last detail to ensure that everlasting memorıes are created for this amazıng couple and their 580 guests.





          • Chic City Cakes

            Posted on June 15, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            Some of the most beautiful wedding cakes are from Charm City Cakes, a US cake maker that creates real culinary masterpieces. The cakes are almost sculptural in their appearance, with crisp, clean lines and detailing that is executed with the utmost precision. They capture the trend for minimalist, origami-inspired cakes that have a very modern, fuss-free appearance. To view more incedible cakes, visit Design Sponge.

            By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


          • Pretty Inspired Wedding Session at Val de Vie Estate

            Posted on June 14, 2012 by Admin

            The Pretty Blog is hosting an inspirational wedding session at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 23 June. This full day event starts at 8:30 and offers brides-to-be with practical and creative ideas in a relaxed setting. Expect talks from planning experts, make-up artists, stylists and photographers, each helping you to plan your big day in stress-free style. Visit The Pretty Blog to find out more details, or click on the image below.


          • Duane and Ezel's engagement shoot

            Posted on June 13, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Events is delighted to be hosting the wedding of Duane and Ezel, a wonderful young couple who will be celebrating their big day at the estate. The talented Elsjé from Val de Vie Full Coordination is coordinating the romantic affair, which is going to be held in December. Duane, a rugby player, and Ezel, a dancer, are looking forward to a simple but elegant occasion that reflects their love for each other.

            We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more details on the wedding in the next few months. Planning will get into full swing as Elsjé and the couple meet with the industry’s top service providers, finalising all the details and perfecting each element.

            Wedding photographer Charl from Agape Studio joined the couple for their second engagement shoot at Muizenberg beach. Quirky, fun and heartfelt, we love the romance captured in these images.

            To see the full shoot, click here.







          • Pastel perfection

            Posted on June 8, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            We are always so excited to be part of the design and planning process of ladies who celebrate their 21st birthdays at Val de Vie Estate.

            This moodboard is dedicated to a lovely lady called Helene. Her birthday breakfast will be held against a backdrop of icy white and beautiful pastel shades. This gorgeous look will bring a funky youthful edge to the elegant morning celebrations.

            Happy 21st Helene, we wish you blessings for many more DAZZLING years!

            By Simone


          • Warm winter love

            Posted on June 8, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            The chilly winter months might be filled with grey skies and rainy afternoons, but there's no reason for you not to spice things up! Make this winter a time to indulge in all that's bold and beautiful. Host a glamorous dinner party, buy an outrageous pair of heels or wear an extravagant shade of red. It's definitely the most fun and fabulous way to defy the winter blues.

            By Varety


          • Lollos is coming to Val de Vie!

            Posted on June 7, 2012 by Admin

            Lollos is coming to Val de Vie again on 10 July! We can't wait for this fun-filled event that is loved by the little ones.

            Tickets cost R50.00 and can be bought by emailing events@valdevie.co.za. Children's lucky packets can alsoo be pre-booked for R20.00.


          • Candy colours

            Posted on June 7, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Add some colour and sugary sweetness to your wedding with a candy station. Indulge and be creative with this sweet sensation; choose your favourite colours and make an edible decor feature. The sweets can be served as part of dessert or as delicious gift favours for your guests.

            By Nadia, Venue Manager and Wedding Coordinator


          • Know your style with AnnaH: The Minimalist

            Posted on June 7, 2012 by Admin

            This week AnnaH takes a look at another signature personal style, the minimalist. This simple but elegant is so sophisticated, here is what she has to say about it:

            "A typical ‘less is more’ approach. Your wedding exposes the core basics and character of key decor fundamentals through removing all unnecessary features or concepts. Straightforward designs and neutral colour palettes shape the foundation of this ‘persona’.

            The inspiration is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. The design is not completely without ornamentation, but all parts and detail are reduced to a stage where no one can remove anything further to improve the look."

            A fantastic hour-long consultation with Anneke is including when booking Val de Vie as your wedding venue. View her full post on The Pretty Blog.






          • Know your style with AnnaH: The Lady

            Posted on June 4, 2012 by Admin

            Wedding stylist AnnaH is showcasing various signature styles on The Pretty Blog that can brides help to define the right look for their wedding. This week she looked at "The Lady". As she puts it, “your wedding exposes the sheer romance of your ladylike personality. Celebrate your feminine side with ruffles, lace, pearls, bows, beautiful cutlery, crystal glasses and the finest linen. The idea is not to completely go overboard with detail, but to accentuate key visuals with complimenting embellishments and quality materials.”

            Click here to view the post at The Pretty Blog.






          • Our polo season comes to an end

            Posted on June 1, 2012 by Admin

            As we head into Winter, we're already missing our four-footed polo horses in action. It's time to enjoy the off-season and get some rest! Ladies, stay inspired and start gathering ideas for a show-stopping outfit for the new season. It kicks off with a bang in October with the highly anticupated Pink Polo Event in aid of breast cancer. This is one polo event that cannot be missed!

            Moodboard by Nadia


          • Daniela and Derek's wedding

            Posted on May 25, 2012 by Admin

            Daniela and Derek recently celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie, and we can't take our eyes off the stunning photos taken by Gavin Casey. With a red and white decor scheme, it was a truly stylish occasion that we are happy to have been a part of. View more photos on Gavin Casey's website.







          • Introducing AnnaH Bridal Styling

            Posted on May 25, 2012 by Admin

            We are thrilled to announce a wonderful new offering from Val de Vie! Couples who book our wedding venue will now receive an AnnaH voucher from Val de Vie Events. This voucher includes an hour long consultation with Anneke, a talented wedding stylist and consultant. With her brilliant understanding of how to conceptualise an event, Anneke helps brides to incorporate their own style into their wedding's look and feel. She will also create a beautiful moodboard that captures the unique style of your wedding.

            Visit her website to find out more about her work.


          • Keep it chic with Elle Canada's Trend Report

            Posted on May 24, 2012 by Admin

            Elle Cananda has released a fabulous trend report showcasing the top looks for Fall/Winter 2012. Here are some of the looks that we loved the most, visit their website to find more fashion inspiration.

            Lady

            How will I recognize the “lady” trend?
            It’s a sophisticated, bourgeois style reminiscent of ’50s Hollywood, especially the heroines in Hitchcock films: perfectly chic, with a top-to-toe polish that is, dare we say, done!

            What are the trend’s key pieces?
            Razor-thin pencil skirts, bow-tied blouses, past-the-knee day dresses, skirtsuits, tailored shifts and three-quarter-sleeve coats.

            Who can wear it?
            Professional gals who want a feminine, sleek style.

            How do I accessorize?
            Hats, gloves (the new essential), fur wraps, pearl necklaces, structured frame bags and tights (ultra-sheer or crochet).

            How can I make this look work for me?
            Downplay extravagant accessories, keep hair simple and go for naturallooking makeup to avoid looking like a Mad Men cast member.

            Who did it best?
            Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Donna Karan and Jean Paul Gaultier.

            Florals

            Isn’t this normally a spring trend?
            This is completely new! Florals used to be reserved for spring, but now it’s a festive garden party year-round.

            What types of flowers inspired designers?
            Style pollination had dandelions and sprigs of lily of the valley at Miu Miu, blossoming white roses at Lanvin and multicoloured wildflowers at Jil Sander, all set against a dark base creating a flourishing, graphic effect.

            When can I wear it?
            Rethink dressing: Adopt florals as an easy dose of daytime chic in early fall or save it for winter’s holiday celebrations.

            How do I wear it?
            The print is the focal point, so tread lightly with jewellery and finish with simple pumps or wedge booties.

            Who did it best?
            Lanvin, Paul Smith, Moschino, Giambattista Valli, Jil Sander, Sportmax and Miu Miu.

            Green

            What was the hottest colour on the fall runways?
            Green is, without a doubt, the season’s It shade.

            Which shade of green?
            Cult faves from the ’70s: olive, khaki, forest, pine and bottle. Plus, gemstone shades of turquoise and emerald, as seen at Gucci.

            What piece should I invest in?
            Everything from coats and suits to blouses and dresses. Style tip: Go from sage to sauvage with coloured fur accents.

            What about prints?
            Think Emilio Pucci’s fanciful baroque patterns or Dries Van Noten’s artful abstractions.

            Can I wear it from head to toe? Why not?
            Or mix it up with neutrals like grey and black. Feel daring? Go for gold, violet or taupe combinations.

            What about accessories?
            Bags, belts, shoes and boots in a deep, dark shade of green are top!

            Who did it best?
            Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Marni.

            Text by Anthony Mitropoulos.


          • Pretty in pink

            Posted on May 24, 2012 by Admin

            Winter is well on its way, and what better to brighten things up with a splash of pink? Feel inspired for the new season by adding touches of soft pink. It's a pretty, feminine look that will cheer up any rainy day!


          • Rose-tinted romance

            Posted on May 21, 2012 by Admin

            Pink is the most feminine of colours, exuding a real sense of romance. We love to use softer shades of rose, a subtle way to include pink in a decor scheme and add a somewhat vintage feel. Creams, greys and soft neutral tones help to break up these pink hues so that they don't become too overwhelming.


          • Cake couture

            Posted on May 21, 2012 by Admin

            The centrepiece of most weddings is a beautiful, lovingly-made cake that reflects the style of the event itself. Today brides have a dazzling array of cakes to choose from. Classic tiered cakes remain a popular option, either embellished with sugar flowers or a pattern inspired by the decor scheme. For those who prefer a less structured look, we love a simple frosted cake adorned with fresh flowers. Feeling adventurous? Try a stacked crepe cake or even a pie. There are so many delicious ideas just waiting to be discovered (and eaten!).


          • Absolute elegance: Black and white

            Posted on May 21, 2012 by Admin

            Classic black and white is always a winning combination for an elegant decor scheme. It's fresh and clean style that's so versatile; it can either look modern and dramatic or classic and sophisticated. If you're hesitant to go all out with this look, introduce a third accent colour, but try to keep the overall black and white style for maximum visual impact. Imagine black vases or dark wood set off by crisp white walls, or pure white linen accented by black throws and scatter cushions. Gorgeous!


          • The Awaken Women's Conference in pictures

            Posted on May 18, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie recently hosted the The Awaken Women's Conference, an enlightening event for woman that included two days of worship, inspiration and reflection. Well done to the Awaken Team & Crew for creating such a special weekend.

            Here are some things that participants had to say about the event:

            "It was a great weekend. Thank you Lord and the Awaken team!" - Toni Mould
            "What a privilege to have experienced this!" - Ilze Boonzaaier
            "One of the best weekends of my life! Thank you Jesus!"- Esté Nell

            These moodboards capture the spirit of the event (photography by Lizelle Lotter, June Joubert and Anke Dunaiski.


          • The Home Channel's Decor and Design Morning at Val de Vie

            Posted on May 18, 2012 by Admin

            You're invited to join us at the The Home Channel's Decor and Design Morning at Val de Vie. Speakers include Juliet Newell (The Home Channel), Elzabe Zietsman (singer, actress & chef), Henk Scholtz (artist, decorator & landscaper) and Neil Stemmet (interior designer, curator & collector).

            Details:
            Date: Saturday, 2nd June
            Time: 10:00 for 10:30 - 3:00pm
            Price: R350 pp incl. light lunch (please note that seats are limited.)

            CLICK HERE TO RSVP

            For enquiries contact Edith Unlimited: 011 783 5887 / tammy@edithunlimited.co.za


          • Spread the Fragrance Women's Conference

            Posted on May 18, 2012 by Admin

            We are very excited to host the Spread the Fragrance Women's Conference this weekend. Tickets are all sold out for this fabulous event! Be sure to watch this space for photos...


          • Glam it up with Styling and Make-up Workshops at Val de Vie

            Posted on May 15, 2012 by Admin

            GOOD NEWS LADIES, due to popular demand 10 and 12 July is now exclusively available for ladies aged 30+... Book now to avoid disappointment!

            Marilize de Clercq, together with Nicky Lonte is hosting a Styling and Make-up Workshop for girls between the ages of 16 and 19 at the prestigious Val de Vie Polo Estate during June and July 2012. All guests will receive a mini make-up brush set including notes from Nicky Lonte as well as notes from the acclaimed stylist, Marilize de Clercq who has made special appearances on an array of magazine shows such as Top Billing and All Access. The full day workshop will be divided into two parts; within the first section of the day you'll receive professional make-up lessons presented by Nicky Lonte; Marilize de Clercq will conclude the second half with a Personal Styling presentation filled with latest tips and how to make trends work for you.

            Each guest will also be treated to welcome drinks, delicious snacks - throughout the day - as well as a delectable lunch; which will be served just before the second half of the day.

            There are only 20 seats available per workshop; bookings need to be confirmed and payment has to be made one week prior to the date you wish to attend. (Find below)

            Six (6) workshops (in total) will be hosted; the dates are as follows:
            - 26 and 28 June 2012
            - 3 and 5 July 2012
            - 10 and 12 July 2012 (for ladies 30+)

            NIKI Professional Make-up as well as handbags and accessories will be made available for purchase on the day.

            For more information or to book your seat email: styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za and nicky_lonte@vodamail.co.za.


          • Coastal calm

            Posted on May 8, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            Elsje from the Events Team has created another beautiful moodboard that's inspired by coastal living. Softs aqua tones and pale grey create this peaceful palette, livened up by black anf white stripes and burts of turquoise. It's a gorgeous look for a beach wedding


          • Christine and Bobby's Wedding

            Posted on May 7, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Estate hosted the wedding of Christine Markgraaff and Bobby Behan on 9 March 2012. 250 guests attended the celebration, and what an occasion it was! The big day included a variety of unforgettable elements, including a thrilling 45-minute polo game, crystal chandeliers, a sumptuous menu by The Polo Club Restaurant amd a decadent dessert station filled which was laden with mini milk tarts, malva pudding, macaroons, nougat, fudge, chocolate brownies, vanilla bean ice cream scoops and the wedding cake made by Kanya Hunt.

            The celebration continued into the early hours of the morning and there’s no doubt that it will be fondly remembered by the guests for years to come.











          • Subtle glamour

            Posted on May 7, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            We love glamourous decor and bold styling, but sometimes a subtle touch can look so much more elegant. Elsje Oostuizen, a Coordinator who's part of the Val de Vie Events Team, created this beautiful moodboard which creates an understated sense of opulence. Soft, faded colours are combined with feathers and dashes of silvery sparkle. It's these small details that create a real sense of glamour, without being too over the top.


          • Taryn and Verge's Wedding

            Posted on May 4, 2012 by Admin

            Vision on Fire never fails to create the most stunning wedding videos, and we love this amazing video of Taryn and Verge's wedding at Val de Vie. It's beautifully romantic and captures the magic of their big day.


          • Ralph Lauren Purple Label Spring/Summer 2012 collection

            Posted on May 3, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            This season Ralph Lauren's men's Purple Label is distinctly tailored and sophisticated. We really love this distiguished look and think that grooms should take note of this attention to crisp, clean lines and impeccable detail.

            Ralph Lauren's signature understated elegance is also the inspiration behind a menswear photo shoot that Iza of the Events Team is coordinating for the Wedding Album. Look out for the winter edition of the Wedding Album to view the shoot, it's the perfect guide for style savvy men to update their wardrobes this season.

            Insert by: Iza de Lange


          • Taken by turquoise

            Posted on May 3, 2012 by Admin

            We're still smitten with turquoise, one of the hottest colours of 2012. It's vibrant and sexy, while also slightly whimsical. Varety from the events team created this gorgeous moodboard that celebrated this beautiful colour.

            Turquoise looks great as an accent colour to introduce some depth to a white or neutral interior. It's cool undertones make it a great companion to other shades such as pink, yellow, green, purple and even deep reds.


          • Wynand and Rentia's Wedding

            Posted on April 24, 2012 by Admin

            Wynand and Rentia celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie over the Easter weekend. This breakfast wedding had a delightful touch of turquoise and chocolate brown in its decor theme, complete with white and aqua coloured balloons that were released into the air.

            To view more photos, visit Michelle Photography.


          • The Art & Life Charity Event 2012

            Posted on April 23, 2012 by Admin

            Art & Life, a first event of its kind Charity Event, took place this past Sunday at Val de Vie Estate. The guest list boasted over 300 VIPs, socialites, art lovers and their families who generously showed their support for this blossoming initiative.

            Five charities were presented with cheques amounting to R220, 000 by the Art & Life Charity Initiative. The beneficiaries included The Cyrus Trust Prochorus Crèche Support Programme; the ‘I Was Shot’ Photography initiative; Ryk Neethling’s Pathways Foundation; the Yabonga HIV Aids Charity Organisation and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

            Some of the day’s acts included a fashion show by Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner, spectacular acoustic sets by Louise Day and Just Jinger’s Ard Matthews, a comedy stand up performance by Mark Palmer, and a moving Xhosa musical item by Lusanda Gwayi and Basha Magwape.

            Jenni Button Models

            Ard Matthews of Just Jinger

            Chrys Mammous – Fine Artist

            Louise Day – Singer

            Polo Match

            Johan du Plooy, Luke Meiring, Anthony Baines, Justin Snaith

            Valeria Carmichael, Robynne King, Polisa Magqibelo of ABSA

            Carol and Lambert Retief

            Victoria and Tom Goddard

            Stefan and Carla Antoni

            Nico Panagio and Vesko Mrdjen

            Artworks by Chrys Mammous

            Reg Macdonald, Ard Matthews, Tracy McGregor, Marc Buhrer

            Clare and Christo Wiese

            Polisa Magqibelo, Sibongile Mkhabela and Chrys Mammous

            Chrys Mammous

            Hilton Weiner Models

            Natalie Becker and Alfonso Botha

            Kasper Kristofferson, Tanya van Graan

            Carla and Stefan Antoni

            Anina Malherbe and Tracy-Leigh Paulucci de Calboli


          • Xan and Rob's wedding

            Posted on April 23, 2012 by Admin

            We love the gorgeous wedding video of Xan and Rob that was filmed by Vision on Fire. This fantastic couple held their wedding reception at Val de Vie and the video beautifully captures the day.


          • The Art & Life Annual Charity Event in the headlines

            Posted on April 23, 2012 by Admin

            Chrys Mammous at the Art & Life Charity Event

            City Press has a fantastic write-up on the Art & Life annual charity event that took place at Val de Vie this past weekend. The event was held to raise funds and awareness for a variety of charities, including The Cyrus Trust Prochorus Crèche Support Programme; the ‘I Was Shot’ Photography initiative; Ryk Neethling’s Pathways Foundation; the Yabonga HIV/Aids Charity Organisation and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. We're thrilled that R220 000 was presented to these worthy causes by the Art & Life Charity Initiative.

            A host of VIPs, celebrities and art lovers attended the occasion, where they were treated to fine food and live entertainment from Louise Day, Ard Matthews, Mark Palmer, Lusanda Gwayi and Basha Magwape.

            Click here to read the full article.

            Image courtesy of City Press


          • Don't miss the Art&Life Charity Event this weekend

            Posted on April 13, 2012 by Admin

            The ART&LIFE 2012 Charity Event is the first of an annual series of events focusing on the arts. Incorporating Fine Art, Performance Art, Musical Performances and Fashion, this unique day event, jam packed with entertainment; will take place on Sunday afternoon, the 15th of April, at Val de Vie Estate situated in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley (40 minutes from Cape Town). This exciting new Philanthropic Arts Initiative offers a fun day out for everyone, all in the name of charity and giving back. Some of the highlights include performances by musician Ard Matthews, comedian Mark Palmer, and work by artists Chrys Mammous (fine art), Gordon Clark (photography) and a game of riveting Polo amongst other things.

            Absa, the headline sponsor for the event, believes in supporting the arts to contribute to the creative and intellectual prosperity of South Africa as a whole – ultimately benefiting all South Africans. As the only financial services institution in the world that has actively embraced art as part of its corporate image, they have shown that they are not only the biggest corporate patron of the visual arts in South Africa, but also the custodian of the largest South African corporate art collection.

            The ART&LIFE initiative has the dual purposes of supporting and developing arts and culture in a dynamic way to contribute to the creative and intellectual prosperity of South Africa while raising funds for selected charities. It also provides a supportive, development and marketing platform for upcoming as well as established local artists, designers, performers and musicians.

            The day’s programme will consist of various performances and visual displays of the participating artists, photographers, musicians and performance artists. There will amongst other things be an Art Exhibition, a Polo Tournament, a Music Performance and Fashion Show. The main acts this year will be internationally recognised South African music artist Ard Matthews of Just Jinger, Comedian Mark Palmer as well as the talented Poet, Basha Magwape, followed by a few smaller acts. The event will be targeted at families (including children), professionals, VIPs and everyone with an interest in arts and culture.

            Some of the charities that will benefit from the ART&LIFE initiative are The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital; the Bobs for Good Foundation; the I Was Shot In Joburg & Cape Town Photography Project; Pathways - a Ryk Neethling Foundation, the Cyrus Trust and the Prochorus Crèche Support Programme.

            In the run-up of the event, ART&LIFE will also be running a Student Art Competition. The works of the five winners of the art competition, all from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT, will be judged by a panel of art curators from the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, headed by David Tripp. The winning art works will be on exhibition at the event and five cash prizes of R5000 each will be awarded to the winners.

            Tickets are available from Webtickets at R150 per person. For more info on the event, visit www.artandlife.co.za


          • Play time!

            Posted on April 10, 2012 by Admin

            The recent school holidays have inspired us to have some fun! Looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained? Decorate cupcakes in bold primary colours, adorn cushions with colourful lettering or get creative with playdough.




          • Vintage beauty

            Posted on April 10, 2012 by Admin

            Vintage inspired decor has been big news for quite some time, and this year it's still a very popular look for weddings and parties alike. We like this gentle interpretation of the theme that includes soft, pale blues with the occasional hint of pink and passionate magenta. Fun and feminine, it's a beautiful combination of colours.


          • The best evening perfume

            Posted on April 10, 2012 by Admin

            Harper's BAZAAR have made it easy to decide on the right perfume for each occasion. Their favourite fragrance for the evening is the rose-and-jasmin-infused Chanel No. 5 Eau Première. As they put it, "it is still elegant, but it's lighter and fresher than the first, more of an everyday spritz." We can't wait to try it at our next evening event!

            Watch out for more posts this month to find about about other fabulous perfumes.

            Source: Harpersbazaar.com


          • In Images: The Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic

            Posted on April 10, 2012 by Admin

            Inecke Photography captured the recent Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic on camera, and we are delighted with the results. Her images beautifully depict the elegance of the day, and they really show off the beauty of our estate.

            To view more photos, visit Inecke's website.










          • 2012 Hair Trends

            Posted on April 10, 2012 by Admin


            Fashionising.com has compiled a fabulous overview of the top hair trends for 2012, a must-see for all brides-to-be. As they put it, 2012 "marks the true start of a new decade, and yet 2012's fashion trends are all about revival... there is a unique undertone of a modernist style appearing, but take some of the most iconic styles of the 20th century, infuse them with quality, and you'll find the basis for the dominant styles of 2012. The year's hair trends are no different. For fashionisers in 2012, hair is all about revivals and evolution."

            Visit the website for their full report.


          • Spring 2012 Bridal Trends

            Posted on April 10, 2012 by Admin

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            Be sure to visit Brides.com for their sneak previews of the Spring 2012 bridal trends. The site showcases the latest work of designers such as Alfred Angelo, Watters and Nicole Miller, offering all sorts of dazzling inspiration for brides-to-be. Check out their blog for plenty of gorgeous ideas straight from the runway.


          • The Pretty Blog's Lemon and Poppy Seed cake

            Posted on April 5, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            We just love this scrumptious Lemon and Poppy Seed cake that's featured on The Pretty Blog. Created by llse of the Food Fox, it's a delightful treat for the Easter weeked, they've definitely inspired us to get baking! be sure to visit their blog to view the full post and get the recipe.


          • The WineTimes visits the 5 Nations Invitational Polo

            Posted on April 5, 2012 by Admin

            The WineTimes attended the recent 5 Nations Invitational Polo and as their blog write-up shows, they had a fantastic time! From the exciting polo action and fast cars to mingling with guests at the Pavilion and enjoying the live entertainment, a fabulous time was had by all.

            To read their full overview of the day, please click here.



          • The proud winners of the Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic

            Posted on April 5, 2012 by Admin

            The South African Polo team were the proud winners of the recent Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic 2012. We are thrilled to have Carrol Boyes on board as a sponsor and look forward to next year's tournament!


          • The Awaken Women's Conference

            Posted on April 4, 2012 by Admin

            The Awaken Women's Conferences are enlightening events for woman that include weekends of worship, inspiration and reflection. The Awaken Team invites all women to join them at their event at Val de Vie Estate on 11-12 May 2012. The weekend costs R300 per person (early bird until 15 April, after that the cost us R350). You can either register online or at your nearest Shofar office.

            For more information, e-mail the team at awaken@shofaronline.org or call +27 (0)21 887 1414. You can also visit their Facebook page.


          • Leanne and Dan's Wedding

            Posted on April 4, 2012 by Admin

            Leanne and Dan held their wedding at Val de Vie, a gorgeous celebration which was expertly coordinated by Simone and Johnny of the Aleit Group. With a sophisticated black and white theme, it included a Burlesque-style after party and a sexy opening-dance tango. We love these stunning photos taken by Ryan Graham.





          • KDay 2012: All the hottest videos

            Posted on April 3, 2012 by Admin

            KDay 2012 was a fun-filled day of music and sunshine. With some of South Africa's top musicians, DJs and bands performing live at Val de Vie, thousands of fans enjoyed the festivities. Here are some videos that give you a glimpse of some of the incredible live acts we were treated to.

            The Arrows

            Danny K

            DJ Kent

            Elvis Blue

            Goodluck

            Locnville

            Loyiso

            The Parlotones

            Prime Circle


          • Beautiful bridal hair with Be PREMIÈRE

            Posted on April 2, 2012 by Admin

            Be PREMIÈRE offers the most luxurious hair styling for your big day. With their expert knowledge and experience, you're sure to look absolutley gorgeous!

            Their process is simple, starting out with their team of highly trained professionals helping you to decide on the right look, taking your dress design into account. They then create pre-wedding trials, followed by preparations and treatments that ensure that your hair will look sensational on the big day.

            Apart from offering an ‘in-salon’ exclusive services on the day, they also have the Be PREMIÈRE ‘RETINUE’ service, which provides personal attendants at your home or hotel throughout the day, evening and whole weekend, if you desire. It can include not only the Bride, but also her formal attendants, family and services for the Groom too.

            Click here to read more about their fabulous styling services. Alternatively, contact the team to chat about what they can do for you, or to arrange a personal consultation.
            021 882 9416 / www.bepremiere.com


          • Crazy about cakes

            Posted on April 2, 2012 by Admin

            Today cakes are not just a sweet treat that take centre stage at a wedding - they are also a big part of a the day's overall look and feel. Cake decorators are taking inspiration from a host of textures and patterns, from lace and damask to bold floral prints. There's never been a more delicious way to make a style statement!


          • Feel the romance

            Posted on April 2, 2012 by Admin

            This look is for all the romantics out there. Dusty pinks and soft, feminine colours create a beautifully romantic and nostalgic ambience. ring it all together with roses, lace, crystal and silk... what's not to love?


          • Unashamedly opulent

            Posted on April 2, 2012 by Admin

            We love subtle and understated decor, but sometimes it's fun to go all out. This unashamedly opulent look is just gorgeous, with volumes of luxurious fabric, generous scatterings of rose petals and chandeliers that are dripping with shiny crystals. Stunning!


          • A stylish outdoor setting

            Posted on April 2, 2012 by Admin

            We found this photo on Pinterest and it immediately caught our attention. The earthy grey and natural green backdrop with the hints of crystal and silver sets a platform for a very elegant outdoor lunch party. We absolutely love it!


          • Captured on camera: Tamryn and Dincer's wedding

            Posted on March 29, 2012 by Admin

            We love this stunning video of Tamryn and Dincer's wedding at Val de Vie. Filmed by Cape Town wedding videographer Vision on Fire, it really captures the romance of the day!


          • The first of its kind Art&Life Charity Event in April promises to not disappoint

            Posted on March 28, 2012 by Admin

            The ART&LIFE 2012 Charity Event is the first of an annual series of events focusing on the arts. Incorporating Fine Art, Performance Art, Musical Performances and Fashion, this unique day event, jam packed with entertainment; will take place on Sunday afternoon, the 15th of April, at Val de Vie Estate situated in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley (40 minutes from Cape Town). This exciting new Philanthropic Arts Initiative offers a fun day out for everyone, all in the name of charity and giving back. Some of the highlights include performances by musician Ard Matthews, comedian Mark Palmer, and work by artists Chrys Mammous (fine art), Gordon Clark (photography) and a game of riveting Polo amongst other things.

            Absa, the headline sponsor for the event, believes in supporting the arts to contribute to the creative and intellectual prosperity of South Africa as a whole – ultimately benefiting all South Africans. As the only financial services institution in the world that has actively embraced art as part of its corporate image, they have shown that they are not only the biggest corporate patron of the visual arts in South Africa, but also the custodian of the largest South African corporate art collection.

            The ART&LIFE initiative has the dual purposes of supporting and developing arts and culture in a dynamic way to contribute to the creative and intellectual prosperity of South Africa while raising funds for selected charities. It also provides a supportive, development and marketing platform for upcoming as well as established local artists, designers, performers and musicians.

            The day’s programme will consist of various performances and visual displays of the participating artists, photographers, musicians and performance artists. There will amongst other things be an Art Exhibition, a Polo Tournament, a Music Performance and Fashion Show. The main acts this year will be internationally recognised South African music artist Ard Matthews of Just Jinger, Comedian Mark Palmer as well as the talented Poet, Basha Magwape, followed by a few smaller acts. The event will be targeted at families (including children), professionals, VIPs and everyone with an interest in arts and culture.

            Some of the charities that will benefit from the ART&LIFE initiative are The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital; the Bobs for Good Foundation; the I Was Shot In Joburg & Cape Town Photography Project; Pathways - a Ryk Neethling Foundation, the Cyrus Trust and the Prochorus Crèche Support Programme.

            In the run-up of the event, ART&LIFE will also be running a Student Art Competition. The works of the five winners of the art competition, all from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT, will be judged by a panel of art curators from the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, headed by David Tripp. The winning art works will be on exhibition at the event and five cash prizes of R5000 each will be awarded to the winners.

            Tickets are available from Webtickets at R150 per person. For more info on the event, visit www.artandlife.co.za


          • Louis and Izza's wedding

            Posted on March 26, 2012 by Admin

            Louis and Izza held their wedding at Val de Vie on 10 March 2012 and we were dazzled by how stunning this special day was. Izza looked absolutely radiant and the atmosphere was one of pure joy and celebration. In the words of the bride to the events team, "my troue het my grootste verwagtinge oortref en julle is 'n droomspan!"

            These photographs by Nikki Meyer show just how beautiful this special day was. Visit Nikki's site for many more gorgeous shots.








          • The Val de Vie Events Team glams up

            Posted on March 19, 2012 by Admin

            The Val de Vie Events team recently had great fun participating in a chic magazine shoot. We just love this fabulous photo of three of our ladies - dressed in beautiful gowns and surrounded by vibrant colours, it's no wonder that they look absolutely gorgeous!


          • Join us for the Filly's Casino Fund Raising Event

            Posted on March 15, 2012 by Admin


          • Something that made our hearts stop

            Posted on March 13, 2012 by Admin

            One of our brides who recently tied the knot at Val de Vie has the most beautiful blog, Heartstop. We love the write-up she recently did of her gorgeous celebration at the estate, which describes the day in exquisite detail. As she puts it, "it was truly magical, and I wish I could relive it again. We both enjoyed being surrounded by 130 of our favourite people, or as Andrew says our 'Golden Circle'. Magical."

            To read the full post and to see more lovely photos by Eric Uys, click here to visit the blog.




          • Riding in style at Val de Vie

            Posted on March 13, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie is very excited about its latest addition to its vintage car collection, a stunning 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S Automatic (W108 model). We also recently acquired a new Black C200 Merc, a stylish addition to our two elegant Rolls Royces.

            Our vehicles are available to hire for events or functions, providing a chic mode of transport for you and your guests. For more information, please contact Val de Vie Events.


          • The Sensational Sponsors behind Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo Invitational

            Posted on March 9, 2012 by Admin

            We are so excited for the upcoming Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo Invitational, which will feature some of the world's top international polo players. The 5 Nations will provide an entertaining and stylish day out, with a variety of entertainment and VIP offerings on offer.

            The day would not be possible without our fantastic sponsors, who include:

            Nikon – Team England
            Carrol Boyes – Team SA
            Absa Wealth – Team Zimbabwe
            Hastens – Team Pakistan
            ICLYPS – Team Holland
            BlackBerry general sponsor
            Peroni general sponsor

            We are so grateful for their support and look forward to enjoying this exceptional polo event with them.

            For more information about the event and how to get tickets, please click here.


          • Introducing the Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic

            Posted on March 7, 2012 by Admin

            We're thrilled to announce that an exciting new polo event, the Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic, is set to take place on Saturday the 24th March at Val de Vie Estate. This annual event will feature an invitational of some of the top international polo players from countries such as England, Holland, Pakistan and Poland, and will create a new niche for itself with regards to VIP corporate entertainment.

            Playing host to ABSA Wealth’s top clients as well as other corporates wishing to provide a platform for their VIP clients to network, enjoy fine whiskey, food, wine and polo, the 5 Nations will provide an entertaining and stylish day out. We've put together a moodboard to get you inspired - think glamour, high fashion and opulence!

            Different to its other polo event counterparts, the 5 Nations will start only in the late afternoon, and offer a host of entertainment throughout the evening. Guests will be welcomed by an old fashioned Swing Band and a grand display of Vintage Cars. There will be a fashion showcase with a twist before the main match whilst an elegant evening of old-school glamour awaits in Val de Vie’s elegant ballroom. Guests will be entertained by a Whiskey & Cigar lounge as well as a Brandy & Chocolate Lounge later in the evening, all dressed in an elegant masculine theme reminiscent of an old gentleman’s club. A Spanish guitarist will offer a different level of entertainment later in the evening, with interesting food and wine pairings offered throughout the evening.

            THE DETAILS:

            Date: Saturday 24th March 2012
            Venue: Val de Vie Estate (Paarl-Franschhoek Valley)
            Time: 3.00pm – 9pm
            Tickets: R250 per person. Available direct from Val de Vie Estate. Contact 021 863 6191 or email events@valdevie.co.za
            Corporate packages are available upon request.

            Click here to view the official invitation


          • The 2012 Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters upped the glamour stakes once again

            Posted on March 1, 2012 by Admin

            Cape Town and Johannesburg’s social set were out in full force this weekend at the second annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate in Cape Town.

            Following the success of last year’s event, which was the champagne brand’s first foray into African polo, the 2012 Veuve Clicquot Masters once again proved to be one of the top events on the South African social calendar.

            Veuve Clicqout, one of the champagne region’s most revered Maisons, sponsors some of the world’s most prestigious polo events and has a long history with the ‘sport of kings’. With over 700 celebrities, socialites and polo lovers in attendance, including Jeannie D, Jo-Ann Strauss, Roxy Louw, Ryan Botha, Natalie Becker and Elana Africa, the Veuve Clicquot Masters event has set a new polo benchmark in South Africa.

            Elizabeth Arden treated female guests to an exclusive Pamper Lounge, where girls could enjoy mini makeovers, Eight Hour hand massages and experience the latest Elizabeth Arden products. The event’s official fashion partners, Viyella (menswear) and Jenni Button (womenswear) presented a dramatic fashion show on the polo field, with models showcasing their latest collections. Other brand partners for the event included Be Premiere Hair, who offered a Mobile Hair Bar for ladies and Aston Martin – the official automobile partner once again this year. Guests were also entertained by SA band GoodLuck and a game of traditional French Pètanque.

            A perfect day of polo and fun in the Winelands was ended with the official after party, hosted by Equus Lounge, giving guests the opportunity to continue their celebrations into the night.

            Peter and Peta Eggierth-Symes

            Rhi, Bronwen van der Merwe, Sarah McAthy

            John Firth, Jeannie D

            Anina Malherbe and Jeannie D

            Roxy and Shahnee Louw

            Philip Levenhagen and Franziska Frauenfeld

            Mamane Moeketsane and Micheal Djan

            Karen and Alessandro Balestri de Verrand

            Jo-Ann Strauss

            Andy Schroder and Khanyi Pupuma

            Jenni Button models

            Jo-Ann Strauss

            Anina Malherbe, Henry Slier, Camilla Bernal

            Elizabeth Arden Pamper Girls

            Elana Africa and Hakeem Kae-Kazim

            Peta Eggierth-Symes and Dorothy Amuah

            Mark Gooding, Didi Kolane, Baker Frizlaar


          • More stunning shots of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

            Posted on March 1, 2012 by Admin

            Here are some more great shots from the second annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, taken by photographer Jean Marc Lederman. To view more gorgeous photos, please click here.







          • Corporate events at Val de Vie

            Posted on March 1, 2012 by Admin

            At Val de Vie Estate we host a wide range of events, including corporate functions, team building, conferencing, intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

            We offer a host of services and facilities:

            • Luxurious and secure setting
            • Fresh country air
            • Top of the range multimedia facilities
            • Assistance with tailor-made menus
            • Event planning assistance
            • Private polo match where the CEO or client can start the game by throwing in the ball
            • Wine tasting and blending – a great way to enjoy team building in the winelands
            • Bar and restaurant
            • Private holding facilities for your speakers and smaller conferencing
            • Accommodation and travel expert
            • Various venues to cater for any size function
            • Health club
            • Two vintage Rolls Royces to transport guests or speakers to and from the airport

            We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

            Please contact the events team at 021 863 6191, we'd love to hear from you.


          • Luxo at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters

            Posted on February 29, 2012 by Admin

            The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters has been featued on the Luxo blog, showcasing some of the stunning outfits that were worn by the glamorous guests and spectators. Click here to read the full bog post.

            Image courtesy of the Luxo blog


          • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2012 in pictures

            Posted on February 29, 2012 by Admin

            These photographs by Jurie Senekal truly capture the glamour and style of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2012. We had a fanstastic time hosting this prestigious event, which was a chic celebration of polo, fashion and the finer things in life.













          • Cheryl and Ryan's wedding

            Posted on February 28, 2012 by Admin

            Cheryl and Ryan McGregor celebrated their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie on 30 December. Held of a perfect Summer's day, it was a joyfal occasionwe are delighted to have been a part of. These lovely photographs were taken by the talented Daniela Zondagh.








          • Everyone's talking about Veuve Clicquot Polo

            Posted on February 28, 2012 by Admin

            The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters was recently held at Val de Vie and it's been making waves in the blogosphere this week. Blogger Twistedross tweeted about his experience of the event, while Just for the Nostalgia has featured two stunning write-ups about the day, the first being a fabulous overview and the second showcasing the beautful designs by Jenni Button and Viyella that were modelled at our Pavilion. With all the polo action, high fashion and glamorous guests, we're not surprised that the event has got everyone talking!

            Image courtesy of Just for the Nostalgia


          • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

            Posted on February 27, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie hosted the Veuve Clicquot Masters polo this past weekend and what an event it was! Glamorous guests and polo spectators gathered at the Polo Pavilion to take in the polo action, along with enjoying Veuve Clicquot Champagne and the beauty treats at the Elizabeth Arden Pamper Lounge. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 2012 social calendar and we love Lipglosss is my Life's write-up that perfectly summarises the fun and glamour of the occasion. Click here to visit the blog and read more about this fabulous event.

            Image courtesy of Lipglosss is my Life


          • KDay is coming!

            Posted on February 22, 2012 by Admin

            kday

            Val de Vie can't wait to host the 94.5 Kfm K-Day Music Festival on 31 March 2012. The line-up promises to be spectacular, with live acts such as Prime Circle, The Arrows, Danny K, Locnville, GoodLuck, Flash Republic and Elvis Blue. It's guaranteed to be a fun day for friends and family, with our beautiful scenery creating a very special setting.

            It's best to get your tickets early to avoid missing out, click here to buy some. Tickets cost R160 per adult and R80 for kids (3 – 12 yrs).

            For more details, please visit the event's website.


          • Interior Ideas

            Posted on February 22, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            At the moment I absolutely adore thunder grey and crisp white, combined with with hints of old gold and metals. There is something about the “less is more” concept that really works and I love the feeling projected by this mood board.

            At first glance there is a lot going on, but the natural colours create a sense of peace and harmony. Pairing and grouping interesting decor items creates a great visual impact.
            I'm so inspired, I'm definitely ready to change a few rooms and possibly the Events office too. Happy decorating!

            By Simone


          • What I want for my wedding

            Posted on February 22, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

            When I asked my fiancé what kind of a wedding he wants, he said, "one that would make me his wife... for this is truly meaning full and special."

            Apart from the emotional element of weddings, I really love the visual aspect. I adore colours... seeing how they play together, complement each other and create beautiful settings.

            I also love how lights reflect on different surfaces, hearing the voices of happy guests and enjoying the smell of fresh flowers. These are definitely the things that I look forward to on my big day!

            By Varety


          • Crazy about coral

            Posted on February 21, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            One of the hottest colours this season is coral. It's bright, sexy and cheerful - the perfect hue for a pretty party dress! Accessorise with bold coral accessories, such as a statement necklace or a clutch bag.

            By Iza


          • What's hot: Yellow and turquoise

            Posted on February 21, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            Turquoise and deep yellow make a gorgeous combination. The warmth of mustards and sunny yellows contrasts beautifully with cool shades of jade and turquoise. We love this sophisticated colour scheme, whether it's part of a chic outfit or the decor of a stylish tea party.

            By Elsje


          • Vintage beauty

            Posted on February 17, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            I love the tranquillity of this faded look. It has a true old world sense of opulence, with faded images of vintage memories and a scattering of scrabble board pieces. It's stated perfectly; "home is wherever I am with you, love."

            Simone de Wet


          • Feeling fresh: The beauty of waterfalls

            Posted on February 15, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            We are blessed with so many breath-taking gifts from nature. One of the most spectacular of these has to be waterfalls. Both beautiful and spectacular, waterfalls have a calming sense of serenity and upliftment.

            This moodboard has a feeling of freshness, inspired by the blue and turquoise colors of a waterfall and the yellow rays of the sun reflecting on the water. It creates an inspiring ambience of fresh beginnings and a new day waiting to be enjoyed.

            By Nadia


          • Happy Valentine's Day

            Posted on February 14, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie Events wishes you a very happy Valentine's Day! We hope that your day is filled with love, smiles and joy.

            Moodboard by Iza


          • Tamryn and Dincer's wedding in the news

            Posted on February 14, 2012 by Admin

            We're delighted to see that the recent wedding of Tamryn and Dincer, which was held at Val de Vie, has been featured in the Cape Times' society pages. We're not surprised - it was a stunning occasion that we are so happy to have been part of!


          • The Little Hattery

            Posted on February 9, 2012 by Admin

            The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is just around the corner, so it's time to start planning your outfit for this chic event. We love the fascinators made by The Little Hattery. They are undeniably glamourous and really take an outfit to the next level. Be sure to check out their gorgeous range of fascinators and hats, we're smitten!

            021 821 3443 / 07238 696 34
            www.thelittlehattery.com
            thelittlehattery@email.com


          • Bubble gum fun

            Posted on February 8, 2012 by Admin

            Yum yum, we love pink bubble gum! Girly shades of pink add a sense of playfulness and fun to any decor scheme. Use intense cerise to make a statement, or let softer pastels create a more feminine feel.


          • De Waal Vinyl Word Art

            Posted on February 7, 2012 by Admin

            The most stylish walls are adorned with vinyl wall tattoos from De Waal Art. These gorgeous decorations can be customised according to your specifications, making it a fabulous way to personalise your decor and make a chic statement! They're perfect for your home or for adding a creative twist to weddings and parties.

            To get started, all you need to do is specify which size, font, colour and wording you'd like to use.

            For more details, visit their website, send them an email or call 083 445 2301.


          • The magic of Myli & Co

            Posted on February 3, 2012 by Admin

            Myli & Co

            We adore the work of Myli & Co, a talented styling and design consultancy. Myli creates gorgeous styles and concepts for shops, interiors, events, weddings, small functions, tea parties and much more. From dazzling decor to flowers and food, Myli can creates beautiful looks for her clients.

            We are always eager to support Myli and we really admire her commitment to helping underprivileged communities through her creativity.

            Visit her blog to find out more, send an email or call Myli directly at 083 599 6004.


          • An ode to pure, romantic colour

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Simone de Wet


          • Scarlet fever

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            Simone is inspired by red. It's the colour of love with a dash of spice and a whole lot of swagger! Enjoy feasting on this bold board.


          • What celebs are wearing to Veuve Clicquot Polo events world wide

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Admin

            Val de Vie is hosting the Veuve Clicquot Polo Master this February, and it's guaranteed to be a chic, celebrity-studded event! If you've bought tickets, then it's time to start planning your outfit. If you haven't bought tickets, be sure sure to do so soon, so that you can be part of this style savvy occasion!

            Chloe Sevigny, Sofia-Vergara and Selma Blair

            Rachel Zoe, Isla Fisher and Nikki Hilton

            Natasha Bedingfield, Zoe Saldana and High Jackman

            Isla Fisher, Marc Jacobs and Mischa Barton

            LL Cool J, Selma Blair and Alek Wek


          • Vintage pastel perfect

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Admin

            Soft pastel colours can add a gorgeous sense of romance to your wedding. We all know that weddings are full of flowers, but sometimes the smallest arrangements and details can make the biggest impact. We love to use pretty pastels in cute floral arrangements; it's these little elements which really make a decor scheme unique and memorable.


          • Memories and moments: A memorable decor statement

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

            The two things that comes to mind when looking at this mood board created by Elsje are interior design and memory.

            Interior design describes a group of related projects that transform an interior space into an effective setting for the range of human activities that are to take place there.

            In psychology, memory is the ability to store, retain, and recall information and experiences.

            This interior look captures both of these concepts by creating a space that celebrates memories and past experiences. It's a modern and funky look that's perfect for people who love to be surrounded by memories of their loved ones.


          • Photobooth fun

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Nadia Valentyn

            Just look how much fun you can have with a photobooth at your wedding. It’s a really good way for guests to mingle, meet and just have fun. Whether you buy, design your own or borrow props, just keep it funky and fresh! Personalise the photos by asking guests to write you a message on blackboards.

            Nadia


          • Love is sweet this Valentines day

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Iza de Lange

            It's the month of love and Valentines day is just around the corner. Spoil your partner with a special romantic dessert, such as Chocolate Waffles decorated with icing sugar and red berries.

            Ingredients

            1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
            • 3 teaspoons baking powder
            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
            • 1/2 cup white sugar
            • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
            • 1 cup milk
            • 2 eggs
            • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
            • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
            • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
            • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
            • 1 teaspoon milk

            Directions
            1. Preheat waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa. Stir in milk, eggs and butter until mixture is smooth.
            2 To make hard sauce: stir together softened butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and milk. The sauce should be fairly stiff.
            3. Spray the preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot with the hard sauce.

            Valentines day is the only day you have an excuse to have chocolate for breakfast!

            by Iza


          • Valentine Couple Shoot Promotion from Inecke Photography

            Posted on February 2, 2012 by Admin


          • Tamryn and Dincer's Wedding

            Posted on January 31, 2012 by Admin

            Tamryn and Dincer recently celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie, and we absolutely blown away by the stunning photos that Zarazoo took of this beautiful day. They really capture the spirit of this wonderful couple, so be sure to view more photos here.






          • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2012

            Posted on January 30, 2012 by Admin

            The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is taking place on Saturday 25 February 2012, and we can't wait for this glamorous day of fashion, fun and French Champagne! It's a highly anticipated occasion on the social calendar and promises to be a showcase of exceptional style and polo action.

            We invite you to buy tickets at Webtickets.co.za so that you can take part of this dazzling event.

            Please view the Save the Date below for the full details. For those who like to experience the ultimate in luxury, there is also an exclusive VIP Corporate Lounge Package available, click here to read more.


          • Tangerine Tango

            Posted on January 30, 2012 by Admin

            Tangerine Tango - this is the hottest colour of summer according to Pantone.

            We love this warm, uplifting and energizing color that represents strength, courage, action and confidence. It's an easy way to brighten up your home, wardrobe or life - what's not to love?


          • Viva Italia!

            Posted on January 30, 2012 by Simone de Wet

            "Italy is my inspiration and I wanted to share some of my favourite things with you... I am inspired by all things pure, at this point I am all for “less fuss” and more simplicity. We are living and operating in such a busy environment filled with sound, colour and speed.

            Italy has such a real feel. After visiting this stunning country I felt inspired by the quality of so many things, from the food and fashion to the family values and the time that these lovely passionate people spend to enjoy the good things that life has to offer in the stunning little romantic piazzas.

            The old world charm just left me constantly gasping for air as the architecture is authentic and beautiful.

            Italy = Love made simple, no fuss, just naturally charming.

            Viva Italia!"

            Done by Simone


          • KDay returns to Val de Vie

            Posted on January 13, 2012 by Admin

            We're thrilled to be hosting KFM's exciting KDAY Music event again this year! This fun family music festival will take place at Val de Vie Estate on 31 March 2012 and it's not to be missed.

            Expect incredible performances from artists such as Prime Circle, Locnville, The Arrows, Flash Republic, Good Luck, Danny K and many more.

            Tickets cost R160 for adults and R80 for children and they can be bought from Computicket. We can't wait to see you there!

            Brought to you by Santam - Insurance Good and Proper


          • Bester celebrates their year-end at Val de Vie

            Posted on December 21, 2011 by Admin

            Bester recently celebrated their year-end on 9 December 2011 at Val de Vie, and we loved working with this young and funky crowd. Based in Stellenbosch, Bester is an agricultural marketing company that specialises in the domestic and international marketing of grain, oil seeds and animal feed ingredients.

            The event was held in true Chanel style, making it a glamorous occasion that was enjoyed by all!



          • Pretty pastels and festive fun

            Posted on December 15, 2011 by Admin

            Christmas doesn't have to be red, green and gold every year. Have a bright, happy and modern Christmas with a colourful pastel palette. Delicate pinks and blues look gorgeous with some silver sparkle - it's a fun style that shakes things up a bit.

            This pastel Christmas candy station was created with a lot of excitement by Glorious Treats. We love how the soft colours feel every bit as festive as more traditional shades.


          • The Veuve Clicquot Masters 2012 – Bigger, better and more fabulous!

            Posted on December 15, 2011 by Admin

            The second Veuve Clicquot Masters, one of the most sophisticated events on the South African Polo calendar, is set to take place on Saturday 25th February 2012 at Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate outside Cape Town.

            The prestigious Champagne House sponsors some of the world’s biggest polo events, and the 2011 Veuve Clicquot Masters was their first foray into African polo. The event proved to be a resounding success, enjoyed by SA’s elite, including top celebrities, glamorous socialites and polo lovers.

            The 2012 Veuve Clicquot Masters is set to grow in size, drawing in crowds dressed to impress for a stylish day of polo. Utilising Val de Vie’s world-class polo fields and luxurious club house facilities, VIP guests can expect a glamorous day out filled with champagne, gourmet canapés, haute couture, and of course, thrilling polo.

            SAVE THE DATE DIARY DETAILS:
            Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters
            Date: Saturday 25th February 2012
            Venue: Val de Vie Estate (Paarl-Franschhoek Valley)
            Tickets: Available online through Webtickets
            Click here to visit the event's Facebook page for more details.






          • Season's greetings from the Val de Vie Events Team

            Posted on December 9, 2011 by Admin


          • The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational

            Posted on December 8, 2011 by Admin

            On Friday 25 November Bentley, Veuve Clicquot, Pirelli, Breitling and LIVEOUTLOUD partnered in an event like no other at the Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate in Paarl, Western Cape. The day’s proceedings consisted of an exclusive Polo tournament between four sponsored teams as well as a glitzy unveiling ceremony and cocktail celebration for the much anticipated Bentley Continental GTC during the evening.

            Invited VIP guests were given access to the exclusive estate for the polo tournament, which saw a round-robin clash between four professional polo teams. Guests were welcomed to relax under the Veuve Clicquot umbrellas or enjoy a cold Peroni at the bar whilst watching the games against the backdrop of the Paarl Mountain Range. The start of the tournament was commenced with Kristina Diehl from Bentley UK throwing the opening ball onto the pitch from the passenger seat of the new Continental GTC’s predecessor before they raced away from a slew of horses clashing for the ball.

            Michael Eilertsen, CEO of LIVEOUTLOUD explains: ‘The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational has positioned itself as the pioneer event before LIVEOUTLOUD hosts the inaugural 2012 Beach Polo Festival in Camps Bay, Cape Town. This festival is set to become one of South Africa’s premier events and we look forward to breaking ground on this truly remarkable and original concept.’

            The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational culminated with guests being entertained by the vehicles on show; a jazz band playing smooth melodic tunes, and drew to a close as the sun set behind the mountains with as much style and sophistication as the vehicle itself, a day encapsulating both sporting and luxury living.








          • FJS Productions capture the glamour of JP and Sue Duminy's wedding

            Posted on December 6, 2011 by Admin

            We really admire the creative talent of FJS Productions, who are undoubtedly one of the premier wedding film companies in South Africa. They recently filmed the wedding of JP and Sue Duminy and the video is a stunning tribute to this glamorous and beautiful occasion. Click here to view the video on FJS Productions' Facebook Page, and be sure to check out their website to find out more about their fabulous work.


          • Leipzig's latest newsletter

            Posted on December 1, 2011 by Admin

            We love the latest newsletter from Leipzig Weddings and Function Design. Packed with gorgeous photos and news features, it's got some great shots of the team's recent photo shoot at Val de Vie. Here is what they have to say:

            "We finally set off one morning on our way to the sophisticated Val de Vie Estate & Polo club which set the perfect backdrop for our photo shoot. It was filled with so much laughter specifically when we decided to pay a little tribute to all the men who have taken part in Movember, struggling to keep our pose as we could not restrain ourselves from giggling at how hysterical we looked."

            Click here to view the full newsletter.


          • Chris and Marilize's Wedding featured on SA Weddings

            Posted on November 30, 2011 by Admin

            We're delighted that Chris and Marilize's wedding has been featured in SA Weddings! This stunning couple celebrated their wedding at the estate on Good Friday this year, and what a gorgeous day it was. Read the full article here, or check out our blog post on the event.


          • Melissa & Don's Val de Vie Wedding

            Posted on November 30, 2011 by Admin

            Melissa and Don celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie on 19 November 2011, and we loved every minute of coordinating this special occasion for such a wonderful and loving couple. Here is what the newlyweds had to say about their big day, we thank them for their kind words!

            "There are not enough words to describe how incredible our day was. Not only was everything perfect, but we felt taken care of in a way that we have never felt before.

            A million thank you's for making our day extra special and for your kind and supportive words throughout the planning.
            It was incredible to work with you ladies and I will be singing your praises to EVERY bride-to-be that I come across.

            I am forever indebted to you for making this the best day of our lives. We truly appreciate the effort and attention to detail that makes your team so incredibly talented.

            MASSIVE LOVE TO YOU ALL…

            Don & Melissa"






          • Carla & Grant's Val de Vie Wedding

            Posted on November 29, 2011 by Admin

            Carla and Grant recently tied the knot on Saturday 26 Nov 2011 at Val de Vie, and we really enjoyed working with this lovely couple.
            We were equally thrilled to read Grant's feedback on their special day: "Thank you guys for everything, really you guys are amazing." We think you are an amazing couple and it's wondferful to see two people who are so in love.

            Photograp by Greg Lumley


          • Top Billing visits Ryk Neethling's Val de Vie Home

            Posted on November 29, 2011 by Admin

            Don't miss Top Billing tonight to see their exciting feature on Ryk Neethling's birthday party and his beautiful home at Val de Vie. The stylish event was attended by a host of socialites, celebs and sports stars, who all enjoyed a fabulous evening at the estate.

            Click here to read more about the show.


          • Twisted Lifestyle at Ryk Neethling's birthday party

            Posted on November 29, 2011 by Admin

            Here are some more photos of Ryk Neethling's recent birthday party at Val de Vie, taken by the savvy Twisted Lifestyle. Our events team coordinated this chic event, which was sponsored by BlackBerry, Chivas and Nikon. The party was featured on Exspresso and it will also be on Top Billing tonight, be sure not to miss it!

            Visit Twisted Lifestyle's blog to view more photos.





          • Twisted Lifestyle take on BlackBerry Pink Polo

            Posted on November 28, 2011 by Admin

            We love Twisted Lifestyle's write-up on the recent BlackBerry Pink Polo event. As Twisted Ross puts it, it was "a day of fashion, wine, bubbles and sweet goodness but the beautiful day out is all about raising awareness as well as funds in aid of Breast Cancer." Click here to read his full blog post about the occasion, as well as to see more photos.




          • Ryk Neethling's birthday celebrations at Val de Vie

            Posted on November 24, 2011 by Admin

            Olympic gold medallist, Ryk Neethling, celebrated his 34th birthday in impeccable style on Friday the 18th of November. The exclusive event took place at his newly built architecturally designed villa on the picturesque Val de Vie Estate in Paarl.

            Blackberry sponsored the celebrity party where guests where driven around to the black and white chess inspired Bedouin tent in front of Ryk's house in classic Rolls Royce's. Nikon was there to capture every moment on camera whilst Chivas lavished guests with whiskey and cigars.
















          • Scalini Trunk Show at Val de Vie

            Posted on November 17, 2011 by Admin

            Scalini will be hosting a trunk show at Val de Vie on 24 November, showcasing their exclusive range of luxury fashion. Guests receive a 10% discount on all purchases, making this a fabulous opportunity for all style-savvy ladies to update their wardrobes!

            Click on the inviation below to view more details about the event.


          • A fabulous photoshoot for Leipzig

            Posted on November 14, 2011 by Admin

            The wonderfully creative and feminine team from Leipzig recently had a photoshoot at Val de Vie for their new website. This talented team is renowned for creating the most beautiful floral decor at weddings and events, so we were delighted to lend a hand!

            Their new website will be going live in the near future, but for now you can visit their old site or their blog to check out their gorgeous work.


          • The Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop: A dazzling success!

            Posted on November 10, 2011 by Admin

            The 4th and 5th of November 2011 marked a brand new event on the South African calendar, set to become an exclusive annual affair. The Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop was the first of its kind and presented something completely different to the traditional wedding expo. Set in the opulent surroundings of the Val de Vie Estate outside Paarl, it was a luxurious day of inspiration, creativity and pampering for brides-to-be who managed to get the inside edge from South Africa’s top wedding experts.

            Gorgeous Top Billing presenter and bride-to-be herself, Jeannie D, was MC on the Friday and Good Hope FM radio DJ, Ayanda Tini, was MC on the Saturday. Every aspect of planning your wedding day was covered and discussed by the top industry experts from wedding planning, couture bridal fashion to the best wedding menus, cakes, honeymoons, jewelry and much more.

            Both days started off with headline sponsor, Estée Lauder’s top make-up artists heading up the beauty segment, advising guests on how to take optimal care of their skin with demonstrations of bridal make-up. Then hair specialists from Be Première gave tips on the latest hairstyles from the catwalk and red carpet.

            South Africa’s top wedding planners, Aleit and Wedding Concepts, shared their insider knowledge on all you need to know to pull off an amazing wedding and Décor guru, Alwijn Jacobus Burger, shared his expert knowledge and inspiration on how to be unique and different when choosing the theme and décor for your big day.

            A fashion panel was lead by beautiful celebrity stylist, Marilize de Clercq, who asked top fashion designers Hendrik Vermeulen, Kobus Dippenaar, Stefania Morland and Jenni Button all you need to know when choosing a style for your wedding dress. Each designer also showed some of their gorgeous bridal couture in a fashion show later in the day.
            Brides-to-be got top advice on wedding menus from award-winning Celebrity Chef, David Higgs, and Val de Vie’s winemaker, Harold Versfeld, talked about wedding wine pairings. Isabella Niehaus, Kanya Hunt and Lindt’s Chocolatier, Dimo Simatos, demonstrated different wedding cake options and lucky guests got to taste some of the cakes as well.

            After the gourmet wineland lunch, Exclusive Serenity gave tips on how to choose the best honeymoon destination and Johan Louw from Uwe Koetter Jewelers spoke about what designs to choose for engagement rings and custom made wedding bands.

            During intervals, La Maison mixed the up the décor in the decadent Val de Vie Ballroom where the workshop took place, with stylish chair changes, luxurious cushion props and lighting.
            Amazing prizes were also up for grabs and some very lucky brides-to-be walked away with Val de Vie wines, vouchers from La Maison, Bosch appliances, Estée Lauder hampers and vouchers from @Home. On the last day of the workshop the two grand prizes were drawn: a pair of diamond and tanzanite earrings from Uwe Koetter worth R16 000 and a luxury honeymoon - a five night stay at the 6 star Coco Palm Bodu Hithi resort in the Maldives - worth R40 000, courtesy of Exclusive Serenity.
            Renowned wedding photographer, Jean-Pierre Uys, was there to capture every detail and Cape Town´s premiere wedding videographer, FJS, filmed the day. Fairlady Bride was the proud media sponsor for this fabulous event and every guest received a luxury goodie bag.

            This Luxury Wedding Workshop was proudly organised by Vivid Luxury, the luxury brand specialists; in partnership with Val de Vie Events, the wedding experts who produce hundreds of fabulous weddings every year. The event was a massive success and is set to roll out next year to Joburg, Durban and Bloemfontein and become an annual institution worth coveting.











          • The launch of the new Nikon 1

            Posted on November 1, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie hosted the launch of the new Nikon 1 in September, an event which was attended by a mix of media, dealers and VIPs. As these photos show, it was a chic event that showed off this exciting new product. Ryk Neethling, ambassador for the Nikon 1 cameras, welcomed guests to the estate, where they had the opportunity to use the new Nikon 1 and to capture the first polo game of the season, played by the Val de Vie teams. To top it off, guests received a Nikon 1 goodie bag containing a bottle of Val de Vie Ryk Neethling 2009 and a Lindt chocolate treat upon departure.









          • Blackberry Pink Polo in pictures

            Posted on October 31, 2011 by Admin

            Here are some gorgeous shots from our recent Blackberry Pink Polo Event, which was held in aid of breast cancer. It was a glamorous day attended by a host of stylish guests and chic celebs, all eager to support this worthy cause.

            Visit The Jog Blog to see more pictures and to read more about the fabulous event.


          • AD and Reza's wedding

            Posted on October 26, 2011 by Admin

            AD and Reza celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie, and it was such a gorgeous occasion! There was so much to take in - an outdoor ceremony next to the polo fields, a stunning reception in the ballroom and soft, elegant colour scheme that created a true sense of romance. Here are some lovely photos by Nikki Meyer, be sure to see more on her website!







          • Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop - Get your ticket!

            Posted on October 26, 2011 by Admin

            It's not far to go until the Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop! Val de Vie Wine will be hosting this exceptional workshop in association with Estée Lauder on Friday 4 November 2011 and Saturday 5 November 2011. It's a time to be inspired, pampered and dazzled by some of the most sought-after service providers in the wedding industry. Discerning brides-to-be will be able to make their big wedding decisions with ease, all while enjoying the gorgeous surroundings of Val de Vie.

            Apart from the fun and interactive event, each guest will also walk away with a goodie bag valued at R600. Expect to find a gift registry packet from @Home, a Be Premiere professional hair salon voucher, 20% off vouchers on Uwe Koetter’s Bespoke Jewellery Collection, a fine dark Lindt chocolate slab, a ‘little pink book’ (to help plan the big day), and a FAIRLADY Bride magazine, as well as the Val de Vie magazine.

            Don't forget to buy your tickets on our website and enjoy access to this unique event.


          • The Grand Carrol Boyes Floating Trophy at Blackberry Pink Polo

            Posted on October 19, 2011 by Admin

            The Blackberry Pink Polo Event was hosted at Val de Vie over the weekend, and what a wonderful occasion it was! Held in aid of breast cancer, the event has become a major highlight on our polo calendar. Here's a glimpse of the grand Carrol Boyes Floating Trophy and team player awards that were handed out. Be sure to look out for more photos of this fabulous event...


          • Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop: Don't miss out!

            Posted on October 13, 2011 by Admin

            The upcoming Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop has been featured in Fairlady's latest newsletter, be sure to check it out! Val de Vie Wine will be hosting the workshop in association with Estée Lauder on Friday 4 November 2011 and Saturday 5 November 2011. This exclusive day of pampering promises not to disappoint and offers brides-to-be an opportunity to make those big wedding decisions.

            Don't forget to buy your tickets on our website and enjoy access to some of the most exceptional vendors and service providers in the wedding industry.

            Image courtesy of Fairlady


          • Elana and Grant's beautiful Val de Vie wedding

            Posted on October 10, 2011 by Admin

            Weddings at Val de Vie are always gorgeous celebrations, so we're delighted that the beautiful wedding of Elana and Grant Smuts was featured in the latest Wedding Flowers UK Magazine! The wedding had a colour scheme of white, yellow, light shades of pink and blue, giving it a fresh and upbeat ambience, while remaining chic and contemporary.

            Flowers: Leipzig
            Photography: Jani B



          • The Toyota Great Escape Tour: A Great Success

            Posted on October 5, 2011 by Admin

            The Toyota Great Escape Tour recently came to a conclusion, and part of this exciting event was held at Val de Vie. We've had wonderful feedback from the organisers and it was our pleasure to work with Toyota.

            Here is a message from Toyota that we're delighted to share:

            "Thank you very much for all of your assistance it was fantastic working with such a well organised team and venue, and I would never have completed everything in two weeks without aligning with such strong suppliers."


          • Pierre and Elbé's Val de Vie Wedding

            Posted on October 4, 2011 by Admin

            Pierre and Elbé celebrated their wedding in March at Val de Vie and it was a very chic occasion with a stylish black and white theme.

            As these photos by Eric Uys show, it was a gorgeous wedding that included some wonderful creative details. For example, imagine an ice cream van in place of a wedding cake!

            Read more about their beautiful day and see more photos on The Pretty Blog.






          • Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop: An Exceptional Event

            Posted on October 4, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie Estate in Paarl will be hosting the Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop, in association with Estée Lauder, on Friday 4 November 2011 and Saturday 5 November 2011. This exclusive day of pampering promises not to disappoint and offers brides-to-be an opportunity to make those big wedding decisions.

            A highlight of the event will be the Fashion and Wedding Dress element, hosted by some of South Africa’s top fashion designers and stylists. The panel includes Expresso’s fashion stylist to the stars, Marilize de Clercq, who will share her insider fashion knowledge, as well as top fashion designers Kobus Dippenaar and Hendrik Vermeulen, both of whom will share their expert advice and experience. Kobus Dippenaar is fresh from the Positive Heroes Fashion show, while Hendrik Vermeulen was just given the honor of representing South Africa in the first annual World Fashion Week (WFW) to be held in New York City in 2012.

            When else would you get the opportunity to pick the brains of fashion experts? Whether it is what length of dress will work for your wedding; which shoes will match your dress style or what colours are on trend for 2012, who better to consult than the Célébrer Fashion Dream Team?

            Be sure to get your ticket to this wonderful opportunity to be inspired by the top experts in the industry. Tickets cost R550 and can be purchased on our website. Alternatively, you can order them from the Events team on: 021 863 6191 / 072 72 655 21 / events@valdevie.co.za

            Image courtesy of Fairlady.com


          • Chic ceramics: The Curve Range from Carrol Boyes

            Posted on October 4, 2011 by Admin

            We love the new range that Martine Jackson designed and produced for Carrol Boyes. As the creative co-director of the Carrol Boyes brand and a ceramicist in her own right, Martine is passionate about ceramics and it shows in her gorgeous designs. Drawing inspiration from nature, her pieces have a distinctively organic look, combined with repetitive patterns.

            Her debut range, Curve, would be a stunning addition to any bride's gift registry. The range is available at selected Carrol Boyes dedicated stores from October 2011.

            www.carrolboyes.com


          • The make-up magic of Pini Potgieter

            Posted on October 3, 2011 by Admin

            Pini Potgieter is a very talented make-up artist who can make you look your most gorgeous and confident.

            As she says, "I think that make-up is an expression of your personality, something that can reflect how you see yourself, how you see the world. How the world sees you… I have been involved in the industry for 5 years and have been lucky enough to be involved in some wonderful creative collaborations. Credits include music videos, television commercials, editorial and portfolio work, both nationally and internationally, weddings & special occasions.

            I can’t look at anybody without seeing the possibilities of transformation, of fun, of colour and expression. I can change your look, your face, your attitude. What can I say? I like to make pretty!"

            Contact her at pinipotgieter@gmail.com or 076 070 4474.


          • Thought for the day

            Posted on October 3, 2011 by Iza de Lange

            Iza from the Events team put together this thought for the day. Feel like you need to start the week with a bang? Opt for some sassy red lipstick and oodles of confidence!


          • A stylish engagement photo shoot

            Posted on September 28, 2011 by Admin

            Stylish and vibrant couple, Lee and Garth, enjoyed their city hopping photoshoot on Saturday. Photographer Warren Williams and the couple had an urban African BLAST!

            We're so excited about their wedding and we're enjoying every second of the planning process with them. 14 April 2012 is going to be a fab day for this awesome couple!

            The bride is very creative and loves things to be stylish yet inspirational with a “wow” factor. We're so pleased that the hottest colour in New York, tangerine, will be a feature on their big day.

            Look out for when we post their wedding photos after their dream day in 2012. Excitement is running high!





          • Célébrer Wedding Workshop in the news

            Posted on September 27, 2011 by Admin

            We're thrilled to see how interest is mounting in the upcoming Célébrer Wedding Workshop!  This unique event, which will be held on 4 and 5 November at Val de Vie, has been mentioned in Luxlife, AMonline, Goodguides, Cape Town Active and on SA Wedding Venues. Don't forget to buy your tickets on our website and enjoy access to some of the most exceptional vendors and service providers in the wedding industry.


          • Célébrer Luxury Workshop: Book your ticket!

            Posted on September 21, 2011 by Admin

            The invitations are out for the Célébrer Luxury Workshop! This luxury Wedding Workshop, sponsored by Estée Lauder, will be held on Saturday 5th of November 2011 at Val de Vie. Be sure to get your ticket to this wonderful opportunity to be inspired by the top experts in the industry. Tickets cost R550 and can be purchased on our website. Alternatively, you can order them from the Events team on: 021 863 6191 / 072 72 655 21 / events@valdevie.co.za

            To read more about the workshop, read the write-up on our blog, visit Vivid Luxury's blog or check out the press release.


          • Célébrer Luxury Workshop

            Posted on September 20, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie is thrilled to be hosting a Luxury Wedding Workshop, sponsored by Estée Lauder, on Saturday 5th of November 2011. This innovative event helps brides-to-be to discover the latest trends, tips and fashions in a relaxed and beautiful environment. From Estée Lauder sharing the secrets to the best beauty regime in the run up to a wedding, to top fashion designers, such as Malcolm Kluk, giving advice on fashion and styling through to the top wedding planners, stationary designers, cake designers, chefs to the starts weddings, décor specialists and honeymoon planners... as well as two exciting celebrity guests making star appearances on the day. This workshop will bring the finest in each category and give the low down on what not to do and of course share all the latest international tricks of the trade.

            Apart from fun and pampering interactive workshops you can expect champagne and beautiful breakfast canapés on arrival, a gourmet lunch (demonstrating wedding menu options) and an afternoon high tea with a selection of exquisite wedding cakes, wedding desserts and decadent sweet treats to see and taste.

            Not only will the bride–to-be feel empowered after the day, but also pampered and entertained. If you don’t like large wedding expos with hundreds of uninteresting stalls, then the Célébrer Luxury Wedding Workshop, sponsored by Estée Lauder is perfect for you.

            Brought to you by one of the leading cosmetics brands in the world, Estée Lauder, along with Vivid Luxury, the luxury brand specialists; and Val de Vie Events, the wedding experts who produce hundreds of fabulous weddings every year, you can expect a stylish, informative, and experiential day out for the bride-to-be and her mother, sister, maid of honor, or bridesmaids.

            Read more about the event here, or keep visiting our website for updated information on this exceptional workshop.


          • It's Strawberry season!

            Posted on September 20, 2011 by Iza de Lange

            Yay, it's strawberry season! Go strawberry picking and surprise the people close to you with a strawberry dessert you REALLY made yourself. ;)

            Strawberries can be eaten fresh, frozen or dried. You can use strawberries in desserts, cakes, muffins, cereals, yogurts or salads, or you can also drink strawberries in shakes, juices or cocktails.

            Strawberries aren't just delicious, they're beautiful too! If you are more of a chocolate person, use strawberries to decorate your chocolate dessert for a touch of colour.

            Here is a delicious recipe by Creative Cakes for a strawberry cheesecake:

            Strawberry Cheesecake

            • 1/2 packet of biscuits
            • 80 ml butter, melted
            • 60 g strawberry jelly
            • 1 tsp gelatine
            • 1/2 cup boiling water
            • 1 can evaporated milk
            • 1 cup cottage cheese
            • fresh berries

            Instructions
            1. Combine biscuit crumbs and butter and press into a 22cm loose-bottomed cake pan.
            2. Dissolve jelly and gelatine in boiling water and allow to cool and become syrupy.
            3. Whip ideal milk until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled jelly, then the cottage cheese.
            4. Pour into prepared biscuit crust. Chill for 2-3 hours, until well set.
            5. Decorate with fresh berries before serving

            Iza, Val de Vie Events


          • Sensual, Soft and Stylish Inspiration

            Posted on September 12, 2011 by Iza de Lange

            I love this soft, feminine look coupled with confident splashes of silver and delicate tones of cream and grey. It reminds me of clouds floating by and soft sunrays brushing over rocky hilltops.

            I love this style, hope that you do too!

            Iza, Val de Vie Events & Coordination Assistant


          • Top Billing

            Posted on September 5, 2011 by Admin


            Val de Vie was the venue for Top Billing's Spring Men's fashion shoot. We absolutely love the coral accents in the outfits - very chic!


          • Spring to action!

            Posted on September 2, 2011 by Iza de Lange

            It’s time to wake up and SPRING to action as we get some colour back into our lives after a long cold winter. Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to plant a tree, have a big family lunch out in the garden, buy flowers to add some spring spirit to your house... or in your hair. It’s also a great time to get back into shape (after all the hot chocolate and winter cravings) or to get rid of your boring, old, brown sweaters and to get those bright coloured spring dresses out!


          • Let them eat cake

            Posted on September 1, 2011 by Nadia Valentyn

            Whoever said that cupcakes should be just cake? It’s time to do away with the boring and bring the dessert into the cupcake. Why not opt for a creamy cheesecake centre topped with cream cheese frosting or smothered in seasonal berry sauce? And who could resist a ganache centre, topped with decadent Belgian chocolate fudge or sauce? If you want to stick with a more traditional cake option, choose a vanilla, chocolate or lemon cake and fill it with a generous helping of caramel. It'll create a delicious surprise in the first bite!

            Decorate your cupcakes by theme with ribbons, Lindor Chocolate Balls, heart-shaped candy, fruit, sprinkles, glitter and loads more for a personal touch. Now get baking and remember, the world is your cupcake!

            Written by Nadia


          • Get the party started with Pink Pigeon Rum

            Posted on August 31, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie is thrilled that Pink Pigeon is one of the sponsors of our upcoming Pink Polo Event. This Vanilla Spiced Mauritian Rum is named after the rare and endangered species of bird found only on the magnificent jewel island of Mauritius. It is the first pure premium spiced rum from the island to be blended with “Black Gold”, which is the finest hand-pollinated and hand-picked natural vanilla from the islands of Madagascar and Reunion. Although complex in flavour, Pink Pigeon is delicious to drink and distilled five times with the purest of spirit.

            Here is a recipe for their signature cocktail, the Pink Pigeon Mojito:

            Ingredients:
            1 ½ shots of Pink Pigeon Premium rum
            ½ shot of Giffard vanilla syrup or sugar if you don’t have
            10 Fresh mint leaves
            4 wedges of lime
            1 shot of Cranberry Juice

            Method:
            First focus on muddling the lime wedges, mint leaves and sugar in the glass of service. Then add in your Pink Pigeon rum, top half the glass with crushed ice and stir with a spoon to mix and chill. Top up the glass with crushed ice and finish of by adding the cranberry juice.


          • Breakfast weddings: A top trend

            Posted on August 26, 2011 by Iza de Lange

            This is for all the early lovebirds a breakfast wedding! We all know that breakfast is the most important (and my personal favourite) meal of the day – so why not have a breakfast wedding? Morning wedding receptions offer a refreshing change of pace and they're quickly becoming a popular choice for brides.To top it off, a breakfast wedding allows the newlyweds to finish their day early with plenty of time to start their honeymoon.

            In terms of catering, you could opt for a plated breakfast but a buffet would be the best bet, as guests can decide what they would like to eat. Serve a range of delicious breakfast treats, from the traditional English breakfast to waffles, pancakes, muffins, croissants, orange-scented scones and walnut banana bread.

            You can still have a wedding cake, simply serve a lighter cake such as carrot, lemon or cheesecake, rather than a heavy chocolate-covered cake. Another option is to serve a cake topped with fresh fruit.

            As for music, you can still have a DJ and a dancefloor. It'll be midday by the time the ceremony and brunch are wrapped up, a perfectly acceptable time to get celebrating!

            Be creative, fresh and different.

            Iza


          • Meet the Val de Vie Team: Introducing Varety

            Posted on August 26, 2011 by Admin

            Varety is the Venue & Coordination Personal Assistant at Val de Vie Events. Petite and stylish, Varety loves all the finer things in life... from Laboutin heels and labels to the looking chic in black and dreaming of Paris. As she says, "I am so at home at val de Vie and I love the creative and pretty things that we work with every day." Varety admits that anything sweet makes her day - especially swirls of candy!


          • Meet the Events Team: Introducing Nadia

            Posted on August 24, 2011 by Admin

            Today we'd like to introduce Nadia, our Events Account Executive. We love that sheis so hardworking and goal orientated, yet still retains her easy going personality and sense of fun.

            Before getting to work, Nadia starts each day with a coffee. The things that make her day? Seeing her friends, the colour turquoise, the sound of the first raindrops falling or indulging in some chocolate.

            Nadia is celebrating her own wedding in November, so she is currently planning all the details for her big day. For her it's the most natural thing to do - as she quotes, "love and marriage… goes together like a horse and carriage!"


          • Meet the Events Team: Introducing Simone

            Posted on August 23, 2011 by Admin

            Simone is the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events and we all admire this exceptionally talented lady. She's an absolute marvel at coordinating events and relishes every opportunity that comes her way. As she puts it, "joy = contentment = my career, what I truly love!"

            Simone lists several things that make her day. The first is waking up to her adorable three-year-old daughter, Indya-Sage, who usually asks if she can watch Barbie. In her free time, Simone loves to savour ginger and fresh sushi with her hubby at Sevruga at the V&A Waterfront. She also loves the little things that make life special, whether it's the weather in spring, admiring pretty hearts and butterflies or simply enjoying the sound of birds flying high in the sky.

            Simone has an excellent eye for design and loves the current trend for bespoke items that are customised to be unique and edgy. Her top colours for 2012 are tangerine and crisp yellow. In her own words, "they're fresh, inspiring, a bit crazy and super daring!"


          • Queenspark photo shoot at Val de Vie: More elegant images

            Posted on August 22, 2011 by Admin


            Here are some more photos from the recent shoot of Queenspark's spring men's collection, which was shot at Val de Vie. Click here to view more photos from the shoot, which captured the sense of style and elegance of the Queenspark brand.


          • Tranquil turquoise

            Posted on August 22, 2011 by Iza de Lange

            This blueish tone of light green is extremely close to my heart.

            I easily get lost in this peaceful yet bright colour. It creates the illusion of being on a tropical island... I can hear the seagulls calling, feel the warm sand between my toes, taste the tropical fruit cocktail, smell the ocean and the sunscreen I had to put on for protections from the blazing sun.

            It’s a colour much loved by celebrities and you’ll see it being used in decor, fashion and weddings. It looks absolutely gorgeous combined with neutrals, black, white, and brown.

            - Iza, Val de Vie Events & Venue assistant


          • Queenspark photo shoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 18, 2011 by Admin

            We're thrilled that Val de Vie was the location for the shoot of Queenspark's spring men's collection. The estate's elegance ambience beautifully complements the effortless style of the Queenspark brand, as these photos show.

            Visit Queenspark's website to view their clothing range.


          • Thunder & Lightning

            Posted on August 17, 2011 by Simone de Wet

            After my travels to Jozi for the day and landing at OR Tambo with a ground temperature of 2C, it was hard to see the “EGOLI” (City of Gold). Instead, what I did see was thunder and lighting which inspired me to design this mood board.

            Grey is so the new black and white! Paler shades of grey are light and fresh, with perhaps a bit more interest than plain white. If you want to create a moodier feel, then choose gun-metal grey instead of black. It looks less harsh and never fails to convey a sophisticated ambience.

            With so many shades and so many choices, grey is a beautiful colour that suits many different looks, whether modern, vintage or glam. It has a certain old school charm too, making it a real favourite!

            Enough said - grey is grey is GREAT!

            Simone, Val de Vie Coordination


          • We LOVE pink!

            Posted on August 16, 2011 by Admin

            This mood board was created out of pure excitement about our upcoming Pink Polo Event!

            BlackBerry, Edith Venter and the Val de Vie Team are getting ready for this must-attend occasion on 15 October 2011

            We invite you to come and celebrate with us in style and enjoy being pampered with a gift bag and bubbly as well as a sumptuous High Tea menu.

            Kobus Dippenaar will be showcasing a custom designed fashion range for the occasion. Be sure to book your ticket before 10 October 2011.

            Tickets are cost R350 in aid of breast cancer.

            To book your ticket click here, or email edith@edithunlimited.co.za or events@valdevie.co.za. Alternatively you can contact us on 011 783 5887 or 021 863 6191.


          • In pictures: The STOP Fashion show at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 15, 2011 by Admin

            A host of celebrities such as Heinz Winckler, Dieter Voight and Jo-anne Strauss recently attended the spectacular STOP Fashion show at Val de Vie. Held in support of the fight against human trafficking, the event included a dazzling fashion show and dinner at the estate. As these photos show, it was a fabulous night that helped to bring attention to a very worthy cause.


          • Pink Polo at Val de Vie: RSVP now!

            Posted on August 15, 2011 by Admin

            BlackBerry and Val de Vie are very excited about the upcoming Pink Polo event on 15 October 2011, held in aid of breast cancer. This exceptional event includes a captivating polo match, a Kobus Dippenaar fashion show and a host of decadent treats for all who attend.

            Tickets cost R350.00 and can be reserved by clicking here. Alternatively you can email edith@edithunlimited.co.za or call 011 783 5887.


          • Meet the Events Team: Introducing Iza

            Posted on August 12, 2011 by Admin

            Iza is our Val de Vie Events Assistant and we really treasure her as part of our team. Pure hearted and full of energy, there are many things that she loves about life: hearts, colours, the beauty of Spring and fresh flowers, and anything feminine and chic. Always ready to spring to action and lend a hand, Iza's jokes that her ears prick up when she hears the sound of her BBM alert!

            Food is definitely one of her joys in life, which is why she really savours the taste of chocolate (as well as a hearty Spur breakfast!).


          • Trendy tangerine

            Posted on August 11, 2011 by Admin

            Less is more and more is tangerine! Spotting the latest trends on the New York catwalks is as much fun as creating a quirky moodboard that screams over-the-top fabulousness.

            We love these fresh, bold shades of orange, escpecially when they're used as accents to a pure, clean look. This theme could work well for a variety of events, but with such intense colours at play, some restaint is necessary. Create a menu design with a simple but playful edge. You could also add a dress code called "Pure Simplicity", allowing guests to opt for a sophisticated, subtle style that complements the tangerine colour scheme, rather than overwhelms it.

            With the smell of oranges and blossoms in the air, your event is guaranteed to be nothing less than a fabulous garden festival!


          • Michael and Lienka's Wedding

            Posted on August 8, 2011 by Admin

            Michael and Lienka celebrated their special day at Val de Vie, and we are so delighted to have been part of this joyful and beautfiul occasion.

            To view more photos, visit the talented June Joubert's website.














          • Pink Polo at Val de Vie

            Posted on August 4, 2011 by Admin

            BlackBerry and Val de Vie invite you to our Pink Polo event on 15 October 2011, held in aid of breast cancer. The exceptional event includes a captivating polo match, a Kobus Dippenaar fashion show and a host of decadent treats for all who attend.

            Tickets cost R350.00 and can be reserved by emailing edith@edithunlimited.co.za or calling 011 783 5887.

            Click here to download the full invitation.


          • STOP Fashion show at Val de Vie

            Posted on July 21, 2011 by Admin

            Join Val de Vie in the fight against human trafficking by attending a spectacular fashion show and dinner at the estate on 6 August 2011. Celebrities such as Heinz Winckler, Dieter Voight, Jo-anne Strauss and many more have chosen to support this worthy cause, and we invite you to do the same.

            The Fashion Show's inspiration comes from a universal theme, dark to light, slavery to liberty. It explores the desire of every person to have a sense of value and safety. The fashion show will definitely be a dramatic showcase of this cause with extravagant touches of elegance. It will also be accompanied by a tantalizing 3 course meal.


          • A sensational special from Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs

            Posted on July 5, 2011 by Admin

            Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs is running a fantastic special on all their laser cut stationery. Thanks to their new laser cutting facilities, this snazzy stationery design team can create gorgeous stationery for very reasonable prices. Click here to view more details. Contact them at 021 981 9682 or visit their website, www.secretdiary.co.za.


          • Getting inspired at Val de Vie

            Posted on July 4, 2011 by Admin

            MyCityByNight took note of the second Home Channel Décor & Design Morning that was held at Val de Vie on Saturday 28th May. Hosted by Edith Venter, the event was a great success and raised much-needed funds for The Kibwe Kids charity. Guests also got a dose of creative inspiration from talented people such as decor expert Marius van der Merwe, Rust en Vrede chef Davidi Higgs and Tanya Visser, horticulturist, editor of The Gardener and Die Tuinier and presenter of The Gardener Television Series.


          • Sue and JP Duminy's Wedding

            Posted on July 4, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie recently hosted the glamorous wedding of Sue and JP Duminy, and wer'e delighted to see the beautiful photos taken by Sybrand Cillie. They really capture the style and elegance of this special day.

            Click here to more photos.


          • A stunning stationery special from Elsje Designs

            Posted on June 29, 2011 by Admin

            Elsje Designs are offering a winter warmer freebie that's hard to resist! Receive a free save the date emailer with interactive RSVP buttons when you place a stationery order of at least R3000.00 before 31 July 2011. Click here for all the details, as well to view the beautiful range of options to choose from.

            studio +27 (0)21 976 7111 | fax 08 666 3 5566 | info@elsje.co.za | www.elsje.co.za


          • Jp and Sue's Val de Vie Wedding

            Posted on June 27, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie was delighted to host the wedding of JP Duminy and his fiance Sue Erasmus on 25 June this past weekend. 281 guests attended the occasion, including Francois du Plessis, Morné Morkel, Mark Boucher, Robin Peterson and Graeme Smith. The theme was a swanky French affair and Val de Vie Coordination thoroughly enjoyed planning this special event.

            It's certainly got the media abuzz - visit Die Burger and Die Beeld to find out more about this gorgeous celebration, or
            click hereto read an article that appeared in The Argus.


          • Stationery inspiration from Secret Diary Designs

            Posted on June 23, 2011 by Admin

            We love beautiful wedding stationery, and the work by Secret Diary Designs is nothing less than stunning! Here is a look at some of their latest designs, which we can't get enough of.

            For more information about their work, please contact the studio on info@secretdiary.co.za or call 021 981 9682. To view more of their work, please visit www.secretdiary.co.za or find them on Facebook.




          • Story wedding invitations by Secret Diary Designs

            Posted on June 23, 2011 by Admin

            The latest and greatest addition to the Secret Diary Designs collection is their gorgeous idea of story wedding invitations. These allow couples to tell their boy-meets-girl story of how they met in a rather quirky pictorial style, while still incorporating all the mandatory information for guests. Matching envelopes finish this invitation idea perfectly.

            For more information on these innovative, fun and whimsical invitations, please contact the studio on info@secretdiary.co.za or call 021 981 9682. To view more of their work, please visit www.secretdiary.co.za or find them on Facebook, which is updated daily with all new designs and ideas.


          • Andrea and Selwyn's Wedding

            Posted on June 15, 2011 by Admin

            We loved hosting the wedding of Andrea and Selwyn. Held on a Cape Winter's day, the wedding was described by the couple as the most amazing day of their lives. As Andrea says, "Ek het nie vir een oomblik ophou glimlag nie! Als was perfek, soos ons dit wou he."

            Take a look at the images below to see their beautiful day. For more gorgeous photos, visit Jean-Pierre Uys' website.


          • Inspiration from Elsje Designs: Boere Bazaar

            Posted on June 13, 2011 by Admin

            We love this local and lekker moodboard from Elsje Designs, which is all about relaxed country styling. Warm shades of red are contrasted with whites and creams, coupled with homely patterns and design elements. It's a great look for a laid-back event in the countryside.


          • Inspiration from Elsje Designs: Blushing Bride

            Posted on June 10, 2011 by Admin

            Here's a moodboard for true romantics! This blushing bride theme is all about soft, feminine colours such as pale pink, baby blue and pastel yellow. Ornate details and vintage accessories complete the look, which would be perfect for a wedding, but also a girly tea party or celebration.

            Visit Elsje's website for more beautiful inspiration.


          • Inspiration from Elsje Designs: Rock Paper Scissors

            Posted on June 8, 2011 by Admin

            A pretty palette of cream and neutral shades make up this lovely mood board by Elsje Designs.

            With its vintage styling and soft colours, it creates a distinctly feminine look. The beautiful lettering, antique-style paper and lacy cut-outs are great inspiration for your own wedding stationery.


          • Lollos is coming to Val de Vie!

            Posted on May 31, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie is thrilled that Lollos is visiting the Estate on 8 July 2011! Tickets cost R50.00 and are available by contacting events@valdevie.co.za or calling 021 863 6100. This talented musical show won a SAMA and put smiles on the faces of children across South Africa, we can't wait to welcome them back.


          • Pieter and Jeanine's wedding

            Posted on May 31, 2011 by Admin

            Pieter & Jeanine - Val De Vie from FJS Productions.

            Val de Vie absolutely loved hosting the wedding of Pieter and Jeanine. This gorgeous couple are truly talented - the beautiful bride was a Miss SA Finalist and princess, while Pieter is an accomplished rugby player.

            On their honeymoon the couple heard that Pieter was picked to play in the UK for the Tigers, so they quickly changed their honeymoon plans and left for the UK. Now they're back home and Pieter is playing for the Cheetahs.

            As the stunning video by FJS Productions shows, the wedding was a spectacular occasion. We wish the newlyweds all the best for their future together.

            Here are some links that give insight into Pieter's exciting rugby career:
            News24: Oud-Stormer ’n Cheetah
            Volksblad: Fisieke Myburgh ‘gesout’
            Youtube interview


          • Inspiration from Elsje Designs: Vintage chic

            Posted on May 30, 2011 by Admin

            It's the start of a new week and the perfect time to get inspired. We love this moodboard by Elsje Designs which captures the fun side of the 1950s in candy coloured shades and adorable imagery. Look out for more moodboard magic later this week!


          • Inspiration from Elsje Designs: A Forest Festival

            Posted on May 26, 2011 by Admin

            We love the moodboards created by Elsje Designs, one of South Africa's leading stationery designers. This gorgeous moodboard showcases a lush forest theme with shades of green and soft grey. Be sure to visit Elsje's website and her blog. Alternatively, phone the studio at +27 (0)21 976 7111.


          • Liz & Gareth's wedding

            Posted on May 24, 2011 by Admin

            Liz and Gareth that got married at Val de Vie in April, and we loved hosting their wedding day at the estate. Based in the UK, the couple wanted to enjoy this special day in the Winelands, surrounded by their loved ones. It was a wonderfully relaxed occasion and every element went by smoothly, just as our events team knew it would!


          • Get a glimpse of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

            Posted on May 24, 2011 by Admin

            Here's a closer look at the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which was hosted by Val de Vie. As the video shows, this glamorous event was all about sensational style and pure polo excitement - what a dazzling day!


          • Val de Vie hosts an inspiring decor morning

            Posted on May 20, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie hosted a decor morning on the 28 May 2011 in aid of charity. The event, which was sponsored by Plascon, The Home Channel and Edith Venter, raised much appreciated funds for Kibwe Kids Charity. Guests were treated to glasses of bubbly, following by three wonderful talks from decor expert Marius Van der Merwe, acclaimed chef David Higgs and talented gardener Tania Visser. All in all, it was both an inspiring and uplifting morning!

            Click here to view the full invitation.


          • Mandi and Daniel's wedding

            Posted on May 20, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie Events was privileged to host the wedding of Mandi and Daniel on 11 January 2011.

            This beautiful couple share an appreciation for fine wine, great food and celebrations filled with love and memories that will last a life time! A finely decorated chuppah was styled inside the Pavilion, where guests were surrounded by a pure, loving and graceful ambience. The day was completed with a personalised polo match that included the teams wearing the family monogram. Our team, thrilled to be part of the procession, was proud to host 210 guests in the ballroom on such a wonderful summer's day!

            The couple currently reside in America, where we wish them the best of luck and blessings for the future.

            We can't wait to welcome them back to South Africa in the future. Mazel tov!

            Photography by Ryan Graham




          • Marilize and Chris' Wedding

            Posted on May 17, 2011 by Admin


            We love these gorgeous photos of Marilize and Chris, a wonderful couple who tied the knot at Val de Vie on Good Friday. Marilize is one of Cape Town's top stylists in Cape Town and boasts numerous celebrity clients. She also works on the Expresso set on SABC 3.

            True to her talent, Marilize designed her own wedding and sourced every decor item for her reception, making this wedding a show-stopping event for the 72 guests that attended. To top it off, Heinz Winkler blew everyone away with his magical voice during the ceremony.

            Elsjé Oosthuizen from Val de Vie Events assisted the bride with the on-site coordination and the pair became best friends in no time! The Val de Vie Events team wish Marilize and Chris the best life ahead and pray a blessing over them and their future.

            The photos were taken by Ryan Graham, visit his site to view more of his amazing work.


          • All eyes on Val de Vie Events

            Posted on May 16, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie Events is delighted with our gorgeous new ad that will soon appear in the Wedding Album. We love the design and how it showcases our world-class venue in true style (as well as how our enviable attention to detail).


          • Fab couple: Heinrich and Riana

            Posted on May 11, 2011 by Admin

            Heinrich and Riana are such a vibey, cool couple and we can't wait to host their wedding in October. We love working with them and know that it'll be a fabulous celebration. The Val de Vie events team is counting the days to their big day blast! xxx


          • A chic shoot at Val de Vie

            Posted on May 9, 2011 by Admin

            We are very proud of a gorgeous photo shoot at Val de Vie featuring Ryk Neethling and Lieschen Botes. The glamorous shoot will be featured in the Summer Val de Vie Magazine and really evokes the elegance of our beautiful estate.




          • Congrats to Izelle!

            Posted on May 9, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie loves celebrating people's weddings with them, but it's super special when a member of our team ties the knot!

            We got our hands on these beautiful photos and Izelle looks so elegant.

            A massive congrats from the Val de Vie Team, may you be blessed forever and a day.


          • The magic of Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs

            Posted on May 9, 2011 by Admin

            We love these gorgeous moodboards that Secret Diary Creative concepts made for our Pasella shoot. They really capture the three stunning looks that were showcased on the episode, one can't help but be inspired!

            Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs
            6, Taaibos street, Protea Heights, Brackenfell
            T | 021 981 9682
            C | 082 7381788
            E | carla@secretdiary.co.za
            W | www.secretdiary.co.za




          • Derek and Diani's wedding

            Posted on May 3, 2011 by Admin

            We absolutely loved hosting the wedding of Derek and Diani at Val de Vie! They were a wonderful couple to work with and we're thrilled to see the stunning photos taken by Peartree Photography.

            For more photos, visit Peartree's website.






          • Rohan and Lurina's wedding on The Pretty Blog

            Posted on March 31, 2011 by Admin


            Rohan and Lurina's gorgous Val de Vie wedding has been featured on The Pretty Blog, a gorgeous wedding blog that showcases all sorts of bridal ideas and inspiration. Their wedding was set apart by the beautiful, somewhat quirky decor, that really captured the love and memories shared by this couple. Be sure to visit the blog for more stunning photos.




          • Val de Vie on Pasella!

            Posted on March 31, 2011 by Admin

            The Val de Vie Events Team was thrilled to be featured on Pasella last night! Check out this video to see a clip from the show, which is filled to the brim with great decor and event ideas.


          • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Tournament

            Posted on March 31, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie invites you to the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Tournament on Sunday 17 April 2011. This exclusive high society event is not to be missed and promises a day of glamour, excitement and luxury.

            Click on the flyer for a closer look at what this event promises.


          • Saleem and Mishkah's Wedding

            Posted on February 6, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie was delighted to host its first Muslim wedding this January. The wedding of Saleem and Mishkah was a beautiful day, with pink, crystal black and white forming the back drop for this French themes fairytale.

            We loved the bling factor as well as the very royal inspired soft pink rose balls.

            Bryani, Atchar and Naan have a complete new meaning for the Val de Vie Events team, and all we can say is it was one massive feast!

            The Polo game blew the guests away and many comments were flying around the terrace as guests were treated to a full non-alcoholic cocktail bar. The sprinkles that guests added to their freshly-made smoothies were a definite hit.

            We wish the couple everything they desire and more. To the Brides Mom; Mrs Ahmed, you truly supported your daughter and gave her the dream wedding she so wished to have.

            Blessings and love,
            Sim and the Events Girls

            PS - View more stunning photos at Peartree Photography's website!





          • Jackie and Laurent's Wedding

            Posted on February 6, 2011 by Admin


            Val de Vie was thrilled to host the wedding of Jackie and Laurent, a wonderful Greek celebration that also included a private polo game! We love the amazing photos by ZaraZoo, both of the event and of the couple together. Be sure to visit the ZaraZoo website to view pictures of their private shoot and of the beautiful wedding day itself.



          • Pieter and Jeanine's Wedding

            Posted on February 6, 2011 by Admin


            Val de Vie Events LOVED planning the wedding of Pieter and Jeanine! As these photos show, it was a gorgeous occasion. We wish you the best of the best for your life together! Be sure to view more photos from the day.

            Photos courtesy of SAWeddings


          • Glam decor by Floral Affairs

            Posted on January 23, 2011 by Admin

            Floral Affairs are true pioneers when it comes to glam decor design. These style gurus never fail to pull off chic designs that retain a sense of your own personal style.

            We love what Jolise did with the wedding decor for Gherda and Dirk. It was a showstopping affair that captured the dream wedding that Gherda had been dreaming of for years.

            The deep love shared by this wonderful couple was tangible in the moving speeches at their wedding. Val de Vie Events wish you the all the best for the future! May the bling factor always remain in your relationship.

            Contact Floral Affairs to book an appointment on 082 807 3334.


          • Mandi & Daniel's wedding

            Posted on January 21, 2011 by Admin

            Mandi and Daniel celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie on 11 Jan 2011. They were a truly awesome Couple to host and we really enjoyed helping them to realise their special day.

            Mandi, you are so beautiful and Daniel, you are a legend!

            The Val de Vie Events Team wish you all the happiness, blessings, health and love that will last forever and ever!

            For more gorgeous photos, visit Ryan Graham's website.


          • Come Salsa, Jive, Cha Cha , Rumba, Samba or Waltz into 2011 with Val de Vie Events

            Posted on January 20, 2011 by Admin

            We are delighted to introduce you to our very own incredible dance teacher, Carly Chapman.

            Carly has danced professionally all over the world, but it was in New York that she really enjoyed the energy of the stage. Originally from the UK, she spent most of her time in London where she worked alongside top dancing professionals. Today she's followed her heart and we're very lucky to have this Britsh dance expert on South African soil!

            As she says, "its all about the connection paired with the perfect song, complemented by gracious movement and some ambient lights. You're pretty much guaranteed a picture perfect opening dance that everyone will be talking about for many years!"

            Dance packages tailored for Weddings
            Once in a lifetime dance
            Blow your guests away and perfect your opening dance with Carly. She'll spend one-on-one time with couples who wish to focus on more traditional forms of dancing, such as the waltz, Viennese Waltz or the Rumba.

            Individually tailored wedding dances
            This is geared for couples who have a song or style of dance in mind and need some creative assistance to turn it into choreography.

            Dance fitness classes: Have fun with your fiancé before the big day
            Pre-wedding dance fitness classes to help the bride and groom get into shape, as well as enjoy each other’s company in a more relaxed environment.

            TSR class
            Tone, stretch and relaxation. A one hour class broken down into three sections. The first section focuses on toning those key areas of the body – legs, bums, arms, and stomachs. We then move onto the stretching section of the class, using the strength of our muscles from the toning section to safely stretch our muscles. The class ends with a relaxation and revitalising focus.

            Latin exercise
            A one hour exercise class based on Latin rhythms, such as Salsa, Jive, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Samba. Using the Latin technique to build stamina, improve co-ordination and tone up the body.

            For any further information contact Carly on 071 591 6868.


          • Corporate events at Val de Vie

            Posted on January 20, 2011 by Admin

            Val de Vie offers its corporate clients the ultimate venue for five star events and conferences. If a mid-year break is what you're after, enjoy a conference in the fresh country air in true style. It's also never too early to book a year-end function like no other.

            Contact the Events team to arrange a site visit and to receive more information about our state-of-the-art facilities.


          • Pastel hues

            Posted on January 20, 2011 by Admin

            "I smell peppermint, I see green grass, I feel relaxed and I'm paging through my favourite novel, enjoying the sounds of little birds flying by. That is the inspiration behind my design."

            Pastel garden with a hint of mystical vintage and endless elegance.
            – Designed by Elsje Oosthuizen, Val de Vie Events Assistant


          • Travelling in style

            Posted on May 19, 2009 by Admin

            Ask anyone what the measure of luxury is in transport, and they're likely to answer: Rolls Royce. That's why Val de Vie owns two vintage Rolls Royces that are exclusively used for transport within the estate. Whether at a dazzling wedding or a chic corporate event, these elegant vehicles are the only way to travel in style.


          • Val de Vie: The perfect winter venue

            Posted on April 20, 2009 by Admin

            The winter months might be filled with clouds and rain, but that's no excuse not to host spectacular event. With several indoor venues to choose from, Val de Vie is the perfect setting for a warm and welcoming winter function. Celebrate a sumptuous wedding in the ballroom, enjoy an intimate party in the Founder's Lounge or savour a festive winter dinner in the dining area.

            Winter events are always fun, because they're the perfect opportunity to dine on hearty roasts, decadent puddings and hot treats such as Gluhwein. The right atmosphere is also important, which is why our sophisticated lighting can create a cosy ambience, coupled with the golden hue of soft candlelight.

            It might get cold outside, but your guests will agree that you've got the hottest venue in South Africa.


          • Events at Val de Vie

            Posted on April 13, 2009 by Admin

            You may have heard through the grapevine of the private functions hosted at Val de Vie, including a lavish celebration for CEO Martin Venter. But we're excited to announce that the estate's events venue recently opened to the general public, making it the ultimate setting for special occasions.

            Whether you would like to host an intimate celebration for a select group of friends and family or an opulent bash for hundreds of guests, the estate's venue is perfectly suited to occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. We'll take care of every detail, from the music and menu to the decor and drinks. The conferencing facilities are also extensive, making Val de Vie a natural first choice for discerning corporate clients.

            Photograph by Jean-Pierre Uys