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  • Yulandi & Cobus' Wedding Video

    Posted on July 25, 2016 by Admin

    Yulandi and Cobus celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie, and this video by Mighty Fine Productions, mightyfine.co.za, beautifully depicts the day.


  • Ryan and Amy's Wedding Video

    Posted on July 19, 2016 by Admin

    Guava Films have produced a gorgeous video of Ryan and Amy's Val de Vie wedding. What a stunning day!


  • Free download: Your dream destinations

    Posted on July 18, 2016 by Admin

    Feeling adventurous? Dreaming of a sun-kissed tropical beach, or perhaps the cobbled streets of historical cities? Use this free printable from Val de Vie Events for your bucket list of dream destinations. Of course, we are sure that our beautiful estate should be number one on everyone's list!

    Download it now.


  • Amy & Ryan's Wedding

    Posted on July 6, 2016 by Admin

    Amy and Ryan held their wedding day on 2 April at Val de Vie. It was a stunning celebration and the feeling of love and joy was tangible.

    Visit Pritti Photography's website for more lovely photos.


  • Kay-Lee and Jonathan's Wedding

    Posted on July 1, 2016 by Admin

    Kay-Lee and Jonathan celebrated their gorgeous wedding on 24 March at Val de Vie Estate and it was such a pleasure to host this memorable occasion.

    Gavin Casey's photos beautifully capture the spirit of the day.







  • A brief visual history of Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on June 30, 2016 by Admin


  • Line fish with parmesan pea risotto

    Posted on June 13, 2016 by Admin

    Planning on hosting a dinner party to impress? Here's an elegant recipe by Chef Jean-Pierre from the Polo Club Restaurant.

    Ingredients for the fish

    250g x fresh fish fillet
    25g x unsalted butter
    50ml x white wine
    2g x Maldon salt
    1g x white pepper
    2g x fresh thyme, chopped
    2g x fresh Italian parsley, chopped
    1 x lemon, cut in half

    Method

    Heat a pan till it starts to smoke, then add the butter to the pan. Once the butter has melted, add the fish to pan and sear both sides.  Now add the white wine, thyme and parsley to the pan, then sprinkle over the fish the salt and pepper with the juice of half a lemon.  Now that the fish is browned all around, place the fish in a baking tray and pour the sauce from the pan over the fish and bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 6 minutes.

    Ingredients for risotto

    50g x arborio rice
    20g x red onion, chopped fine
    50g x peas
    40g x parmesan, grated
    3g x Maldon salt
    2g x white pepper
    25ml x cream
    50ml x white wine
    250ml x vegetable stock
    10g x garlic, thinly sliced
    20ml x olive oil, extra virgin

    Method

    In a stock pot, heat the pot and then add the oil. Now add the onions, garlic and arborio rice to the pot.  Keep stirring until it the rice starts to brown. Now add the white wine, salt and pepper to the rice and keep stirring.  Once all the wine has been absorbed, add 50ml of vegetable stock at a time to the rice, only add more stock once the first batch of stock has been absorbed. After about 8 minutes the risotto will be cooked and you can now add your peas, parmesan and cream to the rice.

    To plate, place the risotto in the middle of the plate and the fish on top of the risotto. Garnish with the other half of the lemon.


  • Gorgeous wedding highlights at Val de Vie

    Posted on June 9, 2016 by Admin

    FJS Productions never disappoints with their gorgeous wedding videography, so it was a real treat to see the wedding highlights of two stunning Val de Vie Weddings!

    Check out Andile and Akhona's special day, as well as Tracy and Colin's wedding.


  • More enchanting photos of Gareth and Kristin's wedding

    Posted on May 24, 2016 by Admin

    Here are some more stunning photos from Gareth and Kristin's wedding. The couple celebrated their special day on 12 March at Val de Vie. The couple reside in Australia and came home to South Africa for their special day. As one can imagine, it was a wonderful celebration and reunion with friends and family!

    For more lovely photos, visit photographer Darren Bester's website.


  • Nikki and Herschel's Wedding

    Posted on May 24, 2016 by Admin

    Nikki and Herschel's stunning Val de Vie wedding has been perfectly captured by Jani B photography. What a romantic and joyful day!

    View more photos of the celebration on Jani B's website.


  • Vanessa and Louis' Wedding

    Posted on May 18, 2016 by Admin

    Vanessa and Louis celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and it was such a romantic, picture-perfect day. So many elements made it special: gorgeous decor with accents of pink, turquoise and gold... an exciting polo match... a dazzling reception. We wish the newlyweds much happiness in their married life together.

    View more dreamy photos on photographer Claire Courtney's website.


  • Johann and Jannike's Wedding Video

    Posted on May 11, 2016 by Admin

    We adore Johann and Jannike's wedding video, beautifully filmed by Guava Graphics.


  • A beautiful Val de Vie Mother's day Family Shoot

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by Admin

    Alicia S Photography recently captured a very special Mother's Day that was celebrated on the polo fields of Val de Vie. Riaan and his family treated the lucky mothers to a beautiful outdoor lunch, complete with a memorable photo shoot. What a wonderful idea!

    To view more photos, please visit Alicia's website.








  • Save the Date for Cintron Pink Polo 2016!

    Posted on May 5, 2016 by Admin


  • Connie and Eddie's wedding video

    Posted on April 21, 2016 by Admin

    Missing Piece Films have beautifully captured Connie and Eddis's wedding that took place at Val de Vie. Sit back and watch the magic of this gorgeous day!http://www.valdevie.co.za/wordpress/wp-login.php?action=logout&_wpnonce=aa737965c9


  • Make the most out of olive season

    Posted on April 21, 2016 by Admin

    Olives are one of the world's oldest cultivated crops and today we are still just as wild about them. From juicy olives, oils and tapenades to luxurious beauty products, the humble olive is amazingly versatile.

    In fact, olives also make a stunning addition to your wedding's theme. The classic simplicity of the olive leaf lends itself well to decor, working beautifully in wreaths, floral arrangements or even as confetti. Wedding favours are easy too: treat your guests to small bottles of extra virgin olive oil, or perhaps olive oil soaps. With so many ideas, we are definitely going to make the most of olive season!


  • Gareth and Kristin's Wedding

    Posted on April 15, 2016 by Admin

    Gareth and Kristin celebrated their wedding on 12 March at Val de Vie. The couple reside in Australia and came home to South Africa for their special day. As one can imagine, it was a wonderful celebration and reunion with friends and family!

    With a stunning outdoor ceremony and a dazzling reception in the grand ballroom, it was a day to remember.

    For more lovely photos, visit photographer Darren Bester's website.


  • Happy anniversary to Christine & Schalk

    Posted on April 15, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Christine and Schalk on their wedding anniversary! We wish you both a lifetime of love, smiles and joy.


  • Luscious to look at, lovely to eat: Fig are a favourite

    Posted on April 13, 2016 by Admin

    There is something so luscious about figs. These delicious fruits are currently in season and they make a gorgeous (and tasty) addition to any event's menu. Raw sliced figs look lovely atop cakes or pavlovas - their rich colours and texture are eye-catching and their taste is rich and decadent. Make sure your figs are beautifully ripe. As acclaimed chef Yotam Ottolenghi puts it, "a great fig should look like it's just about to burst its skin. When squeezed lightly it should give a little and not spring back. It must be almost unctuously sweet, soft and wet."


  • On Trend 2016: Rustic Chic Weddings

    Posted on April 11, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    2016 sees the unique trend of ‘Rustic Chic’ introducing itself to the wedding aisle. The idea is a touch of glamour combined with an earthy, romantic feel. The “I do’s” will see creative cork boutonnieres for the groom and his groomsmen, as well as green leaves and baby’s breath flower crowns for the bride and her bridesmaids.  The wedding feast will be enjoyed on naked rustic wooden tables covered by lace runners and complemented with raw elements of nature.

    Rustic chic allows us to use vintage elements - that slightly "rough around the edges" look - to create a rawness that combines with new world features. For example, picture a wagon wheel chandelier hanging from a tree. Old vintage doors rested on wine barrels can be used as a table, while naked bulbs draped from wooden branches create beautiful lighting. Let the sparks fly by handing sparklers to your guests as they light the way to your happily ever after.


  • Nombuso and Bashir's Wedding Video

    Posted on April 6, 2016 by Admin

    This video of Nombuso and Bashir's wedding is a real showstopper! Filmed by Vision on Fire, it totally captures the romance and atmosphere of this stunning celebration.

    Click on the image to view the video or check it out on Vimeo.


  • The modern nursery

    Posted on March 30, 2016 by Admin

    Pink for girls and blue for boys is over! Nurseries can also be modern and chic without losing an element of fun and warmth. We love this chic idea for styling a baby's nursery: a monochrome palette that's made playful with fun shapes, patterns and typography.


  • Let's go green

    Posted on March 29, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    "Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
    — Pedro Calderon de la Barca

    Green is undoubtedly the colour that we associate with nature. This cool, calming colour represents vitality, growth and energy, and it's also a hot colour for weddings and events.

    Subtle shades of green are timeless and elegant - think forest green, emerald green, dark teal. These shades are ideal for weddings with a natural and slightly bohemian touch, bringing a fresh sense of natural beauty.


  • Happy Easter from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on March 25, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish you a happy Easter. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend!


  • Hot new trend: The Polo brunch wedding

    Posted on March 23, 2016 by Admin

    If you're looking for something different and potentially cost-effective, a brunch wedding is a fantastic idea. Break the rules and host a brunch wedding that's as unforgettable as other times of the day.

    There are so many reasons why a brunch wedding is a great concept: they tend to cost less, because instead of a three course menu, a delicious breakfast/brunch menu can be served, either in the form of a buffet, food stations or as a seated meal. Serve unique treats like yoghurt and muesli popsicles, glittery doughnuts, waffles, crepes, vegetable tarts, quiche,bagels... the list goes on and on!

    Apart from coffee, tea and fresh juices, offer a bit of bubbly for festivity. Even cocktails can work - how about mimosas, bellinis or bloody marys?

    You can make it as relaxed or as formal as you like - there are no rules for this time of day. Guests also won't be expecting fancy centerpieces and uplighting, so decor can be a lot more simple (here you can save a lot!).

    Make it fun with lawn games, or a polo match if your wedding is hosted at Val de Vie. Dancing is also certainly an option!


  • Happy anniversary to Shakela and Fraeez

    Posted on March 21, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Shakela and Fraeez a very happy wedding anniversary! Enjoy the love and years and most of all each other.


  • Making use of nature

    Posted on March 14, 2016 by Elsje Human

    When selecting a venue, it really helps to choose a venue with a naturally beautiful setting. With an abundance of natural beauty, you won't need to spend as much on decor, which can help budgeting enormously.

    Use nature as inspiration for your decor and to create a cost-effective, elegant, organic look. Natural textures such as stone and wood can create a stunning backdrop for photos. Leaves and branches can look just as dazzling as flowers, but they are cheaper to buy and they create a more dramatic look.

    To tie the whole look together, bring in a bit of greenery throughout all your wedding elements, for example your cake, stationary, gifts to the guests, etc.


  • Uzair and Zara's Wedding

    Posted on March 14, 2016 by Admin

    Here are some stunning sneak peak photos of Uzair and Zara's wedding, which took place on 23 January 2016. KovacevicBosch Photography & Videography beautifully captured the occasion, we can't wait to see more photos!







  • Happy anniversary to Merike and Marcel

    Posted on March 13, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Merike and Marcel a very happy anniversary! May your love and your lives together be everlasting and full of joy.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2016 Presented By Mantis Collection, Reaches New Heights

    Posted on March 11, 2016 by Admin

    Hailing from all over South Africa, friends of Veuve Clicquot donned their best bright & bold polo outfits this past Saturday to enjoy a stylish afternoon of high-goal polo, fast cars and the finest champagne for the six annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2016 Presented by Mantis Collection.

    The scenic Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley once again played host to this trendy affair and ensured that guests stepped into a picture perfect world that celebrates the best Cape Town. After all what better way to beat the Cape Town heat than with a flute of chilled Veuve Clicquot in a picturesque setting?

    Event co-owners VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events created a world class event, which captivated guests; from the Ferrari vehicle display to a perfectly curated fashion show by D’oré – the afternoon was brought to life under the theme Let Life Surprise You. Drawing inspiration from Madame Clicquot’s zest for embracing life and ‘inventing the things of tomorrow’, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo surprised and delighted guests at every turn.

    Staying true to the theme guests were greeted by a surprising 3D Veuve Clicquot photo booth experience where event media partner E! Entertainment Africa chatted to celebs and VIPs on arrival about their fashionable ensembles and more.

    Polo fans enjoyed an exciting 12-goal polo tournament with top national and international players competing. Team Seven Oaks won the opening match - playing for third place in the tournament - against Shimmy Beach Club, while Fifth Chukka representing Veuve Clicquot won with an amazing score of 7 – 3 against One Zone Polo representing Julius Bär in the riveting main game. Ferrari was there to throw in the ball along with Moët Hennessy’s Regional Managing Director for Africa and Middle East, Pascal Asin and the Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom at the start of the final game.

    Official Fashion Partner of the 2016 event, D’oré showcased the thought provoking Vanessa Gounden, Artivism for Breast Cancer collection that will retail exclusively at D’oré in South Africa. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Partner of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their top international runway stylist, Voilet Sainsbury, jetting in from Australia for the event.

    The emcees for the day, Leigh-Anne Williams and Afrika Melane, entertained and enchanted guests with their charm and wit, while the polo commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seats, not a difficult task with the most riveting polo played on the Val de Vie greens to date.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Sport of Kings does. The opulent affair has grown beyond expectations over the years, attracting the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included Nigerian, Ghanaian and South African celebrities such as Big Brother Africa presenter Vimbai Mutinhiri, Nigerian musician Praiz, OC Ukeje and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Nomzamo Mbatha, Jeannie D, Jen Su, Bonnie Mbuli, Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Maps Maponyane, Ayanda Thabethe, Siv Ngesi, Tanya van Graan and many more.

    The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine was another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. The Best Dressed Female of the day award went to the acclaimed Isibaya actress, Nomzamo Mbatha. Best Dressed Couple went to Nandi Ndlovu and Buntu Ngcuka, while Best Dressed Male went to blogger and presenter Shiraz Reddy – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event. Guests loved the bright and bold theme, inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s bright yellow label.

    Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director for Val de Vie Estate handed over a R100 000 cheque from Official Charity Partner, ISPS Handa, for Hope through Action in aid of sports development in the Paarl Valley area.

    The Fifth Chukka team took home the coveted winning trophy and the Best Pony of the day was Who’s That Girl, owned by South African Polo Team Captain Tom de Bruin. After a spellbinding day of fast-paced polo, guests proceeded to the pop-up Shimmy Beach after party for one final toast to #VCMastersPolo.




  • Beef fillet medallions with a red wine jus, served on butter sautéed baby vegetables with potato and butternut gratin and parmesan disks

    Posted on March 10, 2016 by Admin

    Here is a sumptuous recipe by Jean-Pierre, the head chef of The Polo Club Restaurant.

    Ingredients

    200g beef fillet whole
    200g beef bones
    500ml Ryk Neethling red wine
    50g celery roughly chopped
    50g carrots roughly chopped
    100g red onion roughly chopped
    50g garlic thinly sliced
    60g parmesan grana Padano grated
    30g mange tout
    30g long stem broccoli
    30g baby corn
    30g baby carrots
    50g unsalted butter
    80g potato peeled and sliced
    80g butternut peeled and sliced
    30ml cream
    1 egg whisked
    20ml extra virgin olive oil
    5g paprika
    30g rosemary
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Method

    For the red wine jus, brown the bones in a pot over a high heat, once browned, deglaze the bottom of the pot with Ryk Neethling red wine, and then add the rosemary, chopped carrots, celery, leeks, red onion and garlic.  Add some water until stock is level with the top of the bones.  Allow mixture to simmer for +-3 hours, then strain in order to remove all bones and vegetables.  Return the sauce to a pot and simmer for a further 60 – 90 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and correct consistency is reached, you can add more wine if needed.

    For the parmesan disks, place greaseproof paper on a baking tray, sprinkle some grated parmesan into circles on the paper and bake until brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

    For the potato and butternut gratin, poach the sliced butternut and potato in boiling salted water until crisp, now take a ramekin and place a layer of butternut, then potato and lastly parmesan, repeat layers until ramekin is full.  Now whisk together the egg and cream, add salt and pepper, then add egg mixture to the ramekin to fill.  Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 - 120 minutes until brown on top.

    For the beef fillet, coat with salt, pepper and paprika, then place a pan over a high heat, once hot, add the extra virgin olive oil and once it starts to smoke, sear the fillet, browning all sides, remove the meat from the pan and place in the oven for 5 minutes.  Add your sauce to the pan to recover all the flavours from the fillet and place aside till needed.

    For the vegetables, blanch the baby carrots, baby corn, mange tout and long stem broccoli in boiling salted water for no longer than 20 seconds, then remove from the water.  Place a pan over a high heat and add the butter, once butter is melted, add the blanched vegetables to it and toss together with salt and pepper.

    To assemble, unmould the gratin just off the centre of the plate, place the vegetables next to the gratin.  Now slice the beef fillet into medallions and place over the vegetables. Pour some jus over the meat and place parmesan disk on top for garnish


  • JJ and Iain's Wedding

    Posted on March 2, 2016 by Admin

    JJ and Iain celebrated their beautiful intimate wedding for 38 guests on 25 February at the Polo Club Restaurant. Just Jack Weddings and Events coordinated every detail of the special day, while N Concepts and Designs created the gorgeous decor that set the scene. The ever-talented Zara Zoo Photography captured each moment. Congratulations to the newlyweds!


  • Mens fashion gets colourful at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Guys, if you need some style inspiration for the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, look no further than bright, colourful shades. A pop of colour adds interest to an outfit, whether it's your suit, tie or shoes.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Be bright and bold at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Here is some stunning style inspiration for the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which takes place on Saturday 5 March 2016. Ladies, this years it's all about embracing colour and celebrating everything that's bold and bright. Be brave and wear a colourful outfit, or for a more subtle look, accessorise with eye-catching shoes, jewerllery or even a fascinator.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • A Val de Vie bride is in the news!

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Event is delighted to see that Val de Vie bride, Marilize de Clerq, is on the cover of Juig magazine this month. Congrats Marilize, you look beautiful!


  • It's the Val de Vie Market on 13 March!

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    The next Val de Vie Market is on 13 March 2016 and promises to be a fantastic day for the family, complete with live music, delicious food and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Entry is free and the market takes place from 10h00 to 15h00.

    We would like to thank the following amazing service providers who made our previous market on 7 February such a success:

    Entertainment

    Majozi, Andre J van Vuuren, Peter

    Food trucks

    1. Meisies
    2. Stack that
    3. Sliced between
    4. Creative juices
    5. Dos Velas
    6. Totes

    Food vendors

    1. Nellies Pies
    2. Homemade lemonade
    3. N2ice cream lab
    4. Lowie
    5. Western wheels biltong
    6. Tailgate foods
    7. Fleet coffee
    8. Be delicious
    9. VDV Beverages

    Vintage games

    1. Giant jenga
    2. Boules
    3. Naught and crosses
    4. Croquet

    Kid's entertainment

    1. Trapkarre
    2. Jumping castles
    3. Airbrush tattoos
    4. Face painting
    5. Balloons


  • Happy anniversary to Toni and Nick

    Posted on February 28, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Toni and Nick on their wedding anniversary. We wish you joy and happiness, and may every year bring you many great memories to treasure.


  • Love conquers all

    Posted on February 26, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Happy Friday! As the weekend nears, let's celebrate life and love. As Audrey Hepburn once said, "the best thing to hold onto in life is each other."


  • Go graphic

    Posted on February 23, 2016 by Admin

    Office spaces should feel inspiring and creative, so we love bold, graphic elements that add some interest to a work space. Over-sized wall art, bold paint effects and interesting posters can make a huge difference and add an element of fun.

    Just as your office should be inspiring, so should your corporate events. 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.

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


  • Congratulations to Deon and Joani!

    Posted on February 22, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    A sight of romance and wonder took place on the 6th of February 2016 at Val De Vie as Deon decided to go down on one knee and propose to the love of his life, who he has been courting for the past nine years.

    Joani arrived in style as the Rolls Royce brought her to the staircase of the polo pavilion. With great excitement and anticipation, Deon asked the BIG question that she had been dreaming of since they met.

    The newly engaged couple popped a bottle of Val De Vie bubbly on the pavilion terrace to celebrate their commitment to each other, while taking in the sunset and views of the polo fields and breathtaking Simonsberg mountains.

    A romantic candle lit dinner followed in the ballroom, ending off a spectacular evening that will remain an unforgettable memory forever!



  • Have a happy Monday!

    Posted on February 22, 2016 by Maryke

    Happy Monday! We hope that you have a wonderful and productive week, filled with love.


  • Get into the groove with Soundprint

    Posted on February 20, 2016 by Nadia Valentyn

    Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life and you want the soundtrack for your big day to be perfect, so why gamble on someone who doesn’t let you choose your own music and be completely involved in the process of selecting the perfect song combinations for you and your guests, or who doesn’t guarantee that they’ll play all your requests?

    With a collective experience of more than 1800 weddings over the past 18 years at just about every major venue in the Western Cape and Boland - many of whom we enjoy referral status at – we at Soundprint are very much aware of the things that really matter for wedding couples: getting the music that THEY like, and not necessarily the music the DJ likes, and the comfort of knowing that if something breaks back-up is on hand.
    From our initial interactive music profiling and sampling process with our clients to our 24-hour technical back-up service, care is taken to ensure that nothing can go wrong on your big day and that you get every benefit of our expertise and experience for this your big day!
    Contact us today at conrad@soundprint.co.za.


  • Put the Market at Val de Vie in your diary

    Posted on February 19, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    The next Market at Val de Vie takes place on 13 March 2016 and we hope to see you there! Expect a fun day of polo action, awesome kids' activities, live music and mouthwatering food. It's the perfect day out for the whole family, complete with stunning views of the surrounding polo fields, mountains and countryside.


  • Happy anniversary to Lieselot and Steven

    Posted on February 18, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Lieselot and Steven on their wedding anniversary. May the love and affection that you share bring you strength, joy and true happiness.


  • Val de Vie Bridal Wisdom

    Posted on February 17, 2016 by Admin

    Chanel and Garth held their stunning wedding at Val de Vie and today she shares some valuable tips for brides-to-be.

    1. What memory from your wedding day stands out the most when thinking back?

    The best part of our wedding was the ceremony. Walking down the aisle to my future husband was the best feeling ever. Seeing how my décor and planning turned out was amazing!!

    2. Is there anything you would've done differently?

    Yes, thinking back I would change the seating plan of my guests. Now I would rather seat the couples next to each other, instead of across.

    3. Any advice/tips for future brides?

    I think the three most important things to book first are your venue, photographer and videographer. Those three things get booked out so quickly, especially if you’re getting married in the  summer. Start planning early. Planning a wedding can be very stressful, ask a family member/friend to help you with it.

    4. What did you love most about Val de Vie?

    Wow difficult question, as I loved so many different things about the venue, like:

    The amazing food, friendly and helpful staff, great location, elegant atmosphere, etc. Also the fact that none of my friends and family has gotten married here was a big bonus. So this venue was new, different and a first to all of my guests.

    5. When did you realise this is your venue?

    Before I even got engaged, I love Val De Vie, but never ever thought that I would get married here. I had been searching for a venue for a while, but never actually went to Val De Vie, because I always thought that it would be too expensive and out of my budget, so I skipped it. One day I just decided to go have a look and I immediately fell in love. From then on no other venue would do…


  • Golden glam

    Posted on February 16, 2016 by Nadia Valentyn

    A little gold can create a lot of glam. Subtlety is key: add touches here and there to pull the theme throughout your wedding. The end result is sure to be an elegant affair with a dash of opulence.


  • Happy anniversary to Tracey and Colin

    Posted on February 14, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Tracey and Colin on their wedding anniversary. May your marriage be continue to blessed with joy, harmony and love.


  • A wedding in white

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by Elsje Human

    White on white, white on cream, white on nudes... we love mixing up a romantic palette of whites. This timeless look is ethereal, chic and pure, working beautifully in a modern wedding or something more traditional.


  • Learn the rules of polo for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by Admin

    The 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016. If you're attending this glamorous event, be sure to brush up your polo knowledge with our useful guide to the rules of the sport:

    Player handicaps

    Polo handicaps range from -2 up to 10 goals where any player with a 3-goal rating and above is considered to be at  professional level. There are only a few players in the world who have reached the expert level of 10 goals

    Polo teams

    When playing on a full sized grass field there are two teams and  each team has four players. There  are two umpires on the field and a tournament director alongside the field who assists the umpires  when they don’t agree on a ruling

    The polo field/ground

    The polo ground is approximately 274 meters (300 yards) long, and 146 meters (160 yards) wide if there are  boards around the perimeter of the field. These boards keep the ball in play during the game. The polo grounds  will also have two upright goals, one at each end of the field, and they each have two goal posts that are 7.3  meters (eight yards) apart and a goal is scored when the ball g oes between the goal posts of the opposing team

    Length of match

    A full match is made up of four to eight chukkers and each  chukker is seven minutes long. At the end of the chukker a  bell is rung after which the players then have a further 30  seconds before the second and final bell rings to signal the  end of the chukker and the referee blows his whistle. During  the match, play stops when the ball goes out of bounds or an  umpire stops play because of a foul.

    Horses

    Although we often refer to them as "polo ponies" the breed of  horse that is used in polo is in fact a Thoroughbred and often  these horses are retrained from the racetrack. Their speed and  agility make up an important part of any polo player's skill in  a  game. Because of the fast paced nature of polo, there is too  much physical exertion for one horse to be used in more than  one chukkers. At the professional level, a player might bring six  or more horses to a match.

    Polo players

    As mentioned earlier, four riders and with a minimum of one horse for each chukker to be played, make up the polo team. Each of  the players has certain responsibilities or depending on their  position.  Positions are numbered 1 to 4 where player 1 plays up field  to receive balls; player 2 has the responsibility of taking the ball into the opposing teams’ end of the field; player 3 will take the ball  from defence to offense; and player 4 has the main responsibility for defence and distributing the ball.

    Most important rule

    There is no offside in polo but the "line of the ball" determines who has the right of way. When a ball is struck by a player it creates  an imaginary ‘line’. Other players may not cross this line as it would present a danger to the players and ponies. The referee will blow a foul should this happen. According to the level of danger percieved by the referee a penalty will be awarded  against the offending team. Players may – shoulder to shoulder – ride or push each other off this line. They may also hook the  oponent’s stick across this line preventing the oponent playing that shot.'Crossing the line' is the most frequent foul in polo.

    Changing ends

    After a goal is scored, the direction of play will change and teams will change ends. This is  to compensate for wind and other factors that could possibly in fluence the game.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Sweets for your sweet

    Posted on February 11, 2016 by Soritha van Dyk

    Spoil your partner with a fresh home made sweet treat this Valentine's Day. The list of options are endless! From cupcakes, cookies, truffles and lollipops, you can craft the most special gift. Already got something for your partner this Valentine's Day? Make some treats on any old day that you want to make someone feel special.


  • Raspberry Financiers for your Valentine

    Posted on February 11, 2016 by Admin

    Here's a delicious treat to make for Valentine's Day. These mini raspberry financiers were served at Cintron Pink Polo 2015 and they are a real treat!

    Recipe and image courtesy of Saveur.com

    Makes 6 dozen
    Time: 45 minutes

    Ingredients

    10 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing
    1⁄2 cup almond flour
    6 tbsp. all-purpose flour
    6 tbsp. confectioners' sugar
    1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
    1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
    3 egg whites
    1 tbsp. lavender honey
    1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
    One (6-oz.) package raspberries
    Raw cane sugar, for sprinkling

    Instructions

    Heat the oven to 375°. Grease a financier pan or mini muffin pan. In a large whisk both flours with both sugars and the salt until evenly combined. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Scrape the whites into the dry ingredients, along with the melted butter, honey, and vanilla, and fold gently until just combined.

    Spoon 1 teaspoon of batter into each mold, and press 1 raspberry into the center of each.

    Sprinkle the financiers with raw sugar, and then bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, and then unmold and let cool completely.


  • Val de Vie Bridal Wisdom

    Posted on February 10, 2016 by Admin

    Beautiful Val de Vie Bride Angela offers some great advice and insight into her special day. Thank you Angela, it was such a pleasure to host you and Dino!

    1. What memory from your wedding day stands out the most when thinking back?
    The moment that stands out the most for me was walking down the aisle to my future husband with my dad and step-dad both by my side - it was breathtakingly picturesque.

    2. Is there anything you would've done differently?
    If I could, I would have bought myself more time so that I could have enjoyed the day for longer!

    3. Any advise/tips for future brides?
    Go with your gut. I had spoken to two different decorators over the phone who each showed me a sample of their "vision" for my day... The one who had a lot to say about how gorgeous it was going to be didn't get me at all and when I saw what she had put together, it looked like what she would want for her wedding instead of what I wanted for mine. The second one listened to me very carefully when we spoke and completely understood how I wanted the wedding to feel. After meeting with him and deciding to use him, I trusted him fully. At one point we discussed the decor for my main table and when I asked what he thought we should do, his reply was "I've got a great idea. Trust me"... I did - and it was magnificent.

    4. What did you love most about Val de Vie?
    The service was impeccable from start to finish. Every single person who works there is a true ambassador for great service. When people complimented me on the wedding, many of them mentioned how impressed they were with the waiters, the barmen, and especially Nadia who coordinated the entire day for me! Each and every time I was in contact with Val De Vie during the wedding planning was a pleasure... it sealed the deal for me!

    5. When did you realise that Val de Vie would be your venue?
    On the way to our first site visit of Val De Vie, my husband and I were driving through the estate towards the pavilion. As we turned around the corner to face the pavilion, I saw the grand glass doors and through them, I could see the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley in all its glory. I knew right then in that moment that I would be getting married there!

    6. What was your wedding experience like?
    The entire wedding was magical, from beginning to end... Everything was perfect, everything ran smoothly, and best of all I was able to relax and enjoy the day because I knew that all the details were being taken care of by brilliant providers with a proven track-record. To this day, we still speak of it as a day we would do over again and again!

    7. Did you enjoy the planning process?
    Wedding planning can be stressful at best... but I was very grateful to have had enough time to research and source exactly what I wanted. One of the most helpful assets to me throughout it all was the list of preferred providers that I had requested from Val De Vie. When planning a wedding from a different city, it is very difficult to know who is good and who is brilliant in the sea of wedding providers. At Nadia's suggestion I used a few of the people she had worked with previously and they didn't disappoint!


  • Caro and Stephan's Wedding

    Posted on February 9, 2016 by Admin

    Caro and Stephan's Val de Vie wedding was such a pleasure to host! This gorgeous couple's special day was held on the perfect Summer's day. Bright blue skies, lush green polo fields and the dazzling mountain scenery createda magnificent setting, while the joyful celebrations and beautiful reception completed the picture. We wish them both all the happiness in the world.

    View more photos on Inecke Photography's website.

    Service Providers

    DJ Conrad – DJ
    Inecke – photography
    Dish Food and Social – food
    Maggie – cake
    Janette en Heidi van Val de Vie - stationary design
    Mariette van Vars Liefde – flower
    Nico – décor and lighting
    Leigh Swart – honeymoon accommodation


  • Happy anniversary to Damien and Lucinda

    Posted on February 6, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Damien and Lucinda on their wedding anniversary. We wish you a lifetime of joy and love!


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

    Posted on February 5, 2016 by Admin

    Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie which is taking place this Sunday! There is so much to look forward to: Irresistible food 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.

    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 while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    The Market at Val de Vie is held between 10AM and 3PM. Join us for a day of sunshine and fun, see you there!

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



  • Veuve Clicquot Polo is a celebrity favourite

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic takes place in New York every year and it's a enjoyed by many celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow and January Jones to Selma Blair and Lauren Conrad.

    You can also be part of this glamorous world at the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which takes place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Val de Vie Bridal Wisdom

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Admin

    Jeanine and Luis celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie in November 2015. Today Jeanine shares some of bridal wisdom from the day.

    1. What memory from your wedding day stands out the most when thinking back?
    We loved every second of our wedding day and there are so many special memories that it is hard to choose. For Luis, it was seeing me walking down the aisle, and for me it was our last dance. Simone (our awesome wedding planner) arranged for the band to play Coldplay’s “Sky Full of Stars” and the staff handed out sparkles to all the guest on the dance floor. It was such a lovely surprise and the perfect end to an amazing day.

    2. Is there anything you would have done differently?
    I wouldn’t have spent so much time worrying what the weather would be like on our wedding day :)

    3. Any advice for future brides?
    Plan the kind of wedding that you want, instead of being too concerned with tradition or expectations. Don’t let Pinterest overwhelm you and never forget the reason behind it all, which is you marrying the love of your life.  And if you can, hire a wedding planner!

    As for the actual wedding day, surround yourself with people you love, take a deep breath and just let the day unfold.

    4. What did you love most about Val de Vie?
    The attention to the detail, the impeccable service from the team, the beautiful views, the golden sunset and their ability to make our dream come true.

    5. When did you realise that Val de Vie would be your venue?
    We looked at several venues and fell in love with Val de Vie as soon as we walked in. We wanted a formal wedding which is why Val de Vie was perfect for us. The elegant black and white entrance to the Pavilion, the polo field and beautiful ballroom created the perfect setting for our black tie wedding. We had lunch, enjoyed some bubbles and decided on our wedding date.

    6. What was your wedding experience like?
    Luis and I had the time of our lives! The entire day we were surrounded by the people we love most, laughing, dancing, and having the grandest time! A huge thank you to the Val de Vie Events team for the coordination on the day. Everything came together perfectly, we could not have imagined a more wonderful day. All we had to do was to relax and enjoy every moment with our family and friends.

    7. Did you enjoy the planning process?
    The planning process was almost just as much fun as the wedding itself. My mom and I had the best time planning and dreaming about the wedding. Organising a wedding from afar can be intimidating and the best decision we made was to have the Val de Vie events team fully coordinate our wedding. We came to Simone with lots of ideas and she provided us with great advice, kept us organized and brought our vision to life.


  • Royal blue: One of the hottest colours for 2016

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Royal blue is a classic wedding color that's making a big comeback this year. A deep, elegant colour, it's also surprisingly versatile. For a traditional look, pair it with crisp white. Keen on something romantic? Royal blue and pale pink is a beautiful combination. If you want something bold and modern, royal blue and dashes of bright yellow is an eye-catching look.


  • Service is our pride and joy

    Posted on February 2, 2016 by Maryke

    "Good service is good business."
    - Siebel Ad

    At Val de Vie Events, we understand that customer service is a critical part of business. For this reason, our team is committed to offering impeccable service and being sensitive to the needs of our clients. After all, without our wonderful clients, we would not be able to create the events that give us so much joy and inspiration!

    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.

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


  • Love is in the air

    Posted on February 1, 2016 by Elsje Human

    Happy February! As we welcome the month of love, we're already feeling inspired for Valentine's Day and all the fun it brings. There are so many lovely DIY ways to share some love, from baking delicious cookies (add a splash of pink food colouring for a cute touch) to making a beautiful homemade card. Watch our blog for more romantic ideas!


  • Feel the Pantone magic

    Posted on January 25, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Pantone normally announces only one colour of the year, but in 2016 we have been treated to two beautiful shades! Rose Quartz and Serenity have been blended together in a beautiful, eye-catching harmony.

    We love the interplay between blue and pink: masculine and feminine, tranquility and romance. This unique combination can be used in so many ways: makeup, decor, fashion styling, print and graphic design... how will you be inspired by the look this year?


  • Happy anniversary to Anita and Demitri

    Posted on January 24, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Anita and Demitri on their wedding anniversary. We wish you lots of happiness today and forever more.


  • Jeanine & Luis' wedding video

    Posted on January 20, 2016 by Admin

    Vision on Fire have done it again with this stunning video of Jeanine & Luis' Val de Vie Wedding. What a magical day, we are so delighted to have been part of it!


  • Happy anniversary to Segun and Ebun

    Posted on January 17, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Segun and Ebun a very happy wedding anniversary. May your marriage continue be blessed with joy, harmony and love.


  • The dreamiest wedding look for 2016

    Posted on January 16, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity, are going to be a major source of inspiration in 2016. These soft, tranquil shades form a stunning palette for a dreamy and romantic wedding.

    Delicate roses, quartz gemstones, smooth rolls of satin and glowing candlelight are just some of the elements that we can imagine using in this serene look.


  • Shimmy Beach Club After Party at the Veuve Clicquot Polo on 05th March 2016

    Posted on January 15, 2016 by Admin

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the sixth year, the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    2016 sees the Second Year that the unique Shimmy Beach will be hosting the official After Party (and the After After Party) for this chic and glamourous event.

    In Franschhoek and for the After Party – we will this year be installing a larger tent and also a one level event space – allowing for a larger dance floor and 3 categories of service and seating options – based on the varying needs of clients.

    General Access will allow all to access the after party COMPLIMENTARY and have access to the dance floor, Club style service for the bars, ‘pay-as-you-go’ food offering via Dish Food Services. There is no guaranteed seating for this category of clubbing.

    The VIP offering is a private section of the tent – accreditation via a security check point allowing only VIP patrons into the area. There is dedicated table seating – café styled tables and chairs for 10 guests per table station, private server attention, and an exclusive bar in the allocated area. There is a minimum spend requirement on beverages of R5000 for this experience that includes a R500 service fee. Thus, a pre-paid bar tab of R4500 is available for the group at their table.

    The famous Shimmy Premier Offering is sofa styled seating for 10 guests – right on the edge of the dance floor or in a private section if required, exclusive service, platter styled food offering may be arranged, Pop-Up bars, close-up access to the Shimmy entertainment with visits of the acts at the couch pockets for photographs, security controlled access point to the Premier section, and use of the official Shimmy Photographer for group action if so wished for memories and the Shimmy Paparazzi flash status. The cost of a Premier couch pocket is a R10 000.00 beverage minimum spend inclusive of R1000 service fee. There is also a Couch Pocket automatically arranged for the group at Shimmy Beach Club itself on the night for the After After Party with the same server continuing the group service at a prime location until 04H00.

    For all bookings and enquiries for the Shimmy Beach After Party, do contact Clayton Howard on clayton@shimmybeachclub.co.za

    Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.


  • Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016!

    Posted on January 14, 2016 by Admin

    It's only two months to go until the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the sixth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Have a balanced and serene 2016

    Posted on January 12, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    As we head into a new year, many of us have new year's resolutions about living a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

    Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity, are beautifully gentle shades that inspire a sense of calm and tranquility. With that in mind, we wish you a balanced and harmonious 2016.


  • A beautiful Val de Vie bride is in the news

    Posted on January 11, 2016 by Admin

    We are so excited to see that Val de Vie bride Tamryn is on the cover of the Joy magazine! Tamryn and her husband held their beautiful wedding at the estate in 2013 and we are delighted to celebrate her success.


  • Rose Quartz and Serenity are THE colours for 2016

    Posted on January 10, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    Last month Pantone announced not one, but TWO colours of the year for 2016: a blend of Rose Quartz and Serenity. Here is what Pantone have to say about their choice:

    "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

    This relaxed, serene combination works beautifully as a soft, romantic decor scheme for weddings. We can't wait to see how brides interpret this palette in 2016!


  • Beach wedding bliss

    Posted on January 7, 2016 by Maryke

    The gorgeous sunny days of Summer are the best time to host a beach wedding. With South Africa's gloriously beautiful coastline offering many amazing locations, it's no wonder why so many brides love this option.

    If you’re dreaming of a beach wedding, 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.

    For any enquiries, please contact Val de Vie Events.


  • Two months until Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016!

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by Maryke

    It's only two months to go until the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Pantone wedding perfection

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by Maryke

    Pantone has announced two colours of the year for 2016: the delicate hues known as Rose Quartz and Serenity have been blended together in a beautiful, eye-catching harmony.

    We are so inspired by this peaceful, serene combination, which will look dreamy and romantic as a wedding decor scheme.


  • Watermelon has never been so fresh

    Posted on January 3, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    Fresh, juicy slices of watermelon are an essential part of any Summer afternoon spent by the poolside.

    Now watermelon is also the hottest shade for summer weddings. This vibrant colour is both fun and romantic, offering a refreshing burst of energy into 2016 event decor.


  • Happy new year!

    Posted on January 1, 2016 by Maryke


  • Feel serene with Pantone's 2016 Colours

    Posted on December 29, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    As we head into a new year, we are feeling so inspired for all the new trends and ideas that will define 2016.

    Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity, are big fashion news. These harmonious, peaceful shades could not be better suited to a gentle, romantic wedding.


  • Corporate events with flair

    Posted on December 28, 2015 by Maryke

    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.


  • Happy anniversary to Teneale and Imraan

    Posted on December 27, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events wishes Teneale and Imraan a very happy anniversary! Many best wishes and blessings as you continue walking life’s paths hand-in-hand and heart-in-heart.


  • Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

    Posted on December 25, 2015 by Maryke


  • Moody Marsala wedding inspiration

    Posted on December 23, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    As the year draws to an end, we take one final look at the fabulous Marsala Pantone that was the inspiration for so many weddings this past year.

    Images from Green Wedding Shoes


  • Black and white is always right

    Posted on December 22, 2015 by Maryke

    Corporate events often require a sophisticated edge, which is why we love a black and white decor scheme. Timeless and classic, the look can be jazzed up with an accent colour (we love gold) and opulent flower arrangements.

    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 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.


  • Playful in pink

    Posted on December 21, 2015 by Maryke

    There is no colour more feminine and girly than pink, and this fun, rosy-hued shade is having it's turn in the spotlight. Pale pink lips and nails (or even hair!) are big fashion news. It's a playful look that doesn't taker itself too seriously - perfect for Summer parties and days at the beach.


  • Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on December 19, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    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.


  • Say goodbye to 2015 in style

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    At Val de Vie Events it's been a busy and exciting year, so we are inspired to end 2015 on a fabulous note! Indulge, pop open the bubbly and treat yourself to a glamorous year-end celebration like no other. Cheers!


  • A festive treat: Cranberry Swirl Bread

    Posted on December 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet


    Ingredients

    Bread

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active-dry yeast
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/3 cup butter

    Cranberry Filling

    • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • Powdered sugar for dusting

    Directions

    1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough attachment, mix the sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup of the flour (you'll use the other 2 1/2 cups later). If you don't have a stand mixer, you can simply use a large bowl and mix the sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup of flour, together.
    2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the water, milk and butter, until butter is melted. Let cool until mixture is lukewarm.
    3. Once cooled, add the liquid to dry ingredients in stand mixer and mix on speed 1.
    4. Stir in flour, one cup at a time, until a smooth dough is formed, increasing the speed to 2.
    5. Mix until dough comes together in a clean ball. Shape dough into a smooth ball, transfer to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover and allow to rise for one hour or doubled in size, usually around 1 hour. (Baker's note: If your dough is too sticky, add more flour, a spoonful at a time. If it's too dry, add a little olive oil)
    6. While you're waiting on your bread to rise, combine cranberries, brown sugar, cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Make sure and cover slightly as your cranberries will start to burst!
    7. Remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon juice; cool.
    8. Punch down the dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface.
    9. Roll in to a 10 x 20-inch rectangle. Spread the cranberry sauce out to 1/2-inch from edges. Starting at one of the shorter sides, tightly roll up dough, pinching edges as you go. With the seam facing down, use a sharp knife and carefully slice completely through the dough, lengthwise down the center, end to end.
    10. Braid dough then carefully transfer to a lightly greased 10-inch loaf pan. It helped to have a second set of hands on this part!
    11. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 30-40 minutes.
    12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake loaf for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
    13. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
    14. Dust with powdered sugar and top with fresh cranberries (optional), for a pop of color!

    All photos by Jonathan Stiers ©2014 | Adapted from Let's Dish and Baked by Rachel.

    http://stiersaesthetic.com/blog/2014/10/12/cranberry-swirl-bread


  • Be bold and daring with Marsala

    Posted on December 17, 2015 by Marinique Viljoen

    Marsala has been a hot colour in 2015 and we still love the drama and opulence that it brings to a decor scheme. Romantic, daring and rich, it's the perfect colour for brides who like to make a statement.

    The deep purple-red tones look beautiful paired with gold detailing. Creative, unusual flowers add to the look: Purple Ranuculus, Dark Red Oriental Lilies, Black Tulips, Chocolate Anthurium and Red Burgundy Peonies are some gorgeous options.

    If you are brave enough, intense dark marsala lipstick accentuates the romance.

    Top off the big day with the dessert of the year: macaroons! Even better, opt for a red velvet flavour... what could be more decadent?


  • It's wedding season at Val de Vie!

    Posted on December 16, 2015 by Maryke

    The wedding season is in full swing at Val de Vie and we love every minute of it! From grand celebrations to intimate occasions, the estate is proud to be the setting of many beautiful I-do's.

    Hosting an event at Val de Vie offers you the luxury of choice. With several unique venues within the estate, you can discover the perfect setting in which to celebrate your occasion.

    If you would like to find out more about hosting your wedding at Val de Vie, we invite you to visit us, enjoy a cup or two of coffee and chat about your dream day.

    Contact us

    events@valdevie.co.za | T: 021 863 6191 | F: 021 863 2741 | M: 072 72 655 21


  • Happy anniversary to Jenna and Lukas

    Posted on December 15, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events wishes a very happy anniversary to Jenna and Lukas. May your love and devotion inspire all who surround you, and may you be blessed with all the gifts that life has to offer.


  • Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Admin

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Val de Vie Events coordinates the opening of Sentebale's Mamohato's children centre in Lesotho

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events were proud to have coordinated the opening of Sentebale's Mamohato's children centre in Lesotho. Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. It helps vulnerable children, the forgotten victims of poverty and Lesotho's HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    We would like to thank the amazing service providers who assisted with the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho. We really appreciate your assistance!

    'Mamohato Children's Centre Opening 26th November from Sentebale on Vimeo.

    Industry experts:
    Andre van Niekerk – events photographer
    dei Gratia – PR
    N Concepts & Designs – flowers and décor
    Secret Diary Designs – all stationery
    Stacey Joy Rossouw – design
    Supa Sign – branding production
    Vlinder Media – social media


  • Pre-wedding pampering

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    As the year draws to a close and we look back on our favourite memories, here's a moment  that we just have to share. Tracy, our beautiful Valentines bride, spoilt each of her bridesmaids with a couture bridesmaids dress and a Hermes bracelet. Talk about the ultimate in pampering - we think this is truly a fabulous way to get wedding-ready!


  • Very berry!

    Posted on December 13, 2015 by Admin

    Here's a trend that we adore for Summer weddings: berries! Beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, they are so versatile. Serve berry cocktails and popsicles as refreshing treats to your guests, or be original and incorporate berries into your floral decor. The deep purple hues of berries also create a stunning palette to work with.


  • Chic and slick: Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on December 10, 2015 by Elsje Human

    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.


  • Pantone’s Colour(s) of the Year 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

    Posted on December 8, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Pantone has announced their colour of the year for 2016 and this time we have TWO beautiful shades! The delicate hues known as Rose Quartz and Serenity have been blended together in a beautiful, eye-catching harmony.

    Here is what Pantone have to say about their choice:

    "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

    The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

    In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage."

    We love this relaxed and peaceful combination, which will undoubtedly influence romantic wedding and event decor.


  • Sidney and Callan's Wedding

    Posted on December 7, 2015 by Admin

    Sidney and Callan celebrated their special day at Val de Vie and we were so happy to be part of the beautiful day. As these photos by Agapé Studio show, there was an atmosphere of joy at this wedding - the newlyweds were always smiling, as were the guests, who were loving every minute of the big day.

    Sidney is currently contracted to play for Griquas and their  wedding is scheduled to be part of a new TV series on DSTV's VIA TV .

    View more stunning shots on Agapé Studio's website.


  • A sneak peek at Andile & Akhona's wedding

    Posted on December 7, 2015 by Admin

    Andile & Akhona celebrated their special day at Val de Vie on 30 October 2015, and we are excited to share some stunning photos from the day, taken by Inecke Photography. Watch out for more to come!






  • Be bright this Christmas

    Posted on December 7, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    South Africans enjoy a warm and sunny festive season, so why not incorporate the bright, cheerful shades of summer into your decor? A fun pop of colour adds festive cheer and looks sublime. Be unconventional with non-traditional Christmas colours such as pink and turquoise. Christmas never felt so fun!


  • A big thank you from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on December 4, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to thank all the amazing service providers who assisted with the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup and the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho. We really appreciate your assistance!

    Industry experts:
    Andre van Niekerk – events photographer (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Andre Venter – singer (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Audio Life – AV & sound (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Banks R&L Hiring – hiring (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Carryon Projects – picket fencing (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    Chattels – decking & flooring (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    dei Gratia – PR (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Dish Food & Social – catering (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Eurotech – WiFi & technical assistants (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Fralene Hair & Make-up – make-up (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    ICT Globe – WiFi & technical assistants (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Ignite Staff – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    In & Out – lighting (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    La Motte – wine (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    N Concepts & Designs – flowers and décor (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch)
    Okasie – décor and furnishing (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Picardie – water sponsor (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Polo Club Restaurant (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Retroyspective – videography (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Rikkis Taxis – valet service (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    RSA Litho – printing of programmes (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Secret Diary Designs – allstationery (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Servant Hearted Staff – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Soundprint – DJ (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Stacey Joy Rossouw – design (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch)
    Stellenbosch Hair Academy – hair stylist (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Supa Sign – branding production (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Tablecloth Hiring – linen (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Thorburn – security (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Thys Lombard – polo action photography (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Touareg Tents – tents (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Val de Vie Polo Club – polo (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Val de Vie PR & Marketing – event branding & design (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Vlinder Media – social media (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    West Staff Services – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Wilgenhof Estate – Tiffany chairs (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)


  • Be berrylicious this wedding season

    Posted on December 4, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    In 2015 the Pantone colour of the year was marsala, a rich, sensuous colour that stole our hearts. Taking inspiration from this luscious shade, we love lighter, brighter colours that are remind us of gorgeous fresh berries. The “Very Berry Beautiful” palette is a fresh take and ideal for a romantic summer wedding.


  • Inspired and trending: The minimalist Christmas

    Posted on December 3, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Baubles, tinsel and lots of sparkling lights are often what Christmas decor is all about. As a fresh alternative, we like this crisp, minimalist look that focuses on simplicity and carefully thought out details. Just keep it basic: a sprig of rosemary as an adornment, crisp white wrapping paper instead of shiny paper, and white-on-white in place of bright colours. Calm, chic and peaceful, this is a festive look we really love.


  • Val de Vie Estate hosts the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup

    Posted on December 1, 2015 by Admin

    On Saturday, 28 November 2015, we had the privilege of hosting royalty – including Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho – and other honoured guests at the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. This was the first time that the event was held on African soil, after being conceptualised by Prince Harry in 2010.

    This event – the largest one day charity polo event in the world – took place two days after the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho, both  organised by Val de Vie Events.

    Prince Harry teamed up with founder and CEO of Val de Vie, Martin Venter; Royal Salute ambassador, Malcolm Borwick – who scored the first goal of the match – and businessman, Adamu Atta on the ISPS Handa Sentebale team. They were up against polo enthusiast, Hannes Pickard; one of the world’s top 100 polo players and Sentebale ambassador, Nacho Figueras; commercial property developer and investor, Rupert Hackwill and trained aerospace engineer, Bill Ballhaus on the Royal Salute team.
    Although it was a close match, keeping the suspense heightened, it was ultimately the Royal Salute team that won the game 8 to 7, after Bill Ballhaus scored the winning goal seconds before the end of the final chukker was signalled. This skillful move earned Ballhaus the title of ‘most valuable player.’

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate: “Hosting this prestigious charity event at Val de Vie was a dream come true for us. We are extremely honoured to have welcomed Prince Harry, Prince Seeiso and all other esteemed guests to our estate for an amazing cause.”

    Other guests in attendance included businessmen, Patrice Motsepe, Tokyo Sexwale and Sir Martin Sorrell; Olympic gold medallist, Cameron van der Burgh; former Proteas cricket captain, Graeme Smith; TV personality, Minnie Dlamini and UK actress, Laura Main. Furthermore, scores of local and international media gathered at Val de Vie to capture the happenings of the day.

    We're delighted to share these photos with you! We're grateful for everyone who made this event possible.

    Sponsors of the event:

    Royal Salute - Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    ISPS Handa - Sentebale team sponsor
    Rolex - official timepiece sponsor
    Garrard - official jeweller and silversmith and the Most Valuable Player sponsor
    Val de Vie Estate - official host of Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup 2015
    Emirates - official airline of Sentebale’s South African tour
    Drakenstein Municipality
    Wesgro

    Industry experts (list of service providers of the event at Val de Vie Estate and in Lesotho):

    Andre van Niekerk – Events Photographer
    Andre Venter Musiek – Singer
    Audio Life – AV & Sound
    Banks R&L Hiring – Hiring
    Carryon Projects – Picket Fencing
    Chattels – Decking & Flooring
    Dei Gratia – PR
    Dish Food & Social – Catering
    Eurotech - Wifi & Technical Assistants
    Fralene Hair & Make-up
    ICT Globe – Wifi & Technical Assistants
    Ignite Staff – Waiters
    In & Out – Lighting
    La Motte – Wine
    N Concepts & Designs – Flowers and décor for the MCC Launch in Lesotho
    Okasie – Décor and furnishing for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    Picardie – Water Sponsor
    Retroyspective – Videography
    Rikkis Taxis – Valet Service
    RSA Litho – Printing of Programs
    Secret Diary Designs - Stationery
    Servant Hearted Staff – Waiters
    Soundprint – DJ
    Stellenbosch Hair Academy
    Supasign – Branding production
    Tablecloth Hiring – Linen
    Thorburn – Security
    Thys Lombard – Polo Action Photography
    Touareg Tents – Tents
    Val de Vie Polo Club – Polo
    Vlinder Media – Social Media
    West Staff Services – Waiters
    Wilgenhof Estate – Tiffany Chairs




















  • Happy anniversary to Jan and Christi

    Posted on November 29, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Jan and Christi on their wedding anniversary. Our team wishes you lots of happiness today and forever more.


  • Charl and Amy's wedding

    Posted on November 27, 2015 by Admin

    We are delighted to share some gorgeous images from Charl and Amy's wedding at Val de Vie. What a romantic and joyful day - we are so grateful to have been part of it. Wishing this lovely couple a lifetime of happiness!











  • Destination Wedding Inspiration: Morocco

    Posted on November 26, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    The exotic appeal of Morocco always inspires us. Add some Moroccan flair to your wedding or event with deep, vibrant colours such as dark blue, red, gold and crisp white. Intricate patterns, lace and blue and white ceramics add to the look.


  • Val de Vie Estate: An exceptional setting for your wedding

    Posted on November 25, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is famous for its dazzling scenery, chic polo events and award-winning wines. But it is also highly regarded as a world-class venue, whether you are planning an intimate wedding or a large celebration. Our experienced team of event coordinators can take care of every aspect of your special day, from flowers and food to lighting and transport. Every detail is attended to with love and care, allowing you to relax and enjoy every moment.

    It is our privilege and pleasure to host a variety of events at the estate, and we are honoured to be hosting Prince Harry at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which will take place for the first time on African soil, on Saturday, 28 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate. Our team is coordinating two charity events for Prince Harry and we are thrilled to be part of this event. Whether we are hosting royals or your own special day, we are always committed to creating a memorable, exceptional experience.

    The Venue

    Hosting an event at Val de Vie offers you the luxury of choice. With several unique venues within the estate, you can discover the perfect setting in which to celebrate your occasion.

    We offer six unique areas that are ideally suited to various events and occasions:

    The Polo Pavilion

    The iconic Polo Pavilion is the crown of the estate, overlooking the vast polo fields with the stables on the right shoulder and the Franschhoek mountains towering before it. It is here where we host our seasonal polo tournaments and exhibition matches, including the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters and Cintron Pink Polo in aid of Breast Cancer. Impressive in stature, one is awestruck every time you pass through the arches that lead to the scenic terraces.

    The Ballroom

    Val de Vie boasts a classic French- inspired ballroom. Tall glass sliding doors invite the outside scenery into this elegant space forming a magnificent backdrop to your reception. The ballroom can comfortably seat 300 guests when using the dance floor space or 250 guests without making use of the dance floor. The venue includes luxury wheelchair friendly ladies' and gents' restrooms.

    The Ceremony Quad

    The Ceremony Quad is a magnificent location for saying your vows. With sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and lush polo fields, there is nothing else quite like this area.

    The Restaurant

    At the heart of Val de Vie Estate, overlooking the pristine polo fields, lies the renowned Polo Club Restaurant and Black Bar. With exceptional views of the mountains and the estate, our restaurant area is a versatile venue for private functions.

    L'Huguenot Cellar

    A new addition to the Val de Vie offering, the L'Huguenot Cellar at Val de Vie Estate, presents the perfect combination between old and new world style. With incredible views over the historic vineyards, the venue has the capacity to accommodate up to 500 seated guests, as well as more intimate functions and meetings in the chic designer Vinoteque.

    Terraces

    The Polo Pavilion's terraces command spectacular views of the polo fields. They are a popular setting for pre-drinks: guests can sip on fine wines or bubbly while enjoying a live polo match, or perhaps a game of boules or croquet.

    Coordination

    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.

    On-the-day Coordination

    This planning service allows you to relax and enjoy your event on the day itself. We will manage the course of your event according to a detailed programme, ensuring that it turns out to be a flawless experience.

    Destination Weddings

    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. Currently some of our talented coordinators are thrilled to be in Lesotho to assist with a charity event for Prince Harry.

    Polo at your wedding

    A polo game at Val de Vie is nothing short of spectacular, capturing a true sense of tradition and occasion. Our events team will help you to add the excitement and elegance of this noble sport to your celebration.

    A Rolls Royce drives the wedding couple to the side of the polo field, where they can watch a line of polo ponies walk in procession as the Val de Vie anthem plays. When the polo players reach the couple, they receive the chance to start the game by throwing the ball in.

    The menu

    Expect a lavish feast of flavours! Dish Food & Social is the on-site catering company that will custom design your menu for your event, based on your requirements and budget.

    If you require a Halaal or Kosher menu you may make use of another catering company. Kindly note that a fee will apply for the use of the kitchen space.

    ...And all the rest

    Lighting and sound? Decor and hiring? Flowers? Serving staff? Transport? We know that a lot of planning goes into a wedding, which is why we can assist with all the important details. To top it off, we have a valued network of service providers that we work with, presenting you with the best the industry has to offer.

    Contact us

    We would love to meet with you. Our team invites you for a site visit, consultation, coffee date and a discussion of your wedding dreams.

    events@valdevie.co.za
    t: +27 (0) 863 6191
    f: +27 (0) 863 2741
    M: +27 (0) 72 726 5521


  • Feel festive with opulent deep purple

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    The rich hues of deep purple and plum make these colours a luscious option for festive decor. Opulent, regal and luxurious, deep purple is a special colour: masculine yet feminine, serious yet festive. This makes it well-suited for year-end functions and Christmas parties.


  • Happy anniversary to Nic and Francesca

    Posted on November 22, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events sends Nic and Francesca loving wishes on their wedding anniversary. May it be something so very special with many more happy years to come.


  • Inspired & trending: Natural beauty

    Posted on November 20, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Nature is always an endless source on inspiration, offering a boundless palette of colours and a rich array of patterns. The unique forms, shapes and hues found in nature can be a perfect starting point for a decor scheme... something exotic and unusual can suddenly become a beautifully harmonious concept.


  • Brittany and David's wedding

    Posted on November 18, 2015 by Admin

    Brittany and David celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and it's such a treat to see the photos by Charlene Schreuder Photography. The special day had so many memorable elements - a live polo match, a crisp, romantic decor scheme and plenty of smiles and happiness. Wishing Brittany and David a lifetime of joy together!


  • Spanish wedding flair

    Posted on November 17, 2015 by Marinique Viljoen

    Today we are so inspired by beautiful Spain, a country famous for its rich heritage, gorgeous sunny weather and sense of romance.

    There are many ways to add a touch of Spanish flair to your event. We love delicate lace paper envelopes for invitations, or adding lace as a decorative element in your decor.

    A Spanish Mantilla veil is so feminine and timeless - complete the look with chandelier earrings and a glowing tan.

    Guests will get into the festive mood with delicious Sangria and the sounds of a Spanish music ensemble.

    Olé!


  • Happy anniversary to David & Brittany

    Posted on November 15, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish David and Brittany a very happy wedding anniversary to a lovely couple. May you have more happy years together.


  • Polo with a purpose: Thousands unite in aid of breast cancer awareness and support at sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on November 12, 2015 by Admin

    All things grand and glamorous were in order this past Saturday at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of the fight against breast cancer.

    Funds generated through the event will go to non-profit organisation Reach for Recovery and its Ditto project, which will assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from the disease.

    The day’s proceedings included a luxurious fashion show, hosted by international fashion brands, Vicomte A. & IKKS, a live performance by celebrity vocalist, Tamara Dey, and of course an exciting polo match, which saw sponsors, Cintron and Julius Baer competing head-to-head. After four chukkas, the nail-biting match ended on a score of 5-6 to team Julius Baer, with captain, Tom de Bruin’s pony, Chilli, being named Best Playing Pony of the day. No polo event is complete without the traditional act of divot stomping, and this was no exception – guests put their best foot forward and took to the field with luxury car brand, Crossley and Webb to pat down the torn up turf.

    Food was a talking point as guests were presented with an indulgent spread of skilfully crafted, never before seen “food-ventions”. This year also saw the launch of the Pink Food Truck Fair which offered guests a laid-back experience where they were able to enjoy tantalising food straight from innovative food trucks.

    Some of SA’s most famous faces were amongst esteemed guests. From Tanya van Graan to Liezel van der Westhuizen and Jen Su, these A-list celebs joined in to support this worthy cause.

    Comments Simone de Wet, MD at Val de Vie Events: “Six years ago the event was launched to act as a vocal platform and to raise awareness about breast cancer in our country, and world-wide. The day was a celebration of stories of miraculous healing, as well as an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to honour the lives they lived.”

    Follow Pink Polo SA on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates on the event.


  • A fresh take on the beach wedding

    Posted on November 10, 2015 by Elsje Human

    With Summer well on the way, many brides-to-be are dreaming of romantic beach weddings. While shells and ocean elements will always be popular in beach wedding styling, why not be different and add some lush, green foliage to your decor? We think this looks very striking and makes for a refreshing change.


  • Happy anniversary to Zanele & Apothi

    Posted on November 8, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Zanele and Apothi on their wedding anniversary. Wishing you another wonderful year of marriage bliss together!


  • The Cintron Pink Polo teams have been announced!

    Posted on November 6, 2015 by Admin

    Here are the handicaps of the two polo teams who will be giving it their all on Saturday to win the Cintron Pink Polo Cup. The R550 high-tea ticket options is sold out, so why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party. A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket for R950 each.




  • Inspired and Trending: Go for green

    Posted on November 2, 2015 by Elsje Human

    As we move into the last month of Spring, the timing couldn't be better to celebrate the colour green. We are particularly drawn to deep green shades, which bring a sense of harmony and contemplative calm  to an environment.


  • Happy anniversary to Chanel and Garth

    Posted on November 1, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Chanel and Garth a very happy wedding anniversary. Wishing more laughter, more joy, more love for the both of you in the years to come.


  • Happy anniversary to Tanya and Kasper

    Posted on October 28, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Tanya and Kasper a very happy wedding anniversary. We were delighted to coordinate their gorgeous wedding at La Residence and have such special memories of that day.

    Wishing you all the happiness and love in the world.


  • A passion for pink

    Posted on October 26, 2015 by Admin

    Pink is big news at the moment as a hot fashion trend. From soft, dusty pink eye shadow to romantic rose-coloured dresses, there are many ways to embrace the trend (even pink hair!).

    Of course, pink is also the colour of breast cancer awareness. Our Cintron Pink Polo event is coming up on 7 November 2015 and funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue:
    Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time:
    14:00 – 19:00
    Cost:
    The R550 high-tea ticket options is sold out, so why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party. A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket for R950 each.
    Dress:
    Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • The Matador VIP High Tea at Cintron Pink Polo is a real treat

    Posted on October 26, 2015 by Admin

    It's not long until Cintron Pink Polo, which is taking place on 7 November 2015. If you'd like to be part of this special event, why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party.

    A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket.

    About Cintron Pink Polo

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • Get Your Pink On, Snap a Selfie, Save a Life

    Posted on October 19, 2015 by Admin

    #CintronSelfie to Donate R10 Per Selfie to PinkDrive

    South Africa, 15th October, 2015 -  International luxury lifestyle beverage brand Cintron has launched its annual global campaign, Selfies for Survivors™ in South Africa, in support of the PinkDrive initiative during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    PinkDrive, is a non-profit organization that provides mobile testing facilities and education on breast cancer awareness.

    The Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign is a prelude to the Cintron Pink Polo event in support of breast cancer awareness treatment, at Val de Vie, which will be held this year on the 7th of November.

    “As a lifestyle brand which encourages people to look good, feel great and live a healthy productive lifestyle, we are hoping that the Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign will encourage women to take good care of themselves and get tested regularly for breast cancer,” says Chelsea Brehm, Director of Business Development & Marketing for Cintron World, Inc.

    “Each selfie uploaded to social networks via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram using #CintronSelfie will be worth more than just a pretty picture,” explains Brehm. “A donation of R10 per selfie uploaded to social networks will go towards PinkDrive’s mobile testing services.”

    Cintron’s Chelsea Brehm says, “It’s an incredibly easy mechanic and a simple yet powerful way to get people involved in support for women fighting breast cancer and we are calling on all South Africans to get involved. It’s easy just include a dash of pink (this can be anything from lipstick, a tie or a t-shirt), snap a selfie, upload via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #CintronSelfie and the PinkDrive will gets the much needed funding to keep their wheels turning.”

    Cintron’s Brehm also comments: “Our premium energy drinks are made with natural ingredients and real fruit juice and we wanted our fans and consumers to feel connected with the brand lifestyle, while at the same time being part of a larger more caring community.”

    “In a selfie-centred culture we thought this platform would resonate with people to be part of a greater cause. What’s not to love about glitz and glamour with a social conscience?” adds Brehm.

    She says that the work that the PinkDrive does is of vital importance, specifically in communities where clinics and testing facilities are non-existent. “Cintron is committed to working with women’s health charities in its various international markets including South Africa.”

    According to Noelene Kotschan, Founder and Director of PinkDrive, the incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing at an alarming rate. “In women it is the leading cause of cancer constituting more than 50% of all cancer diagnosis with 1 in 29 South African women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” she says. “Early detection is key and about 90% of patients survive many years after diagnosis, when breast cancer is detected in the early stages.”

    She adds: “We are heavily reliant on corporates to literally keep our wheels moving since we receive no government funding. The money raised from the #CintronSelfie will go towards keeping our three mobile mammography, one educational truck and five educational vehicles on the road, directly impacting communities around our country.”

    Kotschan says, “Since its launch six years ago PinkDrive has provided more than 8,500 free mammograms, conducted more than 123,000 clinical breast examinations and educated more than 176,000 people on breast health.”

    UPLOAD YOUR SELFIE:

    Upload your selfie with a dash of pink to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #CintronSelfie and Cintron will donate R10 to PinkDrive for every selfie uploaded (Terms and conditions can be found on the Cintron World Facebook page).

    For more information visit: www.cintronworld.com or www.pinkdrive.co.za

    Join the conversation on Twitter: @cintronworld or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CintronWorld

    About Cintron

    Headquartered in New York, Cintron World is an international luxury lifestyle beverage brand that encourages people to look good, feel great and live a healthy productive lifestyle. The brand is available globally from the US, to Chile, UK, Poland, Nigeria and South Africa.

    The Cintron World brands of premium energy drinks are made with natural mineral water, natural sweeteners and real fruit juice and represent an up-scale lifestyle, which values creativity, innovation and being disruptive. It is for this reason that the company strives to build communities around these brand attributes.

    Cintron World initiatives include: The Cintron Polo Club (a leading international community of like-minded people that enjoy the lifestyle of Cintron), The Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign, (A global network that raises awareness for breast cancer testing, treatment and research) and The Cintron Pink Polo in South Africa (Social event of the year, held annually at Val de Vie to raise money for PinkDrive).

    5 TIPS TO SNAPPING THE PERFECT SELFIE:

    Check yourself out: give yourself a once-over, make sure you have no smeared eyeliner or flyaway hair.

    Lighten-up: no matter what picture you take, good lighting is key, make sure the lighting isn’t too harsh or dark.

    Check the background: make sure you aren’t in front of an unmade bed or in the bathroom and ensure the background is clear (solid coloured walls, textured curtains or any place without clutter will do).

    Edit: there is nothing wrong with editing your selfie, use a filter for a cool vintage feel. Try a whole lot to capture the best you!

    Choose your best side: consider the angle, tilt your head at an angle this simple trick will highlight your cheekbones and make your eyes look bigger. Switch it up and don’t be scared to try something different.


  • The Market at Val de Vie Estate is back!

    Posted on October 15, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    A fun day of food, wine, live music and entertainment for the kids

    The Market at Val de Vie Estate is back from its winter hiatus. Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, visitors can sample some of the region’s finest local produce, including food and wine sold from Food Trucks by vendors from across the Winelands. In true Val de Vie style, patrons can catch an exciting game of polo while enjoying a crisp glass of SB and live music from singer-songwriter, Gerald Clark.

    Bring the kids along for a fun family day out, as they’re treated to a jumping castle, sand art, face-painting and pedal cars.

    Diarise these market dates for 2015 and 2016:
    25 October 2015
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016
    10 April 2016


  • Be bright and bold

    Posted on October 12, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Be bright and bold this season with lively splashes of colour. It's a brave, vibrant look that combines intense shades in a playful and eye-catching way.


  • Happy wedding anniversary to Rebecca and Hermann

    Posted on October 10, 2015 by Admin

    Rebecca and Hermann hosted their beautiful intimate wedding reception on 10 October 2014 at Val de Vie. This special day was held for South African guests who could not attend their romantic wedding in Italy. The bride, who is in the events industry herself, put together all the décor elements and it was truly a feast for the eyes! The groom himself played in their wedding polo match,  which was a first for Val de Vie. We wish this wonderful a very happy Wedding Anniversary!


  • Crossley & Webb support Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on October 8, 2015 by Admin

    Crossley & Webb Cape Town, the Specialist Motoring Destination

    Crossley & Webb are proud to be part of an event such as Cintron Pink Polo that supports the fight against breast cancer.

    Crossley & Webb originated from Gareth Crossley & Bryan Webb’s joint experience and passion for specialist motoring and desire to have a destination venue for fellow enthusiasts

    Our knowledge in the Classic, Sports car and Supercar market unlocks opportunities for our clients who are enthusiasts that combine a passion for motoring with an adventurous lifestyle

    In addition to Specialist vehicle sales, additional business units have been formed to enhance the ownership experience. These are Luxury vehicle storage and management, Specialist vehicle servicing, Restoration and Master detailing.

    Crossley & Webb is a Cape Town motoring brand that is not affiliated to a specific manufacturer. We thrive on this independence and will be showcasing a variety of vehicles with unique personalities and style.



  • Three top wedding trends for the new season

    Posted on October 7, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Today Grand Room Design chats about their three top trends for the upcoming wedding season. We love their stunning moodboard, which beautifully brings the ideas to life.

    The wedding bells are ringing and the champagne has started flowing. Wedding season is here, and we have everything you need to make your big day a success.

    With a new season comes a new flood of creative and sometimes slightly absurd trends. A lot of masterful organisation goes into planning a well-crafted event. At Grand Room design we celebrate style and our team is constantly dreaming and cultivating new ideas and exploring fresh trends. Here are our top 3 trends for keeping with the times but staying timelessly elegant:

    • - Hanging Florals
    • - Rose-Gold and Gold Details
    • - Greenery and Foilage

    The Grand Room Design team invites you into our world, where style is celebrated and always executed to perfection.


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #5

    Posted on October 6, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    5. Pin, pin, pin

    Copy, paste and create mood boards of your perfect day before starting your wedding process with your service professionals. This is the best method to ensure that your dream picture will become a reality. After all, a wedding is all about detail.


  • Let's celebrate Rachelle Barioli's cancer victory!

    Posted on October 2, 2015 by Admin

    We are so happy to hear that Rachelle Barioli, winner the 2014 KFM Cintron Pink Polo competition, has received the news that she is cancer-free! We would like to congratulate her and celebrate her victory with this blog post.

    Listen to the original interview with her on KFM.


  • Skin Deep

    Posted on October 1, 2015 by Admin

    This week Kari, our favourite Registered Dietitian, gives brides-to-be advice on how to keep their skin looking radiant.

    With summer almost here, most people rely on the sun (or the tan can) to give them a sun-kissed glow. The reality is, however, that the sun/tan-can does more damage than good and that there are far better ways to get glowing skin, naturally!

    The skin is your body’s largest organ – and also one of the only organs visible to those around you! Great skin and a good complexion are not only about genetics, how often you go for a facial or how expensive your skin care products are – research has shown that the skin’s complexion is affected by the foods we eat. Hormones and inflammation are modulated by our food choices, so by making great food choices, we can help our skin renew itself, and ultimately look healthier. The skin is also an important detoxification route for the body – often, poor skin is linked to an overloaded detoxification system in the body.

    Lets look at some really practical ways to up nutrients for your skin, and ultimately get your glow back.

    Olive oil (around 2 teaspoons per day) has been linked to fewer signs of aging, and appears to be superior to most other oils in having this effect. Rich in healthy fats and anti-oxidants, keep olive oil for salads and low-temperature cooking!

    Salmon and sardines are rich in DHA, an important essential fatty acid, which helps reduce inflammation (and redness) of the skin, and improves skin hydration!

    Try and eat fish 2 -3 times per week! Another great way to up the essential fatty acids is by including walnuts on a regular basis.

    Leafy greens are a great source of vitamin A and C; which are incredible for skin health. Why not start adding some kale or spinach to your breakfast eggs and salads?

    Green tea is another great way to improve blood flow and oxygen to the skin, and is also rich in anti-oxidants. Swop one hot drink a day for a cup of green tea instead! Of course, don’t forget about drinking lots of water – and be careful of too many cups of coffee, which dehydrates the skin!

    Vitamin C is important for collagen production (the natural kind), so instead of always opting for apples and bananas, try and include more kiwis, oranges, pineapple, strawberries and raspberries in your diet… Alternatively, adding chilli to your meals is a great way to up Vitamin C intake (although this is probably not for everyone)!

    One last note – exercise boosts your skin’s health, improving circulation, and ultimately assisting the body in getting rid of toxins. Why not get up with the sun and go for a morning walk? A little goes a long way!

    Here’s to healthy, happy skin!


  • Bring the bling to your office

    Posted on September 30, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Warmer metallics such as copper and rose gold have been big fashion news for the past few years, but this trend is still going strong. These chic metallic shades add a touch of class and shine, and also help to brighten up a space. For glowing warmth with a modern edge, you can't go wrong with this look in your office or at your corporate event,

    If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • DIY? Oh yes you can!

    Posted on September 30, 2015 by Maryke

    If you enjoy being creative and adding an  individual touch, then your wedding is the ideal time to flex your DIY skills. Here are three easy ideas that we love:

    - Paint a jar or vase with glue then dip it into glitter for a pretty sparkly finish.
    - Collect sea shells to make unusual bouquets (great for a beach wedding)
    - Use bows or fabric off-cuts to adorn place settings


  • Looks we love

    Posted on September 28, 2015 by Admin

    Christian Dior once said that "bright reds - scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry - are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone." We couldn't agree more and love to add a splash of this passionate colour to our outfits. Red offers instant chic and instant impact.

    Prefer a more subtle look? Black and white will never go out of style. Minimalist, sophisticated and easy to pull off, it's a look we will always love.


  • Find your inner-foodie at the Val de Vie Market

    Posted on September 24, 2015 by Elsje Human

    In recent years the fashion for markets, street food and food trucks has shown no sign of slowing down. We love this trend, which has introduced so many fun foodie ideas and genres to the world. Serve salad in a jar, pop a pie into a box or brew your own ginger beer.

    The Market at Val de Vie is the perfect opportunity to explore a number of food stands. Enjoy 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.

    Visit our Market page to find out more about the event.


  • Val de Vie Events inspires with a three day internship

    Posted on September 23, 2015 by Admin

    Daniel Labuschagne, a Grade 11 Student, joined the Val de Vie Events Team to shadow Simone de Wet, the MD of Val de Vie Events, for a three day internship. This formed part of his Life Orientation school subject, which involves students gaining insight on careers that they are interested in.

    The  purpose of this exercise is for the students to job shadow, gain practical experience, observe and to learn from people as they perform their daily jobs.

    Daniel is a pleasant young man who has a natural love for all things marketing-related. He is particularly interested in the ever-growing realm of social media.

    His highlight was meeting the Marketing Director of Val de Vie, Ryk Neethling, and spending 30 minutes being encouraged and couched by this legend of a mentor.

    What stood out for Daniel of what Ryk shared with him was the following: "It is vital to surround yourself with positive people who are like minded and are not afraid to dream big and see the impossible become possible. Being positive allows creative thinking to blossom and the results will reflect success.”

    Daniel felt that this was tangible in the Val de Vie work environment and our people, which  has inspired him to pursue his dream.

    Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events, said “We are excited about his career and we believe in his dream. With hard work dedication and discipline he will reach the stars”


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #4

    Posted on September 23, 2015 by Elsje Human

    4. Don't sweat the small stuff

    No matter how detailed your planning, there are always some things that are beyond your control. Don't sweat the small stuff: Embrace the rain, grab an umbrella and dance with your new partner in life. Choose to enjoy and not to stress.


  • The prettiest of popsicles

    Posted on September 22, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Add some floral fun to popsicles by including beautiful edible flowers, such as rose petals, borage, peonies, honeysuckle or lavender. Perfect for Spring entertaining, this quirky idea is sure to be a hit with guests - you can even add a dash of alcohol to give it a little kick!

    It is very, very important to ensure that the flower you use is non-toxic. Check which parts of the actual blossom are edible to be extra safe.

    Tips for making petal pops:

    • Ensure that the flowers you source are 100% organic and not exposed to any sort of pesticide.
    • Take extra care in washing the petals before adding them to your popsicle juice mix.
    • Choose petals in a colour to match your wedding colour scheme.
    • Different petals have different tastes, so be sure to sample the petals and then choose your popsicle mix to complement the flavour of the flower.

  • Flower power

    Posted on September 21, 2015 by Maryke

    With Spring in full floral force at Val de Vie Estate, here are some gorgeous blossoms and blooms to brighten up your Monday. Have a great week!


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #3

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by Maryke

    3. Let your decor reflect your personality

    Your decor should have you name and style all over it. Don’t try to follow trends that won’t necessarily be unique to you. Fashions are fleeting, but your style and personality will always be your own.


  • It's Cintron Pink Polo Inspiration time!

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Our Cintron Pink Polo event is coming up on 7 November 2015 and we are so excited about this highly anticipated event! Just planning our outfits is half the fun - at the moment we're loving light grey paired with pink.

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • Corporate make-up tips

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Getting ready for work often presents the challenge of keeping your look up-to-date and professional. Make-up is no exception, so to keep things simple and elegant, we prefer a natural, neutral style that works around the clock.

    Avoid heavy foundation and opt for a fresh look. A touch of blusher is great, but keep the colour understated.

    Similarly, eye make-up all about subtlety. Invest in a high quality mascara, brow pencil and a neutral eye shadow palette that complements your skin tone.

    Lastly, for lip colour we love soft, matte nudes. But of course it is fun to express oneself, so feel free to be a bit more creative here.


  • Choose Val de Vie Estate for an exceptional photographic venue

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate 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, Queenspark, US Polo and Julius Bär.

    Click here to download our brochure for more information.


  • Say yes to the non-traditional dress

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Who says that the bride must wear white? Some modern brides are breaking convention and choosing unique dresses that embrace individuality. Make a statement by using a fabulous floral print, or add a daring dash of colour.

    One thing is for sure: having a different dress always attracts attention and admiration. Be free, be bold and be yourself!


  • For a flawless finish, we love Airbrush Make-up

    Posted on September 14, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Airbrush makeup is a hot new bridal trend, offering a flawless, polished look that last for hours. Today expert Talita Rademeyer discusses the benefits of this fantastic concept. For more information about her services, please visit her Facebook Page.

    Every bride knows how important and tricky it can be to find the right artist that not only makes her look gorgeous but also makes her feel fabulous on the day. We all have a different idea of what beauty means to us. When we look in the mirror each of us see something different. How we represent this view of ourselves is a true expression of individuality.  Personally I feel that it is crucial that your artist understands this and how to push your boundary a little further whilst at the same time honouring your idea of beauty. This is what sets a good bridal artist apart from a fashion artist.

    The second challenge is to enable the make-up last for hours without getting that "over-layered" look. With cameras constantly improving "high definition" we end up seeing more and more detail in the actual image than with the naked eye.

    For me, make-up should be like a "mist" that settles over the skin, creating a soft, even skin tone that lasts for hours without any touch-ups needed.  This is exactly what Temtu Silicone based Airbrush Make-up gives you!

    Airbrush Make-up is much finer and thinner when compared to a traditional application. The silicone-based product is applied by way of compressed air through an airbrush stylist onto the skin. This fine mist of colour covers the skin evenly, giving the appearance of a flawless complexion. Foundation colours are mixed for a perfect blend to beautifully match skin-tone and then sprayed from the décolletage to the face, blending the jawline to the décolletage seamlessly.

    Also, it will not transfer onto clothing, which not only keeps the wedding dress clean but also the groom’s collar. Due to the fact that silicone is water resistant, pesky perspiration and those tears of joy is not something to worry about any longer.  The product contains no talk or oil, therefore it eliminates the problem of mixing with the skin's natural oils- leaving shining spots on photos.  It won’t go anywhere until you are ready to wash it off!

    Another big benefit of Airbrush Make-up is the way it looks in photos. High Definition cameras have really made make-up artists more aware of their application methods. Every line from a brush or sponge, if not blended well, can be seen in detail through an HD lens. With Airbrush Make-up, you don’t ever worry about streaks or brush strokes. The fine mist mirrors the structure of pixels in a digital image, making it flawless and requiring minimal edits.

    5 Reasons why Temtu Airbrush Make-up is for you:

    1. The Flawless Factor! Making your skin look absolutely gorgeous, and photograph amazingly well!
    2. Water resistant!  It won't come off until you take it off. (It will survive all the hugging, kissing, perspiration, and tears on your big day.)
    3. It's hypoallergenic, which means it's great for sensitive skin
    4. It's lightweight. It feels like you hardly have any make-up on.
    5. It can give you as little or as much coverage as you like without feeling heavy!

    Testimonials

    "Wow so amazing. Thanks for convincing me to go for the Airbrush Make-up :-) what a light-cant feel Make-up and it lasted until 2.30am in the morning, not a smudge."
    - Kerstin

    "Airbrush makeup was the finishing touch that made my special day perfect."
    - Candice


  • Happy wedding anniversary to Suzanne and Simon

    Posted on September 13, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Suzanne and Simon a very happy wedding anniversary. This special couple celebrated their wedding one year ago at the estate, along with 200 of their closest friends and family.

    Wishing you lots of happiness today and forever more!


  • Don't miss the Cintron Pink Polo food truck fair!

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Cintron Pink Polo is taking place on Saturday, 7 November 2015 and we can't wait! Held at Val de Vie Estate, the event is an annual fundraiser in aid of breast cancer programmes and research. Guests enjoy a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up-to-the-minute fashion and mouth-watering high tea on the lawns of South Africa's only wine and polo Estate.

    The Cintron Pink Polo food truck fair offers a relaxed, family-friendly way to enjoy the event. With lawn seating overlooking the polo action,there will be several enticing food trucks offering a variety of delicious eats and treats.

    Details

    - Entrance fee: R50
    - Lawn seating, no picnics, food or pets allowed, under 13s enter for free
    - Event take place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Buy tickets via Computicket


  • Choose grey and yellow for a chic, happy office

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Maryke

    Admin, inboxes and meetings... days in the office can be so busy and demanding, so why not add some fun and energy with a bright, punchy decor scheme? We love how well yellow and grey work together. Grey is soothing, elegant and calm, while yellow adds a zip of vibrancy and positivity.


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #2

    Posted on September 9, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    2. Enjoying the day with your bridesmaids

    Your bridesmaids are such a special part of your day. They are your friends, your support crew and fans. As most brides know, the day goes by so fast, so enjoy spending time with them before the wedding and making memories that will last a lifetime. Val de Vie Events will take care of the rest!


  • Spring into a pop of colour

    Posted on September 8, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    At Val de Vie we can't help but notice the appearance of fresh green leaves, bright flowers and warming sunshine. Spring is in full bloom, so why not get into the zone with a pop of colour? We love bright, vibrant shades that offer a fun spin on this happy season.


  • Feel fresh, vibrant and romantic in Spring

    Posted on September 7, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Bring the beauty of Spring into your home or office with fresh flowers and a pretty palette of soft pastels. Feminine, romantic and upbeat, this look celebrates the youthful mood of this season.


  • Spring inspiration

    Posted on September 4, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    We are so inspired by the freshness and beauty of Spring, so here is some inspiration to make your day too!


  • Make your office a hub of inspiration

    Posted on September 2, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Not all offices have a picturesque view or an ideal setting, but with a few keys elements such as bold decor accessories, unusual lighting fixtures, bright colours or some inspirational quotes, any space can be transformed into an inspirational hub.


  • Wedding tip wisdom

    Posted on September 2, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    With the wedding season well on its way, our events team will be offering indispensable tips and advice for your big day over the next few weeks. And now for tip Number One from Elsje Oosthuizen:

    1. Remember to enjoy your day and trust your team of service professionals!


  • Happy Spring Day!

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's the first day of Spring, which means that it's time for gorgeous flowers, soft sunshine and longer days. This fresh new season inspires us to wear delicate, feminine pastels that capture the beauty of this special time.


  • Beating the Bloat

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Admin

    This week Kari, our favourite Registered Dietitian, gives brides-to-be advice on how to beat bloating.

    Bloating is probably one of the top three symptoms I get asked about how to manage – and don’t think it’s only the fairer sex that struggles with this, bloating knows no gender boundary… or ANY boundary for that matter. Bloating also usually goes hand-in-hand with inconsistent bowel movements, poor skin health and a problematic scalp. At this point, I assume many of you are going “tick, tick, tick”.

    People often struggle with this for years, and feel that they may have developed some form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). That is until they visit the dietitian’s office…

    I usually find that within 2 – 3 weeks, there is a massive improvement – and that’s without going on a juice detox, a fast or cutting out every allergen known to mankind. The focus is on completely cleaning up the diet and choosing foods that your body needs! Pre-wedding bloating is no different, although I would like to make a few practical recommendations:

    • Cut the processed food. Anything that requires advertising is probably processed (ever seen a naartjie or avocado advert)? If the food can tell you where it came from, you can eat it. Simple as that. Eat real food, not food-like substances.
    • Cut the sugar, which includes sweeteners and artificially flavoured sweets/drinks/gum. Yes, even the diet drinks.
    • As counter-intuitive as it may feel – you actually have to EAT something to help prevent bloating. So, avoid skipping meals!
    • Stop obsessing over allergens – just cut foods and drinks that aren’t found in nature.
    • Keep the fruit, but don’t overdo it. Eating 4 oranges in a sitting isn’t going to benefit you or your gut… Stick to 2-3 fruits per day and have them as snacks.
    • Vegetables – include them with lunch and dinner… And by include, I mean that half of your plate should be vegetables/salads. Skip the dressing, unless it’s found in nature.
    • Drink water: whether filtered, hot with lemon and ginger or rooibos tea. Make sure you are drinking through out the day (not just 2 cups in the morning). Remember, that with all the fiber in your diet you are probably going to get plugged up if you don’t drink water (very counter-productive)
    • Add in a good quality pro-biotic… Yoghurt isn’t going to do the trick here, if you have been struggling with poor gut health, a probiotic first thing in the morning is very important to restore balance.
    • From a practical, non-nutrition point of view for the ladies– if you aren’t on contraceptive, and plan on starting this before your wedding: make sure that you leave SUFFICIENT TIME for your body to adjust.  Schedule an appointment sooner rather than later, as you never know how your body may react.

    So, there you have it! The principles above are what I based our Bridal Manual on, so if you’re unsure of portions and combinations, it’s a good place to start!

    Have a happy week!

    ABOUT KARI

    Kari is a Registered Dietitian who qualified from Stelllenbosch University in 2012. She then went on to do her community service year in the Eastern Cape, where she worked with a wide range of patients in both a clinical and community setting. After her community service year, Kari moved back to Cape Town, started her Masters in Nutrition, and joined Kelly Lynch Dieticians in Sea Point. Although the practice sees clients with a wide range of nutrition needs, there is a strong focus on assisting clients by addressing the emotional aspect of nutrition, eating and wellness.

    Kari enjoys being able to collaborate with clients to achieve their individual goals, and is passionate about working with clients to determine what their body needs most. Kari also recently got married, and developed a bridal manual together with Kelly to assist brides to be in looking and feeling their best on their wedding day!

    www.kellylynch.co.za kari@kellylynch.co.za


  • Don't miss the Val de Vie Market on 25 October 2015!

    Posted on August 31, 2015 by Admin


  • Spring has sprung at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 27, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Spring has arrived at Val de Vie, which makes us think back fondly to couples who have tied the knot here during this beautiful season. We love how they incorporated the lovely Spring weather into their wedding photos. Fresh flowers, blue skies and soft, sunny light make this such a romantic time.


  • Cheers to Madame Clicquot

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Val de Vie Events is well known for coordinating exceptional corporate events, so we truly admire those who have made a success in the business world.

    Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin is someone who we look up to for this very reason. This visionary young widow built a champagne empire that stood the test of time and showed the world how to live with style. Born in 1777 and widowed at the age of 27, Barbe-Nicole had a rich, colourful life and eventually became known as the "Grand Dame of Champagne". In the spirit of Women's Month, that's something we can toast to!

    If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Silver linings

    Posted on August 25, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's no secret that most brides dread rain on their wedding day, but for some it is considered good luck!

    Worried that Mother Nature might decide to release her tears of joy on your big day? Look on the bright side and prepare for the eventuality with some fun, creative details:

    - Consider a venue with plenty of glass and windows, such as the Val de Vie  French Ballroom, so you can experience the rain while warm and cosy in front of the fireplace.
    - Provide stunning umbrellas that suit your theme for your guests. They can be used as props too.
    - Use gumboots as part of the décor, arranging cute little blossoms in them.
    - Serve warm treats for your guests.


  • Golden glam

    Posted on August 25, 2015 by Maryke

    With the right touch, the subtle use of gold can create a beautifully glamorous and sophisticated decor scheme. A light approach keeps the look understated: a dash of foiling or sparkle on the  invitations and place settings, some gold dust on macarons or the occasional glitzy accessory.


  • Happy anniversary to Julian and Jean-Mari

    Posted on August 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Julian and Jean-Mari on their one year anniversary. This lovely couple tied the knot on a sunny winter's day on 23 August 2014 and we wish them a wonderful and long life together on their anniversary.


  • YOLOmoons, minimoons & honeymooning

    Posted on August 20, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    The traditional honeymoon is synonymous with exotic island holidays, cocktails and lazy days in the sunshine. But now there are so many other ways to spend this special time together. Modern couples are looking for adventure, fresh ideas and exciting new life experiences.

    This article from the Sun Daily features some of the latest honeymoon trends.

    Minimoons

    It's become increasingly popular to forego the extensive, two-week honeymoon abroad in favor of taking a shorter staycation closer to home and saving the larger vacation for later in the year.

    As pointed out in an article for Skyscanner.net, minimoons offer the possibility of splurging on a five-star hotel for a few nights, rather than slumming it out in a mediocre, two-star property over two weeks.

    YOLO or Maximoons

    At the other end of the spectrum, the industry is also seeing couples embark on Maxi or YOLO - You Only Live Once - moons. For some couples, honeymoons are seen as their last hurrah before they face commitments like mortgages, children and mountains of bills.

    Whether it's taking months off work to backpack through Europe or Southeast Asia, or splashing out on an exorbitant all-inclusive resort in Bora Bora or the Maldives, the maximoon is for couples who want to kick off their new lives together in a big, big way.

    Honeyteering

    It's a riff off voluntourism: Combine the concept of honeymoon and volunteering, and you get honeyteering, a vacation idea that aims to appeal to couples with a social conscience.

    Nowhere is this trend perhaps most promoted than Thailand, where couples can stay in luxurious hotels like the Four Seasons Chiang Mai and also lend their time to animal conservation efforts or teach English to young Thai children.

    Buddymoon

    The primary reason some couples invite friends and family on their honeymoon? To save money, says 101 Honeymoons. But according to scientific research, opening up your vacation to other couples could also help strengthen your relationship.

    One study out of Wayne State University in Detroit, for example, found that spending time with other couples can help people view their partners in a new light and add another level of excitement to their relationship.

    But be careful the kind of couple you choose, warn relationship experts, and invite couples you admire and who share the same interests. – AFP Relaxnews

    Article and image source: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1185427


  • Simple DIY wedding ideas with wow factor

    Posted on August 18, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Colourful cutlery

    This is so cheap and easy to do: dip cutlery in pain that matches your wedding's decor scheme. It looks really eye-catching and jazzes up place settings with splash of colour.

    Custom photo backdrop

    For years after your wedding, you and your guests will be looking back at the photos, so why not make them more memorable with a custom photo backdrop? Be creative: cluster giant paper flowers together, source some unusual fabric or wallpaper or drape wreaths and garlands together.

    Cupcake station

    Oh yes, this is as decadent and fun as it sounds. Set out a selection of plain cupcakes (vanilla and chocolate are always winners) accompanied by an array of fabulous toppings. Buttercream, glacé icing, sprinkles, smarties, gold dust, lemon curd, nutella... there are so many delicious ideas and your guests will love exploring them all.


  • Val de Vie Market: Expect the unexpected

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    The Val de Vie Market is returning with a new and exciting concept! As Spring approaches, we can't wait to create a relaxing and entertaining day out for the entire family to enjoy. You can be sure that Sunday will become a fun day.

    With delicious food, gorgeous wares and a variety of entertainment for the whole family, this is a day not to be missed!

    Diarise the following Market dates in your calendar:

    25 October 2015
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016
    10 April 2016


  • Inspired by women who move the world

    Posted on August 12, 2015 by Maryke

    “I believe in pink, I believe laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles"
    – Audrey Hepburn

    In the spirit of Women's Month, we are inspired by women who have made their mark on the world, whether in business, entertainment, humanitarian work or the arts. Their vision and talent is something that is truly worth aspiring to.

    The Val de Vie Events team has had the privilege to host corporate events for a range of successful companies and individuals. If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Servingware gets down to earth

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Earthy, natural textures and materials are a hot trend for ceramics and servingware. We love this raw look, which embraces imperfections, individuality and authenticity.


  • Easy wedding DIY projects

    Posted on August 6, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    It's always extra special to add personal touches to your wedding -we love DIY projects that create an element of creativity and individuality.

    Luckily you don't have to be Martha Stewart to get it right. Here are some easy and fun ideas for you to do:

    - Create a board for guests to sign or leave messages (we love the idea of heart-shaped spaces)
    - Write or stick something cute on the soles of your shoes (this is great for a photo opportunity too!)
    - Cut out hearts (or any pretty shape) and string them to make garlands
    - Send secret love notes to your fiance on the morning of the wedding


  • DIY chalk board ideas for your special day

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Many brides want to personalise as many elements of their wedding as possible. A DIY chalk board project is the perfect way to add a special touch.

    You can transform any glass, piece of wood, mirror, frame, glass bottle or cardboard box into a creative and stylish element for your wedding. As a bonus, by creating your own table numbers, guest name cards, signage boards, menus or personalized guest gifts, you can save a tremendous amount on your wedding's stationery budget.

    All you need for this DIY project is the following:

    - The object you want to use e.g.. Wine glasses •
    - Masking tape
    - Chalkboard paint (available at art shops or at Annie Sloane)
    - Paint brush

    Have fun!


  • Pink perfection

    Posted on August 4, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Pink is the colour of love, compassion, romance and positivity. As a combination of red and white, both colours add to pink's beautiful characteristics. It gets passion and energy from red, while white adds a calming, gentle touch. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it radiates, so we are loving bold, vibrant shades of pink.

    Of course, pink is the colour of the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event, so be sure to get you pink on! Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • It's time to think pink!

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Cintron Pink Polo Event is coming up on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley and we're all thinking pink! From girly accessories to rosy-hued gadgets, we love this feminine colour that invokes the spirit of breast cancer awareness.

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Slick corporate branding

    Posted on July 29, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    If you want your brand to stand out, one of the most creative ways is to invest in quality stationery that makes a statement. Go beyond the norm: have custom stamps of your logo made, print your own branded wrapping paper or splash out on print finish such as foiling or embossing. Small details might seem extravagant but they make a big impression, which is exactly what you're aiming for.

    Just as having slick branding is important for your business, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • It's time to embrace healthy eating

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Health and fitness are always hot topics, so it's no surprise that extensive research is frequently carried out in this field. According to the Huffingtion Post, recent studies show that younger people are more inclined to make healthy eating choices, which is very positive news.

    "Does being younger than 30 translate to a predilection for healthier eating habits? This rhetorical question may very well be true. A recent report conducted by the Nielsen Global Health and Wellness Survey offered surprising and detailed information about the culinary habits of young people.

    In a January 20, 2015 article by USA Today reporter Bruce Horowitz which surveyed more than 30,000 consumers in more than 60 nations revealed that more younger consumers are far more concerned about everything from food ingredients, genetically modified food to organic foods than previous generations. Indeed, an obsession with healthy and clean eating seems to be the order of the day. The most health-centric group of consumers is Generation Z. These are the men and women younger than 20 years old. More than four out of ten individuals polled in this group indicated that they would be willing to spend more money for healthier products as opposed to 32 percent of millennials, and 21 percent of baby boomers.

    Some other findings in the poll included:

    • 41 percent of Generation Z stated that they would be willing to pay more for healthier products
    • 26 percent of Generation X'ers (1965-1979) stated they would pay more for healthy food
    • 16 percent of those in the Silent Generation (1925-1945) made a similar claim."

  • We love old gold

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    If you think that gold is all about bling, think again. There is nothing as glamorous as old, classic gold: it's all about less shine and sparkle and more about chic, understated hues.

    Gold is beautiful when paired with cream and white - keep the look clean and elegant and consider modern gold trends such as rose gold.


  • Anita and Dimitri's Wedding

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Anita and Dimitri celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we just love the photos by John Armstrong Photography, which bring back all the moments and memories from the day. The beautiful outdoor ceremony, the riveting polo match, the packed dance floor... this was a day filled with joy and we are delighted to have been part of it.















  • The new wedding trend: Selfie stations

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    We've spoken about the latest craze for Instragam hashtags at your wedding, so how about taking this trend to the next level? A clever selfie station is the perfect spot for you and your guests to snap away and share fun photos. Add some quirky props or a pretty backdrop and you're good to go. #Amazingweddingidea!


  • The Val de Vie Market always has something new

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Market has become a popular event at our estate, showcasing  some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Exciting new plans for our market are afoot, so be sure to keep your eye on our website and social media for more details!

    You are welcome to visit the market on the following dates:

    25 October 2016
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016


  • The Importance of Colours in Branding

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    The success of a corporate events is hugely influenced by the look and feel of the occasion, which is why so much depends on great branding. This article by Gregory Ciotti on Help Scout sheds some interesting light on the psychology of colour:

    "In an appropriately titled study called Impact of Color in Marketing, researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgments made about products can be based on colour alone (depending on the product).

    The study Exciting Red and Competent Blue also confirms that purchasing intent is greatly affected by colours due to the impact they have on how a brand is perceived. This means that colours influence how consumers view the 'personality' of the brand in question

    Additional studies have revealed that our brains prefer recognizable brands, which makes colour incredibly important when creating a brand identity.

    Colour Preferences by Gender
    Studies done by Hallock’s confirmed that blue, green, black and red  are by far men's favourite, Men also prefer bright colours and shades whereas women prefer softer colours and tones. The colours topping the charts as favourites are blue, purple, green, red and black."

    Choosing the correct colours from your companies corporate identity to use when designing your branding for events is clearly vital.

    For more information on the topic, view the full article.


  • Meet the Events Team: Simoné

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Admin

    Simoné is the talented MD of Val de Vie Events Full Coordination. Energetic, vibrant and always full of new ideas, she has years of experience in the events industry and boasts international experience with leading brands such as Harrods.

    Simoné's vision and drive has truly shaped the course of Val de Vie Events and she leads our team with her signature flair and energy, loving every minute of creating world-class events.

    Simoné is particularly passionate about uplifting and educating members of the community. She feels privileged to be able to do so, and believes that in offering skills and opportunities to disadvantaged individuals, the future can only be brighter.


  • Merike and Marcel’s wedding video

    Posted on July 15, 2015 by Admin

    Mighty Fine created this incredible video of Merike and Marcel’s wedding day at Val de Vie. Held on a picture-perfect day, it was a beautifully romantic and memorable day, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.


  • Feel fit and fabulous

    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Elsje Human

    All brides-to-be want to look their best, so a training programme is often part of the pre-wedding process. Get motivated by investing in some quality exercise gear (just looking the part is a great boost!). If hitting the gym isn't your thing, try something different like dance classes, Bikram yoga or trail running. It's all about feeling good about yourself.


  • Get social media smart at your wedding

    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Admin

    We're all hooked on social media and Instagram is a fantastic way to share photos and experiences. Use this to your advantage at your wedding and ask guests to apply a unique wedding hashtag for all their photos of the event. That way it's easy for you to track their pics and paint a picture of the day through their eyes. Put up pretty signs with the hashtag and offer some fun ideas of photo subjects - it's like having a whole crew of photographers capturing even more special moments!


  • Anita and Dimitri's Wedding Video

    Posted on July 13, 2015 by Admin

    Anita and Dimitri celebrated their gorgeous Greek wedding at Val de Vie. The event was attended by friends and family from all over the world, and we just love their wedding video by FJS Productions, which beautifully captures the day.


  • Inspired by pink

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Admin

    We are pleased to announce that the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo Event in support of breast cancer awareness, treatment and research, will be held on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. This year, funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress:  Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event take place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Meet the Events Team: Soritha van Dyk

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by Admin

    Soritha is Val de Vie Events' amazing administrative and events coordinator. As a farm girl, Soritha loves the nature and greenery at Val de Vie Estate and adores being part of our team.

    She has a passion for people and just like the rest of the team, she loves meeting engaged couples and discussing their dreams for their big day. Soritha is committed to making the planning process a lovely  journey each couple and goes out of her way to make sure that every aspect is special.

    Soritha thrives on the excitement of the couples and seeing the love shared between the bride and groom to be. Her favourite part of a wedding is watching the parents when the bride walks down the aisle. The beautiful emotions of pride and happiness never cease to overwhelm her.

    Soritha advises couples to plan their wedding according to their own personal style, rather than to follow the myriad of trends in magazines and blogs. It's so much more special for guests to recognise their personality reflected in every single detail.

    Her passion also lies with more intimate events like birthday parties or anniversary dinners. As she puts it, "every occasion should be celebrated with the ones you love."

    Are you planning a wedding or function in the future? Contact Soritha to discuss your event: Soritha.vanDyk@valdevie.co.za

    Photograph by Abri Kruger Photography


  • Trust Vlinder for social media savvy

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events takes pride in coordinating world-class corporate events. An important part of this is using the right service providers who can provide a high level of professionalism and service.

    For this reason we love to work with Vlinder Media, a social media consultancy run by Iza Slabbert. Whether you need management of your social media platforms, online marketing, blog or website, Iza is the perfect person for the job.

    Val de Vie Events is always delighted to work with Iza and we encourage other businesses to do the same! Visit Vlinder Media's website for more information about Iza's services.


  • A touch of grey

    Posted on July 7, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Grey is undoubtedly one of the hottest colours at the moment, upstaging other neutrals such as cream, taupe and ivory. Far from being dull and dreary, grey is rather serene, peaceful and and classic, adding an edgy touch of class. We love subtle touches of grey being incorporated into wedding decor; it's a modern look that takes the decor style up a fashionable notch.


  • Get snap happy at your wedding

    Posted on July 2, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    In today's tech-savvy world, most of us use smart phones on a daily basis. With so many people enjoying quality cameras and photo sharing apps such as Instagram, it's never been easier to share photos and memories.

    You can be sure that many of your guests will be getting snap-happy at your wedding, so why not make it work for you? It'll be like having a crowd of extra photographers (at no extra cost!). To make it easy, create a predetermined wedding hashtag that guests can use. Add it to your invitations and have a couple of signs around the venue to remind them. We love this website that offers free templates for Instagram wedding signs, check it out.


  • Meet the Events Team: Nadia Valentyn

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Admin

    Nadia Valentyn is a Wedding and Event coordinator at Val de Vie Events. Each wedding she coordinates starts with meeting couples over a cup of coffee to get a good background of their lives, what they do, their hobbies and, of course, the most important aspect: their dreams and ideas for the big day. Nadia loves this process and is always thrilled to see how things take shape right from the beginning through to the very last detail on the day.

    Nadia also draws on her experience in the bridal wear industry, giving valuable tips about  both men and women's attire. She knows all the do’s and don’ts and enjoys sharing her knowledge of service providers and reputable professionals.

    Nadia admits that she always cries when she sees the bride walking down the aisle. Seeing how everything comes together - from the initial planning, dreaming, picking out colours and patterns – to form a perfect picture on the day. She also loves the feeling of showing couples a sneak peek of the ballroom and seeing their delighted faces.

    As Nadia says, "it makes all the long hours and hard work worthwhile – the feeling you get when you get to do what you love each day – priceless!"


  • Sensational stationery by Secret Diary

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    It is always a treat to look at the latest work by Secret Diary. This talented design agency offers a range of services, including graphic design, printing and gorgeous print finishes.

    The power of stylish, memorable logo should never be underestimated. Investing in a professional line of corporate stationery will polish your brand's image and make a meaningful impression to potential clients.

    Secret Diary makes it easy too - simply book a consultation with for helpful guidance and insight on how to improve your brand's identity. Following on from that, they will present several ideas for you to approve until the perfect design is selected.

    Just as having chic branding is important for your business, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.




  • Toni and Nicholas' wedding

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by Admin

    Here are some stunning shots from Toni and Nicholas' Val de Vie wedding. We love the chic, crisp decor scheme and the elegant tiered cake - what a showstopper! We wish the newlyweds much happiness in their life together.


  • Marcel and Merike's in My Wedding Day magazine

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by Admin

    We are delighted to see Marcel and Merike's wedding in the pages of My Wedding Day magazine. Elsje Human completed the on-the-day coordination and it was a real pleasure to host this beautiful couple. The wedding was beautifully romantic, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.

    Click here to see the article.


  • Meet the Events Team: Johan George

    Posted on June 24, 2015 by Admin

    Johan George is our Venue Logistics Manager and the driver of the estate's gorgeous Rolls Royce. As a natural multi-tasker and an incredibly diligent worker, he's the cheerful go-to man in the Events team and is always willing to help with anything that may come up.

    There are so many things that Johan does to ensure that everything runs smoothly. He oversees the small details that make all the difference, such as collecting the bride from the Villa and opening the door for her when arrives at the aisle, or driving weddings couples onto the polo field where they throw in the ball to start a polo match. For Johan it is a real pleasure to drive the Rolls Royce and share the experience with wedding couples and VIPs.

    Johan is committed to the maintenance of our beautiful venue and managing its stock. He oversees the set-up of weddings with great care, whether checking that each wine glass is polished and impeccably aligned or setting up the ceremony area to perfection.

    Johan is also responsible for the set-up of the Val de Vie Market. The venue is always  spick and span under his watchful eye, and on rainy days you can be sure that everyone will have an umbrella!

    Photograph by Cheryl McEwan


  • ‎Polo, a game fit for a King!

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Admin

    This weekend past Prince George showed the world how polo is meant to celebrated and enjoyed.

    The adorable young Royal was having a blast at the Festival of Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire. As his happy face shows, he was enjoying polo for what it is really about: fun, fresh air and family time. This is how the sport has been embraced in Argentina and it's an approach that we also love.

    You inspire us, Prince George! Moments like these make us so excited for the upcoming Polo Season that kicks off in October 2015 and ends in April 2016.

    We cordially invite you to come and share in the authentic lifestyle here at Val de Vie, where playing polo is a way of life.

    Do keep your eye on the calendar on the website for all social polo events ahead.

    Three cheers to the ponies!



    Images from the Daily Mail


  • The urban wedding

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Elsje Human

    We are so fortunate to live in a country with dazzling scenery and countryside, but today we're daydreaming about chic city weddings. There's something edgy and romantic about tying the knot amidst the buzz of a city - it's certainly something different and memorable.

    There's a practical element too: City weddings are convenient for guests, who might not have to travel as far as they would to rural venues. Similarly, service providers might be closer too, which will help to curb your costs (always a bonus!).


  • Junebug Weddings' Bridal Fashion Forecast for 2016

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Here at Val de Vie Events we love fresh ideas and one of our favourite sources of ispiration is Junebug Weddings. Recently they showcased their selection of bridal trends for 2016, which got us very excited for the next season!

    Credit: All text and images from Junebug Weddings.

    Off-the-shoulder:

    Off-the-shoulder gowns offer a timeless, elegant feel to the most romantic day of your life. Exposing the décolletage creates an intimate, effortless beauty that’s perfect for any bride.

    Off the shoulder3

    Credit: Jenny PackhamSareh NouriLela Rose

    Non-traditional Colors:

    Who said bridal gowns are always white? Extraordinary designers like Sareh Nouri and Monique Lhuillier are pushing the limits of what’s traditional by adding unique colors to their designs this season, creating immaculate, eye-catching gowns.

    New colors2

    Credit: Sareh Nouri, Monique LhuillierSareh Nouri

    Two-piece:

    Giving bridal week a fresh new look to wedding gowns, designers are bringing in the mid-drift. Exposing one of the most flattering parts of the body makes any bride cool and confident on her big day. This look is sure to be a winner this year!

    Credit:Hayley Paige, Reem AcraKaren Willis Holmes

    Colorful Hair Accessories:

    Bridal crowns aren’t what we’re predicting this year. We can’t wait to see more colorful florals uniquely placed throughout the bride’s hair. This whimsical look adds a touch of color to a bride’s overall look.

    Credit: Mathias FastInes Di Santo, Chris Spira

    Repurposed Gowns:

    Truly creating a one-of-a-kind day, brides who wear wedding gowns made from other once used items showcase a unique look that would be found nowhere else. Whether the items be sentimental or not, the dress is sure to be an original. Top-designers have already jumped on the trend! Joelle Perry created a repurposed gown using a 1940’s table cloth.

    Credit: Joelle Perry, Golden Hour Studios, Stephanie Rogers Photography


  • Black and white is always right

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Black and white will always be a style staple and it's easy to see why: this look is classic, clear-cut and effortlessly classy. A beautifully tailored white shirt paired with skinny cut black pants is the perfect combo for day to evening wear.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is proud to support the Ditto Project

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is delighted to be supporting the Ditto Project this year, a charity that helps women breast cancer patients have access to prostheses.

    About the Ditto Project

    After having breast cancer and a mastectomy, a woman is often worried about her appearance. External breast prosthesis may be the only option a woman has, especially if she cannot afford to undergo reconstructive surgery. Wearing a breast prosthesis is a personal choice. The reality is that many breast cancer patients in South Africa cannot even afford a bra, let alone a breast prosthesis. Reach for Recovery wants to help these women who come from very low income groups to feel confident again after the traumatic diagnoses and surgery through the Ditto Project . It aims to assist them with a silicone breast prosthesis.  A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast that can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. The local Reach for Recovery Group also provides a fitting service to ensure that a woman chooses the right shape and size. The Ditto Project is also looking at ways to ensure that the woman will have a proper bra to wear her breast prosthesis with confidence.

    For more information, visit Reach for Recovery's website.


  • Ebun and Segun's wedding

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    Ebun and Segun celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and we can't take our eyes off these stunning shots by Zara Zoo. Hailing from Nigeria, the couple were joined by 200 guests, most of whom flew in from Lagos.

    The event was coordinated by Wedding Concepts, who were responsible for the concept, decor and design. There is so much about it that we love: the opulent decor, the feast of food (the dessert station was sensational) and the swanky after party that saw guests celebrating in style and luxury.












  • Less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    It's less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo! This worthy and glamorous event will be held on 7 November 2015 and is one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and polo calendar. Held at Val de Vie Estate, this fun day out is an annual fundraiser in aid of breast cancer programmes and research. Guests enjoy a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up-to-the-minute fashion and mouth-watering high tea on the lawns of South Africa's only wine and polo Estate.

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  • Meet the Events Team: Elsje Oosthuizen

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by Admin

    Elsje Oosthuizen is the talented Project Coordinator and Business strategist of Val de Vie Events. Her main role and passion is managing large polo events, which is no mean feat! She thrives on the challenges that come with this, from the sponsorships, logistics and crisis management to creating a detailed 40-page programme.

    Elsje's impeccable attention to detail shows in the events that she coordinates. She enjoys team work and is always eager to be creative and innovative.

    Elsje also loves Full Coordination weddings and has coordinated the weddings of Protea cricket player JP and Sue Duminy and Springbok rugby player Duane and Ezel Vermeulen.
    Her favourite part of a wedding is the moment just before the bride walks down the aisle. Elsje is every bride's guardian angel, helping to fluff the dress and offering the bride a sip of water. It's all these small details that prep for the moment when the brides locks eyes with her groom.

    Elsje loves the fact that Val de Vie Estate is always growing and evolving as a world-class destination, making her very excited about the future of the estate.

    Arrange a meeting with Elsje to discuss your event by sending an email to elsje.oosthuizen@valdevie.co.za or contacting 0218636191


  • Get cosy with chunky knits

    Posted on June 16, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Are you feeling the cold this Winter? We love the look of chunky, over-sized knits. Not only are they practical, they can make a style statement with bold colours, unique patterns and luxurious wool.


  • A warm winter wedding

    Posted on June 16, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    A Winter wedding is not about grey skies and rainy days! The cold season is the perfect time to host a sophisticated event that celebrates all that we love about Winter. Pair deep, warm shades such as wine red with crisp white, host a lavish indoor banquet and keep guests cosy with roaring fires and gluhwein.


  • The luxury of a winter wedding

    Posted on June 15, 2015 by Elsje Human

    The cold weather and rainy days make Winter the perfect season to indulge in creature comforts and luxury, and a Winter wedding is no exception to this rule. We love the idea of a sumptuous celebration filled with heartwarming elements: rich textures such as faux fur, decadent treats such as hot white chocolate and pastries, and a gorgeous palette of creams, greys and white.


  • Make your year-end event a classy affair

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Have you started planning for your corporate year-end event yet? Now is the time to get going so that the planning process can be stress-free.

    The first step is to make a to-do list. Go through each item carefully and spend enough time on each element; it really pays to be thorough and organised right from the start. Invitations, food tastings, an enticing selection of wines and beverages, décor... these are all details that need careful consideration and creativity.

    If you would like assistance with your year-end function or need an exceptional venue,  contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.

    Happy planning!


  • Meet the Events Team: Elsje

    Posted on June 10, 2015 by Admin

    Elsje Human is the Val de Vie Market Manager and an events coordinator. She has a real passion for serving guests, being part of their celebrations and helping to create memories that will last a life time. Elsje loves watching the guests as they laugh together and celebrate, knowing that she was able to make their special occasion possible.

    Her favourite part of the event planning process? Meeting with guests to discuss their dreams and then helping them to become a reality. Elsje is inspired by all the elements of the event industry - from decor and stationery to food and flowers - and how they all comes together in an event. She loves the moment when guests are about to enter the reception area to marvel at a gorgeous setting created by our team.

    The cherry on top for Elsje is being surrounded by the scenery of Val de Vie Estate. As a Free State local, she never ceases to be amazed by the towering mountains of our valley.

    To contact Elsje regarding your event/wedding send an email to elsje.human@valdevie.co.za or call 021 863 6191 to arrange a meeting over a cup of coffee.


  • Brighten up your day with bold colours

    Posted on June 9, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    After a recent trip to New York to see the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, our team is so inspired by the bright, bold colours of the Big Apple. Here is a punchy moodboard to brighten up your day and to celebrate the power of colour.


  • Dress for success

    Posted on June 8, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Power dressing has come a long way since the shoulder pads and baggy suits of the 1980s.  Today it's all about wearing tailored outfits that help you to exude confidence and celebrate your own personal style. You can never go wrong with a classic blazer, a basic leather bag, luxe fabrics such as silk and a statement pair of heels.

    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.

    As such, we know the impact of power dressing. Businesses of all sizes typically adopt a dress code to help guide employee decisions related to proper appearance and attire for the workplace. A company's decision to propose and enforce a corporate dress code often stems from a desire to create and maintain a particular image within the community and with customers.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sassy suede

    Posted on June 5, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's cold outside and time to bring out the winter wardrobe! We love the rich feel of suede. It's got a rustic, prairie-girl style and is as warm as it is stylish. Opt for colourful suede accessories if you prefer a subtle look, or go all-out boho with a fringed suede bag.


  • Cosy coffee cups

    Posted on June 4, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Paper cups can be used to hold anything from a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee, rich hot chocolate or a selection of gummy sweets from a candy buffet.

    Personalize your cups by having your names and wedding date printed on them, or be creative and print a couple of fun questions. Design the cups according to your theme and wedding colors and you can save a bit on your decorations budget.


  • The Val de Vie Events team attends the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

    Posted on June 3, 2015 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team were thrilled to be invited as guests to the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The highly anticipated event was attended by Hollywood stars such as Diane Kruger, Emma Roberts, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and was a glamorous day of polo, Champagne and fashion.

    Our team were so inspired by the trip and can't wait to host the next Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters at Val de Vie, which will be held on 5 March 2016.

    For more photos and details, check out this article by Business Insider, or visit wwd.com.

    The ferry transporting the guests from Manhattan to Jersey where the event is hosted.

    Arriving at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic hosted in NYC on 30 May 2015

    Front row seats for Val de Vie Events

    5000 general public tickets sold

    The team behind the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate



  • Edgy elegance

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    A chic office makes work a lot more fun, which is why we love these chic office ideas. Copper, geometric prints and modern, minimalist design create a contemporary look that would jazz up any workspace.


  • We've got chic corporate events in the bag

    Posted on May 6, 2015 by Elsje Human

    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.

    Part of a successful corporate event is looking the part. Power dressing speaks volumes about your identity and brand, so having the right style is very important. We love smart work bags that double up as iPad or laptop holders and chic accessories.

    Just as looking the part is vital, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • The Khula Development Group: An inspiration to us all

    Posted on May 5, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events was absolutely thrilled to give the Khula Development Group a brand new car. We are so grateful for the chance to give back to the community of Paarl and to assist this incredible organisation's work.

    Val de Vie Events MD Simone de Wet and her team have a basic business motto: "VISION creates PROVISION".

    As she puts it, "Most people work, sp how blessed are we to know that we love what we do because our 'doing' is driven by a common PURPOSE, which is to always give back.

    There are so many ways of giving. It can be monetary,  your time or even your skill set. Once you become more focused on other people's needs around you, you will become aware that YOU TOO can truly make a difference.

    The moment one person's life is changed, or where  hope has been given to an individual, it can change a whole family, neighbourhood, a town, and then a generation and ultimately a country.

    Let's get busy with a focus on our individual true PURPOSE and not only will we BE the change, but we will SEE the change".

    Khula was founded in 2003 as a humanitarian organisation that supports out-of-school children in the Paarl East area. These are children who have fallen out of the school system due to their personal circumstances.

    Khula is a community-based program with a vision to provide sustainable support to these out-of-school children and their families by assisting them emotionally, socially, spiritually and educationally.

    Khula makes a meaningful difference in our community and we encourage everyone to support their efforts. Visit Khula's website to find out more about the amazing work they do.



  • Shakeela and Faeez's Wedding

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by Admin

    Shakeela and Faeez celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we love the understated elegance of the occasion.  We are so happy to have hosted this gorgeous couple and wish them much love, joy and prosperity together.

    View stunning more photos on Jilda G's website.


  • Tracy and Collin's wedding

    Posted on April 23, 2015 by Admin

    There is one word that describes Tracy and Collin's wedding: wow! What a stunning day this was, we were so thrilled to be part of it.

    Val de Vie Full Coordination and Simone planned the occasion, which was held on 14 February at the estate, making it extra romantic. A myriad of beautiful elements came together to form a most perfect day: luxurious decor, fine cuisine, Veuve Clicquot champagne, sunny skies and an atmosphere of joy and love.

    To more photos (masterfully taken by Abri Kruger), please click here.
















  • Floral fantasy: The hottest cake trend

    Posted on April 17, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Cake decorating has become a fine art, with cake makers creating the most elaborate adornments out of fondant or marzipan. As spectacular as these creations are, there is perhaps nothing more gorgeous than a colourful burst of fresh flowers. Cakes are getting covered with beautiful blooms that not only match the wedding decor scheme, but also make a visual statement in their own right.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 caught on camera

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Admin

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.


  • Autumn wedding cakes

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Autumn is a beautiful season with deep, rich colours that can make a wedding cake truly spectacular. Draw inspiration from nature with berries, fruits and seeds. Marzipan confectionery look gorgeous, or perhaps delicate stencils designs.

    If you prefer a more traditional and classic style, opt for a simple all-white cake and adorn it with seasonal elements, such leave motifs and branches. Don't forget the flavours either: we love decadent options such as apple, pumpkin or salted caramel.


  • Treat your guests to polo at your wedding

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by Maryke

    Looking for a unique and memorable way to entertain your guests? Keep your them captivated for 45 minutes with an action-packed polo game. While they enjoy the spectacle, the newlyweds have plenty of time for wedding photos on the estate. A polo game has a true sense of tradition and adds an exciting sense of occasion to your event.

    Val de Vie Estate is the only residential estate in Africa that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a private polo game during your wedding or function. Our team will be delighted to make this noble sport part of your celebration.


  • When life gives you lemons... make lemonade!

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by Maryke

    There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of homemade lemonade. Here are some beautiful ways to serve lemonade at your wedding as a pre-drink option.


  • Creative spaces for creative thinking

    Posted on April 13, 2015 by Maryke

    At Val de Vie Events we love to keep inspired and keep the creative juices flowing. The key is having spaces that reflect a culture of everything that motivates and drives people. A space with autonomy and flexibility – that’s a space that can transform a business. The way an office is set up, along with the furniture and office accessories used, can dictate the productivity of your entire team.

    If you're planning a corporate events, choose Val de Vie for fresh concepts, inspired ideas and efficient planning. Please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Looking the part: Corporate chic

    Posted on April 10, 2015 by Maryke

    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.

    As such, we know the impact of power dressing. Businesses of all sizes typically adopt a dress code to help guide employee decisions related to proper appearance and attire for the workplace. A company's decision to propose and enforce a corporate dress code often stems from a desire to create and maintain a particular image within the community and with customers.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Jenna and Lukas' Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Jenna and Lukas held their wedding at Val de Vie in December. With a lovely indoor ceremony, a crisp decor palette of green and white and a decadent candy station, there were so many elements that made it such a  beautiful day. We loved hosting this couple and wish them a lifetime of joy and happiness.

    Charl Smith of Agapé Studio took the gorgeous photos, which bring back all the happy memories from the celebration.


  • Lieselot and Steven's Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Lieselot and Steven held their wedding on 18 February at our beautiful estate. The day was made all the more special by 18 guests who all came from Belgium to attend the celebrations. We are so happy for this lovely couple and wish them all the happiness in the future.

    Service Providers

    Photography: Inecke Photography
    Venue – Val die Vie Wine Estate
    Flowers – Nico from Nstyling
    Catering – Polo Club Restaurant


  • Damian and Lucinda's Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Damian and Lucinda celebrated their marriage at Val de Vie on 6 February 2015. It was so wonderful to witness the strong love that the newlyweds feel for each other - what a stunning day!

    Here are a few photos from the event taken by Christene de Coning Photography (watch out for more shots soon).

    We love and appreciate these kind words by Christene:

    "Damian en Lucinda het gister by Val de Vie Estate getrou, dit was die perfekte dag met twee wonderlike mense. Ek het elke oomblik geniet en is dankbaar om deel te kon gewees het van hulle spesiale dag. Ek sal altyd Damian se toespraak aan Lucinda onthou."'n mens is nie gemaak om alleen te wees nie, en as jy bid vir die tiepe maat wat jy graag wil he sal die Here vir jou sorg!" Julle is baie spesiaal!

    Dankie vir Carla Diener Photography wat my geassisteer het, jy is 'n ster. Dankie vir al jou hulp!

    Die fantastiese Marvin van Romanesque het Lucinda se rok gemaak en soos altyd was dit besonders mooi.

    Dankie aan Val de Vie Polo & Wine Estate, julle was ongelooflik en die kos was fantasties!"


  • The magic of mauve

    Posted on March 27, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Mauve is the hottest wedding colour for 2015 and 2016. Why do we love it? This colour glamorous, sophisticated and makes a statement, yet it's also subtle and elegant.

    Mauve is a muted shade of purple with hints of grey, making it a softer and more timeless option. It looks great with grey, brown and white, or perhaps a dash of silver sparkle.


  • Setting a new standard for corporate events

    Posted on March 26, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Autumn is a great season to host a corporate event at Val de Vie Estate. Add an extra dimension to your company’s event by making use of these innovative corporate event trends.

    Technology is everywhere, why not use it at your next corporate?

    Tablets are a major trend and can be used in so many practical ways: checking in guests, menu orders and competitions.

    Impressive light and sound displays are also a must, creating a unique and exciting ambiance.

    Craft beers and corporate cocktails

    Team up with a local brewery to bring a selection of craft beers to your event. Craft beers offer a personalised, local spin on drinks for your guests to enjoy.

    Another great idea is creating a corporate cocktail that is unique to your brand or event. Bring in your corporate colours, create a catchy name and your cocktail is sure to be a memorable hit.

    Embrace patterns, prints and colour

    Patterns have been a major trend and really add a wow factor to event decor. Val de Vie is a stylish venue which is a great starting point to plan your event. Add visual interest by incorporating patterns, bold prints or a mix of colors. We love chevron, polka dots, stripes or houndstooth.

    With tech trends, unique beverages and dazzling designs, your corporate event will have all the spice it needs to leave your guests amazed and excited for the next one!


  • Join us at the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Admin

    Come and join our market on Sunday, the 29th of March. Held between 10am to 3pm, the market showcases some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible food 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 accross 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 while enjoying a glass of Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    See you there!


  • Keep it cool with blue and white

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Maryke

    A favourite palette for corporate events is crisp blue and white. This classic combination is always elegant, cool and calm, and lends itself to many styles: French, coastal, contemporary, country... to name just a few.


  • Autumn boquets

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    As we head into Autumn, a host of stunning flowers become available to brides. We love the unique beauty of this season, particularly the rich, golden hues and deep, almost burnt shades that are reminiscent of the changing vines.

    Here are just some of the lovely blooms available in Autumn:

    Allium, Anemone, Black-eyed Susan vine, Bamboo orchid, Camellia, Delphinium, Freesia, Foxtail orchid, Gerbera, Gladiolus, Laelia, Lavender, Marigold, Narcissus, Poppies, Roses, Stephanotis, Water lilies.


  • Marcel and Merike’s wedding

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to host the wedding of Marcel and Merike. Held on a picture-perfect day, it was a beautifully romantic and memorable day, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.

    We love the stunning photos taken by Laura Leigh, which show how magnificent the occasion was. Please visit her website for more photos.

    Suppliers


  • Denim and lace: The new black and white

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Everyone has an old pair (or ten) of jeans lying at the back of the cupboard. They might be faded and scruffy, but you just don't have the heart to throw them away.

    The latest trend of combing denim with lace is the perfect opportunity to transform your old items into something new and edgy. Use scraps of lace to create a softer, more romantic look with old denim. This trend is funky, playful and old-school. Suddenly a few pieces of lace and denim in your drawer can become a fun fashion statement.


  • Capturing the moments

    Posted on March 20, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Val de Vie is a unique setting as a photographic venue, offering a variety of locations within the estate. With its breathtaking scenery, the estate offers many possibilities for a chic and memorable photoshoot.

    Brides-to-be take note: you can have a special pre-wedding engagement shoot at no additional cost if you are getting married at Val de Vie.

    For any other photoshoot requirements, please contact the Val de Vie Events team at events@valdevie.co.za


  • Rebecca and Rig's wedding

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Admin

    We were so delighted to host the wedding of Rebecca and Rig, a magnificent occasion that was a true celebration of love and happiness.

    After an intimate elopement to Plettenberg Bay where Rig grew up, the couple headed to Italy for their first formal wedding celebration. Italy holds special childhood memories for the groom and was also a convenient location for the many international guests who attended the event.

    The enchanting wedding was held at a villa located in a small Italian hamlet near Capolona and the couple had photos taken in both the surrounding countryside and the city of Florence.

    The couple's second celebration was held at Val de Vie. As a polo lover, Rig was naturally drawn to the estate, and Rebecca surprised him with the opportunity to play his favorite sport on his wedding day - what a lovely gesture!

    The couple had the privilege of bringing the wedding photographer Julian Bower from their Italian wedding to their Val de Vie celebration. As the images show, both of these special days were breathtakingly beautiful, and a real delight to behold.

    The décor for the Val de Vie wedding was inspired by a magazine photo that Rebecca had  seen some months before the wedding, showing several pastel teacup saucers stacked in a pile, each with a golden rim on the edge. Rebecca wanted to have playful sorbet colors with mint as the main colour, but also to add some elegance with a trimming of gold.

    A fantastic aspect of the day was how the children were included in the celebration. A fun kids' area was set up next to the main reception dinner table and included party jars with toys and activities,  a separate space to make pizzas as well as a fun photo booth.

    The table centerpieces featured miniature cakes, which also served as special wedding favours for the ladies at the end of the reception.  As Rebecca says, "I wanted the guests to feel spoilt and struggled to find wedding favors that I really liked, so I thought pretty miniature cakes would be a fun treat. The miniature cakes were designed from a combination of dozens of wedding cakes that had caught my eye from various wedding photos online and our cake maker did an astonishing job of producing cakes that far exceeded what I had pictured: they were a definite highlight of the day!"

    Rebecca's wedding dress was a two-in-one creation  designed by Robyn Roberts Bridal Wear Studio. Rebecca explains the genius behind the design: "Since our wedding celebrations in Italy and Cape Town would be in two very different settings, I wanted to have a different wedding gown to reflect this.  The wedding designer created a base wedding dress of raw silk (to which she added a large bow and ribbon at the back for the Cape Town celebration) and a custom-made wedding Tuscan lace overlay for the celebration in Italy".

    Another highlight of the day was the flowers. Rebecca's favourite bloom is peonies, which were out of season at the time of the wedding. The florist cleverly gathered several other favorites, including several playful pastel-colored poppies which made for the perfect informal bride's bouquet and table arrangements to go with the decor theme. Rebecca fondly remembers the moment when she picked up her bridal bouquet: "It was the first moment I actually caught my breath in the midst of all the wedding preparations to realize: The best day of my life is about to happen as I marry my best friend (all over again!)."

    We were so thrilled to host this special couple and thank them for their kind words:

    "Thanks to the kindness of both Nadia (wedding coordinator) and Kevin (polo match organizer) from Val de Vie, this was the first wedding polo match where the groom actually got to play in the game!  We were so touched by the warm welcome, and professional yet personable service we received by all the staff at Val de Vie and the Polo Club Restaurant; Nadia Valentyn's experienced oversight of our celebration and her shared excitement over the wedding details (such a joy to me) truly put us at ease for the big day so that we were able to savor every moment!   We were also blown away by the quality and variety of food offered by Dish Food & Social and their children's menu could not have been more amazing...we even had some of the adults migrate to the children's party table for some 'tastings'!"

    SERVICE PROVIDERS & DESIGNERS:

    Photographer: Julian Bower
    Wedding dinner: Val de Vie Polo Club Restaurant
    Cakes: Frostings Cakes
    Flowers: LUSH Flowers
    Photo-booth: Photo Bomb
    Music: Amy Larter Music
    Make-up: Candice Leigh
    Wedding dress: Robyn Roberts Bridal Wear Studio
    Groom’s suit: Hilton Weiner
    Bride’s shoes: BHLDN Weddings
    Bride’s ring: Mirko Jewellery
    Groom’s ring: The groom’s ring was inherited from his dad.


  • Apoti and Zanele's wedding

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Admin

    Apoti and Zanele celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and it was such a beautiful, joyful celebration. From the touching outdoor ceremony to the elegant reception, every moment was filled with happiness.

    Vivid Blue Photography's images capture the spirit of the day, view more photos on Vivid Blue's website.

    SERVICE PROVIDERS

    VENUE: Val De Vie
    DECOR: Flowers in the Foyer
    VIDEO: FJS
    FURNITURE: Makiti hire
    STATIONERY: Secret Diary Design
    DJ: DJ Timo


  • The 2015 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley puts Cape Town on the map

    Posted on March 12, 2015 by Admin

    On a magnificent Cape Town summers day, guests of the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo donned their Polo best and stepped into a picture perfect world showcasing the best of Polo lifestyle. Val de Vie Estate, in the Paarl- Franschhoek valley provided an impressive setting for a day filled with couture, beautiful guests, exhilarating polo and perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

    This year’s event décor theme, designed to reflect Veuve Clicquot’s latest international ‘mail campaign’ which was inspired by the days when Madame Clicquot used to communicate with her suppliers, agents and acquaintances via traditional mail. Even in today’s fast-moving electronic world, there’s still nothing quite like getting a letter or package in the mail, and the event décor brought this theme beautifully to life, in a setting that felt more like a magical wonderland than an events space. The afternoon provided a welcome pause in our guests’ busy lives, to stop and connect in a beautiful setting with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces. Renowned creative director Warrick Gautier’s designs were inspired by iconic fashion photographers of the 70’s, where couture met the dark sultry streets of Paris. Hilton Weiner’s collection of custom made suits was inspired by the typical reckless rebel who “danced the night away” during the jazz age, with monochromatic, graphic lines and strong, powerful silhouettes making a statement. The thought provoking show also showcased some of the finest international models by the events, Model Agency, 3D. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Sponsor of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their two of their top international runway stylists flown out specially for the event.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as  Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. The luxury performance automobile manufacturer also chauffeur drove guests who arrived via helicopter from the Val de Vie Estate landing strip to the chic clubhouse. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    The MC for the day, Maps Maponyane, entertained and captivated guests with his style, charm and wit, while the Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    Veuve Clicquot believes in ‘letting life surprise you’, and VIP guests, celebrities and media were treated to perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label throughout the afternoon, before being surprised by an impromptu ‘Rosé toast’, where everyone toasted to Madame Clicquot, the pioneering force behind the house of Veuve Clicquot. Using a fun rose tinted megaphone to announce the occasion, Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne was paired with pink macaroons – the perfect afternoon ‘high-tea’ while the sun was setting behind the exquisite Simonsberg mountains in the background.

    The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine - the 2015 event’s Official Media Partner, event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY, Anina Malherbe-Lan, and Warrick Gautier, Creative Director of Jenni Button, were another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. Best Dressed Female of the day award went to acclaimed international actress and producer, Tarina Patel. Best Dressed Couple went to wine power couple Olive and Anthony Hamilton-Russell, while Best Dressed Male, went to to the ever-stylish Siv Ngesi – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away. Rikki’s taxis made sure that the guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley arrived at their homes safe and sound – the perfect ending to an incredible day.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

    www.vcmasterspolo.co.za

    #VCMastersPolo




  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a day away!

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by Admin

    The bright, energetic colour of Veuve Clicquot is on our minds and has taken over the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion. There is so much excitement and anticipation for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which is taking place tomorrow.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Directions

    Click here to view directions to Val de Vie.


  • White and cream corporate fashion

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Elsje Human

    When dressing for a corporate function you can't go wrong with a classic white and cream outfit. White on white is a fashion trend for 2015 which can be styled for all four seasons of the year, pair it with a pair of cream heels and you are ready for business.


  • Teams announced for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Admin

    The Polo teams for the anticipated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event taking place this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate have been announced. It will be an enticing 12 goal game with Veuve Clicquot taking on Julius Baer, but Shimmy Beach Club vs Nigus will be kicking off the polo for the day.

    Nigus:

    Doug Lund

    Jannie Steenkamp

    Johan Du Preez

    Prince Malik

    Shimmy Beach Club:

    Chris MacKenzie

    Guy Watson

    Chris Lund

    Nicky Van Der Walt

    Julius Baer:

    Tom Du Bruin

    Johan Du Plooy

    Adamu Atta

    Fernando Munos

    Veuve Clicquot:

    Leroux Hendriks

    Richie Pohl

    George Morgan

    Rupert Hackwill

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • What to wear to the Veuve Clicquot Maters Polo 2015

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by Admin

    Here is some last-minute fashion inspiration for the fifth Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which will be held at Val de Vie on 7 March.

    Men's fashion

    Women's fashion

    Avowed as one of Cape Town’s most anticipated annual events, Veuve Clicquot Champagne proudly announces the return of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2015. The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of audacious pleasure with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendor is set to take place in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley at South Africa’s first and only wine and polo estate – Val de Vie Estate, on Saturday 7 March 2014.

    Veuve Clicquot is internationally recognized for its long association with Polo and sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the UK’s Gold Cup, USA’s Manhattan Polo Classic and LA Polo Classic. Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town is now one of Cape Town’s most anticipated events and the only one of its kind on the African continent.

    Fashion aficionados can look forward to a carefully curated luxury experience as they gather on the scenic estate’s clubhouse terraces to marvel at models revealing chic summer outfits.

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    Now regarded as one of the most glamorous daytime events of the Cape Town season, guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, will no doubt take full advantage of the opportunity to step out in traditional polo style and create unforgettable fashion-forward moments.

    Guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are encouraged to don classic polo looks including sundresses for women and summer suits for men.

    To make transportation to and from the event as easy and safe as possible. Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Uber to provide transportation assistance. The general access parking area is a designated Uber drop-off and pick-up location, and all new users are eligible for R200 off their first ride by using the code: VCM2015.

    This year, Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town’s hottest venue, will host the After Party at Val de Vie from 7pm-12:00am.

    Tickets available online at Computicket www.computicket.com from 18 December 2014. For Group Bookings email vcm@vividluxury.co.za or 021 465 2312. Please visit www.vcmasterspolo.co.za for more information.

    ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT

    Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more information, please visit www.veuve-clicquot.com.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is around the corner!

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Maryke

    Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up soon and we are so excited! On Saturday 7 March the estate will host this highly anticipated event, which celebrates polo, fashion and luxury living.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Spectacular Yearling Sale at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Admin

    Bloodstock South Africa’s inaugural Yearling Sale at Val de Vie Estate was concluded on Sunday 22 February when 100 year-old thoroughbreds were offered for sale in front of an enthusiastic audience in the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion.

    This followed an exciting 4 goal game of polo that starred no less than South Africa’s reigning Champion thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Justin Snaith, who dashed from the saddle to join the other 230 invited guests enjoying a sumptuous luncheon before the auction commenced just after 14h15.

    Arguably the most spectacular setting for a thoroughbred auction in the world, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa is looking forward to expanding on the concept with the Val de Vie Events team – watch this space for more details! www.tba.co.za

    Peter Gibson, Director of Breed Affairs and PR

    All images by hamishNIVENPhotography. View more images on the Val de Vie Estate Facebook page.

    Read what the Sporting Post had to say about the day here.



  • Hold onto your hats! Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by Admin

    Whether it's a Panama, Fedora, fascinator, floppy hat or just a trusty sunhat, head wear is a must for any polo event. Here is collection of beautiful  inspiration for the Veuve Clicquot Garden ticket, which will be located on our sprawling grass lawns.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Bridal beauty

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Braids are still a hot hair trend in 2015, offering a unique way to style up-do's. Creative plaits can create a slightly boho style, or they can be soft and romantic. Whichever interpretation you opt for, this look is always beautifully feminine and chic.

    Incorporate fresh flowers or delicate accessories as a final touch.


  • Get your stomp on at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Here’s something to look forward to. Divot stomping is a half-time tradition where spectators enjoy a festive few minutes on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the pony's hooves. It is also a great time to mingle with the polo players and roam between luxury cars.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • So sumptuous! The picnic menu for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Feast your eyes on the picnic menu that will be available at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option, which includes a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to buy these mouthwatering items and to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    Tickets for the picnic cost R150.00 and are available at Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.

    The Menu

    Slider Duo
    R60
    Duo of mini chicken slider and mini beef slider

    Pulled Pork bun
    R65
    Buttery buns filled with shredded hoisin pork, coriander and cucumber pickle

    Buenas Nachos
    R60 vegetarian
    R75 with mince
    Taco chips topped with spicy tomato sauce, melted cheddar, chunky guacomole and sour cream

    Individually Plated Cheese Boards
    R90
    Individually plated artisan cheese boards with water biscuits, preserved figs, grapes and caramelised nuts

    Soft Serve Frozen Yoghurt
    R25
    Served in sugar cones

    Chocolate Drizzled Churros
    R25
    Light and crispy traditional Spanish doughnuts dusted in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate


  • Vera Wang gown at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on February 19, 2015 by Admin

    On Valentines day, Tracy and Colin said their I do's at Val de Vie Estate. Tracy wowed the guests when she arrived in an exceptional Vera Wang gown. She later changed into a Kobus Dippenaar dress for the first dance. Photographer Abri Kruger gave us a sneak peek. We can't wait to see the rest of the photos of this Full Coordination wedding by Val de Vie Events and to share it with you!


  • Corporate events at Val de Vie: Designed to impress

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Maryke

    Corporate events are no longer just parties; they are communication vehicles. A crucial part of this is having the right event design. This is the process of crafting environments and creating experiences to communicate an organisation’s business strategies.

    From business meetings and cocktail events to brainstorming and team building, your theme will set the tone. Here at Val de Vie we can design your event to have a consistent message across the board, right from the decor and menu to the entertainment and visuals.

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sweet tempatations: The candy station

    Posted on February 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Candy stations have been a trend at weddings for quite a while, but these versatile dessert options continue to be a popular choice for brides. Who can resist such a tempting array of treats? Guests can bring out their inner-child by indulging in their favourite sweets, either during or after the reception.


  • Stationery with style and sass

    Posted on February 14, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Buttons, ribbons and gems and intricately cut details are all the rage in wedding stationery. Couples can generate excitement for their celebration by wowing guests with dazzling invitations and save-the-dates. Wrap stationery in shimmery cellophane, box it in decorative paper, tie it up with ribbon, leather rope or baker's twine, stud it with crystals or adorn it with dried flowers.


  • Savour Veuve Clicquot Champagne with these elegant pairings

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is taking place on 7 March 2015, and we are so excited for this super chic event!

    Veuve Clicquot Champagne wines are fond of company. Character, complexity and aromatic intensity: each of these is the perfect companion to a great many dishes. And taste is an essential element in these encounters.

    A special celebration, an impromptu party with friends, or just for the pleasure of a flute of Veuve Clicquot… these moments deserve the very best. The food is delicate and the combination is perfect… According to your mood or imagination, depending on the ingredients and the amount of time you have, there are endless combinations: from the basic to the sophisticated recipe, or for a quick snack, eaten delicately with your fingers, without fuss and at your leisure.

    For each wine, Veuve Clicquot reveals the secrets of a perfectly suited, sparkling improvisation… True art de vivre!

    VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSÉ

    Veuve Clicquot was the first champagne house to commercialise rosé champagne in 1775 and, once again, takes centre stage this year to launch its first non-vintage rosé. This fresh
    young wine is now a fully-fledged member of the champagne world after having slowly matured in our cellars as well as in the minds of our winemakers.

    Our Veuve Clicquot Rosé is the end result of a desire to create a pink champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Péters, the cellarmaster, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot's essential values in terms of style.

    Key Ingredients

    Blini, cracker
    Duck
    Salmon
    Shrimps

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Smoked Duck Breast with Banana Jamaïcan Pepper on a Cocktail Stick
    Pink Grapefruit with Fried Shrimps with Vanilla on a Cocktail Stick
    Lime Infused Crabmeat w/ Red Pepper & Coriander
    Puff Pastry with Cheese
    Dried Apricot Stuffed with Foie Gras, Flaked Almonds
    Roast Goose with Herbs and Tagliatelles
    Half Roast wild Duck with Vegetables
    Fried Salmon Fillet on Vegetables with Sesame Seeds
    Linguine with Seafood

    BRUT YELLOW LABEL

    A champagne House is eventually judged on the quality of its Brut non vintage. It is in the making of such a wine that the true Art of Champagne blending reveals itself. This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. Our Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards we own and the consistent nature of our House style.

    The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.

    Key Ingredients

    Tuna
    Duck
    Shrimp
    Red Fruits

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Shrimp California Rolls wth Sesame Seeds
    Ahi Tuna Sashimi on Lemon Marinated Avocado w/Wasabi Aioli
    Camembert Cheese in Mini Walnut Bread
    Pastrami Tartar w/ Black Olive Tapinade
    Smoked Salmon & Herb Cream Cheese Tartlets

    RECIPE  SUGGESTIONS

    Duck with Griottes
    Salmon Tartare with Avocado and Pink Grapefruit

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Sporting Post takes a look at the upcoming Yearling Sale

    Posted on February 11, 2015 by Admin

    Sporting Post recently spoke to Ryk Neethling about Val de Vie Estate and wrote a fantastic article about our special part of the world. The article explores the superb quality of life that the estate offers its residents, and offers information on the upcoming Yearling Sale which takes place on Sunday, 22 February 2015.

    Here's just some of what they had to say:

    "While Val de Vie is known for its polo club, one gets the sense that it is an estate that happens to have a polo club, rather than a polo club that has an estate built around it. Ryk agrees. “Probably about 8% of the residents are polo players, but we’re not a polo estate any more than we are a wine or golf estate. The equestrian aspect fits in with the sense of space and country living that the estate is all about – and seeing horses out for morning exercise or polo practice is a lot nicer than golfers walking past your house all the time.” How refreshing not to hear marketing jargon from a marketing person!"

    View the full article here.


  • Pretty pastel perfection

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Maryke

    Bridesmaids dresses play a big role in reflecting your wedding's colour scheme. Pastel shades are  the first choice for many brides. These soft, romantic hues are not only elegant and beautiful, they also capture the mood of Spring and Summer.

    Think lilac, peach, mint, ivory, nude, champagne and pewter to name just a few. These soft and sweet shades are definitely top picks for outdoor weddings this year, so don’t be afraid to jump on board.


  • The new colour of Valentines Day: Beautiful burgundy

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Valentines Day is around the corner, so it's time to find a romantic treat for someone special (or even for yourself!). We love deep burgundy. It's a sexy, grown-up colour that speaks of romance. No wonder that it's hot trend in 2015!


  • Brush up your polo knowledge for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Admin

    Brush up your polo knowledge for the big match on 7 March!

    Polo is such a beautiful sport; it’s easy to enjoy the game without knowing the rules. Be the one with the knowledge at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo by reading the following rules.

    The Teams

    On a full sized grass field, each team has four people

    The Ground

    The ground is 300 yards long, 160 yards wide if boarded.

    Duration of the Play

    The full game is 8 chukkas, but more often 4 or 6 chukkas are played.

    Each chukka is timed to last 7 mins, then a bell is rung, but the game goes on until the ball goes out of play, or for another 30 secs when the bell is rung again, the chukka ends where the ball is.

    The clock is stopped between the umpire's whistle to stop the play and the whistle to start play (eg.ball out of play, foul etc.)

    There are intervals of 3 mins between chukkas and 5 mins at half time.

    Ends are changed at every goal scored – to allow for equal ground and weather conditions.

    Handicaps

    Each player is handicapped from -2 up to 10 goals (the top professional players).

    Ponies

    Players return to the field after each chukka with a fresh pony.

    Despite the term, polo ponies are in fact horses. Their main qualities are speed, agility and stamina.

    Players admit that the pony can account for up to 80% of the game.

    Fouls

    The most important rule is the Line of the Ball. 'Crossing the line' is the most frequent foul in polo. The line of the ball, namely the imaginary line along which the ball travels, represents a right of way for the player following nearest that line.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • News24 chats about the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 9, 2015 by Admin

    Check out News24 to see Ryk Neethling discuss the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters, which will take place on 7 March 2015 at Val de Vie. Polo is experiencing increasing popularity in the Western Cape and this exciting day is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • Joshua's beautiful first birthday party at The Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by Admin

    Here some gorgeous photos of baby Joshua's first birthday party, held at Val de Vie on the terrace of The Polo Club Restaurant. Inecke Photography beautifully captured the celebration, which had a delightful nautical theme. Happy birthday, Joshua!









  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Fashion Inspiration for the ladies

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by Admin

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is for the champagne lovers, polo lovers and definitely the fashion lovers. We have selected three 2015 fashion trends that can serve as inspiration for your outfit at this glamorous event.

    Fringing

    These swinging tassels can be incorporated to any part of your outfit and will certainly add the extra detail to boost you into the best dressed final.

    All white

    White on white remains at the top of the trends list. New styling tricks include mixing textures, layering multiple pieces, and teaming various shades.

    Crop top

    There are many ways to style this look and when done right, the crop top can look chic and sophisticated without bearing too much.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • Add a special touch with chic corporate gifts

    Posted on February 5, 2015 by Elsje Human

    A luxury gift adds a personal touch to any corporate event. Presenting corporate gifts to your business associates or clients creates a good impression and leaves them with a memorable keepsake from the event. Small details that take a little extra effort are always appreciated and there are so many great ideas: imported cigars, a fine whiskey, elegant stationery or even an iPhone engraving station.

    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 about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • A wedding for all seasons

    Posted on February 3, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    One of the first things to consider when styling your wedding is the seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn each have their own appeal, and offer distinctly different moods and themes. Look to nature for decor ideas and celebrate each season for what it offers.

    Autumn

    Golden hues dominate this beautiful season and mustard is a hot colour this year. Dried flowers and wreaths are great as decor items.

    Winter

    Don't let the cold creep in and opt for a rich, warm palette. Luxurious creams and deep brown make a winning combination. We love the creative use of pine cones and dried seed pods.

    Spring

    Fresh shades of green, an abundance of flowers and a new lease on life make this the most romantic of seasons. Get creative with lush foliage and budding blooms.


  • Love is in the air

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Maryke

    February is the month of love! At Val de Vie Events we are looking forward to Valentines Day on the 14th. It's the day that all girls (and guys) enjoy being spoilt and appreciated by their loved ones. From teddy bears and flowers to dinner reservations and sun downers, many of us will be digging into our pockets to spoil someone special.

    Want to do some heartfelt and unique? Check out these cute ideas for DIY Valentines cards or learn how to make a heart-shaped cake.


  • Get ready for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Admin

    Next month the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo will be taking place at Val de Vie Estate on 7 March 2015.

    The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of pleasure, complete with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    In 2015, three ticket options have been made available. Polo-goers have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150.00, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. A food station will also be available, giving you an option to choose what you would like to enjoy for lunch. The exact vendors will be introduced on the blog before the event.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option.

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • The Market at Val de Vie has everyone talking

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Admin

    The Market at Val de Vie has become a popular family event, offering some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere. To top it off, live music and an exciting polo match add to the fun.

    We have been delighted to read two recent reviews of the Market. Traveller24 visited the market and had this to say about the event:

    "Market fare includes home-made, hot-water-pastry pies, the kind your grandmother used to make, delicious raw juices and warm waffles. Music fills the air as you sit back with a glass of bubbly and enjoy watching polo. "

    Read the full article on Traveller24.

    Candace Whitehead from iafrica.com also paid a visit:

    "Imagine my surprise when we reached the market to the sounds of folk music and dozens of children running along the edge of the polo field. The market – which I'd already decided was going to be ridiculously overpriced (yes, I know I'm judgemental, I'm fully aware of this flaw) in fact offered a range of wonderful, affordable products – from clothing to cookery..."

    Read the full article on iafrica.com.

    To find out more about the market, please visit our website.

    Image courtesy of Traveller24


  • Spring wedding dresses

    Posted on January 26, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Whatever your style may be, spring 2015 is your time to shine at your wedding! There are so many stunning trends to look forward to: bohemian, long lace sleeves, high and dramatic necklines, crop tops, airy ball gowns, the Angelina slit, sexy backs, deep V-necks and off-the-shoulder. Draw on these inspiring looks to create your own unique style.


  • Unique pops of colours

    Posted on January 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Soritha, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at adding some pops of colour to your big day.

    "When paging through you wedding album after your big day, it might seem as if too many of the photos are in black and white, and lack a bit of liveliness. It might be time to think about straying from tradition and adding a little colour to the white wedding. Including  vibrant shades into your decor or accessories will make a fun, happy statement and add an memorable element to your wedding photos."


  • Be bold and bejeweled in 2015

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Gorgeous jewels in all shapes and sizes are big news in 2015. Don't be shy to adorn your outfit with bold pieces that are sure to get attention. Semi-precious stones are all the rage and look sensational when paired with gold.


  • Let’s talk business: Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 21, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at what makes a corporate event special.

    "It's so important for corporate events to be sophisticated and memorable. After all, they are a representation of your brand and what it stands for.

    The first step to a successful corporate event is to make each guest feel welcome and special. The function is a celebration of everyone's hard work and shows appreciation for the company.

    A great way to do this is choosing the right entertainment. This will help set the mood of your event and treat your guests to something interesting and enjoyable. There are so many brilliant ideas available: classical and jazz musicians, traditional African entertainment, presenters, show bands and artists, comedians, idols, novelty acts, cabaret acts, DJs and many more. Our favourite? A sensational polo match on our lush fields, with riders sporting your corporate colours.

    Food at corporate functions is also so important. Great dishes and drinks are always a delight and will be long remembered after an event. Offer your guests a tempting selection of wine, fun cocktails or even good whiskey. From light finger food to elegant four course dinners, there are a dozen ways satisfy your guests' appetites."

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Jan and Christi's Wedding

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    Jan and Christi's beautiful Val de Vie wedding was a real joy to behold: a perfect celebration of love with plenty of sunshine, smiles and gorgeous details.

    Bernard Bravenboer captured the day on camera and you can view more photos on his Facebook page.


  • Rebecca and Rig's gorgeous wedding in Vogue Sposa

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    We are thrilled to see the wedding of Rebecca and Rig in Vogue Sposa, one of the most prestigious wedding magazines in the world. The couple celebrated their special day on 10 October at Val de Vie, with photos taken by photographer Jules.


  • Go crazy for colour

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Start the new year with a burst of beautiful colours and creativity! All the shades of the rainbow combine to form a fun and playful palette that will put a smile on anyone's face.

    Candy colours, quirky treats and bold floral arrangements will add a festive element to any celebration. Go wild this year with your wedding planning: be don't be scared to play with a broad palette and experiment with unusual colour combinations. The joy of this look is its spontaneity and friendliness, so indulge your love for all that is happy and bright.


  • The prettiest pastels for Spring celebrations

    Posted on January 19, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at the hottest trends for Spring weddings.

    "The biggest Spring wedding trend in 2015 is definitely pretty pastel shades. Many brides have their eye on this palette. After all, having your wedding in Spring time allows you to use joyful bursts of colour, imparting a cheerful radiance to rehearsal dinners, casual receptions or romantic ceremonies. Spring weddings are full of flowers, but sometimes the smallest arrangements can make the biggest impact. A spring wedding is always a happy wedding!"


  • Planning perfection with Val de Vie Events

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Admin

    Alan Lakin once said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” This is the essence of why planning ahead matters. Because we live in such a fast-paced world where everything is changing so quickly, many may feel that planning ahead won’t generally work.

    Our experienced events team here at Val de Vie believe that planning ahead will help us to execute our projects, reach our goals and fulfill our vision. For our corporate events we specialize in bespoke packages that are tailored to your needs. With the spectacular Polo Pavilion as the ideal venue for functions, product launches or conferences, we will ensure that every element of your event is flawlessly executed.


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie on 25 January 2015

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Admin

    Our popular market is back on 25 January 2015 with a host of lovely things to expect:

    - Polo match starting at 10:00
    - Gerald Clark performing
    - BMW car display
    - Fun inflatable kids entertainment
    - Decor and fashion shopping
    - Delicious food
    - Pongracz MCC and Val de Vie wines

    See you there!


  • Imraan & Teneal's Wedding

    Posted on January 13, 2015 by Admin

    The amazingly talented Ryan Graham has released a few stunning shots of Imraan and Teneal's Val de Vie wedding. We are blown away and can't wait to see more!










  • Light up the sky

    Posted on January 13, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern Soritha takes a look at the versatility of paper lanterns:

    Romance, elegance, magic, or bright and funky fun can be created with the use of paper lanterns at a wedding. Paper lanterns are suited for both indoor and outdoor venues, depending on the type. They are also popular additions to wedding marquees.

    Before choosing paper lanterns for your wedding, you should decide on the size, shape, color, and the type of light you want.

    Paper lanterns come in a rainbow of vibrant colors to suit your own wedding colors. There is no end to the mix and matching opportunities for your reception: string them up along the beach, or hang them from a tree in a garden wedding. Add your own lights to create a gorgeous glow. With a little time and creativity, you can find the perfect paper lanterns for your special day.


  • Marsala: The magnificent colour of 2015

    Posted on January 12, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Marsala is the rich, elegant Pantone colour of 2015. This bold  colour is beautifully full and sumptuous. As Pantone puts it:

    "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors."

    We think it looks particularly great when paired with muted grey tones that bring out the best in this colour.

    Get more inspiration on the Pantone website.


  • Add an exceptional touch to your event

    Posted on January 8, 2015 by Admin

    Today Val de Vie Events intern Soritha takes a look at including polo in your event:

    Looking for a unique and memorable way to entertain your guests? Keep your them captivated for 45 minutes with an action-packed polo game. While they enjoy the spectacle, the newlyweds have plenty of time for wedding photos on the estate. A polo game has a true sense of tradition and adds an exciting sense of occasion to your event.

    Val de Vie Estate is the only residential estate in Africa that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a private polo game during your wedding or function. Our team will be delighted to make this noble sport part of your celebration.


  • That special moment

    Posted on December 28, 2014 by Admin


  • It's all black and white

    Posted on December 27, 2014 by Admin

    It's nearly time for a new year and people around the world are planning their resolutions and goals for 2015. Our philosophy? Keep it simple!Simpler living is the key to a content and healthy life.

    Find balance in 2015 by cutting the clutter and focusing on the things that really matter. We love this list by Zen Habits, which is all about maintaining a happy, peaceful and organised lifestyle. For once, things are in black and white.


  • Picture-perfect prints and patterns

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by Admin

    If you go into any trendy fashion or decor store, chances are you'll see the latest craze for prints and patterns. We love this trend, which offers a great way to jazz up your look with bursts of colours and shapes. Opt for traditional African-inspired designs, or go modern with geometric prints.

    Whatever you do, don't over-clutter the look. One accent piece is enough to pull off this eye-catching style.


  • Excited about 2015!

    Posted on December 20, 2014 by Admin

    2015 is just around the corner and we think that the new year is going to be amazing! Great colour and design trends on the horizon, so the Val de Vie Events team has a feeling that 2015 will be the BEST YEAR YET! Believe it!


  • Festive fun

    Posted on December 19, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Here in sunny South Africa we are used to celebrating Christmas in the summer heat, so why not have a decor scheme that matches the beautiful weather? Bright shades of pink, orange and yellow are a festive, cheerful combination. We love this happy look which will make all your guests smile and get into the Christmas spirit.


  • The creative talent of Jean-Pierre Uys

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Admin

    We are delighted to be mentioned on the beautiful new website of Jean-Pierre Uys, a truly talented South African photographer who is now based in New York.

    Jean-Pierre has beautifully captured our Estate on camera in the past and now you too can have him as your photographer - he is back in South Africa between 25 March and 12 April 2015 and available to shoot your wedding. Visit his website for contact details.


  • Beachy bliss

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Elsje Human

    South Africa boasts a long, beautiful coastline, so it's no wonder that many brides dream of a serene beach wedding. The ocean is home to so much natural beauty, making it easy to find inspiration. Shells, crisp shades of white and floaty fabrics are all elements we love, helping to create a relaxed, beachy style that your guests will love.


  • Seasons greetings from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Admin


  • The Western Province Triathlon Championships 2014

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Admin

    The Western Province Triathlon Champs took place at Val de Vie on 7 December. We were thrilled to host this event and would like congratulate all who took part.

    A special thanks to Chris Hitchcock for all the beautiful photos. View more at photosport.co.za or at Brett Nattrass Photography.

    Click here to see the results from the day.


  • Lucky numbers

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Admin

    Today Val de Vie Events intern Soritha discusses how table numbers have become a major component of wedding decor.

    Table number cards are an essential element in a wedding reception. In addition to centrepieces, place-settings, floral arrangements and other table décor, table numbers have become décor pieces in their own right. Apart from having a practical décor function, they offer brides the opportunity to be creative. From twine and wire to chalkboards and books, there are so many charming DIY ideas for your big day.


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2014: The video

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    The Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom set the stage for the polo season in stylish affair that is only to be expected by Val de Vie Estate. Here's a video that showcases how enjoyable the event was, we can't wait for next year!


  • The new black tie

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Let black tie take on new life with slick, modern styling. Sharp tailoring, sexy lighting and contemporary dining add a dashing new element to a formal event. Don't be scared to be edgy and innovate - it'll leave an impression and make the occasion really stand out.


  • Val de Vie Events gives great advice in the Wedding Album

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by Admin

    Simone de Wet, the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, recently gave some invaluable wedding planning advice in the Wedding Album. Be sure to get your copy and enjoy her amazing tips!


  • Framing the experience

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by Admin

    Today Events Intern Soritha chats about the versatility of frames in wedding decor:

    Forget about the old traditional function of a photo frame! Be inspired by some of our fun and exciting DIY ideas and start creating your own table numbers, menu cards and invitations out of frames. They also work well as a creative photo booth accessory.


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

    Posted on December 5, 2014 by Admin

    Be sure to come to the final Market at Val de Vie this Sunday! Expect plenty of fun family activities, live polo, delicious foods, beautiful goodies for sale and lots of sunshine. The WP Triathlon Champs will also be taking place and adding to the excitement.


  • Get creative at Corporate Events

    Posted on December 2, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Corporate events are the ideal opportunity to impress your guests and clients with something original and memorable.

    A recent events at Val de Vie saw quirky hats being used as props for a photobooth, offering a lighthearted and fun angle to the occasion. Each guest also received an elegant book about polo and wine; the perfect way to remind them of an enjoyable day at the estate.


  • Dreaming of a gold Christmas

    Posted on December 1, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Christmas is coming so it's time to adorn your home with some festive touches. All around the world people are putting up Christmas trees, filling up their advent calendars or sending cards to loved ones.

    Red and green are popular traditional colours for this season, but we're loving the trend for black and gold. It's a very sophisticated and grown-up take on Christmas decor. Gold adds a fun feeling of sparkle and celebration, while black brings in a sense of elegance.


  • The Market at Val de Vie makes news again

    Posted on November 26, 2014 by Admin

    Indwe (SA Express) Magazine recently featured the Market at Val de Vie, highlighting what a lovely occasion it is for all who attend. The market offers a delightful mix of fine foods, beautiful goods and entertainment, with gorgeous countryside scenery perfecting the atmosphere.

    Don't miss the next market which takes place on 7 December 2014.


  • The polo-inspired office

    Posted on November 25, 2014 by Admin

    Events intern Maryke Hennop takes a look at polo-inspired office decor:

    "Every business man or woman needs an elegant office space to get their work done. For those working at Val de Vie  Estate, a polo-inspired office space is the way to go. This chic style fits in perfectly with Val de Vie's ambiance. You too can incorporate the polo look into your office: dark leather, equestrian-related accessories, crisp linen and classic furniture styles combine beautifully to complete the theme."


  • It's cocktail party time!

    Posted on November 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    A classic cocktail party is always a popular way to celebrate the end of the year. It's the perfect opportunity to socialise, mingle and relax while enjoying a drink or two.

    Serve several different types of hors d'oeuvres to treat guests to a variety of flavours. We also like to offer a mix of cocktails to add some fun - imagine a mimosa station where guests can create their own combinations.

    Val de Vie is a stunning setting for your corporate cocktail function, contact us at events@valdevie.co.za for more information about what we can do for you.


  • Classic perfection

    Posted on November 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

    The definition of classic in something which is "judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind."

    Certain styles certainly fulfill these criteria and create a timeless, classic look for your wedding. A perfectly tailored suit, real French lace, crystal glassware and crisp white always look gorgeous and classy.


  • Natural beauty

    Posted on November 20, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Sometimes the most simple things can be the most beautiful. We love this clean, natural look that celebrates the beauty in basics: a twig of rosemary becomes an embellishment, a simple olive branch becomes table decor, a plain ribbon and leaf become stunning cake decorations.

    This style is elegant, timeless and budget-friendly, what's not to adore?


  • Premier Magazine showcases the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on November 18, 2014 by Admin

    Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie boasts  some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Premier Magazine recently featured the market in its pages, be sure to read the full overview here.

    Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible food 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 accross 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 while enjoying a glass of 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 about the market, please email events@valdevie.co.za.

    MARKET DATES

    The Market at Val de Vie is held between 10AM and 3PM.

    • 7 December 2014 – Sunday Christmas Market with Polo
    • 25 January 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo
    • 29 March 2015 - Sunday Market with Polo

    • Discover the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on November 14, 2014 by Admin

      The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday. It's a must-attend event that offers something for the whole family. Tshepang Molisana takes a look at what it's all about:

      “There are few things that are more enjoyable in life than good wine, good food and good wine and conversation,” Peter Finlayson conspired a few weeks ago.

      Although we were seated at a table of friends convened by Janie van der Spuy on a Tuesday afternoon in Kloof Street, those sentiments are just as compelling on a Sunday afternoon in Paarl.

      On November 16, the Val de Vie Market makes its monthly return. Few things are more enjoyable than Sunday afternoons in the company of good friends, while enjoying good food and wine – and often a spot of Sunday morning Polo at the Val de Vie Market.

      It’s the comfort of knowing that the jumping castle, pony rides and face painting is only a few steps away from the rest of the family’s restful pleasure.

      Local artisans, craftspeople and wine and food enthusiasts converge on the Polo Pavilion. Whether one enjoys a PIMMS Cocktail – prepared with flair by the POLO CLUB Restaurant and Bar, or puts a of Pongracz Brut Rose NV on ice, the view is always incredibly nice.

      The Simonsberg Mountain Range provides a perfect backdrop to the polo fields. Often, the ‘Say Cheese’ artisan cheeses from the Karoo are not the only reason to smile and take a photo. The polo pavillion’s picturesque backdrop lends itself to a beautiful outdoor shopping experience. Clothing and accessories from love.try.buy and other traders are as contemporary and made with love as the heart shaped bread boards from The Vineyard Collection.

      The Market is an invitation to relax while enjoying good music as the week draws to a close. Often it’s the chilled bottles of Val de Vie Sauvignon Blanc that signal the height of a Sunday at the Val de Vie Market.

      Because it isn’t a conspiracy, it’s a delicious and undeniable fact – there are food things that are more enjoyable than good food, good wine and good conversation.


    • Chanel and Garth's wedding

      Posted on November 13, 2014 by Admin

      Chanel and Garth held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie Estate. The day was a true celebration of love and happiness, and we just love Chanel's dress by Magda Grove. Wishing the newlyweds much joy in their lives together!

      Photography by Cheryl McEwan.


    • Rose gold romance

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke Hennop takes a look at rose gold, a hot trend for this season:

      "This year is all about the emergence of rose gold. It's not just as an accent colour, but also a great option for wedding jewelry. I’m already a huge fan of rose gold jewelry and this year more brides will be choosing this pretty and flattering shade for their wedding and engagement rings. It's something a little different."


    • Bringing life into corporate functions

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Events intern Soritha takes a look at jazzing up your corporate event:

      Tired of following the same old fashioned corporate event logistics? Why not incorporate some amazing entertainment aspects into your event? This is guaranteed to make it more memorable and something that your clients will be speaking about long after.

      There are so many brilliant ideas available: classical and jazz musicians, traditional African entertainment, presenters, show bands and artists, comedians, idols, novelty acts, cabaret acts, DJs and many more. Our favourite? A sensational polo match on our lush fields, with riders sporting your corporate colours.


    • Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding video

      Posted on November 10, 2014 by Admin

      Julian and Jean-Mari wedding preview, Val de Vie Paarl - 23 August 2014 from Boland Weddings on Vimeo.

      Here's the preview video of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding that was held at Val de Vie. Filmed by Boland Weddings, it's a gorgeous portrayal of the day.


    • Suzanne and Simon's wedding

      Posted on November 10, 2014 by Admin

      Suzanne and Simon celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in September and it was a real pleasure to host this special couple.

      Here's what Simon had to say about the stunning day in the latest issue of Grapevine magazine:

      “As the cliche goes: "it was the best day of our lives." For not one second did it fall any bit short of that. The guests came from near and far to a picturesque Val de Vie Estate in Paarl to celebrate a very special day. The guests were seated by Matt Mills, our minister, as everyone one waited in anticipation before they saw the most beautiful looking bride you can imagine. Our closest friends, our beautiful bridesmaids and handsome groomsmen accompanied us as we stood next to one another at the altar. Matt gave a moving and very real ceremony illustrating the importance of appreciation and commitment.

      As high school sweethearts we said our vows under a flawless blue sky and a gentle breeze. The deep and meaningful vows were solidified with a kiss and the King and Botha family were joined. Friends and family scattered the green lawns and there wasn't a face left grin-less or a champagne glass left empty! The night saw a jam packed dance floor with endless trays of delectable milk tart shooters and midnight snacks. It was definitely a night to remember.

      the love shared between the two of us is something which is almost impossible to sum up in words. From the very young age of 15, we have grown, lived, dreamt and loved together. It is the exceptional bond, enthusiasm for life,laughter as well as mutual value of family and friends that blessed us to join our hearts and lives. we closed the ceremony with " as i give you my hand to hold, so i give you my life to keep" and it is with these words vows that we have now stepped into our journey of married life. forever.

      Special thanks to Val de Vie Events for the seamless coordination, Nico Laubscher for the beautiful decor, Gemma Eyre for the make-up, Kobus Dippenaar for the exquisite wedding dress and to the super talented Claire Thomson for capturing all the treasured moments.”


    • Appreciation for Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on November 7, 2014 by Admin

      Here is some fantastic feedback about Cintron Pink Polo 2014, compiled by  Tshepang Molisana.

      Elton Holland (Founder and Director of the Ikon Property Group):

      If this helps to raise funds for a good cause then you can have faith that these women have our full support

      Nhlanhla Ngwenya:

      It’s always amazing when events and the media raise awareness about Breast Cancer, it’s so important to get people talking, you never know who hears these messages and whose lives are positively impacted

      Sianna Ari Wu and Craig McBek:

      Sianna’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. The reality is that the recovery process takes many years, even once your health recovers, after you lose your hair and your body changes, it takes so much to recover your self-esteem. It’s so important to be able to rely on the support of your family and your loved ones, and that we raise awareness for both men and women in all societies, in order to create better networks of support.

      Jerry Mperdempes (Ikon Property Group Commercial Property Broker):

      My mother in law had breast cancer, and she gave it horns! She had such a great attitude, it was such an inspiration. When something like this happens to you – as these things do – it’s important to be courageous and to continue to be brave.

      Oscar Foulkes:

      It’s amazing to be part of an initiative that does such good.

      Dr. Susanne Reuther (Director of the Wings Group of Companies, KitchenAid):

      My grandmother died after a long battle with breast cancer and my best friend battled breast cancer for three years and survived. Medicine has changed so much – and that’s why I’m so happy to be here and to help raise awareness. Being diagnosed with breast cancer does not necessarily always result in death, nor does it only affect older women. It’s important for all women to get checked and to take care of their health, if we raise awareness, there are so many women who can be aware of the tell-tell signs in time and live.

      Natasha Mabuto:

      I’m young, I’ve never had Breast Cancer, nor has anyone that I know had it, so it’s difficult for me to relate. But I can relate to difficulty, and we can all relate to ill-health and suffering, so it’s necessary to extend empathy and help where we can.

      Kofi Quist:

      I’m from Ghana and it’s wonderful to be here at Val de Vie supporting the strong women who fight breast cancer. Women are strong!

      Tammy Cameron:

      I have a friend who was diagnosed at 30 – Breast Cancer affects even the very young, and this is something that people should all be aware of. It’s important to take care of your breast health and get checked and not to give up, stay strong. I know quite a few people, we’re even hosting a fundraiser for a colleague at the end of the month. It affects so many people, you cannot comprehend the immensity and seriousness of the disease.

      Denzil Jacobs:

      Breast cancer has affected friends of mine. It’s so important to celebrate these women and to embrace their families, who are part of each step along these journeys, for me, this is the key word – ‘family’.

      Aubrey (@DinnerwithAubs):

      We need to remember that people have triumphed – which is difficult to do when something like this is happening to you. And this is such a personal thing, but what we need to remember is to support one another, that’s what we need – ‘support’.

      Andre Lammers:

      Val de Vie is such a beautiful location and Breast Cancer is such an important cause – I’m so glad to be here, I’ve had family who have died from cancer and I realised that the most important thing is to have the support of your loved ones. Hold onto one another and support one another, because life is such a gift.

      Lucas Adams:

      My father had cancer, all I can say is it’s challenging and all you can do is support people.

      Robert Tena Jnr.:

      It’s quite a scary experience, I can imagine, as a woman when this happens to you. But all people have experienced loss or pain in some way, we all have that in common. So we should do what we can to help and support one another.

      Joelle Kayembe:

      My sister and I participate in a Breast Cancer Awareness run in London every year, and I was sad that we couldn’t make it this year, so when I was asked to participate in the Jenni Button Fashion Show at the Cintron Pink Polo I was so grateful for the opportunity. I think it’s so important to keep the conversation going every year, to raise awareness for women’s health issues and to do what we can, whenever we can. This is a disease that affects all women and it’s beautiful that we create this network of support.

      Emmanuelle Favre-Felix (Marketing and Communications, Julius Baer Foundation):

      Breast Cancer means a lot to me – my grandmother had breast cancer. Prevention is the cure, in my eyes, I encourage all women to take care of their health and get checked, especially once you turn thirty, take care of yourself.

      Marie Chin (Sporting Horse Magazine):

      I personally get checked every year. It’s always wonderful to be at Val de Vie, but today is special because we’re raising awareness, and that’s an important thing to do.

      Julia Rixon:

      My son, Kevin, is playing in the tournament today, and we’re so proud. I’m selecting the best pony today, and we all love to be involved, it’s wonderful. I love this event (the Cintron Pink Polo) because it gives people hope. I’ve been working at St Luke’s Hospice for many years and it is obviously so difficult to be with people at the end-stage of their lives. People are so courageous and amazing and it really is so important to remember that these days Breast Cancer is not the end, there can be hope. The facilities are amazing, and I want everyone to remember to be courageous, and to have hope.


    • The Market at Val de Vie brings family fun

      Posted on November 6, 2014 by Admin


    • The perfect wedding

      Posted on November 4, 2014 by Admin

      This month Val de Vie is preparing its brides and grooms to leave with unforgettable memories. “Perfect” is the word in every brides vocabulary when it comes their wedding day, and that is exactly what Val de Vie offers: a perfect wedding.

      Each wedding is planned with passion and vision, so that each couple's special day is the beginning of their happily ever after.

      By Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique.


    • The Cintron Pink Polo Powered by Vodacom kicks off the Polo Season in Style at Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on October 30, 2014 by Admin

      Pretty pastels and a medley of pink shades were the order of the day this past Saturday, as local and international guests attended the fifth annual Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom - one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and Polo Calendar – at the famed Val de Vie Estate. Guests of this annual equestrian fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), fittingly during breast cancer awareness month, enjoyed a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up to the minute fashion, and mouthwatering Cintron cocktails on the lawns of this country’s only Wine & Polo Estate.

      Funds raised by the Cintron Pink Polo, which is brought to you by Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited, will be used to assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease. CANSA plans to set up mobile breast checks from 6 - 13 November in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington and encourage women to get themselves tested. They also provide free transportation for patients that need to go to the clinics and hospitals for checkups, treatments and follow up appointments. Funds will also be utilized to purchase temporary breast-prosthesis for women who had a mastectomy.

      Cancer fighter Rachelle Barioli, winner of the Cintron Pink Polo VIP experience competition in association with KFM, enjoyed a VIP experience and was hosted by the Marketing Director of Val de Vie, Ryk Neethling and event organizer Edith Venter. Rachelle and her husband were treated to a VIP experience that included a chauffeured drive with Aston Martin and a make-up session with Sisley.  Rachelle also enjoyed front row seats to the Jenni Button fashion show and was given the opportunity to open the polo game.

      Polo, considered the sport of kings, had all eyes fixed on the game played on the day. The two polo team sponsors, Cintron and Gaggenau, put on a world-class polo match forward, featuring Springbok players Tom de Bruin and Le Roux Hendriks. During the half time break in the polo match, everyone was invited to stomp the divots and enjoy the Aston Martin motor show on the field. Team Cintron walked away with the trophy with a riveting 6 -5 score

      Guest’s celebrated the start of the polo season with Cintron the event’s headline sponsor, and Vodacom, joined by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, as the official banking partner. Gaggenau was the event’s sub sponsor for the third year running.

      With notable celebrities and VIPs in attendance such as Melinda Bam, Ayanda Tini, Amy Kleinhans-Kurd, Kia Johnson, Tracy Lange, and Natalie Becker amongst others, guests were treated to an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Pongracz MCC, Val de Vie Wines and gourmet canapés.

      Aston Martin was the official vehicle partner at this year’s event. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, this luxury British car manufacturer stole the show with their bestial looking cars parked side by side.

      Jenni Button, the official fashion partner for the day showcased their latest ready to wear designs in the official fashion show, on the polo fields. Jenni Button is designed for an international woman who demands quality, style and sex appeal.

      Keeping everyone updated on social media, South Africa’s leading network Vodacom was there encouraging guest to upload their selfies and tweet their pictures to #Cintronpinkpolo and #VodacomCPP.

      Drawing inspiration from the fashion element of the polo Elle magazine awarded prizes to the Best Dressed at the end of the afternoon.

      Sisley and GHD kept guests of the event beautified all day long. With touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists and hair stylists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Also featured next to the beauty stations was a Polo World pop up store full of polo gear for all the polo lovers. Guests mingled well beyond sunset in what was considered the best Pink Polo event yet.


    • Thank you for making Cintron Pink Polo 2014 a success

      Posted on October 27, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie would like to thank all who attended  Cintron Pink Polo on Saturday. The event was a spectacular success and helped to raise awareness about breast cancer, while also treating guests to polo, pampering treats and a beautiful day in the countryside.

      Here are some shots from the day, which we are so thrilled to have been a part of.





    • Willa and Bronson's Spring wedding

      Posted on October 20, 2014 by Admin

      Here's a flashback to the gorgeous Springtime wedding of Willa and Bronson. With so many fresh, beautiful flowers in bloom at Val de Vie, we really love this time of year.

      Video by FJS Productions.


    • KFM's amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition

      Posted on October 20, 2014 by Admin

      We are so happy for the winner of an amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition held by KFM! Cancer fighter Rochelle has won a day of pampering at Cintron Pink Polo next weekend and we salute her amazing attitude of positivity.

      After being collected by Aston Martin, Rochelle will have her hair and make-up done by a professional team. After that, it's time to meet Ryk Neethling, drive with the head sponsor onto the polo field where the polo match will be opened. Later she will have photos taken with the winning team and the chance to meet springbok polo players and much more.

      Congrats Rochelle and we wish you much health and happiness.

      Listen to the inteview here!


    • Cintron extends the Pink Polo sponsorship by releasing App that supports cancer awareness

      Posted on October 16, 2014 by Admin

      Cintron to donate R10 for every Pink Selfie submitted by App!

      Cintron World, an international beverage company with a line of flavored energy drinks called Cintron Premium Energy, is excited to announce it is launching a new mobile App called CintronSelfie. As a company, Cintron World prides itself on finding new and innovative ways to build its brands, reach its customers and drive its sales. Cintron World also believes in social responsibility and giving back to the communities where its products are marketed. Cintron is extending its commitment during the Pink Polo Event to support breast cancer awareness with an App that generates donations to The Cancer Association of South Africa.

      CintronSelfie will first be launched in South Africa on October 25th, where Cintron World is the headline sponsor of the prestigious polo event, “Cintron Pink Polo.” Cintron World has established a strategic relationship with the luxurious Val de Vie Estate, where the polo event is taking place. This annual event, in its 5th year, raises funds for The Cancer Association of South Africa in awareness for breast cancer. Funds raised by Cintron Pink Polo will be used to assist women throughout South Africa with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease.

      After downloading the CintronSelfie App via www.CintronSelfie.com, supporters can take a Pink Selfie with their favorite Cintron flavored drink, hashtag it #CintronPinkPolo and upload it to the Cintron World Facebook page. Each Cintron fan that uploads a picture enters to win the Cintron Pink Selfie Contest, and the winner will receive a spa treat at the Twelve Apostles and R5000. In addition, for each Pink Selfie uploaded, Cintron will donate R10 to the Cancer Association of South Africa. The CintronSelfie App is an innovative way to create a win-win for all: enjoy Cintron Pink Polo, take a Cintron Pink Selfie, stand a chance to win a Spa Treat, and fight breast cancer.

      Cintron World is more than just a beverage company; it’s a lifestyle. This is why Cintron is excited to be the headline sponsor of Pink Polo and launch the CintronSelfie App.

      Buy tickets!

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      CintronSelfie Ts&Cs

      No Purchase Necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Standard text messaging rates may apply. For more info and official rules, visit www.cintronselfie.com



    • Spring into trend this season

      Posted on October 16, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Sonique chats about trends this Spring:

      "Spring trend is all about pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful and happy balance.

      Say goodbye to minimalism. This spring, colour and embellishment will rule."


    • Gaggenau: Uncompromising, Extraordinary and Authentic

      Posted on October 14, 2014 by Admin

      We are proud to have Gaggenau on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo 2014. Gaggenau is second to none and rewards its customers with real superiority through extraordinary performance and uncompromising attitude.

      About Gaggenau

      Uncompromising – We develop professional-grade household appliances that exceed even the highest expectations. With our household appliances, you can be rest assured you have exactly what you need for a professional cooking experience.

      Extraordinary – Our driving force is extraordinary performance and when you address true connoisseurs as we do, extraordinary performance is crucial. Our appliances are built with considerable reserves, so there is no danger of pushing them beyond their limits. We’ve developed the skill of turning valuable ingredients into valuable moments.

      Authentic – Only by using pure, authentic materials can we embody the authentic Gaggenau style. This means upholding our manufacturing traditions, even when it comes to new innovations. It is these materials that make our exclusivity tangible and original.

      Buy tickets!

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Worry less, care more and have faith this October

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Sonique chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

      “When we embrace uncertainty, it can be very liberating. If you can accept the uncertainty, it allows you to live life every day."

      Supporting and donating to breast cancer organisations will help to save a life! Breast cancer survivors are the people we should look up to. They had to fight a battle they did not choose and survived it.

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we encourage you to show your support by attending our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event. Held on 25 October 2014,this fabulous day of fashion, polo and indulgence helps to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • The acclaimed couture of Jenni Button

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Jenni Button is synonymous for power suiting and acclaimed couture, and continues to celebrate women. Producing four Ready-to-Wear and Couture Collections a year, with 12 stores countrywide and a couture studio – Jenni Button epitomizes the essential feminine and powerful women of South Africa.

      Warrick Gautier, artistic director for 15 years, lived in Paris being exposed to legendary fashion names Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, and Karl Lagerveld at Chloe.
      Gautier’s influenced by art and architecture, this season it being impressionist painter Edgar Degas and his adoration for feminine form, movement, and application of colour palette on the canvas.

      Gautier refines femininity into a range exuding a control and decadence in the boardroom and boudoir. The range is powerful and glamorous, with high octane sexuality. Caressing laces, overt sheer fabrics, together with refined beadwork and strong tailoring creates a blend of romance and modernity.

      We can't wait to see the showcase of Jenni Button's dazzling designs at Cintron Pink Polo, which takes place on 25 October 2014.

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Val de Vie Estate: The ultimate venue

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin


    • Welcome Maryke and Sonique

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      The Val de Vie Events team is so excited to welcome Maryke and Sonique to the estate for a two-month internship.

      These talented ladies are studying at the Aleit Academy and we are delighted to have them on board. We can't wait to show them the wonderful world of event coordination and to be inspired by their own ideas!


    • Julius Baer: The official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Julius Baer is the official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014, powered by Vodacom. This leading Swiss private banking group has a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management.

      Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 372 billion at the end of June 2014, including CHF 274 billion of assets under management. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

      Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.

      For more information visit their website at www.juliusbaer.com

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Corporate events: Let’s talk business

      Posted on October 11, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke looks at hot ideas for corporate events:

      Do you have all the right elements for your corporate event? Gift bags? Drinks? Amazing entertainment?

      Gift bags can be a funky element to your corporate event. There are so many great options: personalised insulated wine carriers, business card holders, personalised carbon fiber pens and much more!

      Drinks can range from wine and good whiskey to classic cocktails. Whatever you do, focus on quality.

      When it comes to entertainment, classical music is always a safe choice, as well as jazz or traditional African music. The music should add to the atmosphere but no overpower it.


    • Be inspired this October

      Posted on October 10, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

      “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we're passionate about helping those who have been affected by this disease. Our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event, which is held on 25 October 2014, will help to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • What's on trend this Spring

      Posted on October 9, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke brings us up to speed with the latest trends for Spring:

      Spring is here and vibrant flower designs are taking over fashion and decor this month. Pastels and a medley of pink shades are seen almost everywhere. Anything from pink macaroons to rosy-hued accessories will dominate this spring.

      #SPRINGTREND2014


    • Cintron Pink Polo is all about polo chic

      Posted on October 9, 2014 by Admin

      Here's some stunning style inspiration from last year's Pink Polo event. The dress code for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event is Polo Chic, which is a celebration of the elegant fashion and sense of style that accompanies the sport.

      Whether you prefer a chic, laid back look or tailored suits and gorgeous gowns, this is fun day out for everyone, all in the name of a good cause.

      We can't wait to see what you will wear, so don't forget to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Sisley adds more beauty to Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      We are delighted to have Sisley as our beauty sponsor for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event on 25 October 2014. Sisley offers cutting-edge products in skin care, makeup and perfume, using  aromatherapy and phytotherapy in its production techniques.

      Phytocosmetology involves using natural plant extracts in beauty products. Sisley creates the highest quality products by selecting only the best plant species in each category, carefully determining the most effective part of each plant for the desired treatment, choosing the country or region that produces the best quality plant and harvesting when its active ingredients will be most effective.

      The Sisley laboratories use a methodical and rigorous process, which may last several years, to research the best dosages and synergies offering the most global solution to a given concern and hence develop effective, highly comprehensive formulas. Only at the end of this long process and once its effectiveness has been proven, will a product be marketed.

      Black Rose Cream Mask

      An instant youth and beauty boost combining three actions to restore a luminous complexion and skin that appears redensified, in only 15 minutes.

      Black Rose Precious Face Oil

      A silky-smooth dry oil that prepares and nourishes with anti-ageing benefits. A precious and beneficial skin care treatment, to help restore comfort, suppleness, vitality and renewed vibrancy to dry or dehydrated skin.

      Buy tickets now!

      Experience the quality of Sisley products at Cintron Pink Polo and buy tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      Find out more about Sisley on their website.


    • Wedding Celebration

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke has some fab wedding tips for us today, inspired by the beautiful season of Spring:

      "Its time for spring! What's new in the wedding spring season? With so many flowers in season during the spring months, your options are nearly endless when it comes to your bridal bouquet. Bold, warm tones are particularly popular this season.

      A garden is a perfect location for a springtime wedding — flowers are blooming all around you, the grass has never looked greener, and the slight breeze in the air will keep your guests cool. Want to add some visual interest? Many couples bring indoor elements out, such as by hanging gorgeous chandeliers."


    • Cintron: The luxury energy drink of choice

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

      Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

      Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      Follow Cintron on social media:

      Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


    • Val de Vie Events is in My Wedding Day magazine!

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      We are so excited that Val de Vie Events is featured in the latest issue of My Wedding Day magazine! The magazine takes a look at Tanya and Kasper's wedding which was held at La Residence in Franschhoek and coordinated by Val de Vie Events Full Coordination in October 2013.

      We would like to wish a very happy one year anniversary to this special couple, and we wish them much love and happiness in their future together. Be sure to buy your issue of My Wedding Day to read the full article.



    • Get your heels ready for divot stomping at Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      Did you know the polo field at Val de Vie Estate is 274 meters (300 yards) long and 146 meters (160 yards) wide if boarded?

      Get your heels ready for divot stomping at #CintronPinkPolo on 25 October 2014!

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Simone and Nick's wedding video

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      Mr & Mrs Rixon from Someday Films on Vimeo.

      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, which has been beautifully captured on video by Someday Films.

      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.


    • Ooh lala, it's Cocktail Caviar!

      Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

      Now here's something both delicious and gorgeous to look at! Stunning cocktails will be served at Cintron Pink Polo containing cocktail caviar.

      Conceptualised Thirst bar Services and Pongracz, this exciting concept is based on molecular mixology and will be served at Cintron Pink Polo. A mixture is solidified into a jelly state, capturing the flavours in a small caviar like ball.

      Once the caviar is placed into the drink, it slowly capture the bubbles which allows it to rise to the surface, offering you a small burst of flavour with every sip,  without overpowering the taste of the drink being consumed. Delectable flavours such as hot plum, almond and cassi.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Aston Martin adds a new level of luxury to Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited are delighted to have Aston Martin on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo.

      The new Aston Matin V8 Vantage N430 is a dazzling masterpiece of engineering. Here's what Aston Martin has to say about this exciting new vehicle:

      "Inspired by our rich racing pedigree, N430 is the most dramatic expression of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage ever created. We took the beauty, dynamics and athleticism of our iconic sports car and produced a unique and compelling special edition across five unique exterior specifications.

      Building on the legacy of the acclaimed N400 and N420 special editions, V8 Vantage N430 delivers excitement and intense performance with a thrilling club sport ethos."

      New models in the pipeline are the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster and Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition.

      Aston Martin has two dealerships in South Africa: one in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, and in Sandton, Johannesburg.

      Visit the Aston Martin website for more information, or follow them on social media:

      Twitter: @astonmartinsa
      Facebook: Aston Martin South Africa
      Instagram: astonmartinsa


    • ghd joins in the fight against Cancer

      Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

      It‘s that time of the year again where ghd joins in the fight against Cancer, the 2014 limited edition V Coral styler from the Bird of Paradise collection can make any hair seem like it’s about to hit the catwalk.

      “ghd is proud to be supporting CANSA for the 8th year with contributions from their third edition from the birds of paradise collection. R1 683 400 has been raised by ghd for CANSA in South Africa through sales of the coveted pink ghd stylers,” says ghd marketing and education manager, Landi Le Roux.

      ghd will be at Cintron Pink Polo this year and we are thrilled to have this amazing brand as part of the event.


    • Expect decadent delights at Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

      The menu planning of the Cintron Pink Polo high tea is in progress and we are so excited about all the deliciously decadent ideas we have for the event!

      Don't miss out - be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Julian & Jean-Mari's Wedding

      Posted on October 2, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Julian & Jean-Mari were blessed with perfect weather on their wedding, which was held on 23 August 2014.

      They said their “I do’s” in front of 175 guests. After this special moment, they started the celebrations with an amazing ambiance set by a lively band, as well as scrumptious canapes and beverages from the Polo Club Restaurant.

      The Ballroom provided an elegant setting for the speeches and dancing, which continued late into the night. This chic venue was a feast of gold for the eyes, with the talented El le Fleur creating the beautiful décor.

      A huge thank you to Celeste from Aglow Photography who captured their day perfectly.

      Julian and Jean-Mari : you are two amazing individuals but even better together! We wish you only the best for your lives together!





    • Keep on trend with ELLE Magazine

      Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

      For the latest in fashion and what's happening,  get the October issue of ELLE Magazine. With our own Charlize Theron on the cover, this issue is packed with trend inspiration and design savvy. Catch ELLE at Cintron Pink Polo too - they are the proud print partners for this must-attend event.


    • Happy October! It's nearly time for Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

      Happy 1st of October! This month is very close to our hearts  not only because it marks the  beginning of the polo season, but also because it's  breast cancer awareness month.

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • The Polo life

      Posted on September 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      The fashion world has long been inspired by polo and the elegance of equestrian sports. In our opinion, there are some accessories and items which should be an essential part of everyone's wardrobe and lifestyle.  Firstly, we could never do without a chic pair of leather riding boots, which look amazing when paired with skinny jeans.

      For travelling, a classic duffel bag is a must. Spacious, practical yet stylish, you'll use it again and again.

      Lastly, a statement leather couch or chair should feature in any lounge or study. Whether curling up with a good book or enjoying a glass of wine, a comfy chair will become your favourite place to relax after a busy day.


    • Nadia and Wayde's Wedding

      Posted on September 30, 2014 by Admin

      Nadia and Wayde's beautiful wedding was held in February at Val de Vie. As these photos by Jean-Pierre Photography show, the day was filled with love, smiles, a riveting polo match and a gorgeous reception. We wish this lovely couple a wonderful future together!
















    • Be bold, be bright

      Posted on September 29, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Can't decide on a colour combination for your wedding event? Why not just have a happy medley of several bright shades! This is a strong, vibrant look, perfect for a Summer wedding. We love the festive, cheerful effect; this is a true celebration of colour in all its beauty.


    • Add some sunshine to your day

      Posted on September 27, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Maybe it's all the bright flowers, butterflies and blue skies, or perhaps it's the warm weather that makes everyone smile, but Spring has got us all colour crazy. Bright pinks, yellows and blues make a happy palette which celebrates this gorgeous time of year. Go on - add a burst of colour to your wardrobe or decor scheme and feel the bliss of beautiful Springtime.


    • Angela and Dino's Wedding

      Posted on September 26, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Angela and Dino's Wedding was held at Val de Vie and we are just enthralled by their gorgeous wedding photos. The day was all about love, romance and celebrating the bond between this special couple.

      Photography by Yvette Gilbert.


























    • Gentle beauty

      Posted on September 26, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      "Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence."
      James Allen

      A soft, gentle palette can be wonderfully dreamy and romantic. Mauve, slate, pale green and soft silver weave together to form a soothing and blissful harmony of colours.


    • Refined and elegant: Polo-inspired fashion

      Posted on September 25, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Polo has to be the most elegant of sports. The refined, sophisticated nature of the game has inspired many designers in their conception of masculine clothing. Impeccably tailored, shirts and suits, navy, crisp white and only the finest cotton form part of the look, completed by rich leather and classic accessories such as tie clips and cufflinks.


    • Love is in the air

      Posted on September 25, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Happy Monday! Spring is here and it's the season of romance, love and new beginnings. Call us hopeless romantics, but we can't get enough of this beautiful time of year.


    • Be on trend in turquoise

      Posted on September 24, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Turquoise is a trendy colour that continues to make waves in wedding decor. Lively, fresh, playful and dreamy are just a few words that describe this fabulous shade.

      Because it has both warm and cool undertones, turquoise can work with just about every other colour, particularly pinks, reds, gold and chocolate brown.

      If you love turquoise but don't want to overwhelm your decor scheme, opt for turquoise accents that pop out. Banting, floral arrangements and bold centre pieces can work together to create a layered effect.


    • Pink and gold never gets old!

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      What's not to love about pink and gold? This gorgeous combination has been a popular choice for weddings and it's no surprise why. Romantic, feminine and modern, the look combines the whimsical fun of pink with the sassy allure of gold. Incorporate sparkly accents, shimmery finishes and ornate detailing to create a real wow factor.


    • What you need to know about Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


    • Your invitation to Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


    • Classic and cool in navy blue

      Posted on September 22, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      How can we not love navy? This cool, timeless colour is effortlessly cool and elegant, expecially when paired with crisp white.


    • Flower power! The best blooms for Spring and Summer

      Posted on September 11, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Spring Time Flowers in Bloom

      What better time to choose a wedding than in the bloom of spring? If you are looking for the right flower to accompany your pre-summer affair during the months of September, October and November; these are you options: Tulips, Jasmine, Iris, Lavender, Delphinium, Gladiolus, Alstroemeria, Agapanthus, Arum, Lisianthus, Anthurium and lace.

      Summer Time Flowers in Bloom

      If you are sharing your vows in the midst of the summer heat you can make your day even hotter with these beautiful options for the months of December, January and February: Delphinium, Frangipani, Alstoemeria, Lavender, Agapanthus, Gladiolus, Liatris, Arum, Lisianthes and Anthurium.

      Source: The Little Pink book

      Below is a guide to South Africa’s popular wedding blooms and when they’re in season.

      Spring Blooms

      All White: tulip, hyacinth, daisy, daffodil, camellia, azaea, sweet pea, rhododendron, jasmine, flannel flower, magnolia, liliac, lily-of-the-valley.

      Yellow & White: daffodil, azalea, daisy, iris, tulip, primrose, buttercup, jasmine, rhododendron, mimosa.

      Orange & White: tulip, daffodil, lily, azalea, marigold

      Mauve & White: sweet pea, rhododendron, lavender, azalea, lilac, magnolia, tulip, hyacinth.

      Blue & White: cornflower, forget-me-not, bluebell, hyacinth.

      Pink & White: hyacinth, delphinium, azalea, gladiolus, waterlily, jasmine, cornflower, rhododendron, English daisy, sweet pea, iris.

      Summer Blooms

      All White: iris, daisy, sweet pea, delphinium, cornflower, lilac, lily-of-the-valley, freesias

      Yellow & White: azalea, daisy, gladiolus, iris, lily, hibiscus, marigold, frangipani, freesias

      Orange & White: iris, daffodil, marigold, alstroemeria, freesias

      Mauve & White: lavender, sweet pea, azalea, delphinium, freesias

      Blue & White: delphinium, cornflower, freesias

      Pink & White: hyacinth, delphinium, azalea, gladiolus jasmine, iris, tiger lily, cornflower, sweet pea, alstroemeria, camellia.

      Source: The Bride’s Diary


    • Wedding tip of the day: The little things count

      Posted on September 10, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • Wedding tip of the day: Live in the moment

      Posted on September 8, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • A sneak peak of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Here's a sneak peak of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding, which was held on 23 August 2014. Watch out for more pictures on the blog (beautifully taken by Aglow Photography) soon!


    • Drink it, Live it with Cintron

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

      Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

      Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

      Follow Cintron on social media:

      Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


    • Precious peonies

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      When looking at Peonies, one cannot help but melt. This gorgeous flowers not only shout out love, femininity and romance, but they smell amazing too. No wonder this is the most sought after flower in the wedding industry!

      Peonies originate from Asia and can easily be found in Southern Europe and western North America. Peonies are only available in South Africa for two to three weeks at most, from the last week of October until mid-November. Therefore you should consider yourself a very lucky bride if you have them as part of your special day!

      They are very scarcely available commercially, and most often need to be sourced. But luckily for us, there are a few people who cultivate these wondrous flowers locally. Peonies are mostly available in white and shades of pink, but can also be found in yellow in other countries.

      The flower has compound, deeply lobed leaves. They create much excitement and awe as they start out in a ball shape and, with time, unfold into the large, fluffy flowers we have all come to love.

      Source: www.celebration.co.za


    • Happy Spring!

      Posted on September 1, 2014 by Admin

      Happy Spring from Val de Vie Events! The green leaves, fresh flowers and warm sunshine have made us so excited about the season ahead. With so much beauty to celebrate, expect lots of ideas and inspiration to come.

      Image courtesy of Sandy Toes and Popsicles


    • Natural simplicity

      Posted on August 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Nature makes beauty look so effortless. Fresh green leaves, soft, delicate petals and neutral tones are you need for a serene, elegant style.

      Keep things simple and let the natural elements be the focus: a garland of flowers, chairs entwined with floral vines or a simple leaves as an adornment. With Spring on the way, this is a look we love!


    • Diarise these dates for the Market at Val de Vie!

      Posted on August 11, 2014 by Admin


    • Carel and Liezl’s wedding

      Posted on August 8, 2014 by Admin

      Carel & Liezl’s held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie on the 3rd of May 2014. Here's what they had to say about this very special day, as well as gorgeous photos by Aglow Photography.

      Waarom sal mens nou langer wag om verloof te raak binne ses maande van 'n amazing, liefdevolle en ondersteunende verhouding?

      "So Here we are, We found the day, Like we always prayed." Die feit dat die spesifieke dag kon plaasvind was net 'n wonderwerk van die heel begin.

      Die wag vir die kar om my en my pa op te getel het na die kansel was seker die langste in my lewe. My pa besluit toe om met sy jongste dogter, ek, oor politiek te gesels om bietjie die aandag van die senuwee af te vat. Dit het nou wel nie regtig gehelp nie, maar die feit dat my pa so kreatief begin raak het voor die groot oomblik was vir my so oulik en spesiaal.

      Van die begin af het ons besluit dat die aand nie gaan verby vlieg , soos almal altyd se nie, en het ek en Carel n oomblik gevat om al die seeninge en geluk van die aand en ons nuwe toekoms saam opreg te waardeer.

      Die wonderlikste weer is vir ons gegee die 3de Mei, wat gemaak het om trane moeilik weg te steek!!

      Wat 'n voorreg was dit om met so wonderlike groep mense te werk . Vanaf die dag wat ons die engagement shoot gedoen het tot die oomblik wat die deure van Val de Vie agter ons gesluit het, het ons die beste diens, omgee en ondersteuning ontvang.

      Die feit dat albei liefdevolle oumas tot die heel einde die aand saam ons gedeel het is net vir ons 'n bewys dat die aand regtig 'n droom en groot sukses was.

      Diensverskaffers:

      Blomme & Dekor ~ N Concepts and Designs

      Liezl se Trou Rok ~ Mariette Joubert | DJ ~ Wicus

      Spyseniering ~ The Polo Club Restaurant

      Grimering en Hare ~ Yolande du Toit

      Second Shooter ~ Tertius Gous





    • Angela and Dino's Wedding

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by Admin


      Vision on Fire
      has beautifully captured Angela and Dino's wedding which took place on 22 February 2014. It was a very special day which included a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. It was a delight to host this couple's big day and we wish them much love and happiness in their future.


    • Boho wedding bliss

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      The boho look can be beautifully romantic and carefree.  Layers of colours, texture and  free-spirited prettiness create a gorgeous free-spirited look that has captured our hearts.


    • We love geometric prints

      Posted on August 6, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Bright, bold prints are super fashionable at the moment. This attention-grabbing look focuses on geometric styles, with grids, triangles, concentric circles and more.


    • Touareg Tents has got it covered

      Posted on July 30, 2014 by Admin

      When it comes to sourcing tents for events and functions, Val de Vie always relies on Touareg Tents for their impeccable service and unrivaled product offering.

      Touareg Tents are the only suppliers of the Saddle Tents in Southern Africa. Striking in appearance and incredibly versatile, the saddle tents can be used for big outdoor events, bar covers and stage covers.

      Touareg Tents also offer Bedouin tents, canopies and stage covers. We love how their tents create an instant venue - imagine a crisp white Bedouin tent on our lush green polo fields. What a setting!

      To find out more about their services, either visit their website or email info@touaregtents.co.za.


    • 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 Slabbert

      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 Slabbert

      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 Slabbert


      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 Slabbert

      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 Slabbert

      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