WEDDINGMartin & WelmaTulbagh

Martin and Welma’s Tulbagh Wedding

“I lived in the Sabi Sands for four years, working as wine sommelier, before I met Martin. One evening after the dinner service I was sitting alone in the lodge listening to the African sounds of lions roaring, the nightjar’s song (so typical to the bush) and the odd vervet monkey calling in the distance, while sipping on two favourite wines at the same time – Vilafonte Series C and M.

The wines were so different from each other. I remember falling in love with the aromas, character, and the feeling I had reminded me of how it feels to fall in love. At that hour of the night, the wine’s soul was connecting with mine, and it left me so intrigued with the person behind the making. (At the time, I had no idea Martin was the winemaker!)

When we met two years later, through a mutual friend, it felt like we had known one another for many lifetimes, even though we had never met or seen a photo of each other. He told me I had a lot of freckles and I told him I was his biggest fan…

Destiny showed us the way!

We got married at Paserene Lief, Martins’s co-farm in Tulbagh. The farm has a big place in our hearts. The Magic Forest where we held our ceremony is self-explanatory. There are energies around that only reflect love and support new beginnings. (Just like the forests we dreamed about when we were children – they do exist!)

The Manor house building is one of the most amazing art pieces on the farm. The fact that there is no roof, means the stars shine brightly overhead, like only they can do in Tulbagh. It’s breathtakingly beautiful!

– Welma

 

Meant, Zach Winters 

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and old dried ProteaBride and groom running down farm road with their dogs, surrounded by mountains, leading their guests towards the farmhouse ruins where their reception will be held.Bride and groom running down dusty farm road with their dogs, in Tulbagh, near Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape.Bride and groom dancing on a dusty farm road near Cape Town, South Africa.Bride and groom kissing each other affectionately on a dusty farm road in Tulbagh, near Riebeek Kasteel.Epic moment where bride and groom lead their wedding party down a dusty farm road, singing and drinking wine, towards the reception dinner in the Tulbagh mountains, near Riebeek Kasteel.Epic moment where bride and groom lead their wedding party down a dusty farm road, singing and drinking wine, towards the reception dinner in the Tulbagh mountains, near Riebeek Kasteel.Simple wedding decor, wooden chairs and white linen table cloths setup in the ruins of an old farm house.Non fussy wedding decor ideas - long tables with wooden chairs and white accents and old Persian carpets on the floor.Old man with hat setting up the table for a lazy wedding lunch in Tulbagh, Cape Town.Wedding setup in the ruins of an old farmhouse in Cape Town area.Simple wooden tables decorated with leaves, greenery and glass set in the ruins of an old house in the Western Cape.Wedding set in the ruins of an old Cape Dutch farmhouse in the mountains and wine lands close to Cape TownOld Persian carpets used in wedding reception hallLong wooden wedding tables set with simple green flower arrangements, white linen, candles and glass.Green and white fynbos wedding flower arrangements on tables and in old farm watering canOld leather suitcase with filled with blankets to keep wedding guests warm during wedding ceremonyRemembrance table at wedding with white candles old photographs of loved ones with have died Some of the best South African wines to serve at your weddingArgentinian feast - a different and cool idea for the food at your wedding An alternative, different kind of wedding cake make up of layers of French cheese wheels, figs and other types of fruit, with a wooden stump as a cake stand.A farm wedding harvest table made up of fresh bread, a cheese cake and fruit set under the trees on haybails in Tulbagh, Cape Town.A farm wedding harvest table made up of fresh bread, a cheese cake and fruit set under the trees on haybails in Tulbagh, Cape Town.Wedding held in the ruins of an old farm house in the Tulbagh mountains close to Riebeek Kasteel and Cape Town.Wedding held in the ruins of an old farm house in the Tulbagh mountains close to Riebeek Kasteel and Cape Town.A non-wedding wedding venue in Cape Town, South Africa.A fun and relaxed wedding lunch held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Wedding Suppliers:

Venue – Paserene Lief
Floral Design – Ethnically foraged from the farm
Videography – Orpen Film Co.
Hair Styling – Liesl De Waal from Brushes in Paarl (Welma’s best and life-long friend)
Wedding Dress – Bride and Co.
Catering – Juan Vais – ARGIES – South American Food
Groom’s Apparel – Stephan Zaaiman (Martin’s best and life-long friend)
Cake – Cheese from La Cotte in Franschhoek
Wedding Planner –Hester Hofmeyr from Mint and Magnolia