WEDDINGTom & MarielleBoschendal & Babylonstoren

Wedding at The Olive Press, Boschendal

This intimate wedding at The Olive Press at Boschendal Wine Estate in Franschhoek was truly unforgettable! It’s hard not to walk around wide-eyed on Boschendal’s farm with its winelands and estate surrounded by the dramatic Drakenstein Mountain Range. Founded in 1685, the property is full of history and old-world charm. It was a privilege to witness Tom and Marielle’s families weave their stories together in this spectacular setting.

This adventurous couple chose an intimate, destination wedding because it meant they could spend quality time with family and friends. They fell in love with Africa when they visited a couple of years ago and wanted their favourite people to experience it too.

As you will see, Tom and Marielle effortlessly exclude both class and grace. We were flawed by the beauty of what they created from the other side of the world! It was so much fun getting to know them over their three-day wedding celebration. We are always sad when our destination wedding clients inevitably have to fly home.

We shot Tom and Marielle’s pre-wedding adventure photo shoot at Babylonstoren so make sure to scroll down to the end of the blog. It was one magical evening! Every way we turned the light was doing something spectacular. We even lucked out with a rainbow!

Marielle shares about their Wedding at The Olive Press, Boschendal

Cape Town is the only place we’ve been that rivals Melbourne in the food and wine scene. It was an obvious choice for us! The official wedding was scheduled over three days. The first event was an African themed tour of the Cape Winelands, with a rehearsal lunch at Chefs Warehouse at Maison. The wedding ceremony and reception were held at Boschendal’s Olive Press, with a “recovery” picnic the day after.

The Olive Press Venue is the perfect blank canvas for a wedding. The space allows you to add your own creative flair. We literally had to hire everything into Boschendal, including tablecloths and cutlery! It was overwhelming at times, but so nice being able to personalise every aspect of our wedding.

The venue can seat up to 250 people. With a guest list of 35 people we really had to think of a way to create a sense of intimacy. We did this by setting up one long table running down the middle of the venue, underneath a tent-like canopy of fairy lights. Tom and I spent countless summer evenings in the park drawing up plans for décor, lighting and furniture.

We choose a formal black and white dress code for the wedding day, because we wanted the florals to be the standout! I am a huge fan of flowers (who isn’t?) and knew they were going to be a big part of our wedding. I almost cried when I saw my cascading floral bouquet. Wildeflower turned my vision into reality.  We went for a combination of autumn coloured garden roses, peonies, orchards, pampas grass, dried palms and hydrangeas. Our overall brief was an intimate, elegant celebration with hanging foliage, light bulbs, candles and fairy lights. Everything turned out better than we could have imagined!

 

Alpenglow, S.Carey

View of Drakenstein mountain range and wedding ceremony location at The Olive Press Boschendal


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Babylonstoren Adventure Photo Shoot

If you want to spend more time with your guests on your wedding day, a “day after” or “day before” photo session is a great solution. We did a day-before shoot with Tom and Marielle at Babylonstoren. It was such a special time for the two of them to escape from the crowd and their last minute to-do lists.

Babylonstoren is another Western Cape gem. Next to The Olive Press, Boschendal, it is one of our favourite wedding venues in the winelands. Babylonstoren is made up of a tapestry of ever changing fruit and vegetables gardens. We ventured with Tom and Marielle around the old Cape Dutch buildings, into the greenhouse and through the rosemary and prickly pear cactus fields.

 

Rose Petals, S.Carey

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Wedding Suppliers

Venue: The Olive Press Boschendal Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa
Bridal gown designers
Ceremony wedding dress: One Day Bridal
Reception wedding dress: Mariana Hardwick
First Dance wedding dress: Rachel Gilbert
Jewellery: Christie Nicolaides
Bride’s shoes: Gucci
Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss
Videography: Orpen Film Co
Florist: Wildeflower
On the Day Coordination: Happinest Weddings
Décor / Lighting: Baie Goeters
Entertainment: Shout MC (Cocktail Hour / Reception), Tones of Note (Asili African Choir for Ceremony)
Hair and Makeup: Corle Barnard
Cake: Birdcage Stellenbosch
Paper and wedding stationary printing: PeterKin

> For more of Babylonstoren view Manu and Ash’s Babylonstoren Engagement Shoot

Vancouver Wedding Photographers, Page and Holmes, are a married photo-taking team who travel back to Cape Town and The Garden Route each summer to capture wedding stories and soak up some sunshine!