Julia & Albert

I always enjoy heading out to the Riebeek Valley, it’s just far enough to feel like an exciting destination but close enough that when you round that last bend and head up the hill surrounded by vineyards & mountain views you think to yourself – WOW, that was quick, and it’s always with a happy heart that I drive into Riebeek Kasteel, with its familiar sense of warmth & welcoming, leaving you keen to explore! 

When shooting Riebeek West side my favorite stay is with Koen @ Church Hills where again you are warmly welcomed and guaranteed a more than comfortable stay – so do remember this, for a home away from home experience should you head that way.  Koen is also a brilliant tour guide so if you want to base yourself out in the Valley and explore the surrounds to the City from there, one can do so.

Julia & Albert 

chose to bring their family & friends out to Groenrivier for their wedding day and with their help as well as the fabulous Tracy & her team from Trunk Events, they put together something super special – especially their decor, this they set up on their own and I was more than impressed!  A pop of winter color, candles & lighting makes all the difference!!


The weather  

There were intermittent showers forecast, yet it drizzled all the way from Somerset West to Groenrivier.  All too soon the mist closed us in, the mountain disappeared from view an icy wind prevailed BUT Julia was determined not to let this spoil their dream of an outdoor ceremony and so whilst Kim rallied around to jump on Plan B if needed, they stuck to their guns and thankfully so, as there was a break just long enough for everyone to brace themselves for the chill and enjoy what proved to be a stunning outdoor ceremony in this very special spot. 
Thank you to every one of you for agreeing to vasbyt just that little bit longer afterward, so that we could grab them a quick group shot before the drizzle chased us all to shelter and warmth once more!


My most memorable moments from their evening (aside from their truly wonderful family & friends to boot) was the video Julia’s sister Anna & co. pulled together of everyone back home in Germany sending very happy loves & well wishes for their wedding day and this all backed by Pharrell Williams’s “Happy”, which had the room in a mess of happy tears & laughter & which meant the world to Julia.  Having my own German friend Julia who married a Saffer & who now also calls SA home – but who misses her people daily, I understand exactly just how much this meant to her!
So whoever you are and for everyone you love and miss daily, do yourself a favour right now and take a listen for an immediate pickup and I can guarantee this tune will not only put a spring in your step & a smile on your dial but most certainly have you sending love & positive vibes wherever you need them to go – it works every time!

Herzliche Glückwünsche Julia & Albert

Venue:  Magdel & Martha Brink | Groenrivier  | info@groenrivier.co.za | +27 761082534
Catering:  Matilda Joubert & Maudre Joubert Viljoen | matilda@mweb.co.za | +27 7844431999
Planner & Co-Ordinator : Tracy & Kim | Trunk Events | tracy@trunk.co.za +27 724775184
Marriage officerJohan Botha | +27 828974849
Wedding Cake: Keeping it in the family – Alberts mom Anita made the most impressive 5 tier traditional fruit cake – Delish!
Entertainment: Ingrid Wokff | DJ Dean SA | info@djdeansa.co.za | +27 849224757
Hair & Make-up: the lovely talented Marsell Bester | info@marsellbester.co.za | 0823860767
Dress: Anna Georgina Calegra Bridal House – to book your dress fitting schedule here!
Flowers: Bunches for Africa
Photographer : Shantelle Visser Photography  | info@shantellevisser.com +27 82 879 3426


Thank you for beeing our photographer and so much more….. We were so happy that you were there an lead us through the evening to capture these special moments!

– J&A


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