Lina + Eduardo – Cavalli / La Residence / Asara


The Aleit Group Wedding Team arrived at La Residence with a platoon of the very best hair stylists, make-up artists, videographers and photographers. An early morning Ceremony means an extremely early start for everyone, all alarms were set for 04:30am.

While all seven of the bridesmaids were having their hair and make-up perfected, the A-Team were setting up the Ceremony area at Asara Estate overlooking the majestic mountains and tranquil waters. An all white Ceremony with touches of blush pink and navy blue enhanced the very romantic look the Bride was going for. Eight mass arrangements styled in ornate urns partitioned the Ceremony area from the Post Ceremony break away where guests could enjoy a much needed delectable canapé.

Back at La Residence, after literally hundreds of photos, it was time to ensure the Bridal party arrived at the Ceremony timely. It was quite a drive from La Residence to Asara so only limousines with airconditioning and a bar would do, and for the Bride, a helicopter was the answer!

At Asara Estate, Aleit waved the helicopter over with a white napkin to land in a massive heart of petals. From there, the bride was elegantly escorted in a vintage horse and carriage and was taken to her aisle. What an amazing sight to have her climb out of this carriage with her bridesmaids walking in front of her.

So many details went into this couple’s beautiful union. Sand pouring, sharing of wine, breaking the bread and the releasing of white doves are just a few. After this, the couple made it legal with the signing of the register, had a few family photos and were transported back to La Residence in the helicopter for more couple shots. It’s such a beautiful venue so we wanted to take full advantage.

It was late afternoon as everyone moved from Rustenberg to Clouds Estate where they could take a break and get to enjoy a change of clothes for the Reception to follow. That evening’s Reception started with guests arriving at Cavalli Estate to a cold glass of the best MCC Franschhoek had to offer and the sound of a gypsy jazz band. Inside the venue, round 1,8m diameter tables had been set-up with ornate centre pieces of Phalaenopsis orchids and fresh garden roses. The bridal table was on a white stage and even a custom designed tablecloth of tulle and gold was made to the Bride’s specifications. Behind the Bridal table was an impressive wall of strikingly beautiful paper flowers, literally hundreds of perfect paper flowers adorned this stunning backdrop. The evening’s entertainment was quite the line up with a fire show and a special set by Jimmy Nevis and his band followed by French DJ, Didier who kept the guests dancing till 04:00am.” – The Aleit Group Magazine

Photography on the day by Johan Wilke, Vivid Blue and Inecke Photography