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What an incredible evening we all had at Bride of the Year 2015 that took place at Kelvin Grove in Newlands! Our top 12 finalists looked exceptionally beautiful and every single one of them was a winner in our eyes!

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Special congratulations to our top 5 winners as follows:

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Bride of the Year 2015

Our December bride, Mrs Tshifhiwa Madau took the crown for Bride of the Year 2015. Tshifhiwa looked radiant in her strapless, sparkling wedding dress and walked the stage with grace and elegance. Mr and Mrs Madau will be flying off to Mauritius for an all expenses paid holiday sponsored by World Leisure Holidays and Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius. The couple also received R20, 000 in cash as well as a hamper of prizes sponsored by Kerastase and Mario’s Company for Hair, duvet set by Makoti, Clip in Hair hamper and voucher, Inglot voucher, Ina Paarman Barrel Hamper, Little Black Bag goodie box, Havilah Designer Jewellery, flowers from Sorrento and Mervyn Gers Ceramics.

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1st Princess

Mrs Jamie Sangster, our May bride, took second place as 1st Princess! The couple received R15,000 in cash as well as a hamper of prizes sponsored by Kerastase and Mario’s Company for Hair, Clip in Hair vouchers and hamper, Inglot voucher, Ina Paarman Barrel Hamper, Little Black Bag goodie box, flowers from Sorrento and Mervyn Gers Ceramics. Jamie looked stunning and had a strong presence on stage.

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2nd Princess

In third place was Mrs Vasti Martin, our October bride. Vasti looked beautiful in a stunning spaghetti strap gown and charmed the audience with her grace and beauty. Our 2nd Princess walked away with R10, 000 in cash as well as prizes sponsored by Kerastase and Mario’s Company for Hair, Clip in Hair vouchers and hamper, Inglot voucher, Ina Paarman Barrel Hamper, Little Black Bag goodie box, flowers from Sorrento and Mervyn Gers Ceramics

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Mrs Photogenic

Voted for by our very talented photographer and sponsor Riaan West Photography, our March bride, Esmari Beukes took the prize for Mrs Photogenic. Her prize included an Ina Paarman Bag Hamper, Kerastase and Mario’s Company for hair hamper and a Little Black Bag hamper. Thank you to Riaan West for capturing our brides and our event so beautifully.

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Mrs Personality

Mrs May, Jamie Sangster with her sassy and charming personality took the title of Mrs Personality too! The brides themselves, after spending time together and getting to know one another, voted for this one. Congrats again to Jamie, who walked away with an Ina Paarman Bag Hamper, Kerastase and Mario’s Company for hair hamper and a Little Black Bag hamper

The crowning of our winners was heightened by René H Couture who made our satin sashes and Carlize Bam who sponsored our gorgeous tiaras. A huge thanks to them both!

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Behind the Scenes

Bride of the Year 2015 would not have been possible without all our valued sponsors. Massive thanks to Citi Hopper who transported our brides and grooms from destination to destination all weekend. Citi Hopper’s drivers were always prompt, professional and friendly. Thanks to Ken Dry Cleaners who very kindly dry-cleaned the dresses of all our top 12 finalists! Our décor was generously sponsored by To’Netts, who transformed our venue into a wonderland of silver and masala. Every last detail had been thoroughly thought-out and we couldn’t have been happier! Music, stage, sound and lighting was sponsored by Tech X – their dream team went above and beyond to ensure the smooth running of all technical details. A huge thanks to their team who worked long hours but kept smiling from start to finish. Lara’s Designs sponsored all our beautiful stationery – from invitations to programs to names tags and signage – thank you for your incredible work and patience. To the students from SA School of Weddings, your help and dedication behind the scenes is hugely appreciated – we are so grateful for the extra hands! Our brides were beautified by the extremely talented hair and makeup team at Elegance Hair and Makeup – thank you for your stunning work!

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On the Night

To all our alcohol sponsors, Groot Constantia, Lanique and Rickety Bridge, thank you for your generosity, it is highly appreciated. Thanks to Retro Photo Booth for capturing our guests in a fun, spontaneous way and to Vibe Event Catering for the delicious candy station! HarpNOTED welcomed our guests with beautiful music on arrival. Mervyn Gers Ceramics and Chocolates by Tomes made for stunning gifts for our guests! The Gardener’s Cottage sponsored a spot prize breakfast for two - thank you to Lee Barty for this added bonus! Special thanks to Kelvin Grove for hosting us all and being so generous with all of your venues and facilities! Ike Moriz kept us entertained during dinner with an incredible performance, and Mark Bayly tied the whole show together with his inimitable whit and charm. Many thanks to them both. Morné Smit from Studio 69 was our talented videographer who captured the evening’s events – huge thanks for all your efforts!

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Brides and Grooms gifts

Our 2015 Brides and Grooms were overwhelmed with prizes throughout the weekend. We are hugely grateful to BulliBling for making our glitzy t-shirts, BattleField Live, Tsogo Sun The Cullinan Hotel and Mangwanani for sponsoring our brides’ and grooms’ activities and Jakes restaurant for hosting our Friday night dinner! Another Special thanks to Park Inn by Radisson Newlands for hosting our brides and grooms over the weekend.

Our welcome boxes were cram-packed with amazing prizes sponsored by Succulent Oasis, But Why Not, Ina Paarman, Honest Chocolate, Symbols on Silk, Mervyn Gers Ceramics, Falke, Clip in Hair and Uber Coffee. Thank you so much to you all.

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Our Judges

To Ramesh Jeenarain, Reyjeane Haroun, Mario Atzemoglou and Mala Bryan – thank you for making up a very glamorous judging panel indeed! Thank you for your time and ultimately deciding on this year’s winners!

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Our Top 12 Finalists

Thank you to all our 2015 top 12 couples for being such fun and such good sports. Out of thousands of entries, you made it the top 12 and are all winners for that reason!

Thank you to each and every one mentioned for your involvement – we could not have achieved such a successful event without you! We look forward to doing it all over again next year!

Watch the Bride of the Year 2015 highlights below

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Riaan West Photography

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