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SA Weddings Crowns Bride of the Year 2017

This year, we saw 12 beautiful brides and their dashing husbands fly into Cape Town from all over South Africa to celebrate our 17th annual Bride of the Year and compete for the prestigious title.

This year's festivities took place at Anura Wine Estate's event space, The Cooperage, which is an architectural masterpiece of space, light and scenic views to die for.

After months of planning and with help from our special friends in the wedding industry, we've put together an evening of pure glitz and glamour where our twelve couples could enjoyably wear their wedding attire again, strut their stuff on the catwalk and enjoy an entire weekend of pampering.

The venue was kitted out to perfection thanks to Tech X who provided the beautiful stage, sound and lighting; To-Nett's who supplied the most magnificent flower arrangements and draping; and Authentic Planning for the decor and trendy decorative lighting.

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Upon arrival, guests were treated to fire dancing from Fire Tribe, incredible wines from Anura Wine Estate, gin tastings from Woodstock Gin Company, music by Zest Music, a harvest table courtesy of Klein River Cheese and the most mouth-watering candy station by Shake 'n Bake, Meraki Blush Bakery, Sweet Lion Heart and Mantelli's!

Jack Rabbit made sure our guests were well taken care of with the most delicious canapés on arrival and wraps and burgers proceeding the show.

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On stage, our finalists were introduced to the audience by celebrity event MC, Graeme Richards, who was exceptional on the evening, entertaining guests with his quick wit and charm.

After our couples strutted their stuff on stage, Louise Day kept the crowd entertained whilst our celebrity judges deliberated on who was going to walk away with the crown. This year's judges were Lylie Moolman, General Manager of Giltedge Ocean Islands, Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard from Smile FM's breakfast Show and South African Model, Ashley Rothman.

We had the privilege of crowning the title winners:

Bride of the Year 2017 WINNER: Magcino and Siya Gule

R 30,000 cash prize from SA Weddings
A seven night stay (including flights) in the Seychelles courtesy of Giltedge Ocean Islands, Constance Hotels & Resorts, Constance Ephelia and Seychelles Tourism Board
Various other prizes valued at R14 500

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1st Runner Up: Lesego Nko
R15 000 cash Prize from SA Weddings
3-Night stay at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge, Hluhluwe
Various other prizes to the value of R14 500

2nd Runner Up: Stephanie De Castro
R 10 000 cash prize from SA Weddings
2-Night stay at Leeuwenhof Country Lodge & Garden Spa
Various other prizes to the value of R14 500

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Brides From Left to Right: Mrs Photogenic, Rene Grundlingh; 1st Runner Up: Lesego Nko; Winner: Magcino Gule; 2nd Runner Up: Stephanie De Castro; Mrs Personality: Erika Viljoen

We'd like to extend a massive thank you to Riaan West for capturing all these memories so beautifully and Barefeet Videography for the excellent highlight reel:

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Venue: Anura Wine Estate, The Cooperage Events Space
Photographer: Riaan West
Winner's trip sponsors: Giltedge Ocean Islands, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles Tourism Board, Constance Hotels & Resorts
Videography: Barefeet Videography
Stage, sound, lighting: TechX
Decor and decorative lighting: Authentic Planning
Flowers and draping: To-Nett's
Entertainment: FireTribe, Louise Day Band, Silkmusic and Zest Music
Catering: JACK RABBiT
Candy table: Shake 'n Bake, Blush Bakery, Sweet Lion Heart and Mantelli's
Harvest table: Klein River Cheese
Dress displays: Valencia Harrison Designs, Cindy Bam
Stationery: Lezanne's Designs
Hair and makeup: Cecilia Fourie, Adri Hugo Hair and Makeup Artist, Philine Strauss, Hairstyling, Makeup and Beauty, Celestial Makeup Artistry and Angelique Kühn professional make up artist
Dresses: Infinity Dress South Africa
Bride pampering: Foxbox
Bride accommodation: Vrede en Lust
Coffee station: Wedding Coffee and Bean writer
Gin bar: Woodstock Gin Company

Bride of the Year 2018

Entries for Bride of the Year 2018 are now open! Bride's getting married in 2018 should register on SA Weddings today to stand the best possible chance in securing a spot in next year's Bride of the Year finale and winning fantastic prizes. ENTER NOW

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Contributors

 
Fire Tribe

Fire Tribe

FireTribe is South Africa’s leading FIRE PERFORMANCE troupe with over 16 years of professional experience creating beautiful fire dancing shows for all types of events.

Freeform Tents

Freeform Tents

We are able to rig our versatile tents almost anywhere – turning your dream event location into the most spectacular venue!

Wedding Coffee & Events

Wedding Coffee & Events

Wedding Coffees & Events provides personalised mobile bar services – whether it be coffee, soft serve or gin.

The Bean Writer

The Bean Writer

The Bean writer machine utilises a system similar to 3D technology in order to create images on the foam of your coffee.

Sweet LionHeart

Sweet LionHeart

Born from a love of stealing hearts with sweet, sugary things

Shake 'n Bake

Shake 'n Bake

Shake ‘n Bake is a home-based bakery, specialising in artisan cakes to order.

Riaan West Photography

Riaan West Photography

Riaan West is a Cape Town based international fine art wedding photographer who travels for local and International weddings.

Authentic Planning

Authentic Planning

We are an Owner Driven EVENT PLANNING & DÉCOR HIRING COMPANY based in the Western Cape.

Celestial Makeup Artistry

Celestial Makeup Artistry

“Make-up is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful, it is meant to magnify the beauty that already exists.”

Tech X

Tech X

Technical experts on and off stage.

To-Nett’s Flowers, Décor & Hiring

To-Nett’s Flowers, Décor & Hiring

‘Live your dream wedding with To-Nett’s’ For more than 30 years our inspiration has been our clients!

Philine Strauss Hair & Makeup

Philine Strauss Hair & Makeup

We are a one stop shop offering all things be-YOU-tiful.

Valencia Harrison Designs

Valencia Harrison Designs

Wedding dress designer / stylist based in Cape Town, South Africa. We do custom design and manufacturing of bridal gowns and entourage attire.

Infinity Dress South Africa

Infinity Dress South Africa

The famous Infinity Dress is one dress that can be worn in 27 different ways. This amazing dress makes the perfect Bridesmaids dresses as its full flare skirt complements every...

Silk Music

Silk Music

Silk Music is a specialized DJ service provider with the knowledge and expertise to transform your special occasion into an unforgettable celebration

Vrede en Lust

Vrede en Lust

Nestled at the foothills of the Simonsberg lies Vrede en Lust in the breathtaking Franschhoek wine valley.

Zest Music

Zest Music

Zest music provides classical and jazz ensembles for weddings in and around Cape Town.

Mantelli's

Mantelli's

Mantelli’s is a leading manufacturer of premium individually wrapped biscuits, cookies, rusks and savoury crackers for food service and hospitality industries.

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit Mobile Kitchen was born onto the Cape Town Food Truck scene on the 26th of February 2015..Both the parents of Jack are qualified and experienced in the Hospitality ...

Barefeet Videography

Barefeet Videography

Barefeet Videography loves nothing more than the opportunity to capture these once-in-a-lifetime memories in the most natural, authentic and captivating way.

Adri Hugo Hair and Makeup

Adri Hugo Hair and Makeup

I have been in the beauty industry since 2000, and over the years I have learnt the value of keeping a good balance between creativity and practicality.

Angelique Kuhn Professional Make Up

Angelique Kuhn Professional Make Up

Internationally accredited make up artist who specialises in bridal makeup.

Anura Vineyards | The Cooperage

Anura Vineyards | The Cooperage

Our artisanal event space

Cecilia Fourie Hair & Makeup

Cecilia Fourie Hair & Makeup

I strongly believe each and every person should look natural, yet radiantly beautiful, this is accomplished by enhancing each client s natural features.

Cindy Bam

Cindy Bam

Cindy Bam creates luxury gowns that evoke drama and glamour of past eras whilst still maintaining a modern edge.

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