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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:
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
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
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.
We are able to rig our versatile tents almost anywhere – turning your dream event location into the most spectacular venue!
Wedding Coffees & Events provides personalised mobile bar services – whether it be coffee, soft serve or gin.
The Bean writer machine utilises a system similar to 3D technology in order to create images on the foam of your coffee.
Born from a love of stealing hearts with sweet, sugary things
Shake ‘n Bake is a home-based bakery, specialising in artisan cakes to order.
Riaan West is a Cape Town based international fine art wedding photographer who travels for local and International weddings.
We are an Owner Driven EVENT PLANNING & DÉCOR HIRING COMPANY based in the Western Cape.
“Make-up is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful, it is meant to magnify the beauty that already exists.”
Technical experts on and off stage.
‘Live your dream wedding with To-Nett’s’ For more than 30 years our inspiration has been our clients!
We are a one stop shop offering all things be-YOU-tiful.
Wedding dress designer / stylist based in Cape Town, South Africa. We do custom design and manufacturing of bridal gowns and entourage attire.
The Original Infinity Dress can be worn 27 different ways, making it the perfect bridesmaid dress for all figures!
Silk Music is a specialized DJ service provider with the knowledge and expertise to transform your special occasion into an unforgettable celebration
Nestled at the foothills of the Simonsberg lies Vrede en Lust in the breathtaking Franschhoek wine valley.
Zest music provides classical and jazz ensembles for weddings and events.
At Giltedge Ocean Islands, we create life-changing experiences for discerning travellers looking for an authentic island getaway.
Mantelli’s is a leading manufacturer of premium individually wrapped biscuits, cookies, rusks and savoury crackers for food service and hospitality industries.
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 loves nothing more than the opportunity to capture these once-in-a-lifetime memories in the most natural, authentic and captivating way.
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.
Internationally accredited make up artist who specialises in bridal makeup.
Our artisanal event space
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 creates luxury gowns that evoke drama and glamour of past eras whilst still maintaining a modern edge.