Ladies and gentlemen, the crown has been claimed! This year, our Top 12 finalists were treated to an entire weekend of spoils as they competed for the prestigious title of Bride of the Year 2018 at our annual gala event.
After an entire year of planning, we were elated to see the hard work of our team and service providers come together at the 18th annual Bride of the Year, which took place at Sandton's very own gem, The Maslow Hotel. In true SA Wedding's fashion, we teamed up with only the best wedding service providers to ensure that the event was world-class and that our finalists and guests were treated like absolute royalty.
Well, what can we say other than Saturday, 25 May 2019 was a night to remember. To give you a glimpse of what went down, we’d like to say a massive thank you to MSM who made sure we had the most incredible production, Salt & Pepper Creative for the most beautiful installations of decorative lighting, wooden structures and of course, the dance floor!
We also cannot get enough of the most incredible florals, put together by the talented Charlene, from Oopsie Daisy! These beautiful blooms also added a touch of elegance to our event stationery, which was courtesy of TeeLee Wedding & Event Stationery and stunning decor by Moi Decor.
Our drool-worthy cheese table was created by Maria from The Cheese Cake and our delicious candy station by a team of service providers; thank you Turquoise Squirrel, Sweet Joy and Angelique Celeste Macarons!
Ready to get the night started, guests were treated to "The champagne of the red carpet", Piper-Heidsieck, welcoming tunes by Jude Harpstar and our charming MC, JP Robberts.
Ready to impress our fabulous team of judges, our top 12 were ready to strut their stuff on the ramp in their glamorous wedding attire. This year’s judging panel consisted of:
Singer, actress and all round superstar, Bianca Le Grange
Getroud Met Rugby Actor, David Johnson
Singer and actress, Stephanie Baartman
Managing Director of Giltedge Ocean Islands, Lylie Moolman
While our judges deliberated, guests were entertained with music by Cameron Bruce and beautiful designs by Valencia Harrison, Eurosuit, Soapbox Kids and Michelangela Bridal Studio. How adorable are those little girls?!
After winning the hearts of our judges, we were pleased to announce:
Bride of the Year 2018 WINNER: Salem and Terra Nyati
R 30,000 CASH prize from SA Weddings
5 night stay at Azura Benguerra in Mozambique courtesy of Giltedge Ocean Islands and Azura Retreats
Various other prizes all to the value of R 250 000
1st Runner Up: Kylie Booyzen
R 15,000 CASH prize from SA Weddings
2 night stay at African Pride Irene
Various other prizes all to the value of R 36 000
2nd Runner Up: Chandre Goosen
R 10,000 CASH prize from SA Weddings
2 night stay at Insingizi Game Lodge and Spa
Various other prizes all to the value of R 26 000
We had additional titles up for grabs, which were awarded to some deserving winners:
Mrs Photogenic: Mrs March, Nadia Pedroso
Mrs Personality: Mrs June, Cheryl Ramgath
Mr Personality: Mr April, Donovan Henderson
What a lovely bunch!
And that's a wrap for Bride of the Year 2018. We'd like to say a massive thank you once again to all our service providers for putting together an incredible show, our beautiful couples, guests, The Maslow Hotel for hosting us and of course Barclay Studios for the stunning images and One Fine Day for capturing the weekend so perfectly on video!
Please continue scrolling to watch the highlight reel and view the images in our gallery.
Venue: The Maslow Hotel
Photography: Barclay Studios
Videography: One Fine Day
Hair & MakeUp: Ultimate Glamour and Kelly-Jean Hair & Makeup
Live Entertainment: Jude Harpstar and Cameron Bruce
Decorative lighting and wooden structures: Salt & Pepper Creative
Stage, sound and lighting: MSM
Flowers: Oopsie Daisy
Decor: Moi Decor
Furniture Hire: Absolute Perfection
DJ: Cream Cheese
Stationery: TeeLee Wedding and Event Stationery
Balloon Installations: Vuyo Varoy Lifestyle Emporium
Cheese Table: The Cheese Cake
Candy Station: Turquoise Squirrel, Angelique Celeste Macarons and Sweet Joy
Backstage Assistance: Image Innovators
Fashion Show Hair & Makeup: MiaMay Makeup and Hair
Fashion Show: Valencia Harrison Designs, Eurosuit, Michelangela and Soapbox Kids
Make Some Magic
Sweet joy designs and creates luxurious delectable art works for your wedding day.
Their style is simple and unique and they pride themselves on creating custom, personalised stationery just for you
Michelangela Bridal Boutique situated in Pretoria East, specialising in bridal wear and bridesmaids dresses.
South African musician. International Award Winning & trained,
SA's Got Talent TOP 18,Multigenrist Collaborator/ Performer/ Composer/ Arranger/ Improvisor
Kelly-Jean is a Johannesburg based Hair And Makeup artist with a decade experience who has specialised in makeup and hair styling for the fashion and advertising industries.
Fairy tale Weddings Come To Life at The Maslow
Eurosuit has established itself as the leading brand in men’s formal wear hire and sale.
I would love to be a part of making your special day.... sweet.
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Kids Luxury Brand
I strive to achieve the best look suited to my client, not only keeping them on trend but timeless at the same time.
The Cheese Cake produces cheese 'cakes' made up of the finest speciality cheeses.
Your moment matters.
Basically, we love to design and execute the wedding of YOUR dreams!
Creativity is our business and passion is what we are driven by! We offer our clients the service they deserve with expert advice, perfection and flair. We select the best cho...
The Champagne of the Red Carpet.
Live Music and Entertainment for Weddings
It is our passion to capture all the beautiful emotions of our bridal couple’s wedding day.
Wedding dress designer / stylist based in Cape Town, South Africa. We do custom design and manufacturing of bridal gowns and entourage attire.
Our lovely collection includes vintage/whimsical and shabby chic –inspired items!
At Giltedge Ocean Islands, we create life-changing experiences for discerning travellers looking for an authentic island getaway.
We strive to create our clients vision and being able to set the atmosphere is part of our passion.
Having experience in all things beauty, her passion & main focus is Bridal Make up & Hairstyling.
The Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie creates bespoke, exquisite and extraordinary cakes and confections for any occasion.
We offer both styling services as well as furniture rentals.