Vrede en Lust Cape Town Wedding – Rachelle + Ashley

There are two words which most accurately describe Rachelle and Ashley’s wedding, and they are HOT and FUN. Temperatures were flaring on both the thermometer and the dance floor on the 15th of December at Vrede en Lust wine estate in Franshoek! It was a small wedding mainly attended by Rachelle and Ashley’s close friends who had flown in from all corners of the globe. With such a young, hip crowd there was little doubt that it would be a party, but I don’t think anyone was really prepared for the sweltering dry heat that enveloped everyone like a giant hair dryer on full ball! Rachelle spent much of the morning retreating into air conditioned rooms with her good friends icing her down with wet cloths. Cape Town summers aren’t for sissies or those straight out of a European winter! But eventually temperatures cooled as the sun dipped over the vineyards and set behind the mountains. And that is when the fun really began!

Rachelle and Ashley are both creative spirits with a wonderful enthusiasm and energy for life and I am sure you will be able to tell by the pictures that most of their friends are cut from a similar cloth. They wanted the energy of their big day captured into a narrative and I hope I did it all justice.

Thanks so much for picking me. We so enjoyed meeting you all!

When we dreamed up our wedding day in our snuggly London flat, we talked of summer. Fans, rolled sleeves, draped dresses, all with a little Gatsby edge – as if the heat had wrapped around us all and taken the edge off a traditionally formal occasion. We envisioned of fairy lights and Chinese lanterns dancing in the breeze, fresh bold flowers, peaches and creams and light grey stripes blurring through the night.

We imagined our friends travelling from round the world to be there, some after years of absence. The smiles, the laughter, the happy salty tears and the delight of an overdue reunion. We talked of our journey to marriage and beyond, and how important it was that those that had shaped our past could be the path to our future, and become the glowing essence of our wedding.

We talked and planned and dreamed it all up, and in the end, when it all came to be… it was somehow more sparkly and bright and sweltering and joyful than we had dared hope.

Venue: The picturesque Vrede en Lust wine estate http://www.vnl.co.za/

Flowers: by Tanya Odendaal from Studio Bloem studiobloem.co.za. By happy coincidence Tanya picked Australian natives to go in amongst the arrangements, showing just how in tune she is with getting to know her couples before their big day- even from far away.

Hair & Make up: The calming and creative genius of Merle Titus http://www.infidels.co.za/Profile.asp?cardholderid=13392

Groom’s and Best Man’s Suit: A Suit That Fits https://www.asuitthatfits.com/ in London, UK

Bride’s Dress: Boa Boutique http://www.boa-boutique.co.uk/ in London UK

Rings: Dan Beck at Jewellers Workshop http://www.jewellersworkshop.com/. Special thanks to Dan for our perfect creations, as Ash says, “not every bride has a talented jeweller as a childhood friend.

Cake: Christa from http://www.florentines.co.za/ who went above and beyond on flavour and style, with sweet little hidden delights

Lighting: Something Different http://something-different.co.za/

Music: We were very fussy about what we wanted, and the only people with the flair and sound that was just right came from Manouche http://www.manouche.co.za/

Priest: We we’re thrilled with Gordon Oliver, he created a perfect ceremony, one that perfectly captured who we are, and why we were there (gordonoliver39@gmail.com)

(and a big thank you to Jacki and Tash, who barely left traces of where they had been, capturing it all as if by magic!)


  1. Stacy Squires Photography on March 5, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    wonderful wedding photos

  2. Lee-Ann on March 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Wow Jax – these photo’s are so amazing – I love the one of the Groom when he sees his wife to be walking down the isle. Amazing. xxxx

  3. Robyn on March 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Spectacular! I could honestly get lost for hours on your website xxxxxx

  4. Tricia on January 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Wonderful energy and spirit captured in these images. Beautiful!

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