A Mad Hatter Inspired Brunch Wedding

Hayley & Phil hired me to be the day-of wedding co-ordinator for their Mad Hatter inspired wedding, held earlier this year.  Hayley was a super organised bride, with a clear vision of what she wanted, which is so important when only hiring a day-of planner.  It is imperative that you paint a very clear picture and hand over all relevant information, in order for your day to be executed flawlessly.

Hayley and Phil decided to have a morning ceremony and a brunch reception, which many couples are opting for these days.  There are many benefits to having a morning wedding.  It is more affordable than having a 3-course dinner.  Couples who opt for morning weddings don’t fall into bed exhausted, at the early hours of the morning, and they actually get to spend some time together on their first day of being married.   You are also able to zoot off to you honeymoon straight away, which is what Hayley & Phil did.

Here are some images from their wedding, held at the Durban Country club.  I just loved the floral designs and the little “eat me” jars of sweets.

Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Me with Hayley & Phil - Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Image by Linda Twiggs

Thanks to Hayley & Phil for choosing me to be a part of your special day!  I hope that married life has been treating you well.

You can see more from Linda Twiggs here.

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A First Birthday Fiesta

Lily Bean turned one recently and her parents thought that a South American theme would be the most apt theme because that’s where Lily Bean was……..*cough* conceived *cough**blush*.  I was so excited to be a part of the planning process, not only because it was a fun & unusual theme for a first birthday party, but also because Mark, Mel & Lily Bean are good friends of mine.  As with all planning, it started with an inspiration board…

South American Party Board

Images via Hostess with the Mostess

The garden was decorated with papel picados and tissue paper flowers, which were a cost-effective, yet authentic way to decorate.  No South American Fiesta would be complete without a pinata, which we had made.  Grownup guests were served tortillas with all the trimmings, sangria and margarita cupcakes – made with tequila.  Melissa didn’t want the kids snacks to be packed full of sugar so we served fruit drizzled with chocolate, popcorn and alcohol free sangria and cupcakes.

Here are some pics from the day…

Papel Picado

South American Party Decor, Pinata, Tissue Paper flowers

South American Party Packs

Margharita Cupcakes

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A Vintage-Industrial Coffee Inspired Wedding – The Reality

Having the wedding at Colombo was no easy feat.  Not being a traditional wedding venue, they were not equipped with tables, chairs, knives or forks.  If we needed it, we had to source it and bring it in.  Colette and Graeme did a lot of DIY for the day. Amongst other things, Colette made the knife & fork place mats and Graeme planted the all of the succulents into the cinderblocks and tin cans.

Guests were given take home 25g bags of Mocca-Java coffee as their favours.  Colombo do an extensive range of coffees, which are for sale to the public, but Kyle’s suggestion of the Mocca-Java blend was incredibly apt. Mocca-Java is regarded as the first union (or blend) of two different single-origin coffees in history.  Mocca brings chocolate-like aromas with fruity flavours to the blend, while Java contrasts this perfectly with deep body and sweet caramel on the palate. This marriage of two very different coffees has stood the test of time.

Picking the vendors was of key importance, especially the caterers.  Colombo was not equipped with a kitchen either, which is why Fusion World Cafe was first choice.  If you have not eaten at Fusion before then you have been missing out!  Shaun & Caryn run the amazing restaurant, as well as the Fusion Cooking School, and they brought their many years of experience to the table when they served 75 guests a delicious and hot 3-course meal from what can only be described as a camping kitchen setup.

Although guests were rather apprehensive on hearing where the wedding was, when they walked through the doors of Colombo to see the fairy-lit transformation and the smell of freshly ground coffee hit them, the party began.  Colombo served 197 cups of coffee that evening and guests literally had to be kicked out in the early hours of the morning.

The general guest consensus:  “What a refreshing change to most weddings they attend.”

Congratulations Graeme & Colette!!  Thanks for picking me to be your planner.  You were awesome to work with!

Coming up next on the blog…a long overdue post on Hayley & Phil’s Mad-Hatter Inspired Brunch Wedding.

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A Vintage-Industrial Coffee Inspired Wedding – The Inspiration

I have been been dying to throw an industrial wedding, and on seeing Colombo Fine Beverage Co, I knew that someone had to get married there, I just had to find the right couple…enter Graeme & Colette.

About 5 years ago, Graeme hopped on a plane to New York, engagement ring in hand, to visit his long time love, Colette, who had a brief sojourn in The States.  In the middle of Central Park, Graeme got down on one knee and asked Colette to marry him.  Colette said “Thanks man!” (which meant yes) and that was the last that anyone heard of marriage or a wedding from Graeme and Colette…until in December 2010 when a date was set – 16 June 2011.

Graeme & Colette were a wedding planner’s dream because they did not have any preconceived ideas of what they wanted; they just knew that they didn’t want a traditional cookie-cutter, bank-breaking wedding.

Although Colombo had never held a wedding there, the fantastic Kyle Fraser of Colombo was keen.  After seeing the venue Colette was sold but Graeme was hesitant.  He was concerned about what people would think and couldn’t quite picture how we were going to turn this functioning coffee factory into somewhere suitable for a wedding.  Enter the inspiration board.   He saw it, he got it and they were sold.  Their board looked something like this…

Pop back soon for the “Inspiration vs. Reality” post.

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Hayley & Phil – Sneak Peek

Here are some table setting sneak peeks from Hayley & Phil’s “Mad-Hatter inspired” wedding this morning.  This is all you get until the official photographer’s pics are out…

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A Belated Happy New Year

A very very belated Happy New Year to you all.  Some of you may have noticed that I have been very quiet of late.  This is because life has been crazy with the silly season and the launch of Amanda Azor Photography.  As mentioned before, I have always been a great admirer of photography and a while ago I picked up a camera myself and have been happily snapping away since.  I didn’t know at the time that it would turn out to be a great love.  I have received such a positive response and so many requests for professional shoots that I have decided to make it official.  If you would like to have a look at my work, pop on over to Amanda Azor Photography.  If you like what you see, feel free to “like” the fan page on Facebook.  I apologise in advance for the website still being under construction but there is a temporary gallery available.  Finishing that up is my next order of business.  So overall it has been a case of “a little less conversation a little more action” lately.

Aside from the shoots I have been busy with, I have also been working on two weddings and a pitch for another.  The couples that I have been working with are all so awesome, creative and open-minded that I cannot wait for their big day’s to see how it all turns out!

I will leave you with a few pics from the 18-person dinner party that my good friend Giselle and I hosted at mine on 04 December 2010.  We call it “Fake Xmas” and the first one was hosted by our friend Gareth way back in 2000.  It is a friends’ christmas celebration and we take turns to host every year.  We do dinner with all the trimmings, Secret Santa and too much wine is usually consumed.  Sadly, over the last few years we have had some absenteeism due to travel.  So this year we decided to have a very early one before some people jetted off to Mexico and others to the good old U.S. of A.

The stationary was created by Amy Moss of Eat, Drink, Chic (I have featured her on the blog before) and customised by me.  Thanks Amy!

I hope 2011 is treating you well so far.  I promised to try to update much more often.

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Happy Snap Sunday!

Isn’t this just the cutest wedding shoe shot you have ever seen?

Image Credit: Aubrey Joy Photography

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