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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