To mark the arrival of Bo & Luca in South Africa we have decided to showcase a few of our favorite local industry providers. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing our favorite Venues, Wedding Co-ordinators and Stylists, Photographers, Florists and Caterers.
As we are a design house with a certain flair for wedding style inspiration we hope to provide our South African Brides with some local knowledge of the amazing beauty, talent and creativity that is right here. This week we are focusing Venues we love and we hope you love them too.
BABYLONSTOREN – FRANSCHHOEK
A Celebration of Nature…
A garden unlike any other, you gaze out on to eight acres of organic wonder. Scented beds of thyme, rosemary, and wild garlic, a berry block with Cape gooseberries and mulberries, a pergola walk dripping with table grapes, an orchard of clementines, nectarines, and grapefruit and an apiary for honey. And vegetables, too—butternut and beets, rocket and radishes and peppers of impossibly bright hue.
Babylonstoren is an authentic working farm. It has a no-frills earthiness about it with a contemporary design aesthetic.
Simplicity, style and a celebration of nature’s abundance are the hallmarks of any event at Babylonstoren. For all weddings, the integrity, look and feel of the farm is always maintained, while respecting the privacy and comfort of its guests.
LA PETITE FERME – FRANSCHHOEK
All That is French Charm…
La Petite Ferme sits in the foothills of the Franschhoek Pass, silently surveying the outstanding beauty of the Franschhoek Valley. This idyllic countryside wine farm is the perfect location for a wedding of relaxed simplicity. With its contemporary and chic interiors you cannot help but feel the French charm engulf you. A family run business offers you with an intimate and personal experience. La Petite Ferme provides understated luxury. Crevices of exposed walls show off its history, while the glass enclosed verandah and gardens cascade into the luscious landscape.
THE ALPHEN HOTEL – CONSTANTIA
The fabulously infamous Alphen Hotel in Constantia is lined with 100 year old oak trees, meticulous gardens, not to mention the incredible manor house that is now a upmarket boutique hotel.
Located in the leafy Constantia Valley, The Alphen Hotel has hosted parties and entertained guests for the past 300 years and though the times and the property have changed considerably, the tradition of sophistication, elegance and beauty remains.
The Hotel and its immaculate grounds now boast what Designer Adam Court explains as “Hedonistic glamour – a little eccentric, somewhat bohemian, rather eclectic and casually elegant.”
YOUNGBLOOD STUDIO – BREE STREET, CAPE TOWN
Youngblood is an art & culture development located on the very trendy Bree Street in the center of Cape Town. Its founder, Roger Jungblut, realized that the talented individuals making up South Africa’s burgeoning field of arts and culture need two things above all: capital and exposure. Through Youngblood, they receive both. This way, many promising artists are newly motivated and are given the chance to reach their full potential.
The space exudes creativity and inspiration. Youngblood isn’t just another venue, if you hire the Youngblood building as your wedding venue, the money gets directly reinvested into the artists/projects they deal with, therefore you are contributing to the creative sector by hiring it out on your big day.
It is a multifaceted 3-story gallery with high ceilings and raw brick walls, lending it to various possibilities and creations. The Youngblood team is open to original ideas and visions to make every wedding unique.
THE ROUNDHOUSE – CAMPS BAY, CAPE TOWN
Set in a forest, surrounded by an amphitheater of mountains, with sweeping views overlooking the ocean, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the greatness of nature.
Founded in 1756 and steeped in history, you are instantly filled with an abundance of nostalgia. It was originally built to safeguard the Cape from enemy ships, however over the years The Roundhouse also saw the colonial era in all its splendor, playing host to the most prominent aristocrats of the day.
The Roundhouse as it stands today is the perfect culmination of its history. It captures the spirit of elegance and luxury inspiring nostalgia for the golden age of romance.
There is an otherworldly element to the Roundhouse in which you feel a sense of eerily charm and are spellbound by it.