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Kate & Julian: An Eclectically Romantic Winery Wedding in South Africa
Photos By Ryan Graham
By L. K. on Nov 13, 2015 at 4:00 am in Bohemian and Colorful
Kate Rawbone and Julian Diaz met four years ago on a cold, rainy night in the dead of a Cape Town winter. Exhausted after a long work week, Julian had wanted to hole up indoors for the evening, but he’d promised friends that he’d join them for drinks, so he’d grabbed his coat and headed to meet them at a place he doesn’t usually frequent: Planet Bar, a posh, glittery establishment housed in the city’s oldest hotel. Kate, who’d been itching for a girls’ night out, had shown up with a friend to kick off the revelry with a bit of bubbly. The pair’s paths might never have crossed, but it seems the stars conspired to align. When the two first spotted each other, the attraction was as instant as it was electric. “We couldn’t take our eyes off each other, and we wound up chatting all night,” Kate recalls. “I was so swept up in the conversation that I didn’t even notice when my friend slipped away! Julian finally kissed me, midsentence, and I blissfully forgot what I was even talking about. It’s been a ridiculously fun, love-fueled ride ever since.”
Once Julian proposed—on his own birthday a year later—the couple began planning a winery wedding at Beaumont, a Bot River family farm and vineyard steeped in time-honored traditions. Since Kate works for Wedding Concepts, one of South Africa’s most sought-after event planning companies, she and Julian had a running head start on designing a day of dreams. The duo drew on their different roots—he’s Colombian-American, she was raised in Johannesburg—to create a vibrant, eclectically romantic setting suffused with a South American-inspired palette of fuchsia, burnt orange, cream, and green. As the couple had hoped, it turned out to be “a true celebration for all the senses.”
The couple’s elegantly modern monogram featured gradated gold foil lettering. The paper goods were created by Lara’s Designs, which specializes in bespoke stationery.
Heike le Cordeur, South Africa’s most wildly imaginative floral designer, used trailing amaranthus and russet-colored orchids to put an edgy spin on a classically soft and feminine bouquet of peonies.
The branchy ceremony arch was twined with tree peonies, bougainvillea, and golden grevillea. A local weather phenomenon known as a black south-easter—very strong and gusty winds—forced the ceremony indoors, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The couple ended up exchanging vows in Beaumont’s cozily cavernous wine cellar, which is the oldest in the region. “The space actually made the ceremony far more intimate and special,” Julian says.
“The highlight for me was that heart-racing moment when I got out of the car and began walking down the aisle to meet Julian,” Kate says. “I’ve never experienced anything like that before. It was a complete rush of emotions that I simply could not control.”
“As I saw Kate arrive and walk toward me in her wedding dress for the first time, I was overcome with emotion and couldn’t hold back the tears,” Julian says. “I underestimated the impact this moment would have on me and was just not prepared for it. It was a very special moment that will remain engrained in my memory for the rest of my life.”
The seating chart was framed by a bounty of roses, peonies, and greenery.
“Even though we had 150 guests, we still wanted the reception to feel warm and intimate,” Kate says. “In my design work at Wedding Concepts, I always find that suspended décor, be it lighting or florals, instantly transforms the ambiance of a room, lending a coziness and a mood of magic that can’t be created any other way.” Lovingly built by Kate’s father, wooden canopies were draped with floating ferns, foliage, and fresh flowers, then strung with a potpourri of luminaries, including jarred tea lights, crystalled chandeliers, Edison-style lightbulbs, and fairy lights, for a dreamy glow.
A sloping wheat field overlooking Beaumont’s homestead provided a picturesque setting for portraits.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > ryan graham
Event Design and Planning > bride in collaboration with wedding concepts
Videography > vision on fire
Ceremony Venue > beaumont family wines
Reception Venue > beaumont family wines
Event Coordination > wedding concepts
Flowers > fleur le cordeur
Catering > zest
Cake > kanya hunt
Rentals > urban tonic
Ceremony Music > The Early spring
Reception Music > dj rené
Bride’s Dress > Klûk CGDT
Hair > Shanti O’Hagan of Mop Hair
Makeup > yolande du toit
Lighting and effects > something different
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire > handmade by dominic evans
Stationery > lara’s designs
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