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An en­chant­ing hill­side set­ting in South Africa

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Imoved to South Africa to work in the sa­fari in­dus­try and met An­thony while liv­ing in Cape Town. Af­ter get­ting en­gaged, we de­cided that we would like to get mar­ried just out­side the city in South Africa’s beau­ti­ful wine re­gion. We took a road trip to search for a venue and spot­ted a tiny chapel on the hill­side among the grapevines.

The Chapel be­longed to the Mont­pel­lier wine farm. We drove up a long tree-lined drive­way to the old Dutch manor house and im­me­di­ately fell in love with the set­ting. There were so many mag­i­cal nooks and cran­nies – the glasshouse in the for­est, the en­chant­ing gar­dens, a beau­ti­ful pool and mag­nif­i­cent French-style wine cel­lar.

We could have the whole place to our­selves for a week­end, all our guests could stay at the farm, and af­ter a cer­e­mony at the chapel, we could hold our re­cep­tion in the fairylit oak trees – we were sold!

RACHEL GREEN­WOOD AND AN­THONY KYLE MAR­RIED AT THE MONT­PEL­LIER VINE­YARD, SOUTH AFRICA, ON 12TH MARCH 2016

As we were all stay­ing at the venue there was no need to hire a wed­ding car, but Mont­pel­lier of­fered their huge flatbed Chevy truck to give guests a lift from the manor house along the farm track to the chapel, be­fore com­ing back for me, my mum and my brides­maids.

The jour­ney to the church on the truck was so much fun it made me feel more at ease, and as soon as I was walk­ing down the aisle, my nerves dis­ap­peared. It was truly the most mag­i­cal day and I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much in my life!

As many of our guests came over from the UK for a two-week hol­i­day, we ar­ranged sa­faris in Kruger Na­tional Park and lots of ac­tiv­i­ties in and around Cape Town to re­ally make the most of their time with us. Hav­ing the chance to cel­e­brate with ev­ery­one we love most in the world in one place was in­cred­i­bly spe­cial.

WE SPOT­TED A TINY CHAPEL ON THE HILL­SIDE AMONG THE GRAPEVINES

THE COU­PLE HELD THEIR RE­CEP­TION OUT­DOORS

RACHEL FILLED THE GROUNDS WITH LOTS OF PRETTY DE­TAILS

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