Wed­ding ac­com­mo­da­tion built with empty wine bot­tles

What to do with hun­dreds of empty wine bot­tles left be­hind af­ter the cel­e­bra­tions at your wed­ding venue? Build ac­com­mo­da­tion for the bridal cou­ple!

Home (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By Johletta Brits Pho­tographs Elza Cooper Styling Amanda van Wyn­gaardt

It’s safe to say that most wed­dings in­volve a bit of rev­elry.

Once the guests have all left and the venue has been cleared out, the num­ber of empty bot­tles left be­hind is usu­ally a good in­di­ca­tion of how much fun was had!

Marinda and Wil­lie Tur­vey, own­ers of Tsekama Wed­ding Venue south of the Water­berg, know this only too well. And since Marinda is par­tial to homes with a bit of a twist (the Tur­veys’ im­pres­sive con­tainer home was fea­tured in the Septem­ber 2017 is­sue of Home), she be­gan to con­tem­plate the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing these empty bot­tles to build ac­com­mo­da­tion at their venue.

“I re­ally wanted to build some­thing with items that are usu­ally dis­carded,” she says. A cre­ative friend, Eu­gene Diener, ex­per­i­mented with a few ideas un­til he came up with a build­ing tech­nique us­ing glass bot­tles in an oc­tag­o­nal de­sign.

Marinda says that when she rec­om­mends the bot­tle house to hon­ey­moon cou­ples, they’re often scep­ti­cal. “But once they see it, they love it – espe­cially as it’s so se­cluded!”

The bot­tle house pro­vides ro­man­tic ac­com­mo­da­tion among the thorn trees. The thatched ‘wings’ are in­ter­spersed with latte ‘wings’. “For a bit of ex­tra de­tail,” ex­plains Marinda.

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