WED­DING BLISS AT VONDELING

VONDELING IN VOOR-PAARDEBERG BE­GAN ITS LIFE AS A WINE PRO­DUCER IN THE EARLY 18TH CEN­TURY. TO­DAY IT IS AN ES­TATE OF SUB­LIME NAT­U­RAL BEAUTY, AND HOME TO A QUAINT CHAPEL FOR IN­TI­MATE WED­DING CER­E­MONIES.

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The es­tate is sit­u­ated in the Voor Paardeberg area of the Paarl dis­trict. Here, man­i­cured lawns sur­round the manor house, church, and tast­ing room – where some de­li­cious vin­tages can be sam­pled – and meet the slopes of the Paardeberg with its con­trast­ing rugged beauty.

CHAPEL CHARM

St Cle­ment’s, with its white walls and clas­sic charm, was com­pleted in 2013 to host in­ti­mate wed­ding cer­e­monies. In­side, spe­cially made wooden pews can seat up to 100 guests, while sun­light streams through stained-glass win­dows. At the al­tar, an im­ported Ger­man or­gan waits to wel­come brides with a tra­di­tional (or not-so-tra­di­tional) wed­ding march.

A RE­CEP­TION TO RE­MEM­BER

After the cer­e­mony, pho­tos can be taken in sev­eral lo­ca­tions on the farm, all of­fer­ing beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral set­tings, while guests en­joy canapés over­look­ing the ma­jes­tic Paardeberg.

The re­cep­tion is hosted in the Cape Her­itage-style wed­ding venue just a few steps away from St Cle­ment’s Chapel, where fairy lights strewn from the roof of the ve­randa pro­vide a mag­i­cal back­drop to the out­door dance­floor.

TO REST AND RE­LAX

The two-storey manor house on the es­tate is ideal for the bri­dal cou­ple to get wed­ding-ready on the day, and pro­vides overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion for 14 guests after the fes­tiv­i­ties.The Cape Dutch­style house dates back to the 1700’s, yet of­fers all the mod­ern ameni­ties such as a fully equipped kitchen, DStv and WiFi. Out­side, the 20 m swim­ming pool with sur­round­ing loungers and un­der­cover braai area are ideal places to re­lax with friends and fam­ily after the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions and to toast to wedded bliss.

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