The Wonderful World of Vondeling Weddings
Choosing the right wedding venue is often the most challenging part of any nuptial planning process. For those wanting to get married in the Cape Winelands, few venues have more “wow factor” than Vondeling Wines. This British-owned winery is tucked away in the Voor-Paardeberg region, and offers couples the opportunity to get married at one of the most intimate, not to mention unique venues in the Cape. A DAPPLED CHAPEL
The venue boasts a fully-anointed chapel, St Clement’s Chapel, which was completed in 2013. The classically-styled St Clement’s is a picturesque place to tie the knot. The locally-made stained glass windows allow plenty of natural light to flow into the chapel, tinted by ornately painted vines and the bright colours that spread across each windowpane. The chapel can seat up to 100 guests on locallymade wooden pews, which complement the stone interior to perfection. The imposing, yet charming organ was made in Germany over 40 years ago, and is now being regularly used to notify guests that blushing brides are on their way down the chapel’s aisle.
A WARM RECEPTION
Once the ceremony is complete, guests are guided to the function venue, which is about 100 m from the chapel. The dining area is light and bright, with high thatched ceilings, creating the kind of relaxed elegance that some pay wedding planners thousands of rand to replicate. The subtle influences of Cape heritage mean that nostalgia, modernity and minimalism effortlessly come together to give the reception room a unique feel.
Drinks and canapés can be served on the veranda, which is fitted with lights and speakers so guests can mix and mingle, while nibbling on something delicious. As their wine is some of the country’s best, couples who book their weddings at Vondeling are offered the opportunity to buy Vondeling wines at a very competitive rate – and, because you’re on a wine farm, running out of wine is near impossible!
A PLACE TO STAY
Vondeling and a few select guest houses within a 10 km radius of the estate are able to accommodate up to 100 guests in total. The Vondeling Farm House is the perfect place for the bride and groom to prepare for their special day. The two-storey house can comfortably accommodate 14 people, and the downstairs rooms give the bride and her bridesmaids plenty of light, air and space to prepare themselves for the day ahead.
The groom and his groomsmen can take the upstairs rooms, with the communal area (complete with DStv) being perfect for some relaxing chill time. The house has Wi-Fi and a 20 m swimming pool, as well as a resident Great Dane named Bella, who is more than happy to lend a hand with any task – as long as it involves food.
Vondeling Wines combines every element that couples want for a wedding day with stunning ease, including views which are, quite simply, unrivalled.
For more information on how Vondeling could be the perfect venue for you, visit www.vondelingwines.co.za.