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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 05:46

Princess Bride and her Colonel's Celebration

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Fairytales do come true………

A born socialite, fashionista, and trendsetter to Durban's elite, vibrant and stylish Jolene wanted her special day a romantic reflection of an era gone by, and this bride and her beau spared no expense in translating this dream into a reality. We began this adventure with Jolene at the forefront, guiding us along every step of the way to achieving her trendy fairytale wedding. Working with this sparkling bride is any Stylist's dream.

joleneSet in a quaint Durban restaurant, nestled in the heart of trendy Greyville just 3 weeks before her big day, we caught up with buoyant Jolene,who requested that not only her guests receive the white-gloved treatment that she is so accustomed to, but the gorgeous bride absolutely insisted on a relaxed an intimate candle-light dinner for her beloved family and cherished friends, who joined her in this celebration of love.

Event Styling™ paid close attention to the bride's requests, and after meeting with this gorgeous creature and her distinguished husband to be - The Colonel, this young couple was immediately recognized as a gem to work with. Easy-going, with charming personalities and gentle spirits, this celebrity couple is renowned for their decadence in style, fine dining and luxury travel. Opulence and splendor, amidst a relaxed out-door setting was the order of the day! Paving the way for a new trend and combing the natural beauty of the outdoors, with the glitz and glamour of Vintage Hollywood, we created a scene straight out of a fantasy fable.

Event Styling™ colour palette for this romantic celebration consisted of gentle pastels and whispers of pink blush, buttercup, lavender, and lime green with satin-gold accents. Roses and butterflies, gilded bird cages, vintage candles, crystal chandeliers, ice sculptures and a multitude of fairy-lights created an enchanted Parisian garden ambience that set the tone for this show-stopping event. Favours for each guest were delectable, designer cup cakes - guests very own take-away pudding - to be tucked into, during the early hours of the morning. A slice of the very best of the good life!

The evening kicked off with the ravishing Beauty and her dashing Colonel arriving in a glamorous 1940's Vintage collector's item, and guests were a-gasp in awe as she stepped onto the red carpet, with of course her dazzling Jimmy Choo's leading the way.
The vintage designer wedding dress Princess Jolene adorned - (one of 18 gowns custom designed especially for her during the wedding build -up) was painstakingly hand-crafted, by none other than Durban's top Couturier Francois. The Colonel's designer suit had landed at King Shaka International only hours earlier, but all was well in Fairyland as the bride and groom made their way towards the reception, ushered in by dexterous fire–poi artists. I must admit, when I saw "my" bride I was overwhelmed with emotions of pure joy and gratitude, and so immensely pleased to have had the honor and privilege of working with such a magnificent soul.


The Market Restaurant, headed up by Andre Schubert provided the finest cuisine Durban has to offer, and an endless supply of entertainment for the kiddies as well as their parents ensured that everyone had a ball. A photo booth, stilt walkers, magicians, fire-poi artists and model welcome hosts, all embraced the evening in true celebrity style. A chocolate fountain, and a pink lemonade fountain greeted guests as they arrived on the red carpet, and kiddies were escorted to a private game room, greeted by a face painter. But only if you were among the few stylish attendees, would you agree that this event was something to be experienced rather than blogged about.

An antique, but fully functional water fountain adorned with floating candles and rose petals added to the mystic and magic of the evening. Entertainment for the night was the fabulous Gino Veronie, a hidden treasure in KZN who simply stole my heart the second we met with his natural charisma and later with his exceptional rendition of a classic Ray Charles number, but the Event Styling™ crew were quite fascinated when the groom himself unexpectedly serenaded his new bride with his rendition of "To Love Somebody" - The quintessential inclusion in a Fairytale story- a man in love publicly pledging his undying affection to his one and only sweetheart……

The grand evening was topped with lashings of sparkle - literally– as each guest was handed a giant sparkler during the cutting of the cake, and soon the enchanted garden was ablaze with glitter. Balloons are currently trending at weddings, and we included a multitude of gilded helium balloons to ensure that Jolene's styled photo-shoot was abreast of this trend.


The Princess and The Colonel's wedding celebration was the ultimate in wedding celebrations, with only the very closest and dearest present to witness the magic of their love in bloom. And like all celebrity parties, this one ended up in copious amounts of champagne bursts, amidst roars of laughter and emotional hugs. Its' all reminiscent of an era gone by, when love would do anything for love. Festivities lingered on into the early hours of the morning in the bride's hometown La Lucia and guests were reluctant to leave the newly-weds, lest they miss out on all the merry-making!

Embracing life and always the latest fashion trends, Jolene and her beau ooze a passion for the finer things in life, and when asked about what's trending and her advice on life, Jolene simply replies with her captivating, youthful charm, and her adoringly sexy smile, "Love is definitely in fashion, so wear it everyday."


That’s right Jolene, we here at Event Styling™, simply love a romantic, so "Cheers to the good life, and an everlasting fairytale marriage to your Colonel. - You’ve made us all believers in the magic of true love."

Event Styling™ eagerly awaits the next chapter in Jolene's glamorous lifestyle.

wedding-coupleWe wish to acknowledge the following contributors to The Colonel & Jolene's Vintage Celebration of Love. Without you, this fairytale would not have come true.

Gareth Du Plessis - iGaz Media - Creative Photography
Trent Saunders - Wedding Photography
Andre Schubert - The Market
Francois Vedemme - Designer Wedding Gown
Andre Britz & Team Event Styling™ Crew
Naomi Smith - Naomi Smith Hair
Jacqui Trinder - Accentuate Hair & Make-up
Mo Magic
Big Top Entertainment
Farida Sayed - Styled Wedding Cake
Jo-anne Sona Singh - Emcee
Deen – Skycon security
KupCake Heaven


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