Plettenberg Bay Wedding, Hunters Lodge at Tsala
Plettenberg Bay Wedding, Hunters Lodge at Tsala
The setting for this Plettenberg Bay wedding is a “Chapel in the Forest”, located on the Tsala estate in Plettenberg Bay. It is the perfect setting for exquisite wedding photos both inside and out. The chapel is floor to ceiling glass windows which overlook a sweeping valley of an age-old indigenous forest; a perfect backdrop for a couple to say their vows in front of, and a natural set-up for exquisite ceremony photos.
Stefan & Rochelle got married at this incredible location and we asked them a few questions about their Plettenberg Bay wedding:
Let’s talk about your stunning Plettenberg Bay wedding… We love your wedding venue. Why did you choose Hunters at Tsala? Those glass panels at the reception hall is beautiful!
Well Stef is originally from Plettenberg Bay and his parents still stay there, hence a Plettenberg Bay wedding. We went there for holiday and just thought we would have a look at venues. We both didn’t want it to feel like we got married in the city and business or a venue where everyone gets married, we wanted it to be unique and different. When we drove into Hunters we completely fell in love with the venue. The insanely beautiful country garden, Oh my goodness the chapel in the forest was breathtaking, the Bedouin tent with the rustic country feel but then elegant touches like the Victorian chairs and the chandelier and fire pits. The green house like dining area with glass panels is something from a dream. It feels like you are dinning in a glass house in a forest. The menu was actually ridiculous! Ostrich, lamb shank, Carpaccio and even sorbet palette cleansers. The accommodation is amazing and the staff was the cherry on the cake, they were so helpful and so accommodating going beyond our expectations. We also cannot thank Christelle enough for capturing our beautiful day and all the special moments! We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer! She is phenomenal to work with and really knows how to ease the “stage fright”. Most of the time we didn’t even know they were there, which I think is key to capturing natural and real moments.
Where did the inspiration for your dress come from?
I didn’t want a summer wedding because I didn’t want to be a sweaty bride haha… I wanted my dress to be elegant and long sleeved with loads of lace. I wanted it to fit in with the stunning venue and be different and specially made for me. My friend offered to make my dress as a present so it was very special to be able to wear her first ever wedding dress.
Tell us a bit more about your wedding favours? What is it? Is it home made?
Well guest are usually so full after all the food, that dessert either gets skipped or wasted but then you wake up the next morning wishing you could go back and eat some. So we thought what if we could send dessert home? We both LOVE cheese cake so we decided to do homemade cheesecake with berry compote and place them in pretty jars with wooden spoons and thank you notes. I must say the hard work was worth it because it was a winner, we even had some with coffee the next day and we still use the jars for nuts etc.
Your wedding décor, we see there are a few DIY projects. Please tell us a bit more on these?
Well I think your wedding is something so special and that your heart goes into planning it. By spending time doing these little art projects not only gives you bonding time but it also makes you feel that your actual sweat and tears went into it. For us, our Plettenberg Bay wedding was extra special seeing our vision come to life and knowing that we had actually done a lot of it ourselves. Some of our DIY included: our save the dates, wedding invites with an actual wax seal (we measured and cut out every single paper), menus, name cards, seating chart, origami hearts in the trees, dessert, gold cans and ribbons, even the console jars with naked light bulbs that hung around the dance floor. We brought a lot of our decor ourselves months before like the console jars, motives and candles, bottles for homemade ice team that was given to guest on arrival etc. However I must say that without the help of our family and friends we wouldn’t have been able to pull it off.
Any tips or advice for couples planning their Plettenberg Bay wedding?
Make it your own, don’t worry about trends or what is in. Just envision and create your day according to your dream! Oh and include your future hubby in all the planning, its not just the bride’s day. Its both of your day and if you want to enter into forever partnership the wedding is the best place to start. Make decisions together and have each others backs, especially when it comes to others opinions or influence.
DIY and source it yourselfves. Hiring places, designers, dj’s etc add such a mark up but by spending time sourcing things and making it yourselves you can save SO much money. Think about who you have in your life and what they do and use them instead. You will be surprised by how much you will save by rather paying friends (who a lot of the time offer their time for free). We created our own playlist and had a family who brought sound equipment for free. I asked my friend who is a designer (also a bridesmaid) to help us with invites etc, we got our stationary printed at wizards printers and brought the paper from craft shops, friends helped us to collect cans which we sprayed gold and our console jars we still use for storage of kitchen goodies or flowers.
Choose the menu you want haha, I know this sounds silly but you can end up being stressed about not having two read meats, or having this or that and what will people like. I totally agree on catering for vegetarians or allergies but other than that have food that you actually want to eat and enjoy! Everyone basically gets free meal and there are no rules anyway.
Have Fun! We couldn’t believe how 8 months of planning had gone by in the blink of an eye! Its such a special time of your life and mostly we only get to do it once. So don’t stress the small things, like if you don’t have the perfect flowers, or if the music ends up being funny or if the mic doesn’t work or leaving the venue before quests. We decided that we would laugh at the little errors and have fun creating our special day and dance the night away because we worked for it. Which we did, everyone had left and we were still having a drink with family and speaking about the day! They eventually ended up chasing us away and off to our honeymoon. So yes! Have fun, have fun have fun!
We hope you enjoyed this Plettenberg Bay wedding! Make sure to visit our other real weddings for even more tips and advice.
Photographer: Christelle Rall Photography
Wedding Planner: Confeti Events