The 9th February passed us by fairly recently and being the month of love, after all, made me nostalgic for Cuan & Chandre’s gorgeous Swellendam country wedding. It was literally 2 years in the making and happened 2 years ago! It has taken so long to post because, well, it was busy during that time and then it was 2020… But now is as good a time as any to celebrate love, laughter, connection, happy gatherings of people… and no masks!

Cuan & Chandre Swellendam Country Wedding
Cuan & Chandre 9th February 2019 !

A Hollywood, Gatsby, Speakeasy-style Garden Party…

As you can imagine, chatting with a couple for 2 years about one of their most important days, builds a solid friendship. Cuan & Chandre became exactly that. They were so easy and relaxed to work with and we had a ball planning each detail. Chandre wanted a Hollywood, Gatsby, Speakeasy, 20’s flapper-style outdoor garden party and our property was the perfect fit!

Cuan & Chandre's Swellendam Wedding
Thank you to 4EveryEvent for the gorgeous decor!

A beautiful wedding weekend…

Their country wedding weekend kicked off with a braai on the banks of the Breede River at the Bontebok Park on the Friday evening. The ceremony and reception on Saturday and finishing off with a long family table breakfast on Sunday morning. On Saturday, there were games and snacks and drinks and then the ceremony and then a more sophisticated sit-down dinner (and drinks) and dancing and best of all a ‘dessert station’ (and drinks!) Who doesn’t love a dessert station? With macarons, profiteroles, lemon tarts, homemade chilli fudge, homemade marshmallows, milk tarts…. sigh. With the evening ending off with a whiskey bar and cheese & biscuits. The weekend was full and rich and happy. We loved it.

Cuan & Chandre's Long Table Wedding
Beautiful Long Table in the Garden (our favourite)
Cuan & Chandre's Dessert Station
Dessert Station (another favourite!)
Cutting the cake at their country wedding.
Cutting the Cake (baked by Chandre’s dad!)

What the bride had to say…

We asked Chandre if she’d like to add a few words about their beautiful day and she had this to say…

‘The more I look at the piccies, the more I am blown away by how amazing the day was. Sometimes memories really do not do the moment justice! I am so grateful to you and your lovely staff for making our wedding day better than I could ever have imagined! (even when I was overthinking things, the outcome far exceeded my expectations).’

Ceremony Area for the Wedding
Getting married on the steps of The Conservatory
Getting married in Swellendam
Exchanging vows, not a dry eye in the house…

Perfect for small, intimate celebrations…

We only have the capacity to host one or two weddings a year, so they become very personal and precious to us. We love the beautiful energy they bring to our grand old dame and we are perfectly suited for small, intimate celebrations (especially now!). Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to create your own spectacular Swellendam country wedding!

Getting married in Swellendam
Really gorgeous pictures by Kobus Tollig

The Team…

Big shoutout to the team that made the day a resounding success… 4Every Event for the decor, lights & furniture, Saskia van Leeuwen for the flowers, Kobus Tollig for the amazing photographs… we battled to choose!

Swellendam Country Wedding
Fun on Swellendam Main Road


  • What fabulous pictures. Makes us wish we could do it all over again @ one of our favourite places. The setting was absolutely perfect. What a lucky couple. We wish them the same happiness we have had in our 42 years of marriage & counting!

    • Oh, such a lovely comment Doug and such great wishes! We’re hoping to see you in November, keep strong and well until then.

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