SOUTHERN Kings player Jacques “Vleis” Engelbrecht said “I do” over the weekend to teacher Anele Bester at The Plantation.
The glamorous wedding was attended by about 140 guests, with magazine television show Top Billing capturing the nuptials for broadcast at a later date.
The guests, including rugby players De Wet Barry and Luke Watson and Kings coach Matt Sexton, were treated to a seven-course meal after the service, led by pastor Sam Honiball. The venue was a sea of purple with more than 5000 flowers, including 2000 roses.
Bester, who arrived at the chapel in a horse-drawn carriage, wore a Lady Marmalaide mermaid style dress designed by Demetrios, out of his Cosmobella collection, and the groom wore a tuxedo with a white tie.
In case there was any doubt, his black socks had the word “groom” embroidered on them in purple.
The Plantation owner Sarah Dirsuwei said the couple had adopted a “more is more” approach.
“The Plantation’s philosophy is to treat every person entering its estate like royalty – so who better to roll out the red carpet for the Southern Kings? Anele and Jacques chose a colour scheme of royal purple and silver. Yvonne Smit and Ilke Theron from La Romantique [did] the décor. Their philosophy is ‘more is more’ and the wedding [was] a vision.”
Guests were entertained by Nelson Mandela Bay harpist Glenys Bannister, who played in the chapel while guests arrived. After the couple exchanged their vows, the guests moved into the garden where they were treated to cocktails and canapés while listening to the sounds of Two Tone Music Productions.
Tables at the reception were decorated in two themes – both with silver brocade cloths and large purple flower ball centrepieces. Some were on tall silver vases, others on candelabra. The centrepieces were surrounded with four flower balls, glassware and candles. The main table was full of purple flowers in silverware, with three candelabra hanging from the rafters above.
For their first dance, the couple danced within a giant heart made from flower petals to Engel Van My Hart by Juanita du Plessis.