A CELEBRATION of true love on the most romantic day of the year was never more evident than at the wedding of Case van der Touw and Shaun Luyt at The Island at Pine Lodge last Friday. Bare feet, a white Greek-style theme, Alfred the ring-bearer dog, sisters as groomsmaids and the couple’s mums walking them down the aisle are a few of the special touches that made this wedding unforgettable.
The two, who have known each other for ages, looked super-handsome in their sand-coloured linen suits while guests were requested to wear all white.
The gals called “dibs” on the best man – this brother had the accent and the looks (and does he flirt much).
Liz Prins and Lauren Mungur rocked virtually the exact same style of dress and looked fabulous individually.
“Best lady” Francesca Bekker was a Grecian goddess in white and gold while the Van der Touw gals, Elke and Claudia, also looked radiant and regal. Even for a confirmed singleton like myself, I could not help but shed a tear seeing romance so beautiful and alive – cheers to a great life together, boys!
His name is synonymous with style and fashion, his personality larger than life and his heart generous too.
The Bay’s Heinz Schmidt celebrated his 50thbirthday on Saturday with a 1950s jazz club inspired party, complete with the classy TwoTone as entertainment.
Hosted at Mangiamo at Wicker Woods in Walmer, the celebration was attended by beautiful people, including one of Heinz’s muses, Margit Meyer-Rodenbeck, aka Dowwe Dolla.
She flew in for the stylish shindig dressed in one of Heinz’s black floor-length dresses with red flower detail.
The guests, too, were dressed to the nines. Morne van der Schyff rocked denims and a blue jacket with his trademark pocket square.
Mr PE finalists and even Mr PE attended – I loved Louis Zietsman’s suspenders as he looked very funky.
The canapés and meal were designer styled – Mangiamo’s Joel Malkinson outdid himself.
Heinz, here’s to another 50 years of style and joie de vivre!
Also on Saturday, your Skinnerbek made a stop at the launch of Ibhayi Tshisanyama in Motherwell. The event was supposed to start at 6pm but most of the guests seriously stuck to African time – present company included.
Luckily the man of the moment, Ibhayi Tshisanyama owner Bongani Mabusela, was also fashionably late.
Asanda Mqiki, sporting her weird hairstyle, was there with her partner, Lelethu Mahambehlala.
There was also some unknown oke who made a moemish of himself. He was told by security at the gate that only invited guests were allowed in, but nevertheless he kept forcing his way in while swearing at people.
I was most impressed by Maisha’s performance. In my next life, when I own a recording company, you will be the first one on my list of artists.
I loved Seki Mandaba’s navy and white stripped maxi-dress. The ladies tried to stick to the dress code, which was smart casual, but I really saw no point in wearing heels at an event of that nature.
Umhlobo Wenene’s Mafa Bavuma, who was his usually jolly self, was the MC and kept everyone in stitches with his jokes.
On Sunday I attended the Sunday soul session at Kwa Speech in Zwide. The Bay attended in numbers and it was more like a carnival event.
Producer Nduduzo Makhathini was also there and I hope Sy Ntuli, the director of the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC), who was also at the event, took note of the talent our city has.
Keep those invites coming and let’s razzle again next week!