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Intimate Tuscan Inspired Soirée

Italian inspired pre-wedding dinner

HomeIntimate Tuscan Inspired Soirée

    Authentic Italian Themed Pre-Wedding Dinner

    A stately private residence was the backdrop for this intimate wedding

    A beautiful private home in Franschhoek was the perfect setting for Bonny & Philipp’s intimate multi-day destination wedding with numerous gorgeous venue spaces for each of the couple’s celebrations. Bonny & Philipp love travelling the world together, and part of their global adventures is a love of great food and red wine!

    Exterior of luxury private house

    Exterior of the majestic Sandstone House in Franschhoek

    Pre-Wedding Dinner Concept

    Nothing Brings People Together Like Good Food

    Inspired by their Tuscany honeymoon destination, Bonny chose an Italian theme for their first pre-wedding celebration. Their pre-wedding dinner, hosted in the light-filled and airy Conservatory looking onto the majestic landscaped gardens, was perfect for their first night’s welcome Tuscan-style celebration.

    We loved creating an authentic Italian-style eatery with interactive live cooking and authentic styling and design details.

    Unique Styling & Design Elements

    A cheerful and welcoming atmosphere was designed by combining bright yellow elements and terracotta pots mixed with blooming artichokes. Unique design details include; custom-made terracotta-coloured Marie-Antionette dining chairs, the hand-embroidered lemon motif on French linen napkins, lounge pockets with custom lemon cushion covers, central Italian tile runner, authentic Italian crockery from our chefs at Table Seven’s own travels throughout Italy, charcoal grey kitchen counter with marble top for live cooking and multiple strands of hand-threaded lemons, garlic and chilli bouquets and a scattering of large copper pots.

    Dining table set in Tuscan theme with lemons and artichokes

    Bespoke Catering

    Boutique Events enlisted the dynamic team from Table Seven to curate an entirely bespoke menu in conjunction with our bride. Being an avid food connoisseur, Bonny was intricately involved in designing each celebrations menu with owners Luke and Katie Wonnacott.

    The bespoke menu included many delectable dishes inspired by Bonny & Philipp’s favourite Italian meals with a sustainable South African influence using only the freshest, organic, locally sourced ingredients.

    Chef preparing hand rolled pasta

    On the table

    Marbrin olive oil from Robertson, Balsamic from Modena Parmigiana Reggiano, Raw vegetables of beautiful fennel, carrots, radish and celery


    Pizza Bianco with rosemary, olive oil and garlic, Bluefin tuna Crudo, olive oil, sea salt, lemon, Seared Angus beef carpaccio with olive oil, rocket and pine nuts, Freshly pulled burrata by Davide from Puglia, Heirloom tomatoes and basil from Meuse farm in Hout Bay, Grilled Atlantic octopus, Fried zucchini flowers and aubergine, cashew nut and tahini dressing.

    Primipiatti – all pasta to be hand-rolled on site

    Spinach trofie Liguria with green beans, new potatoes and pesto, Saffron pappardelle with beef ragu, Cacio e pepe, Penne arrabbiata, Butternut and ricotta ravioli with sage and lemon burnt butter, Pizza porcini

    Secondi di carne e pesce

    Fiorentina steak with olive oil and sea salt, Pizza oven-baked Red Roman

    Dessert Table Feast

    Dolce Lemon meringue tart, Pâté de fruit, Chocolate and salted caramel tart, Amaretti Gelato cart

    Beef carpaccio salad and Italian desserts
    Personalised Drinks

    Bonny & Phillip’s family were welcomed on arrival with Bellini cocktails and an assortment of local and international craft gins and Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosè.

    Award-winning local and international wines were served during dinner based on each guest’s individual preferences from Bonny’s dads incredible vintage wine collection.

    An Authentic Italian Experience

    Luke Wonnacott hand-rolled all the freshly made pasta in front of the guests and as a surprise for Philipp, Table Seven arranged for Davide from Puglia to hand-pull buratta – one of his favourite dishes. Table Seven prepared home-made Gelato served from an authentic gelato cart. Unique design elements included an Italian café chalk menu board and a smaller chalkboard wine list for the table.


    Cape Town’s uber cool DJ Shaun West, owner of the well known The Wedding DJ’s, entertained guests with eclectic global tunes during dinner.

    Black chalk board with food menu and wine

    To see how this wedding unfolds;

    Day 2:

    Meditteranean-themed brunch in the Olive Orchards


    Day 4:

    Post-wedding Moroccan-themed Dinner in Llandudno


    Supplier Credits:

    Design & Styling: Johan Taute from Scape Events

    Photographers: Hewitt Wright Photographer | Angelique Smith Photography | Ursula Forrest

    Music: The Wedding DJ’s


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