When asked to do a styled shoot in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful private villas, I jumped at the opportunity. Anyone who knows me will tell you I love the creative side of wedding and event planning and that I LOVE planning exclusive celebrations in gorgeous locations!
This particular luxury villa surpassed even my wildest imagination with exquisite European finishes and stunning custom-designed decor, not to mention the mind-blowing views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Our team wanted to showcase the multiple benefits of a private villa for small intimate celebrations (especially prevalent during Covid), and we created several different looks to demonstrate this.
In the first shoot, we opted to use the villas raw wood dining table and design an informal lunch setting that was relaxed and inviting yet very simply styled.
As the day progressed and we moved into evening, we opted for a striking monochromatic palette that lent itself to the existing interior decor.
We paired the bespoke Mervyn Gers dinner service with matt black and gold cutlery and Steidl Crystal stemware for an elegant dinner setting.
We paired the Mervyn Gers dinner service with both the starter and main sets of matt black and gold cutlery for an ultra-luxurious dinner setting and added exquisite black cut crystal stemware from Spilhaus. These small additions were added to show how small styling details can add sophistication and elegance.
Here’s a bit of background on the styled shoot:
Our inspiration was to create beautiful and inviting celebration settings showcasing both the beauty of the villa and how easy it is to transform a space for an intimate celebration. The monochromatic colour scheme we used was black, dark grey, gold and off white. Key elements included: Mervyn Gers dinnerware, Hire Haus matt black and gold cutlery, dark grey custom-made linen table cloth, black and grey candles and light grey napkins and a mixture of clear and black cut crystal stemware. We used a variety of opulent white flowers mixed with dark foliage.
Photography: Angelique Smith | Venue: Private Villa managed by In Residence | Co-ordination, Design & Styling: Boutique Events | Floral: Epanoiur Flower Studio | Stationery: | Table Cloth: Custom-made | Rentals: Hire Haus, Spilhaus, Hemeljuis | Model: Joslin Sita