Good morning blog fam!
We did a quick trip to Cape Town last week (to shoot a beautiful wedding at the Silo Hotel, but also for a little break from Gauteng…isn’t Cape Town just gorgeous in the summer?) I just adore the vineyard views, long walks on the promenade in Camps Bay and city stoming on the colourful streets of De Waterkant and Bo-Kaap…not to even mention trying out the gourmet cafés and fine dining restaurants!
On another note - I’ve always admired girls who pack light. I’ve watched so many tutorials and how-to’s on packing just the essentials but always manage to overpack…so with a little help from some beautiful items at Forever New (most of them are on SALE at the moment ladies!! Follow the links underneath the pics to shop the items) I managed to create a Cape Town capsule wardrobe with only a few items - below are the key items:
Best of all - I only needed a small carry-on suitcase - so much better for me, as I had Aaron and his stroller and car seat as extras to take along (thank goodness for my bestie who helped me carry!)
Landing in Cape Town, we went straight to our apartment (highly recommended!) Icon Luxury Apartments - it is centrally located and just a beautiful, modern space with all the amenities for a great home base! We booked through Booking.com and we even got free (very secure) parking in the underground parking lot (with packing up a newborn, camera equipment and shoot wardrobes twice a day this was a real godsend for two ladies on the go!
First stop: Kirstenbosch
Can you believe that this was my very first time at Kirstenbosch?! I’ve been to CT so many times and it never occurred to me that this magnificent place would be such a delight! From the lush grounds and breathtaking views to the smell of all the indigenous flowers and proteas, this is a new favourite! I can’t wait to see a live concert there or do an outdoor cinema picnic evening - maybe on our next trip…
Then: Camps Bay for sunset and dinner
A firm favourite - I only have good memories of Camps Bay and summer holidays, Cafe Caprice and The Bay hotel. And oh boy, that view of the Twelve Apostles…
Delaire-Graff Estate for lunch
Aaah the splendour of the wine route! Delaire-Graff is just one of many jewels along the chain of wine farms and restaurants in the Stellenbosch area and we decided to treat ourselves to lunch on the beautiful patio at the main restaurant. Look, it is a splurge, but if you count the breathtaking view, impeccable service and all-round atmosphere, it is totally worth it! This place can only be described as a slice of heaven!
Babylonstoren for desert
My second visit to this fascinating farm…where plants and vegetables are organically grown and served at the 5 star restaurant and green house cafe. Truly inspiring for any vegan or organic-product lover!
Silo Hotel and Zeitz MOCAA
We booked about a month prior for lunch at the Silo Hotel and I can see why it so popular. With 360 views of Table Mountain and the bay and the iconic window installations, it almost creates a celestial atmosphere on the upper floors. The menu is modern and very unique and the hotel suites are no less noteworthy- we also got a peek at the R100 000-a-night penthouse suite…out of this world!
Just next door is the Zeitz MOCAA - you have to see it to believe it - the concrete cutout techniques used to convert decommissioned silos into liveable spaces and museum galleries is something truly extraordinary!
This was also the location for the wedding ceremony that we photographed the next day. What a showstopper! (see our business Instagram page for some images of Tres-Jolie and Jacques wedding: @estilo_photography)
Wedding bells! We spent Saturday photographing the wedding of gorgeous fashionista bride TJ and Jacques’s wedding at Zeitz MOCAA and the Silo Hotel.
All-White Lunch at Grand Cafe and Beach:
The next-day celebration of TJ and Jacques’s union happened at Grand Cafe and Beach, just a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront.
Loved this eclectic bar-restaurant - Santorini-vibes all day long as you lunch with your toes in the white sand and rocky beach views. Great food. Highly recommended.
And then it was ADIOS CAPE TOWN…’til next time! (with a quick stop in the beautiful Bo-Kaap district)