Cape Town, Sunday, 7 February 2016. Former Miss World, Rolene Strauss, has tied the knot with fiancé D’Niel Strauss, at a lavish ceremony at the picturesque Laurent wedding venue in the winelands town of Somerset West on Saturday, 6 February.

The couple were engaged in December 2014 and commenced wedding preparations immediately. It was essential that the couple appoint a professional team to ensure Rolene’s dream day would become a reality whilst travelling as the reigning Miss World. It was to be none other than South African wedding doyen, Aleit Swanepoel, Founder and Chairman of the Aleit Group.

It was a dream come true for Aleit who has followed the beauty pageant for many years and Rolene, in particular, since becoming Miss South Africa. Aleit recalls, “I will never forget that moment when Julia Morley announced second and first princess. We were all holding our breath before she uttered (which felt like a great drum roll), SOUTH AFRICA!”

— Photography by Joe Photography, Vivid Blue Photography and Vizion Photography

I’ve been told to pick up my sword and fight for love, little did I know that love had won for me.

The calm before the storm, getting ready for the big moment.
Pearl and diamond earrings from Jack Friedman Jewelers are perfect for this once in a lifetime occasion.

Beauty with a purpose

The wedding day was described as a timeless and elegant affair characterised by style, grace and sophistication.

As with all aspects of her life, Rolene is very organised and had a clear vision for her special day. Having extensive knowledge and experience of the wedding industry, the team from Aleit Wedding Coordination made her fairy tale day come true. Only the best service professionals were approached to form a part of the greater wedding planning team, consisting of industry leaders.

Since the couple have busier schedules than most, they were treated like overseas clients. In between her busy Miss World schedule, they had the opportunity to visit the venue on a few occasions to meet with the respective teams. There was a full menu tasting and an extravagant flower and table mock-up where Rolene could choose her glassware, cutlery, crockery and luxurious linen for her special day.

Rolene sees her mother as the epitome of being a woman and is grateful for the core values she has taught her.  Mother of the bride and bridesmaids dresses by Casper Bosman

The Nuptials

OKASIE was inspired by the timeless beauty of the bride and transformed the venue into a sensational, opulent scene with cascading florals in crisp white, combined with curated elements of romance and luxury.  The bridal bouquet and retinue for the family were flawless accessories.

From her dramatic entrance on a horse and carriage, there was a tangible sensation of ethereal beauty as the bride walked down the sleek aisle created by Something Different, leading to a tall gazebo cladded with soft draping and a glamorous crystal chandelier.

After the ceremony, the guests moved to the pre-dinner phase of the evening, hosted in the very special oak tree lane on Lourensford Estate. A|CREATE furnished the beautiful manicured lane with a combination of high cocktail seating, comfortable café style wooden tables and trendy white chairs, creating lounge pockets for guests to recline, while the newlyweds were busy with their shoot with celebrated local photographers from Vivid Blue and Joe Photography.

This informal gathering was contrasted by the formal reception venue where OKASIE opted for dripping wisteria-like blooms, floral waterfalls, floating and drifting installations and fine, repetitive elements which drew the guest’s eyes to every detail in all corners.

Elegant clusters of crystal chandeliers hung throughout the reception area giving a premium and opulent feel – enhanced by the glossy dance floor and additional feature lighting touches around the venue.

“Everyone should feel like a princess on their wedding day” ~ Rolene
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~ Matthew 19:14
The flower girl dresses were perfectly created by designer Biji La Maison.
Rolene’s dream dress was made a reality by her good friend and designer Casper Bosman.
“I might have found my Prince, but my dad will always be my King” ~ Rolene
Mr and Mrs Strauss, you may kiss the bride…

Gastronomic Delights

The menu was created by none other than Executive Chef Gustaaf Boshoff from STIR Food and consisted of a four-course menu and canapes. Chef Gustaaf described it as a well balanced mix of both traditional South African fare and a fusion of Asian and Mediterranean flavours. Rolene’s love of Asian food was brought to life in the DIY Peking duck pancake starter, a great way to create a relaxed atmosphere between guests. For the pre-dinner phase of the magical day, a ‘street market’ theme, included interactive food stations; a braai station, an Asian dim sum and sushi bar, a Mediterranean inspired charcuterie stand and an elegant martini salad bar. The main course was a true celebration of traditional ‘boerekos’. STIR reinvented samp, turning it into a luxurious starch component, reminiscent of a creamy risotto. Green beans and ‘pampoenkoekies’ added a burst of colour and flavour. There’s nothing quite like a peppermint crisp tart for a sweet ending, and after guests danced the night away they were treated to truffle cheese toasties. Desert was the spectacular 5-tier wedding cake created by pastry specialist, Wade van der Merwe, with feminine finishes and delectable fillings.

Rolene and D’Niel’s wedding theme verse: “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Creating Magic

Aleit and his team believes that the most important element of a wedding day is how the guests are made to feel ‘shivers down their spine’ or ‘gooseflesh’. They say that if there is at least one such moment for every guest, then they know they have achieved their goal.

Aleit was elated with the outcome of the day. Of the stunning bride he said, “Her beauty is real, tangible and unparalleled. Her humble attitude and big heart is what really made the day so special and perfect”.

The couple would like to thank everyone involved who made this the most memorable night of their lives, especially the amazing team of service professionals that exceeded all expectations.

The couple was especially grateful for all their family and friends who travelled from both their local farming communities and those from abroad. When asked how they would transition from the event to married life, Rolene stated without hesitation that “we will continue to build on the solid foundation that we have established on our common beliefs, family values and passion for life.”

The Bride and Groom’s table at the majestic reception of the Strauss Wedding.
The wedding flowers were the most important decorative aspect for Rolene; together with OKASIE, the Aleit Group made sure that Rolene’s vision came to life.
With great music and good friends, the couple danced the night away celebrating the start to a new journey together.
Lourensford Wine Estate was the perfect backdrop for this fairy tale wedding.
“We’ll go down in history, they’ll describe our love as incredible…”