The winners from the styled shoot. Front: Marné Fourie, Carmén Stronkhorst, Elsje Tintinger, Darien van der Merwe, (back) Marinda Cilliers, Sarah-Marie Snyman, Marelize Coetzee and Lumé Reiter.

MBOMBELA – A wedding is one of the greatest days of your life, so wedding vendors right across the country make it their mission to ensure that you have the day you have always dreamed of.

They spend hours on perfecting their craft. It is only fitting then, that they be rewarded for their effort. This is where the Top Vendor Wedding Awards come in.


During this competition, vendors from all over the country enter themselves in categories such as couture, decor, venue and photography.

This year’s winners were recently announced, with two local businesses being crowned winners in the stationery and floral categories.

Gina de Clercq from the Design Bar was the winner in the stationery category and Sarah-Marie Snyman from Lush Floral won the floral award. A combination of local vendors won the best-styled shoot category.

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Sarah-Marie Snyman and Gina de Clercq at the awards ceremony on August 22.

“It is a very prestigious competition to even be a part of,” said De Clercq. “In the wedding industry, they are renowned for ‘crowning excellence’ as they put it.

“We were very honoured and excited to be crowned a winner. We feel it is a huge honour that among the elite agencies in South Africa, two small local business owners have in fact won,” she said.

“You are always a bit shy to enter yourself at first, but it is a very nice forum,” said Snyman.

According to her, the styled shoot was also a great victory for the local wedding sector. This shoot included planning by Nova Planning, photos by Lumé Reiter, venue and decor by Whispering Thorns, hair and make-up by Blazing Beauty, cake by KISS My Cake, jewellery by Violet & Rose and stationery by Marné Fourie. The dress for the shoot was made by Simone Couture – a designer from Pretoria.

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