Mike and Louise, Steenberg Estate. What a build up it had been. Torrential, driving, pouring rain in the few days before their wedding. And now, here I was, driving up to where Louise was getting ready at iKhaya Safari Lodge and Cape Town was blue, crisp and summery. Nothing could go wrong. Unless of course you were a mommy of an old oak tree on Rhodes Drive that decided it wanted to heave itself across the power lines and bring all electricity to a somewhat abrupt end. Which of course it did. As oak trees like to do on the most significant day of your life. But luckily, Mike, Louise’s husband-to-be is a startlingly fine engineer and with a bit of re-jigging had a generator up and running in no time (while Eskom bless their souls muddled about in the road outside). So I arrived to the peaceful strains of a generator and a hair-dryer doing their things. We were running somewhat behind time, but thanks to the magic of Carla Brown (you simply CANNOT underestimate the importance of a pro make-up artist), Louise’s make-up was on in record time and we were back on track. Into the Aston Martin our Louise jumped, off to the church, married, back into the Aston Martin and off to Catharina’s at Steenberg Estate for champers, photos, lots of laughter, speeches, more champers, more laughter and fine music by the awesome Brendon of Music2theMax. As for the food – amazing – Catharina’s know exactly how to create and plate exceptional food I tell you. And so there we go. Thanks Mike and Louise for opening the dance floor to the 2014/2015 wedding season. Here’s to a cracker of a year ahead!