I’ve always been a really firm believer in the fact that you need to think very carefully about your setting because when you get your photographs back, the venue and setting are going to speak volumes! And if you’re going to have photographs of your guests eagerly tucking into sumptuous fare and sipping on chilled Chenin Blanc you may as well have them doing it in a spectacular setting. And believe me, the Strandkombuis in Yzerfontein is that setting. Well, I think so anyway (and if I get my way, both of my daughters and my son will get married there one day). I have never had a bad meal there. The food is very West Coast (as you’d expect) with plenty of home-made bread, jam, snoek soup, mussels, prawns, calamari, an abundance of salads, potato wedges, coffee, koeksusters… and on and on it goes. Look, I have to be honest here – the venue isn’t going to be for everyone. But if you’re looking for spectacular West Coast ambience, an astonishing sea view and sand dunes as a backdrop to the speeches, then you’ve come to the right place. No, it’s not 5-star luxury, but if you want a beach wedding that offers a really stunning sunset in the company of good family and friends, then I think you’ve just hit the jackpot. Talking about luxury and accommodation, the Strandkombuis can accommodate 90 people overnight. So your guests can go bananas, get lost on the beach, dance under the stars and then sleep it off in rooms that won’t disappoint. As far as photographs go – well, it’s a cracker. Not only because the venue is situated on 16-mile beach, but because almost anywhere you look there’s a photo opportunity – all within easy walking distance. I’ve also seen some couples put together some really awesome décor here. All it takes is a bit of imagination and flair and you’re away! Owners Nattie and Marie know how to really get on with the knitting and deliver the goods. And Bastiaan their son is an all-round good-guy who will make you feel very welcome. They’re heavily booked so if you want to get in, I suggest you get hold of Mardi quickly on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Or call her on 022 451 2360 And once you’ve booked, call me, or I’ll never forgive you! Over and out.