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Stylish 30th Birthday Celebration | ACPP

A stylish 30th birthday celebration at ACPP in Pretoria to commemorate the gorgeous Cattleya’s special day.  The theme was classy & fabulous, and let me tell you it certainly was on all levels!  The event itself was held at Cafe Continental at the ACCPP venue, which was partly canopied (Bedouin tent style), and the event planners certainly managed to make this space looks classy and fabulous – lots of white, Chanel style black and white stripes, touches of gold, black and pink, beautiful beaded table lamps… a beautiful “floral backdrop for the sweet/ cake table… and so it went… The guests all did their part to help create the “old world glamor” look and feel of the event – to this end, there was lots of black (always uber stylish, no? ;-)), pearl necklaces, lace, glitter/ beads, gloves and so on. The guys too, were wonderful, kitted in black or dark suits, there was an array of waistcoats, hats, bowties or ties, suspenders, etc.etc.  Cattleya herself was dressed in an exquisite gold dress with an open back, her hair up in a way, that when I arrived and saw her, she instantly reminded me of Audrey Hepburn!!!   All in all there was such an authentic feel to the event, that at times I’d turn around and see a group of people chatting, and in a surreal way, I’d be reminded of a movie character or movie 😉   It was very evident that Cattleya, had put in a huge amount of effort and energy into planning this event down to the nth detail and making sure it was a special in every way.  What made it truly special, of course, was the fact that she was surrounded by her closest of family and friends!  Her hubby gave a heartfelt speech in her honour and Cattleya herself, gave one back, and also thanked all the special people in her life.   As always, I had so much fun working this event – there were loads of moment to be caught on camera (lots of people taking selfies in front of the gorgeous cake table backdrop by Vixen Paper Flowers), and of course, there was a load of laughter – just the way I like it!  After the cake cutting, the dancing began in earnest and I drove away to the sounds of awesome beats!  As always such an honour to have been a part of such a special event, and to have captured the moments and memories (this is the reason I became a photographer).  Cattleya, you rock lady!  I hope you had a fabulous time, and thank you so much for the opportunity to capture your 30th birthday for you.  There were just too many wonderful moments and great guest shots for me to make a shorter selection, so on that note, enjoy your (rather long) preview!

vixen paper flowers 30th birthday at ACPP

how stunning is this floral arch by Vixen PaperFlowers ?  It certainly was a popular spot during the evening

even the stunning cake by Lunaberry got a stylish Chanel touch!!!

glamourous little ones doing a boogie 🙂

an amazing array of canapes/starters by Ginger Apple, served with an accompanying drink – the display alone was fantastic!

classy and stylish, with mom and dad!

Catt “showing off” her stunning dress!

with grandad – how wonderful!?

real instagram moments being recorded!

I just love image above – these guys were so entertaining!!!

a serious photobomb moment – had me in stitches 😉

Event Co-ordinator : Dehan van Schalkwyk
Decor&Flowers : Peter Matthews & Carla Ferreira (ACPP Decor Team)
Cake & Macaron Tower :  LunaBerry (Heloise Haupt)
Stationery : Tique Design (Lia Nascimento)
Paper Flower Arch : Vixen Paper Flowers (Vicky du Plessis)
Starters (paired canapés) : Ginger Apple


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