Leah & John’s Cape Town Birthday Celebrations
We were so excited when Nicola from Nicola Jane Wedding and Event Specialist contacted us about this Cape Town Holiday Photography photo shoot. It is no secret that Andre & I are obsessed by anything travel related. We don’t hate taking photos either. So when we get to combine the two, work is most certainly not a job. Throw in a bunch of really awesome Texans and you’re in for a fine ride!
Now there’s a story as to why this group of 20 friends were in Cape Town together. Leah and John were both celebrating milestone birthdays. They decided to do something out of the ordinary and special. Well, in this case VERY special! They invited 18 of their friends to join them on a fun, action packed and gastronomically delightful few days in the mother city. Nicola did a great job putting the itinerary together. I mean, how do you fit everything there is to do in Cape Town in to only 5 days. Well, she did it, and what fun it was documenting this Cape Town holiday photography gig!
We met up with our lovely group for the first time at their gorgeous boutique hotel, 2Inn1 Kensington for welcome drinks and some typical South African snacks. For some, it was the first time meeting each other too. But when lovely Leah and John are the common denominators, then you can only imagine that their friends are equally as awesome! In no time, everyone was getting on like a house on fire!
After our first groupie, we met up again for a few pre-dinner pics at the Pot Luck Club in Woodstock where everyone had their first dinner together. The Pot Luck Club is situated on the top floor of an old Silo building in Woodstock. It’s one of the coolest place to be seen in Cape Town and its success is based on innovative cuisine, served in a relaxed yet edgy environment. The food is ever evolving and new dishes are developed on a regular basis.
The next morning we met up with the guys in the Atlantis Dunes. They first did a bit of quad biking, and then a sand boarding trip organized through Downhill Adventures.
In the evening before dinner, the group enjoyed a game of Hint Hunt at the Waterfront.
The next morning we woke up to a chilly winters day in Cape Town. Although the skies were a bit gloomy, and not so great for scenery, it was perfect weather for wine tasting and yummy food. The group started off at Jordan winery where they were treated to a cellar tour and a trip to the lookout point. Afterwards they enjoyed a delicious lunch.
Next up was Kononkop Winery for a winetasting. I think it was here that we really got to know these guys 🙂 Lets just say they were not a quiet bunch!
Now imagine climbing a mountain after a full day of wine tasting, lunch and a dinner… Well our Texans are living proof that it can be done. And not just any mountain – all 1085m uphill of Platteklip Gorge on Table Mountain! Well done you guys! Let’s just say we are glad we took the cable car up. The scenery was spectacular, with mists creeping in every so often creating quite an eerie atmosphere.
That evening saw the big birthday bash at the Cartel Rooftop Venue in the CBD. With gorgeous African themed decor and florals by Puccini Creations and a braai fest with the most delicious South African cuisine by Slippery Spoon, it was a night to remember. How gorgeous is the cake by Florentines Cakes? Entertainment was in the form of face painting, a marimba band and African dancers by Henry Jeanne. After dinner, The Black Ties provided dance vibes.
Our last day was spent doing a Peninsula trip. We started off our morning in Imizamo Yethu. During our walking tour, we got a little insight into the devastating fires, visited a church, a pre-primary school and a residents’s home.
Back on the coach and we headed off to Cape Point for the iconic photo at the most south westerly tip of Africa
And our day ended with a rainy penguin encounter at Boulders Beach.
Nicola, it was wonderful working with you again on this Cape Town holiday photography shoot. And to Leah & John, what a privilege to meet y’all! Thank you for choosing us to document your very special trip to Cape Town. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross again one day. We hope we’ve kept the memories alive for you through our images.