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Masterchef Guy Clark’s “1693” Pop Up Kitchen @ the beautiful Bellingham Estate

So you may ask yourselves what do we do this weekend, we’ve been all over nothing left to do. We’ve done all the normal stuff been to some wine pairings where there are 50 plus people, which was great, but picture Saturday or Sunday lunch in a venue that dates you back to 1693 with rolling lawns, a Dutch styled Manor house, and a cellar yes built in 1693 🙂  Take in all that Franschoek scenery whilst relaxing on the lawns or taking a walk through history. Sound good, well add to that a masterchef personally cooking for you along with his trusty assistant Samantha Nolan a well accomplished chef herself and also a Masterchef finalist on the South Africa Masterchef series.

Only 12 to 16 people are accommodated at these events, with a minimum of 12,  keeping it exclusive and intimate where new friendships and networks can be forged, or invite a group of friends to join. Meals are all in the old maturation cellar built in 1693, and you are enclosed in a wonderfully warm feeling of days gone by whilst also enjoying wine pairings of the Latest Bellingham wines the Homestead range .

Rather than me boring you have a look at the images below to see more of Bellingham.

Bellinghams Facebook page  or  Please contact them for info on the menu and dates on or call  on 0218741019 0726127127 for details and enquiries  also re Functions and Accommodation and stays.

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Couples Photoshoots – Imaad & Khairun-Nisaa

I had the absolute pleasure spending some time with this awesome couple recently, so relaxed and full of laughs. This is their 10th anniversary year and they are planning numerous events through the year including a few couples wedding gown shoots.

Here are a few from the outdoor photo session near Kirstenbosch.

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The Cape Venue Blog @ Bellingham

The adage is “step back in time ” and this is the absolute truth.  My visit out to the beautiful Bellingham estate was just that. As you drive through the gates and approach the manor house the feeling of history is palpable, you almost expect a vintage car to be parked in the driveway.  On greeting Kim we walked into the manor house to put the kettle on for coffee before doing a tour , the entire manor house now a national monument and museum, owned and managed by the Podlashuk Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation. The Podlashuk’s originally bought the property in 1943, and then ventured into wine making. The original cellar been built in 1693 and the manor house in 1797.

The interior has been kept exactly as Mrs Podlashuck had lived in it. The furnishings alone push you back into a bygone era of “grandness” the days of black tie dinner parties and luncheons where you would arrive in  suite unlike today where casual is the norm.


Bellingham as a venue offers one of the most picturesque venues Ive visited. The gardens offer a photographer endless opportunities with nooks and crannies everywhere, plus mountain backdrops. The ample gardens offer a serene location for corporates or weddings alike, with smaller functions having the availability of the original cellar, bigger functions a marquee can be set up on the ample lawns.


Bellingham also offers 2 self catering  suites for accomodation.

They are 11km out of Franschoek and about 55min out of Cape Town. For weddings and corporate functions a shuttle service can be arranged on request .


Proceeds from events are distributed to various charities so you are also contributing to good causes. For more info an the charities see contact details below.

Kim and Chris are able to chat to you about all the details in full.

Please contact them on or call  on 021 874 1019 or 072 612 7127 for details and enquiries re Functions and Accommodation stays.


I can’t wait for the next visit to this special place for more images and another history lesson 🙂



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The Cellar circum 1693

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Kim & Matt @ Belair

I was really looking forward the Kim and Matt’s wedding to be held at the picturesque Belair Estate from the day I met them.  Its from  that first meeting when you start getting to know a couple that you get that excitement early on  and it was always going to be a great day 🙂 High winds, cold and later rain did not manage to dampen the day in the least bit although we did have a slightly frost bitten bride (sorry Kim 🙂 ) along with a wonderful crowd of family and friends the day was a huge success for Kim and Matt .

Thanks guys for having us part of your day.


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Front page of Top Swedish Wedding Mag

Always great to get feedback from clients but ones like this are really special. Janice and Hakan whos wedding was at 12 Apostles emailed me with this great news.

Dear Jacques, the wedding pics you took made it to the May front cover of the most well known wedding magazine in Sweden,  with credit to you. Sending thanks and best regards again, Janice and Hakan. ”

Thank you to Janice and Hakan for the submission and feedback 🙂

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Dale & Nicole @ Cavalli Estate-Cape Town Wedding Photographers –

Dale & Nicole were married at the beautiful Cavalli Estate in Stellenbosch.  What a picturesque venue to celebrate a wedding, a real treat for all attending. Having known Dale and the family from when he was just a few years old it was a real honor to be part of this special day.

Congrats to this lovely couple and wishing them a blessed future.


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Nono & Max – Couples Photographer

Awesome relaxed couples photo session with Nono and Max, really enjoyed the time spent with you guys and all the best for the wedding later this year.

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Shireen & Glen – Preggie shoot – maternity photographer

So glad we managed to get this maternity photoshoot done as the little one decided to come a wee bit early a few days after.  So looking forward to meeting the little Angel for her first baby photoshoot in a few days.  Shireen and Glen you guys are  really a special couple and its been such a pleasure getting to know you over the years and I wish you blessings on your family. 🙂

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