I met the lovely Anzel of White Kite Studio sometime last year and she asked me to be one of the sponsors for her upcoming Pink Party Workshop. Happily I sent off some of my Wander Collection limited edition fine art prints to be gifted to the attendees along with a selection of other local brands. Antoinette, owner of the beautiful Langkloof Roses Estate, attended the workshop and fell in love with her new fine art print. She later contacted me to come visit her at the breathtaking Langkloof Roses Estate wedding venue just outside of Wellington in the Western Cape. The plan was for me to get a feel of this venue before I handcrafted a commissioned original artwork to visually represent the beauty of the venue and to create a fine art print collection from the original drawing that would be gifted to each bride that celebrated her wedding with them.
One sunny Thursday in April I packed my little Citroën and left the busy city behind with my darling flat mate and off we drove to Wellington to the soundtrack of Matt Corby. It was one of those last beautiful summer days and we could feel ourselves relaxing with the open spaces and mountain ranges beckoning us. We weren’t sure what to expect so after a quick Google search we were pretty impressed with the photographs we found on their website. It was even better in real life. Endless rose vineyards stretched before us with the mountain right on your doorstep. We immediately set off on the complementary vintage bicycles to go exploring and were greeted by beautiful horses, chickens and goats as we cycled along the forest and lake. After building up an appetite we headed back to the Tea Garden where we sipped crisp Sauvignon Blanc as the afternoon sun warmed us. We ate delicious slow-roasted lamb pita bread with a country salad and drooled over the selection of cakes and pastries.
Wandering around the Tea Garden I found the ladies already arranging the freshly picked roses from the vineyard in preparation for the wedding the next day. Outside on the porch exposed light bulbs were carefully being strung up that reminded me of a scene out of an old Lumineers music video. After lunch we headed back to our cottage. The cottages are expertly decorated and so spacious. We had a queen-sized bed, separate living area, a private kitchen and a restroom with a Victorian bath and spacious shower. They have space for around 40 guests including the bride and groom on the property and the small town of Wellington is mere minutes away for any further out of town guests.
The minute I got back to my Woodstock Atelier I started drawing away in pencil capturing the tranquil beauty of the Langkloof Roses Estate. I sent the rough pencil draft through to Antoinette and she loved it as much as I did so I moved on to ink. There is a quiet elegance in the final artwork and I am so excited that all of their future brides will be able to take a piece of the original artwork home with them as a reminder of their most special day.
To celebrate this once in a lifetime trip, my very first blog post and the 5000 followers milestone on my Instagram account I am giving away the first two Langkloof Roses Estate fine art prints to you and a friend.
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If you would like to find out more about this beautiful estate you are welcome to visit their website: www.langkloofroses.co.za or to follow them on Instagram: @langkloof_roses or Facebook: Langkloof Roses.