Atlantic Tintswalo, Hout Bay

Combining love and travel, I thought it would be fitting to give some details of how we took the major leap from carefree dating to the rather nerve-wracking step into marriage.

We were in South Africa for a friend’s wedding and as an early birthday present to me from my boyfriend, we checked into the exclusive Atlantic Tintswalo for some much needed pampering, bubbles and a sunset dinner overlooking the beautiful curve of Hout Bay.

The handful of lodges are individually themed in terms of decor (we were in Cousine Island) and each suite has its own roll top bath, mini bar and the calming sound of the Atlantic ocean crashing against the rocks directly below your private balcony – pure bliss!



After canapés and sundowners, we worked our way through four courses of mouthwatering bites and polished off a bottle of our favourite Southern Right Pinotage. The night was magical and without giving every detail away, I was soon to be the happiest girl alive with the moon above our heads and the ocean singing a beautiful love melody right on cue!

I think it’s fair to say that most ladies imagine their ideal wedding day at some point in their lives, some more than others. I was actually quite taken aback by the amount of congratulatory messages which were hotly pursued by the question of whether I had secretly been pinning to a Wedding board on Pinterest for all these years . In truth, I didn’t have one but I soon found my way! I was once given the advice that Pinterest can be your own worst enemy and now five months into planning, how right that bride had been!

More to come on the dilemmas of guest list, venues and the complete underestimation of how much work goes into planning your big day!

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