“One can only be truly happy in a relationship if each individual has already found their own happiness and fulfilment”, Andrew once said this to Ann and probably describes their journey best.
The first meeting was apparently in Autumn 2011. Ann (who still does not know why he doesn’t like Anni) had seen Andrew during a meeting at the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee headquarters, and this was the first time that Ann knew they would have a special connection.
It took Andrew till January 2012 at the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to remember meeting Ann, and it was while she was hanging posters up in the NOC Services Centre. Before the Games ended, Ann managed to get Andrew’s cell number (just to be clear he gave it to Ann), and this is where their friendship really started. Chatting with each other over WhatsApp, as people do nowadays who travel the world for work or move from one place or country every six months as Ann did, is where they got to know each other and grow their virtual relationship.
After about Three years of messaging, and chasing down Andrew at two more Games in Sochi and Nanjing, Ann and Andrew decided to meet up in Munich, where they were both passing through for work, and see if this relationship was more than just a virtual connection. So, over an amazing curry (which is still their favourite date night food) and a bottle of Tinta Barooca Allesverloren wine from South Africa – hence their wedding location on a wine estate – they decided to give it a go. Ann moved to Switzerland, and after what was eight months of looking for a job, finally, Gordon took the chance and hired her thus, completing the final obstacle for this relationship to flourish.
Even the ‘tissues in bed’ or ‘laundry not been put away’ dilemmas won’t hold us back to put on our white Stan Smiths and walk together into a bright future not just as friends that fell in love over their tremendous passion for sports, but as a family!
Arrival of guests & Pre-ceremony drinks – 15h00 to 15h30
Ceremony – 15h30 to 16h00
Reception & Photos: 16h00 to 18h00
Dinner & more: 18h00 to 02h00
After party: 02h00
Women: 50 shades of white; we don’t need to stand out we already are the happiest people that you
are making our day special. Recycle your special day dress or just feel as special in white as the bride
does. For comfort purpose we recommend flats (Ballerinas, Sandals or join us with white Sneakers)
Men: Ties are overrated! Come in your favourite suit – skip the jacket if you like – and white Sneakers
to hit the dancefloor with us later in the night.
We will be hosting a hangover picnic from 11 am on the 9th of April. So, if you are in no hurry to venture off, we would love for you to join us. You will be able to order your picnic baskets at reception on your arrival or at any time during your stay.
The cost of a picnic basket per person is R275 (Vegan option also available) and for kids R150).
Extending your stay an additional night at Spier is encouraged, especially if you plan on driving further afield than Cape Town.
We strongly recommend that you book your hotel rooms before 15th November as Spier will start to release rooms; and therefore, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available for the special rate after this date!
Please RSVP until 30th of November 2019!!!!
Spier Wine Farm is one of South Africa’s very first wine farms and has been going since 1692 when it was founded by a German soldier serving the Dutch East India Company, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, an area that has since become famous for its wine.
Here’s everything you need to know about staying at Spier Wine Farm. Built village-style along the Eerste River, the four-star Spier Hotel is surrounded by vineyards, tranquil gardens and historic farm buildings. With comfy and spacious art-filled rooms, a Kids’ Clubhouse and several pools, the hotel embodies the warm hospitality of the Cape Winelands.
Spier it built to entertain, and the first words that come to mind are “where to begin”! For those adventurers that like to do a bit of exploring you can start off by venturing around the expansive grounds – either by taking a self-guided tour, pounding the 5k running track or for the brave of heart speeding around on a Segway tour or on a one-gear, no-break bicycle that can be collected at the reception.
For those less adventures, there is the option to tuck into a wine tasting by an artificial lake and fountain with views of the magnificent Helderberg mountains, and if you have a little one’s in tow, there is a children’s club which runs from 8am to 5pm., There is also the option to visit an Eagle encounters, which is a rehabilitation centre which nurses South African birds of prey back to health as well as a Cheetah Sanctuary, and a petting zoo if you want to spend some family time with the little rascals.
The following special rate has been given to our wedding party for the 7 to 9 April.
The rate is for a signature terrace room with signature rooms being offered at the same price once all the signature terrace rooms are booked.
Single @ ZAR 2635.00
Double @ ZAR 2875.00
Children under 12 years (as at the date of arrival) are accommodated free of charge if sharing a room with at least one full paying adult, subject to a maximum of two children per double room.
Accommodation includes breakfast
To book your accommodation for the wedding, please book through our wedding consultant Ms Ille Fagrew at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and add the following booking code 2185084 to the email so that she knows it is for our wedding.
Please keep us in copy of your reservation email so we know who will be staying at Spier. If you do not wish to stay at Spier, please let us know as we will be looking for other accommodation options to at a later date if needed.
The email to use is email@example.com
Food and Wine
Spier has a wide variety of gastronomic offerings – outside of an outstanding option available in and around Stellenbosch and Cape Town. If you wish to stay in the estate, you are spoiled for choice on any given day.
All guest will be able to start the day off with a breakfast buffet, with a favorite choice – from what we have heard – being the stacks of pancakes and creamy scrambled eggs.
If you wish to wait and not eat at the buffet, Spier Farm Kitchen which is housed in the historic Werf opens at 9 and severs up seasonal produce grown organically from the food garden.
For meat lovers there is the Hoghouse BBQ and Bakery where meats are smoked for up to sixteen hours in the Afro-Barbecue smokehouse and cakes are baked in the wood-fired masonry oven. For those that want to eat in the great outdoors, the Spier picnic is available and can be ordered 24 hours in advance and the selection is all from the farm kitchen; options include chicken, angus beef sandwiches and freshly made salads and kids friendly meals.