17 May, 2012

40th Celebrations

On the 20 March, we all gathered to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday.

I started planning TF's 40th birthday, last year...I had big plans! A huge party, with lots of friends, lots of food...even the theme was sorted. That was until TF mentioned that what he really wanted, was a small thing, with just a few close friends at home. I will admit, I was a little disappointed. But, after much discussion...I agreed...just not to having it at home. I was going to make sure that it would be a special night.

And it turned out, just like that. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I found the most perfect venue, we invited our closest family and friends...and spent the evening celebrating my hubby, our family and our friends. Here are a few hundred pics...

{the venue}
I cannot describe to you, how perfect this venue was. I found out about Zieties through a colleague of mine, who knows that I am always looking for awesome new places around Joburg...especially those ones with a view of our city. 
The guest house, is owned by the legendary Elzabe Zietsman. Her and her entire staff were amazing...from my very first email to them...till the time we walked out the door. The guest house is incredible, the view over Joburg...amazing.

{the food}
The awesome thing about Zieties, is that you have no idea what will be served for dinner. Elzabe and her team, head out to the markets and whatever is fresh and available they buy. Needless to say, the food was amazing, every single course.
What made it extra special, is that each course is served with a little story...either about where the food comes from, where the recipe is from, or tidbits about Elzabe's history. Elzabe is such a brilliant hostess...and a highlight of the evening was her singing 'Happy Birthday' to TF.

{the speeches}
Oh my goodness...did I stumble, stutter and cry my way through my speech...it was ridiculous really...way to many emotions that night. Even though we were there to celebrate TF, I really wanted to take the opportunity to thank each and every person around the table, and to tell them what they meant to TF and I. I so hope that got it.
I also asked TF's family in New Zealand to write a letter to him, and each one of them did...and I sneakly asked three of our guests to read them out for me...

{the guests}
And of course, these people are what the evening was all about...

It was the most perfect evening...it was intimate and just so special...we loved every single second of it, and I am so glad that I was able to do this for him...he deserves it.



Note: All photos taken by Cilla Bloom Photography.

13 comments:

me said...

That venue looks AMAZING!!!!

Stunning pics, happy family & friends, looks like it was a perfect evening filled with loads of love.

SallyJ said...

It was the most amazing evening. We felt SO priveleged to be a part of it all. And evenMORE grateful to be friends with you guys. Love you both. x

Ordinarylife said...

What an amazing venue - it looks stunning.

Well done to you - and congrats to your husband.

blackhuff said...

WOW! A lovely celebration at a stunning venue. Can see how your hubby loved it.

I'm so not a blogger said...

Looks and sounds gorgeous! ( and I have to admit to having a small lump in my throat by the end of it...)

NickiD said...

WOW! I have tears in my eyes after reading this and looking at your (always) incredible pictures! Looks like one of the most amazing nights! And what a phenomenal venue! Great to findo ut about such unique spots! x

Julia said...

Now THIS is my kind of party. Small, intimate, elegant. Your pictures are incredible.x

Kerina said...

Your pictures are stunning

Lynette said...

Wow...for a moment I thought it was your photos. Cilla did an amazing job. Gorgeous venue and I can see an unforgettable evening.

V-n-J said...

wow! just simply amazing. that venue is breathtaking. the food looks delicious. you look amazing. i love your outfit. and TF looks so happy and deserving. what a great party Hayley!

Alet said...

What a stunning venue! Looks like an awesome celebration

Bailey Schneider said...

This is absolutely awesome! WOW!!
It looks like such a special, magical evening!
You look beautiful
x

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Happy belated 40 th to TF. Okay, what's the T for? I've seen his name on facebook.

And where is that? It is an amazing venue!