Ester & Mark, welcome to the Midlands Bridal Fair 2017 in KZN. We are so excited to introduce you and your business to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
Tell us a little about yourselves
We are a husband and wife team with LOVE as our boss.
We met in Jo’burg and worked together in the Event and Below-the-line Advertising business for five years. We decided to pack up and move to the Midlands 10 years ago. After being here for a year we realised it was a no-brainer to open a Wedding company.
We started Midlands Style Events in our dining room on the farm we owned at the time. We met with Brides on our veranda overlooking the beautiful green hills of the Midlands. Our dining room got too small and we moved to the Junction. The Junction got too small and we moved to the Lifestyle Sherwood Centre in the heart of Notties.
We have a large showroom with heaps of décor and when we do consultations with Brides we play with different styles and the Brides can touch and feel every little detail of their wedding.
Tell people about your business and what you offer
Wedding décor and hiring service: We offer heaps of décor you can hire from us but we also offer a full STYLING YOUR WEDDING BEAUTIFUL service.
Wedding flowers and bridal bouquets: This is all done in-house. We source and style all the flowers ourselves and do not outsource this at all.
Wedding Planning: Planning with other service providers. We have handpicked, tried and tested wonderful service providers on our books – DJs, Ministers, Photographers, to name but a few.
Professional Co-ordination service: This is a full comprehensive service from prior to wedding, Wedding Day co-ordination and wrap up after wedding.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
Since I can remember I have helped my Mom with flowers and catering for Events – from Church flowers, to school functions and elaborate Women’s Forum High Teas.
During my corporate career I always was the one that ended up organising and doing the flowers for things like Cocktail parties, Christmas functions, and anything to do with a party.
When we moved to the Midlands it seemed like the only thing people do here is have parties. So someone had to bring some style to them…
How long have you been doing this for?
We opened our business eight years ago and have only gone from strength to strength.
What do you love most about your job?
When a Bride and Groom trusts us enough to hand it all over to us and let us do our magic.
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
We are a husband and wife team and just love working together. We bring the LOVE!
Mark and I are known for our natural hosting abilities. When our friends come for an overnight stay they end up leaving three days later. Our home is known as the best hotel – not that it is fancy, just that we make everyone feel welcome and they end up staying longer than planned.
Any client testimonial/s you’d like to share?
“Two people, husband and wife, business partners that will make your dream come true. Es ,you climbed into my imagination and made it a reality, not only was I blown away by your’s and Mark’s professionalism but your personality, you were an absolute pleasure working with, thank you for everything you and Mark did for myself and Chris. I still get goosebumps thinking of the build up to our special day, these are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. A friendship I gained from this was more than a wedding you helped design and create it was nothing less than perfection, it was love. Your touch is magical, thank you.” – Tam & Chris
“We had the most amazing wedding at Netherwoods which Ester and Mark helped create. A day that our guests called a fairytale wedding! The décor and flower arrangements were absolutely breathtaking! Thank you so much for creating a day that we and our guests will always remember! Your time schedule and co-ordination skills were spot on! There was not one issue that day! And we would just like to thank you both for the Never-ending memories that were created that 3 September 2016! Keep making people’s days so special…. U are not good at what you do….. You are GREAT AT WHAT YOU DO!” – Melissa & Bridezilla
“Mornay and I would like to sincerely thank you both for making our dream wedding come to life. You have helped us create a perfect memory, which I know we will remember and carry with us for eternity. You are an unbelievable team, who were able to accomplish the impossible. Living abroad I was totally unsure of how I will be able to plan and coordinate my big day in South Africa. I will never forget you said ‘We like challenges’, and I surely took you up on that offer! You are both creative visionaries, with an eye for detail. Any Bride who puts their trust in you, will get so much more than what they bargained for! You truly went above and beyond, be it the lipstick touch-ups, large doors in the forest, lounge scene in the garden or even the mints on our bed with the rose petal heart on the floor. You took care of all our guests, and ensured all aspects of the big day ran smoothly and perfectly. Every single thing and moment was absolutely perfect! You and Mark are real dream creators! We met as strangers and left as family! I will be forever grateful for all your help, coordination, planning, stress, support and love on our big day! Lots of love the from one very happy bride & groom!” – Jana & Mornay
“Dear Ester and Mark, your transformation of our venue blew us away. The beautiful flower arrangements of which the quality and quantity exceeded our greatest expectations! From the smallest details of the ribbon work holding my beautiful bouquet together to the huge roses amongst the greenery, we cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work. You were absolutely amazing!” – Amy and Craig
“What absolute magicians. You guys were absolutely fantastic and anybody reading this can be reassured that if you’ve got this epic team on your side, your wedding will be nothing short of spectacular. We cannot thank you enough for making sure that our wedding was everything we dreamed it would be and more. For going over and beyond for us – the extra mile. Everything you guys do is with passion and a love for the job. From the biggest tasks to the smallest ones such as hiding a tissue in my bouquet or making sure I had breath mints – nothing was too much trouble. So thank you and we will be eternally grateful to you.” – Jayde & Kyle
“As a photographer, it was an absolute dream working with you. Loved your organisational skills, punctuality and professionalism, and your vibrant personality kept the energy of the wedding going all day! You are amazing Ester!” – Alana Schiltz
You are welcoming a new team member on board just before the Midlands Bridal Fair. Tell us a little about her…
Lisa Schravesande is our new Local and International Ambassador.
Lisa has been an international Flight Attendant for 17 years and for the past eight years has been a Senior Flight Attendant for the Royal Family of Dubai. Whilst looking after and taking care of the Royal Family and all their needs, Lisa needed to call on her fancy footwork, quick thinking and creativity to ensure the smooth operation of the Royal Family’s air travels. Lisa has developed an acute attention to detail and excellent organisational skills caring for some of the world’s wealthiest and most demanding passengers.
Lisa has a vivacious, bubbly personality and a passion for the hospitality and events industry. We are very excited to have Lisa on our team and know with all the experience she brings to the table she elevate our weddings even more than before.
Come meet this dynamic girl at our stand during the Midlands Bridal Fair. See you there.