Tonia, welcome to the 2018 Midlands Bridal Fair. We are so excited to introduce you and your business to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
We’d love to know more about you and how you got into the industry…
After finishing a degree in Industrial Psychology and travelling through Europe, I started working at a florist in London. After two years in London I came back to SA where I owned two florists in Johannesburg. Over the past 10 years I have been in involved in either floral décor, event coordinating or travel hospitality. I have a passion for creativity, and a definite love for people.
What services and expertise does your business offer to clients?
Tala Collection is a sought after destination-wedding and accommodation venue, offering exceptional service, mouth-watering food and a one-of-a-kind safari experience. Our accommodation options encompass a variety of different lodge suite options that are located at various sites on our 3,000 hectare reserve. The combined experience of our Tala Team will ensure that Your Dream Wedding will be one to treasure. Whilst Tala Collection provides the perfect setting for traditional weddings, our flexible spaces and ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude combine to enable us to offer an array of choices for the more unique, individual and exceptional wedding. We offer various standard package options and are happy to tailor-make Your Dream Wedding.
For the larger weddings we have our Fig Tree Barn as well as our Acacia wedding venue. Acacia venue is perched on a hilltop in the wildlife reserve, overlooking a watering hole with magnificent views over the Tala Valley. Owing to this venue being a stand-alone feature, privacy is part of the unique package that this venue has to offer with no outside interruptions or distractions from the public.
The Acacia venue seats up to 120 guests inside with the predominant features at Acacia being the tall glass concertina doors that surround this open-plan structure and open out onto the great wooden deck that stretches out towards the watering hole. The wooden deck is an ideal and a very popular option for outdoor wedding ceremonies, especially in the late afternoon with the sun setting in the distance behind the rolling hills. It is also this time of day that animals such as Zebra, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest and White Rhino – to name but a few – come down to the watering hole to drink, allowing for exquisite photo opportunities.
The venue turns into a fairy-tale setting when the arrangements of fairy lights in the real Acacia tree chandeliers are lit up. Acacia has a warm ambiance, rustic yet elegant, which makes it a perfect venue for Weddings. Wonderful memories will be permanently imprinted whilst sipping beverages from the fully stocked bar and enjoying the beauty of an African sunset from the Acacia deck.
The large farmstead building that is Fig Tree Barn has been creatively restored to create a magnificent wedding venue. Hand-crafted chandeliers that provide soft lighting from the rafters above create a dramatic yet gentle effect against the rough plastered walls that are interspersed with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and windows. This spectacular venue is perfect for large weddings of up to 240 people.
Fig Tree Barn also features a beautiful Stone Chapel for wedding ceremonies, opening out onto a manicured lawn, perfect for pre-wedding drinks or sundowners under the canopy of one of our magnificent fig trees that lends itself to perfect photo opportunities. Other striking features are the towering cylindrical grain silos that have been converted into stylish washrooms, complete with imported fittings.
How long have you been doing this for?
What do you love most about the work you do?
I love the creativity of putting together special wedding days for Brides and Grooms. I have a passion for working with people and enjoy making new friends along the way.
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
Tala Collection Private Game Reserve offers an African wedding experience within a beautiful natural bush setting teaming with wildlife. Tala offers this bush experience just one and a half hours from King Shaka International Airport, and is not only the perfect wedding venue but also a wonderful honeymoon destination.
What can visitors to the Midlands Bridal Fair expect to see from you at the fair?
Tala Collection Private Game Reserve will be showcasing our fantastic venues and unique accommodation options which are set in a natural and relaxed environment.
Any client testimonial/s you’d like to share?
“Good evening Tonia, I can’t express my gratitude for your patience and dedication to making my dream wedding a reality. Thank you sooooo much. You were a star.”
Tell us what inspires you. Any websites, people or companies that you follow?
E by A and Spotted Owl.
What advice would you give to Brides- and/or Grooms-to-be?
You can never be too early to start planning your special day!