Donlee is Bride of the Year!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Bride of the Year 2017 has been chosen: winning with a runaway lead in the public votes is the lovely bride, Donlee Harris (née Channing).

Besides the glamorous title, the Umhlali Prep teacher also wins two nights surrounded by luxury at Rhino River Lodge along the shore of the Msunduze River in the Zululand Rhino Reserve.

Her stay includes two game drives and three meals daily valued at R7920.

The private game lodge offers an intimate safari experience with excellent game viewing on open safari vehicles with their knowledgeable guides.

The Bride of the Year 2017 receives two nights surrounded by luxury at Rhino River Lodge along the shore of the Msunduze River in the Zululand Rhino Reserve.

She also receives beauty treatments and a full body massage from Placecol Aesthetic Clinic Ballito valued at R1600.

“This is probably the biggest prize I have ever won. It was also our one year anniversary this month so the timing is perfect. Thank you to everyone who voted for me,” said Harris, who got married in the Methodist church in Ballito on July 2 last year on “one of the coldest days on the North Coast that year”.

“Kym Bishop did the most amazing service and there were many tears – it was an extremely emotional day. Our reception was held at our farm on the tennis court in a stunning see through marquee. The huge bonfire outside was definitely a hit!”

Her colour scheme was made up of rustic hessian and lace with a touch of soft pink, as that is her favourite colour.

“My advice to any bride is not to get worked up about the small stuff because although it may seem big to you the truth is your guests will not even notice.

“There were many things on our day that didn’t work out but when I spoke to my friends and family about it they had not even noticed.

“Also, I bought a new perfume for our wedding day and every time I use it, it takes me back to our special day and all those memories come flooding back.”

Runner-up

The runner-up bride, who met her husband at the Ballito Pro in 2014, Demi Neuper will be spoiled with a superb two night weekday stay for two people in the luxury honeymoon cottage at Forty-Winks valued at R3,500.

This jewel of the midlands is located in the picturesque Kamberg Valley on the new Springrove Dam.

She will be greeted by panoramic views, game grazing outside the veranda, underfloor heating and a fireplace. There are even two trout dams for exclusive use of Forty-Winks guests, should she or her hubby wish to cast a line.

May 2017 – Demi

This jewel of the midlands is located in the picturesque Kamberg Valley on the new Springrove Dam.

That’s not all folks

A lucky voter was randomly selected to win a two night stay at the unique Antbear Lodge in the Drakensberg including a three course dinner and breakfast for two people valued at R6600 (offer valid for six months, subject to availability, excluding public holidays) is Bobby Machin.

Besides enjoying magical cottages around the art-filled Lodge, you can join in a host of activities ranging from a hot air balloon trip or a microlight flight for the brave to a hike or horse ride in the beautiful surroundings.

A lucky voter was randomly selected to win a two nights stay at the unique Antbear Lodge in the Drakensberg

Get back to a home-grown feast made with organic vegetables from the garden and remember to try the home-made bread and cheese.

Leave your stress and worries at their enchanted labyrinth and feel inspired by the creativity flowing throughout the lodge which will fill you with inspiration to take home.

>>  Expect to find the latest trends in Health, Wellness and Beauty in Ballito.

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Elana Geist
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