Coterie Retreat – The White Party with Preston Bailey
The Coterie Retreat is a world-renowned Wedding Conference that came to South Africa for the first time this year and we were incredibly excited about it. It was a great honour to be chosen as hosts for The White Party, which was to be held on the second day of the conference.
When Jackie Nwobu, the founder of Munaluchi Bridal Magazine and The Coterie Retreat, first visited the White Party venue with us, she envisioned the keynote speaker, Preston Bailey presenting under the African skies. Although this was not part of the original plan, we were more than ecstatic to take this idea and run with it.
On the morning of The White Party, it poured and it poured… and it poured some more. Rain is welcomed as a blessing in Africa and we were certainly getting thoroughly blessed! A beautiful break in the weather came as Preston Bailey climbed out of the game drive vehicle in the African bush to an array of Zulu dancers, Marimba players and wedding industry professionals from all over the world. He presented his keynote speech under a white marquee on a chic African inspired stage in the cradle of Africa.
A stunning sunset saw the guests driven up to the restaurant where the party was in full swing. Face painters, an epic DJ and flowing bottles of Moet kept guests smiling as they took up photo opportunities and book signing with Preston. A decadent three-course meal followed while guests got to mingle with each other and be inspired by fabulous wedding gurus. It didn’t stop there as the DJ pumped up the music and those glamorous all-white outfits saw their fair share of the dance floor. What a party!
The Splendid Team had a great time showing South Africa to Preston Bailey and The Coterie Retreat Team on 7 December when we visited the Elephant Sanctuary and The Lion and Safari Park.