LOCAL beauty Lize Millard was named second princess at the 2017 SA Weddings Bride of the Year, an annual event in its 16th year at Titstwalo at Waterfall, a five start equestrian lodge in Midrand last weekend.
Alongside her husband, Clinton she decided to enter the competition at the last minute. Each year thousands of brides enter the online competition, a marketing platform for the wedding industry. This year, a record amount of entries, 5 500 blushing brides sent their wedding photographs as a nomination for the competition. The bride would enter the month in which she got married. With only a month long to vote the Millard’s made it into the semi-finals, and Lize was named Mrs April.
Each year the venues are sponsored, together with the prize sponsors. This year the prizes were valued at R250 000. The finalists stayed at the luxurious Titstwalo at Waterfall lodge and were spoiled to the heavens and back with delights and treats.
Contestants were flown to the lodge; all paid for, and were allowed to each bring eight guests. The panel of judges judged the brides on dress, make-up, hair, personality and couple interaction
There was a Mrs Personality, Mrs Photogenic and then the three winners; 2nd Princess, 1st Princess and Bride of the Year.
“Every second was just so amazing and memorable. From the second we arrived, with gifts in our rooms, to the amazing spoils all over the weekend. We had a lovely dinner with all the couples and the SA wedding team, and each and every one was just absolutely wonderful people,” she said.
Lize said she was blown away when their guests, including of friends and family were treated like VIPS that night, showered with champagne and food.
“A big highlight to me was to meet all these wonderful couples, and realizing that the love I feel for my husband, the fairy-tale love that we have, that there were 11 other couples that felt exactly the same. Fairy tales and love truly does still exist”.
We were both so blessed and privileged to have met these lovely people and we have made such good friends that we know will continue to build friendships from here that’ll last forever”.
A highlight for Lize included meeting Graham Richards from Espresso and Top Billing, the master of ceremonies, as well as being spoilt with champagne, beauty treatments and a gourmet lunch while the men played golf.
The brides were then transformed with hair and makeup by professional makeup artists, “now that was a treat, seeing 12 brides getting hair and makeup done together,” Lize said.
“We have definitely walked away from this experience with a bunch of new friends with a very unique and special bond. We have already connected after the event and trying to plan a meet up,” she said.
“In the end it was just another adventure on our journey as a married couple.”