26 Nov A legacy of beautiful brides
Over four generations of Van Velden winemakers, we’ve been blessed with ten beautiful family weddings.
Between the first Overgaauw bride of 1917, Oumagrootjie Moena, and the most recent Mrs Van Velden, Rina-Marie in 2010; wedding trends and tastes have naturally changed. Ten different brides from very different eras have each chosen distinct venues, fashions, food and flowers – from traditional church weddings to celebrations right here in the Shed and even some in the gardens, in the old kraal, the barrel maturation cellar and in a tent next to the dam. But not all tastes have changed. An ever-present guest at each wedding has been Overgaauw wine itself – swiftly arriving at every toast, every meal and at the bejewelled hand of every bride.
In a particularly inspired moment, David Snr, who had started the tasting room, came upon a photograph that epitomised two of his favourite things – Overgaauw wine and family celebrations. It was a picture of his son’s bride Annelie enjoying a glass of the estate’s wine, and he decided to frame and hang it on the wall of his new tasting room, built during the same year as the wedding – 1973.
As tends to happen at Overgaauw (and really, with all great ideas), it became a bit of a tradition, and the wedding photos of every Van Velden marriage thereafter included a shot of the happy bride with a glass of Overgaauw wine. These portraits now take pride of place in the tasting room, above the counter.
Unfortunately, not quite all the Van Velden brides are up there on the wall with our beloved wine. Oumagrootjie Moena, the first bride of Overgaauw wine estate and wife of the first winemaker, Abraham Julius van Velden, is absent. Sadly we couldn’t track down any of her wedding photos, probably because it was around 1917 and wedding photography was not the thriving industry that it is today. You might also notice that Ouma Jeanne (David Snr’s bride) is posed sans wine. This is because in 1948, polite society did not deem this kind of thing proper. But we like to believe that her glass was in fact present, just cleverly hidden behind her bouquet.