Belinda van der Merwe
Belinda joined our team to coordinate all of the weddings here in the Old Barn & Forest venue in 2018. Belinda and her husband Johan are both originally from Pretoria and after a 6 month stint in India, started their own coffee brand and service together here in Gansbaai. Johan is often seen at our weddings making espresso for the guests and enjoying the slower pace of life here in Gansbaai. Belinda is always two steps ahead of our clients so they never need to ask for anything, it just happens!
074 119 2171
Celeste van Rensburg
Celeste was married here in October 2017 at the Nightjar venue and kept in touch with us. So, when the position of the wedding coordinator for the Nightjar venue came up in 2018, we thought of her straight away. Also originally from Pretoria, Celeste and her husband Ryno moved down to Hermanus to be closer to Celeste’s parents here in Gansbaai. Celeste is addictive, she is super bubbly and you just can’t get enough of her! Her motto is if the wedding couple are happy, she is happy.
082 970 4463
Reception & Accounts
Riana Deventer (Accounts)
Riana is our accounts manager, she is a numbers guru and loves a puzzle. Originally from Wellington, Riana has been with us since 2015.
028 388 0551
Ricardo Tobias (Reception)
Ricardo has been here at De Uijlenes since 2015 working in the kitchen, been an awesome nanny to the boys, then working as 2IC of the cleaning team. In 2019 Ricardo joined the office staff as the receptionist. He is a friendly face and always a help to both the guests and clients, as well as the rest of the team here at De Uijlenes.
028 388 0551
House Keeping Managers
Nicole & Eden (Left)
Nicole and Eden are part of the dream team that keep everything looking amazing and making sure the venues are ready before the guests and clients arrive for their celebrations. They are always willing to work the extra hours over our busy season so everything is done in time.
Mornay & Charmain Fourie
Mornay & Charmaine came to us in November of 2013 from running their own catering company Red Pepper Catering. They have since become part of the family and are now a fixture here at De Uijlenes. Charmaine is ‘camp mother’ here at De Uijlenes, she is always fixing a problem, putting on a plaster or caring for an animal. Their food really does have that extra serving of love that makes everything taste so good!
028 388 0624
082 061 9812 (Charmaine)
082 411 8877 (Mornay)
Bookings & Marketing
Flippie & Staci Groenewald
Flippie is the 6th generation on the farm here at De Uijlenes, taking over from his parents in 2010 with his kiwi wife Staci. Their boys Neel & Patrick are also a regular site on the farm helping out in the kitchen, in the bar, on the farm or with cleaning or maintenance. Their daughter & sister to the two boys, Pippa, arrived in April 2019.
The dogs Pepper, Fila, Bobby & Sushi are also part of the furniture and are often seen photo bombing the wedding photos.
What started as an idea has since turned into an amazing way to share this piece of paradise and meet some pretty freakin awesome people!
Team De Uijlenes
The rest of the team is made up of some amazing humans that are the oil to the machine that is De Uijlenes. We have a dedicated kitchen team that turns up with a smile for every wedding and a cleaning team that keeps everything looking amazing wedding after wedding. Then our garden, maintenance and farm guys are working hard all year to keep the outside and buildings in tip top shape.
Decor, Lighting & Cakes
Christien & Nel form what is Husband Wife Team. They are our local supplier of flowers, decor, lighting, cakes & hiring for the weddings here at De Uijlenes.
Before going off on their own, these two amazing humans were the coordinators here at De Uijlenes, so they know what works, what doesn’t and will be able to make your celebration look freakin’ amazing!
082 304 1380