Richard Ferguson

Sharksworld attends Steven Sykes’ wedding


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 10 Jan 2011 at 10:51
Tagged with : , ,

For those of you who don’t know, I had the pleasure and honor of attending Steven Sykes’ wedding on Friday night. Thanks must go to Rob and Steven’s agent Anthony for arranging this wonderful opportunity.

The wedding reception was held at the beautiful Caledon Boutique Hotel in Ballito, and what an evening they got! I was the first to arrive to champagne and canapé’s out on the deck whilst watching the sun go down. It was a great evening, and to put this in perspective, it had been raining every other day that week.

The first of the stars to arrive was Stefan Terblanche, who was also MC for the night, and what a friendly and approachable guy. The rest of the big names there were John Smit, JP Pietersen, Jean Deysel, Gerhard Mostert, Willem Alberts, Adi Jacobs, Keegan Daniel, Ryan Kankowski, Alistair Hargreaves, Skipper Badenhorst, John Plumtree and Grant Bashford.

I did not attend the church ceremony, but was told that Willem Alberts was one of Steven’s groomsmen. Skipper Badenhorst was also down to be up there next to the big man, but this did not happen. Skipper did give a very nice speech before dinner.

As we settled into our seats, which I might add I had a very good one indeed, Stefan informed us that the couple had arrived and what a sight it was seeing the newlywed Steven and Velene Sykes entering the room. Velene looked absolutely amazing and as for Steven, he cleans up nicely for a tight forward.

Soon after their arrival, starters were served. A creative take on quiche Loraine was served with a rocket salad, and it must be said that it did not touch sides. During the starters, the couple went to every table to have a photo taken, and this my first opportunity to introduce myself to the couple. Steven was heluva nice for a groom at his own wedding, asking me if everything was to my liking. I also got to meet Anthony, Steven’s agent, who is a really nice guy and made me feel completely at home.

The buffet dinner was up next, with a variety of choices to suit anybody! There was chicken & mushroom pie, red wine & rosemary leg of lamb, roasted potatoes, pumpkin fritters (or as they were known on the night – pampoenkoekies) and some seasonal vegetables. In my attempt to write a proper report I had to taste all the foods available! The food was really good!

As is customary at any wedding, there were speeches, and quite a few of them. Stefan Terblanche’s Supersport commentary gig stood him in good stead as he MC’d like a master, being the funny in between man. Velene got us started with a tear jerking thank you to her parents. As mentioned above, Skipper Badenhorst also had a few words. The most interesting speech was that of Steven himself, who ordered all the young men to move their seats up close to the podium, where they chirped and yelled and threw him various objects as he tried in vain to deliver his speech. They all ended the speech with a shot of tequila!

My moment of the evening was while standing at the bar waiting for a glass of Luyt Lager, when Steven came up to me and we spoke for around 15 minutes (this on his wedding night!?!). After an insightful chat with the man of the moment, I was duly introduced to Gerhard Mostert. And so it went for the rest of the evening, chatting to a handful of other players including Jean Deysel and Willem Alberts.

The desert menu looked great with Peppermint Crisp tartlets, Malva pudding and Chocolate Wedding cake as options. After a few beers, the last thing I felt like was something sweet, but I would have regretted it had I not tried the Peppermint Crisp pudding, which was awesome!

After the bouquet was thrown and the garter retrieved (very delicately and efficiently with his hands tied behind his back) the lights dimmed and the DJ started pumping the music. The DJ gladly played the Afrikaans classics like Kaptein and Babychocklits, making for some entertaining dancing going down!

To end, I have to compliment the Caledon Hotel staff for arranging a beautiful venue and for their fantastic service throughout the event. It was a great evening that was organized by a professional outfit. Thanks again to Steven and Velene for allowing me to share their special evening with them.



33 Comments

  • Richard you are one lucky fish :mrgreen:

    i’ll remember the food menu i’ve also got to plan a wedding and those pampoen koekies was one of them on the menu for a tradtional boere troue :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.01.11 11:09:05 by chaz Reply
    ChazTeam captain
     
  • A big thanks to all involved, specially the Caledon Boutique Hotel, World Artists and, of course, Steven and Velene. Much happiness!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.01.11 11:16:31 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    The Hotel was amazing!

    For anybody who wants to come to Ballito or evn come to Durban and stay in Ballito, check out the website.

    They are reasonably priced and offer top class service!

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.01.11 11:21:02 by Richard Ferguson (KCM) Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard FergusonCoach
     
  • Wow fanatastic coup for Sharksworld….well done Rob and Richard.

    And congrats to Steven and Velene :grin:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.01.11 11:30:19 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
     
  • @Richard Ferguson (KCM) (Comment 3) :

    you right had a little time to have a look and its great and Bilto is a great place to stay at for the holidays and not so far away from everything

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.01.11 11:32:34 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
     
  • Sounds like it was pretty darn awesome.

    Hope the couple have many more such happy days.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.01.11 11:45:41 by Big Fish Reply
    Administrator
    Big FishAssistant coach
     
  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : I can’t take any credit, alas… this was all Anthony’s doing.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.01.11 11:52:15 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • Nice one Richard.
    Congrats to the newly weds.

    Just for interests sake, was Beast discussed at all or was it all party and no business.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.01.11 12:18:39 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
     
  • hey Rich – you’re famous china :)

    http://www.ruggavibe.com/page/news/180994-Shark-Sykes-ties-the-knot-in-style-at-The-Caledon

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.01.11 17:25:52 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • Well done Rich, nice report. Not sure if it was intended but my mouth was watering. :)

    I had such a ball reading the last 18months worth of Sharks mags when I was home in Dec and I must say the Caledon featured prominently in quite a few of them. The place looks awesome. :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.01.11 07:30:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Haha.. That’s awesome man!

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.01.11 08:06:42 by Richard Ferguson (KCM) Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard FergusonCoach
     
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Its a very nice place, and the room inside look awesome to be honest!

    As for the mouth watering part, that was intended!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.01.11 08:07:45 by Richard Ferguson (KCM) Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard FergusonCoach
     
  • @Richard Ferguson (KCM) (Comment 11) : Well done Rich! :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.01.11 08:16:04 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
     
  • @Richard Ferguson (KCM) (Comment 12) : :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.01.11 09:06:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • champagne and canapé’s , creative take on quiche Loraine was served with a rocket salad, chicken & mushroom pie, red wine & rosemary leg of lamb, roasted potatoes, pumpkin fritters (or as they were known on the night – pampoenkoekies) and some seasonal vegetables, Peppermint Crisp tartlets, Malva pudding and Chocolate Wedding cake…… yum yum yum ….uhh

    So Rich how is your post Christmas diet :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.01.11 14:28:24 by rekinek Reply
    Competition WinnerCompetition Winner Author
    rekinekTeam captain
     
  • Congrats Steven and Velene.
    May you have many happy years :razz:

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.01.11 14:29:51 by rekinek Reply
    Competition WinnerCompetition Winner Author
    rekinekTeam captain
     
  • @chaz (Comment 1) : glad your shark is in a better mood :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.01.11 14:30:45 by rekinek Reply
    Competition WinnerCompetition Winner Author
    rekinekTeam captain
     
  • @rekinek (Comment 15) :

    I had to overstep the New Year’s diet, but it was well worth it!

    Now to get rid of it again!

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.01.11 08:04:06 by Richard Ferguson (KCM) Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard FergusonCoach
     
  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 19) : nice… young Richard is fast becoming a world-renowned writer!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.01.11 14:01:27 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 19) : Nice…Rich is getting famous!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.01.11 14:01:35 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
     
  • Oh wow. SW is really dishing it up for the ladies before the season kicks off. :roll:

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.01.11 14:07:54 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
     
  • I was the first to arrive to champagne and canapé’s out on the deck whilst watching the sun go down.

    Rookie…

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.01.11 14:08:34 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
     
  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 19) :

    Awesome..

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.01.11 14:18:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard FergusonCoach
     
  • So can any site use your article as long as they mention where it comes from or do they have to ask permission before using it?

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.01.11 14:21:27 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
     
  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) :

    So can any site use your article as long as they mention where it comes from

    Yes.

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.01.11 14:25:16 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
     
  • @klempie (Comment 26) : So you learn something new every day!

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.01.11 14:26:18 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
     
  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : there are no hard and fast rules… But we’re certainly not going to complain about that level of exposure

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.01.11 14:30:07 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :

    I was about to say.. We would have to pay to get that type of exposure.. So its all great!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.01.11 14:33:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard FergusonCoach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : I know it’s good for sharksworld. I was just wondering in general. It would have been nice if there was a link in the article to sharksworld.

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.01.11 14:35:09 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
     
  • Go to

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24698856171&v=wall&ref=ts

    to view highlight video of Steven and Velene Sykes’ wedding video.

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.01.11 11:33:14 by karenleg Reply

     
  • @karenleg (Comment 31) : awesome! Thanks

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.01.11 11:33:58 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @karenleg (Comment 31) : beautifully done… and that song just gave me major goosies! Whose version was that?

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.01.11 11:39:18 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.