• Francois. FOUNDER & CEO

    Francois is the founder of Sorrento Events, the original memory-maker. As he explains, memories are the currency of events. The perfect location, gorgeous décor and designs, delicious food, the finest cocktails and wines and the best entertainment only matter as much as they give clients an indelible experience.

    Francois’s other passion is travel and to let the world inspire his creativity. His worldly perspective delights clients locally, but he also has a habit of leaving us fatherless when he consults and delivers exquisite events globally.

    And yes, we know he is gorgeous. At least he is the one person we can’t say was hired for his looks!

  • Elmarié. MANAGING DIRECTOR

    Originally a Van Tonder, the flower business is in Elmarié’s blood. After living abroad for 17 years, she is again gracing Cape Town with her presence. With an eye for detail she fans the flame beneath the team’s feet, keeping them on their toes. She has raised two beautiful children, which makes her more than qualified for this task. Ever the stylish one, Elmarié chooses to live by the wise words of Coco Chanel: “A girl should be two things – classy and fabulous!”

  • Vasi. GENERAL MANAGER

    Vasi is the Head of Sales and brings a bit of Greek madness to the office. She has been at Sorrento for over five years and is an integral part of the coordination team. Before this, she dedicated fifteen years to the hospitality industry, but as if that wasn’t demanding enough, she pursued an even greater challenge: events.

    Vasi loves seeing her clients’ dreams become a reality, and her favourite flower is the white Phalaenopsis Orchid. She is able to speak three languages, and trying to add a fourth as all she knows how to say in Italian is, “yes please!” Maybe that is all she needs.

  • Mario. HEAD OF COORDINATION

    Mario has been at Sorrento Events since 2007. He is the head of coordination and brings not only leadership but also a lot of personality to the team.

    His passion is to create beautiful things, and thankfully he shares them with our clients! It is not always good news from Mario, however. We asked him for his secret to being stylish, but he responded that is something you are either born with or not. Sorry.

  • Marlene. HEAD OF SALES

    Marlene is the “plaasmeisie” of the team, not that her stylish elegance betrays this. Originally from De Doorns, Marlene went on to study event management in Stellenbosch before gaining experience in the industry in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Lucky for us the charm of Table Mountain and good food and wine to be found in Cape Town won out over Gauteng. We benefit a lot from her creativity and her “get things done”-attitude. The one thing she really does not want to give up? The ability to love. She is a keeper!

  • Ian. EVENT DESIGNER & COORDINATOR

    Ian has over a decade of experience in the events & entertainment industry. He has a keen eye for detail and is known for his creative solutions. When you get to know him he will surprise you with many hidden talents. On top of the list is his passion for dancing. The relationship advice that Ian offers is sure to help many a couple: It is not easy. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be special.

  • Kendall. EVENT DESIGNER & COORDINATOR

    Kendall hails from a small town in KZN called Hillcrest. But the big bad city of Cape Town does not scare her. She loves its natural beauty, the people and shopping up a storm at the V&A! Kendall received her degree in BComm Management Science from Stellenbosch University. There is nothing she finds more satisfying than seeing a satisfied smile on a client’s face after a job well done.

  • René. EVENT DESIGNER & COORDINATOR

    Rene is a young & promising individual. She has so much creativity to offer the world and a practical side that ensures all her ideas be unleashed. She studied Fashion Design in Johannesburg before the event industry reeled her in. If she absolutely must choose one favourite flower, or plant in this instance, it would be the rock rose because they are more resilient than they are given credit for! Perhaps she can identify with this inner strength.

  • Lynne. FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE

    Lynne is a local Cape Town girl and one of the longest-serving Sorrento staff members. She has been working with us for 8 years and has become renown as the office mom. She takes care of all of us – whether we need an invoice or a shoulder to cry on.

    Lynne loves her job because it challenges her intellectually, and she enjoys making sure everything is perfect. She is very hard on herself when she makes a mistake, but then she remembers, “Ag, no one is perfect!”

  • Solomon. FINANCE ASSISTANT

    All the way from Zimbabwe, Solomon found his way to Cape Town to study Financial Accounting. As his journey unfolded, he joined the Sorrento Team where he continues chasing his dreams and goals. The office warms in the morning when he enters with his bright smile and quiet determination. Thanks to him the numbers always add up. On this man you can rely.

  • Bernie. FLORAL DESIGNER

    Bernie was born in Paarl, but she is now a “city girl.” She is a Sorrento florist with decades of experience. Her career in floral design started when she was 17 years old. She merely made R72/month, but her love for flowers and creativity made it worth it. For Bernie, it is not floral design but creation. As she says, “you have to put your imagination into it.”

    Bernie also thinks the Strelitzia is the most beautiful flower in the world, and the way to a man’s heart is through “kisses and huggies.” When asked if she knows any Italian, she responds, “He was an amazing guy…”

  • Ester. FLORAL DESIGNER

    Floristry is all Ester has ever done. And she is still in love with her profession. Her beautiful flower designs testify to this. Born and bred in Stellenbosch, Ester commutes into the city every day from the lovely town she calls home, to share her talent with us and our clients. After many years spent working with flowers she cannot honestly say that she favours one flower above the rest. They are all so different and she appreciates each one for its unique qualities.

  • Lucky. FLORAL DESIGNER

    This florist may be named Lucky, but we think it us who are lucky to have him! Lucky’s favourite aspect of his job is that he gets to be creative, an attribute he develops in his spare time too. Apart from floral bouquets, Lucky also arranges words as a rap artist and comedian. “I love to entertain,” he says.

    When it comes to entertaining the ladies, Lucky likes the element of surprise. He’s the one train who walks up to a stranger and asks, “Has anyone told you lately how beautiful you are?” What a lucky, lucky girl.

  • Stephen. OPERATIONS MANAGER

    Stephen is our friendly operations manager. He has experience in both operations and sales, having worked at a London based event management company before joining the Sorrento family.

    He is an absolute gentleman, the first person we call when we feel a bit distressed. But he is also very busy, so sometimes we need to twist his arm. Brownies tend to work.

  • Rezaa. EVENTS ASSISTANT

    Rezaa grew up “on the streets of Mitchell’s Plain” but now prowls the streets of Cape Town for Sorrento. He is the record holder for longest term of employment, having had a role at Sorrento for the past thirteen years.

    Because he has been with us for so long, he likes to think of himself as the “face” of the company. When you see how friendly the staff at every major hotel in Cape Town greets him, you will see that there is some truth to it.

  • Grant. STOCK CONTROLLER

    Grant is a born and bred Capetonian. He loves being a stock controller because of all the diverse interactions it brings to his day. From people to places to products, Grant loves feeling connected to the heartbeat of the company.

    As Grant says about himself, “what you see is what you get.” His honesty and dedication makes him a perfect fit for the job and the Sorrento family.

  • Felimon. STOCK CONTROLLER

    Originally from Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, Felimon is a stock controller at Sorrento Events. He loves his job because he gets to experience so many things that are different from his own life.

    He says he isn’t great at expressing himself, so we simply want to celebrate what a genuine person he is!

  • Thando. STOCK CONTROLLER

    Thando is known for the quiet way he goes about his daily tasks. We might not hear him, but we see his work get done. He takes everything in stride. A true romantic at heart, his favourite flower is the classic red rose.

    Watch out ladies!

  • Vuyiswa. QUALITY CONTROLLER

    Vuyiswa is from Khayelitsha and oversees quality control at Sorrento. She says she loves her job – not only because she gets to tell people what to do, but also because she learns so much every day. Her favourite flower is the seemingly insignificant Chink, which we put in our Pot-o-Mike arrangements. She says she loved the name “Pot-o-Mike” so much, the inconspicuous flower became her favourite.

    When it comes to personal style, Vuyiswa is a trend-setter at the Sorrento Emporium. Her style tip is to create your own, based on who you are and how you are built. “Make it funky,” she says. We also asked Vuyiswa how to get a man. She said doesn’t know, but would someone please let her know if they find out?

  • Raymond. DRIVER

    Raymond hails from Worcester, but you will usually see him cruising the streets of Cape Town and surroundings in one of our beautiful vans. He has been working at Sorrento for 2 years and loves his job because he gets to see all the sights.

    Raymond does not have any cheap tricks for finding love. His flirting services are truly bespoke; each girl is unique.

  • Nolu. GENERAL ASSISTANT

    Nolu is our general assistant from Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape. She does her work with the utmost care and is always willing to share a big smile (or a mischievous grin) – even though she has to put up with all of us.

    Nolu loves her job because it is “so dynamic”. She feels privileged to be a part of every part of the event industry, whether it is floral design or event set up.

  • Vuyani. GENERAL ASSISTANT

    Vuyani, better known as Vuvu, is a general assistant at Sorrento Events. He is from the Eastern Cape, and he loves his job because he thinks it is a big opportunity to work with many beautiful things.

    Vuvu says he also loves the people he works with. When we asked who his favourite is, he smiled sweetly and said, “die baas.”

  • Thando. GENERAL ASSISTANT

    Thando is our general assistant who works on site at some of the most prominent hotels in Cape Town. His work involves great responsibility as he ensures that our standards are met outside of the emporium. How does this everyday hero deal with the stress? He says he treats flowers as he would a beautiful woman: with kindness, compassion and grace. That’s our man.