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Black Natural Wedding Hair Inspiration

Black Natural Wedding Hair Inspiration | SouthBound Bride

I thought it was about time we did some hair inspiration, and this one is especially for our beautiful brides of colour! I’ll be honest with you guys, I know next to nothing about black hair care, and what goes into the decision to wear yours straightened or au naturel for your wedding day, but I have to tell you, I absolutely adore this look and I wish I saw it more outside of styled shoots and fashion editorials. Whether it’s a long mass of curls or twists, a stylish fro, or something super-short, Lupita-style, each of these looks is super glam in an unfussy way, but what I like best is that I feel like each of the brides’ best features are really able to shine. Flawless makeup is a must, and as you’ll see, the choice of accessories is wide and wonderful, from chunky statement necklaces to delicate hairpieces and lush flowers. Which is your favourite look? Read more

Dreamy & Romantic Farm Wedding by Vanilla Photography {Sherri & Jacques}

Dreamy & Romantic Farm Wedding by Vanilla Photography {Sherri & Jacques} | SouthBound Bride

I love hearing stories of high school sweethearts who grow up and get married, don’t you? Although, I should add, that I also thank the good lord for not making me personally end up with any of the boys I liked in high school. Let’s just say… well, let’s not just say. But no. Today’s couple, on the other hand, are one of those sweet success stories – and eight years down the line they tied the knot on the same farm where they built a home, the same home where Jacques proposed. Isn’t that so lovely? And even though this was a farm wedding with a touch of rustic, Sherri had the romantic wedding style down to a tee. Amongst many, my favourite detail is the little calligraphed glass cloche table numbers – the sort of special touch that makes my heart happy, and perfectly finishes off a perfectly wonderful day. The always-awesome Vanilla Photography were there to take these super dreamy pics. Read more

Inspiration Board: Oracle

Morning lovelies! Time to greet another week, and there’s no better way to do that than with an inspiration board, right? If you’ve been following for any amount of time you’ll probably know by now that I just love olive leaves as wedding decoration. So today I thought I would pair this Mediterranean favourite with glamorous gold – perfect for a bride who wants to feel like a Grecian goddess on her big day. Which leads me to wonder – is there ANYTHING that doesn’t look amazing with gold right now? Because no, I don’t think there is. I especially love the idea of a bride in a soft grey or nude colour dress, and bridesmaids in shimmery glitz, paired with olive leaves and soft white flowers on the tables. Gorgeous.

Colours: Gold, green, white and neutrals

Inspiration Board: Oracle | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Bride {Jose Villa}; table decor {Michael + Anna Costa Photography/Joy De Vivre Event Design Boutique}; gold dress {Feather & Stone}
Row 2: Boutonnieres {Jason & Anna Photography/Engaged & Inspired/Floral Theory}; bouquet {Xavier Navarro}; menu {Rylee Hitchner/Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design/Molly Jacques Illustration}
Row 3: Gold seal {Sarah Drake Design}; gold and olive cake {Amalie Orrange Photography}; olive leaf crown {Lucia Gill Photography/Joya Rose}.


Announcement: We’re Hiring!

Announcement: Were Hiring! | SouthBound Bride

This announcement has been a long while in the making, and this weekend I realised – it’s TIME. Because as much as I love my little kingdom of SouthBound Bride and that it’s been entirely my domain for four years, the fact is that we’ve come to a point where the website and the business won’t expand and move forward any further with me working alone. I think I passed the point where I could really do everything a while back, but I kept pushing along. But in the next few months there are some projects to get moving, some changes to be made, and it’s time that I get some help. And not just help – I’m excited about opening up the blog to the new ideas, the fresh approach and the renewed enthusiasm that a new person will bring. The long and the short of it is – we’re hiring! I’m looking for someone who wants to learn all about blogging and weddings from one of the top blogs in South Africa, and who is able to work remotely via Skype and email – reliable internet access is a must.

Who are we looking for?

Ideally, you will be:

  • a dynamic, creative, efficient self-starter
  • passionate and knowledgeable about weddings (whether you’re in or hoping to be in the industry, a bride yourself, or just a wedding enthusiast)
  • familiar with SouthBound Bride’s editorial style and content
  • an able, confident writer with a firm grasp of spelling and grammar
  • able to communicate well with readers and associates both by phone and email
  • comfortable with social media (specifically Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest)
  • experienced with WordPress, InDesign and Photoshop (not a necessity, but an advantage)
  • based either in South Africa or the UK, and available to work remotely for 5 hours per week (flexible hours).

What’s in it for you?

The role is likely to develop and change, depending on what’s going on at the time, but here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • What goes into our blog posts – brainstorming the editorial schedule, selecting real weddings and emailing brides and photographers, researching trends and images, laying out and coding posts for the site using WordPress. You’ll also have the opportunity to write some posts yourself.
  • Hands-on experience of digital marketing, SEO and social media promotion, including building SBB’s social media profile.
  • Networking with wedding professionals, including attending events with or without me where possible.
  • Depending on location, assisting in editorial shoots.
  • Building strong relationships with sponsors and advertisers.

As mentioned above, the role will be on a freelance basis for 5 hours per week for a trial term of 3 months (with the possibility of this period being extended). You’ll be working remotely, but depending on your location, we’ll try to meet up in person. You’ll need to have your own computer and (I’ll say it again, since in SA it’s definitely not a given) reliable internet access. And yes, this is a paid position.

Does this sound like something you’re interested in? If so, you’ll need to complete the application form before midnight on Sunday 31 August 2014. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION. I’ll be in touch with applicants who I think would be a good fit for the position within the first two weeks of September.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you, and to welcoming one of you to the SBB family! Drop me an email if you have any questions.

Have a lovely Sunday guys!

Gaby xx

Top image by Anneli Marinovich


Sarah Houston 2015 Collection

Sarah Houston 2015 Collection | SouthBound Bride

Hey HEY. We’re finishing off our week in the prettiest way possible, with some gorgeous wedding dresses! Today I’m spotlighting Sarah Houston, a Canadian designer whose flagship store is based in Toronto. I’m new to Sarah’s label, but when her team sent over a sneak peek at her brand new collection, I immediately became a huge fan. I love the combination of textures, from sparkle and embroidery to feathers and soft ruffles and lace, and the way that Sarah’s designs are so very feminine, but with a stylish fashion forward edge. The end result is glamorous and romantic all at once, and with brides all over the world wearing Sarah’s designs, sure to inspire. Enjoy! Read more

Gatsby Bridal Shower by Suzanne Swart

Gatsby Bridal Shower by Suzanne Swart | SouthBound Bride

Morning lovelies! To start off our Friday, I’m sharing some pics from reader Marli of her kitchen tea, which was fun and colourful with a touch of the Great Gatsby. This one hits the balance perfectly for a daytime do – like an elegant 1920s tea party with a champagne tower, feather boas for all the girls, and even a view over Kelvin Grove’s croquet pitch! Read more

Yarn, String & Macrame Wedding Details

Yarn, String & Macrame Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon, lovelies! It’s time for us to round up another little trend that’s been raising it’s sweet, craft-friendly face in weddings recently. Have you noticed how many variations on knitting yarn, crochet, macrame and string have been making an appearance? It’s got that retro ’70s chic to it, and as I mentioned, it’s super DIY friendly – from macrame hangings and backdrops to string art, to balls of wool or thread-wrapped table numbers, this is a way to bring something new and different to your wedding design that you’ve made yourself. Here are some of my favourites. Read more

Elegant Waterfront Wedding at the One & Only Cape Town by Lindy Photography {Olivia & Salubona}

Elegant Waterfront Wedding at the One & Only Cape Town by Lindy Photography {Olivia & Salubona} | SouthBound Bride

Today’s wedding is all about modern elegance and simplicity. Against the breathtaking backdrop of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Salubona and Olivia celebrated their wedding with family and friends, taking full advantage of the Mother City’s abundant natural charms. Just looking at the light glinting off the water, at Table Mountain striking a pose in the background, at the range of guests suited up in both fashion-forward and traditional Swazi attire, reminds me what makes Cape Town so special. I love that Olivia and Salubona let this vibrant city speak for itself, accenting it with graceful white flowers, navy suits for the boys, and pretty baby blue for the bridesmaids. Like Olivia’s philosophy on her gorgeous wedding dress – she wanted to wear the dress, not let it wear her – this couple struck the perfect balance with their nuptial style, and the fab Lindy Kannemeyer of Lindy Photography was on hand to capture every sun-kissed, romantic moment. Read more

Blush Forest Beloftebos Wedding by Charlene Schreuder {Chloe & Gus}

Blush Forest Beloftebos Wedding by Charlene Schreuder {Chloe & Gus} | SouthBound Bride

Man alive, I can’t get enough of this wedding you guys! It starts with a TO DIE FOR Kobus Dippenaar dress, blush hydrangea bouquets (mixed in with roses on the tables for maximum pretty), lace bunting, a boho flower crown, a cheese cake, and of course the incredible forest ceremony area for which Beloftebos is rightfully famous. But I have to admit, I keep going back to that dress, because it’s the embodiment of everything I love about Chloe and Gus’ wedding design – and I especially love how the petal detailing reflects those gorgeous hydrangeas. Of course, a wedding is so much more than the design, and that’s where photography talent Charlene Schreuder comes in. She has an incredible eye not just for beautiful images, but for those special moments that make a big day memorable – not just the lovely little details we plan and pin for, but life’s lovely little details too. Today we don’t have info from the bride to share, but I’ve made up for it with a bumper crop of images! Read more

A Touch of Provence Engagement Shoot by Andre Sonnekus Photography & Eco-Chic Weddings

A Touch of Provence Engagement Shoot by Andre Sonnekus Photography & Eco Chic Weddings | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon lovelies! I have such a pretty lil’ engagement shoot to share with you this arvie! Matt and Belinda love everything French, so for their engagement shoot with Andre Sonnekus, they asked Eco-Chic Weddings to help out with some gorgeous French-inspired styling. So adorable, and I love the outfits too. And be sure to read about Matt’s proposal – this guy could teach classes in how to organise the perfect romantic weekend! Read more