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Pearl & Ivory Spring 2014 Lookbook

Pearl & Ivory Spring 2014 Lookbook | SouthBound Bride

Who’s ready for some wedding gorgeousness? Well you, obviously. And also me. And we’re both about to get our wishes granted with a whole heap of prettiness courtesy of the fab Pearl & Ivory, a bridal label based in Somerset West, South Africa. These fine folks (who sell everything from dreamy dresses and accessories to elegant stationery) are relaunching their website today, and SouthBound Bride is super happy to be able to share their latest lookbook, which also happens to have been shot by one of our favourite photographers, Yolande Marx. Happy dances all round! Read more

Trend Alert: Blue & Silver Wedding Dresses

Trend Alert: Blue & Silver Wedding Dresses | SouthBound Bride

South African brides may not be aware, but the international bridal and fashion worlds have been ablaze these last couple of weeks with news from New York’s annual Fall Bridal Market, which is where we get a first peek at the hot new looks designers will be including in their collections for the coming year. It’s a great place for spotting trends, and we’ll be telling you more about all of them soon, but today I wanted to focus on a trend that I particularly love and that really made an impact in this year’s shows: dresses in the colour range from blue to silver. Some are saying it’s inspired by the Disney movie Frozen, since one of the gowns that made its debut was part of Alfred Angelo’s Disney range, but for me it has more to do with a move from glorious gold to seductive silver, and everything cool and icy in the colour department in general. Blue has been gaining popularity as a wedding colour in general, and with colour wedding dresses no longer being ‘out there’, this is another gorgeous option for brides to be (and one that’s very flattering). Here are some of our favourites from the recent shows – look out too for silver detailing and ice and snow motifs on the rest of the collections! Read more

Colourful Fynbos Wedding by Amy Scheepers & Weddings by Marius {Julianne & Gene}

Colourful Fynbos Wedding by Amy Scheepers & Weddings by Marius {Julianne & Gene} | SouthBound Bride

Today we’re heading out to the beautiful Garden Route to see a wedding created by the considerably talented Marius Barnard of Weddings by Marius. Julianne and Gene’s big day was a colourful affair, inspired by the hues of evening light on the South African fynbos… wow. (Don’t you just love that?) With spectacular flowers (including a floral chandelier above the couple’s weddimg ceremony), nude wood tables with mixed vases and vessels, and hanging cafe lights in a huge white marquee, this is my idea of rustic wedding perfection. What a way to start the day! Read more

Inspiration Board: Chic Antique

Happy Monday lovelies! Before I dive into today’s board, I just wanted to wish the lovely Louise of b.loved a HUGE congrats on her new site and brand – be sure to head over and check it out!
You know, it’s not so long since the vintage trend swept wedding world, but since then things have come a long way as brides and grooms try to find new ways to introduce antique elements and still keep their decor personal and unique. One way to do this is through colour – the first wave of vintage often fell back on neutral palettes, but I think today’s pastel combo has a lovely Victorian feel. I also love how the navy blue sort of anchors the softer colours, and introduces a more grown up aspect. Add a completely swoony old world invitation suite and a chic, one-of-a-kind print wedding dress, and you have the perfect ingredients for a chic antique wedding day!

Colours: Navy, lavender, blush, lemon & baby blue

Inspiration Board: Chic Antique | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Bouquet {Millie Holloman}; bridesmaids {Jose Villa Photography/MAP Events}; cake {Nikole Ramsay Photography/Victoria Keith Cakes}
Row 2: Place setting with lavender {Sugokuii Weddings Capri/Simply Bloom Photography}; boutonnieres {Erich McVey Photography/Kelly Kaufman}; groom
Row 3: Print wedding gown; invitation suite {Elisa Bricker/Mimi Nicole Events/Brown Linen}; ceremony area {Leo Patrone/Honey of a Thousand Flowers}; lavender champagne {Jen Fariello/Easton Events}

 

Pink & Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

Pink & Blush Bridesmaid Dresses | SouthBound Bride

Happy Friday lovelies! It’s the last day of the working week and the last of our special Think Pink posts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today we’re not just rounding up some lovely images for inspiration, we’re going shopping at some of our favourite South Africa, US and UK online shops to find 21 absolutely gorgeous bridesmaid dresses in a range of shades from blush to bashful and everything in between. Whether you’re planning a relaxed day wedding, cocktail attire, or something more formal, you’ll find something to love here. Read more

Truvelle 2015 Collection Now Available in South Africa

Truvelle 2015 Collection Now Available in South Africa | SouthBound Bride

Brideys, I have such a lovely treat for you today! A few weeks back I spotted the dresses of Canadian label Truvelle and fell in love with their style, especially when I spotted ombre grey lace, glittery feature backs and even a gown that looked like it had been dripped in rose gold glitter. So I was absolutely over the moon when I received an email from the Truvelle team last week, not only sharing their drop dead gorgeous lookbook, but telling me that this exciting label is now available at LOCA Vintage Bridal Lounge in Port Elizabeth. Which is brilliant news for Eastern Cape brides, and means that this time I don’t have to taunt you lovely locals with beautiful international-label dresses you can’t go and try on in person. So let’s get to it! These are about to be your newest dress crush. Read more

Pink Wedding Cakes

Pink Wedding Cakes | SouthBound Bride

This week, we’ve been rounding up the prettiest pink details for you all to enjoy, and today, we’re doing cakes. But first, I wanted to share this fab blog post I came across from Sara Burnett of Burnett’s Boards, giving brides some sound (and funny!) advice on how to win your groom round to a pink wedding. Because boys can be weird that way. And after all, whether it’s a touch of pink or a whole blush & bashful colour scheme, this is one colour that brides and wedding pros just love to work with. So once you have the Mr on board, be sure to check out these 20 gorgeous wedding cakes – you’re sure to fall in love with at least one of them! Read more

Whimsical Woodland Styled Shoot by Anneli Marinovich & Louise Beukes

Whimsical Woodland Styled Shoot by Anneli Marinovich & Louise Beukes | SouthBound Bride

A while back, my lovely friends (and regular collaborators) photographer Anneli Marinovich and stylist Louise Beukes headed off to a picturesque little corner of the French countryside for the weekend, to create an enchanted woodland-inspired styled shoot, which sounded like the best idea ever to me. And then I saw the results over on Rock My Wedding and I fell in love with its forest fairytale style, even more than I’d imagined I would. Gold forest creatures, a cake dripping with caramel (and tiny fondant mushrooms), heart shaped macarons, lush roses, moss, a floral chandelier. Each detail is more heart-racingly beautiful and inspiring than the last. So I’m super excited that these talented wedding pros are sharing their shoot on SouthBound Bride today. If you’re planning a woodland wedding (and I know many of you are, especially with the great forest venues SA has to offer), then consider adding a little touch of whimsy and fantasy to your decor as Louise has done here so well – it’s gorgeous, and takes the look from rustic prettiness to all-out enchanting. Read more

Pink Wedding Bouquets

Pink Wedding Bouquets | SouthBound Bride

We’re continuing our week of Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but after rounding up some beeyooodeefool blush dresses yesterday, this afternoon we are all about the flowers. Don’t get me wrong – I love bouquets in a variety of colours, and pink actually goes brilliantly with most of them, but I’ve loved looking for these pink-shades-only bunches. From huge, luscious peonies to smaller, more delicate blooms, each one has something special that makes me go ‘ooh’. And don’t forget to pop back tomorrow and Friday afternoons, when we’ll have even more inspiration of  the blush variety. Read more

Natural Beauty Wedding at Wolfkloof by Adel Photography {Grethe & GR}

Natural Beauty Wedding at Wolfkloof by Adel Photography {Grethe & GR} | SouthBound Bride

Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a big trend towards ‘natural’ weddings – ones that brides describe not just as ‘rustic’ but as ‘organic’, and that include shades from nature rather than artificial hues. Maybe it’s part of the eco movement, or maybe it’s a reflection of South Africans’ love of the outdoors. I absolutely love it, and I really love when the relaxed feeling in decor transfers over to a relaxed feeling in the wedding as a whole. Grethe & GR’s wedding is just a perfect example of this – they chose bunches and green garlands of eucalyptus leaves for their decor, muted pastels for their bridesmaids, a family-style feast for their meal, and a big tree as their ceremony backdrop. It’s the kind of long, sunny, food-and-wine-filled afternoon that makes me want to pack up my laptop, grab a picnic blanket and head outside to the open air. Adel Ferreira was on the scene to take these lovely pictures of the laid-back lovebirds and their happy guests. Read more