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Elegant ShweShwe Mountain Shadows Wedding by welovepictures {Anita & Ulrich}

Elegant ShweShwe Mountain Shadows Wedding by welovepictures {Anita & Ulrich} | SouthBound Bride

Today’s bride is really, truly a SouthBound Bride, in so many senses of the word. Anita may not be from SA, but she has a deep bond with our country, and when she and her South African-bord husband tied the knot, they went above and beyond to include dozens of gorgeous South African elements in the mix, including loads of beautiful shweshwe. As a regular reader, Anita found all of her suppliers via SouthBound Bride, and having been in touch with her during the planning process, I loved her enthusiasm for every little detail. It’s worth reading her story and advice below to get a sense of just how much thought went into each aspect – right up to a stargazing lounge so guests could see the Southern Cross, sigh. The day was beautifully captured by the wonderful welovepictures. Read more

Supplier Spotlight: Seven Swans Collection

Supplier Spotlight: Seven Swans Collection | SouthBound Bride

Four years ago, not long after I started out, I got an email from a brand new, super enthusiastic stationer, the very lovely Anelle of Seven Swans. We immediately clicked, and over the following years she became our first real life bride and the designer of the SBB logo and indentity, while I had the pleasure of regularly featuring her work and watching her business grow. It’s no secret I’m a HUGE fan of the Seven Swans brand, so I was super excited when Anelle told me about a stationery collection they had put together in addition to their continuing work on the bespoke suites I always love to see coming out of the studio. This is the Seven Swans Collection, and it’s already been bringing happy smiles to brides and grooms around the world! The concept is brilliant – a selection of patterned sleeves (customisable by colour scheme) combined deliciously with two kraft paper inserts to make little packages of lovely that are not only beautiful and quirky but budget friendly. I couldn’t wait to show you! Read more

Inspiration Board: Something Blue

Welcome back, lovelies! I hope you’re ready for a gorgeous new week. I’ll be spending the first few days of it away from my computer for once, enjoying some relaxing mom and daughter spa time in the Drakensberg. As I write this, I can’t wait – feel free to be made jealous by following me on Instagram. Anyway, in the meantime I’m turning back to the Pantone Spring 2015 colours I introduced last week, with the first of a few full inspiration boards that include these gorgeous shades. Today I’ve combined two of the spring blues – Classic Blue and Aquamarine – with the warm neutral, Toasted Almond. It’s a pretty, preppy mix, and absolutely perfect for a fresh, modern wedding.

Colours: Pantone Classic Blue, Aquamarine & Toasted Almond

Inspiration Board: Something Blue | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Bride & groom {Alea Lovely}; programme with blue ribbon {Laura Gordon Photography/Shine Wedding Invitations}; chair {Lane Dittoe, Fine Art Wedding Photography/Twine Events}; blue shoes {Kina Wicks Photography}
Row 2: Blue china {Taylor & Porter Photographs}; groom in tan suit {Lisa Berry Photography + Carla Ten Eyck/Jubilee Events}; cake with blue flower {Lane Dittoe, Fine Art Wedding Photography/Twine Events}
Row 3: Bouquet {Anastasiya Belik/PEONY Art Decoration Studio}; table numbers; blue ceremony chairs {Hazelnut Photography/Les Belles Affaires}; bridesmaid dress with bow {Blue Rose Photography/Simply by Tamara Nicole}

 

Portuguese Rustic Styled Shoot by Piteira Photography

Portuguese Rustic Styled Shoot by Piteira Photography | SouthBound Bride

Happy Friday, lovelies! We’re escaping the city for beautiful Portugal today, with an absolutely gorgeous styled shoot from our dear friends at Piteira Photography. Luis and Kerry live in this sun-kissed country for most of the year (the rest spent in South Africa, when they grace us with their talented presence for the summer wedding season) and so together with some fantastic local suppliers, put together a dreamy alfresco-style shoot complete with the most gorgeous rustic details. Portugal is a wedding destination that’s largely untapped, and it’s also a source of style inspiration that’s still very fresh and unique among Mediterranean countries. For example, if you love French country or Italian style, but want something just a little bit different, then adding a little bit of Portugal-inspired detail to your big day is a great idea. This shoot, with its pretty mismatched crockery, flowers in glass bottles, café lights hanging over cobbled streets, and perfect rustic dessert table has me dreaming of a trip across the ocean and of outdoor weddings full of sunshine and smiles. Read more

Gold Foil Wedding Details

Gold Foil Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon, lovelies! As you know by now, I love nothing like I love a little sparkle, and recently I have been absolutely loving the little touches of gold foil that I’ve seen popping up in wedding design, especially those that have an imperfect textured look. So soft and pretty! I thought I would round up my favourites just for you – you’ll see how versatile this motif is, with everything from beauty ideas (including a stunning idea for short hair brides) to cakes and table decor details, and even an amazing Carolina Herrera dress with handpainted gold leaf detailing. Swoonage! Read more

Pastel Blush Wedding at Lezar Opstal by Laura Jansen {Evette & Emile}

Pastel Blush Wedding at Lezar Opstal by Laura Jansen {Evette & Emile} | SouthBound Bride

The next time I come across a bride who’s wavering about a ‘first look’ photo session because she doesn’t want to spoil ‘that moment’ (you know, the one where you lock eyes from opposite ends of the aisle and even though you’re in a room full of your family and friends you can only see one another and your heart’s beating out of your chest and you’re gripping your dad’s arm but you’re looking at each other and it’s amazing) – well, next time I am just going to show her Evette and Emile’s wedding. Because they had a first look (the sweetest of first looks for this pair of childhood sweethearts) and some gorgeous portraits with their awesome photographer Laura Jansen before the ceremony. But when Evette’s walking down that aisle – wow. The emotion in these pictures is so real, it actually brings a tear to MY eye. I have a feeling these two are going to be looking at one another like that for a lifetime. For their big day, they picked a beautiful pastel palette (including a gorgeous blush dress for the bride), and like the ballerina she is, she danced through ceremony and reception, right through to a first dance with her handsome groom that looks like it came from a movie. Ah, love. It gets me every time. Read more

Something Blue Fairway Hotel Wedding by Jack and Jane Photography {Gugu & Bongani}

Something Blue Fairway Hotel Wedding by Jack and Jane Photography {Gugu & Bongani} | SouthBound Bride

Happy heritage day, folks! You know, with some things in life, a little really does go a long way. Chanel No 5, kindness, chilli oil. And colour, especially when you’re dealing with the clean lines of a bright, modern wedding style like Gugu and Bongani decided to do. They chose blue as their accent colour and added just the perfect amount into their venue’s blank canvas of white and soft grey – adorable baby blue bridesmaid dresses, dusky blue tablecloths and then a pop of electric colour from sprays of dendrobium orchids and individual blooms placed at each setting. The couple themselves are the picture of city wedding chic – love the sparkled-up sweetheart neckline of the bride’s dress especially! Our lovely photographer friends Jack and Jane Photography (who you may remember as Laura Jane Photography until their fabulous recent rebrand) were there to capture these gorgeous images of the big day. Read more

SouthBound Guide: Rocking Your Hair & Makeup Trial

SouthBound Guide: Rocking Your Hair & Makeup Trial | SouthBound Bride

For those of you planning a summer wedding, now is about the time when hair and makeup start moving up the priority list in terms of decisions to be made and bookings to be confirmed – after all, your look is something that relies heavily on the style of dress you’ve decided on, the jewellery or accessories you’ve picked, and the style or level of formality that you’ve chosen for the wedding as a whole. Now’s also a good time to start locking in that hair and makeup trials, and we’ve got you covered with our top tips for how to make the most of this important pre-wedding event. Read more

Ruffles & Romance Môreson Wedding by Lauren Kriedemann {Claire & James}

Ruffles & Romance Môreson Wedding by Lauren Kriedemann {Claire & James} | SouthBound Bride

There are a lot of reasons I love today’s wedding, but can we just start by talking about THAT DRESS? Holy moly, it’s a showstopper. I have no idea if bride, Claire, started with the gown or matched it into her vision, but for me, it’s the centrepiece of the whole understated, feminine but also very modern elegance of the whole day. Everything from lush white blooms in ornate vases on the tables to the whimsical floral chandelier, to the clean, calming neutral palette (with just a touch of lavender from the bridesmaids) complements Claire’s look (a gorgeous job by Just Jack, by the way). She dances through her big day like a ballerina, through the vows exchanged with her fabulous kilt-sporting Scottish groom, to the cocktail hour with tables piled high with cheese and antipasti and guests full of love and well-wishes, and right on to the cafe light-lit dancefloor. An all-lily bouquet is the perfect, structured accessory for the ruffled rosette skirt. If I ever saw a bride ‘wear’ her whole wedding, it’s this one. And if I ever knew a photographer who would do this lovely celebration justice, it’s Lauren Kriedemann. Enjoy every one of these lovely pics! Read more

Anna Campbell Forever Entwined Collection

Anna Campbell Forever Entwined Collection | SouthBound Bride

Like I said earlier today, I love this time of year – all the new collections make me swoony. Look out for some homegrown designers coming your way soon, but first, let’s take a peek at the brand new Anna Campbell collection, Forever Entwined. If you’ve not come across this Aussie designer’s work yet, you’re about to have a new dresh crush, thanks to the soft fabrice, intricate detailing and all-round gorgeousness that Anna produces. And when her team sent over this absolutely beautiful editorial shoot, I just knew I had to share it with you all. Look out for the trains especially – a classic wedding dress feature made light, modern and hassle free. Just stunning. Read more