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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

Inspiration Board: Wineland Pastels

Hello lovelies! We started our Monday with winter whites, but now it’s time to add some colour to your afternoon. Specifically, pastels, because we LOVE pastels, don’t we? I’ve done quite a few pastel boards before (and I’m especially fond of mixed ice cream pastels, let’s be honest), but today I wanted to do a little more of a grown-up pastel board, combining the soft rainbow of shades with elegantly rustic vineyard style. I am absolutely loving how it’s turned out, aren’t you? Here’s hoping this is one board I see brought to life by a real bride soon. (PS Find more pastel inspiration here!)

Colours: Ice cream pastels

Inspiration Board: Wineland Pastels | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Name tags {Em The Gem/Kathryn Murray }; flowers on wine barrel {Jessica Burke Photography/FleurEssence Floral Design}; pastel bridesmaids {Sweet Little Photographs}
Row 2: Flowers in wine crate {Nikki Meyer}; cork escort cards {Braedon Photography}; pastel yellow cake {Matthew Land Studios/Petal And Pie}
Row 3: Pastel cupcakes {Lindsey A. Miller Photography/MOD Events/D’lish Dessert}; ruffled wedding dress {KT Merry}; wine barrel breakout area {Caroline Tran Photographer/Malibu Family Wines}

 

Contemporary Winter Styled Shoot by Topshelf Weddings & Events

Contemporary Winter Styled Shoot by Topshelf Weddings & Events | SouthBound Bride

Brrr! We’re starting off our Monday with some frosty wintery inspiration – a decor scheme that has every bit of the magic of winter, Narnia-style, but with a minimalist contemporary twist. Which makes it pretty much perfect for a modern winter bride. With a palette of bright white and neutrals, clean florals (tulips and lilies) mixed with the texture of a ‘snow covered’ tree centrepiece, and a mix of Tiffany chairs and soft fluffy faux furs draped over others, it’s the kind of look that’s easy to carry off but will make a great impression on your guests. Read more

10 Reasons to Get Married in South Africa

10 Reasons to Get Married in South Africa | SouthBound Bride

Today’s post is partly aimed at the overseas brides and grooms, who are considering whether South Africa is the right place to celebrate their weddings (hint: it SO is). But let’s be honest, for those of us blessed to be born or live here, it’s nice to remind ourselves why this is one of the best destinations on earth. A little smugness never hurts, right? ;) To make the deal even sweeter, we’re featuring images from a styled wedding shoot put together by photographer Tania Timkova and Michele Steyn of Passionately Weddings. Tania, a destination photographer, was a visitor to our shores herself and fell in love with SA, especially Cape Town! She wanted to show off the potential to those back home, so worked together with real-life-couple Chantelle & Retief to capture the beautiful scenery, the tenderness, and of course, the love! Read more

Fun Travel-theme Engagement by Sunkissed Studio

Fun Travel theme Engagement by Sunkissed Studio | SouthBound Bride

With a Greys Anatomy-style beginning to their love story, and a jet set engagement, this is one couple whose future together is sure to be a great romantic adventure! To celebrate their engagement, Veda and Brad worked with Sunkissed Studio to create a travel-themed engagement shoot, complete with maps and paper planes, globes and a picnic, and of course dreams of conquering the world together. SO FUN! Read more

Fresh Dessert Table Inspiration

It’s been a while since I published this post, offering ten gorgeous inspirations for dessert tables and linking them up to SBB colour boards. And in that time, I’ve seen dessert tables evolve, from being highly stylised to maybe just a little bit more relaxed, from being almost entirely cake and candy-based, to having a larger variety of sweet treats, and of course to include dessert table alternatives like pies, cookies or even brunch. But one thing has remained the same – brides love ‘em. And it’s no wonder – a candy buffet or dessert table offers a fun, interactive dessert experience for your guests AND it’s a piece of reception decor all on its own, which reinforces your theme or colours and can spark a lot of creativity. What guest doesn’t like seeing a little nook dedicated specifically to sugar, especially when it’s temptingly laid-out. So I thought it was about time I shared some of my new favourite dessert tables, and as before, linked them up with some of our very own inspiration boards to give you a sense of what sort of look and feel each table might suit.

BEAUTIFUL BLUSH

The addition of a floral arch turns a nice feature into a spectacular one – perfect for all you garden wedding and blush-loving brides out there! I’ve paired it with our perennially popular Kraft & Blush inspiration board.

Fresh Dessert Table Inspiration | SouthBound Bride

Fresh Dessert Table Inspiration | SouthBound Bride Read more

Inspiration Board: Tropical Blush

Pineapples are everywhere at the moment (yay!) and I’ve been wanting to do a pineapple-themed board for a while. Which might sound weird, because wouldn’t a pineapple-themed wedding be all Carmen Miranda? But no, in fact, we’re talking pineapples as a motif rather than a theme, and we’re loving how they add a touch of the tropics while still being an elegant and interesting form. Basically, they’re cool, we love them, and mixed with the softest blush and some proteas (complementary shapes and all), you get a totally romantic wedding design. (Oh and PS, to see a gorgeous real wedding on SBB inlcluding a few pineapples on the tables, see here).

Colours: Blush, white & tropical green

Inspiration Board: Tropical Blush | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Blush wedding dress {Laura Murray Photography/Love This Day Events}; gold pineapple necklace {Stephanie Yonce/Events by Elizabeth Palmer}; pineapple {Joielala Photography/Mr Caballero Creative}
Row 2: Table decor {Connie Dai Photography}; pineapple invitation {Stephanie Yonce/Events by Elizabeth Palmer/Confetti Grey}; protea bouquet {Ale & Kim}
Row 3: Blush cocktails {Ryan Ray/Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings}; bride & groom {Blush Wedding Photography/Delovely Creative}; cake {Blush Wedding Photography/Delovely Creative}

 

Ouma Wedding Dresses

Ouma Wedding Dresses | SouthBound Bride

Happy Friday y’all! Now, when I tell you that today I am showcasing Ouma wedding dresses, I definitely do not mean that I am showcasing the kind of old-school dresses your ouma might wear (mind you, with vintage going strong, your real ouma’s wedding dress is probably a stunner!). When I say Ouma, I’m talking an up and coming indie wedding dress label from the US. In the last couple of years, Etsy has become a fantastic source for not just everything handcrafted in general, but for bride’s looking for a very special dress, often at a more reasonable price. Ouma are definitely one of the frontrunners, and with beautiful, slightly out of the box designs that include dreamy tulle skirts and super feminine extras like sparkle and shine, it’s no wonder. And the big win is that they ship internationally, so this is one label that South African brides can also access. Here’s just a few gowns from the current collection. Enjoy! Read more

Hexagon Wedding Details

Hexagon Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride

You all will know by now that geometrics are very much having their day in both wedding and general design at the moment. I feel like I can’t look anywhere without seeing some geometric-inspired design, but as always, it’s a look that’s really grown on me. Of all the shapes, hexagons are emerging as the front runners, and I am loving them! Hexagon cakes aren’t a new thing, but we’re definitely seeing more of them now, along with hexagon (and sometimes heptagon or pentagon)-shaped stationery and design elements, from backdrops to menus to table numbers to cake toppers. What I think works particularly well about hexagons is that when fitted together, they have the honeycomb effect, so they’re a stylish evolution of an earlier wedding design trend. Anyway, I thought it was about time I rounded up some of the hexa-lovely inspiration that has been floating around wedding world. Read more

Urban Romance Styled Shoot by Vizion Photo & Celeste Styled Events

Urban Romance Styled Shoot by Vizion Photo & Celeste Styled Events | SouthBound Bride

A lot of the inspiration we share here is countrified or beachy – and after all, there’s a huge chunk of South Africa and beautiful South African venues that are situated beyond city limits or even in pockets of countryside within them. But I think city weddings are on the up – especially with some gorgeous city venues especially in Joburg. And while this style isn’t for everyone, I personally adore urban style – there’s something so elegant and sophisticated about it, and I adore the contrast between industrial textures like steel, glass and brick with soft tulle or verdant blooms. So I’m thrilled to be bringing you today’s styled shoot by a fab team including the dynamic Vizion Photo and Celeste Styled Events. You may have seen it in the previous issue of our fave magazine, Wedding Inspirations, but here is an extended look at all the lovely details, including two swish tablescapes, two variations on the bridal look (LOVE the denim jacket, and that floral neckpiece – wow!), and even a pie ‘cake’, all set against a slick, modern backdrop. Be inspired! Read more