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Introducing the New SBB Directory…

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

For the last few weeks, I have been working madly behind the scenes on one of my projects for 2014 – new and improved directory pages ! The Directory on SBB has been there from the beginning and included suppliers from the real weddings that have been featured, but as we’ve grown, I haven’t always been able to keep up with them properly. I didn’t feel like they were doing their job well enough. Also, while we’ve had featured suppliers for a while, I often felt that aside from clicking through links yourself, you didn’t really have the chance to ENGAGE with those suppliers. Because you want to work with people that you like and relate to right? Not just people whose work you admire, although that too of course. I’m absolutely passionate about connecting brides and grooms with the incredible talented wedding pros in South Africa, and I started looking for a better way to do that. SO… I’m delighted to say that from today, we’re rolling out the brand new directory pages. You’ll notice a new design, but more importantly, you’ll find a curated collection of on-the-ball service providers who are looking forward to helping make your wedding day amazing, and better still, you can spend some time getting to know them and their work.

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

How does it work?
Navigation is much like it was before – from the main directory page you can click through to the location and category you want to see. There you’ll find two sets of listings – our featured providers (think of them as the A List) at the top, and below them, even more fantastic supplier suggestions. When you click on a featured supplier, you’ll be taken to their full listing, which looks like this…

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

My favourite part is the little Q&A, which allows you to get to know the wedding pro, in their own words. Another feature of the new directory is that we’re highlighting portfolios – most of our featured service providers have been on SBB before, and it’s now SUPER easy to click through and have a look at the weddings and other features that have included their work. You’ll also be seeing little portfolio buttons pop up in our wedding features, that will also take you straight to each supplier’s SBB portfolio with one click, like this one:

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

Why are there only service providers from the Cape and Gauteng listed?
SBB is for ALL South African brides and grooms – as I mentioned, this is a soft roll out, so we’ll be adding in the other provinces and suppliers very soon as those sections are completed. If you’re a vendor in another part of the country and you’d like to be listed, do get in touch!

I’m a wedding pro. How do I get listed?
Whether you were on the old directory listing pages or not, we’d love to hear from you! You’ll need to get in touch with us to re-register for the new and improved directory. Email [email protected] for details and prices.

Over the next few days, we’ll be giving big shoutouts and welcomes to the awesome service providers who have joined SBB’s Directory so far, so look out for them on Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, click here to see the new directory so far!


New Blogger Portraits + Posing Tips!

New Blogger Portraits + Posing Tips! | SouthBound Bride

This afternoon I’m sharing something a little different (and I feel a bit shy about it, since the subject is me!). As a blogger, I sometimes get asked to contribute to other online or print media, so it’s important to have some professional pics to hand, and I thought it was about time I updated the ones I use (since, for example, I have actually been brunette again for a while). As I am in Durban for the summer, I took the opportunity to work with the fabulous Fiona Clair, whose work I have been stalking for ages, and capture a bit of my own SouthBound style. We had such a fun time! I tracked down some sequins (of course) and proteas (ditto) and we headed for the Durban beachfront (after a bit of hair & makeup pampering from the talented Laura Halgreen - thanks Laura!). It was stinking hot and more than a little windy, but we had such a giggle playing and posing that I almost forgot that the camera was there. Fiona is just that kind of photographer – she’s super relaxed and nice, and so it’s a bit easier to lose that initial awkwardness that so many of us feel! Read more

Persephone Bridal Portraits by Debbie Lourens

Persephone Bridal Portraits by Debbie Lourens | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon, my lovelies! Time for some unusual and pretty inspiration, courtesy of Debbie Lourens, a Cape Town-based photographer. Debbie has a fresh approach to bridal portrait sessions for those brides who have approached her wanting to ‘rock the frock’. I am not always a huge fan of the so-called ‘trash the dress’ sessions as they CAN be tacky, but do I love the idea of a bride getting to wear her dress again and create something special and beautiful together with her photographer! In this case, Debbie was inspired by her own love of Greek mythology (which I totally share) to produce a shoot themed around the myth of the goddess Persephone. In case you’re not familiar with the story, it goes that Persephone (the daughter of Zeus and harvest goddess Demeter) was kidnapped as a young maid by Hades, god of the Underworld. Her mother, devastated, went searching for her, and eventually Hades agreed to allow Persephone to return to her mother, but first gave her a pomegranate to eat. When Demeter saw Persephone with the ruby stain on her lips, she knew that her daughter had tasted the fruit of life, and made a new home for herself. So a bargain was made. Each spring, Persephone returns to the world, heralded by flowers. Each autumn, she enters to the underworld, and as her mother grieves, the winter season comes. Lovely, isn’t it? And what a perfect inspiration for boho brides. Read more

Welcome to SouthBound Bride

Welcome to SouthBound Bride | SouthBound Bride

Image source: Anneli Marinovich on SBB

One of the best things about a new year is that we get to welcome a whole new crowd of friends to SouthBound Bride, so if you’re one of the lucky lovers who got engaged this holiday season and are visiting us for the first time, this post is for you! Welcome! I’m so happy to meet you! You’re no doubt still basking in the glow of your proposal and of changing your Facebook status to ‘engaged’, and gazing lovingly between your future spouse and your brand new engagement ring and pinching yourself to see if it’s real. You may also be having a minor panic – omigodiactuallyhavetoorganiseaweddingnow, right? Well, worry not, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out not only what you’ll find on SBB, but how to take your first steps in wedding planning with confidence.

Psst! Why not share an engagement pic with us? Use the hashtag #southboundbridetobe on Twitter or Instagram :) Read more

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! | SouthBound Bride

Hello lovelies! I’m just stopping in very quickly to wish both you and yours an amazing Christmas holiday today. Whether it’s a religious festival for you or a secular one, I hope it’s a chance to spend time with family and friends, spoil yourself with yummy food, and be spoiled yourself by Santa! I’ll be sweltering in the sunshine this year (no complaints!), although I must admit I love a frosty London Christmas, and it’s bound to snow (which it does whenever I leave the country, you can put money on it). Whichever you’re enjoying, I’ll be raising a glass of something bubbly to you. Thank you for all your love and support throughout the year.

Gaby xox

PS Our beautiful protea wreath Christmas ecard is thanks to the lovely & talented C{dot}Love


SBB on Wedding Chicks

SBB on Wedding Chicks | SouthBound Bride

Hooray, I can finally let you all in on what has been making me feel butterflies of excitement all day! You may remember a while ago (a long while ago, like, last year – okay, you probably don’t remember) that I mentioned I was styling a shoot with Anneli Marinovich and a really wonderful team of UK suppliers at Gaynes Park, and today it all gets shared online (we’ve been lucky enough to already have a couple of magazine features, and even a cover!). And I couldn’t be happier than to have it on one of my absolute favourite wedding blogs, only one of the Top 3 in the world, Wedding Chicks! How. Cool. Is. That?

I’ll be sharing the shoot here in a few weeks’ time, but why wait when you can head over and enjoy the full feature (Pinterest fingers at the ready!) right now. Huge thanks to everyone who made this shoot so awesome (and so much fun).

The Peach Shoot Rockstars:Photography: Anneli Marinovich | Styling: SouthBound Bride | Venue: Gaynes Park| Flowers: Boutique Blooms | Cake: French Made | Macarons: Anges de Sucre | Stationery: The Invitation Gallery | Hair & Make up: Lara Rorich | Handkerchiefs: Benign Objects | Bridesmaids dresses: Maids to Measure | Bridal gowns: Blackburn Bridal | Photography assistant: Liezel Fourie | Models: Katja, Leila & Rose from MOT Models

Goa Waterfall Couple Shoot

Goa Waterfall Couple Shoot | SouthBound Bride

I am soooooooop-ah excited about this couple shoot, because you guys, it is not only breathtaking, but it has such an awesome story attached. I’m a huge fan of photographer Claire Morgan (a South African now based in Europe, although she travels, and I would dearly love to feature a South African wedding she shoots, hint hint). I guess an artist is never off duty, because she happened to be wandering around Goa, India (as you do) and came across this gorgeous couple at a picturesque waterfall. Anna and Ilya were on a visit from Russia (where Anna is actually a photographer herself) and after striking up a conversation, Claire offered to do an impromtu couple shoot for them. This is the kind of shoot you can’t style – completely spontaneous and natural and real, but it looks like it could be out of the fashion pages of a top magazine. Claire’s pics have such a sense of place, and Anna and Ilya have such an amazing chemistry – how lovely to hear from Claire that they are since engaged :) This might be one of my all-time favourites – enjoy! And thanks so much for sharing Claire! Read more

The Editorial Wedding Recap (Part 1)

The Editorial Wedding Recap (Part 1) | SouthBound Bride

The Editorial Wedding Class of 2013, image by Anneli Marinovich

I am SO HOTDAMN EXCITED to be sharing todays posts with all of you, brides-to-be and industry peeps alike. Pictures from my first ever workshop, the debut of The Editorial Wedding (or the EdWed, as it came to be known). You may remember me mentioning this a few months back, but in case you don’t, The Editorial Wedding was a workshop and styled shoot for wedding photographers to learn everything they needed to know about shooting editorially and submitting their work successfully to magazines and blogs. Today I finally get to share it with all of you – and photographers in the UK and SA, please be sure to read all the way to the end for a very special announcement! This morning I’m showcasing the awesome students’ work (click through to their websites to see more of their portfolios) and this afternoon I’ll be sharing the full styled shoot. Read more

The SouthBound Bride 2013 Reader & Service Provider Surveys

The SouthBound Bride 2013 Reader & Service Provider Surveys | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon, friends! I have a leeeetle favour to ask of you this afternoon. Please (pretty please) would you participate in our annual reader survey? Here’s the deal: I promise it will take only a few minutes (just 10 questions, that’s it), it’s completely anonymous (so be as honest as you like) and most importantly, your answers really do make a difference to the future look, feel, content and direction of this blog. It means the world to me to hear from my readers and know that I’m on the right track (or even the wrong one, so I can make any necessary changes) and this is your chance to help shape everything that we do here. I would be so grateful if you could take a moment to answer.

This year, I’ve decided to create TWO SEPARATE SURVEYS. One is for readers, whether you’re a SouthBound bride planning your big day or just a SouthBound fan who loves to read about weddings and pretty things (fellow bloggers click here too!).

The SouthBound Bride 2013 Reader & Service Provider Surveys | SouthBound Bride
The second is for wedding suppliers/service providers – I know that many industry peeps stop into SBB on a regular basis, and I’d love to hear your take on things as well. The questions are slightly different for each, so please make sure you click on the right survey!

The SouthBound Bride 2013 Reader & Service Provider Surveys | SouthBound Bride
HUGE thank you!!!! Oh, and PS, the surveys both stay open until 30 September.

All images above by Cheryl McEwan from this shoot


August on SBB…

August on SBB... | SouthBound Bride

Well, lovelies, it’s almost time for me to say goodbye for a little while, kind of (because just LOOK at a sneak peek of what’s coming – you won’t even know I’m gone!). I know things have been quiet this week, as I have been packing up my house, but the ironic thing is that the reason I hadn’t got round to it before is that for the last six weeks I have been working non-stop on August’s content. A lot of late nights y’all. Because I’m a total sucker for punishment (and I love my readers), I didn’t just want to give you a month of archive and stand-in posts, but the best darn two-posts-a-day brand new awesome content I could find. I am pretty excited about it, actually. It’s all lined up and ready to go (assuming tech gremlins don’t take it out, but I have some help making sure that doesn’t happen – thanks Louise!). I hope you love it. I hope you have a WONDERFUL August. And I hope you don’t email me, because I am going to be 100% off the grid, and I won’t answer you. Sorry. Don’t take it personally. I’ll be somewhere on a vineyard in Tuscany, getting dirt under my fingernails and poetry back into my soul. I really, really need a break. And by the time I’m back I’ll be aching to bring you all kinds of new loveliness and get cracking on some projects I have in mind for when I am in South Africa. Can’t wait.

So! Wish me luck, and I’ll see you in a month. :)