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
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Happy Friday, lovelies! With the equinox coming up, we have such a lovely little spring printable for you today from the talented Vicky at Mocholoco. As well as being an awesome stationer, Vicky is also one of our real SouthBound Brides (her gorgeous DIY beach wedding was one of my favourites of 2013), and is also about to relaunch her website, so to celebrate, she created this gorgeous watercolour-style poster - the perfect addition to your desk (or desktop). I’m not sure if brides and grooms always realise the huge amount of thought and process and creativity and hard work that goes into producing bespoke stationery pieces, and I’m personally pretty fascinated by how it’s done. So instead of just presenting the finished product, I asked Vicky to give you all a little glimpse behind the scenes into her process. Blood, sweat and glitter! Thank you SO much, Vicky – be sure to click through to her site to see more of her lovely work. Read more
As those of you in Cape Town will no doubt know by now, South Africa got its first Forever 21 store this weekend, and to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to do a little special of the bridesmaid options available from this US label. The dresses are fun and flirty, and at the moment Forever 21 has a lineup of some gorgeous mixed blush/neutral dresses with little lace, sparkle and portrait back details that would be just perfect for a summer afternoon wedding. Time to be inspired! Read more
Before we head out for the weekend, I just have to share one of my favourite new supplier finds. I say finds, but actually I have watched from this sidelines as this developed from the beginning, since the talented designer behind indieLoveBooks is Ché Dyer, the same talented personage behind the amazing blog and stationery brand, indieberries. I love Ché to bits as you probably know by now, and a while back I asked her to share the story of the super original guest book she made for her own wedding with my readers. The response was amazing – not surprisingly, you all wanted one of Ché’s fun keepsake creations for your own big day. She’s gone on to launch indieLoveBooks, a bespoke site dedicated to the guestbooks, with three different packages available to suit the number of your guests. Knowing Ché’s incredible passion for her work and attention to detail, I know why she already has had so many happy customers, and I asked her to tell us a bit more about indieLoveBooks as well as herself. Welcome back, Ché! Read more
I love me a bit of Mr P – maybe it’s the fact that so many of the things they carry are fresh, fashionable and playful, combined with the low price point, but little bits and bobs often end up in my home. Like my new absolute favourite thing, a ceramic gold pineapple that I nabbed for my desk last week. I also often pick up little details from Mr P for styled shoots, because they’re so on trend. While a wedding is obviously larger scale, with a bit of creativity, you’ll often find ways to convert homeware details into your decor. Mr P have just released their latest catalogue, and two of their ‘looks’ really jumped out at me, so I decided to round up some of the details in store now that I thought were particularly wedding-worthy, and combined them with a couple of our SBB inspiration boards for good measure. Read more
We started the week with macarons, so I thought it was the perfect way to finish our week as well. Because a girl can never have too many macarons. If you loved our feature on macaron favours and are wondering where you can find some of these pretty pastries for yourself, then allow me to introduce you to Cape Town’s Lady Macaron. Read more
When I was a little girl (just a few years ago, haha) I DREAMED of being a flowergirl in somebody’s wedding. Sadly, I’m an only child and an only grandchild so it never happened, but I still have such a soft spot for dreamy little dresses for the mini members of a bridal party and I think they deserve to look every bit the princess that they feel being part of your day. So I couldn’t help but fall head over heels when I came across the Demetriou Collection on Etsy. Hand made in Cyprus and shipped worldwide, these luxurious little creations are frothy ballerina fantasies, walking that perfect line between innocent sweetness and elegant chic. The range includes accessories like shoes for babies (oh, the shoes!), head pieces and capes, as well as the dresses themselves. Let’s have a little look, shall we? Read more
It’s been a little while since I featured any Pinfluencers (not that I’m complaining, since I love having our Real Life Bride season!) so I thought it was time to start introducing you to some more lovely people and oohing over their Pinterest picks. Today’s blogger friend, Keri of Midlands Musings, isn’t a wedding blogger as such, but after working in the industry she has some brilliant advice and laughs to share on the subject, and she also happens to be a SouthBound Bride alumna (see her Big Day here), so she’s got an eye for the pretty and has chosen some gorgeous pins to share with you today. But the main reason I wanted to introduce you to her is that reading Midlands Musings has become a highlight of my newsfeed, a voice of sanity and hilariousness that you need to add to your blog following life. Plus, as I found out recently, Keri is just as lovely in person (I always say I get the best brides!). So be sure to get lost in her archives ASAP, and follow her on Pinterest while you’re at it!
Hi there. My name is Keri and I blog over at my personal and lifestyle blog, Midlands Musings. Although my blog is not exactly geared towards brides and weddings, I am recently married and have worked in the wedding industry for the past year – which has opened me up to a whole range of people, ideas and scenarios. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest (which lady doesn’t??) and I still pin to my Hitched board – even though it has been a year since my wedding day! There’s nothing quite like the prettiness and romance of a wedding. My own wedding style is very simple and slightly bohemian. I’m a great fan of less is more. At my own wedding I did not have printed menus or even a church service programme. I believe that the more tiny details there are to worry about, the more stressed the bride. And no one likes a grumpy bride!
Choosing your bridesmaids! Easy, right? Um, not so much. For some brides, it’s a simple decision, but for many, the whole bridal party selection process can be a huge source of stress. It’s supposed to be fun, but you only have to watch an episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids to see evidence of how easily tensions can creep their way in. And that’s when you also throw in who’s going to be maid of honour and what you’re going to dress them in. For me, your bridal party are a HUGE part of the day (in fact, it’s the only part of my hypothetical wedding that I’ve ever really thought about – forget the dream dress or decor, if George Clooney proposed tomorrow, I just know who I’d want standing up with me). They’re your special witnesses, the people you’ve chosen to go through your life-changing experience with a front row seat. It’s an affirmation of friendship or family bonds, and a chance to make new memories. Those are all good things. So how do you get past the tricky bits? Here are my top tips for picking an all star supporting cast. Read more
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE getting packages in the mail. Best. Thing. Ever. So when a package turned up in my postbox recently with my name on it, instructing me to ‘open the box and shout hooray because this is your special day’, it put a huge smile on my face before I’d even opened it (if you follow SBB on Instagram, you will have seen all the adorable goodies that were inside). The box came from Blooming Wonderful, a creative husband and wife team based in Somerset West. Their business, which has stationery, a shop and a decor hire ‘wing’, is kind of a one-stop-shop of awesomeness, and full of the quirky little touches that I know brides and grooms are always looking for. Read more