Hello lovelies! How was your weekend? Mine was fab, apart from being internet free thanks to Telkom (coming to you from an iPad right now – argh), and I’m looking forward to another productive week on the blog, in the background and planning a birthday party for my mom (yay, decor!). But first, I’m kicking off the week with a white and silver inspiration board. I must admit, I often veer towards the gold end of the metallic spectrum, but silver is absolutely gorgeous, especially when used as a subtle sister to a classic, romantic white on white wedding. Add chandeliers, a sparkly gown, peonies and (just for fun) and snowball cocktail, and you have silver sophistication at its very best.
Oh I do love a beach wedding, don’t you? I can never get enough of them. So when today’s laid-back, rustic beach beauty turned up in my inbox, in the softest shades of blue and taupe, from one of our fave photographers, Cheryl McEwan, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. As well as the gorgeous colour scheme, which runs through the wedding like a magical thread, there are the kind of clever touches that make my toes curl with happiness – hand-painted ‘take-away’ and ‘shebeen’ menu boards, fun original table names, crochet mason jar covers… And how much do we love a bride in a tea-length gown? This gorgeous couple’s relaxed attire and baby blue getaway car complemented the rest of their wedding perfectly. Read more
Things my half-Italian self is not talking about today: soccer, the World Cup, or Luis Suarez. So instead, let’s talk about this little gem of a wedding from Real Simple Photography, in South Africa’s gorgeous national colours of green and gold (with a touch of silver). Tamarin and Nicholas (who planned their wedding from the UK) chose the divine Langkloof Roses as their venue, the most romantic of Cape country locations, and filled their tables with gold painted jars, elegant brass candlesticks, linen runners, puffs of white flowers and lasercut elephant table numbers. Adorable! With strings of hanging café lights and a dancefloor under the stars, they danced the night away with their friends from near and far. Read more
Goodness, but this wedding makes me smile. From it’s flower crowned head right down to the tips of its barefoot boho toes, Jana and Jan-Dirk’s wedding was pure whimsical, romantic, folksy, handmade, autumn goodness. Each detail layers on top of the last, creating such a warm and welcoming atmosphere, not to mention a gorgeous reception filled with hundreds of paper cranes in flight, doily lanterns, oodles of bunting, and a lovely bohemian feel. A bride in a gorgeous belted dress and flower crown, a groom in a suit sourced from vintage markets and shops, bridesmaids in autumn-hued patterns with cardigans and mismatched tights. And lest we forget, a little sunshine coloured car. Jana is in fact a talented harpist (available for functions – check her out here), and with Jan-Dirk also being a musician, the air was filled with melody all day long… just the perfect way to throw a wedding. A big thanks to the lovely Alice Swan for submitting this vision of loveliness – how gorgeous are her pics? Read more
You didn’t think I’d let another Monday go by without a SouthBound Bride inspiration board did ya? This is a little colour combination I’ve been looking forward to working with, even since I saw the stationery set in the first row. I thought it was a gorgeous update to the grey and pink palette that has been so successful – a dark charcoal grey instead of a pale dove shade, a soft rosy blush, a baby blue and of course a bit of glamorous gold. It’s delicious, and I love how the pastels play so well together, but are made elegant and sophisticated by the neutral and metallic. The combination of pastels and gold reminded me a little of gorgeous Laduree macaron packaging, and the rest of the board was born!
Good morning, brideys! We’re kicking off this week with some fresh, beachy inspiration courtesy of the awesome Maxeen Kim, who I first met last year when she was part of our Editorial Wedding workshop. When Maxeen let me know she was putting together a styled shoot loosely inspired by one of my absolute fave SBB inspiration boards, Hawaiian Honeysuckle, I was super excited, and even more so knowing it stars another of my favourite people, the beautiful Ché of indielovebooks. The original board was all about laid back surfy style, which the team translated into a beautiful, ethereal boho setting with a bold tropical palette and sweet ribbon details. I ADORE the Jenny Packham dress, and that casual, hand-tied bouquet with the perfect pop of fuschia complements it perfectly. Best of all, the tablescape was created with real (aka budget conscious) brides in mind, so get ready to be inspired! Read more
YOU GUYS. If there’s one post from me you read all week, let this be it. And if there’s one thing you do today, let it be entering this competition. Because if you know me, you know I am a HUGE animal lover. Seriously, I think most of the time I like animals more than people. They reside in the softest, most gooey part of my little heart. Here’s the thing – Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre (one of the few non-kill shelters in the Cape) has just a few months to raise R5 million, in order to save the 500 animals they have rescued and nursed back to health. So that’s 500 tiny faces asking for our help. And here’s the best part, to give that help, all you have to do is enter the Uitsig raffle (R100 per ticket) and you’ll stand the chance of winning a Cape wedding worth R110 000. Photographer (and SouthBound Bride) Cheryl McEwan has rounded up a huge bunch of talented, lovely people who are donating their services, including several of my own favourite suppliers, to make this incredible prize a reality (and there are some awesome runner up prizes too).
Imagine all the stress of planning and budgeting gone, knowing you have an amazing team on your side. The prize includes: photography, videography, wedding co-ordinator, venue, bridal hair & makeup, guest house stay, Knysna mini honeymoon stay, two chauffeured cars, bridal bouquet, wedding furniture, invitations, stationery, cupcakes, discount on a wedding gown, beauty treatments, DJ, engagement photoshoot and a storybook album. Incredible, right? It seriously will be a dream come true for a lucky bride and groom.
SO. Get entering already. Do it now. Better yet, buy a few tickets. Tell your friends (I’ll be sharing a flyer on Facebook shortly to make it easy for you.) And then cross fingers that the good karma you’re putting out into the world will come back to you in the form of a free wedding. But even if it doesn’t? You’ll know you did a good thing today.
Happy Friday lovelies! I have some super sunny, summery inspiration to share with you today, an African take on sunshine yellow with (eep!) a dip-dyed Didi Couture gown. Wow. I adore everything about the styling of this shoot by Simone of Yellow Papaya – the use of geometrical and ombre elements, the relaxed farmyard vibe and the inclusion of shweshwe (which we KNOW I love!). It all makes for a wedding design that is familiar but unusual, and pretty without being overpoweringly girly. In short, super inspiring! Thanks to the awesome team behind this shoot for sharing it with us today, including fab photographer Yolande Snyders and video by The Wedding Revelation. Read more
Morning, lovelies! We have been having some hosting problems, so the schedule is a bit out of whack, but never mind – today is just going to be FULL of inspiration! We’re starting off with a roundup of no less that 25 gorgeous bouquets incorporating one of our favourite South African flowers, the pincushion protea. Since I first wrote about this spiky bloom a few years back, I’ve been delighted to see it used in some really creative and beautiful ways, so I thought it was about time I shared them. If you’d like a very South African feeling to your flowers, but are a bit over King Proteas, then this is a great choice. Read more
Well, here’s something new – I’ve had grooms contribute to the questionnaire before, but never had a complete he said/she said view of a wedding. It just shows what a strong partnership Stuart and Stacey have, and how much their wedding was a mix of their personalities and backgrounds. Stuart is from Scotland, so beyond the traditional kilts (and let’s be honest, men look faaaabulous in kilts!) there was Highland-style dancing, merrymaking and bagpiping unfer the night sky. Bringing up the South African end, there was braaing, kuiering and gorgeous natural fynbos covering the tables. It’s like Rob Roy meets Jock of the Bushveld, in the perfect fusion of two lives and families. The lovely Tabitha of Illuminate Photography was there to capture every special moment. Read more
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