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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

Vintage Farm-style Klipskuur Wedding by Open Image Photography {Nadine & Joe}

Vintage Farm style Klipskuur Wedding by Open Image Photography {Nadine & Joe} | SouthBound Bride

Today’s bride and groom were all about the farm wedding – love that. Nadine grew up on a farm and she wanted to bring this treasured part of her childhood into her wedding to the love of her life. With a down-home rustic venue, handmade vintagey details, and fynbos, the couple really brought the sweet simplicity of country life to their big day, along with a happy, relaxed vibe that made everyone warm and welcome. It’s this sort of personal approach to a wedding that makes it a huge, wonderful celebration for a couple and heir nearest and dearest, a part of themselves that they share with those they love. And that’s what this wedding business is all about, right? Open Image Photography were on the scene to capture every fun and heartfelt moment. 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

French Copper Café Felix Wedding by Moira West {Liezel & Christo}

French Copper Café Felix Wedding by Moira West {Liezel & Christo} | SouthBound Bride

Do I ever have a treat for you all  today. This is the kind of wedding that makes my little heart leap for joy – it’s beautiful, it’s original and it has tons of personality. It might just be my favourite winter wedding yet. Bride Liezel (who totally reminds me of the gorgeous Hayden Panettiere, no?) is a lover of everything French, and together with her sister (who is one of the ladies behind Dear Idea flowers, decor and styling), she combined this provincial country flare with a warm winter palette that included copper and antique gold, together with white, green, tiny pops of yellow and cool navy for the bridesmaids. I am crazy in love with the aloes on the tables, the wreaths carried by the girls, and Liezel’s dress and gold fern hair embellishment. Everywhere you look there’s something else to love, and especially with the incredible Moira West‘s atmospheric photos. Man, I love my job. Read more

Olive & Navy Tokara Wedding by Aglow Photography {Tamsyn & Gerrit}

Olive & Navy Tokara Wedding by Aglow Photography {Tamsyn & Gerrit} | SouthBound Bride

Maybe it’s the Italian in me, but I just LOVE olive leaves used as an accent on wedding tables, and today’s vineyard wedding does it beautifully. Add to that classic olive green a palette of navy and white, as well as the smell of fresh herbs and sunshine in the air, and you have an incredible, elegant wedding with a soft Mediterranean touch. Adore it, simple as that. But let’s not forget to mention some of the other fabulous details. The DRESS, wow. Sparkly shoes, letterpress stationery with a navy wax seal, a gorgeous cheese cake, a blue Mustang… It’s wedding perfection, and photographed to perfection too, by the talented Celeste of Aglow Photography. 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}

 

Portrait of a Marriage: Kristy & Greg

Portrait of a Marriage: Kristy & Greg | SouthBound Bride

Which of your wedding pictures has remained your favourite?
It’s still the same one I’ve always loved the most- Greg and I running out of the ceremony while our bridal party cover us in confetti! So special and joyful!

What changes have happened since your wedding?
We welcomed our first child, Lucy Grace, last year in March – exactly one year after our wedding, and I am currently 38 weeks pregnant with our second!

Any marriage advice for SBB readers?
Remember to make each other a priority, it’s so easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” of life after your wedding – be it with your jobs or with starting your family; it’s easy to forget just how much you mean to each other when you have so many other things demanding your time and energy! But trust me… You will be a much happier wife a few years down the line if you really feel like you are a priority for your husband, so make sure he feels the same way from you!

Portrait of a Marriage: Kristy & Greg | SouthBound Bride

See Kristy & Greg’s full wedding feature here.

 

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