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Natural Beauty Wedding at Wolfkloof by Adel Photography {Grethe & GR}

Natural Beauty Wedding at Wolfkloof by Adel Photography {Grethe & GR} | SouthBound Bride

Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a big trend towards ‘natural’ weddings – ones that brides describe not just as ‘rustic’ but as ‘organic’, and that include shades from nature rather than artificial hues. Maybe it’s part of the eco movement, or maybe it’s a reflection of South Africans’ love of the outdoors. I absolutely love it, and I really love when the relaxed feeling in decor transfers over to a relaxed feeling in the wedding as a whole. Grethe & GR’s wedding is just a perfect example of this – they chose bunches and green garlands of eucalyptus leaves for their decor, muted pastels for their bridesmaids, a family-style feast for their meal, and a big tree as their ceremony backdrop. It’s the kind of long, sunny, food-and-wine-filled afternoon that makes me want to pack up my laptop, grab a picnic blanket and head outside to the open air. Adel Ferreira was on the scene to take these lovely pictures of the laid-back lovebirds and their happy guests. Read more

Pink & Blush Wedding Dresses

Pink & Blush Wedding Dresses | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon lovelies! As I mentioned yesterday, this week we’re thinking pink for breast cancer awareness, with a pink-themed post every day. Today is all about pink and blush wedding dresses and man alive, they are gorgeous. I mean, dreamy, super feminine, get-me-to-a-dressmaker-right-now-because-I-want-one, Vera Wang, ballerina fantasy GORGEOUS. There are quite a few dresses included here from real South African weddings – this is definitely one trend that we’ve embraced here and I couldn’t be happier. And while there are other colours that are also making a big impact on wedding dresses (cough cough, blue), I think pink and blush will always have the edge on other shades (other than white, of course). So here we go: 20 beautiful gowns to inspire you! Read more

Joyous Garden Wedding at Jex Estate by Lad & Lass {Jessica & Steven}

Joyous Garden Wedding at Jex Estate by Lad & Lass {Jessica & Steven} | SouthBound Bride

Crazy beautiful. That’s the only way I can think of to describe today’s wedding – in fact, I’m struggling to find words at all, but who needs words when the pictures are this pretty? Aside from the fact that Jess & Steve are basically one of the most attractive couples south of Hollywood, or that their South African girl meets Australian boy in California story is like something out of a romcom, every little detail of this stylish garden soiree just makes me giddy to look at. From the pink peonies and monochrome stripes to the proteas and bridesmaids in mint, each photograph by the supremely talented Lad & Lass brings a new delight (which is why I couldn’t help myself but include a ton of them in this post). And let’s not forget the aisle lined with scripture calligraphed on wooden boards (swoonage), or Jessica’s insanely gorgeous dress (by SBB fave designer and featured bride, Julia Ferrandi). But as usual, what really, really gets me (once I’ve stopped squealing at how much I love every inspiring idea) is the raw emotion that the Lad & Lass team captured here – Steven’s tears as he sees his bride, her radiant joy, the light that seems to dance around them like a blessing. Crazy beautiful. I told you. Read more

Beach Monochrome Engagement Shoot by Dillon Kin

Beach Monochrome Engagement Shoot by Dillon Kin | SouthBound Bride

We started the morning thinking pink, but this afternoon we’re going monochrome with an absolutely beautiful beach engagement shoot from Dillon Kin, a featured member of our SBB directory. Tammy and JP are high school sweethearts and you can tell they already share many years of love and laughter from the easy intimacy that infuses these pics – alongside that gorgeous Cape light! I love the way that they chose to accentuate the scenery with pristine black and white contrast, along with cute accessories like balloons and an umbrella. Congratulations, lovebirds! Read more

15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding

Good morning, friends! With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve decided to THINK PINK this week, with one pink-focused post on the blog every day. I know what an eternal favourite this colour is with my brides, so there’ll be lots to inspire! Today we’re starting with a roundup of 15 absolutely gorgeous colour combinations featuring shades of pink from blush to brash. Click on any of the pictures below and you’ll be taken to a full inspiration board featuring this colour combo!

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15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride

15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride

15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride

15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride 15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right): 1- Lane Dittoe via Style Me Pretty | 2- via Martha Stewart Weddings | 3- Ling Photography via The Knot | 4- Beaux Arts Photographie/Kelly Oshiro via Loverly | 5- Erin Kate/Soil & Stem via Snippet & Ink | 6- AveryHouse/Ryan Alexander Events via Elizabeth Anne Designs | 7- Emily Steffen Photography/At your Service Weddings via Wedding Chicks | 8- Graze Wedding Catering | 9- Cheree Berry Paper via Martha Stewart Weddings | 10- Every Last Detail/MMD Events/Tina Bass Photography via Wedding Chicks | 11- Citrus & Orange | 12- Jose Villa/Beth Helmstetter via Style Me Pretty | 13- Michaela Egger/Hey Look | 14- Elisa B Photography/Southern Blooms via Style Me Pretty | 15- White Linen Photographers/Flowers by Antonella via Style Me Pretty

15 Gorgeous Pink Colour Schemes for your Wedding | SouthBound Bride

 

Honeymoon Inspiration: 10 Dreamy South African Honeymoon Suites

Outside my window it’s cold and stormy and miserable (um, hello Durban, where is the sunshine?) so it’s the perfect time to look indoors for some swoony honeymoon inspiration. Because let’s be honest, you’re going to spend a fair amount of your honeymoon IN the bedroom, right? These ten suites from South African hotels are the bees knees and the cat’s miaow – they’re luxe, they’re atmospheric (often taking in absolutely breathtaking scenery), and most of all they’re super, super romantic. Start dreaming. (And PS, grooms take note – they’d also make for a hell of a proposal/anniversary surprise!)

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Millésimé Styled Shoot by Jana Marnewick

Millésimé Styled Shoot by Jana Marnewick | SouthBound Bride

Happy Friday, brideys! Hope you have a fun weekend planned, but first, we have lots of lovely coming your way, starting with this vintage French style bridal inspiration shoot from Jana Marnewick Photography. Jana based the shoot around ‘millésimé’, a French term meaning ‘vintage’ and she has created some absolutely stunning looks for a variety of brides. I am just loving the romance of light on lace, and I can’t quite decide between the soft pastel palette of the first table and the statement autumn palette of the second. Whichever is your favourite, you’ll find lots of inspiration here. Read more

African Sunset Engagement Shoot by Tanya Jacobs Photography

African Sunset Engagement Shoot by Tanya Jacobs Photography | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon lovely ones! I have such a pretty engagement shoot to share with you, from a group of the loveliest wedding pros based in KZN, including photographer Tanya Jacobs and stylist Jana Vorster. When Tanya sent over Gareth and Natalie’s pics, I was struck by how much more than a couple shoot was – in fact, it was also a beautiful gift for a treasured friend. Tanya says of the bride to be: “Natalie is such a gentle soul, always wanting to please others and ensure everyone around her is happy, even if this means she has to suffer/struggle/work exceptionally hard. When thinking about her engagement shoot, I knew I would need to do something amazing for her in return for all the love she gives to others.” How sweet is that? The result is this lovely styled shoot, which reminds me of Out of Africa or The English Patient - rustic luxe, vintage romance! Read more

Vintage Rustic Wedding at De Ouwe Klok by Heather Steyn {Fran & Matthew}

Vintage Rustic Wedding at De Ouwe Klok by Heather Steyn {Fran & Matthew} | SouthBound Bride

Morning all! Sorry we missed you yesterday – everything got thrown a bit by electrical storms sending the internet out of whack, and in the end I decided to chill out, stop staring angrily at my computer screen, and just enjoy cuddling up under the duvet with the dog and a cup of hot chocolate. Living in the moment, right? Well, today we’re back, and we have a gorgeous wedding to share with you all, a mix of vintage and rustic with a touch of high fashion glam, courtesy of the bride herself (what’s that expression in the South – the higher the hair, the closer to God?). But while the succulents and garlands and pegs and paper flowers make my heart sing, as usual what really captured me was the sheer joy that came through when Fran told me her fairytale love story (which started, would you believe it, at a party thrown by their ultimate wedding photographer, Heather Steyn!). This is a boy-meets-girl right out of a movie, and the sweetest part was that Matthew recreated the whole thing for his proposal. And if that’s how it started, this is one marriage that is going to be full to the brim with romance. Read more

BHLDN Fall 2014 Lookbook

BHLDN Fall 2014 Lookbook | SouthBound Bride

If there’s one store I REALLY wish would come to South Africa, it’s BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding branch, who never fail to inspire me on a browse through their website. I’m particularly in love with their line of wedding gowns, especially since the prices aren’t bad considering how beautiful the dresses are. Even though I can only dream about visiting one of their stores, the good news is that BHLDN do ship to SA, so for today’s fashion feature I just had to share their latest lookbook with you all. This is romantic city style at it’s finest – proving that even a registry office wedding doesn’t have to be short on style. It stars models and real-life couple Ava and Ryan, and I just love the chemistry that they have in these gorgeous pics! For all BHLDN’s latest dresses and international shipping information, head over to their website. Read more