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Flower Girl Dress Inspiration from Monsoon

Flower Girl Dress Inspiration from Monsoon | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon, lovelies! I thought it was about time I did another little roundup of pretty flower girl dresses from Monsoon Accessorize, matching them as I always do to our very own inspiration boards. I have such fun putting these together, and imagining how perfect a little lady would look in one of these mini-gowns! Whether you’re going for a style that’s modern or super romantic, there’s a perfect colour scheme and flower girl dress to suit you here.

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Inspiration Board: Teal & Oatmeal

Hang on lovelies, does anyone even know how it got to be the last day of March? Eek. As usual, time is running away from me – after spending the whole of last week buried in tax and accounts, I have spent the weekend catching up with email (a couple of hundred down, several hundred to go…) and getting ready to share some more seriously lovely weddings with you all this week. But first, it’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yep – it means another inspiration board. And I have to say, I am absolutely loving the colour combination on this one. A soft teal – almost a greyed jade – and beautiful neutral oatmealy taupe. And guys, it works sooo well, right? I love the slightly boho vibe to this board – it would work for a country wedding, a farm wedding, and definitely for a beach wedding. Beautiful.

Colours: Teal, oatmeal, white and emerald

Inspiration Board: Teal & Oatmeal | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Boho bride {Adrian Michael}; flowing dress {Jose Villa/Kelly Oshiro Design}; door {Tec Petaja}
Row 2: Stationery suite {Rylee Hitchner/Sarah Robins Powell}; centrepiece {Esther Sun Photography/At Your Door Events}; bridesmaid dress {Elizabeth Messina/Ruche}; door seating plan {Clary Pfeiffer/Eventity Inc.}
Row 3: Flowers in urn; boutonnieres {The Nichols/The Nouveau Romantics}; bouquet {Tanja Lippert Photography/Blooms by Martha Andrews}; wedding dress {Jessica Lorren Organic Photography}

 

Elbeth Gillis 2014 Collection

Elbeth Gillis 2014 Collection | SouthBound Bride

Well, folks, I promised you some wedding dress loveliness to slide into the weekend with, and I shall not disappoint you! As you know by now, SBB loves our local designers (as well as the international ones, of course) and one of our all time FAVE labels (and industry people) is Elbeth Gillis. I never hear a bride say a bad word about their experience with Elbeth, and it’s no wonder, when her dresses just keep getting lovelier and lovelier every year. The 2014 collection is my favourite yet, and it’s such a perfect combination of romantic, old world fabrics and flattering, modern cuts. Looking through all ten creations, I was also struck by how perfect each dress’s name is for it – how it seems to describe an individual personality, from the 1920s Paris glamour of the Zelda, to the Armani-esque simplicity of the Jennifer. For those of you who loved Princess Catherine’s dress (um, all of us?) there’s even a Catherine, which is a romantic lace-sleeved tribute rather than a tacky knock-off. They’re all so lovely that it’s almost impossible to choose, but I think Edith, with its chantilly lace overlay, delicate cap sleeves and deep V back is my personal favourite. Head over to see the full collection on the Elbeth Gillis website. Read more

Misty & Magical Netherwood Wedding by Knot Just Pics {Clea & Dave}

Misty & Magical Netherwood Wedding by Knot Just Pics {Clea & Dave} | SouthBound Bride

GIANT words, proteas, and hydrangeas, handmade wooden crates, bridesmaids with statement necklaces and ballet buns…have I got your attention yet? :) That’s how today’s bride started her email to SBB, and I can’t think of a better way to introduce Clea and Dave’s wedding to you. It has all of these things and more, including a lovely, atmospheric misty day in the Midlands, a custom toast that paid tribute to how the couple met, and the prettiest pastel palette with the country vintage rustic decor I know so many of you just adore. I love the bridesmaids in buns, the groomsmen in shades, and the blending of families and traditions! It’s the perfect way to end off our week (although do stop in later for some dress-related prettiness). Yay! Oh, and how could I forget – the gorgeous, atmospheric pics are courtesy of the fab Knot Just Pics – love them! Read more

Navy Suits for Grooms

Navy Suits for Grooms | SouthBound Bride

So. Since most of the time we’re all about the wedding dresses and what to do for your bridesmaids, I thought it would be nice to do our fashion report today on a trend for the boys. And also, you know, Ryan Gosling. Hang on, I hear you wonder, did you write a whole article just so you could put a picture of Ryan Gosling in a svelte blue suit on your blog? Um… maybe. And YOU’RE WELCOME. Because hey girl, doesn’t he look awesome in that very suit? (When we get married, I am totally going to make Ryan wear it again.) The good news is, blue suits are popping up in weddings everywhere, and they are extremely handsome-making even if your groom isn’t a Hollywood superstar. And here is the evidence. Read more

Bright & Playful Paternoster Wedding by Justin Davis Photography {Sarah & Gareth}

Bright & Playful Paternoster Wedding by Justin Davis Photography {Sarah & Gareth} | SouthBound Bride

Rain rain go away – it’s a miserable day in Durban, but I’m curled up in bed with a dog at my side, bringing you this wedding that’s full of colour and light and beachy goodness. I absolutely love SBB reader Sarah and Gareth’s chilled out attitude, including their choice of Paternoster as a venue and bright colours and references to children’s books and toys on the tables and throughout. In fact, there are tons of great ideas to be had here, so be sure to read Sarah’s story as well as revel in Justin Davis‘ lovely pics. But be absolutely sure to scroll down to the end, where you’ll also find the AWESOME stop motion animation that they made for their invitation. So creative and fun! Read more

Botanical Romance Eben Haezer Wedding by Lizelle Lotter {Jeanne & Neal}

Botanical Romance Eben Haezer Wedding by Lizelle Lotter {Jeanne & Neal} | SouthBound Bride

Some things in life are worth waiting for. The end of a great novel, a knee-melting first kiss, Jordan Catalano winning an Oscar. THIS WEDDING. I’ve been dying to share it with you since I first saw it on photographer Lizelle Lotter‘s blog, but she’d already headed off on a little world travelling sabbatical, so I put it to the back of my mind, but never forgot about it. Fast forward a year, and I thought it was worth another shot, and finally thanks to Lizelle and the very awesome bride Jeanne, I’m able to bring it to you today. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I think this might be my favourite SouthBound Bride wedding EVER. It absolutely takes my breath away, both visually, and in the depth of emotion and joy that you can see in the pictures. It has everything. A gorgeous bride in a swoonerific blush Kobus Dippenaar dress carrying a cascade bouquet of orchids (love the BM bouquets too), boys in chic suits, a truly South African multicultural ceremony, insanely awesome botanical centrepieces against a clean white backdrop (including ghost chairs, hanging plants and tiny ceramic paper planes as name tags – LOVE), a custom aisle runner, an altar backdrop made of curls of paper, a spectacular winelands venue, traditional Cape entertainment… And of course, Lizelle’s incredible photos. But as always, romantic that I am, what I really fell in love with when I was working with those pics was the sheer happiness shown by not just the bride and groom but by their families and friends – multiple happy tears being wiped away during ceremony and speeches, secret glances and playful smiles, a standing ovation when the marriage was complete. So THANK YOU to both Lizelle and to our happy couple (who by now have their very own honeymoon baby – congrats Jeanne and Neal!) – I’m thrilled to be able to showcase your very special day on SBB. Let’s do this! Read more

Whimsical White Wedding Style from the NEW Wedding Inspirations Magazine

Whimsical White Wedding Style from the NEW Wedding Inspirations Magazine | SouthBound Bride

Hello lovelies! If you stopped by yesterday, you will have seen that SBB had some unexpected downtime (I’d like to say I was zen about it, but that would be a lie!). So our schedule has had a bit of a mix up for the week – but why not, change is as good as a holiday, right? This morning I’m excited to be bringing you a gorgeous styled shoot straight from the pages of the brand new Wedding Inspirations magazine, which hit the shelves yesterday. It’s their very first white issue, so you’ll not only find gorgeous decor inspiration (and I DO mean gorgeous!) along a white theme, but fashion and beauty ideas too, as well as the usual awesome content that makes this one of our favourite wedding mags. With it being the White Issue, I just had to share this little taster of one of the shoots, styled in the most beautiful, romantic white on white. I absolutely love the little details, especially those that make use of curls of paper, like the groom’s boutonniere and the table settings, not to mention the cake that reflects this motif with fondant curls. And the flower-bedecked mannequin standing in the reception space? Heavenly! The talented team behind this shoot was led by Marius Barnard of Weddings by Marius and Michelle van Staden of Michelle Photography – huge thanks to them and to the Wedding Inspirations team for sharing this with us today! Read more

Inspiration Board: Mercury Rising

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love bright colours as part of a wedding design, but don’t be afraid to use moody neutrals too. Today’s inspiration board is a mix of soft whites, dark greens, greys and blacks, and a shimmery touch of silvery mercury glass. It’s very classic (as all white weddings are) but it has that extra element of interest and shine. Taking an unusual metallic element like mercury or gold leaf, or copper or rose gold, or even steel is a great way to add a special touch to your wedding design without being too obvious and themey, and it’s a slightly more up-to-date twist on all the sequins and glitter and sparkle that have been trending over the last season. And we always love an up-to-date twist, right? ;)

Colours: Silver, grey, black, green, white

Inspiration Board: Mercury Rising | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Wedding dress; mercury glass table setting {Heather Kincaid Photographer/Gianna and Company}; silver wedding cake; aisle
Row 2: Stamped invitations {Jolie Jolie Design}; table setting; shoes
Row 3: Centrepiece {Brooke Schultz}; bride {Rylee Hitchner/Joy Thigpen}; wedding car with wreath {A Bryan Photo}; mercury glass with chalkboard.

 

Ten Tables: Travel Theme {Part 1}

Hideyho, lovelies – we’re taking ourselves off into the  long weekend with the latest in our series of beautiful tablescapes broken down into their easy-to-replicate components. So far, we’ve looked at both rustic and beach tables, but today is a little more themey, as we tackle some of the prettiest travel-themed weddings in town. Now I know I talk about travel themes a lot, but it’s such a popular way of expressing a love story – whether you’re a couple who have wanderlust, or you’re from different places, or you’re having a destination wedding, or have travelled a lot as part of a long-distance relationship. So I know you guys are always looking for fresh ideas in this department (see all our travel wedding posts here), whether it’s a full-on theme for you, or just a little touch. I started to notice that most of the ideas I saw (and featured) were one-offs, like escort cards and table plans, or favours. So I got to wondering, what’s a great way of decorating a travel-themed wedding table? Better yet, what are my top 10? A LOT of the tables I looked at were vintagey, but I’ve tried to bring together a mix of styles and ideas that you can mix and match or adapt to suit your own particular style. As always, you’ll find lots of tips, including DIYs wherever possible. Happy landings!

Table #1: Bon Voyage Brights

SUGGESTED FLOWERS: Tulips, pincushion proteas, cotton, baby’s breath, peonies

Ten Tables: Travel Theme {Part 1} | SouthBound Bride

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