Ah, vintage. If there’s one word that’s been on every bride’s lips at one time or another in the last few years, that would be it. And I think that in South Africa, we’ve worked vintage into our own signature style (what I think of as South African country vintage – more on that soon). What makes it special is not just the found objects and the pretty standards like bunting or suitcases, but the quirky touches that each bride seems to find – after all, we Saffas don’t like cookie cutter style, do we? So that’s why I’m excited to introduce you to today’s spotlight – Natural Nostalgia. Based in KZN, the company offers four different options to help the busy bride, from full scale bespoke planning to decor hire and sale. Owner Kimberley Lomas is passionate about bringing her clients something timeless and beautiful, but still with that elusive, quirky wow-factor. Read more
Good morning friends! I have another very special inspiration board to share today – this time we’re featuring the photographs of photographer Jo-Ann Stokes. Going through a photographer’s portfolio to put a board together is so interesting, as it really allows me to get a sense of their style, and I love the way Jo-Ann uses shadows and light to create atmospheric pics that are a little bit fashion and a little bit cinematic. I couldn’t help but be drawn to some of the moody blue images, as they remind me of the changeable weather in the Cape, and all of that natural beauty. So that’s where we went with the board. I think this is such a good look for a local wedding – soft naturals, a whole range of shades from grey to blue, and again that interplay between shadows and light. I love it, and I hope you will too! Head over to Jo-Ann’s blog to see examples of her lovely work, and remember that she’s taking bookings for your big day!
Contact Jo-Ann Stokes:
Phone: +27 (0)82 650 9238
Happy Sunday lovelies! I have been having an AWESOME weekend, including having spent yesterday with some brilliant blogging and industry buddies at a full day workshop with top photographer Victoria Grech learning all about photography and even getting to have a go at a styled shoot. So fun to be behind the camera, although my photographer friends will be glad to know that their jobs are more than safe! I might have to invest in a proper camera though… ANYWAY, I’m delighted to have some other fantastic news to share with you today. Back in May, at the tail end of three months in South Africa, I was lucky enough to work with some amazing SA suppliers to style a shoot based on my Toile & Rose inspiration board and stationery suite. It involved: three days of running around like a mad person (big thanks to my lovely friend Robs for the moral support!), turning up to lovely Elbeth Gillis‘ studio drenched from a rainstorm (thankfully she still trusted me with three of her gorgeous creations), pushing rogue shopping trolleys around Canal Walk and losing my car in the parking lot, buying Fairview out of their morning bread stock, a tour around Langkloof with manager Adelaine (who is just the sweetest) where photographer Cheryl McEwan and I basically had our mouths hanging open the whole time from how stunning it is, a courier driver who got lost with half of our decor, an amazing team on the day who not only cheerfully did their jobs but also jumped in and helped out whenever needed to assist Cheryl and myself, and finally, a set of images that I am totally in love with. And I’m delighted that I’m finally able to share these with you in the latest issue of Wedding Inspirations over TEN WHOLE PAGES. That’s a lot of awesome inspiration! The magazine is on shelves now, so get out there South Africans, and grab yours! (Everyone else will have to wait a liiiiittle while longer, but I promise it will be worth it!) HUGE thanks to the Wedding Inspirations team for this opportunity, and to every single one of the dream team (see full credits below). Yayness. Read more
Time for an announcement – today I am launching something I feel really excited about. I was raised by two parents who really embodied the idea of social consciousness. When I was growing up, both of them made amazing sacrifices for causes they believed in, and to benefit people far beyond their private circle. I’m nowhere near as good at it as they are, but giving back is something that means a lot to me. And one of the causes that I have championed for some time, is that of AIDS orphans in South Africa. Readers at home will know exactly how overwhelming the HIV/AIDS epidemic is in southern Africa, and I feel passionately that the next generation needs help and opportunity in order to overcome the obstacles they face and continue to build a future for themselves and for our country. And here’s the thing – 50,000 of you read this blog every month. That’s a lot of people. If every one of you donated just £1, that would be a phenomenal amount of money. With the festive season approaching, I felt that it was time I used my powers of social media for good, and asked all of you to help me.
But I didn’t stop there. SouthBound Bride has readers around the world, particularly in the UK, US and Australia & New Zealand. And I am lucky enough to be able to call bloggers in these countries my friends. So I approached three of them – Kate of Magnolia Rouge, Louise of b.loved and Naomi of At First Blush & Co. Each of these ladies is talented and lovely, but they also all believe in giving something back. Together, we hatched a plan.
Today, we’re launching our Turn the Tide Christmas Appeal. We’re asking our readers to join us in donating to Starfish Greathearts Foundation, where every pound, rand or dollar you’re able to spare really will make a difference to children around South Africa through their grassroots community projects. The exchange rate is awesome right now, so for those of us based outside SA, donations will go that much further. For example, £3.50 would buy two hot meals a day for a month, £8 a pair of school shoes, and £50 a whole school package including uniform. Getting kids fed and educated is a huge investment, but it costs us very little.
Of course, being bloggers, we wanted to make it a little more interesting, so to celebrate the appeal, we’re going to be giving away four couple shoots, one in each of our home countries. We have some awesome photographers lined up (details to follow soon!), and the shoots will be styled by us, so we’ll work closely with you to make sure that the pictures are something really special for you and your partner. They’re great if you’re engaged, celebrating an anniversary, or even just if you would like something to honour your relationship.
So! Here’s how it works…
- We’ve set up a JustGiving page (which means donations go straight to the charity) and we’d ask you to head over there and make your donation. We have no specific amount, but we of course ask that you give generously! I’ve kicked off donations with 10% of income from the Days of December promotion.
- When you’re done, if you would like to enter the couple shoot giveaway, go to our dedicated Facebook page and leave us a comment on the wall, saying which country you are in and telling us your love story. (Please note: the US shoot will probably be in California, so do bear that in mind.)
- At the end of the month when we close the appeal, we’ll announce three finalists for each location and you’ll be able to vote for a winner on our Facebook page. And of course, you’ll get to see the results of the shoots on our blogs.
Do let me know if you have any questions. Otherwise, a huge thank you to Kate, Louise and Naomi, and of course to all of you for donating! Let’s DO THIS!
Good morning, friends! We have lots going on today, including a couple of announcements, so stay tuned for those. I’ll also be blogging all weekend, so do stop in if you get the chance! First off, I’m delighted to introduce you to the next of our awesome Days of December suppliers, Design by Invitation. Based in Pretoria and run by the lovely Ilse-Mari, Design by Invitation specialises in creating bespoke invites to your special events, from weddings and birthday parties to corporate events or even sport or school functions. With a hands-on approach and personal touch, Ilse-Mari puts passion into every one of her designs. Here are just a few of the lovely pieces from her portfolio… Read more
Hello lovelies! I have something useful for you this evening, as many of you enter the final run up to your weddings. Something new I have been working on (in line with your recent requests for more practical posts) is downloadable worksheets (my educational publisher side coming out!). Those of you who subscribe to the newsletter will already know this, as you get first bite of the apple, but soon we’ll have a section for these on the website as well.
Source: Tom and Marguerite
Today I’ve updated my popular bridesmaid’s emergency kit post to create a checklist that you can easily print off and give to you MoH, or use as a shopping list for yourself. Easy peasy!
Download the checklist here.
PS For more awesome bridesmaid advice, check out this recent post.
Get ready, lovelies, because the inspiration is about to start coming thick and fast today, on into the evening. Starting with this incredible wedding from Nastassja Harvey. That in itself is exciting, since I LOVE Tash’s crisp, clean style but for those of you who love a white on white colour scheme full of glamour and grace, this wedding will blow you away. It’s just beautifully put together. I think one of my favourite details (a small but effective one) is the way that the flowers are a twist on the recent ‘white flowers in different vintage containers’ trend. For a more modern look, Helmare & Len have gone for a variety of glass containers, with white flowers grouped according to type. It’s just so clean and fresh and lovely. Not to mention the custom dance floor, the elegant escort card board, or the cake and sweet table. Kleinevalleij really lends itself to this look, and co-ordinator Izandi of I Do has outdone herself on this one! Here we go… enjoy! (And don’t forget to keep checking back today so you don’t miss a thing!) Read more
Hello friends! I have a breathtaking wedding coming up today, but first I wanted to share a DIY from our archives that’s become a bit of an SBB tradition. I love making my own crackers for the Christmas table, even if it is a bit time consuming and fiddly. But it really makes things special for your guests to have a gift you choose just for them and doubles up as a place setting. Plus, since I’m sadly not making it back to SA for the holiday season this year, these pics remind me of the last time I had Christmas lunch with my mom and dad. So enjoy, and pop back just after lunch for that wedding gorgeousness! PS All the materials below were picked up for a reasonable price from the CNA and a couple of other stores at the local mall.
They say the Devil’s in the details. I love love love the details. If one looks carefully, it is precisely the little things that make a wedding unique. We all have a version of the usual formula: a dress, a ceremony, a reception and then dancing till the lights go out. A wedding wouldn’t really be a wedding without these things. But it’s the little bits of prettiness captured in the DIYs and personal touches that make people go WOW!
To me, the stationery is a very important detail. It is an element which can be used to capture the style of your wedding from beginning to end. Starting with the invite, right through to your place cards and table numbers, the stationery is like a subtle undertone which binds everything together.
Good morning friends! Today we have something a little different for our inspiration board. It’s no news to you that I’m a fan of Cape Town photographer Cheryl McEwan‘s work as we’ve been working together for some time, but I’m delighted to feature her as one of our Days of December sponsors. Since an image is worth a thousand words, I’ve trawled through Cheryl’s archive (the happiest of tasks, with her dreamy style and attention to detail) to come up with a brand new SBB inspiration board. Cheryl’s a keen traveller (in fact, her husband Sven proposed to her in the middle of their world travel adventure!) so although she is based in South Africa for much of the year, I wanted to pay tribute to that love of travel in my choice of theme. And I personally find nothing more inspiring than a little trip to Italy. I took the palette for this board from Cheryl’s pic from the Cinque Terre, the muted mishmash of Mediterranean colour, sun bleached walls and intricate detailing that immediately sets a warm, summery tone for a wedding. Use heavy urns and candelabras, with platters of fruit instead of flowers on the tables, and of course plenty of wine! This makes me think of long Sunday afternoons and long tables, family, friends, laughter. All those things that make an Italian feast, a sweet life, and a beautiful wedding. Head over to Cheryl’s blog to see more of her gorgeous photography, including weddings, couple shoots and some personal travel gems.