Hello lovelies (and especially hello new SouthBound brides!). Mondays are when we typically debut a brand new inspiration board, but with this being a new year, we have a bit of a bonus. Every year, we celebrate the newest Pantone colour of the year around this time, and this year it’s the gorgeously named “Radiant Orchid”. At first I was a little surprised that this one cracked the nod, being that I think blue is going to be huge in 2014, but once I started working with it, I totally understood. The thing about radiant orchid is that it has all the brightening qualities of a fuschia, the deepening qualities of purple or indigo, and the calm romance of lilac. To me, the Business Mirror described it best: “More lush than lilac, more sophisticated than pink and more rapturous than purple… more sedate than mauve and softer than plum”. Basically, if pink or purple have featured in your colour scheme dreams, then radiant orchid is the perfect, modern alternative. Read more
I love new year, don’t you? It’s a time for renewal and perspective, and it’s also a chance to dream about the year ahead. Here on the blog, that means our annual rundown of the hottest trends in weddings. I love doing this yearly post, and seeing all the trends unfold and be reinterpreted and gain surprising new twists throughout the year. And as I looked back at last year’s post today, it was fab to see that not only had this happened in 2013, but that there was so much mileage still in the trends I called – I still think 2014 will have loads of lovely coloured wedding dresses, portrait lace backs, mixed prints, copper and brass details, and lasercut, for example. So if you’ve just got engaged, be sure to check out the 2013 roundup for even more ideas to add to these ones. But for now, it’s in with the new!
1. Wedding dresses: beading, cap sleeves, long sleeves Read more
Image source: Anneli Marinovich on SBB
One of the best things about a new year is that we get to welcome a whole new crowd of friends to SouthBound Bride, so if you’re one of the lucky lovers who got engaged this holiday season and are visiting us for the first time, this post is for you! Welcome! I’m so happy to meet you! You’re no doubt still basking in the glow of your proposal and of changing your Facebook status to ‘engaged’, and gazing lovingly between your future spouse and your brand new engagement ring and pinching yourself to see if it’s real. You may also be having a minor panic – omigodiactuallyhavetoorganiseaweddingnow, right? Well, worry not, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out not only what you’ll find on SBB, but how to take your first steps in wedding planning with confidence.
Psst! Why not share an engagement pic with us? Use the hashtag #southboundbridetobe on Twitter or Instagram :) Read more
Here we are at the end of our Top 10 weddings for 2013, and at the end of the year! It’s been hard to pick the favourites, but this has been one of mine ever since we featured it in February, for its gentle outdoor vibe and sweetly rustic decor. Lizaan and Michael are two sporty South Africans who have made their lives in Australia, and returned to our golden shores for their dream wedding. Maree Louw of Natural Light Photography captured the glorious goodness of their big day. Read more
For these high school sweethearts from Gauteng, Carin and Marius‘ shared love of food and wine pointed straight to the Cape winelands when choosing a venue for their wedding. With an understated but elegant palette of gold and duck egg blue, shiny perspex lasercut detailing and (my favourite) innovative food stalls to delight their guests, not to mention a surprise musical appearance from Heinz Winckler, they struck just the right balance between relaxed enjoyment and sophisticated splendour. Photographer Yolande Marx was there to capture every golden moment. Read more
When New York-based couple Michael and Lisa got engaged, Lisa wanted to celebrate their wedding according to her Zulu heritage, in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, the Cape winelands (and one of the best venues, 401 Rozendal. Their combination of homegrown decor and traditional food wowed guests who attended from all over the world (and made for gorgeous pics, courtesy of the fab Carmen Visser). Dressed in gorgeous traditional garb and carrying our national flower, the protea, Lisa was truly a SouthBound Bride. Read more
I have such a soft spot for this wedding. In the last few years, we’ve seen the vintage trend rise and rise, and now I often speak to brides who want the same gentle country feeling with found objects used as decor, but are over birdcages and books tied up with lace. Cara and Pieter‘s wedding to me is the perfect evolution of vintage, a soft grey and green palette, textures of lace and wood, generous use of herbs and (my favourite part), home decor used as wedding decor. This is a great way to re-use your wedding decor afterwards (and stretch the budget), but it’s also a lovely way to create a chic, curated aspect to your wedding design. Inspiring! Read more
Every now and again, I come across a wedding design that blows me away for its originality and forward thinking, and Anlika and Philip‘s wedding was one of these. It combined an original spin on one of my favourite trends, lasercut, incorporating lasercut flowers with the real thing (love). It also used a chic modern palette of navy and olive green, and mixed things up with unexpected floral elements and such a cool motif, salt, that was entirely personal to the couple. With gorgeous proteas and stylish contemporary details, it’s a chic and unique reception that sets trends for the new year. The fab Andre of Vivid Blue was there to take these beautiful pictures. Read more
Bohemian-styled weddings have been a huge trend this year, but Nadine and Alan’s was the real deal, a barefoot eco-friendly celebration that started with a forest ceremony and ended late that night with songs around the fire. Decor was woodsy and wonderful, from the mismatched green glass vases and repurposed jam jars to the wooden candle holders and the lasercut signs that welcomed guests to the reception. The awesome Love Made Visible duo captured this one perfectly, documenting the love and joy of the moment in their unobtrusive, documentary style Read more
What to do when your favourite flower is out of season? It’s a problem encountered by many peony-loving brides, with this delicate bloom only making its appearance for a few weeks a year. Bride Hestelle found the perfect solution: paper and fabric flowers that had the same lush white petals but lasted forever and contributed a uniquely modern aspect to the wedding. Add a touch of blush, an incredible dress and a fairytale backdrop of twinkly lights to complement the soft autumn light, and you have one of the most magical weddings we’ve ever featured. Read more