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Inspiration Board: Love Hearts

Pastel lovers, get ready, because today is your lucky day. I’ve really liked the ice cream pastels that have merrily floated their way into weddings in the last year or two – so pretty! Especially with mismatched pastel bridesmaids. This is a look that many brides have combined with a vintage (and sometimes rustic) look – baby’s breath bouquets, vintage books tied with lace, proteas, you know the drill. So today I wanted to reinvent the colour palette for modern romantic brides and grooms. A bit of a geometric detailing, a tiny touch of sparkle, and here you go. I think I have a new style crush :)

Colours: Mixed ice cream pastels

Inspiration Board: Love Hearts | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Love hearts; stationery set {Every Last Detail/Justin DeMutiis Photography}; wedding dress; ruffle ombre cake {Veronique Photography/Just Jack}
Row 2: Bouquet {Aaron Delesie/Kelly Oshiro Design}; place setting {Amelia Lyon/Amorology Weddings}; geometric place name holder {Indie Wed/Amanda Megan Miller Photography}; bridesmaids in pastels
Row 3: Tassel & geometric escort card display {Amelia Lyon/Amorology Weddings}; table with hanging geometric lamps {Indie Wed/Amanda Megan Miller Photography}; outdoor ceremony {Abigail K./Jade Customised Events}


Honeymoon Inspiration: The Cotswolds

Honeymoon Inspiration: The Cotswolds | SouthBound Bride

It may be that a list of your typical honeymoon dream destinations  runs more like a Beach Boys song (Aruba, Jamaica…) than a list of the English counties, but with period drama like Downton Abbey as popular as it is, it’s a safe bet that there’s at least a part of you that dreams of cuddling up by the fire in a country pile, pulling on your Hunters for a brisk walk around the estate with the spaniel or taking a spot of afternoon tea before retiring to the four-poster with your new hubby. I mean, who doesn’t want to be Kate Middleton, just a little bit? If that sounds familiar, then today’s honeymoon inspiration is for you! I recently spent some time in the Cotswolds myself, soaking in the honey coloured buildings, the grand scenery, and the idyllic rural vibe, and today I wanted to share my top finds. Read more

Wedding Dresses for Column Shaped Brides

Wedding Dresses for Column Shaped Brides | SouthBound Bride

Time for the second installment in our new series on choosing a wedding dress for your body shape, and I must admit, as an hourglass I am more than a little jealous of this silhouette (we always want what we don’t have, right?).Columns/bananas are slim builds, often athletic, with similar measurements throughout the bust/waist/hip zones.They have narrow shoulders, lean limbs, narrow hips and flat bums. They also tend to have long waists with little definition. The look is angular (and very easy to dress well), with both a small upper and trim lower body to accentuate. As with our feature on pear-shaped brides, I’ve chosen some beautiful dresses from the Spring 2014 collections to illustrate.

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Real Wedding at Verkykerskop {Juane & Adriaan}

Real Wedding at Verkykerskop {Juane & Adriaan} | SouthBound Bride

Holy-moly-me-oh-my, do I ever have a wedding for you today! As you may have realised by now, I LOVE weddings that are not only beautiful and romantic, but truly South African, and in those terms Juane and Adriaan’s might be one of my favourites, ever. I hadn’t come across Verkykerskop before, but I ADORE their event space, not to mention the way that this couple decorated it perfectly. Old Wimpy booths as furniture, succulents in Lucky Star tins, Wilson’s toffees tied up with string as favours. Awesome, right? Not to mention big, bold proteas (LOVE the bride’s single bloom bouquet), printed burlap runners, retro flags, super cool groomsman styling and one of the coolest bar areas I’ve ever seen. It’s like stepping out of the car on a roadtrip and stumbling into the best ever roadside diner filled with retro South African chic. Of course, it’s no surprise that bride Juane has fantastic taste, as she’s the visual director at Leef, and I can’t not mention her incredible wedding dress! Photographer Wesley Vorster was there to capture every crisp detail and pop of cherry red to perfection. Read more

WIN Wedding Fair Tickets with Girl Meets Dress

Get ready, UK-based readers, because we have a fab little giveaway for you this afternoon from our friends at Girl Meets Dress. You’ll remember me telling you about this fab concept where you can rent designer dresses for a fraction of the price, and how perfect that makes them for your bridesmaids. Or as a wedding guest. Or even as a bride. Believe me, once you start looking through the gorgeous dresses in their huge range, you’ll find a hundred reasons why you NEED to be renting the dresses immediately. But back to weddings – the only tiny drawback to this system is that trying on bridesmaid dresses with your besties is half the fun, right? GMD do offer at-home try-ons, but it isn’t the same as having a girly day out, I know. So that’s why today’s prizes are so fab. This very weekend, GMD will be launching 50 brand new bridesmaid and wedding dresses at the Wedding Fair at Glow, Bluewater. Their pop-up shop runs all weekend, and not only can you see the dresses for yourself, you can try them on. Perfect, right? Tickets usually cost £30, but I have TEN whole pairs to give away. But we’re drawing names tomorrow afternoon (4pm UK time) so you need to get your entry in fast. What do you need to do? Why, just take a few moments to look through the lovely looks below, perfect for everything from beach to garden to city chic. Pick your favourite dress and leave the number in the comments (be sure to fill in your email address so GMD can contact you). Easy as 1, 2, 3… Good luck, lovelies!

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Farm to Table

Farm to Table | SouthBound Bride

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It’s Wednesday Trendsday, lovelies, and to follow up on the post a few weeks ago with fruit and vegetable bouquets (how much did we LOVE them?), today I’m focusing on ten tables, centrepieces and place settings that look like they came straight from a farmer’s market. This little wedding theme is a fun translation of the growing farm to table movement as well as part of the beautiful botanicals trend, and floral designers and savvy brides around the world have come up with the most beautiful ways of presenting unexpected additions to the table, including edible ones. Putting one of these tables together is a little like arranging a still life for a painter – it’s certainly no haphazard dumping of produce on a table, and neither should it look so organised that it reminds guests of a supermarket veggie aisle. Shape, texture and colour are all there to be played with, and I for one love the results! Read more

1950s Diner-style Engagement

1950s Diner style Engagement | SouthBound Bride

Well goodness gracious great balls of fire, do we have a bit of retro fun to share with you this afternoon! I love it when a couple is playful with their e-shoot, and even better if they find an awesome location to inspire. For Zerina and Hano, that location was On a Roll, a gourmet hotdog restaurant in Cape Town with a 1950s diner vibe. The couple decided to dress up accordingly, sharing some happy moments while photographer Carmen Visser snapped away, resulting in a set of colourful, fun pics that I’m so happy to share with you today. And, since it’s their wedding this coming weekend, to wish them a wonderful celebration! (Oh, and PS – On a Roll do food vans, which I think would make an AWESOME wedding snack!) Read more

Real Wedding at Rustenberg {Nicolene & Greeff}

Real Wedding at Rustenberg {Nicolene & Greeff} | SouthBound Bride

There’s a thought that’s been brewing for a while now, and I’m just going to say it. It’s about bridesmaid dresses. Not, probably, what you’d consider one of the more important expenses for your wedding. Maybe not even something you think deserves a lot of thought. But I’ve got to tell you ladies, as someone who looks at dozens of weddings every day, it’s something that (when done well) stands out every time. Just think about how many bridesmaid pictures you’ve repinned on Pinterest. The bridesmaids – in colour and style – can encapsulate or complement the wedding look or colour scheme, and your favourite girls make for an amazing set of pictures for the album. You don’t have to spend a fortune, especially with the mismatched trends of today, but do take some time to get this look right (and tell the hubs that yes, it IS important you spend another hour on ASOS). Take today’s wedding, for example. You have a beautiful, radiant bride. Pretty as a picture florals, some lovely stationery, a stunning garden venue. It would already be a fabulous wedding. But completing the picture is a bevvy of bridesmaids in the loveliest neutral lace dresses and mix and match hairstyles. They look awesome, and that, in my book, is money and time well spent. So don’t be shy about treating your besties to a gown that they’ll feel amazing in (and that will complement your own look) – just make sure that, like Celeste Prince of Aglow Photography, today’s brilliant photographer, yours gets plenty of pictures of all of you having fun together! Read more

Colour Story: Mint & Peach

Afternoon, friends – time for another colour story to follow up on one of your favourite inspiration boards. This colour combo was a real winner when I put it together back in February. There’s something soft and pretty but also quite zingy about the way mint and peach work together. In fact, I liked the combination so much myself that I used it for our EdWed logo. Here’s the original board:

Colour Story: Mint & Peach | SouthBound Bride

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What’s more, mint and peach are the absolute perfect colour combo for a spring wedding, making them extra lovely at this time of year in South Africa. Add loads of white details – layers of tulle, crisp linens, bundles of soft white blooms, for even more beautiful country style, or keep things sleek and modern for a city celebration. There are so many possibilities.

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Inspiration Board: Huckleberry Blues

Good morning my lovelies! Hope you had a brilliant weekend! Today’s board is all about a calm, serene, cool blue and a fizzy pop of vibrant red. I must say, I love this idea. Baby blue and bright red have been a popular combination for a while, but they’re usually associated with 50s diner style weddings, or Cath Kidston chintzes. I like the idea of it for a rustic farm or vineyard wedding, with beautiful blue tables and bushels of white flowers, and then every now and again, a powerful punch of red. After all, there’s something about red, isn’t there? A hint of red heels peeping out from under a lace dress, a bright red getaway car, or a scarlet bouquet in a bridesmaid’s arms. It’s sassy, and sassy is good. What do you think?

Colours: Baby blue, white and red

Inspiration Board: Huckleberry Blues | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Barn setting {Andi Mans Photography & Design/Blush by Brandee Gaar}; bridesmaid with red bouquet {Elizabeth Messina/Elizabeth Messina}; blue and white meringues {Jennifer Hejna Photography}; blue tables {Jose Villa}; wedding dress {Jose Villa}
Row 2: Raspberries; bouquet {Ashley Slater Photography/Spring Sweet}; cutlery {Alea Lovely}; red shoes {Elizabeth Messina}; blue flowers
Row 3: Bride & groom {Laura Murray Photography/Love This Day Events}; red getaway car {Jon Duenas Photography}; place setting {Millie Holloman Photography/Salt Harbor Designs}; blue invitation {Jose Villa /Linea Carta}; naked cake {Alea Lovely/Classic Cakes}.