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Simple Elegance Nature’s Valley Wedding by Jenni Elizabeth {Michele and John}

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You know, it can be a challenge to find new words and new ways to describe the weddings we feature on SBB. I feel like I say “gorgeous” a lot these days. Well, I’m about to say it again, because today’s wedding is GORGEOUS. Absolutely, get-your-swoon-on, magazine-worthy gorgeous. Michele and John chose to go with a simple colour scheme of white, blush and gold, which was complemented throughout by the deep emerald of foliage from their hanging swags and table garlands, and spectacular floral ceremony arch. Everything about it fits together like the pieces of a beautiful couple, partly thanks to the absolutely breathtaking pictures by Jenni Elizabeth. We’ve been looking forward to featuring Jenni’s work for a while, and I hope you’ll be seeing many more of her lovely images on SBB in future. But for today, let’s sit back and breathe in the simple elegance of Michele & John’s Garden Route wedding, and the sheer romance. Read more

Bridesmaid Boutique: White Lace Boho Bridesmaid Dresses

We’re back to boho this afternoon, and while of course there’s no rules about what you choose for your bohemian retinue, my favourite look at the moment has to be white lace or crochet dresses. They just look so pretty! Whether mismatched or all the same, all you need to add is a flower crown and some pretty sandals, and you have the most amazing laid-back look for your ladies. So today I’ve rounded up some pretty inspiration for ya, alongside ten gorgeous dresses. You’ll find even more shopping options on our Bridesmaid Boutique Pinterest board, which is regularly updated with new gowns.

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Inspiration Board: China Blue

Good morning, friends – how was your weekend? I had a very chilled one, full of summer breezes and afternoon naps, and I thought I would bring the cool summer blue on into today’s board. I’ve done a few board around Delft patterns over the last couple of years (which I still love), but let’s not forget other beautiful blue china patterns – whichever you favour, they’re a spectacular family of blue. Brighter than navy, it reminds me of houses on the Santorini hillside, or fresh blueberries, or a deep cold pool on a hot afternoon. The result is the perfect mix of preppy and pretty, with a touch of vintage from the willow pattern. Love!

Colours: Cobalt blue, powder blue, white & grey

Top row (l-r): Blue & white floral invitation {Minted}; portrait lace back dress {Clinton Lotter}; china plates {Steve Steinhardt/Beth Helmstetter Events}
Row 2: Blue cake {Add a Pinch}; powder blue bridesmaid dresses {The Great Romance/Belsoie}; hydrangea centrepiece {Stacey Brandford}
Row 3: Berry bouquet {Sleepy Fox Photography}; white shoes {Jen Huang Photography/Manolo Blahnik}; blue flowergirl dress

 

How to Style Your Engagement Shoot

It’s that time of year when lots of you will be planning your summer engagement shoots (something I wholeheartedly approve because trust me, you are going to want a chance to get comfy in front of a camera!). That’s all good, but one of the questions I get a lot from readers is: what in the name of Beyonce’s extensions do I wear? Now, I’m all for spontaneity and comfort, but this is one thing you definitely want to put some thought into. So like a good bestie (because we so ARE besties now, right?) I’ve put together 10 top tips to get you started. And even better, I’ve rounded up four fab engagement shoots from the lovely Migneon Marais of Pritti to show you how it’s done. The best part is that none of the four couples we’re featuring were specifically ‘styled’ or told what to wear for their shoots with Migneon, but in their own ways, each nailed the subtle details that turn a pair of outfits from drab to fab in front of the lens. Read more

Feather DIY Roundup

Time for some DIY goodness, brideys! And in line with our boho bent this month, I thought it was high time I rounded up some feathery goodness for your weddings. Feathers make a great motif for boho celebrations, and there are so many ways you can include them – plus, I adore the whole gold-dipped feather trend, which is perfect for boho luxe! Of course, make sure you source the feathers responsibly, and remember that you can always use paper instead of real (some of the tutorials below cover paper feathers, and even clay ones, which I love). Let’s go!

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20 Boho Wedding Details

Confession: I feel kind of weird writing a post about the elements that will help you put together a bohemian style. Because, after all, the whole point of bohemianism is that anything goes, right? For a truly boho bride, you’re going to really make it up as you go along and just include the things that you love, that are in season, and that are at hand. And that’s awesome. In my view, wedding design should always be about what you love rather than conforming to what you think is expected of you. But let’s be honest, boho has become a ‘look’, and if that’s a look you’re trying to achieve, it’s my job to help you do that. And there are certain ingredients that immediately scream boho – a flower crown, a fishtail braid, perhaps a ’70s style crochet lace dress, a ceremony out in the open, a festival style reception. I still love all of those things (especially the flower crowns), but for today’s roundup, I wanted to focus on the less obvious details that you could include in your wedding styling that would still help to create a boho vibe. There are some seriously cool little ideas here, so dive in, and see what takes your fancy! Read more

Quirky Country Wedding at Jan Harmsgat by Stroopsoet Photography {Lizahn & Bennie}

I’ve said it before, but some venues really speak for themselves, and a wise bride and groom will let them do just that by keeping decor and details to a minimum and letting their choice of location shine through. Sometimes that’s through amazing nature or grand architectural style, but with today’s wedding, we have a thoroughly unique, quirky and all-round amazing venue in the form of Cullinan’s Jan Harmsgat. Bennie and Lizahn really wanted something unusual for their big day, so this spot was a perfect reflection of their laid-back, happy personalities, and I was blown away by the cool little touches: hanging tins and plates, enamelware embedded in the walls (seriously, there’s even a tin cup arch!), rich, eclectic fabrics, vintage signs. I’m also really excited to introduce you to new directory members Stroopsoet Photography, who took these lovely pictures – be sure to click through and have a look at their listing! Read more

20 Perfectly Pretty Printable Bridal Shower Invitations

Afternoon, lovelies! For those of you planning a shower at the moment, one of the details that can really be a pain in the pachanga (unless you’re actually a designer) is the invitations. The last shower I organised, I spent DAYS making them from scratch, complete with fabric envelopes (nobody even commented on them, gah). Frankly, I would have been better off going with one of the gorgeous printable invitations you can get these days – Etsy in particular is full of these lovelies. The best part is, that printables are either an immediate download, or are sent to you once customised, so they’re quick, reasonably priced and can be bought from anywhere in the world. All you do is take them to your local printshop or even send the file via email (for extra eco points) and you’re sorted! There’s loads of choice too – in fact, so much choice, that it can be time consuming to sift through all the options. That’s where today’s post comes in, because we’ve picked out 20 of our absolute favourite shower invites for you to choose from. Just click on the links (or any of the images) below, and you’ll be taken straight to Etsy to get more information and make your purchase. Yay! Read more

Romantic Duck Egg Blue Wedding at Barker Manor by Knot Just Pics {Lauren & Scott}

Nothing sends us head over heels here at SBB HQ quite like a gorgeous wedding, beautifully photographed, and that’s just what we have in store for you today. This rustic-meets-classic affair in shades of clean white and duck egg blue (how much do we LOVE this colour?) from the fab Knot Just Pics team has us completely captivated, from the white VW Beatle wedding car, to the romantic arch and flower chandelier at the ceremony, and on to the delicate florals and soft stripes at the reception. Plus, don’t miss bride Lauren’s hilarious write-up on her big day! It’s no wonder with so much prettiness, and the couple’s sense of fun, that there’s such a happy atmosphere in these images. Read more

20 Beautiful Boho Wedding Dresses

Bacall by Gibson Bespoke (Image: KirstyLyn Jameson of KLJ Photography)

We’re kicking off our special boho month on SBB with a look at boho wedding gowns. And not just any gowns, these ones all come from the brilliance of online shopping that is Etsy, and some of its talented sellers and boutique designers. I know buying gowns online can be a risk, but I think the boho style particularly lends itself to it, since the cut is usually a little looser, the style a little more flowing than your average ballgown. Plus, while there are some fab boho labels available, there’s definitely less choice available on a local level for this style of bride. Buy why feel limited when there are so many amazing options online? I’ve rounded up just 20 of my favourites, but be sure to click through and see more from each of these Etsy stores. Read more