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Peonies & Proteas Holden Manz Wedding by Nikki Meyer & Creation Events {Nina & Bernd}

Peonies & Proteas Holden Manz Wedding by Nikki Meyer & Creation Events {Nina & Bernd} | SouthBound Bride

I just love when foreign couples decide to spend their big day under our big sky, don’t you? I mean, it’s no surprise – we already know how gorgeous South Africa is – but we love sharing it with others who have fallen for with our beautiful land and want to have it as the backdrop to their big day. Which by the way, is also an awesome way of ensuring you always have to come back for your anniversaries ;) Nina and Bernd are just such a couple – their love of SA runs deep, and they brought all their favourite people here to celebrate with them. I just love their concept of a chilled out high tea after the ceremony, with a civilised little siesta break, and then an elegant dinner. And the sophisticated design reflected these two parts of the reception, from colourful protea and fruit arrangements in rustic crates, to blush and white peonies and ranunculus on creamy tables over candlelight. Let’s just talk about those peonies for a second too, because I can’t help being in total love with Nina’s bouquet, can you? I’m so glad we’re seeing more and more of these very special blooms here in SA now. Two of my favourite wedding ladies were behind the scenes of this lovely wedding – Theresa Lazarevic of Creation Events (one of our long-time friends and sponsors), and the awesome Nikki Meyer, whose photos never fail to delight! And here they certainly do – I’m especially in love with the mountain backdrop, which has me longing for a trip to the Cape. Read more

Elegant Safari Thaba Motswere Wedding by Maryke Harper {Melissa & Christian}

Elegant Safari Thaba Motswere Wedding by Maryke Harper {Melissa & Christian} | SouthBound Bride

If you’ve been reading SBB for any amount of time, you’ll know that I am absolutely crazy for the African bush. Beaches and mountains I love, even cities with their chaotic charm enthrall me, but I never feel quite as at peace and at home with my soul as I do in the bushveld. Today’s couple feel the same way, and the bush has woven into their love story, so it was only natural they would choose a game lodge for their wedding day. So they found themselves exchanging vows under a bower of Marulas, mixing the vintage elegance of lace, lilies and lanterns with a crisp modern palette of navy and white. It works beautifully, a hint of old world safari, as well as a timelessly elegant look that gave centre stage to the magnificent wilderness all around them. I can’t think of a better place to say ‘I do!’. The lovely Maryke Harper captured these gorgeous images of the beautiful Melissa and her dashing groom. Read more

Stylish Intimate Garden Wedding by Lad and Lass Photography {Nandi & Brett}

Stylish Intimate Garden Wedding by Lad and Lass Photography {Nandi & Brett} | SouthBound Bride

We feature all kinds of weddings here on SBB, but I must admit to having a huge soft spot for those that take place in a garden or backyard. I love the idea of getting married somewhere that literally feels like home, being able to go back there again and again and make new memories, as well as the loving and intimate feel you always get from an at-home celebration. Today’s wedding is just a perfect example of that, and it’s effortlessly chic too – I love that bride Nandi was inspired by her mum, and wanted the decor to look like something that came from her cupboards. And can we just take a minute to salute Nandi’s dress? Absolutely love it, especially paired with a pretty braid and a crown of flowers. As I said, effortlessly chic. I can’t think of a better choice of photographer for this wedding than Lad and Lass Photography, as their style really complements the couple’s – a perfect match. Just like Nandi and Brett. And just like backyards and beautiful receptions. ;) Read more

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