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TopVendor Wedding Awards

Morning lovelies! We’ll be getting to our real wedding shortly, but first, I wanted to let you know that voting is open for the TopVendor Wedding Awards… and we’re in the running! SBB is nominated in the category ‘Best Wedding Blog’, and we’d be tickled pink if you’d go over and vote for us, as well as some of your other favourite wedding pros. You can register and vote right here. (And if you do, THANK YOU!)

The best part is that you could also be a winner, with some fab prizes up for grabs for those who vote, including a weekend away for you and a group of friends, an engagement shoot and a designer piece of jewellery. All entry details are on the website.

TopVendor Wedding Awards | SouthBound Bride

 

Chic Navy & Gold Saronsberg Wine Estate Wedding by Piteira Photography {Chrizanda & JP}

Chic Navy & Gold Saronsberg Wine Estate Wedding by Piteira Photography {Chrizanda & JP} | SouthBound Bride

You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m a huge fan of the photographic stylings of my friends Luis and Kerry of Piteira Photography. This dynamic duo, who split their time between Portugal and South Africa, not only take dreamy, work-of-art photos, but they’re also incredibly lovely. So I am always thrilled when South African brides take them up on their summer availability and book them for their wedding, like Chrizanda and JP did late last year. Even more so when the couple’s stylish navy and gold colour scheme was revealed, and there are even some pretty, modern geometric details. It’s all just TOO fabulous! Read more

Styled Shoot Competition Finalists

Styled Shoot Competition Finalists | SouthBound Bride

Yay, you guys! I am super amped to be announcing the finalists for our styled shoot competition today.

Before I do, though, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all the talented people who spent time coming up with ideas and putting their entries together. There’s always a little part of you, when you launch something like this, that worries OMG what if nobody even enters? But as the due date arrived, a steady stream of emails landed in my inbox, most from South Africa, but some from the UK and US too. It was soooo exciting. I loved seeing the competition brief through your eyes.

But then came the really hard part. Because the standard of entries was so high, and the ideas were all so awesome, choosing five finalists was almost impossible. I swear, there were times when I almost just said “okay, you’re ALL finalists”. Thank goodness I had two judges to help me (massive thanks to Louise and Sara for this!). Somehow we managed to narrow it down, but saying no to the other entrants was so, so hard. I just want to thank you all again and let you know how in awe I am of your talents!

And speaking of talent, I’d like to introduce you to the five finalists. Each of them came up with a unique spin on South African wedding style, and I absolutely cannot wait to see the end result! I’ve listed them in alphabetical order according to the team member who submitted their entry. Here we go! Read more

Inspiration Board: Beach Sundowner

Happy Monday friends! It’s a super exciting day here on SBB, as later on we’ll be announcing the finalists for our first ever styled shoot competition. But first, it’s time for some inspiration of our own with the Monday moodboard. Today I’m loving coral (a colour trend that just keeps on going!) mixed with a cool, pale blue – a lovely fresh take on this colour combination and perfect for a laid-back beach celebration (or any celebration, really!). Reflecting the colours of the beach at sunset, it’s the perfect was to kick off a dusky ceremony and a dinner under the stars.

Colours: Pastel blue, coral, peach & white

Inspiration Board: Beach Sundowner | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Caravan {Jose Villa}; bride in blue tutu {Jen Huang}; table on beach
Row 2: Paper boat escort cards {Caroline Tran}; bouquet {Analisa Joy Photography}; watercolour menu {Moira West}
Row 3: Bride & groom; driftwood sign {Brilliant Studios/Stacie Steensland}; groom in seersucker suit {Sarah Pudlo & Co}; coral nautical cake {Cyrience Photography/Alexis June Weddings}

 

20 Creative Save the Date Ideas

Hello lovelies! It’s FRIDAY! We love Fridays. Whatever you have planned, here’s hoping you have a fab weekend. And here’s wishing our American friends a happy July 4th! Today I’m rounding up 20 creative ideas for save the dates, to spark your imaginations for your very own STDs. (Yep, most awkward wedding abbreviation ever.) While many people often feel that an actual invitation should be relatively traditional, the Save the Date is a chance to go a bit off the map, play with your theme (or just your personalities) and surprise and delight your guests. Think 3D, texture and fun. Of course, we love electronic STDs too, but if you’d like to do something tactile, here are 20 of my all-time favourite ideas, each of them guaranteed to get your guests excited about the nuptials to come. Yay!

20 Creative Save the Date Ideas | SouthBound Bride Read more

Forest Fairytale Beloftebos Wedding by Sybrand Cillié {Inge & Ruan}

Forest Fairytale Beloftebos Wedding by Sybrand Cillié {Inge & Ruan} | SouthBound Bride

We’re spoilt for gorgeous weddings this week, as today I get to share an enchanting forest fairytale from the fantastic Sybrand Cillié. Inge and Ruan wanted a whimsical woodland wedding, and that’s exactly what they created at the lovely Beloftebos, complete with a fairy princess wedding gown, bridesmaids carrying firefly jars, wildflowers, wooden signs and a ceremony under the trees. Forest weddings are super trendy at the moment, but I have to say this is one of my all-time favourites, and there were so many magical pictures that I ended up with a bit of a bumper post today. I’m sure you won’t mind – every detail is delicious! Read more

Organic Elegance Babylonstoren Wedding by welovepictures {Janina & Léan}

Organic Elegance Babylonstoren Wedding by welovepictures {Janina & Léan} | SouthBound Bride

It’s a happy day when we get to feature a wedding by welovepictures. This Cape Town duo never fail to deliver images that are fresh, personal and oh so gorgeous! Today they’ve worked their magic with a wedding that personifies the principle of simple elegance, enhancing but not competing with its beautiful natural setting (the organic gardens of Babylonstoren), and generally sitting as gently on the mind as a cool breeze on a summer’s day. I love love love Janina’s dress, the bridesmaids in white, the hanging café lights over the dancefloor and the general sense of wholesomeness and love that wraps around the happy couple as they promise to spend a lifetime together. Read more

Inspiration Board: Sophisticated Silver

Hello lovelies! How was your weekend? Mine was fab, apart from being internet free thanks to Telkom (coming to you from an iPad right now – argh), and I’m looking forward to another productive week on the blog, in the background and planning a birthday party for my mom (yay, decor!). But first, I’m kicking off the week with a white and silver inspiration board. I must admit, I often veer towards the gold end of the metallic spectrum, but silver is absolutely gorgeous, especially when used as a subtle sister to a classic, romantic white on white wedding. Add chandeliers, a sparkly gown, peonies and (just for fun) and snowball cocktail, and you have silver sophistication at its very best.

Colours: Ice white, silver

Inspiration Board: Sophisticated Silver | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Wedding dress {Elizabeth Messina/Bob Gail Special Events}; silver shoes {Jen Huang Photography/Charmed Events}; peony & tulle {Pam Cooley}
Row 2: Earrings {Marcie Meredith}; peony bouquet {Billingham Photography}; bridesmaids in silver shimmer dresses {Blumenthal Photography}
Row 3: Mercury glass vases {Picotte Weddings/Events by Heather Ham}; chandeliers; snowball cocktail {Heather Christo}; silver & white wedding cake {COCO Cakes Australia}

 

Beach Blues Soetwater Resort Wedding by Cheryl McEwan {Sarah & Trevor}

Beach Blues Soetwater Resort Wedding by Cheryl McEwan {Sarah & Trevor} | SouthBound Bride

Oh I do love a beach wedding, don’t you? I can never get enough of them. So when today’s laid-back, rustic beach beauty turned up in my inbox, in the softest shades of blue and taupe, from one of our fave photographers, Cheryl McEwan, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. As well as the gorgeous colour scheme, which runs through the wedding like a magical thread, there are the kind of clever touches that make my toes curl with happiness – hand-painted ‘take-away’ and ‘shebeen’ menu boards, fun original table names, crochet mason jar covers… And how much do we love a bride in a tea-length gown? This gorgeous couple’s relaxed attire and baby blue getaway car complemented the rest of their wedding perfectly. Read more

Green & Gold Langkloof Roses Wedding by Real Simple Photography {Tamarin & Nicholas}

Green & Gold Langkloof Roses Wedding by Real Simple Photography {Tamarin & Nicholas} | SouthBound Bride

Things my half-Italian self is not talking about today: soccer, the World Cup, or Luis Suarez. So instead, let’s talk about this little gem of a wedding from Real Simple Photography, in South Africa’s gorgeous national colours of green and gold (with a touch of silver). Tamarin and Nicholas (who planned their wedding from the UK) chose the divine Langkloof Roses as their venue, the most romantic of Cape country locations, and filled their tables with gold painted jars, elegant brass candlesticks, linen runners, puffs of white flowers and lasercut elephant table numbers. Adorable! With strings of hanging café lights and a dancefloor under the stars, they danced the night away with their friends from near and far. Read more