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Tropical Boho Styled Shoot by Maxeen Kim Photography

Tropical Boho Styled Shoot by Maxeen Kim Photography | SouthBound Bride

Good morning, brideys! We’re kicking off this week with some fresh, beachy inspiration courtesy of the awesome Maxeen Kim, who I first met last year when she was part of our Editorial Wedding workshop. When Maxeen let me know she was putting together a styled shoot loosely inspired by one of my absolute fave SBB inspiration boards, Hawaiian Honeysuckle, I was super excited, and even more so knowing it stars another of my favourite people, the beautiful Ché of indielovebooks. The original board was all about laid back surfy style, which the team translated into a beautiful, ethereal boho setting with a bold tropical palette and sweet ribbon details. I ADORE the Jenny Packham dress, and that casual, hand-tied bouquet with the perfect pop of fuschia complements it perfectly. Best of all, the tablescape was created with real (aka budget conscious) brides in mind, so get ready to be inspired! Read more

Win Your Wedding Competition (in support of Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre)

Win Your Wedding Competition (in support of Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre) | SouthBound Bride

YOU GUYS. If there’s one post from me you read all week, let this be it. And if there’s one thing you do today, let it be entering this competition. Because if you know me, you know I am a HUGE animal lover. Seriously, I think most of the time I like animals more than people. They reside in the softest, most gooey part of my little heart. Here’s the thing – Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre (one of the few non-kill shelters in the Cape) has just a few months to raise R5 million, in order to save the 500 animals they have rescued and nursed back to health. So that’s 500 tiny faces asking for our help. And here’s the best part, to give that help, all you have to do is enter the Uitsig raffle (R100 per ticket) and you’ll stand the chance of winning a Cape wedding worth R110 000. Photographer (and SouthBound Bride) Cheryl McEwan has rounded up a huge bunch of talented, lovely people who are donating their services, including several of my own favourite suppliers, to make this incredible prize a reality (and there are some awesome runner up prizes too).

Imagine all the stress of planning and budgeting gone, knowing you have an amazing team on your side. The prize includes: photography, videography, wedding co-ordinator, venue, bridal hair & makeup, guest house stay, Knysna mini honeymoon stay, two chauffeured cars, bridal bouquet, wedding furniture, invitations, stationery, cupcakes, discount on a wedding gown, beauty treatments, DJ, engagement photoshoot and a storybook album. Incredible, right? It seriously will be a dream come true for a lucky bride and groom.

SO. Get entering already. Do it now. Better yet, buy a few tickets. Tell your friends (I’ll be sharing a flyer on Facebook shortly to make it easy for you.) And then cross fingers that the good karma you’re putting out into the world will come back to you in the form of a free wedding. But even if it doesn’t? You’ll know you did a good thing today.

For full details and entry form, see the Uitsig website.


African Geometric Styled Shoot by Yolande Snyders & Yellow Papaya

African Geometric Styled Shoot by Yolande Snyders & Yellow Papaya | SouthBound Bride

Happy Friday lovelies! I have some super sunny, summery inspiration to share with you today, an African take on sunshine yellow with (eep!) a dip-dyed Didi Couture gown. Wow. I adore everything about the styling of this shoot by Simone of Yellow Papaya – the use of geometrical and ombre elements, the relaxed farmyard vibe and the inclusion of shweshwe (which we KNOW I love!). It all makes for a wedding design that is familiar but unusual, and pretty without being overpoweringly girly. In short, super inspiring! Thanks to the awesome team behind this shoot for sharing it with us today, including fab photographer Yolande Snyders and video by The Wedding Revelation. Read more

25 Fresh Pincushion Protea Bouquets

25 Fresh Pincushion Protea Bouquets | SouthBound Bride

Morning, lovelies! We have been having some hosting problems, so the schedule is a bit out of whack, but never mind – today is just going to be FULL of inspiration! We’re starting off with a roundup of no less that 25 gorgeous bouquets incorporating one of our favourite South African flowers, the pincushion protea. Since I first wrote about this spiky bloom a few years back, I’ve been delighted to see it used in some really creative and beautiful ways, so I thought it was about time I shared them. If you’d like a very South African feeling to your flowers, but are a bit over King Proteas, then this is a great choice. Read more

Intimate Scottish De Hoop Wedding by Illuminate Photography {Stacey & Stuart}

Intimate Scottish De Hoop Wedding by Illuminate Photography {Stacey & Stuart} | SouthBound Bride

Well, here’s something new – I’ve had grooms contribute to the questionnaire before, but never had a complete he said/she said view of a wedding. It just shows what a strong partnership Stuart and Stacey have, and how much their wedding was a mix of their personalities and backgrounds. Stuart is from Scotland, so beyond the traditional kilts (and let’s be honest, men look faaaabulous in kilts!) there was Highland-style dancing, merrymaking and bagpiping unfer the night sky. Bringing up the South African end, there was braaing, kuiering and gorgeous natural fynbos covering the tables. It’s like Rob Roy meets Jock of the Bushveld, in the perfect fusion of two lives and families. The lovely Tabitha of Illuminate Photography was there to capture every special moment. Read more

Travel Themed Old Mac Daddy Wedding by Yolandé Marx {Marli & Pieter}

Travel Themed Old Mac Daddy Wedding by Yolandé Marx {Marli & Pieter} | SouthBound Bride

You all know how I feel about travel themed weddings (love ‘em!). Which might have something to do with my own love of travel, but I also love how it can be a metaphor for life and relationships. Because life really is a journey, isn’t it? I’m the first to admit I don’t always look at the scenery along the way, preferring to focus on the destination, but in hindsight it’s always the journey that gets you somewhere that teaches you or inspires you or provides you with the lasting lessons or memories. Today’s couple, inspired by their awesome airstream trailer park venue (oh, we love Old Mac Daddy’s don’t we!), based their wedding around the idea of going on a trip together – kind of a perfect metaphor for starting out on the adventure of marriage. They incorporated this theme in sweet, subtle ways – through an airstream logo, and travel-themed stationery, and (my fave) little old school cartoon-hobo-style knapsacks on a stick to house the favours. Adorable! The vibe was light hearted and lovely, made even more so by the drop dead gorgeous pics by Yolandé Marx. I’m a huge fan of Yolandé’s work (in fact, check our her gorgeous new category images in our Supplier Directory – swoonage!), and her dreamy shots of Marli and Peter in their lakeside location are some of my favourites! Read more

Wedding Video by The Shank Tank {Taetim & Darren}

Wedding Video by The Shank Tank {Taetim & Darren} | SouthBound Bride

We don’t feature a lot of wedding films here on SBB, but some just capture my heart and my imagination, and today’s joy filled video by The Shank Tank was an immediate favourite. I adore Jewish weddings – they’re filled with the most incredible, meaningful traditions as well as a vibrant atmosphere of love and celebration (and lots and lots of dancing!). Tae and Darren’s film really captures all this as well as the connection between a gorgeous couple. And when I heard that my fave Fiona Clair had taken the pictures (including some breathtaking portraits of Tae in her beautiful lace dress!), I just had to do a mini wedding feature to celebrate. Read more

Announcing the 2014 SBB Styled Shoot Contest

Announcing the 2014 SBB Styled Shoot Contest | SouthBound Bride

Image from a shoot by Adene Photography & Anli Wahl Flowers & Event Styling, featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding pros, I have SUCH an exciting announcement for you all! Today we’re launching a brand new initiative on SBB, one that is very close to my heart. Ever since I started the blog, it has been my aim not just to feature SA’s talented suppliers & brides, but also to try to share a little of what makes South Africa and South African weddings special with the world, and of course to help create and inspire with fresh ideas. Earlier this year I was inspired myself by the styled shoot contest run by my fellow wedding blogger Sara of Burnett’s Boards (which if you don’t follow yet, you MUST!), and with the winter months meaning a bit of playtime for the industry, I thought now was the perfect time to do something similar. So, here we are – the first ever SouthBound Bride Styled Shoot Contest!

And here’s the really exciting bit – the finalists will not only be published here on the blog, but the top team will win a fab sponsorship package. I’m honoured to announce that these winners will be chosen by me along with my fellow judges, the awesome Sara herself, as well as the talented Louise of b.loved (both of whom have a blogger’s editorial eye, a love for fresh inspiration, and experience as successful stylists to their credit). I’m so thrilled that both of them have agreed to be part of the contest. Read more

Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding

So here on SBB, we are often all about the girls (well, it is SouthBound bride, after all). But we really do want to make sure that we’re offering inspiration for the boys as well. And the biggest question I get when it comes to the groom and his merry men is: “What colour should the groom wear if our colour scheme is x”. Ah for the days when this was an easy answer, and all you had to do was match your blush and bashful to his shiny cummerband, right? (I’m kidding, obvs. NObody misses the cummerband.) In fact, the first questions to ask when choosing your groomswear aren’t about the colour scheme at all, but rather about the formality of your wedding, the time of day it will be held, and what will make him (and his budget) comfortable. So taking thes factors into account, I’ve put some options together for ice-cream pastel weddings (one of the more challenging of the groomswear dilemmas). Simple answer? Don’t make him wear a pink suit.

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Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding | SouthBound Bride

Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding | SouthBound Bride Read more

Romantic Boudoir Inspiration by Kate Pleasants {Plus Top Boudoir Tips}

Romantic Boudoir Inspiration by Kate Pleasants {Plus Top Boudoir Tips} | SouthBound Bride

Happy Friday lovelies! We have a full day of inspiration here on SBB, starting with the most BEAUTIFUL boudoir imaginable from the talented Kate Pleasants. If you’ve been wondering if bridal boudoir is for you, and whether it’ll make you feel sexy or silly, then this is a great example of how subtle (and classy, and gorgeous) it can be when done right. It’s about what isn’t revealed, not what is, and photos like Kate’s are little works of art (a gift for your groom, but a gift for yourself too). As well as sharing them today and making the blog all pretty (yay!), Kate’s answered a few frequently asked questions to help introduce you to the boudoir concept. Read more