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Berry & Jewel Tone Bridesmaid Dresses

Berry & Jewel Tone Bridesmaid Dresses | SouthBound Bride

Time for our latest rundown of gorgeous looks for your bridesmaids, and today we’ve come over all autumney with a line-up of berry and jewel toned dresses in the prettiest shades of purple, lilac and, of course, the colour of the year Radiant Orchid. I’m loving how these colours are popping up in bridal parties round the globe and brightening things up – and I have to say, I am especially fond of the look where you have a wedding that otherwise uses earth tones or neutrals. It really pops. Of course, you can choose a single shade of plum or cranberry, but this is another of those cases where tonal mismatching really comes into its own. Plus, there are loads of dresses in these colours popping up on the catwalks, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to pick up some you all love in the shops. Win. Read more

Elegant Watercolour Oxbow Estate Wedding by Howling Moon Photography {Annine & Pieter}

Elegant Watercolour Oxbow Estate Wedding by Howling Moon Photography {Annine & Pieter} | SouthBound Bride

Rush rush rush! I’m off on a MUCH needed mini-holiday today, to spend a weekend with some of my besties in (hopefully) sunny Plett. No laptop for four days :) But first, I wanted to share this lovely little wedding with you all. Taking classic elements and adding a few personal twists and clever touches, like a super cute escort card display and lovely little watercolours on the tables (what a sweet way to add colour and flowers that aren’t flowers, if you know what I mean). Pieter and Annine obviously had a lot of fun putting their personalities and history into the day, so that it was a true celebration of their past, present and future. Howling Moon Photography captured every moment in these lovely, light-filled images. Read more

Mint Green Pipkin Farm Wedding by Girl in Gumboots Photography {Lindy & Matt}

Mint Green Pipkin Farm Wedding by Girl in Gumboots Photography {Lindy & Matt} | SouthBound Bride

It’s fun that I’m sharing a Midlands wedding today when yesterday I drove up there myself for lunch with the fab Keri of Midlands Musings – isn’t it just the most beautiful place? The fresh mint of today’s wedding is just such a perfect expression of the green landscape that surrounded Lindy and Matt as they said their vows – not to mention one of our all-time favourite wedding colours! I just love the tree-themed details they included, from branches set up around the marquee, to a family tree display, to little herbs in enamel mugs for the guests. The colour is carried through beautifully, right down to the guys’ fun suspenders! Photographer Kate Martens, the Girl in Gumboots, was there to capture all the frolics and festivity from this ‘mint-to-be’ couple on their big day. Read more

Woodland Fairytale Garden Wedding by Love Made Visible {Elize & Steyn}

Woodland Fairytale Garden Wedding by Love Made Visible {Elize & Steyn} | SouthBound Bride

Something I never expected when I started this blog was that some of the people I feature would become friends, and yet that’s exactly what’s happened (in fact, I’m meeting one SBB bride for lunch today, yay!). One of my all-time-favourite couples is Louise & Riaan, who are the kind of people who you know that not only will you like, but you’ll like the people THEY like too. So I wasn’t surprised to see their faces pop up in the pics from Elize & Steyn’s wedding – not just because it was the kind of effortlessly creative and detailed wedding that makes my heart sing, but because when I read the couple’s story, I knew they were full of heart. Just like Louise and Riaan, and just like their awesome photographers, Rebecca and Bruce of Love Made Visible, who have once again done an AMAZING job of doing just that – making love visible.  There’s also something about today’s wedding that reminds me of Snow White (in a good way, without the wicked stepmother obvs). Maybe it’s the red apples and the woodland elements (OBSESSED with the wreath escort cards!) or maybe it’s Elize’s gorgeous dark hair and ruby lips, but whatever the reason, it’s appropriate, because this is a modern-day fairytale – the kind that wedding dreams are made of. Read more

Bicycle Bride #5: The Cake Table

Bicycle Bride #5: The Cake Table | SouthBound Bride

After a crazy busy week (and a trip to my cousin’s wedding in Brits), I’m finally sitting down to write this post! With two weeks (and only one weekend) to go, things are getting a bit more hectic and crazier, and I sort of just want the wedding weekend to get here already so that I can just RELAX.

I only really started thinking about a cake/cupcake table display last week, when Carica from Kiki’s Cakes and Bakes reminded me that I still have to give her samples of the cupcake holders that I’ll be using. The cupcakes will be served as dessert, so I really want to try and make an effort with the presentation.

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Inspiration Board: Kraft & Blush

Hello my lovelies, how was your weekend? Today I’m indulging two of my wedding loves, those for kraft paper details and the softest shade of blush. Kraft (or brown paper) used to be one of those details that was really only associated with rustic or casual weddings, whereas what I wanted to show here is that it can actually be adapted for romantic, sophisticated celebrations as well (win for the budget). The little calligraphed packages are my favourite detail (calligraphy just makes everything pretty, fact) and I thought it went perfectly with the soft pink with the tiniest touch of gold. Not to mention the gorgeous kraft paper wall hangings and adorable frothy flowers. The prettiest way to start off our week!

Colours: Blush pink, white, beige and green

Inspiration Board: Kraft & Blush | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Kraft wrapped favours {Jose Villa/Beth Helmstetter/Laura Hooper}; bridesmaids {Nancy Ray/Rebecca Rose Events}; cake {KT Merry/Nine Cakes/Rock Paper Scissors Events}
Row 2: Envelopes with white calligraphy {Landon Jacob/Jessica Rourke/Lady Letterpress}; bouquet {Megan Dandeles Photography/mStarr Event Styling & Design}; rosé champagne
Row 3: Blush wedding dress {Adam Barnes/Katie Stoops}; table setting {Elizabeth Messina}; gold cutlery {Kate Grewal Photography}; kraft backdrop {Kristyn Hogan/Cedarwood Weddings}.


SouthBound Sundays {9 March 2014}

Hello my lovelies! How has your weekend been? I have been busily working away launching our new directory and getting the posts ready for next week so that I can outwit those darn load shedding blackouts, and better yet so that I can take a long weekend off from Thursday – heading to Plett with my girls from high school and I can.not. WAIT! But I had to stop by and remind you of the goodness that we saw on the blog this week as well as the goodness around the web!


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Introducing the New SBB Directory…

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

For the last few weeks, I have been working madly behind the scenes on one of my projects for 2014 – new and improved directory pages ! The Directory on SBB has been there from the beginning and included suppliers from the real weddings that have been featured, but as we’ve grown, I haven’t always been able to keep up with them properly. I didn’t feel like they were doing their job well enough. Also, while we’ve had featured suppliers for a while, I often felt that aside from clicking through links yourself, you didn’t really have the chance to ENGAGE with those suppliers. Because you want to work with people that you like and relate to right? Not just people whose work you admire, although that too of course. I’m absolutely passionate about connecting brides and grooms with the incredible talented wedding pros in South Africa, and I started looking for a better way to do that. SO… I’m delighted to say that from today, we’re rolling out the brand new directory pages. You’ll notice a new design, but more importantly, you’ll find a curated collection of on-the-ball service providers who are looking forward to helping make your wedding day amazing, and better still, you can spend some time getting to know them and their work.

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

How does it work?
Navigation is much like it was before – from the main directory page you can click through to the location and category you want to see. There you’ll find two sets of listings – our featured providers (think of them as the A List) at the top, and below them, even more fantastic supplier suggestions. When you click on a featured supplier, you’ll be taken to their full listing, which looks like this…

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

My favourite part is the little Q&A, which allows you to get to know the wedding pro, in their own words. Another feature of the new directory is that we’re highlighting portfolios – most of our featured service providers have been on SBB before, and it’s now SUPER easy to click through and have a look at the weddings and other features that have included their work. You’ll also be seeing little portfolio buttons pop up in our wedding features, that will also take you straight to each supplier’s SBB portfolio with one click, like this one:

Introducing the New SBB Directory... | SouthBound Bride

Why are there only service providers from the Cape and Gauteng listed?
SBB is for ALL South African brides and grooms – as I mentioned, this is a soft roll out, so we’ll be adding in the other provinces and suppliers very soon as those sections are completed. If you’re a vendor in another part of the country and you’d like to be listed, do get in touch!

I’m a wedding pro. How do I get listed?
Whether you were on the old directory listing pages or not, we’d love to hear from you! You’ll need to get in touch with us to re-register for the new and improved directory. Email [email protected] for details and prices.

Over the next few days, we’ll be giving big shoutouts and welcomes to the awesome service providers who have joined SBB’s Directory so far, so look out for them on Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, click here to see the new directory so far!


Illusion Neckline & Statement Back Bridesmaid Dresses

Illusion Neckline & Statement Back Bridesmaid Dresses | SouthBound Bride

We’re continuing our busy Friday with a look at one of my FAVOURITE bridesmaid trends of the moment. Actually, this one started as a wedding dress trend, but good news girls, illusion necklines and statement or portrait back dresses are now for bridesmaids too! There’s just no denying how pretty these are, and how gorgeous and sophisticated they will make your bridesmaids feel. Plus, win, they look GREAT in photos! I think we’ll be seeing lots more of these this season, but today I’ve rounded up some of my favourite looks so far. Read more

DIY Paper Plane Drink Stirrers

DIY Paper Plane Drink Stirrers | SouthBound Bride

Morning lovelies! We have a busy day here on SBB, as Telkom and Eskom put paid to some of my well-laid plans this week, but all the better to fill up your Friday with pretty. We’re kicking things off with a little bit of DIY goodness. BY FAR the most popular theme in weddings (if you could call it that, since it isn’t necessarily all themey) is travel. Every time I write about it on SBB, it gets a ton of hits and frankly, I love writing about it since travel theme design often includes some of my favourite things – air mail stripes, vintage stamps and postcards, maps, globes, hot air balloons… and paper planes. I’ve been wanting to do a couple of travel theme DIYs for a while, and I thought I would kick things off with a little something for cocktail hour. This DIY is super, super easy. If you can fold paper and use glue, you can make these. They make an adorable little detail for your pre-drinks, and you can just as easily use the same DIY (with toothpicks instead of full size skewers) as cupcake or even cake toppers. Read more