Fairytale Bride #3: The Dress

First confession…
I was never one to dream up my entire wedding as a little girl but I must say that there have always been a few elements of that special day that I have been very sure about…the dress being one. This is because I have always known exactly what I want to feel like on that day – in love for one, but also enchanted, dreamy, beautiful and as if I am living my very own fairytale. Therefore, I’ve always known that it has to be a princess dress as it is the one day in your life where you should most certainly feel like an absolute princess!

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Top 10 Weddings of 2013 {Summer Sparkler}

Hello lovelies! Happy Christmas Eve Eve ;) This week and next I am technically on holiday (yay!) enjoying the festive season with my family, but I have plenty of goodness to keep you company, as I run through the Top 10 weddings of 2013. To be honest, it’s impossible to choose these, because every single wedding we feature (in fact, every single wedding ever) has its own unique specialness, but these are the ten wedding that were most loved by you (in views, comments, Facebook likes and pins) as well as those that are particularly fresh and inspiring. The ten weddings with the biggest ‘ooh’ factor, as I always call it. And we’re kicking it off today with a gorgeous modern vineyard celebration from SBB fave Moira West. For this fun-loving couple, a stylish summer wedding at gorgeous Kleinevalleij was the dream, and that dream became a reality along with origami cranes and pinwheels, as well as lots of chevron details and some very sparkly bridesmaid dresses. A grey and yellow candy buffet was a highlight for the sweet-toothed bride, and for favours, each guest was given a lottery ticket, so they could feel just as lucky as the bride and groom!Read More

SouthBound’s Best 2013: Sponsor Showcase

I think this is one of my favourite requests of our sponsor photographers – every year as part of our end-of-year roundup, I ask them to share with me their favourite photo from the past year. Not only does it give us a range of really beautiful pictures and moments to share with you, but it’s such a personal insight into their different styles and philosophies of photography. Each has an interesting technical component, but because this is weddings, it’s the emotional component of the images that seems to really make them memorable not just for the bride and groom, but for those good people behind the lens. Really take a moment to appreciate each one, to notice the emotion on a bride’s face or the beautiful light. Then dream, dream away about your own wedding day. Contact info under each image – if you like one of our sponsor’s styles, drop them an email!

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SouthBound’s Best 2013: Details

It’s been a fun week counting down our favourite parts of 2013, hasn’t it? Well, next week there’s more to come, with the top 10 weddings of the year. Today, first, we’re bringing you my favourite details – a mixture of decor and doings and personalised loveliness that added the “ooh” factor for me. I keep saying it’s hard to narrow things down, but maybe this was the hardest, since every wedding has its own little angle that makes it unique. But here we go anyway! And don’t forget to come back this afternoon, when I have some really gorgeous wedding photos to share with you all from our talented sponsors. You’ll be so inspired!

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SouthBound’s Best 2013: Aisle & Ceremony Decor

So often when we think wedding decor we’re thinking about the reception, but today’s Best of 2013 post is all about the ceremony. Now don’t get me wrong – the most important thing happening at the ceremony IS the ceremony, but that doesn’t mean that (especially if you’re not getting married in a church) you can’t enjoy some creative licence in making it look like a fairytale. That’s just what some of our brides and grooms did this year, turning ordinary spaces into very special ones. Here they are, all in one place, to inspire!

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SouthBound’s Best 2013: Bridesmaids

Yesterday we had a closer look at the gorgeous fashion choices of both our 2013 brides and grooms/groomsmen, but this morning we turn our sight to the bridesmaids. I think that dressing your ladies is a great way to bring a note of fashion and elegance to your wedding style, as well as reinforce or contrast with your colour scheme, so I love all the mismatching and innovation that’s going on with bridal party gowns right now. And of course our SBBs were no exception! SO hard to narrow this one down too, but here are the top picks from the year that was.

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SouthBound’s Best 2013: Groom’s Style

You didn’t think we’d forget the boys, did you? This morning we rounded up our favourite bridal style from 2013, and this afternoon we’re passing the spotlight on to the guys, celebrating those stylish men who made your hearts leap as they stood at the end of the aisle. This is one area of wedding styling that can get overlooked (or can be gotten wrong), but your man deserves to look every bit as amazing as you do on the big day, so be sure to spare some time to help him and his boys pick out the perfect outfit and accessories. We had some super studly looks on SBB this year, reflecting some of the wider trends for dressing groomsmen, and I’ve collected my favourites here for you.

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SouthBound’s Best 2013: Bridal Style

Hello lovelies! We’re continuing our countdown of my favourites from 2013 – but I think this might have been the most difficult to choose of them all! The truth is that I think every bride I feature is stunningly beautiful – not just because of the dress (although we LOVE the dresses) or the accessories or the makeup or the hair, or even because each bride shows off her own unique style and beauty on the day, but because of that special glow that just makes brides look amazing. Call it the look of love. That said, there are some brides whose sense of fashion and style just goes beyond – here are the ten looks that really blew me (and you) away this year. Each has something different and inspiring to offer – and they’re proof if ever there was one that some of the best wedding day looks come from those who aren’t afraid to bend or break the rules. It’s YOUR day. Dress YOUR way.

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SouthBound’s Best 2013: Cakes

We’re continuing our week rounding up the loveliest parts of our real weddings this year, and this afternoon we’re rounding up the most delicious! Wedding cakes used to be simple, classic and white, but nowadays there’s just as much creativity that goes into this aspect as so many other areas of the wedding. There were so many gorgeous creations in our real weddings this year, but here are the ten that made the biggest impression.

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SouthBound’s Best 2013: Bouquets

Hello friends! Today marks the start of our Christmas and New Year schedule – while I’ll be taking a little well-deserved break with my family, we’ll be looking back at all the highlights of a beautiful year here on SBB. For the rest of this week, I’ll be breaking down our top bouquets, bride and bridesmaid looks, groom style, cakes, reception and ceremony details, and after that we’re showcasing the Top 10 weddings for 2013, based on views, comments, Facebook likes, Pinterest pins, and so on. Whether you’ve seen them before or have only just started the planning journey, it’s a snapshot of 2013’s bridal style as well as a look at trends that have only just started developing. Be sure to click through to see the full weddings for more! Today we’re starting off with bouquets – one of my bestest things. We had some absolutely BEAUTIFUL flowers on the blog this year, and I can safely call it the Year of the Protea – be they blushing bride, king, pincushion or even carved! So you’ll see plenty of our national bloom in this roundup, as well as some other gorgeous and inspiring pieces. Congrats to all the talented floral designers who pulled these off – we have such a talented bunch of people in this industry!

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