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Camps Bay Engagement Shoot

Camps Bay Engagement Shoot | SouthBound Bride

Okay, I have to be honest, I try not to feature too many beach engagement shoots. I know, I know, but when I was growing up in PE it became this thing that everyone who got engaged did – dress up in jeans and plain white t-shirts, and get photographed running down the beach at Sardinia Bay. I have looked at about a hundred of these albums (sorry, PE friends), and I think it scarred me. So I only feature beach shoots that I am totally in love with, and today’s e-session for Jeff and Josephine definitely qualifies. Kerry and Luis of Piteira Photography have perfectly captured the incredible light of a Camps Bay sunset – I can’t believe it was already four months ago that I was sitting with my lovely friend Robyn drinking martinis and looking out at this exact sunset just before coming back to London. Like all of Kerry and Luis’ images, I just want to wallow in the dreaminess. Josephine and Jeff (who live in London) were out in Cape Town for their wedding, which you can see in all its glory over on The Pretty Blog. Read more

Real Wedding at La Vierge {Jo & Tim}

Real Wedding at La Vierge {Jo & Tim} | SouthBound Bride

Oh my heart is so full, blogging these pictures! You all may remember that when I relaunched the blog this May I was on an extended stint in South Africa, where I attended no less than four weddings, and this was the first. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to share it with you all today! Jo is a dear friend of mine from varsity, who for a few years moved herself out to Canada. Now, I like Canadians, but I’m pretty glad that they didn’t manage to steal Jo away from us, because she’s not only one of my favourite people, but she’s now putting her considerable talents to work doing awesome things for education in South Africa. One souvenir she did manage to bring home from oot north is the lovely Tim. You know how sometimes when you meet a friend’s boyfriend and you’re just like, oh okay, this makes sense? Well, that’s Tim and Jo. He settled into our group of friends like he’d always been part of it, he made Jo super happy, and we were absolutely thrilled when the two of them (eventually!) decided to make it official, not least because it gave all of us the excuse to reunite in Hermanus for the first time in forever. Our group flew in from as far as Singapore and Sydney and rented three adjoining houses for three days. It was the BEST time. And we weren’t the only ones who trekked to be there – with so many people coming from all over the world, there was an awesome sense of celebration all weekend and a chance to make new memories as well as rehash the old ones. Read more

Let Them Eat Wedding Cake #5: The Flower Girls

Let Them Eat Wedding Cake #5: The Flower Girls | SouthBound Bride

I would like the type of wedding that my younger cousins enjoy. A celebration of our family and friends – where its littlest members know that they are adding something truly invaluable to our day. A family wedding. Beauty without pretence. A day with an air of excitement, a newness, a belief in magic.

Being from a large family I was lucky enough to be a flower girl three times growing up, and I was a flower girl in some of my first and fondest wedding memories. I remember getting dressed with the bride and her bridesmaids, with all the excitement in that room – the hair, the makeup, the flowers. I remember posing for photographs in a field, being made to feel special, being thanked by name in a speech. I recall my feet swinging – not yet being able to touch the lovely grassy floor underfoot, and I remember catching the bouquet. It was simply wonderful – being privy to all the excitement, and being a part of something so special.

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Inspiration Board: A Preppy Romance

Happy Monday, folks! The inspiration board requests have been flooding in lately, and I’ve been having so much fun turning your ideas into collages. This week I’m featuring two reader request boards that couldn’t be more different (look out for the other on Friday afternoon), starting with this piece of East Coast summery goodness. Philani wrote to tell me about her colour scheme of ‘new leaf green’ (isn’t that the sweetest way of describing it?) and white with touches of bright blue (I’ve gone for a sort of royal blue here, but this could be lightened up as far as aqua if Philani prefers). She described her style as ‘plain but elegant, kind of less is more’, which together with her colour choice immediately made me think of preppy style. Think Jackie O. – simple elegance is what this whole look is about. Stripes are a key component, as are fabrics like cotton and grosgrain, and the look is surprisingly easy to put together, especially if Philani focuses on relatively clean tables with bright green flowers and punches of blue in the napkins or stationery. I adore these bridesmaids in tops and striped skirts, and groomsmen in bowties are a must! For the bride, a relaxed but formal dress – maybe a full skirt with pockets – would be ideal. Serve signature cocktails with striped paper straws on the lawn, and don’t forget lots of lovely ribbon! Hope you like your board, Philani!

Colours: Apple green, royal blue and white

Inspiration Board: A Preppy Romance | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Wedding party {P: Jacque Lynn Photography; D: Events by LMG}; green striped bowtie; blue shoes {P: Elizabeth Scott Photography}; escort cards in bed of limes {P: Mishelle Lamarand Photography; D: La Fete}
Row 2: Blue and green love story invitation {D: Hello Tenfold}; blue and green table arrangement {P: Studio 28 Photography; D: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co.}; green paper straws; wedding dress with pockets {P: Crystal Genes Photography}
Row 3: Room decor {P: Sarah Rhoads Photographers; C: Party Resources}; cocktail sticks with ribbon {P: Love Life Images; D: Simply Chic Events}; green bouquet with blue ribbon {P: Studio 28 Photography; D: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co.}; bridesmaid with green striped skirt and blue top {P: Jacque Lynn Photography; D: Events by LMG}; green striped cake {P: Mary Ellen Bartley; C: Bijoux Doux Specialty Cakes}

Inspiration Board: A Preppy Romance | SouthBound Bride


The Love List 21 Sept 2012

Weyhey, it’s the weekend! And the end of my week of cat sitting for my housemates while they’re off on holidays – I’m going to miss having a purring kitty curled up at the end of my bed through the night! And I always thought I was a total dog person… Anyway, in the meantime, little Missy is staring at me sweetly while I click through this week’s beauties from the internet wedding world, to share them with you. But first, here’s what you may have missed on SBB: Romantic French country inspiration with lavender accents | A classic wedding with carnival elements | A wine farm engagement shoot that had me longing for the Cape | A fashion-inspired wedding at a game lodge | Naked cakes are this year’s biggest dessert trend | Perfectly pretty and perfectly pink Beloftebos wedding + a video | He’s from SA, she’s from Poland, they met in London and got engaged in Paris! | Beautiful images of brides getting ready.

Also, a HUGE thank you to all of you who have participated in the 2012 reader survey. If you haven’t yet then pretty pretty please, take 5-10 minutes to do it now!

The Love List 21 Sept 2012 | SouthBound Bride

Here are my web favourites of the week…

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Wedding Video: Andrea & David

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SBB ♥ Our Sponsors

I know some of your subscribe to SBB through RSS or email, so you may miss out on the sponsors whose adverts you’ll see on the site. So every month, I’ll introduce you to them – after all, without them, there would be no SouthBound Bride! Show them some love by clicking through to check out their sites.

Introducing our new sponsors…

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

Cape Town photographer Carmen Visser has already been featured here on SBB (check out this amazeballs carnival wedding!) and above you’ll find a sneak peek for one of her weddings that I’m featuring on Monday. I seriously can. not. wait.

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

A big welcome to Lisa Schoeman of Talk Functions, a fabulous Cape Town-based co-ordinator. You’ll be seeing some of Lisa’s work here on SBB very soon, and believe me, you’ll be wowed!

And it’s just as big a welcome for our established sponsors. Every time I check into their websites, I’m so impressed with what they’ve been doing, and I can’t wait to see what the new season brings! In no particular order…

Fresh perspective. Boundless creativity. Inspired videography. That’s the mission statement of Storyboard Productions, and it perfectly sums up their approach to making incredible wedding videos!

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

Theresa of Creation Events shared her expertise in finding a wedding venue last month, and it was one of our most popular posts! If you’d like some of Theresa’s magic and wisdom for your big day in the Cape, drop her a mail!

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I just love scrolling through the portfolio over on My Pretty Vintage‘s website. Their selection of decor items including linen, crockery and glassware are to die for! If you’re looking for something special for your decor, give them a call.

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

Letterpress is so my fave. Even better when it’s letterpress stationery made with love and designed with care, by an awesome husband and wife team. You can find out more about Vanessa of Essie Letterpress in our recent Q&A, or head over to her website to swoon over her lovely paper pieces!

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

Olivelli has taken Cape Town by storm since opening at the start of September, and no wonder, because my goodness but their dresses are beautiful. Get in quickly to book a fitting!

Last but by no means least, enjoy this awesome new video from Alexander Productions, who have kicked off their 2012/2013 season in winning style! Andrew’s videos perfectly convey all the emotion of a wedding day, and he’s a pleasure to work with!


Brides Getting Ready {Sponsor Showcase}

To finish off your Friday, I’m trying something new here on SBB. I’m lucky enough to have some wonderful sponsors on the site, who make it possible for me to bring you beautiful inspiration on a daily basis. Many are talented photographers, and while we regularly feature their real weddings, I thought it would be nice to showcase their work on a monthly basis, so you can get a glimpse of their different styles. They’re all taking bookings right now, so if you like what you see, be sure to get in touch! We’re starting off, as any wedding day does, with images of the bride getting ready. My mom reminded me the other day of a wedding that happened in our street in Johannesburg when I was a very little girl, and not only do I clearly remember the awe that my best friend and I had for the bride in her white dress and veil, but I remember the photographer posing her looking into her mirror, and when I saw that picture I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Photography trends and techniques have changed as those years have gone by, but the images taken as you share special moments with your mom and bridesmaids, the nerves and anticipation, the sense of expectation as you finally put on The Dress (not to mention your immaculate hair and makeup), are going to be some of your most treasured. So without further ado, give it up for the talented SBB photographers!

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London Park Engagement Shoot

London Park Engagement Shoot | SouthBound Bride

I have such a sweet engagement shoot for you today, submitted by Wimbledon-based photographer Maxeen Kim. She sent over Cameron and Weronika’s super sweet story as proof that South African men can be romantic – don’t you love it? (Actually, while my dating history reads like a small corner of the United Nations, I haven’t actually dated that many Saffa men myself, so I couldn’t comment either way, but it’s nice to know Cameron is making our boys look good!) Weronika is actually from Poland, and the two lovebirds met when Weronika was hunting for a flat-share. Four years of dating and trips to both South Africa and Poland followed, before Cameron booked a surprise flight to Paris for Weronika’s birthday (somewhere she had always wanted to visit). She thought that was the big surprise, but in fact it was an Eiffel Tower proposal! For their engagement shoot, they chose to recreate a picnic in the park – something they often do in London – and incorporate a fan souvenir from their Paris trip. Cute, non? Read more

Real Wedding at Beloftebos {Andrea & David}

Real Wedding at Beloftebos {Andrea & David} | SouthBound Bride

For our final wedding this week, Doctor Gaby has prescribed a dose of sheer prettiness. Floaty pink dresses and OMGiwantthose shoes, pink roses, a monogrammed handkerchief, homemade ginger beer, two excited flowergirls, and what has to be one of my favourite cakes of the year. It’s just delightful, and it makes me want to use words like blythe and jolly, although I suspect it’ll make me sound more like I’m auditioning for Downton than enthusing over a wedding. But enthusing I am, from the awesome venue (we so love Beloftebos, don’t we?) to the Elizabeth Stockenstrom dress, to the gorgeous pictures by Wesley Vorster. Take once today with food (preferably cupcakes) and call me in the morning. Read more