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The Love List {29 July 2012}

Good morning, lovelies! It’s been such an exciting weekend here at SBB headquarters, with the Olympics hitting London! I have been well and truly getting into the spirit – I watched the amazing opening ceremony with friends on Friday, and then yesterday I was lucky enough to have tickets to an event (women’s volleyball, USA vs Korea and Turkey vs Brazil). I hadn’t watched volleyball since high school but wow, what a fantastic evening of sport – those ladies were just amazing, and both games were so exciting. It was such a thrill to think “I am at an actual Olympics event”, and to be able to cross one more item off my “100 things to do in my life” list. Today I’ll be heading to my old home in Putney to see the cycling go past, and I have more Olympics stuff coming up next week. So yay! I hope those of you who are here in London are enjoying it as much as I am!

On another note, this has been a great week on the blog, not just because I have been lucky enough to have amazing content to share, but also because of you. On Monday I asked for submissions for the next Real Life Bride (you can still do this, by the way, until Tuesday) and I have been so heartwarmed by the response! Sometimes as a blogger you feel like you’re talking to yourself, but to hear your stories and know some of my readers better has been wonderful – it’s going to be so hard to choose! Anyway, thank you. And here’s what you missed on SBB: Beach Gleam | Peaches and Cream | Menu Supreme | Rustic Dream | Grey Colour Scheme | Pretty Extreme | Ice Cream Team. Stay tuned for more fabulousness next week!

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Supplier Spotlight: Ice Cream Ninjas

Supplier Spotlight: Ice Cream Ninjas | SouthBound Bride
As a wedding blogger, I’m always on the lookout for something new and different that can add an extra spark to a wedding day, making it extra memorable for your guests (and often, keeping them entertained, so your photographer can take lovely pictures of you and your groom). So when I stumbled across the concept of Ice Cream Ninjas, I was super excited. You guys, it’s like Cocktail (Tom Cruise style), but with ice cream. I’m going to say that again. Cocktail… with ice cream. It’s bloody genius. And I cannot think of anything more fun at a beach or summery wedding.

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Coral and Aqua Styled Shoot

Coral and Aqua Styled Shoot | SouthBound Bride

My goodness am I excited to share this little beauty with you! I spied with my little eye, something beginning with coral and aqua on the Wedding Concepts blog last year when this shoot, which was styled and co-ordinated by the WC team, was featured in Wedding Inspirations magazine. That single pincushion protea place setting really stuck in my mind, and I was so thrilled to get hold of a copy of the magazine and devour every gorgeous pic by one of my photography faves, Annemari Ruthven. So you can imagine I was even happier when the lovely Hannes of Wedding Concepts asked if I’d like to feature it right here on SBB. Um, yes please, Hannes! The thing with styled shoots (and it’s a reason some blogs don’t always feature them) is that it’s unlikely you can replicate the whole thing on the grand scale of a wedding, unless you’re getting set to be a Real Housewife of Constantia maybe. The art of it all is to be inspired, by the mood of the shoot perhaps, by the colours (although don’t forget you can translate a look you like to a whole new palette), or by a single detail or set of details. And that’s what’s so great about this one, because it is just teeming with original and inspiring ideas. First, the colour scheme – we’ve seen it before, and both coral and aqua are huge colours right now. But this shoot shows you how to be bold AND classy in the way that colour is used. Natural textures like the pincushions and coral itself, set against the clean lines of milk glass and graphic stationery are the way to  go. The table base is neutral, but through ribbons, flowers and lovely homeware items, the palette comes through. And that’s not where it ends. I love unexpected touches: the bride’s boho styling, the macaroon lollipops, the Bloody Mary bar, or DIY details like the ribbon garland or the paint dipped glass vases. It’s awesome, and I hope you enjoy poring over it just as much as I have! Read more

Real Wedding at Grootvlei Guest Farm {Ingrid & Denzil}

Real Wedding at Grootvlei Guest Farm {Ingrid & Denzil} | SouthBound Bride

You know, sometimes when you travel, it makes you appreciate all the wonders and beauties of the world, and how luck you are that you can plane, train or automobile your way around them. And sometimes, travel makes you appreciate what you have at home. It’s like that for me with the South African coast. Sure, I’ll never say no to a tropical island, and there’s something very appealing about bobbing around in the smooth Mediterranean. But you only have to sit on a pebbly beach in Brighton for five minutes to miss our soft, pale sand, and there’s nothing quite like the roar of our not just one, but two oceans. I think that’s one of the reasons why beach weddings are always highlights for me, especially when they manage to recreate some of that wild, natural beauty. That’s what today’s stunning wedding at Grootvlei does – the palette is like a stormy day at sea with light breaking through the clouds (which is appropriate, considering the proposal). Soft greys and whites, with flashes of natural green. Orchids and succulents (which I never would have expected to work together, but are so elegant). A driftwood altar. The pictures by Stephan Marais are so gorgeous, I just knew I had to share them with you! {Oh, and PS, I love Grootvlei’s mussel motif – such a cool texture for a beach venue.} Read more

Real Wedding at The Bridge {Roslynde & Louis}

Real Wedding at The Bridge {Roslynde & Louis} | SouthBound Bride

You know, there’s a story behind why origami cranes are considered lucky for weddings. Supposedly, the qualities you need to fold 1,000 cranes (patience, good communication, perseverance, and so on) are the same ones that you’ll need to have a successful marriage. But the origami cranes in today’s wedding teach something different. These were folded by a friend of the bride, and this detail, as well as the many other handmade touches from friends and family, reminded the bride and groom of the support they have in their marriage. Isn’t that just so lovely? Of course, the loveliness doesn’t stop there. The first thing I fell in love with from Roslynde and Louis’ wedding (apart from her pretty name!) was the wooden proteas carried by her bridesmaids – aren’t they just the coolness? Followed very closely by her dove grey dress, with the prettiest lace detailing. Not to mention some brilliant rustic details – plantable bird thank-you cards, hanging succulents in little bottles, a feast of ribbons (I think I even spied some measuring tape on one of the succulent tins – another great DIY-able detail). Oh, what the heck, I love it all. Melanie Wessels (welcome Melanie!) did the photographic honours. Read more

Behind the Menu: Willemijn & Jan-Willem

Behind the Menu: Willemijn & Jan Willem | SouthBound Bride

Good afternoon, lovelies – hope today has been treating you well? I’m stoked to be bringing you another in our ‘Behind the Menu’ series, where we celebrate weddings where food is at the centre of proceedings. Being a bit of a foodie myself, I love looking at how a great menu is customised for each couple, although by the end of working with these pics I am dying to eat the food! Never more than today, in fact, because this lucky Dutch bride and groom had several incredible courses including a fresh crayfish entree. One of my all-time favourites! It really makes me miss home, and especially remember my last meal before going off to university, when we spent the day at Betty’s Bay with my cousins and feasted on crayfish they’d brought in fresh from the sea that morning. Wow. Food flashback! Anyway, I love that the executive chef at Stir Food, Gustaav Boshoff, included it here, alongside a menu that really shows off the best of South African cuisine. Oh, and PS, how much do I love the hanging floral decor? Just gorgeous. Perfect execution from The Aleit Group, as always!

Catering: Stir Food | Venue: Burgundy Bourgogne | Event Design & Co-ordination: The Aleit Group | Photography: Cari Photography Read more

Real Wedding at Bloemendal {Candice & Jacques}

Real Wedding at Bloemendal {Candice & Jacques} | SouthBound Bride

Yay for summer, SouthBound Brides. It’s finally hit London, and I am loving it! Yesterday I spent a brilliant afternoon with the lovely ladies of The Pretty Blog over at Peggy Porschen, eating cake and drinking champagne, and was home in time for sundowners in the garden. Delightful! Today’s Bloemendal wedding has the same lazy, hazy, glorious feeling that a good summer afternoon always gives me – Kim du Toit’s pictures are so dreamy and yummy! I adore the romantic details done just right – the peachy neutral palette, the mismatched bridesmaids dresses, the outdoor photobooth, the papel picado gardlands, the ribbon backdrop, OMG. I’ve seen these in lots of inspiration shoots, but I love that this couple incorporated it into their décor. Having it over the door to the venue meant that it was a focal point both inside and out, and they placed the bridal table in front of it accordingly. Very clever! But it’s no surprise the bride has great taste, since she’s one of the team over at the fantastic Secret Diary Designs, one of my favourite SA wedding stationers. I know you ladies are going to lap this one up! Read more

WANTED: Our Next Real Life Bride

WANTED: Our Next Real Life Bride | SouthBound Bride

We’re on the hunt! With Cheryl’s Big Day now behind her (check it out here if you missed it), we’re looking for our next SouthBound Bride to follow to the altar. In case you’re new to the blog, our popular real life bride series chronicles the ideas and inspiration that go into making the all-important decisions that make up the design and planning of a wedding, culminating of course in showing the final result off to the world! In the last two years, we’ve followed stationista Anelle of Seven Swans and Cheryl of Cheryl McEwan Photography, and now it’s time to choose our brand new real life bride. This time, I’m throwing it open to all of you, so if this sounds like something you’re interested in, please get in touch. Read more

Inspiration Board: Beach Tinsel

Woohoo, we’re getting our sparkle on today! Reader Tracey sent me a request for help with her summer wedding at the Oyster Box hotel – she and her fiance were leaning towards neutal colours but weren’t yet decided. They’re a young couple, so they also wanted to add a bit of fun to the event, and make their design simple and fresh. I love the Oyster Box as a venue (it’s actually one of my all-time faves) and I thought neutral colours were a great idea as not only will they work perfectly with the hotel’s interiors, they’ll also play up the colours of the beach. Flat neutrals, especially with natural and linen accents, can make for a gorgeous beach-style do. However, with Tracey’s request for fun, I immediately thought of the metallic and shimmer trends we’re seeing at the moment – there’s just something about a few sequins that puts everyone in a good mood. And it’s so easy to bring a bit of New Year’s Eve spirit into your design. Start with a basic palette of lots of clean white, with ivory and cream variations, and a bit of taupe, and then metallics like gold, silver and bronze. Add in fun sparkly accents – shiny bridesmaids dresses, metallic garlands and (my best) a blingy pinata! Pair this with beachy touches like shells and cute ‘message in a bottle’ escort cards. Finally, have fun with the food (this is an easy way to delight your guests, and makes the whole thing a fun experience) – you could have an unusual cake (like donuts) or serve mini ice-cream cones instead of dessert. Tracey can afford to be daring in her wedding attire – I just love the idea of a single (or multiple!) bold statement necklaces. What makes this look easy to pull off is that it’s essentially a classic white wedding with selected over-the-top moments, that add a real punch. And my, but isn’t it pretty? Hope you like your board Tracey – good luck with your planning!

Colours: White, neutrals, metallics

Inspiration Board: Beach Tinsel | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Oyster Box foyer; starfish accents {P: Deborah Zoe Photo}; gold sparkle dress {P: Shira Weinberger}; silver sparkle dress {S: Ginny Branch Stelling Styling & Design; P: Harwell Photography}; Eat, Drink & Be Married sign {S: La Fete Event Design; P:Jennifer O‘Donnell Photography}; bride with statement necklace look {S: Canvas and Canopy Events; P: Elizabeth Messina}
Row 2: Shells {S: Wed Perfect; P: Denise Bovee Photography}; garland by Confetti System ; silver pinata by Confetti System; message in a bottle escort cards {S: Wed Perfect; P: Denise Bovee Photography}; Oyster Box chandelier {Jacki Bruniquel}
Row 3: Bride & groom {S: Canvas and Canopy Events; P: Elizabeth Messina}; shell place card {Fairyfolk Weddings on Etsy}; champagne with drink flags {S: Joy de Vivre Wedding Design & Coordination; P: Michael & Anna Costa}; powdered donuts {S: Alchemy Fine Events; P: Justin Lee}: silver accent bouquet {S: Imagine… Weddings and Special Events; F: Couture Flowers; P:The Youngrens}; mini ice cream cones {S: Your Special Day by Joni; P: Chelsey Boatwright Photography}

Inspiration Board: Beach Tinsel | SouthBound Bride


SBB ♥ Our Sponsors

Earlier today you met our brand new sponsors, and here are our more established ones. I’m so lucky to have such brilliant wedding industry peeps involved with the site, especially since I am such a fan of their work. All of them have been featured here before, so if you haven’t yet had a chance to see them ‘in action’, check out the links below, then head over to their sites and show them some love!


SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

First up, we have two fantastic photographers who come to Cape Town for a limited period every year, so snap them up while you can! And I happen to know that Piteira Photography are still available for the most overbooked date on the calendar this year: 15 December. But they won’t be for long! Check out Kerry and Luis’ romantic photographic stylings in the gorgeous styled vineyard shoot (and you can see their own e-shoot right here!).

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

Also based overseas (and lucky me, she’s in the UK, so I get to work with her more regularly too!) is the fabulous Anneli Marinovich. Anneli is so on the ball, and her pictures are absolutely amazing – as you can see in this lovely greenhouse-style engagement shoot. She’s already booking up her diary for summer in SA, but she’d still love to hear from you!


SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

You don’t need to look far on SBB to find the beautiful work of Andre from Vivid Blue Photography - just check out this stunning Langverwagt wedding we featured earlier this year. There’s lots more to ooh and aah over on on Andre’s blog too!

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

I always think of Jacques’ Lloyd of Real Simple Photography for his landscapes (seriously, nothing says ‘big sky’ quite like his location shots!), but recently he showed off his eye for detail in this absolutely gorgeous tea party wedding, which we were lucky enough to feature.

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

You all know Cheryl McEwan‘s bubbly personality and eye for detail from following her series as a Real Life Bride here on SBB, but don’t forget she’s also a dynamic photographer. We’ve featured two of her romantic couple shoots (here and here), as well as this beautiful wedding, and we look forward to featuring more!

SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

You all fell in love with the joyful, intimate pictures from this formal Bon Cap wedding, shot by the delightful Andre and Selma of Expressions Photography . That one in the field above is so my favourite! Just gorgeous.


SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

Kwazulu Natal is such a growing market in the South African wedding industry, and you can understand why when it has photographers like the very lovely Eileen of Brightgirl Photography. Her fun and full-of-life pics from this wedding have made it one of your favourite posts in the last couple of months.


SBB ♥ Our Sponsors | SouthBound Bride

I knew Theresa of Creation Events had great taste when I saw this stunning Mediterranean-style shoot she produced for Morgenster. Clean lines, great ideas, and perfectly pulled together – just like the best weddings!

Big thanks to all of these lovely sponsors!