If you read a lot of (or even a few) wedding blogs, there are certain words you’ll hear us use again and again (and I don’t mean “breathtaking” or “amazeballs”). Certain things we generally agree on, as a tribe. And one of these is ‘details’. We’re kinda obsessed with them, and I want to tell you why. Because on paper, weddings are pretty much the same. White dress, aisle, rings, kiss, confetti, party. Just like on paper, every love story is the same. Boy meets girl (or boy, or girl meets girl, whatever), spark, kiss, courtship, proposal. But you know and I know that every love story is unique, like a fingerprint, or a flake of snow. And if your wedding is the celebration of that uniqueness, the details tell the story. They’re the little things that your guests remember, and for an outsider looking in, they’re what inspires them to tell their own story. So you can guess why I fell in LOVE with today’s wedding at Chamonix the moment I saw it. It is detail-palooza. Seriously, it’s the grand daddy of detailed weddings. Heartfelt, personal, handmade details. I adore it, and I know you all are going to go gaga over it too. Also, I should say that the pictures were shot by the super talented Adene Photography, and that the bride, Libby, is one of the sweetest I’ve ever dealt with. There are so many highlights, but I’ll let the bride tell you in her own words… Read more
A little fact about me that I would like to share, is that along with my obsession for taking photographs I am also obsessed (with a capital ‘O’) with travelling and seeing different and farflung places on our wonderful planet. So when I envisioned the day my super fantastic fiance, Sven would pop the question, I always somehow thought it would be on an exotic trip somewhere magical!
During the time myself and Sven spent living abroad we took many of these types of trips, and being of the female species, each time we were on an amazing Greek Island soaking in a Mediterranean sunset whilst sipping on cocktails, or gazing at a jaw dropping fairytale castle in Germany, complete with Rapunzel turrets, my little romantic heart would skip a beat… however Sven knowing me just too well (and that I would expect it then) had something else planned (which took a while longer but was just so incredibly worth the wait!) Read more
Huge excitement on the blog this afternoon! I finally get to tell you something I have been dying to let out of the bag for MONTHS now. We have a brand new real life bride!!! That’s right! Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while will remember that this time last year we started following Anelle of Seven Swans, as she and her hubby Dirk prepared to tie the knot in style (and did they ever – you can catch Anelle’s wedding in the latest Sarie Bruid, as well as our full feature right here). And now it’s time to introduce you to a brand new friend, who will be sharing her inspirations for decor, dresses, suppliers, stationery – you name it! Meet Cape Town photographer Cheryl McEwan (whose work has been featured right here on Cap Classique already, and who is also a dear friend of mine in the industry). Cheryl is fun, passionate and so lovely, and I can’t WAIT to find out everything she has been getting up in to planning her big day with fiance Sven. Cheryl will be back on Monday to share their story with you herself, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you their adorable engagement session from the fab Claire King of Photography by Claire Nicola. Welcome to Cap Classique, Cheryl!
Ah, tulips. Hearty heart heart heart heart them. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re beautiful and elegant, they come in every colour imaginable, most are unscented, and they’re affordable. And for me, they really mark the start to spring, when I see them appearing on flower shop pavement displays all over London. Unlucky for me, those days are gone here on Mud Island, but with spring very definitely in the air in South Africa, I thought it was a good time to cheer myself up with a focus on one of my all-time favourite flowers.
Tulips come in three varieties (from least to most expensive): Dutch (the ones with the shorter stems); French (the ones with the longer stems); and parrot (the striped ones with the ruffled edges). When I started this wedding business, I used to get a little thrill whenever I saw them in a wedding because it was so rare, but tulips have really been picking up speed since then, and now I get to squeal over them almost on a daily basis. (It’s true, I still squeal.) Bouquets, centrepieces, you name it. It’s their versatility that really makes them work – they can work just as well for a formal ballroom wedding or a casual backyard affair, and the sheer range of colours they come in means that there’s something for every bride. They look gorgeous on their own, or as part of the current trend for lots of different flowers all grouped by variety, or happily mixed in to a multi-flower bouquet or arrangement. The only thing that you can’t really do with tulips is to DIY them, unless you have a friend or family member to do it for you on the day, since tulips can be temperature sensitive and need to be kept cold for as long as possible. Don’t let that put you off – in the hands of a good florist, these make the perfect (and meaningful – they represent consuming love and happy years) wedding flower.
Here are some of my favourite recent tulip inspirations!
Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your week has got off to a great start. Did you all have a lovely weekend? Mine was fantastic – the sun shone in London (in October – weird, but I’ll take it!) and after a chilled out day with a bottle of rose and a lamb roast, last night my housemates and I decided to stage our own little mini film festival, projecting movies on the wall in our garden. Best idea ever! Except that we watching Invictus, and I got patriotic, and cried (as usual!). On the upside, I’m all geared up emotionally for the rest of the world cup! ;) I have a romantic purple inspiration board for you today, using two of the colours from the Pantone Spring 2012 colour palette and adding in a spritz of silver and a pinch of Paris. Hope you like it!
Colours: Lilac and bellflower purples, silver & white
Top row (l-r): Ballerina (Pink Sherbet Photography); rings (Natalie Spencer); wedding dress (Jen Rodriguez); silver shoes (); lavender anemones (Maggie Austin)
Row 2: Silver brunia; drinks with stirrers; escort cards on bed of lilac (MAP Events/Gia Canali); lilac macaroons
Row 3: Paris balloons; bride & groom (Charlotte Jenks Lewis); table setting with slate table number (Beth Helmsetter/Max Wanger); flower girl’s shoes (Anna Sawin)
Yay, it’s the weeeeeekeeeeend! Hope you all have something lovely planned. I’m still in getting things done mode, and I’m also hoping to pop up to the National Wedding Show on Sunday. Will any of you be there? If you have any time (just five minutes!) this weekend, don’t forget to answer our Reader Survey.
Right, here’s what caught my fancy this week. There’s quite a few little DIYs this round – I love finding these little (achievable) details that I know would look amazing in the right wedding!
Well bake me a cake and call me Martha. If this isn’t one of the sweetest weddings! Sweet like sugar. Sweet like candy! ;) Candy and Nic chose one of the breeziest venues in the Cape (the light, bright, white-washed Kleinevalleij) and the loveliest of colour schemes (grey and pink, which I still heart bigtime), and created a little piece of heaven for their family and friends. There were pretty shoes, and ribbons, and a fairytale dress, and roses, and sugar and spice and all things nice. And proteas, you guys. I never get sick of looking at them, and I adore the table arrangements and bouquets in this wedding. I also LOVE the little fabric hearts on each chair, and the way that the wooden fan favours have been integrated into the place settings. Not to mention the lovely stationery, designed by the bride herself. And here’s the kicker – absolutely BEAUTIFUL photographs by Jani B. It is, quite simply, the kind of wedding that little girls dream about. Oh, and Nic – seriously awesome proposal skills, dude. You should give seminars. Read more
Here’s a little trend I am weak at the knees for. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for romance, and maybe it’s just because I like to have something to read on my fridge, but I love the idea of sharing your love story with your guests as part of your invitation. It’s a great reminder of how it all began and what you’re getting together to celebrate, but more than that, from a design perspective, it’s the perfect marriage between sentiment and beautiful typography. Form and function. Goosebumps. As far as I know, it all started with this one - a totally original invitation dreamed up by New York designer Matt Dorfman for his own wedding.
Source: Matt Dorfman