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Peonies & Proteas Holden Manz Wedding by Nikki Meyer & Creation Events {Nina & Bernd}

Peonies & Proteas Holden Manz Wedding by Nikki Meyer & Creation Events {Nina & Bernd} | SouthBound Bride

I just love when foreign couples decide to spend their big day under our big sky, don’t you? I mean, it’s no surprise – we already know how gorgeous South Africa is – but we love sharing it with others who have fallen for with our beautiful land and want to have it as the backdrop to their big day. Which by the way, is also an awesome way of ensuring you always have to come back for your anniversaries ;) Nina and Bernd are just such a couple – their love of SA runs deep, and they brought all their favourite people here to celebrate with them. I just love their concept of a chilled out high tea after the ceremony, with a civilised little siesta break, and then an elegant dinner. And the sophisticated design reflected these two parts of the reception, from colourful protea and fruit arrangements in rustic crates, to blush and white peonies and ranunculus on creamy tables over candlelight. Let’s just talk about those peonies for a second too, because I can’t help being in total love with Nina’s bouquet, can you? I’m so glad we’re seeing more and more of these very special blooms here in SA now. Two of my favourite wedding ladies were behind the scenes of this lovely wedding – Theresa Lazarevic of Creation Events (one of our long-time friends and sponsors), and the awesome Nikki Meyer, whose photos never fail to delight! And here they certainly do – I’m especially in love with the mountain backdrop, which has me longing for a trip to the Cape. Read more

Botanical Romance Eben Haezer Wedding by Lizelle Lotter {Jeanne & Neal}

Botanical Romance Eben Haezer Wedding by Lizelle Lotter {Jeanne & Neal} | SouthBound Bride

Some things in life are worth waiting for. The end of a great novel, a knee-melting first kiss, Jordan Catalano winning an Oscar. THIS WEDDING. I’ve been dying to share it with you since I first saw it on photographer Lizelle Lotter‘s blog, but she’d already headed off on a little world travelling sabbatical, so I put it to the back of my mind, but never forgot about it. Fast forward a year, and I thought it was worth another shot, and finally thanks to Lizelle and the very awesome bride Jeanne, I’m able to bring it to you today. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I think this might be my favourite SouthBound Bride wedding EVER. It absolutely takes my breath away, both visually, and in the depth of emotion and joy that you can see in the pictures. It has everything. A gorgeous bride in a swoonerific blush Kobus Dippenaar dress carrying a cascade bouquet of orchids (love the BM bouquets too), boys in chic suits, a truly South African multicultural ceremony, insanely awesome botanical centrepieces against a clean white backdrop (including ghost chairs, hanging plants and tiny ceramic paper planes as name tags – LOVE), a custom aisle runner, an altar backdrop made of curls of paper, a spectacular winelands venue, traditional Cape entertainment… And of course, Lizelle’s incredible photos. But as always, romantic that I am, what I really fell in love with when I was working with those pics was the sheer happiness shown by not just the bride and groom but by their families and friends – multiple happy tears being wiped away during ceremony and speeches, secret glances and playful smiles, a standing ovation when the marriage was complete. So THANK YOU to both Lizelle and to our happy couple (who by now have their very own honeymoon baby – congrats Jeanne and Neal!) – I’m thrilled to be able to showcase your very special day on SBB. Let’s do this! Read more

Boho Fantasy Beloftebos Wedding by Jo-Ann Stokes {Christine & Chris}

Boho Fantasy Beloftebos Wedding by Jo Ann Stokes {Christine & Chris} | SouthBound Bride

Every wedding we feature here on SouthBound Bride is special, but some are absolute heart-melters, like this gorgeous boho forest fairytale from the lovely Jo-Ann Stokes, which includes the most spectacular couple shoot images! You won’t believe this, but it was pulled together in SIX WEEKS. As in, total. Which is pretty incredible by anyone’s standards. Of course, the only way to accomplish such a feat of wedding planning is to get friends and family involved, and that’s exactly what Chris and Christine did, right down to Christine’s amazing dress made my her mother-in-law and crown of flowers made by her sister-to-be. These two have such a lovely, earthy vibe, right down to the words Christine used to describe their big day: “Love. Bliss. Petrichor.” Even I had to look that last one up, and it’s my new favourite word – it means the smell of rain on dry earth. Which, I thought to myself, in some ways is exactly what love is. The coming of rain – a blessing, a miracle. And the perfect way to sum up the boho perfection of these childhood sweethearts’ big day. Read more

Stormers Wedding at Brenaissance by Agapé Studio {Stacey & Gio}

Stormers Wedding at Brenaissance by Agapé Studio {Stacey & Gio} | SouthBound Bride

It’s not every day we get to feature a Springbok rugby player on these pages, so of course as a HUGE rugby fan myself I jumped at the opportunity when Charl Smith of Agapé Studio asked if I’d like to cover Gio Aplon‘s recent wedding! As many of you will know, Gio is a Stormer when he’s not in green and gold, and (whether by coincidence or design) his wedding to long-term sweetheart and fellow athlete Stacey was decorated in the vibrant blue and red of the Stormer’s logo. Stacey rocked not just one but two gorgeous gowns, and together with her handsome groom and seriously adorable daughter, Gia, made a picture perfect family as they celebrated this milestone together with 180 friends and family. You’ll see quite a few familiar faces from the rugby world among the guests, of course! And you can see even more from this happy day on Top Billing, where it will be featuring next month. Read more

Bunny Themed Vineyard Hotel Wedding by Love Made Visible {Samantha & Paul}

Bunny Themed Vineyard Hotel Wedding by Love Made Visible {Samantha & Paul} | SouthBound Bride

I always know it’s going to be a good day when a submission lands in my inbox that features some of SBB’s favourite suppliers, from the heartfelt photographic stylings of Love Made Visible to a stunning Elbeth Gillis gown, to stationery by Mocho Loco and a cake by Edible Art (not to mention a guest appearance as a bridesmaid by one of my favourite bloggers). But Samantha and Paul’s wedding isn’t just a collection of talent and prettiness – it’s unique, because it tells their story (and you know how much I love personalisation!). To compliment the fresh spring green and pink palette of their wedding, they added a bunny motif, which has very special meaning on both sides, and then brought it in through some super cute (and not at all cheesy) ideas, like little rabbit topiaries on the tables and bunny brooches for the groomsmen. It’s this kind of detail that makes a wedding really unique, and adds just the right amount of whimsy to your celebration. Plus, it’s bound to put a big ol’ smile on your face – so enjoy! Read more

Vineyard Chic Hidden Valley Wedding by Lauren Kriedemann {Georgie & Brad}

Vineyard Chic Hidden Valley Wedding by Lauren Kriedemann {Georgie & Brad} | SouthBound Bride

When people ask me how I choose weddings for the blog, I often talk about the ‘ooh factor’ – those little inspiring details that make me go ‘ooh’ (yep, I make the noise and everything). But when I saw today’s gorgeous bride in her Johanna Johnson dress, it was more like a WOW than an ‘ooh’. And everything just got more gorgeous from there – crisp modern whites on the tables, stylish chalkboard details, and an unexpected (but oh so lovely) pop of red on the elegant bridesmaids. I just love everything about Georgie & Brad’s big day, especially that in amongst all of that style, the priority was on a day that was relaxed, happy and romantic, and the talented Lauren Kriedemann was there to capture every bit of it, as only she can! Read more

Mint & Peach Rockhaven Wedding by Tasha Seccombe {Tam & Jim}

Mint & Peach Rockhaven Wedding by Tasha Seccombe {Tam & Jim} | SouthBound Bride

It’s always fun when I get to share the wedding of a bride whose journey SouthBound Bride has been a part of in some way, and today’s was the source of one of my favourite (and most popular) inspiration boards, Mint & Peach. Of course, that’s just a starting point, but with such a gorgeous colour scheme, with a venue as charming and rustic as Rockhaven, with incredible florals (peonies, yum!) and with breathtaking photos by the always awesome Tasha Seccombe, Tam & Jim’s wedding was always going to be beautiful. And I absolutely love that they wove a single quote through their decor: “Once in lifetime you meet someone who changes everything”. It reminds me of a longer quote from Bob Marley, one of my favourites (which by the way, is awesome for a wedding reading). Inspiration boards are fun, but come to life and filled with fun, laughter and love, this one was so much better than I could have imagined. Read more

Rainy & Romantic Farm Wedding by Tasha Seccombe {Caitlin & Mike}

Rainy & Romantic Farm Wedding by Tasha Seccombe {Caitlin & Mike} | SouthBound Bride

Oh my word, I am SO excited to share today’s wedding, as it features none other than my very beautiful cousin, Caitlin. I remember when I was younger and we would visit Caty (then just a little girl) and her awesome family on their farm in Elgin – I thought that it was the most gorgeous place in the world. (I admit, there was a part of me at Stellenbosch that was half on the lookout for an apple farmer husband, just so I could move there myself one day!) Fast forward a few years, and Caty was all grown up and set to marry her beau, Mike. Caitlin’s mom, Carol, has absolutely exquisite taste, so I knew it would be lovely, especially after Caty shared some of her own ideas with me (you can see the inspiration board I made for her here). The plan was a super romantic springtime wedding among the new blossoms and abundant roses on the family wine farm. Well… sometimes, life has other plans. Turned out that the weekend the couple picked for their big day was the one in which the Cape was beset by floods. Now, I’m sure there were some brides that weekend who let the weather get them down, but not this one, and not her groom or their families. The night before, the Facebook updates were full of laughter as everyone pulled together to raise dancefloors, move ceremony areas, and build extra marquees. I have so much admiration for their attitude, and it made all the difference (along with a team of awesome suppliers). The result was not only stylish, but unique and memorable and filled with smiles as much as it was filled with showers – as Caitlin summed it up herself: ‘rain, dancing and love’! And if the way these two look at one another is any indication, this is one love story that deserved a legendary celebration. The awesome Tasha Seccombe was there to capture every moment in what was essentially a photographer’s worst nightmare from a technical perspective. She hit it for a six, and I’m so happy to share the results with you today! (Caty and Mike, congrats again and big love to you both, and to the rest of the family who read this too! xxx) Read more

Cape Town Chic Grand Café Wedding by Stephanie Veldman {Sally & Shaun}

Cape Town Chic Grand Café Wedding by Stephanie Veldman {Sally & Shaun} | SouthBound Bride

You know, if I think back to Std 5 discos, all I can remember is serious amounts of awkwardness. Sitting on opposite boy/girl sides of the room, wanting to rush out whenever a slow song came on, then dancing stiffly and super far apart (except if you REALLY liked the oke, and then it would be head on shoulder). Once I danced with a boy and mouthed along with the song (Did I think it was sexy, Dirty Dancing style? Probably. It wasn’t.) and he was all “Gabs, what are you doing?”. OMG, so much awkwardness. I definitely did not find lurve at the disco, but I’m delighted to find that someone did. Specifically, today’s gorgeous couple. SO ADORABLE. And that’s just the meet-cute. The stunning wedding itself was held in one of my favourite Cape Town venues, the gorgeous Grand, with its combination of incredible views, bold pink and industrial edge. The photographer was SBB fave, Stephanie Veldman, who captured every dreamy moment from ceremony to sunset. Read more

Pink & Gold Nantes Estate Wedding by Daniela Zondagh {Suhaifa & Jacques}

Pink & Gold Nantes Estate Wedding by Daniela Zondagh {Suhaifa & Jacques} | SouthBound Bride

There may come a day friends, when I’ll get sick of the combination sparkly gold, soft pink and mint green, when my heart won’t thrill at the sight of a pair of sparkly shoes or gold chevron detailing on a cake or proteas teamed with peonies (sigh!) and roses. But that day is definitely not today. Today we’re celebrating all of these beautiful details and more, because they come as part of the sweetest multicultural wedding, with a bride not just in a floaty white gown but in a spectacular Indian lengha with jingling bracelets and delicately hennaed hands. An aisle made gorgeous with rose petals, little mirrored Indian trinket boxes for favours, a dashing groom. Whether you’re planning your own fusion wedding or one with vintage or modern glam elements, you’re going to ell-oh-vee-ee love this! Read more