SouthBound Bride is the ultimate online destination for South African weddings. Whether you’re planning your own wedding in SA, or simply inspired by our beautiful celebrations, you’ll find the best of real weddings, inspiration, advice, venues and service providers on our pages. From romantic vineyard to boho beach, gorgeous game lodge to city chic, rustic farm, traditional, cross-cultural, or other unique celebration, if it’s beautiful and local, it’s here. We also spotlight top trends and ideas from around the globe, and bring you the latest in bridal and bridesmaid fashion. Over the past five years, we’ve gained a reputation at home and abroad for quality content with a South African twist, and have been featured in a number of print and online publications.
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Hello! I’m Gaby Frescura, the proudly South African owner and editor of SouthBound Bride. I started SBB in May 2010, as a way to showcase the beautiful weddings of my home country, and to connect brides both local and long-distance with the best of wedding pros. I’ve been inspired by my readers and industry friends ever since. I never thought when I started this journey that poring over pretty things and romantic love stories would lead to becoming a full time girlboss, or meeting the amazing friends and colleagues that I have along the way, but I’m so lucky that it has!

As well as running the blog, I’m a freelance editor with a background in book publishing. I’ve lived in New York, Milan and London, and am currently loving my home base of Durban, South Africa.


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