In between all the lush extra-ness of weddings these days, one word I keep hearing is ‘minimalist’ (actually, I keep hearing minimalistic – not a word people, look it up). And this less-is-more approach is what today’s inspiration is all about. Clean lines, geometric shapes, bold florals. It may be simple, but WOW does it ever make a statement! Beautifully put together by Coral of Epanouir flower studio and photographed by Debbie Lourens, this pared down style is one of the key looks of the moment, so if you’re the kind of bride who’d rather wear a slip than a ballgown, carry a single bloom instead of a cascade, and rolls your eyes when you see a flower wall, this one’s for you.
Hello friends! I’m back after a few days off last week dealing with behind the scenes business stuff that desperately needed my attention (when will I learn I can’t do it all?) And I’m super excited to share this gorgeous shoot with you today, not just because it’s filled with light and Pantone Greenery-esque detail, and hello, a bright orange gin bar! I also get to introduce you to Emily Allan of PeppermintPix who is seriously just the sweetest. She joined the SBB Directory recently, and I have been dying to show off some of her lovely work. How better than with this organic garden party-style inspiration?
Happy new month, lovelies! We’re easing into a new editorial theme for this month, and I’m super excited to be covering everything green, greenery and especially Pantone’s Colour of the Year, also called Greenery. It’s going to be a month of serene greens! And we’re starting it off with this sweet bridal shoot from the wonderful Vicky Bergallo Photography and her team, which captures the lovely feeling of a long summer afternoon, dear friends, and gorgeous boho fashion. We’re also more than a little in love with the sweetly delicate stationery details, which perfectly complement the florals, and the relaxed ambience (not to mention the scene stealing flower girl!). The inspiration, according to Vicky, was “a lovely afternoon at Salt + Stone boutique venue, feminine boho dresses, and light and airy photos!” Let’s get our green on!
At the start of this month, we shared some inspiration that imagined Beauty & the Beast (the fairytale du jour) as an organic-with-a-touch-of-glam forest fantasy. So it only seems appropriate that as we close out June, we’re going back to the same fairytale, but this time for a completely different imagining of this celebrated story. From a fabulous team headed by Canada-based Sparrow Photography, this inspiration is about high end opulence and luxury, from sumptuous fabrics and dramatic hair and makeup to lavish pillars of roses and a stained glass style cake that is just BEYOND. So sit back and let all your princess wedding dreams come true, because this one is surely fit for royalty!
We’re heading for the bushveld this Monday morning, my favourite place to be (and holy cannoli, I really need to go again soon because it has been WAY too long). This gorgeous shoot comes from our friends, the talented duo of Jack & Jane Photography, who headed for Lion Sands reserve in order to capture a creative take on a real life bushveld fairytale. With soft fabrics, dramatic florals and makeup, and that great big African sky, it’s my kinda romance.
It’s Fashion Friday, and this week I’m super excited to be able to share this bridal inspiration, featuring the new collection from one of my favourite up-and-coming SA designers, Elli-Nicole! If you’re not yet familiar with this homegrown haute brand (which extends to both gowns and shoes) – well, you’re in for a treat! Because not only are Elli-Nicole’s shoes BEYOND, but the Elli-Nicole dresses are utterly, breathtakingly fit for a queen too. So basically, bridal heaven. In this lovely lookbook, photographer Jessica Notelo has captured all those incredible textural details – 3D petal bodices, a scattering of pearls like tiny seeds, a lattice of lace. She calls it Jardin de Dentelle, which means ‘Garden of Lace’ in French – and well, that pretty much says it all! So let’s take a stroll down this particularly lovely garden path, shall we?
We like to mix things up here on SBB so while the last couple of weddings have been all about jewel tones and wintery style, this afternoon we’re off to the beach! This bridal inspiration shoot is all about sunrise light, soft sands, elegant textures and pastel blooms and boy oh boy is it ever pretty! From the Elizabeth Stockenstrom lace sleeve gown to her golden laurel crown, this bride looks like a goddess, with her bouquet adding a touch of wild beauty that reflects that around her. Gorgeous pics by Astrid Bradley!
You all know how much I love it when wedding pros find a current trend and add their own twist? Well, boho brides get ready, because today’s inspiration shoot adds a super cool spin to the bohemian trend that’s so popular right now. Taking its cue from old world elegance, including dark colours and heavy fabrics, this shoot from Natalie Loots Photography, Evoque Events and their team is all about ‘more is more’ – more patterns, more textures, more detail. “We had the idea to show that the bohemian trend can be taken up a notch by adding crystals, candles and a sense of opulence,” Natalie says. The team used black with hints of silver, and indigenous flowers (proteas, yayness!) as splashes of colour to complement the gorgeous, statement gowns. And while not all brides will be bold enough to rock a pantsuit or floor length, rose-embellished dress (although what a showstopper you will be if you do!), this shoot should act as an inspiration for every bride to ‘take things up a notch’ as Natalie puts it, and not be afraid to add that little something extra. Who knows? The results may surprise you!
One of my favourite things is finding fresh sources of inspiration, so when I themed this month on fairytales, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just the usual suspects (much as I love the Cinderellas and Belles of the wedding world!) Serendipitously, I came across this gorgeous, whimsical shoot by Celeste Cilliers and her team, based on one of my favourite Hans Christian Anderson stories, Thumbelina. Like any bride, Thumbelina celebrated finding her flower prince (after a few near misses), and this light, bright, floral fantasy is a lovely modern interpretation of the tale. And they all lived happily ever after…
Happy Friday loves! It may be a public holiday in South Africa, but I couldn’t resist sharing just one more touch of gorgeous inspiration with you all before the weekend begins. This charming bridal shoot comes from Mauritius-based fine art photographer Josué Bonnefemme (remember that name, those of you heading over to Mauritius for your weddings!) and I’m besotted by its combination of vintage-style lace gown and mantilla veil, and romantic garden elements. It’s such a fresh take on a Parisian shoot, and it has me yearning to visit again. Sigh.