Opulent Pastel Wedding at Webersburg by Warren Williams {Vabakshnee & Geoff}

We have a bit of a celebrity wedding today, lovelies! You may have already seen lovely SABC news anchor Vabakshnee Chetty’s wedding to hubby Geoffrey Miller on Top Billing, but I couldn’t resist sharing their beautiful pastel celebration with you again here. I’ve seen lots of pastel weddings over the years, but I absolutely love how this one manages to be incredibly elegant and opulent as well as sweet and romantic, and the pastel palette is just part of that – like a box of Ladurée macarons or a froth of blush or baby blue on the Oscars red carpet. Vee, as her friends call her, looked absolutely gorgeous in not just one but two amazing dresses, and after a lakeside meal complete with soft white drapes and sparkling crystal chandeliers, the couple and their guests danced the night away with her in the second, intricate lace creation. Warren Williams captured all the fun, frolicks and finery, as only he can.
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Eco Chic Botanical Wedding at Rosemary Hill by Van der Bijl Photography {Leigh & Byron}

When Brownwyn of Van der Bijl Photography sent over today’s gorgeous organic-lovely wedding, I had to go back and double check her email after the first few pics that this was a real wedding and not a styled shoot, since the florals and details are that perfectly styled. Of course, once I saw Leigh and Byron’s ceremony pics, the happy tears and the love between the couple (and on the faces of all their guests) there was no doubt this was as real a wedding as you’ll find, which of course makes me love every pretty botanical detail put together by Carol-Anne of Eco-chic Weddings even more. And eco-chic is the right word – everything right down to Leigh’s gorgeous frothy dress was created with an eye on upcycling and sustainability. It’s a beautiful day with a big heart, and I’m delighted to be sharing it with you all!Read More

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

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

Celebrity Inspiration: Kate Moss

Image via the Daily Mail

It’s entirely possible that you’re bored of reading about Kate Moss’s wedding by now, since the whole of wedding world’s been posting about it all week. But, just like the Royal Wedding, it would be remiss of me not to write about it at all because, as much as I hate to admit it, this wedding was iconic. I’m not the hugest fan of the stylish Ms Moss (naked pictures with your young daughter as part of your wedding pics. Really?), but I’ve got to say, the girl knows how to throw a set of nuptials. I mean, it helps that everyone at her wedding was ridiculously photogenic. And of course, it didn’t hurt that Mario Testino took what are quite probably the most gorgeous wedding pictures EVER. But really, it was the seamless (and personal) fusion of sweet English countryside, Gatsby glam and good old fashioned rock ‘n roll that really made it special. Three things I never would have thought would go together so well, and they did. Bravo, Kate. *Tips imaginary hat*Read More

Celebrity Inspiration: Princess Charlene & Prince Albert

I’ve been holding off on this post for a while. In the wake of our very own Charlene Wittstock’s wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco there were so many ugly rumours and questions and theories on whether or not she really wanted to be there, and whether her tears were tears of joy or regret. But when you come down to it, like all other couples, you can’t judge a relationship from the outside and since I don’t know the lovely Charlene, I won’t be judging her or her marriage either. But what I do here is talk about weddings, and since this was South Africa’s very own royal wedding, I can’t go without posting about it! Charlene and I are exactly the same age, so I felt like I understood many of her style choices – in many ways, her wedding was a modern realisation of the weddings we would have been dreaming of as little girls. It felt a little bit ’90s, but in a classic way, and I loved that. And of course, it was full of all the glitz and glam that you’d expect from the Monagasque, combined with some proudly South African touches. Here are my Top 10 steal-worthy details from Princess Charlene’s big day.Read More

Real Wedding at Westminster Abbey {Catherine & William}

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her…

Remember that line from Notting Hill? Well, maybe I’m just a sucker for a good royal romance, but even with all the pomp and procession of the royal wedding, at the end of the day that’s what I felt like it came down to. Just a boy and a girl, standing in front of each other and promising to spend their lives together. I know we also all bought into the last big royal romance (and look how that turned out), but Kate and William really did seem totally jubilant and in love, and I loved being part of the London celebrations. I’m sure you’re sick to death of reading about it (are you though, really?) but after a week of reflection, here’s my take – the Top 10 things I loved about last Friday’s royal wedding!
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Celebrity Inspiration: Grace Kelly

When Marie Claire recently picked their top 10 iconic celebrity weddings, it was no surprise that top of the list was the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The 1956 wedding, which was watched by a television audience of 30 million people, was dubbed the ‘wedding of the century’ and has been providing inspiration for brides ever since.

Grace and the Prince in fact had two weddings (following Monaco tradition): a private civil ceremony in the palace’s throne room (Grace wore a pale pink taffeta dress with cream-colored lace, white kid gloves, and a Juliet cap) and the religious ceremony the following day at St Nicholas Cathedral, attended by 600 guests. Grace’s dress was a high-neck, long sleeve gown (a gift from the MGM Studio), and was made of 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, 125-year-old rose-point lace bought from a museum, and thousands of tiny seed pearls. She again wore a Juliet cap, decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms and yards of tulle. Flowers in the church included white lilacs, hydrangeas, snapdragons and lilies. The formal ceremony (Grace and the Prince weren’t allowed to look at one another) was followed by a lunch reception in the Palace Court of Honour where they cut their six-tier wedding cake with the Prince’s sword.

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