When my dear friend Louise, stylist extraordinaire and editor of B.LOVED, mentioned that she would be a guest at the EWC Workshop in the Netherlands and that for the shoot she was creating she had taken her inspiration from Delft pottery, I was super excited to see the results – not just because Louise’s shoots are always amazing, but because I love Delft, and of course it has a South African connection as well with some of our Dutch history. It’s a beautiful accent to a wedding (one that I’ve been lucky enough to feature in real weddings a couple of times) and of course, the perfect ‘something blue’! So when I picked the theme for May, I immediately thought of this shoot, and was delighted that Louise agreed to share it with the lovely SouthBound readers! Light, bright and blue-tiful, it’s a romantic and elegant take on the theme, with spectacular spring flowers, two gorgeous dresses (one of them the most beautiful shade of blue!), and of course, Delft making an appearance on the tables as well as being reflected in the oh-so-pretty cakes and biscuits. I honestly can’t think of a prettier take on a blue palette, or of any way that the pictures by Anouschka Rokebrand could be any more beautiful!
Louise sent over some background on her inspiration:
It was such an honour to work with such a talented team of Dutch suppliers at the EWC Workshop last year. Taking inspiration from the blue and white Delftware I remember from my childhood living in Holland was a key part of the look, mixing historic design with my penchant for clean, modern design to create something effortlessly beautiful, yet a little different! Set in the grounds of the grand Kasteel de Hooge Vuursche in the Dutch countryside, I chose a palette of pale powder blue and dusky grey, offset with white and hints of brass to give a modern, elegant and luxe feel. The table, set with soft blue linen, crystal glassware, brass candlesticks and a mix of vintage white and Delftware from Helène Millot, was styled simply with an overflowing centrepiece of spring florals and foliage. Each place setting was adorned simply with a place card by Leintjes Exclusieve and single piece of muscari, adding a wonderful scent, as well as a pretty touch.
The bride wore a duo of beautiful dresses from Unielle Couture, one in a classic style with layers of tulle and lace sleeves reminiscent of Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly, and the second in pale blue with delicate crystals and beading added a touch of elegant glamour. The Beautiful Bride Company created a classic updo and romantic, flawless makeup to complement both looks.
The floral design by Don Florito celebrated the best of spring flowers, in soft blues and delicate blush shades combining anemone, narcissus and muscari with ranuncula and grass-like foliage and trailing jasmine. The same recipe was used to create two beautiful bouquets, one with an abundant and overflowing organic design, and one more classic posy. The cakes, by Sugar Lips Cakes, echoed the Delft patterns seen in the stationery and tableware, with delicate white designs on blue.
Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand | Behind the scenes photography: Jennifer Hejna | Styling: Styled by Louise for B.LOVED | Florist: DON FLORITO | Stationery: Leintjes Exclusief & Stijlvolle Trouwkaarten | Bridalwear & Shoes: Unielle Couture | Bridal Accessories: SIBO Designs | Jewellery: DRKS | Crockery & glassware: Hélène Millot Furnishings | Cakes & dessert table: Sugarlips Cakes | Hair & makeup: The Beautiful Bride Company | Venue: Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche | Models: Dorien & Steffen
This shoot first appeared on Style Me Pretty