Well, it’s been a week… I’ll bet I’m not the only one who wants to throw up my hands and cry “is Friday over yet?” Well, it isn’t, not quite, and just as well because we’re ending it off here on SBB with something sleek and glam and deliciously sophisticated. Think of it as the cocktail you deserve, but without the cost of an Uber home. To create this chic setting, the team at Bells & Whistles Event Styling were inspired by the incredible setting, the ballroom at Fine Living by David Muirhead. It has silver embossed pressed ceilings, decor in dramatic charcoal, grey and white tones, and I’m absolutely loving the bold botanical artwork which gives it a tropical, African touch. Add in a bride in gorgeous gowns (including separates – LOVE!), stunning orchids (which I should just declare our flower of the week!), candlelight, glitzy gold touches, and modern black ghost chairs (hello new chair crush!), and let us not forget, that cake! Because metallic and ruffles… well. This girl is in stylish wedding heaven. If anyone needs me, I’ll just be over here sipping my martini and poring over the pretty.
Kate Bell of Bells & Whistles (seriously, how cute is that business name?) sent over some background on this stylish shoot:
This shoot was dreamed up by the team at Bells & Whistles Event Styling, with the modern bride in mind, who seeks to channel all the romance and splendour of a classic wedding setting, but with an updated, contemporary feel that exudes sophistication and effortless elegance. A modern and refined tablescape was created in bold black and white tones, set on a white banquet table, sans traditional tablecloth, and paired with black ghost chairs for the perfect contrast. The hero florals that feature are white Phalaenopsis Orchids tumbling out of glossy black vases – a distinct departure from a more classic floral ensemble in large volumous ball shape. The table is bathed in soft candlelight to evoke a sense of dreamy romance, with crystal dinner candle stands in a variety of heights set against a base of reflective surfaces for a magical touch. A perspex cube encases our signature candelabra piece for a modern update on a classic decor element. Black and white stationery in a contemporary design pairs perfectly with our minimalist place settings, complete with generous sized premium glassware and crystal underplates – hallmarks of a premium table setting. A three-tiered cake with gold lustre dust and frills is a focal feature of the shoot which perfectly complements the bride’s gold sequinned bodice, with separate skirt (a more modern take on a traditional wedding gown). Our gorgeous model sports an understated nude lip with bolder eyes and a dramatic up-style french twist for a polished and sophisticated look. We just adored how this shoot came together and perfectly portrays our take on what the modern, contemporary bride’s heart yearns for in a wedding setting.
Photography: Reinhardt Nel and Marizahn Van Vuuren of And Story | Co-ordination, styling & florals: Kate Bell at Bells & Whistles Event Styling | Stationery: Chrystalace | Cake: Cherry Whisk | Dresses: Blackeyed Susan & Janita Toerien at The Wedding Collective | Accessories: Stylist’s own | Hair & makeup: Anna Pepper at The Refinery Hair and Make-up | Venue: The Ballroom at Fine Living by David Muirhead | Model: Anronet Roelofsz