My Top 5 Pins {The Pretty Blog}

Afternoon, lovelies! It’s time for the next in my mini series of guest posts from some of my favourite wedding pinners and bloggers – hasn’t it been fun to see what’s inspiring them? Today’s guest probably needs no introduction, since she’s one half of one of South Africa’s most successful blogging teams. Nicola Pretorius started The Pretty Blog with Christine Meintjes at around the same time that I started blogging, and over email, Twitter and cake and coffee in London and Stellenbosch, I’ve got to know both of them and admire their creative, entrepreneurial spirits. Nicola is the editorial half of the team, and is super stylish and lovely in person – it’s no wonder that she’s provided so many South African women with inspiration for their big day and beyond. As you may know, TPB recently relaunched with an amazing new look and feel, with dedicated sections for travel, food & wine, kids & family, home & style and of course, weddings. It’s an awesome achievement and an exciting time for the team, and I’m thrilled that Nicola took some time from her schedule to be here today sharing her favourite pins. Needless to say, if you’re not following her on social media and Pinterest already, do! And if you haven’t already, check out the new site (but make yourself a cup of coffee and switch off the phone first, because you’ll get lost for a couple of hours at least!)

Our favourite pinspiration for brides this year will be the return of Renaissance. One of the main reasons being that a bride on her wedding day actually embodies everything that’s romantic, feminine and luxurious. Somehow this trend fits a bride like a glove.
This year, we’re inspired by Zuhair Murad‘s 2013 collection. It’s so easy to make this trend work with your wedding. You just have to let your romantic and utterly opulent side come out.

Pin from The Pretty Blog’s Renaissance Inspiration board (Original source: Perla Mareek for Fine Taste Magazine Summer 2011)

This table for six is beautiful in its simplicity, and I think it will never date. You could recreate this in ten years’ time and is would still be rustically elegant. What’s more is this look could be used for a simple lunch under a tree or a banquet in a castle. It could work for both.

Pin from The Pretty Blog’s wedding {Table settings} board (Original source: Scott Michael Fraser via 100 Layer Cake)

This Australian bride’s pale grey wedding dress is simply jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The three quarter sleeve, the floral details, the soft layers and pretty sash all make a breathtaking picture.

Pin from The Pretty Blog’s wedding {dresses} board (Original source: Mark & Kara via Once Wed)

There is something so honest about this sheaf bouquet of big poppies. It’s so authentic and relaxed. Paired with the shimmer in her dress and the loose curls, it’s a great look. Don’t know how practical poppies are for a bouquet, but it made a nice picture to pin, that’s for sure.

Pin from The Pretty Blog’s wedding {bouquets} board (Original source: The Nichols)

What could be more romantic than a dip in the ocean, Italian gelato, cold limoncello and a walk along Via del Amore?

Pin from The Pretty Blog’s Travel board (Original source: Tec Petaja)

About Nicola:
A love of food saw Nicola attending chef school, working with chef Franck Dangereux during his time at La Colombe and as assistant to Food Editor Vickie de Beer, before founding The Pretty Blog together with photographer Christine Meintjes. As Editor, she gets to find or dream up something new to showcase every day.
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