Rose Quartz by Yolande Snyders & Yellow Papaya

Our final shoot of the competition takes rose quartz as inspiration, a precious stone that is both locally mined and perfectly symbolic for a wedding (it’s called the ‘love stone’ and represents unconditional love in all its forms). Combining this idea with gem-shaped hexagons is bang on trend, and I also love the combination of rose with indigo in the form of shwe shwe (and you know we LOVE shwe shwe!) – including a shwe shwe cake (eek, amazing). The fabulous team headed by Yellow Papaya and photographer Yolande Snyders put together an alternative take on a seated reception with a mimosa bar and cocktail snacks that are all adorable little mini versions of South African favourites. It’s bright, crisp and colourful – the perfect way to end off an amazing week!

What was the inspiration behind your shoot?
I have been looking at alternative options for an engagement ring and absolutely fell in love with Rose Quartz. The symbolism behind the stone and the fact that it is also a locally sourced stone was such a draw. We are seeing a move to alternative stones being used in engagement rings that are more for aesthetics rather than the old tale of two months’ salary that has to be spent on a ring.

What was your ‘South African twist’?
We incorporated a hint of shwe shwe as an unusual contrast against the blush pink colour of the rose quartz which is also found locally. We also included a range of South African canapes: mini bunny chows, mini chakalaka lamb burgers, fish cakes & chips in Lucky Star tins, and mini milk tarts topped with koeksisters.

Describe the look for your shoot
We drew inspiration from gem shapes and incorporated them into all the elements of the shoot. We drew our colour scheme from the natural blush pink colour of the Rose Quartz and the beautiful traditional blue of the shweshwe. One simple pattern can be repeated in many different ways to create a cohesive look. We used the shweshwe motif throughout the shoot and used it in unusual places like the paper under the mini treats. We scanned the actual fabric and printed the sheets to use on plinths under the food. We also incorporated the design in the cake. Other small shwe shwe details we used to bring the look together included the gem drink stirrers covered with the shweshwe print and the shweshwe ribbon we tied around the bouquet. We also used blush pink in the main elements of the shoot like the bouquet and the beautiful blush wedding dresses and of course the beautiful rose quartz ring.
We set up a mimosa bar with a mixture of 100% juices from Juicebox and a selection of fruit. Guests can make their own mimosa and try different combinations. We also opted for a canapé style food option, which allows a couple to have more time to socialise with their guests since there are no formal seating arrangements.

Be sure to stop back in this afternoon when we’ll show you how to recreate this style.

Photography: Yolande Snyders | Second Shooter: Willem Foster | Styling & co-ordination: Simone Kruger for Yellow Papaya | Venue: Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville | Stationery: Pink Pigeon | Dresses: Janita Toerien | Suit: Jagadi Couture | Flowers: Bloom | Cake: Delicately Different | Hair & make-up: Danielle de Raedt | Lighting: Sunshine Company | Model: Lisa Esselaar | Nail Art, Manicures & Pedicures: Hallo Pragtig | Jewelery: Free Range Jewels | Juices: Juicebox

This shoot is part of the SouthBound Bride Styled Shoot Competition 2014


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