From Catwalk to Aisle: 10 Key Beauty Trends for 2015

Hello lovelies! This month may be about natural beauty, but we all know that sometimes we need a little extra to enhance that beauty on our wedding day (although, hooray, minimal barefaced makeup is totally a trend now too, which will please you natural brides). The catwalks are always a great place to start looking for the next looks in hair and makeup as well as the fashion itself, and some of the most recent fashion week trends also happen to translate beautifully to brides. Some not so much (I can’t see anyone donning coloured leather strips on their lids or Rodarte-style eyebrow piercings, although you never know). Here are 10 key trends for you to consider for your own Big Day look.Read More

Real Wedding at Groenrivier {Ilne & Herman}

Whenever people ask me how I choose which weddings to feature, I end up talking about the Ooh Moment. The detail or idea or photograph that makes me go “ooh”. Literally. If you sat next to me while I was looking at it, you would hear that I actually say “ooh”. There were quite a few oohs in today’s beautiful wedding from photographer Heather Steyn (Hello! Bride and bridesmaids hairstyles! And dresses! Wildflowers! Wreaths!) but the biggest one came when I realised that each table had its own little decor theme. Each cleverly thought out (and super pretty) and each meaningful to the bride and groom. It’s like awesome table decor using found objects, times multiple. Or like a little art installation. It’s completely adorable, and it turns an already lovely wedding into a veritable ooh-fest. And that’s not all, because this sweet couple, who have careers as Afrikaans teachers in common, also share another commonality – that their fathers are both ministers. So who’s to perform the ceremony? Well, both of them! How cute is that? Very, that’s how. Now go forth, and ooh.Read More

Wedding Trends Reloaded

Here at SouthBound Bride, I love bringing you all the latest trends. As you know, I believe that each wedding should be an expression of a couple’s unique style and personality, but it doesn’t hurt to get a sense of the ideas that are floating around out there. Eventually, those ideas can get a little repetitive. And while in some ways that doesn’t matter (remember that most of your guests don’t sit on wedding blogs all day and won’t have seen it before), it can be fun to consider fresh twists and new options. So here are eight of my top alternatives for creating your favourite effects.
Here’s my disclaimer: I’ve loved and promoted all of the ‘old’ ideas here, and I’m nobody’s fashion police. So if you love something, you DO IT. This is just about being creative and exploring other avenues along the way!

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Wedding Hair Cut-out-and-keep: Braids {Part 2}

Hello bride-issimos, hope you’re having a lovely Spring Day if you’re in South Africa (first day of Autumn for those of us here though, BOOOOO). A couple of months ago, we ran a feature on braided hairstyles for weddings and you guys could. not. get. enough. Seriously. Most viewed post EVER, and by a country mile. I’ve had loads of requests for more, and when I’ve seen so many pretty plaited styles showing up, how could I resist? So here’s some more inspiration – just click on the images to open them, then print, cut out and show them to your hair stylist. And be sure to let me know if there’s any other style inspiration you’re looking for at the moment!

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Wedding Hair Cut-out-and-keep: Braids

You know something’s a big trend when you schedule a post on it and in the same week come across a ton more on the same subject. Braids, plaits, whatever you want to call them, are everywhere right now. And I have to say, I’m a little obsessed with this look myself. I’ve been an enthusiastic member of the Braidy Bunch all season, which I thought may have just been a rub off from watching so many Hills episodes, but it turns out is actually all part of the braid zetigeist. And the amazing thing is, this is one trend that has just been building and building and I never get tired of. ESPECIALLY when it comes to wedding hair. One braid, or a bunch of them, just add that extra touch of prettiness that seals the deal on a bride’s look, that extra detail that brings the whole thing home. And I don’t know why, but these babies give you cheekbones. In short, I LOVE THEM. And I thought some of you might be like me. So today, I’m showcasing all my favourite looks from slebs and civilians alike. Click on any image to go to a slightly bigger version, which you can just print, cut out and hand to your hairdresser. Or, if you’re feeling brave, many of them have tutorials on YouTube and other blogs, so get your Google on and start practising.

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