Wood & Rose Gold Wedding at Old Mac Daddy by Claire Thomson {Mia & Johan}

Sometimes, when I’m selecting a wedding for publication, there are details I notice but don’t really understand, and then when I read the bride’s story, everything makes sense. Those are kind of my favourites, because it means that they’re personal in a way that something just taken off Pinterest never can be. That was the case with the poem inscribed on the floor-to-ceiling windows of Old Mac Daddy in today’s wedding, and it turned out to be just one of the lovely tributes from the bride and groom, in memory of their much-missed parents. Such a special touch, and those tributes fitted seamlessly into the clean lines of this beautifully designed, minimalist, organic wedding day. From the stationery ‘branding’ (repeated in the cake toppers and boxes, adorable) to the signs telling the couple’s story down the aisle (even more adorable!), to the rose gold (rose gold! we love!) and wood detailing, to the chevron sparkle bridesmaid dresses and the bride’s convertible princess gown (not to mention immaculate hair and makeup by Corlé Barnard), everything about it is a breath of fresh air and an expression of Mia and Johan. The wonderful Claire Thomson captured these fantastic pics.Read More

Real Wedding at Kleinevalleij {Lana & Albertus}

Get ready for wedding gorgeousness you guys! I have been dying to share Lana and Albertus’ wedding for a while now, and you don’t have to look much further than the sparkly bridesmaid dresses to see why! But in fact, that’s just one (very) pretty detail in what is otherwise a light and bright, clean yellow wedding with sweet origami touches and a lovely summery feel. It all comes together so perfectly! Chevron is something we’ve been seeing a lot of, and I think the print is used so perfectly here – nice, subtle touches like the groomsmen’s ties, the ring pillow and the dance floor. The result is a look that’s very much of-the-moment, but to be honest, I don’t feel that you’ll look back on this and feel it’s very dated in years to come, as the basic blank canvas is very classic. And isn’t that what so many brides aim to achieve? Great job, guys! And speaking of great jobs, as always I am LOVING the pics from the awesome Moira West – she always captures the look of a wedding so beautifully.Read More

Inspiration Board: And It Was All Yellow

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day… But you can trust that I’ll be brightening up your Monday with a brand new inspiration board on the blog! And this time it’s even brighter than usual, with a yellow-themed board created just for reader Bronwyn. She’s having a summer wedding in Johannesburg, and wants a modern theme for her big day. She’s looking for something clean cut, including square tables, as well as a few quirky ideas. I just loved putting this one together! Yellow is a bold colour choice, but I can’t emphasise enough what a happy colour it is, and I really think that it gets everything off to a wonderful start. With Bronwyn’s ideas as a starting point, I immediately thought of two elements. The first is chevron – the pattern you’ll see under the ring and on the runner below. Chevron is huge in design at the moment, partly because it has links to Art Deco and the 1920s trend, but also because it’s a great balance of clean cut and preppy with a little retro twist to it. And it is just sooo pretty! So I would definitely use chevron as a key motif for this wedding – in stationery, on table runners, etc. There are tons of chevron ideas to play with – just tap it into Pinterest to see a selection. The second element I thought would be great is a focus on typography, which like Bronwyn’s specification, is also modern and clean cut (and brings in the black and white part of the colour palette beautifully). Again, there are lots of ideas around, but at the wedding I’ve included below, the couple really went to town, having hanging ‘banners’ above the reception space with absolutely gorgeous type. You could also type up quotes or meaningful words in your chosen font and frame them to create an installation on one wall at the reception. Add in a few industrial elements (naked lighbulbs, for example, or the quirky but very cool clip escort card idea), use square white vases on the tables, and bring in bold pops of yellow in your flowers (love the tulip bouquet), shoes, bridesmaid dresses, and even your veil. What a gorgeous wedding – I for one can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Hope you like your board, Bronwyn!

Colours: Yellow, black and white

Top row (l-r): Ring {P: Gabe Aceves Photography}; yellow shoes {P: Jennifer Longaway}; reception space with typography accents {P: Erica Loeks}; tulip bouquet{P: Yolande Marx Photography}
Row 2: Naked bulb strings {P: Belathee Photography}; invitation {Minted}; typography banners {P: Erica Loeks}; bright yellow bridesmaid dresses {P: Jennifer Weems Photography}
Row 3: Yellow birdcage veil {P: Chad Cress; Veil: Jade Rose Designs}; yellow flowers in white, square vases; chevron runners; clip escort cards {P: Lara Robby Photography}.


Inspiration Board: Mint to Be

Good morning, everyone! Did you all have lovely weekends? It’s Inspiration Board Monday here on SBB, and I have to say, this might be my new favourite colour combination. I stumbled across it somewhere, and I knew I had to turn it into an inspiration board. There’s something about the way that coral and mint (two of the trendiest colours in weddings right now) work together that I just love, and when you add in navy it just has a whole new depth to it. I would have thought that it might come out a little retro or mod, but (while you could certainly use these colours that way) the board I’ve come up with is all sweet, slightly French shabby chic, with a touch of glam gold and lovely lace. Put your husband-to-be and his groomsmen in navy suits, and carry lush coral bouquets with your girls – the key to this look is knowing which of the colours to combine when, so that it doesn’t look too matchy matchy. Done right, this could make the prettiest of weddings.

Colours: Mint, coral, navy and gold

Top row: Love napkin {The Stationery Studio}; Claire Pettibone dress; heart shutter; blue shoes {Shewanders Photography via Wedding Chicks}; chevron cake {Erica O’Brien Cake Design}
Row 2: Table plan {via 100 Layer Cake}; invitation {Minted}; dessert table {Tracey Kiansky Photography via The White Library}; antique tin {Dreamy Whites}; ribbons {Andi Mans Photography and Design via The Wedding Chicks}
Row 3: Ranunculus {via Wedding Chicks}; mint heart earrings {Dariami on etsy}; confetti cones {Pink Cherry Mama on etsy}; coral bridesmaid dresses {Jose Villa via The Wedding Chicks}.

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Inspiration Board: Tales of the Jazz Age

Good morning lovelies! How was your weekend? I had a crazy busy one, and yesterday I got to hang out with some seriously awesome wedding bloggers. The very fab Naomi of Enchanted Dream Weddings was in London with her husband, so a group of us TWIPS girls joined them for a tradional British afternoon tea in Central London – oh my word, holy cakiness! I could use one of those cupcakes right now. Anyway, I’ll be blogging more about that soon, but today I have a very special inspiration board, created for one of our readers. Kirsten emailed me from Melbourne, where she lives with her Aussie fiance, but is planning a wedding in San Francisco. She has the most incredible venue, the City Club of San Francisco, an art deco gem dominated by a Diego Rivera mural, and she felt that the design of her wedding should be jazz age inspired since the venue has such a strong ‘personality’. I just love her colour palette of black and white, with red and gold touches, and I’ve included lots of grey as well to add depth and keep things contemporary as well as classic since grey is such a signature colour right now. I’ve also included chevron – a big trend that resonates with art deco design. For flowers, calla lilies are popular jazz age motifs, and of course I had to have a dress and headpiece from Aussie designer Johanna Johnson – swoon! I also tried to incorporate San Francisco into the board, and the customised art deco poster from Alexander & Co. is beyond perfect! I love the luggage tag place names (a little reference to how far Kirsten and her husband grew up from one another), and with one placed at each table, these collectors’ editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works would make the most amazing table markers (each table name would be the name of one of the books – you’d be limited to six, though, unless you started using the short stories too). It all adds up to a super sophisticated soiree that’s classic but very much of the moment as well. Hope you like your board, Kirsten!

Colours: Black, white, grey and red, with gold and silver metallic touches

Top row (l-r): Groomsmen in braces and complementary ties (I can’t find my link to this image – if anyone knows where it’s from, please let me know!); San Francisco customised art deco poster; lilies (Sedona Bride);luggage tag place card (Megan Ann Photography)
Row 2: Chevron clutch; sparkly gold shoes; art deco earrings; chevron sequin dress; Penguin collector’s edition series: The F. Scott Fitzgerald’s; art deco stationery (Vintage Designs)
Row 3: Art Deco Woman Receiving Flowers (Lempicka style); art deco cake; deep red calla lilies; Johanna Johnson dress.