Colourful Midlands Wedding at Providence by Dear Chloe Photography

I’m lucky enough to live in KZN, close enough for a day trip to the Midlands, but I still stop and stare at its beauty every time I visit. It’s also an idyllic spot for weddings, which of course is why so many couples choose it as a destination location for their nuptials, and Sonia and Preshen did just that when they picked Providence for their own big day. This gorgeous couple had two weddings, and we’re featuring their intimate Catholic ceremony and reception today, complete with the most gorgeous florals in bright shades of coral and peach and pink (such a delicious palette!), as captured by the lovely Dear Chloe. But you guys, I have to make a special mention of Preshen’s proposal because OMG I loved this one – even if you don’t usually read the text be sure you do this time, as it’s utterly adorable, especially if you’re a dog lover like me! I (and Darcy, my own sweet pup) definitely approve!

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Inspiration Board: Rum Punch

Hello lovely ones, time for some colour inspiration. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been loving this ‘tropical’ month on SBB – it’s always such fun to be able to play with bright colours and lush textures and there are so many ways to play this kind of a theme. There’s the more subtle colour schemes, absolutely, but I couldn’t let the month end without creating something with more of a punch of colour, and there’s no better inspiration than one of my favourite tropical cocktails, a rum punch. I love the mix of colours in this board, ranging from a deep coral to peach to soft citrusy orange, with a bit of gold for good measure. It reminds me of ripe mangos, and beach sunsets, and everything that is good and summery.

Colours: Coral, peach, pale apricot, gold

Top row (l-r): Rum punch (Asia de Cuba) | bouquet (Kristina Curtis Photography/Calie Rose) | tropical table (KT Merry/David Fittin)
Row 2: Hibiscus invitation (Mospens Studio) | watercolour cocktails sign (Lindsay Madden Photography/Momentus Special Events & More/Julie Song Ink) | centrepiece (Kristina Curtis Photography/Calie Rose)
Row 3: Watercolour table number (KATELYN JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY/THE WEEKEND TYPE) | bride in coral dress (Isa Photography) | Mango Rouched Lace Maxi Dress | ring with blooms (Cyn Kain Photography/Amber Housley/Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, LTD.)

Coral & Mint Groenrivier Wedding by CB Memories Photography {Vanessa & Andre}

I clearly remember the first time that coral and mint entered my colour vocabulary, because not only did I love the cool combo, but every time I used the colours in an inspiration board, I’d get dozens of likes and shares. It’s definitely a happy-making mix, and yet I haven’t seen too many brides and grooms actually using it for their weddings, which allows it to still be fresh and surprising for your guests. Winner winner, chicken dinner. So of course when I came across Vanessa and Andre’s coral and mint wedding, photographed by Chenel of CB Memories Photography, I just had to share it with you all! I loved how V + A used a monochrome background with just soft pops of the statement colours to liven it up, which makes for a very classic but not too formal wintery look.Read More

Inspiration Board: Beach Sundowner

Happy Monday friends! It’s a super exciting day here on SBB, as later on we’ll be announcing the finalists for our first ever styled shoot competition. But first, it’s time for some inspiration of our own with the Monday moodboard. Today I’m loving coral (a colour trend that just keeps on going!) mixed with a cool, pale blue – a lovely fresh take on this colour combination and perfect for a laid-back beach celebration (or any celebration, really!). Reflecting the colours of the beach at sunset, it’s the perfect was to kick off a dusky ceremony and a dinner under the stars.

Colours: Pastel blue, coral, peach & white

Top row (l-r): Caravan {Jose Villa}; bride in blue tutu {Jen Huang}; table on beach
Row 2: Paper boat escort cards {Caroline Tran}; bouquet {Analisa Joy Photography}; watercolour menu {Moira West}
Row 3: Bride & groom; driftwood sign {Brilliant Studios/Stacie Steensland}; groom in seersucker suit {Sarah Pudlo & Co}; coral nautical cake {Cyrience Photography/Alexis June Weddings}



Inspiration Board: Navy, Peach & Apricot

Hello lovelies! I’m back from an AMAZING weekend in Plett with two of my best girls from high school – we had the perfect weather, and such an amazing time chilling and laughing until we cried. But it’s back to work today, and that means inspiration boards here on SBB. Today I’ve chosen a warm but formal combination of navy, peach and coral/apricot – I absolutely LOVE how these colours work together. If you were thinking of navy and pink, this is a lovely, modern alternative, and having both peach and apricot together adds that extra depth and dimension. What do you think?

Colours: Navy blue, peach and coral

Top row (l-r): Bride & bridesmaids {Lane Dittoe Photographer/Galas by Gerry}; cake with ruffle rose {Kristen Ellis/Mindy Weiss}; peach biscuits {}
Row 2: Peach place setting {Rebecca Thuss}; calligraphy envelope {Antiquaria,}; paint
Row 3: Peach bellinis {Pictilio}; stripey straws; shoes & bouquet {Dana Cubbage}; navy suit {Shannon Lee}.


Inspiration Board: Coral, Teal & Gold Leaf

Hello lovelies! Today’s inspiration board is a little reader request via Instagram for bride Angelina, who asked for a board in teal, coral and gold. I haven’t done reader requests in a while, but I was happy to oblige, especially with this gorgeous palette. I should say that a lot of brides who lean towards this sort of palette are thinking of a colour slightly lighter than teal – a turquoise or an aqua, or even a mint – as they go absolutely perfectly with coral (if you love this, check out Tropical Coral & Mint, this coral & aqua inspiration shoot, or our Hawaiian Honeysuckle colour story). But I loved the idea of teal, a slightly deeper shade that adds an extra note of sophistication. And of course, gold is the perfect accent colour. I love me a bit of a motif, and recently I have been noticing with pleasure the textured gilt finish of a gold leaf effect (think we’ll be seeing more of this in weddings this year). It makes an awesome touch here – just the perfect amount of distressed glitter. Oh, and how AMAZING are coral peonies? Sigh. Angelina – hope you like your board!

Colour: Teal, coral, gold

Top row (l-r): Bride with coral peony bouquet {Elizabeth Messina/katflower }; gold leaf ring bowl; coral peony wedding cake {Annabella Charles Photography}
Row 2: Teal and gold leaf macarons {Fiona Kelly Photography/Linen and Silk Weddings}; peony centrepiece; teal invitation suite {Marta Harding}
Row 3: Peach wedding dress {Brklyn View Photography}; boutonniere {José Villa}; coral peony arrangement {Zofia & Co. Photography/Soiree Floral }; teal and gold shoes {Apryl Ann Photography/After Yes Weddings}.


Real Wedding at Langkloof {Anchen & Endri}

All love stories are beautiful, but some have all the hallmarks of a fairytale. A serendipitous meeting, a few heavenly signs… and of course, a happy ending. So it is with today’s couple, Anchen and Endri. They have a very cute ‘how we met’ story (see below), and Anchen also told me how light has become a symbol for them in their relationship. Wouldn’t you know it, but there was light streaming in through the windows of the chapel as they got married (captured beautifully by the fab Veronique Mills Photography!). Added to the bright corals and other summer colours of this gorgeous wedding, it’s a celebration of joy and love and colour. But of course, the best light is the glow of happiness on the happy couple’s faces. Now THAT’s how you know it’s a fairytale.Read More

Inspiration Board: Denim, Peach & Coral

Peach and coral together are so my current fave. Or coral and blush. It’s that developing ombre-ness of it that really gets me. But the thing is, that these shades are a bit… well, I don’t know, tropical? without a bit of a cool base to ground them. A certain shade of indigo works wonders. So does navy. But today, I’ve paired them with one of my absolute best blues, because it not only comes with a pretty colour but with texture and chilledness too. I am talking denim, as you can probably guess by now. Denim, which you can actually make chic for a wedding, because, like burlap, it’s a surprising and interesting texture that can be softened or glammed up with the addition of more romantic tones. Play around with modern and classic, traditional and irreverent, for a combination that is 100% you. I love the mixture. But what do you think?

Colours: Blue, coral & peach

Top row (l-r): Cake {Sweet & Saucy Shop}; bouquet {Bryan Rupp Photography/Champagne Wedding Coordination}; bride in denim jacket; peach neon; bridesmaids {Tec Petaja}
Row 2: Love is like denim… {Brancoprata}; rings; bridesmaid bouquet {Brit Rene Photo}
Row 3: Couple {ee Photography/Sweet Sunday Events}; caravan; table setting {Elizabeth Scott}; cocktail {Rebecca Wood}.


Colour Story: Hawaiian Honeysuckle

Afternoon, my lovelies! We’re heading into the last few weeks of the year, and as we do, I thought it was time that we gave a bit of a spotlight to some of the invitations from the SBB Collection at Invitation Gallery that you may not yet have come across. Although some of them have starred in shoots I have styled, there are still a few more that I absolutely love, but haven’t had a chance to play with yet. And today’s is hands down my favourite. In fact, it may be my favourite from the whole collection: Hawaiian Honeysuckle. Here’s the inspiration board that started it all…

Hawaiian Honeysuckle

Full inspiration board credits here

Hawaiian Honeysuckle is all about relaxed beach loveliness, and did a phenomenal job in putting it together in a gorgeous coral and turquoise/aqua colour scheme. Even the wording is fun, perfect for a picnic wedding on the beach, with a camper van as a getaway car.

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Real Garden Wedding {Kerry & Adam}

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. I love details at weddings (make that LOVE in capital letters) but the details that really light up a wedding are the ones that come from the heart. Well, today’s wedding is ALL about personal significance. From the ceremony venue (a labyrinth built by the bride’s grandfather in her family garden – how amazing is that?) to a beautiful bouquet ceremony, to an intimate picnic dinner, it’s chock-full of ideas that were thought out for their significance and connection to family and friends. I can only imagine what a wonderful, memorable celebration it must have been, but luckily we have Lauren Kriedemann‘s gorgeous pics to inspire us. Ah garden weddings! How I do love them!Read More