Glamorous Olive Grove Engagement by Louise Vorster

It’s been our month of glamour on SBB, but one of my favourite things is finding a way to inject a bit of glamour into an unexpected place: chandeliers hanging from a tree, ballroom style in an urban loft space… or a shimmering full length gold dress in an olive grove. That’s why I immediately fell in love with this beautiful shoot by Louise Vorster – the contrast between bride-to-be Adél’s glam gown and the rustic setting for her engagement shoot with her love, Jan, is so eye catching and gorgeous. And there’s something very intimate about it too – like the two lovebirds have sneaked off to have a fancy date in an secret location, and are having the time of their lives doing just that. It’s moments like this that give us a glimpse of the fun of being engaged, a welcome break in a sea of wedding planning, and a special memory captured forever.Read More

Inspiration Board: Navy & Rose Gold

Hello friends – how was your weekend? Hope it was full of fun and glamour and champagne – after all, that’s the vibe we’re going for in today’s little inspiration board! We’re taking a mix of grown-up navy, romantic blush, and glamorous rose gold – there really is no end to the fun you can have playing with metallics in your palette, and this is the perfect twist on blush and navy, which has been getting more popular in the last few years. Just add a vintage getaway car, a sophisticated dress, and some sparkly bridesmaids, and you have a fresh, glam look. Another option would be to add in a bit of dove grey, which goes great with all of these shades.

Colours: Navy, blush, rose gold, white

Top row (l-r): Bouquet {Rustic White Photography/Mandy of Waiting on Martha, Inc./Lindsay Coletta}; table setting {Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography/The Southern Table}; cake {McCune Photography/Grand Engagements/Sweet and Saucy Shop}; gold dress {Emilia Jane}
Row 2: Place cards; gold bridesmaid dresses {Amanda Crean Photographers/Lauren Kelleher}; rose gold votives; champagne coupes {Bryan Dale}
Row 3: Bride & groom {Trent Bailey Photography}; vintage car {Mademoiselle Fiona}; invitation suite {Jupiter and Juno}

 

Inspiration Board: Once Upon a Time

Good morning, lovelies! Before we get to today’s inspiration board (which I have been saving rather impatiently for you), I have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good. Last week, I was absolutely thrilled and honoured to be included in a list on the Fair Lady blog of FL’s favourite tweeters! Not only is it always super satisfying to know that people like what I do here, but you guys, I grew UP reading Fair Lady. When I was a little girl, I would read my mother’s old stack cover to cover and my secret teenage fantasy was to work there one day. So this was extra special supery dupery exciting. It rocked. Merci, FL. (And if YOU don’t follow me on Twitter yet, do!)

Now the bad news. Sigh. I regret (and I really do mean regret – remember I’m an editor by trade, so missing a deadline totally cuts me up, especially when it’s one I set myself) to tell you that the new Cap Classique website will not be launching at the beginning of December. Unfortunately, some technical issues that I have no control over have got right in the way, and while the delay is only about 10 days, with Christmas coming, it only makes sense to put it off until January. Which kind of blows, but when I thought about it, I decided it was kind of cool. New year, new site, new everything. I really am disappointed, and sorry to keep you all waiting. I hope you won’t mind waiting just a liiiiiittle bit longer. Although, now that I’ve had to rejig my whole schedule for December, I do have something quite cool up my sleeve, which you’ll hopefully like. So there you go. Please don’t hate me!

And now, before I get all depro about this again, I am going to cheer us all up with some sparkle. YAY! As you know, gorgeous colours mixed in with metallics have been huge news this year, and I think we’ll see lots more of that this season. Here’s my little take on a sort of royal wedding/princessy theme, which includes my current colour obsession (navy) combined with the prettiest powder blue, champagne and then some sparkly metallics. I can’t get enough of it! It’s almost enough to make a grown woman believe in fairytales… ;)

Colours: Navy, powder blue, champagne & gold

Top row (l-r): Princess bride; navy and gold manicure; table setting (Jill La Fleur/Jose Villa); navy bridesmaid’s dress (Kristin Vining); wedding cake with crown (Jose Villa)
Row 2: ‘Believe’ gold letters; blue and gold sequin garments; metal crown; mini Moets
Row 3:‘Once upon a time’ invitations; place setting with pumpkins (Martha Stewart); bride & groom (The Brand Studio); ‘Happily ever after starts here’ sign (Studio Eleven)

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.

Real Wedding at Molenvliet {Jackie & Japie}

Ok, something you don’t know about me – I am a HUGE big band fan. Which may not seem that strange, but when I was in high school, it made me a little unusual. I was, for example, the only kid I knew who begged my father to bring Harry Connick Jnr CDs back from a business trip in America instead of, I don’t know, MC Hammer or Boyz II Men (don’t get me started about my love for Harry). The only person I know who puts Ella, Dean and Frankie on my iPod when I’m feeling the mean reds and can sing along to pretty much any Gershwin lyric. So you can imagine that when I saw Jackie and Japie had pulled off a 1940s Glamour-themed wedding at Molenvliet, I was super excited to feature it! As we all know, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, and the two of them wanted to celebrate theirs in style – getting a kick out of champagne with their besties, facing the music and dancing all night and promising to love each other come rain or come shine. (Ya, I know. I couldn’t stop myself. Throw your tomato if you must.) They had a shindig old Frank himself would have been proud to have thrown, co-ordinated by Jaco van Loggerenberg of Just Jack and photographed by the fab Andre from Zara Zoo. And now I get to share it with you. Ain’t THAT a kick in the head?Read More