Inspiration Board: Stars to Guide Us Home

Morning lovely ones – as I mentioned last week, for our travel-themed wedding month, I wanted to create a few boards that had fresh twists on the idea of travel and journeys. Last week, we got all tropical, and today I wanted to get a bit nautical (but nice, haha). I’ve always found the idea of sailors being guided home by the stars to be super romantic, so I’ve combined a vintage nautical and celestial motifs, and I have to tell you, I LOVE it. Not only are these themes compatible from a concept perspective – they’re a perfect fit from a design angle too, especially if you love navy as much as I do!

Colours: Navy, gold & white

Top row (l-r): Bride & groom on sailboat {Hamilton Photography}; celestial wedding invitation {Minted}; compass escort cards
Row 2: Contellation table runner {Miniature Rhino}; navy candles {Odalys Mendez/Simply Charming Socials}; navy macarons {The French Confection Co./Minted & Vintage/Silence of the Lens}
Row 3: Cake with constellations {Meg Ruth Photo/Peridot Sweets}; groom in navy suit {Amy & Jordan Photography}; constellation map centrepiece {Arielle Doneson Photography/Arielle Doneson Photography & Kirkbrides/Bouquet Studio}; navy sparkle shoes {BHLDN}

 

Nautical Emoyeni Wedding by Lauren Kim {Abigail & Dean}

Those of you who have been around here for a while will know that my love of nautical knowns no bounds. Like today’s bride describes herself, I’m a nautical fiend. There’s no bad day that a bit of crisp linen and bateau stripes can’t solve, no view that isn’t made better by having a ship on the horizon, and no end to the shiny nautical bits and bobs that I have to restrain myself from filling my home with. So I think what I really love about Abigail and Dean’s wedding is that, even though it isn’t located even remotely near the coast, that didn’t stop them from pulling off a sea-worthy festival of awesome. From the blue and white striped tablecloths to the nautical cake to the oh-so-adorable bridesmaids with their captain’s hats, photographer Lauren Kim has captured every lovely detail. (Oh and PS, if you love coastal style, come back later for more beach-themed table decor!)Read More

Navy Glam Netherwood Wedding by Studio KOVO {Jacqui & Matthew}

It always intrigues me to see weddings of people in the industry. Unlike most brides and grooms, weddings aren’t something they see once in a while from a guest perspective, but something they’re intimately involved in throughout their working life. Which details will they choose to highlight? Which traditions or ways of doing things can they do without, and which trends will they love as much as we all do? It’s a lot of pressure I suppose, but today’s bride, talented KZN-based makeup artist Jacqui of Accentuate Hair & Makeup knocked it out of the park. I absolutely ADORE her navy and mixed metallic colour palette, as well as the super personal detail of including owls in their decor (a tribute to her grandmother). Not to mention stylish topknot bridesmaids and a set of very dapper groom and groomsmen. And the bride? Well, Jacqui was the best advertisement for her own considerable skills (gained both in the UK and on the local MAC events team) – doesn’t she look spectacular? From the lush carnation composite bouquets to the stripey cake to the paper flower backdrop and sparkly copper Mr & Mrs sign, there’s a lot to love here, all captured by Kate van Onselen of Studio KOVO. Let’s begin!Read More

Nautical Wedding DIY Roundup

It’s actually hilarious that I love nautical style as much as I do, considering the complete lack of sailing skills that I have. Seriously, if I ever gave it a try, I’d probably get smacked with the boom before I even figured out which side was starboard. Even so, nautical wedding details never fail to raise an excited “ooh!” from me – they’re just so preppy and punchy, and the perfect combination of contemporary, vintage and rustic. You all clearly feel the same, since our roundup of nautical wedding details is still one of SBB’s most popular posts. So today I thought I would round up some of the seriously ship-shape DIYs that are sailing about the internet. Awesome, ahoy! (Yes, I’ll stop now.)

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Inspiration Board: Nautical Rustic

Good morning, lovelies! It’s a new day, a new week: what will you accomplish? I’m feeling super fired up myself, as this week we’re launching a little project that’s been developing off-camera for quite some time, and I can’t wait to share it with you! So look out for an announcement (especially my lovely photographer friends and followers!). Anyway, let’s move on to today’s wedding inspiration, which is a request from reader Natassja. She’s chosen nautical rustic as her theme, and I absolutely fell in love with the concept! Natassja is getting married at Swartvlei beach, and she’s using a classic nautical palette of blue, red and off white. The great thing about nautical style is that there are lots of rustic textures, and texture is what rustic styling is all about. Think lots of rope, net and real boating ephemera. I love the idea of the rope table numbers especially, and the rope wrapped vases (both easy and effective DIY projects). Use the same big textures as statement pieces at the ceremony, or knot a rope curtain at your makeshift altar. Keep stationery crisp, or incorporate the gorgeous watercolour motif that’s so popular at the moment. I especially like the semaphore motif, which has the couple’s monogram spelled out with flags! And just because we’re going nautical doesn’t mean I couldn’t include this year’s rustic wedding must-have: the naked cake! How gorgeous (and delicious!) is this red velvet creation? I absolutely love this look – hope you do too, Natassja!

Colours: Navy, cherry red, off-white, taupe

Top row (l-r): Rope heart {Rachel Peters Photography/Kiss The Bride}; red velvet naked cake {Michelle March/Unearthed Vintage}; cake toppers {Jaco le Roux}; rope table number {}; origami boat {Purple Tree Wedding Photography/Affairy Event}
Row 2: Invitation {Swiss Cottage Designs/Love* Jenna Calligraphy}; ceremony area {Erin hearts Court/Five Star Weddings and Events}; rope vases {Bayside Bride}; bridesmaid with yay sign {Captured Photography by Jenny/My Event Boutique }
Row 3: Ship’s netting decoration {Fox Fotography/Dairing Events}; red anemone bouquet {Michelle March/Unearthed Vintage}; semaphore invitation {}; bride and groom with ship wheel {Troy and Aimee Grover}.

 

Calm Waters {and a Vera Wang Dress}

Some questions are hard. What’s the meaning of life? Where is Lord Lucan? When Miranda and Steve got married on Sex and the City, did their son become Brady Brady? But when photographer Shireen Louw asked me if I’d like to feature a gorgeous couple out on a yacht with incredible views of Cape Town and a Vera Wang dress, it might have been the easiest question I’ve ever answered. Hells yes. So here it is. Drop whatever you’re doing, and enjoy the abundant loveliness.Read More

Inspiration Board: Sand & Stripes

Happy Monday, folks! I’ve been jonesing to do this inspiration board ever since I was myself inspired by this shoot in the latest Sweet Paul magazine (which you should totally check out if you haven’t already). You probably already know I’m a fan of nautical style, but I loved combining that with soft dirty orange and sand, for a wedding that would be equal parts beach rustic and South of France stylishness. Striped dresses for your bridesmaids (and peep toes for you), navy suits for the boys, and wooden tables right on the beach with flowers in soft corals and peaches. I can just imagine this at a Cape venue like Strandloper or Strandkombuis.  I can just imagine a bride in a chic short dress, and isn’t the rope hair accessory darling?

Colours: Navy, orange, beige and white

Top row (l-r): Rustic outdoor table {S: Paul Lowe; P: Susanna Blavarg}; sailing boat {S: Green Wedding Shoes; P: Caroline Tran}; starfish; coral peonies {S: Summer Watkins}
Row 2: Navy striped sandals {S: Summer Watkins; P: Jen Huang}; invitation suite; wedding sign {C: Shelby Peaden Events; P: Oeil Photography}; sailor’s knot hairpiece; short wedding dress; bar stool on beach {S: Paul Lowe; P: Susanna Blavarg}
Row 3: Bride & groom; nautical wedding cake {Sweet & Saucy Shop}; navy striped bridesmaid dress; navy and beige suits {P: KT Merry}.

 

Inspiration Board {1 Colour 3 Ways}: Henley Honeysuckle

Every so often I like to show how you can take a particular theme or colour and interpret it in a number of different ways, depending on your style or venue. Last year we looked at an oranges and lemons theme (see the boards here, here and here), and this time I’m taking another look at Pantone’s colour of the year, honeysuckle (which also featured in this vintagey board). Honeysuckle really is a great colour – it’s so versatile and has such a different feel when combined with other colours. I’ve chosen just three possible looks for this week inspired by Cape venues – let me know which one is your favourite!

Kicking off today is a bit of preppy shoreline chic. I LOVE preppy weddings, and I love the whole yachting and boating vibe. Inspired by another Pantone colour, Regatta Blue, I’ve created a fun but still super classy palette for your very own ship shape wedding. Harbour House in Kalk Bay is the perfect venue with its whitewashed walls and big windows looking out over the water, and lots of photo (even ceremony) options on the pier below. Think seersucker suits, fresh nautical stripes and soft flowers like peonies or ranunculus. And how adorable are the boat centrepieces? As long as you don’t go overboard (sorry!), you can have a lot of fun with this decor and it’s ideal if you love the beach and the sea, but don’t want to do the whole barefoot on the sand thing.

Colours: Honeysuckle, Regatta and grey

Top row (l-r): Bride and groom in seersucker suit (Eric Kelley); honeysuckle invitation (& Kath­leen Design);  Harbour House
Row 2: Blue shoes (Clary Pfeiffer’s); cake (Amy Cakes/Heather Cherie Photography); boat centrepiece (Verdi Photography); watermelon gazpacho shooters; menu/place setting (Verdi Photography)
Row 3:  Harbour House; stripey straws (Scobey Photography for Carla Ten Eyck); seersucker bridesmaids’ dressesStudio This Is); Just Married life buoy (Studio 28 Photo); bride and groom (Verdi Photography).

Note: None of the posts in this series have been sponsored by the featured venues, including Harbour House.

Inspiration Board: Coral & Grey

Happy Monday! We’ll soon be featuring a stunning wedding in Simonstown, and looking at the pics got me to thinking about vintage naval prints and nautical weddings. Although navy and red is the most obvious colour combination for this theme, I love the subtler beachy beauty of coral and grey, which also happen to be two colours that are bang on trend right now. Then I remembered these gorgeous invitations from Ruby & Willow and I knew I had to do a board. I think the final result is classy and just a little rustic – perfect for a venue by the sea.

Colours: Coral, grey, charcoal and white

Top row (l-r): Bride & groom; Anthropologie whale ornament; coral invitations
Row 2: Coral cufflinks; heart pin boutonniere; ship’s wheel; succelent with rings; coral earrings
Row 3: Shell necklace; vintage naval print; coral peonies.