Inspiration Board: Ace of Hearts

You all know how much I love creating inspiration boards especially for my lovely readers, as each one presents a different creative challenge to try and incorporate the things that a couple loves into a coherent design concept. Today’s board is no exception. Reader Nicole mailed me for ideas for her 2013 wedding (you have to love a bride that thinks ahead!) and told me how she and her husband to be are the perfect combination of sophisticated city girl and nature-loving farm boy. Nicole loves black lace, peonies and a bit of sparkle, and both she and her fiance enjoy playing poker and a bit of casino fun. She wanted to have red as a colour, but for it not to be a red-themed wedding. Putting her ideas together, I’ve come up with a board that’s sort of Kate Spade meets Coco Chanel with a slight playing card motif going on – a base of monochrome black and white with some pink to soften it up and a bit of gold for glam. I love the way the Parisian-style table setting works on the rustic wood, and the inclusion of succulents – just enough of a rustic farm touch. And how gorgeous are those lace votives? I think on the whole it manages to be a little bit Gothic, but still warm and elegant. Nicole, I hope you like it!

Colours: Red, pink, gold, black & white


Top row (l-r): Tablescape(Daughter of Design/Trent Bailey); wedding dress with black lace detail (Modern Trousseau); black and white balloon ceilingblack lace votives
Row 2: Sparkly shoespoker themed save the date (Wedding Paper Divas); peony bouquet; Kate Spade playing cards; black lace detail stationery (Knots and Kisses/Anneli Marinovich)
Row 3: Bridesmaid (Daughter of Design/Trent Bailey); succulent with bell jar (Mint and Magnolia/Just Judy); bottles with lace detail (Mon Tresor); Love is the New Black frame detail (Sweet Emilia Jane/Captured by Aimee); table with candelabras

Real Wedding at Kelvin Grove {Annerie & Murray}

It’s no secret how much I love the Cape countryside, with its breathtaking winelands and lush farms, and all the incredible wedding venues that take advantage of the rural settings and spectacular scenery. But I also get really excited when a wedding comes across my desk that taps into the vibrant heart of Cape Town instead. Anyone who’s spent any time there will know what an amazing city it is, and there’s so much largely untapped potential for vibey, modern weddings that your guests will really remember (and not have to shell out for accommodation either, bonus!). Case in point: Annerie & Murray’s GORGEOUS red and black number at Kelvin Grove. It’s clear from the first glance that this is a couple who are alive with vibrancy and passion and who brought that energy to their Big Day. My best bits: playing card ’boutonnieres’, streamers instead of confetti as they shared their first kiss, the clever vinyl and apple place settings, the groom’s suit and tie (and of course the bride’s lovely dress) and their couple shoot, which might be one of my favourites ever. It’s modern wedding perfection, and is brought to you through the fabulous photos of Wesley Vorster, who I’m thrilled to have on Cap Classique for the first time! Get ready to be wowed!Read More