Inspiration Board: Berry & Teal

Morning lovely ones! I’m super excited to get started with this week, as we have so much beautiful inspiration to share with you, and lots of ideas for winter weddings, in line with our theme for June. We’re kicking things off, as we usually do, with an inspiration board. This weekend, I found myself pinning a couple of teal images and I suddenly realised it had been AGES since I did a teal inspiration board. It’s one of those colours that can be a little overwhelming, and I’ve been favouring more natural shades. But I do love a teal, especially a deep shade, and I thought it would be perfect combined with plum and burgundy for a rich winter palette. I have to say, I’m loving it!

Colours: Teal, plum, burgundy, grey & white

Top row (l-r): Bride with bouquet (Nadia Meli/The Blue Carrot/Marianna Lanzilli/The Love Affair Workshop) | Vintage style invitations (Laura Gordon Photography/House of Hannah) | Bride at window (Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart/Laura Gordon)
Row 2: Draped ceremony arch (Brandon Kidd/Be Inspired PR/Chic Celebrations/The Hidden Garden) | Grey tweed suit (Chantal Lachance-Gibson) | Teal ring box (The Mrs Box)
Row 3: Cake (Carmen Santorelli Photography/Beau & Arrow Events/Hey There, Cupcake!) | Flowers in urn (Jo Bradbury/Wild Orchid) | Bridesmaid dress (Jenny Yoo) | Tablescape (Emily Millay Photography/A Charming Fete/Twig Florals)

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Inspiration Board: Each Peach Pear Plum

Time for some colour inspiration, lovelies! I’ve said it before, my favourite thing about using fruit and veg (since farm fresh decor is what we’re talking about this month) is the purity of natural colour, which is just never quite the same in synthetic form. So when it came to designing a board in the colour plum, I knew I wanted to follow the natural variation of actual plums instead of just the deep paint shade – a mix of Marsala or burgundy red moving right into rich purple. And to keep things bright and romantic, I’ve combined it with peach and white. I’m pretty much in love with the result – how about you?

Colours: Plum, burgundy, peach & white

Top row (l-r): Bouquet (Twig & Twine/Adelphi Productions/Christina McNeill); place setting (Hudson Nichols Photography/Bottle Pop Party Co./Fresh Designs Florist); plums (Claire Thomson)
Row 2: Flower crown (Heather Hawkins Photography/Bows And Arrows/Makeup Santa Fe); peach bridesmaids (Belle and Beau); peach cocktail
Row 3: Plum escort cards (Adam Barnes); peach wedding dress (Sara Hasstedt/A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals/Violet Floral Design); ruffle cake (Kina Wicks)


Real Wedding at the Castle of Good Hope {Kerri & Russell}

What’s that expression about the best laid plans? Well, I had the BEST laid plans for you all this week, and one after another they’ve gone awry, largely due to the fact that we keep losing power (and then internet for hours afterwards) in my road. It’s driving me mental. Especially since I had not one but two posts almost lined up for you yesterday and another for today. BUT, patience is a virtue, and I’m doing a quick switcheroo and bringing you yesterday’s wedding today, and the other two posts next week. Bonus. Brushing all that annoyance off, I’m still SUPER excited to share this wedding with you, since it not only features a real Cape landmark but also a couple I know, which is always fun. I met Ker and Russ through my friend Belinda (one of the gorgeous bridesmaids in these pics), so I have been hearing all about this wedding from Day One. And when I saw the absolutely spectacular pictures that Judy Stofberg of Just Judy Photography had taken, I asked Kerri if I could feature their big day right here. Now castle weddings might be a dime a dozen here in the UK, but they’re a rarity down Africa way. The Castle of Good Hope, which is a wonderful historic choice as a venue, is actually the oldest colonial building in South Africa, and replaced a small fort built by Jan Van Riebeeck in the 1600s. It’s a real slice of South Africa’s cultural heritage, and just wait until you see the spectacular Cape views! I love how Kerri and Russell made the most of their venue with formal touches like the piper on the roof (seriously, how cool is that?) and the deep purple they chose as their accent colour. The great thing about choosing a backdrop like this is that you don’t need to go mental on the decor, just let your guests soak in the atmosphere.Read More

Inspiration Board: Love in a Forest

So much excitement today! But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean I would leave you hanging with an inspiration board for this week, and today’s is my favourite kind – a reader request! Maruzaan and her fiance are planning their Cape wedding at the moment, and found their forest venue (Forest 44) through the blog. They’ve decided on a dark purple and lime colour scheme, with a subtle forest theme to match their venue, and I was only happy to oblige with a few ideas. In fact, I found so many lovely forest ideas that it was hard to limit myself! This can really be an issue with some themes, but fortunately when you’re working with your natural surroundings, it’s a bit easier to keep it classy. One that I didn’t include here but totally loved was printing invitations on wood – it looks gorgeous, and gives your guests a subtle hint of what they can expect. But I also loved the use of this tree motif, because trees have so many wonderful connotations, and it can work as a great brand bringing all your stationery together.

This colour scheme is potentially problematic since it can be quite strong, but I think it looks amazing with the forest theme! I think either colour would be too strong as tablecloths or even runners (napkins are great though), but they make amazing accents, especially combined with lots of romantic, crisp white. I loved the use of trees on tables (or, indeed, saplings as favours), bark vases, fragrant pinecones and even a forest-themed dessert table. Purple flowers are so rich and beautiful, and then of course there have to be green wedding shoes! I love this board more every time I look at it – hope you do too Maruzaan!

Remember, if you would like your own custom inspiration board, email me at capclassique {@} yahoo {dot} co {dot} uk

Colours: Plum, lime, white and brown

Top row (l-r): Bride (Duet Weddings/Jose Villa); moss ring pillow; forest themed dessert table (Martha Stewart); dark purple bridesmaid dress; table setting (Nikki Meyer)
Row 2: Flower; stationery with tree motif (Lara’s Designs); lime shoes; nest cake topper (Duet Weddings/Jose Villa); twig escort cards
Row 3: Blankets with tree sapling favours (A Stunning Affair/Events by Heather Ham/Meg Perotti); place setting with pine cone; wood vase (Beth Helmsetter/Jose Villa); bride and groom

Real Wedding at Nooitgedacht {Kirsty & Kevin}

Kevin and Kirsty’s wedding was referred to me by a friend, and as soon as I saw it I knew it was something special. It manages to be chic and sophisticated but soft and personal all at once. Every time I looked at Lauren Kriedemann’s swoon-worthy images I found another clever detail to fall in love with – the collection of silver containers, the little trees covered with fairy lights, the champagne and Guinness welcome drinks – I could go on and on! A black and white colour scheme could have been quite harsh, but with a little dash of plum and a variety of flowers and textures, this was 100% romance. And you couldn’t find a couple that look more in love – and like they’re having more fun together! Congratulations Kirsty and Kevin, and thank you for sharing your day with us!

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