Inspiration Board: Secret Garden

Our theme this month, Secret Garden, is one really close to my heart because The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is one of my favourite books (and one of the few I read in school that didn’t suck). I’ll never forget reading it for the first time and just feeling wrapped up in it, and that feeling has never really gone away, although I’m no kind of gardener as an adult. I still adore the idea of a walled garden (not to self for when have mansion), and I really can’t think of a prettier theme for a wedding. I’ve tried to recreate that for today’s inspiration board – whimsical, organic, lush, but actually quite simple and natural. I’m a little in love with it. What do you think? (Links in bold denote affiliate links; the cost to you remains the same, but SBB may receive a commission on any sales)

Top row (l-r): Bride at gate (Elizabeth Messina/Ginny Branch/Claire Pettibone) | Centrepiece (Jose Villa Photography/Flowerwild/Coastside Couture) | Swing with flowers (Xavier Navarro)
Row 2: Invitation suite (Oak and Orchid) | Key necklace (Mony Art) | Cake with flower topper (Corbin Gurkin/WED: Wedding Event Design/Kathy Allen Fine Cakes) | Claire Pettibone dress (Lucy Munoz)
Row 3: Bouquet (Rory Wylie) | Floral juliet cap veil (Marisol Aparicio/Lara Lam Photography) | Table in garden (Caroline Lima Photography)

Secret Garden Inspiration Board | SouthBound Bride

Top left: Juliet Cap Veil by Marisol Aparicio | Top right: Silver Key Necklace by Mony Art | Bottom: Real Wood Wedding Invitations by Oak and Orchid

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The Whole World Is A Garden

It’s a brand new week, full of possibility, and the first good thing to happen on my Monday is definitely this gorgeous styled shoot by Roxanne Davison and our friends at Oh Happy Day. I have been dying to share it with you for months, and now that February has rolled round with our ‘Secret Garden’ theme, it’s finally time to share this Secret Garden-themed shoot! Inspired by a quote from the novel which I love – “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden” – these talented ladies and their team created a little garden hideaway punctuated by beautiful florals and fine vintage china, the dreamiest of dresses and the most delicate of jewels, gorgeous brides and beautiful calligraphy. It. Is. Swoony. So grab a cuppa and get settled in for some very Pin-worthy inspiration!

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Real Wedding at Morrell’s {Michelle & Grant}

Just like relationships, I love that weddings come in all shapes and sizes. Most of my friends have chosen to have the traditional 100-120 person wedding, some have gone smaller, one couple eloped just the two of them while travelling in New Zealand, and one had two weddings when family illness meant they had to push the ceremony forward by some months. Each wedding was perfect for the couple it honoured, their history and preferences and circumstances, just like the marriages they heralded. And I think that’s an important part of the wedding planning process – figuring out what’s right for the two of you. Today’s couple followed a non-traditional route, with a tiny elopement followed by a joyful party with their extended circle, and just like my friend with two weddings, it allowed them to really relax and enjoy their second party with their favourite people. Grant and Michelle were inspired by their lovely venue, Morrells, and took their cue from the decor for their colours and theme – another great tip for anyone just setting out on their planning journey! The result is a beautiful wedding with a bit of a vintage French/secret garden vibe, and comes complete with the sort of personal touches you know I love! The couple’s stunning, intimate pictures were taken by Schantel of Kiekie Photography.Read More

Inspiration Board {1 Colour 3 Ways}: Honeysuckle Garden

This week we’re featuring three inspiration board including hot Pantone colour honeysuckle and inspired by Cape venues, to show how a single colour can be interpreted in a number of different ways. Which one is your favourite?

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Today’s board moves away from the clean coastal preppiness of yesterday’s inspiration to a sweet garden tea party. Honeysuckle pairs beautifully with peapod green, soft pink and just a touch of earthy brown. Pick whimsical details like handkerchief save the dates, ruffled bridesmaid dresses and tea caddy vases, and emphasise the theme using bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and other garden creatures. Everything is soft and lush and lovely. No question, the spot I had to pick to show off this theme was Natte Valleij (showcased in this recent wedding) – that little round hole in the wall really gives that secret garden feeling (emphasised of course with the key motif – my current style crush, in case you hadn’t noticed!). It’s the perfect place to get lost with your guests on a perfect summer’s afternoon.

Colours: Honeysuckle, pale pink, peapod green, brown

Top row (l-r): Peony bouquet (Ashley Garmon); hydrangeas (Steve Steinhardt); chair with number (Lisa Lefkowitz); argyle socks (Green Apple Photo); flower girl with key bubble blower (Lisa Lefkowitz)
Row 2: Hummingbird escort cards (Lisa Lefkowitz Photography); handkerchief invitation; note with key (Larissa Cleveland); flowers in tea caddy (Yvette Inufio); bee necklace;  Natte Valleij (Abigail K)
Row 3:  Natte Valleij (Abigail K); downloadable invitation (Blush Printables); place card with leaf (Studio 28 Photography); bridesmaids (Heather Cherie Photography).

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

Real Wedding at Natte Valleij {Chené & Andy}

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that I love all the weddings I feature here on Cap Classique. Because, let’s be honest, I have been blessed with some seriously unfreakingbelievable prettiness on this blog (and trust me, there’s lots more in the honey jar). But sometimes I don’t realise quite how MUCH I love a wedding until I’m busy putting the pictures together and I start to get butterflies thinking how gorgeous it is and how much you guys are going to love it. Which is exactly how I feel about Chené and Andy’s wedding at Natte Valleij. When I start throwing around words like ‘vintage romance’ and ‘secret garden’ you know it’s going to be beautiful, and boy is it ever. The details are just beyond gorgeous (my favourite is the hanging birdcages – WOW) and the bride and groom look like they stepped straight out of a fashion shoot. It’s pretty much perfect, so get ready to fall in love too! Oh, but first I get to introduce you to Chené and Andy’s photographer. Abigail Klopper of Abigail K Photography is not only an up-and-coming Cape Town snapper, but she’s also leading the way in getting the wedding industry up on their social media. This is one savvy chick, and I’m very excited to have her here on the blog!Read More