Shimmering Pastels Wedding at Waterkloof by Linda Fourie {Sieglinda & Kobus}

Today’s couple had one of those proposals that could have come straight out of a Hollywood movie, and one of those weddings that would be quite at home on the pages of a glossy magazine – I just LOVE the sparkle and the glitter mixed with soft pastel blush and some absolutely gorgeous soft florals from Sitting Pretty. In fact (and I swear I didn’t plan it this way) this wedding is kind of the perfect transition between our August and September ‘themes’, since it’s both glamorous and full of beautiful spring pastels! Hooray! I can’t not mention the bride’s absolutely amazing lace dress, which combined perfectly with her groom’s navy suit – don’t they just make the most stylish pair? Linda Fourie was on the scene to capture these lovely pictures of every smile and detail.Read More

10 Ways to Style Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

You’ve probably figured out by now that sequin bridesmaid dresses are kind of a favourite here on SBB – let’s be honest, they look completely gorgeous and glamorous and they always make our pretty-loving hearts lift a mile. But by now you also know there are a ton of options for how to actually put that sparkly ensemble together. Long or short? Solids or skirts? Same dresses or mismatched? Well, we can’t make the decision for you, but we can do what we do, and bring you some delicious, glittering inspiration!Read More

DIY Sparkle Birdcage Veil

I could tell it was a good day when not only did a fab city elopement editorial land in my inbox, but the lovely Rebecca of Runaway Romance offered to share some of her crafty expertise in the form of a DIY from the shoot (which we featured this morning – didn’t you love it?). As you know by now, I’m besotted with all things bling, so when I laid eyes on the sparkly birdcage veil she custom made for model Setsoali, I knew you all would want to know how to recreate this stylish and subtly glamorous look for yourselves! To be honest, I’m trying to figure out where I could possibly get away with wearing a sparkly birdcage veil myself, just so I can make one. Supermarket run? Dog park? Rugby? I’ll figure it out. Meantime, let’s get to grips with the how to. Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca!Read More

Inspiration Board: Sequins & Succulents

Happy Monday, lovely friends! And what better way to start a Monday than with a bit of glitter? One of my favourite things in wedding design (okay, design in general) is the pairing of two unexpected elements – a chandelier in a tree, black tie in the bushveld, or – as we have here – sequins and sparkle with the classic of rustic flower design, the humble succulent. In fact, succulents have come a long way since they were associated exclusively with rustic weddings, and now you’ll find them prettying up just about any style of celebration. So whether you’re a rustic bride looking for a bit of sparkle, or a formal one looking for a softer natural touch, this is the perfect combination.

Colours: Green, white, taupe, shades of gold

Top row (l-r): Sequin bridesmaids {George Rivera/Nature’s Design}; succulent mini cakes {Christa Elyce Photography/Ellanesque Weddings/Sugary + Chic Boutique}; succulent centrepiece {Jillian Mitchell Photography}
Row 2: Succulent letterpress invtation suite {Ruby the Fox/Mary Kate McKenna Photography}; succulent & anemone in mercury glass {Mi Belle Photography/Artisan Events}; sequin tablecloth {Esther Sun Photography/At Your Door Events/Flower Allie}
Row 3: Gold succulent {Brandon Kidd/The Little Branch/Lady Liberty Events}; succulent bouquet {Maggie Harkov/Meg Savage/Melarosa}; boutonniere {Braedon Flynn/XOXO BRIDE/Modern Day Design}

 

Spanish-inspired Styled Boudoir by Angie Capri

There’s nothing I like more than opening up my inbox to find some amazing inspiration, and when I saw this styled session by the fabulous Angie Capri, there was a lot of oohing going on. Angie always shoots beautiful boudoir, but she really takes it up to a whole ‘nother level here, with an absolutely gorgeous palette, original concept, and spectacular images which serve to inspire not just visually, but in bringing confidence to brides to be. I also love how it’s sexy, but very tasteful – if the idea of posing in your undies isn’t for you, it just shows that a boudoir session can be as covered up as you want it to be without losing any of the spark! That’s why, alongside a bath lined with sequins (which let’s be honest, I want to basically live in now), my favourite detail is the mirror calligraphed with the words: ‘Confidence is the most beautiful accessory’. Spot on. That’s exactly true!Read More

Get the Look: Sequin & Sparkle Bridesmaid Dresses

We like to keep things fresh around here, and so today is the first step in something new for SBB. From now on we’ll be regularly featuring real bridesmaid dresses in our new ‘bridesmaid boutique’ features, so you can recreate the looks you love from your favourite bridal parties. We’ve curated a collection of current, gorgeous dresses from the US, UK and South Africa (most of which ship internationally too) at a range of price points. And here’s the really cool part, you can also find all of the dresses over on our brand new Bridesmaid Boutique Pinterest board, so be sure to follow the board and check in for updates and new gowns throughout the year. Want to see more? Just click through on any image both in the gallery below and on Pinterest, and you’ll be sent directly to the retailer, where you can check out securely (and browse to your heart’s content). We’re starting today with one of your all-time favourite bridesmaid looks – sequins and sparkle! We’ve featured several gorgeous glittery bridal parties here on SBB and seen many more we loved all over the web – I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing them. The latest update to this look is full-on glamour: long, luxurious, shimmery bling, and bridal parties in mixed metalllics. LOVE.Read More

Gold Foil Wedding Details

Afternoon, lovelies! As you know by now, I love nothing like I love a little sparkle, and recently I have been absolutely loving the little touches of gold foil that I’ve seen popping up in wedding design, especially those that have an imperfect textured look. So soft and pretty! I thought I would round up my favourites just for you – you’ll see how versatile this motif is, with everything from beauty ideas (including a stunning idea for short hair brides) to cakes and table decor details, and even an amazing Carolina Herrera dress with handpainted gold leaf detailing. Swoonage!Read More

Gold Sparkle Wedding Dresses

Now here’s a fashion trend roundup I KNOW you all are going to LOVE. Because we’re all a little addicted to glitter, right? In fact, I’m pretty sure a meeting of brides and wedding pros could double as a glitter addiction support group, which should totally be a thing, because I for one (if I were shopping for a wedding dress right now) would not be able to resist one of the gorgeous gowns that have everything from a smattering to a full-scale sheen of sequins and gold beads and sparkly details. Then again, why resist? Designers from the high street to the high end couture catwalk (both local and abroad) have embraced this look, so I thought it was high time I did a roundup. Welcome to magpie heaven.Read More

Inspiration Board: Protea Glitz

Some boards take me a while to put together, but some are so clear in my mind, it’s as if they’ve always existed. In fact, I had to go back and check my archives to be sure I hadn’t done this one before, because the concept of proteas + gold glitter is already such a favourite of mine. It’s like Joey eating Rachel’s beef trifle in Friends – to paraphrase: “What’s not to like? Proteas, good. Gold, good. Sequins, gooood!” It combines my favourite current wedding looks with our perennial South African favourite flower, and is as romantic as it is modern. And unlike beef, custard and jam, some ingredients really do just go together.

Colours: Blush, rose, gold & white

Top row: Bride with polka dot veil {Ali Harper Photography/Ginny Branch}; protea bouquet {Lavender & Twine/Twine Events}; glitter name cards {Rachel Carl on Etsy}
Row 2: Glitter cocktails {Rebecca Hansen Weddings/Style Me Pretty}; gold calligraphy invitation {Margot Madison on Etsy}; plate on sequin background {Justin Marantz/Julie Song}
Row 3: Protea centrepiece {Caroline Tran/Utterly Engaged Magazine/Propel}; confetti cake {Jen Huang/Sweet & Saucy Shop}; sequin wedding dress {Jeremiah and Rachel Photography/BHLDN}

 

Autumn Glitter Styled Shoot by Veronique Photography

OH YOU GUYS. I think it’s safe to say I am totally, completely, head over heels, over the moon in love with today’s wedding style inspiration, which comes from a truly fantastic team (including Veronique Mills, Just Jack and Whispers of May – who just happens to be one of our own SouthBound Brides). It’s glittery, it’s gorgeous, and it’s a brand new take on autumn/fall weddings, using the warm shades of copper or rose gold to glam up a clean white space. Just the palette is enough to have me pinning all afternoon, but I also happen to adore the details – dipped feather place names, a sequin runner, breathtaking florals, and a sweet metallic cake. It’s just perfect, and I have a feeling you all will think so too. Oh, and PS, we have a bit of a behind-the-scenes bonus today, so head over to our Facebook page for a glimpse at how it all gets put together :)Read More