Much as we love a wedding with a crazy beautiful colour scheme or a unique theme or venue, it’s also a regular pleasure to fall in love with a classic white wedding. It’s like hearing a favourite song, if that song were sung by Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald (as all my favourite songs are, actually), because a white wedding is all class. And when it has a clean, contemporary feeling like Pedro & Chelsea’s does, it’s all classic too. Long white bridesmaid dresses, tulip bouquets, tailored suits, and of course a bride in a beautiful dress. And that’s just the bridal party. I think what I love most about this one, photographed to perfection by Fiona Clair, is that it mixes this high society elegance with a very relaxed ambience, serving guests from canape and braai stations out on the Kleinevalleij lawns. Lovely to look at and fun to be at. And that’s the perfect wedding equation!
Some days, I’ll be honest with you, blogging life can be… hard. Other days? Well, other days I get a shoot like this one in my inbox, or I get to share it with you all and I’m brought back to why I love this job. A collaboration between talented suppliers at one of my favourite venues, incorporating a breathtaking gown, a gorgeous modern table, pops of bright red mixed in with muted pastels and a crisp white backdrop? Heaven. Not to mention a contemporary white dessert display (white macaron tower, love!), soft candlelight, and a bride rocking a red lip to perfection. The cherry on the cake, of course, is that the shoot was put together by some of our favourite people, including SBB Directory members Bona-Fide Events, and photographers Carolien and Ben. All together, it makes my day (pretty) – so let’s go ahead and make yours!Read More
Since we’re spending the month talking about natural beauty, is there anything lovelier than a tulip? I think it must be one of the most elegant creatures in the garden – clean lines, pure colour, and the feel of summer coming. Definitely one of my personal favourites, and I always take notice when I see tulips in a wedding – often it denotes a couple with a simple but elegant sense of style. Chic, contemporary, but unfussy. That’s just what we have today, in this beautiful wedding by Christine le Roux. A palette of pure white, green and navy, spectacular vineyard setting – oh, and a silver Porsche (the perfect sophisticated touch, and I’m sure a favourite detail of the groom’s!) Let’s take a little peek, shall we?Read More
Okay, choosing my favourite flower would be like asking me to pick a favourite book or film. Too many I love. But tulips are definitely right up there. There’s just something about these blooms that’s so… elegant. Crisp, modern. Architectural, almost. But at the same time, they’re soft and romantic. Which basically describes today’s wedding to a tee – so it’s no wonder that tulips played a big role in Suzanne and Simon’s wedding design. I absolutely ADORE their clean, sophisticated wedding style in white and soft neutrals, with twinkle lights and naked bulbs for warmth, and a few raw, rustic elements for charm. I especially love the bower created for their main table, and OMG Suzanne’s dress is amazing! You all are going to looooove this one! Talented photographer Claire Thomson took these gorgeous images.Read More
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens… Whoa there, showtunes. But seriously readers, I can’t help but think that today’s stunning Café Felix wedding is absolutely chokka with a few of my favourite things (and yours). Lace, roses, mismatched dresses, ribbon, chalkboards, lavender, tulips, postcard luggage labels, brunia, succulents, bell jars (am I pushing your buttons yet here?), beautiful stationery, milk glass and silver, hanging birdcages. It’s like a smorgasbord of loveliness right now. Topped off, of course, with work by some of my favourite Cape service providers including bright and beautiful pictures by Adene Photography, and a sweetly smiling, clearly head-over-heels bride and groom. It’s just perfection for your Tuesday morning. So go on. Dive in. (PS You’re totally going to be singing Julie Andrews all day. Sorry!)Read More
Ah, tulips. Hearty heart heart heart heart them. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re beautiful and elegant, they come in every colour imaginable, most are unscented, and they’re affordable. And for me, they really mark the start to spring, when I see them appearing on flower shop pavement displays all over London. Unlucky for me, those days are gone here on Mud Island, but with spring very definitely in the air in South Africa, I thought it was a good time to cheer myself up with a focus on one of my all-time favourite flowers.Read More
One of the things I love most about creating this blog is that I get to work with photographers and other vendors whose work I have been admiring for YEARS. So I am super, super excited that today I’m able to feature the work of one of those photographers, Jean-Pierre Uys. As always, his images are nothing short of spectacular! The other thing I love about my ‘job’ is that I also get to discover fresh talent, and this wedding has that too. All of the stationery was created by the designer bride, Ruth Berchowitz, and it absolutely stopped me in my tracks. I just adore old vintage postcards, and Ruth has used them to create a stationery suite that has all the charm of vintage, but reflects the modern elegance of her venue and table settings. She carried it through everything from labels and escort cards to ceremony programmes, although my favourite is the postcards guests were invited to write on as an alternative guestbook. The best news is that Ruth is available for bespoke commissions, and her contact email is listed under the service providers, so drop her a line if you want a piece of the gorgeousness! The venue was the beautiful Twelve Apostles Hotel, which has the ocean on one side and the Twelve Apostles mountains on the other.
It’s World Cup final week! And since this is the end of a truly awesome time for South Africa, I wanted to celebrate. So this week I’ll be featuring four boards inspired by the four semi-finalist countries, including another one later today. First, we’re going Dutch. I have to confess that when the Netherlands turned their semi-final around to knock Brazil out of the tournament on Friday, the main reason I was cheering was that I REALLY wanted to do this board. I’ve mentioned my obsession with proteas, but what you don’t know is that I am equally obsessed with tulips. I love them. So an excuse to do a board that was all about tulips and bicycles (a big wedding trend right now) was too much excitement! I hope you love this board as much as I enjoyed doing it.
Colours: pink, yellow and green
Top row (l-r): Save the Dates; table arrangement; couple on bicycle; Christian Louboutin tulip sandals
Row 2: Tulip with invitation; candyfloss; groomsmen’s tie; bicycle necklace; tulip cupcake; bride’s bouquet
Row 3: Bride & bridesmaids; couple with bicycle; lemonade favours; table arrangement.