Get ready lovelies, because I am about to make. your. week. with this pretty! From the minute this gorgeous Mexican-inspired shoot landed in my inbox I have been dying to share it with you! First off, it all takes place at the incredible Crystal Barn, and I’m so excited for the chance to show it off in all it’s quirky, elegant, total-venue-crush glory! In fact, it’s such an inspiring place that it was the location itself that set stylist Jacqui Trinder of Accentuate Hair & Makeup dreaming up this whole scene. She pulled together a dream team of local vendors, and the result is utterly wow! There’s so much here to get your heart beating faster and inspire your own nuptials – bright floral crowns, baroque opulence, bold colours and custom stationery, insanely beautiful McCarthy Wolff dresses, adorable iced biscuits, and you guys – a DONKEY. I mean, it really has it all, including beautiful images by Lar Photography. Let’s dive in!
Take two fun-loving sweethearts who met in London town, add a palette of pinks and a pop of modern copper geometric details, serve it all up in the contemporary-meets-vineyard surroundings of Waterkloof, and… well. The results are every bit as fabulous as that sounds! Paul and Catherine have that lovely combination of being a couple who are thoroughly relaxed about details, but have loads of lovely ones to show off, from a spectacular protea bouquet to one of the most darling mismatched bridesmaid lineups I ever did see. And that’s probably thanks to the talents of the lovely Theresa of Creation Events, who styled and planned the event to perfection, joining a team of talented pros that included the awesome Cheryl McEwan and hair and makeup stylista supreme, Ida Webster.
Goodness greenery! I’m loving this whole trend, and not least because of how bouquets are turning all shades of green. I mean, I love colour, but there’s just something so fresh and beautiful about a classic bouquet made up of different green varieties and maybe some soft white blooms for extra romance! Don’t you agree? Well, even if you don’t, by the end of this roundup you almost certainly will, because it’s chock full of green bouquets that will make you swoon! Good luck picking a favourite! ;)
You know, I might have been doing this wedding blogging gig for a while (and thousands of brides might have stopped in for inspiration along their journey) but I still get such a thrill when a bride tells me that SBB has been a big part of her planning experience from day one. And when the end result is as heart-stoppingly GORGEOUS as Sandrine & Sam’s wedding? Well, that’s one giant compliment! Everything about this celebration makes my heart sing, not least the reception in the midst of the Molenvliet vines, the incredibly lush florals, and hello – Sandrine’s incredible wedding gown! Serious. Wow. Factor. The couple, together with their superstar planner, Cara of Mosaic Weddings, took A Midsummer Night’s Dream as their inspiration and translated it into a day that manages to be romantic and elegant and utterly magical, with fairy lights everywhere and personal touches, and peeks of floral print complementing those beautiful blooms. Basically, perfection. Shanna Jones took these wonderful pics!
Hello friends! This month we’ve been all about the greenery, but today’s shoot isn’t just about loving botanicals – it’s about wearing them! Inspired by the work of Carol Jillian, who creates botanical and floral couture in Austin, Texas, this talented US-based creative team put together three looks that evoke the Garden of Eden and are pure botanical couture! And since we love bold ideas and fresh inspirations here on SBB, I couldn’t wait to feature them. Even if you’re not going to wear a wedding gown made of foliage, you can still be thoroughly inspired by the gorgeous colour combos, lush tablescapes and sweet treats on display here, thanks to these fabulous images by Ronnie Bliss Photography.
I always say that SouthBound Bride is for couples bound to South Africa by birth, or bound for South Africa as their wedding destination, and I have to say, I always get a little thrill when I see international couples choose our beautiful land for their nuptials. Melanie is from Germany and Oliver was born in Colombia, but it was in Cape Town that they chose to tie the knot, in a gorgeous ceremony and reception that was inspired by Melanie’s love for contemporary interior design. With a palette of midnight blue, rose quartz and blush, an outdoor ceremony next to a horse paddock, and opulent tables overflowing with pink peonies, white Colombian hydrangeas, berries and garden roses, as well as Delft-style vases that bridged the gap between the couple’s story (and their love of travel) and their wedding destination. Needless to say, they were in the best hands with their planners, the forever awesome Wedding Concepts, who took the couple’s fresh ideas and turned them into trend-setting splendour. Tyme Photography took these utterly gorgeous pics.
Josephine Art Deco Old European Cut Diamond and Emerald Engagement Ring by Victor Barbone Jewelry
I’ve got to tell you, I am LOVING this whole trend of alternative engagement rings. I mean, don’t get me wrong, diamonds are gorgeous, but then again, so are the many alternative stones that you can use. I am such a jewellery girl myself, and seeing what the options are once a bride opens up to something different has me in full-scale “ooh, I want that!” mode. Take this collection from Etsy, for example. Green stones aren’t an automatic choice for an engagement, sure. And when I think green stones, I only really think emerald (which I love). But tsavorite, sapphire, moissanite, peridot… it’s a whole ‘nother world. From platinum to rose gold to yellow, the options are kind of endless, and you’re sure to fall in love with at least one of them – I know I did! (Links in bold denote affiliate links. The cost to you remains the same, but SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.)
As we end of another week we’re in for a treat, since today’s wedding combines both greenery (this month’s theme, after all!) and a trip to tropical Mozam for a gorgeously intimate oceanside bash! Michelle and Jacques picked an elegant beachy resort for their destination-I-do, filled it with green foliage and crisp white linens (and a touch of smart navy) and then threw a fabulous party under the fairy lights and the stars. And today we get to be their special guests, thanks to these lovely pics by Marne Photography!
In between all the lush extra-ness of weddings these days, one word I keep hearing is ‘minimalist’ (actually, I keep hearing minimalistic – not a word people, look it up). And this less-is-more approach is what today’s inspiration is all about. Clean lines, geometric shapes, bold florals. It may be simple, but WOW does it ever make a statement! Beautifully put together by Coral of Epanouir flower studio and photographed by Debbie Lourens, this pared down style is one of the key looks of the moment, so if you’re the kind of bride who’d rather wear a slip than a ballgown, carry a single bloom instead of a cascade, and rolls your eyes when you see a flower wall, this one’s for you.
When a wedding is held at one of our absolute favourite venues, you know you’re in for a treat! Nick and Candice picked The Dairy Shed in Durbanville for their big day and then filled this rustic chic venue with the most gorgeous opulent organic flowers, from a chandelier overflowing with greenery and rich wintery burgundy and pink blooms, to a circular floral arch that has me utterly smitten! And when Candice walked down the aisle in her breathtaking Cindy Bam gown (along with her bridesmaids rocking their Jacoba frocks!) it heralded the start of an unforgettable winters day that went on through the glamorous reception onto the outdoor dancefloor, which the lovebirds opened in style. And hello, donut wall! Love everything about this, including the gorgeous pics captured by Tiffany B.