Let’s get tropical! Yes, I know, it’s winter outside in SA (belieeeeeeve me I know – I spent last weekend huddled round a fire in Dullstroom), but that also makes it the perfect time to start thinking ahead for the next summer season. Tropical prints are SO hot right now, and with brands like Show Me Your Mumu really making this look popular in the last year, I thought it was time to round up some of my favourite tropical bridesmaid lineups. If you’re planning a beach or destination wedding, or just love this summery look, then prepare to be inspired! *Shopping sources in this post use affiliate links. This means SBB may earn a commission if you make a purchase from our links.
One of my fave things about running SBB is that, even though I love all the beautiful, elegant, ethereal, fine art style weddings and shoots that cross my desk, every now and again, something bright and bold and proudly, uniquely South African lands in my inbox and announces its presence like the happy toot of a vuvuzela. And I LOVE it. Today’s wedding is one of these fabulous, colourful creatures, a celebration of everything Jozi and South Africa, full of fun and romance. Bride and groom Samantha and Richard met in Johannesburg, and since it formed such a vital part of their story, they decided to opt for an urban celebration that was pure modern Joburg, from the rooftop ceremony venue with the city skyline on display to the African print bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s accessories, to florals like proteas and strelizias, right on down to the food (from the couple’s favourite Melville restaurant). It’s fierce and fun, and totally awesome. Judith Belle captured these images of the big day.
It’s official, embroidered wedding dresses are officially a thing! The runways at NY Bridal Week were full of them, with an especial leaning towards embroidered floral dresses. And I have to say, I personally love this look. It adds a special handmade element to any gown, as well as a touch of colour, and something unique. Perfect for a bold bride who wants something a little different, or a boho bride who loves a bit of a folksy feel. Etsy has also reported a surge in search for the term ‘embroidered bridalwear‘ too, and in researching this trend, I found it was one of the best places to source gorgeous embroidered dresses. So of course I had to round up my faves, from Etsy and beyond (including a couple of designer formal dresses that could easily double as alternative bridalwear). And if you love the look but want something more traditional for yourself, I’ve included a roundup for embroidered bridesmaid dresses at the end too! Links in bold denote affiliate links. The cost to you remains the same, but SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.
Minimalist brides get ready, because I’m about to blow your socks off with this gorgeously modern, elegant shoot from Kristen Kay Photography! Showing off a carefully curated collection of gowns from Grey Pearl Bridal Gallery by North American designers against the expansive backdrop of a stunning multi-million dollar mansion, this is all about pushing the boundaries while at the same time maintaining a sense of form and harmony. As Kristen says: “I wanted to push myself with shooting film and pushing the film in harsh lighting.” The result is breathtaking!
Some weddings you just take one look at and you know they were SUPER fun to attend! Talia and Andre’s big day has joy and vibrancy written all over it, from Talia’s gorgeous convertible gown, to an aisle lined with hearts, to a reception that kicked off with Israeli dancing, right down to bottles of Autumn Harvest on the tables as a tribute to the groom’s dubious taste in first date wine and a unique way to toast the newlyweds. It’s no surprise this pair kept the party going long into the night! But beyond the fun, the wedding also has a sense of simple elegance, like the greenery garlands hanging in their clear marquee, or the understated colour scheme of lilac, silver, green and white, or the bride’s silver botanical crown. And with Juliette Bisset‘s beautiful photographs to bring the day to life, this is one you don’t want to miss!
Not to stress you guys out, but when it comes to your wedding ‘vibe’, there’s one major factor that comes into play… and you have almost no control over it. A great DJ can turn an okay reception into the kind of party your guests will remember and be talking about for years to come. It leaves a lasting impression. So how to get it right? Well, the one thing you DO have control over is who you hire. Someone who ‘gets it’ – who’s passionate about music, can read a crowd, and comes highly recommended by other brides and grooms. Those are all reasons we love Silkmusic, but our favourite reason to work with them is that Silkmusic have such a hands-on approach, and work with each couple to choose the entertainment that speaks to their individual taste, and perfectly enhances their special day. From creating a bespoke playlist to additional services such as a sax percussionist accompanying a house-spinning DJ, a jazz band, bespoke dance floors, and even lighting solutions, working with Ryan and his team is one decision you won’t regret. And with dates booking up well into 2019, it’s one you’ll want to make soon, to avoid disappointment! Let’s find out a little more about these awesome SBB Directory service providers, shall we?
Love at first sight. Whether you believe in it or not, that’s what happened to Michelle and Devon. And it was love at first sight for SBB when it came to their gorgeous wedding too! Rich red hues, candlelight, proteas everywhere, a cozy fire crackling in the fireplace at their reception, a gin bar, a drip cake… everything wonderful, basically! And with these gorgeous pictures by Claire Thompson to bring the couple’s big day to life for us, the dream is complete.
Time for some beautiful inspiration! I’m currently loving the whole fine art look, and today’s styled shoot from SBB faves Kate Bell for Bells & Whistles Event Styling and Stella Uys, as well as a talented back up team of vendors, is a beautiful marriage of that dreamy fine art wedding aesthetic and autumn styling. It has that gorgeous sort of glow too- like early evening, or late summer sunlight, or as Kate so poetically titled it: “the first leaves of fall”. From the triumph of a cake to the beautiful table to the on-trend dry flower bouquet and bridal separates, this is perfect inspiration for an elegant and romantic autumn soiree! All the swoons happening here right now.
Desert wedding inspiration has been HUGE this year, you guys, and I’m loving it! But while most of the desert wedding shoots I see have an ethereal quality and are all about muted pastels and mixed neutrals, today’s shoot is ALL about the colour. Pops of bright blue, red, yellow, orange, and coral pink to be precise, which work so beautifully against boho neutrals and the South African cacti vegetation. It’s reminiscent of Southwestern style, prevalent in one of my other all time fave places, Santa Fe in New Mexico, and I just love how patterns and textures are used here to create something we don’t usually see in South African wedding design (but which looks right at home). Bravo to the team, including photographer Mila Photography and stylist Iets Niets – you all did a gorgeous job!
Y’all know how much I love a multi-cultural wedding – the fusion of cultures and families (smooshed together with family and friends from all around the world) makes me so happy. To me, this is what weddings are all about: two souls finding one another in the vast world, and joining their lives together to create something beautiful and new. Today’s wedding is all of these things – April and Avi come from across the world from one another and have different cultural heritages and religious backgrounds, but found each other at college in the US, making this one of the most uniquely international weddings I’ve come across. And where better to tie the knot than in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa? The day was filled with colour and happiness, with two different celebrations, three gorgeous gowns, acknowledgement of all those influences (including SA, with some Zulu dancing, yay!), old traditions and new friendships. It’s appropriate that April and Avi chose an umbrella motif for their big day too, because that’s really what it did: bring everything they love under one big beautiful umbrella. Hayley Takes Photos was there to capture these wonderful images of the day.