Magical Midsummer Night’s Dream Inspired Wedding at Collisheen Orchid House by Roxanne Davison

Magical Midsummer Night's Dream Inspired Wedding with a McCarthy Wolff Dress | Image: Roxanne Davison

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a talented wedding dress designer gets married – well, you’re about to find out. I’m a HUGE fan of emerging South African bridal house, McCarthyWolff – their dresses are utterly breathtaking and unique. So when the wedding of one of the founders, Jane, and her sweetheart, Ben, turned up in my inbox I knew it was going to be amazing. And was I ever right. Jane and Ben were inspired by magical woodland weddings and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and created something completely intimate and unique and beautiful (and I do mean created, because they handmade most of this wedding with the help of family and friends!). On the tables, a forest of dried floral ‘trees’ (um, wow) paired with black linens and twinkle lights, made for a magical fairytale atmosphere, perfectly matching the elegance of the bridal party with their herb bouquets and black velvet gowns (and suit for Jane’s bridesman Dale, the other half of McCarthy Wolff). And then there’s the dress. This dress! As befitting a fashion queen, it is an absolute showstopper, a gorgeous cascade of tulle and ribbon flowers and tiny pearls that has me completely obsessed. Forget ready-to-wear – this is ready-to-WOW. Capturing it all are these gorgeous images by Roxanne Davison.

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Greenhouse Romance Wedding Inspiration by Pear & Bear Photography

Greenhouse Romance Wedding Inspiration | Image: Pear & Bear Photography

So as you know, we’re currently crushing on everything sheer and transparent and luminous and lovely, and that includes venues. And while we have some of the coolest glass marquee venues in SA, I have a particular love for greenhouse weddings – something about greenhouses in general that’s sort of vintage and elegant, and then combined with botanical wedding details… well, they get me every time. Which is probably why I fell madly in love with this gorgeously moody greenhouse wedding inspiration the second I laid eyes on it. From the beautiful peachy blush florals to the luxe Jenny Packham gown, it really captures that vintage elegance I was talking about, with a modern, playful edge. Absolutely gorgeous work from Anna at Pear & Bear Photography, and the talented team that came together to make this magic happen! Let’s step inside the greenhouse…

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Whimsical Rustic Wedding at Rockhaven by Creation Events & Tasha Seccombe

Whimsical Rustic South African Wedding | Image: Tasha Seccombe

A super chic backless satin Gwendolynne gown with the prettiest lace sleeves. A spectacular bouquet that’s making me rethink my general aversion to pairing red and blue. A reception decked out in hundreds of fairy lights and flowers and bulbs all cascading from the ceiling. Yep, I’m pretty sure you could say that Katie & Charles-Eric’s wedding style game is strong! This Aussie-based couple put their trust in the extremely capable hands of Theresa Lazarevic of Creation Events, a long time friend of SBB, who brought their whimsical rustic vision to life and left them to have the day of their dreams from first look to last dance (the latter thanks to the fabulous DJ West of The Wedding DJ’s. Tasha Seccombe took these gorgeous photos – needless to say, I’m crushing on every one!

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Bright & Berry-toned Wedding at The Venue Kavinga by Inecke Photography

Jessica and Kyle are a bubbly, happy-go-lucky couple, so a vanilla wedding was never going to be for them. Out with beige and blush, and in with bright, vibrant florals in berry and jewel tones, a forest of lush greenery hanging from the ceiling (making the reception space feel intimate and cosy) and more punches of colour in everything from the confetti to Kyle’s tie. Fun, right? You’d never believe it was a winter wedding, with all those warm colours, as well as the Persian carpets that were placed throughout both ceremony and reception, the bridesmaids’ beautiful separates, and the reflection of candlelight and Edison bulbs on the touches of gold on the tables. Way to glow! And talking of glowing, doesn’t the happy couple do just that in these pretty pictures from Inecke Photography?

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Dark Botanical Floral Wedding at Florence Farm by Grace Studios

Lush Cascade Bouquet | Image: Grace Studios

Take note, SouthBound brideys, because this is what trendsetting is all about! Jewel tone florals are the look of the moment, but Ronel and Bryden’s wedding takes them to a whole new level, setting the colourful botanicals against a moody black backdrop that really makes them pop! Tables overflowing with blooms, a jawdropping bouquet, hanging greenery chandeliers, an INSANELY gorgeous Casey Jeanne dress from the fab Calegra Bridal House, and let’s not forget the stunning rustic backdrop and the forest ceremony! Oh so very chic. You guys are going to love every single detail, and all of it so very beautifully pictured by the super talented Grace Studios, whose work I absolutely love!

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Lush Secret Garden Wedding at Zonnevanger by Sonje Ludwick

A marquee overflowing with flowers, hung with bowers of greenery, edison bulbs twinkling, whimsical china, pops of fuschia and candy pink – all in a lush, green garden setting. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Well folks, that’s the setting for this gorgeous intimate celebration, with sort of an Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden vibe. Sjaun and Anita came from London to celebrate their big day and they did it in style, with their closest friends and family, in a wedding that looks like it was as much fun as it was pretty. And with pretty pictures by Sonje Ludwick, whimsical brides will be pinning to your hearts content!

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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Videographer with Barefeet Videography

In all the years I’ve been running SBB, there’s two words I often hear brides and grooms say in tones of regret: wedding video. Why? Well, it turns out some people don’t think they want one – at least, until they don’t have one. And then, once the flowers have died and the honeymoon tan has faded, and they’re trying to remember what it was the best man said that had everyone in tears, or a guest mentions this hilarious thing that happened while they were across the room and wouldn’t it be awesome if they had that on video, there’s that feeling of woulda shoulda coulda. But that’s not you, right? No! You’ve already planned to have the most awesome South African wedding video of all time, made by the most awesome South African wedding videographers ever, right? The only problem is, who are they? And how do you figure that out? Fortunately help is here, in the form of the very lovely Barefeet Videography team (who as you may have guessed, really are awesome). They’re sharing the five questions you must ask when choosing a wedding videographer, as well as their top wedding video tips along the way.

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20 Chic & Sheer Wedding Dresses

The Elle Gown by Elika In Love

This month we’re highlighting the transparency trend that’s one of the biggest 2018 wedding trends. But while transparent normally makes me think of acrylic and glass, there’s a whole barely there trend going on in bridal too. Sheer wedding dresses are where it’s at – a chic, sexy, super feminine way of expressing your fashionable self that I absolutely love. From the established illusion neckline and illusion back style, to nude lade gowns and sheer fabrics, to sheer panels showing off flashes of ‘skin’ (usually lining, in fact, which makes the look ironically and surprisingly quite modest), the whole thing is sheer perfection! We’ve rounded up 20 BREATHTAKING gowns from Etsy to inspire! *Links in bold denote affiliate links. The cost to you remains the same, but SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.

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Tropical Transparency Wedding Inspiration

Tropical Transparency Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoot | Credit: Ruth Eileen Photography

So excited to share this gorgeous shoot with you today, friends! This month we’re celebrating all the many gorgeous elements making up the hottest 2018 wedding trend: transparency. From see-through stationery to sheer dresses, I am loving every bit of this chic modern look, and today’s shoot is exactly why. A minimalist Brooklyn loft overlooking the New York skyline is the perfect location for a look that manages to be classic and contemporary at the same time. The team, including stylist CCL Weddings And Events decked the glass tabletop with a mix of clear, marble and metallic decor that really let every piece shine. As you know, I am kind of obsessed with tropical greenery, and I adore the way that palm leaves and ferns are paired here with soft yellow blooms – so eyecatching! (And hello, delicious monster wedding cake – OBSESSED.) The acrylic stationery is stunning- again pairing those clear elements with gold and marble to stunning effect. The model bride rocked a super stylish minimalist wedding gown, and of course there were cocktails. And on top of all that, a spectacular ceremony area bringing the tropics to the city, with a stunning tropical arch framing that famous skyline, and plexiglass boxes filled with fauna. There’s just SO much to inspire you here – not least the magnificent pics by Ruth Eileen Photography!

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Boho Luxe Forest Wedding at Shalwyn by Oh Happy Day and Carmen Roberts

Mismatched Boho Bridesmaids | Credit: Carmen Roberts

Just when you think you’ve seen boho weddings get as amazing as they’re ever going to get, this one comes in and is like: “Hold my beer.” Every picture from Carmen Roberts is so shut-the-front-door beautiful, you can’t help but stop and stare – it’s almost hard to believe it’s real life (that is, if it weren’t for the smitten looks on bride and groom Lisa and Russel’s faces – can’t fake that!). So how do I describe it? Well, boho sure. Glamorous (especially with the bridesmaids in their red-lip-slinky-dress-faux-fur getup which pretty much wins the mismatched style prize forever – and wait till you see Lisa’s gown!). Natural and Rustic. A little Game of Thrones, as talented event designer (and bridesmaid!) Joelene of Oh Happy Day pointed out. It’s a winter wedding in the forest, and it’s both on trend (pampas arch!) and beyond trend, if that makes any sense. It probably doesn’t. I think it pretty much defies definition, so I’ll stop talking and you start looking. Because however else you want to define it, it’s GORGEOUS.

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