Summer Wedding Inspiration in Moody Tones

The minute I saw today’s shoot, I knew it was spot on for the SouthBound Bride reader! This season y’all have embraced those deep, dark, rich and moody tones: berry reds, black, emerald, rich purple, etc. And while these colours naturally lend themselves to a winter wedding, there’s no reason why you can’t make them work just beautifully for summer too! This styled wedding from Tori Lynn Photography and her team of talented Chicago wedding pros has a romantic, moody vibe and mixes deep autumnal colours with a light feel, making it perfect for any season. No surprises that my favourite element (besides a spectacular lace dress, velum stationery, and a beautiful black cake) is the bride’s protea bouquet – it’s a stunner!

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Love in the Fynbos Bridal Inspiration

We’re closing out our week with some seriously amazing, truly South African bridal inspiration, set amongst the Overberg fynbos. Not only are the gowns just perfect for a free-spirited boho bride and the models all absolutely stunning, but the images and styling are so on point – I have to tell you guys, I’m a little obsessed with these pics. They make me want to jump in a Landie and head for the hills, to soak up some of the wild beauty that is our beloved corner of the planet. Gorgeous work by the team, which included photographers Nina Zimolong and Zach Louw, and MUAH artist Taryn Vogl!

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Modern Marie Antoinette Wedding Inspiration

Fierce fashion, armfuls of beautiful blooms… and cake! I mean, really. What more does a girl need? Today’s gorgeous inspiration shoot comes from a talented Canadian team (led by Kathy Demerchant Photography and Sue Gallo Designs), and brings these elements together in the most stylish of settings – a fashion house in Hamilton, Ontario. With incredible, lush pastel florals and a jawdropping dessert spread (including the prettiest donuts ever!), it’s all a bit Versailles, but in a very modern way, thanks to the clean lines of the contemporary wedding gowns and bold hair and makeup. I imagine this is what Marie Antoinette might have rocked if she’d been a bride today, right down to the sequin jacket. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Autumn Bohemian Glow Wedding Inspiration

We’re off to Plett today with a gorgeous wedding inspiration that brings together a bright and beautiful autumn palette and pairs it with beautiful bohemian details (and dresses!) and super lush florals. I love the touches of dark and moody and luxe styling – black plates, gold flatware, copper details – a great contrast to the more earthy elements. The finishing touch to the shoot is that beautiful sunset glow that shows up in the images. AND of course let’s not forget the black cake with pops of colour AND donuts! There’s so much here for you free-spirited brides and grooms to love! Congrats to the team led by Jacey Searra Photography, Ecozest & Confeti Events – always such a pleasure to share fresh work from our Garden Route friends!

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Modern Mansion Bridal Inspiration

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!

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Autumn Sunlight Wedding Inspiration

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.

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Boho Southwestern Desert Wedding Inspiration

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!

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Moody Eco Chic Wedding Inspiration

Dark and moody weddings are one of the most unexpected trends for me, but I have to say, I am loving the way that these rich palettes add something special and unusual to wedding design. Plus, you know how much I love colour, and even though they’re ‘dark’, that’s just the base of black or grey that forms a backdrop to deep reds and purples and greens, or soft mauves and blues – it’s a truly lovely combination. Today’s styled shoot takes this idea and takes it a step further, combining a moody palette with eco chic wedding ideas – LOVE. With so many couples looking for ways that they can make their wedding more earth friendly or sustainable, this team including photographer Debbie Lourens, as well as stylist Happinest Weddings and floral designer Epanouir Flower Studio, have some fresh ideas and bold inspirations. I’m especially loving the watercolor stationery on seeded paper, as well as the ‘living’ elements to the bride’s attire – such a whimsical alternative to a bouquet! Enjoy.

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The SouthBound Guide to Brunch Weddings

Planning A Wedding Brunch

I have just one word for brunch weddings: LOVE. Seriously, morning weddings are one of my absolute favourites (and I’ve been to a few in my time too). Yes, evening weddings are fun and you can tear up the dancefloor all night long and have your first dance under the stars. But if that’s not your thing, or if maybe you want a more intimate gathering or a chance to appreciate the daytime beauty of your venue, or even if you just want something a bit more different, then planning a wedding brunch could be perfect for you. Plus, I mean, it’s BRUNCH. Who doesn’t love brunch? And some people ask: are brunch weddings boring? Or, are brunch weddings tacky? And the answer on both counts is definitely no. In fact, with a morning wedding, you have the flexibility to make it as casual or as formal as you wish, and with a shorter timeline, you actually have less time to keep your guests amused. And trust me, nothing keeps them amused like great food and drinks, and brunch style weddings are ALL about the menu (foodie couples rejoice)! Bottom line, morning weddings are awesome, so we’ve put together a comprehensive guide full of brunch wedding ideas to help you plan one!
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Sweet Hydrangea Wedding Inspiration

Hydrangea Wedding Cake | Image: Marilize Coetzee

It may be chilly outside, but when it comes to weddings, my love for pastels is never out of season. Dusty blue is such a key colour this year, and paired with soft pink and pinky-lilac, it makes the most beautiful base for a spring or summer celebration – totally romantic and feminine, but sort of clean and elegant at the same time. So today’s styled shoot from Marilize Coetzee Photography, Some Day and their team had me at hello with the palette, and when you add in lovely details from silk linens to dreamy stationery to a gorgeous cake, as well as a touch of the industrial, you have a truly gorgeous combination!

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