Every time I see pictures of Italy (anytime, but especially right now since I have a flight booked in May) all I can think is: TAKE ME THERE. Like, right now. Those of you who have been reading SBB for a while (and anyone who’s ever been around me during the soccer world cup LOL) will know that I’m proudly half Italian, and so the minute this dreamy romantic shoot at a villa looking over the city of Florence crossed my desk I was in LOVE. Can you imagine? The Villa Le Fontanelle includes the villa, a fortress and a beautiful garden in the grounds, and it made an incredible backdrop for this shoot. The talented team, led by planners The Tuscan Wedding, wanted to create a rustic, warm mood using neutral colors such as yellows, greens, browns, and reds. And it is warm, it’s inviting, it’s summery, and it’s oh-so-elegant. So let’s take ourselves there by diving into Storyett‘s dreamy pictures!
If there’s one thing that never fails to inspire me when it comes to weddings, it’s beautiful colours and unique combinations of hues. Which is why today’s shoot made my little heart sing when I received it from a talented US team headed by Kara Taylor Photography and Peachy Keen Coordination . It was inspired by – believe it or not – a suit. A suit in a gorgeous shade called Osprey Blue (isn’t that a wonderful name for a colour?), which combines stunningly with a very soft peachy coral (love this as a soft wedding-friendly alternative to Pantone’s new Colour of the Year, Living Coral). The palette is perfectly complemented by series of soft, romantic details (hand lettered watercolour stationery, with transparent escorts as a modern touch), beautiful blooms, and light and airy images in a lofty neutral space. It’s just LOVELY. So let’s step in and enjoy it, shall we?
Happy 2019, lovely ones! And a huge big special welcome to all of you who are just engaged and joining us on SBB for the first time! We’re kicking off the year with some gorgeous modern boho inspiration with a desert vibe, brought to life by a talented local team. (Start as you mean to go on, I say!) I especially love that this one is an elopement, because styled elopements have become one of my absolute faves recently – I just adore the idea of escaping with your ride or die to the dunes and having a dreamy picnic while the sun goes down, perfectly captured by a photographer like the lovely Jessica Notelo! It also shows you don’t have to go to Morocco or the Mojave to capture this very much on-trend desert style. And OMG you guys the details! Cake, dress, flowers, oh my! Let’s get inspired, shall we?
Happy Halloween! You know, every year at this time, I choose to feature at least one shoot that’s darker than my usual fare – a little bit kookier and spookier, although most haven’t actually been Halloween themed as such. But I don’t think there’s ever been a time where this kind of dark and moody inspiration is also super on-trend. Bold florals popping against black backgrounds and rich jewel toned palettes are definitely the look du jour as we head into the new season, and while this bold, glamorous look isn’t every bride’s cup of tea, it really makes for a stylish and refreshing visual change that is sure to get your guests talking! So while this might be the feast of All Hallows Eve, I think this gorgeous black wedding inspiration from a local team including A Dream Come True Events, Blue Olive Events, and Anna Pepper Photography will be inspiring you SouthBound brides long past the holiday. Let’s get moody!
I’m dreaming of springtime blossoms and cool breezes thanks to this gorgeous inspiration! I love the fusion of styles in this shoot – a little bit woodsy and bohemian, but at the same time, clean and contemporary. The editorial (created by a talented team led by Wren Photography and Juniper & Lace Events) includes includes a beautiful array of textures: wood, macrame, copper, greenery, watercolour. So romantic! The palette keeps things fresh – a stunning combo of deep greens, bright white, and warm copper, that perfectly shows off the natural scenery of Michigan, US, where it takes place. There’s so many details, but no surprise, my fave is the donut wall – these treats are as pretty and on-theme as the flavours are mouth-watering! I also love the idea of a clear marquee and draping to go with the rest of the decor, as it adds an elegant contrast to the more earthy rustic styling of the tablescape. From ceremony styling to florals to food, there’s so much here to inspire a SouthBound bride!
You all know I am a FOOL for editorials that take their inspiration from our beautiful, unique country, South Africa. So you can imagine how excited I have been to share this bold, earthy shoot from a local creative team headed up by Elri Pollard of Because Life Photography, and Impressionant Events. The palette is all burnt sienna and concrete, copper, aloe and bright strelizia orange. And the details are wild and fashion forward, but at the same time super rustic and grounded. I especially love the use of texture – leather, concrete, wood, and sand – as well as the incorporation of some very South African menu items!
We’re starting our week off BEAUTIFUL with today’s styled shoot, an elegant fusion of minimalist and organic style that I am absolutely in love with! It comes courtesy of Carolina Goodwin Photography and her talented team, and features an understated greenery arch, stylish florals, a gorgeously classic cake, and the most amazing stationery! For the tables, a soft white silk linen runner laid with simple greenery interspersed with votives, a napkin tied with more greenery, and a copper calligraphy scroll placecard. Perfection! That’s the thing about this kind of luxe minimalism – the details aren’t many, but every single one of them is carefully chosen and placed and the end result is harmonious and delightful to the eye! Super inspiring. To create it, Carolina says, she “wanted to evoke the spirit of the outdoors by using loose, natural floral arrangements. The movement conveys a sense that they are growing! The use of white negative space highlighted with just simple greenery gives a very earthy and organic feeling that brings elegance with minimal adornment.” Let’s dive in, shall we?
Oh garden weddings, you have my heart! Today’s styled shoot has such a lovely, genteel feel about it – a delicate take on garden wedding style in the most delicious shades of lemon, cream and pale blue (a palette that on its own made me fall right in love!). Shot at the Bramble Tree Estate in Florida, USA, the creative team brought their vision to life with romantic touches like soft linens, vintage plates, gorgeous calligraphy invitations, and a wow-factor gown that is just perfect for the pretty summer vibe! With the bride sporting a beautifully whimsical updo, and the groom handsome but laid back in an open shirt and suit, this is my kind of warm weather wedding style – just add lemonade! Thanks to photographer Amy Saavedra and her team of talents for sharing this prettiness with us!
Summer is finally in the air in this part of the world, and it has me dreaming of days full of sunshine and sweetness. So I couldn’t have been happier when this adorable styled shoot landed in my inbox – inspired entirely by strawberries! The most gorgeous and yummy desserts, a brunch-wedding worthy waffle station, checked tablecloths, watercolour stationery, a strawberry vine bouquet, strawberry mango mint julep cocktails, and of course, the most delectable cake! I just want to step into these photos right now (and eat all the fresh strawberry donuts, obvs)! Dreamed up by Shannon Ford Photography and Natalie of Cake Envy, and turned into reality with a talented team of vendors, it’s just SO pretty! Roll on summer days! (Also, is anyone else hungry?)
Time for some inspiration! I’m loving this sweet little elopement styled shoot, sent over by an American creative team led by Amanda Lauran. Elopements are so en vogue right now, and I love how this one has a bright and beautiful colour palette that contrasts beautifully with the pale neutrals of the Vegas desert that provides the backdrop – so fun! I also love the intimacy of the day, as the bride and groom help one another get ready, before exchanging vows, sharing a small high tea style reception with vintage crockery and a gorgeous naked cake, and then riding off into the sunset on a motorbike. Eloping in Vegas never looked so adorable!