We’re going glam this afternoon! This opulent styled shoot from a team including photographer Jeanne Taylor, and stylist and designer Ronelda Rhode, is all about showcasing some stunning, modern gowns, set against tumbling orchids, a geometric ceremony backdrop, and gorgeously shiny golden foliage by the talented Nico from N Concepts and Design. It’s autumn wedding style, but with extra extra-ness. Think: orchid boa level extra. And as well as being lovely to look at and perfect for all you dark and moody tone brides, it’s also a great example of how with a bit of creativity, you can combine natural textures and modern elements for a fusion that’s surprising and visually delightful. And let’s be honest: FIERCE. Enjoy!
We’re kicking off our week with some serious urban bohemian fabulousness! This gorgeously indie styled shoot comes all the way from Brooklyn, via a team of talented US pros, including photographer, Kaleigh Rae Photography, and stylist, Enchanted Allure Events. And this isn’t just any styled shoot. It follows a couple from getting ready all through their ceremony to the reception decor, which I love, because it shows how all the ideas could really be used in a real wedding, and not just set up for the cameras. For example, the team incorporated floral hoops throughout – as bridesmaid bouquets, as ceremony decor, and hung on chairs and from the ceiling in the reception space – which shows how decor can be repurposed throughout the day to create consistency in design as well as serve your budget well. Another thing I love is how authentic this shoot is – seriously, it is just a bundle of fun, with genuine laughter all day long, just like a wedding day should be. And let’s take a moment to talk about the colour scheme, which is next level pastel pink and blue – right down to the bride’s hair! Yes, your hair can match your wedding! I’m super excited to share this with you all today :)
OMG this engagement shoot though! Literally, when I first came across Amber and Morne’s Cinderella-inspired couple session at Memoire on Instagram, I was totally convinced it was an editorial shoot with models instead of a real engagement, but that’s just because it’s so thoroughly romantic and beautiful (and the couple are so gorgeous!). A breezy spring vibe, a spectacular Elli-Nicole gown embellished with flowers that play perfectly against the blossoms and blooms that surround the couple throughout, a gorgeous vintage car… and of course the most breathtaking images from In Abundance Photography. It really is pure romance, so just take a deep breath and dive on in!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!