20 Beautiful Keepsake Wedding Vow Books

Personalized Vow Books by Dawn Naomi Calligraphy

So here’s a darling little wedding stationery trend I personally love: vow books. Personalised vows are for many modern couples a very meaningful part of their ceremony, and definitely something to remember and cherish. Vow booklets or journals serve the dual purpose of being a pretty way to keep your vows handy on the day (better than whipping out a crumpled piece of paper anyway!) and being a beautiful memento to refer back to over the years. I wish they’d existed when one of my closest friends got married – I helped her scribble down her vows on a scrap of paper and after the ceremony she asked for a copy and I had no idea where they were by then (something I felt bad about for a decade until she told me just the other day she’d had them all along, whew!) Some of our talented local South African stationers have caught on to the trend (I especially LOVE this set from Blooming Wonderful), but you’ll also find some really lovely options on Etsy. I’ve rounded up 20 faves!
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Greenery & Lace Wedding at Imperfect Perfection by Aline Photography

This wedding is all about the pairing of beautiful elements – each lovely on their own, but even better together. Greenery and lace. Rustic and vintage. Bride and groom, Rozanne and Hennie! All a perfect match. I love the simplicity of white lace against the wild succulents, and sweet DIY details like the bridesmaids’ wreath bouquets or the miles of pretty lace bunting made by Rozanne’s mom. But I think my favourite element is the oh-so-original (and oh-so-South African!) use of vintage wrought iron burglar bars as a base for hanging centrepieces. I mean, seriously. Burglar bars! It’s genius! And so pretty. There’s loads here to inspire, and with dreamy pictures by Aline Photography, it’s the perfect way to start your week.

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Lilac & Lavender Wedding Dresses

Lilac Tulle Wedding Dress by Anturag Studio

It’s official: lilac is the new blush! With bold Ultra Violet being the colour of the year and the bridal runways featuring some beautiful lavender and lilac gowns in the last shows, purple is definitely having a moment right now. And while I’m not always the biggest fan of bright purple, I am LOVING the softer shades of the spectrum on brides right now! It’s like blush, but a little more grown up and sophisticated, and it reminds me of fields full of lavender in Provence, or soft purple pastel blooms. SO pretty. We’ve rounded up 20 of our fave lilac and lavender wedding dresses from Etsy to inspire you.
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Whimsical Colourful Wedding at White Light by Jack & Jane

This wedding is a delight, start to finish! A palette that’s like a breath of spring air (even though it took place in winter) – pastels and brights all mixed in like a meadow of wildflowers. A blush beauty of a wedding dress that’s as whimsical as they come, covered as it is with tiny butterflies (and if you’ve ever been into a butterfly house you’ll know what a magical experience that is, so I just love this idea!). Bridesmaids in glittering rose gold, an aisle lined with flowerpots, a groom in fashionable tweed, hanging flowers, watercolour stationery, bunnies…! Amy and Mark’s gorgeous big day had all of it and was filled with colour and love, right down to the shower of confetti that rained down on them as they took their first steps to music as husband and wife. The wonderful Jack and Jane were there to take these fantastic pictures!

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Pretty Rustic Forest Wedding at De Uijlenes by Yeah Yeah Photography

A magical forest is always a good idea for a wedding ceremony backdrop – just take a look at this delightful De Uijlenes celebration captured by Yeah Yeah Photography if you have any doubt! Bride and groom, Nicky and Max, drew their inspiration from the raw beauty of this spectacular setting, incorporating natural materials and handmade details throughout. The bride wore a beautiful boho gown with a floral crown, while the groom rocked a waistcoat perfect for a rustic summer do. And with watercolour stationery and fairy lights a-twinkling, this whole gallery of images is a breath of fresh air!

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Beach Meets Bushveld Wedding at Grootbos by Charlene Schreuder

Some weddings really strike a chord for me and I feel like this is one of them. Beach, bush, laughter, origami? Tom and Tammy are totally in my Whatsapp group, so to speak. The South African lad and English rose met in Cape Town and wed on the Cape shores at Grootbos, in a beach ceremony that was the perfect amount of casual, personal, and fun. Not to mention breathtakingly beautiful with that pounding surf and endless sky. Afterwards, it was the best of both worlds, as they adjourned to Grootbos’ boma for a safari lodge style reception under trees covered in fairy lights. And with dozens of animals in attendance (paper ones on every table – seriously the coolest origami detail I’ve ever seen, and such a gorgeous African touch!), they partied the night away with their loved ones. Sigh. The wonderful Charlene Schreuder was on the scene to¬† take these gorgeous pictures.

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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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What’s Your Bridal Style?

Time for some styling inspiration! Earlier this year, Ted Baker launched the latest installment in his fabulous Tie the Knot collection, which is such a gorgeous range of high street wedding gowns (plus accessories and bridesmaid dresses). And while some of my favourite gowns were only available in store, last month they moved to online availability too, which is brilliant news for those of us who live out of the UK or can’t make it to a Ted Baker store in person! The five new SS18 dresses really caught my imagination – each one has a personality all its own! I immediately started picturing the kind of wedding they would be perfect for, and I’ve created a styling scrapbook for each one. Let’s get inspired!
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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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20 Magical Forest Wedding Ceremony Setups

Forest Wedding Ceremony with Origami Cranes | Credit: Carolien & Ben (8)

Carolien & Ben/Secunda Bloemiste on SouthBound Bride

I remember featuring my first forest wedding a few years back, and wondering if it was a trend that would be a hit with SA brides and grooms. Well, safe to say, the answer is hell yes. You all LOVE a woodland wedding, and in the past couple of seasons it’s been a pleasure not only to share a number of seriously gorgeous forest wedding ceremonies, but to see many SA venues create forest ceremony spaces that rival the best in the world (if you’re looking for ideas of where to host your wedding in the woods, just check out our archive). I thought it was high time I rounded up some gorgeous ceremony setups amongst the trees to inspire!

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