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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Japanese Inspired Wedding at The 12 Apostles Hotel by Kaitlyn De Villiers

When it comes to wedding industry pros, I think there’s a lot of pressure when it comes time for them to plan their own weddings (at this point I think I would just elope LOL), but they do have one huge advantage, and that’s knowing the best people to help pull off a spectacular big day. With friends like these, it’s easy to exceed expectations! And that’s just what happened for bride Melissa of Blackeyed Susan, and her sweetheart Louis, when they married in a gorgeous Cape Town celebration inspired by Japanese design. With a clear vision of the aesthetic they wanted to achieve, they briefed their suppliers and then let them work their creative magic, and the result is STUNNING. The cake, the flowers, and of course the setting! And that’s before we even talk about Melissa’s cap sleeve, ivory lace bodice gown, which of course she decided to create herself (because after all, who knows a designer’s vision better than herself?) Again, she incorporated Japanese elements here to fabulous effect, including an obi belt and a traditional Kanzashi. This really is something special, and it was captured to perfection by Kaitlyn De Villiers Photography!

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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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Festive Forest Wedding at Die Woud by Hayley Takes Photos

Festive Forest Wedding at Die Woud | Image: Hayley Takes Photos

Forest wedding lovers brace yourselves, because this woodland chic celebration will knock your socks off! Amy and Gerhard knew a forest wedding was the right call for them because they love taking forest walks (love that they brought their guests into this personal element of their relationship with the venue!) and didn’t look any further than Die Woud, with its glass marquee hidden amongst the trees and feeling of being lost in a kind of fairytale world. They hung the branches with ribbons, decorated the reception space with woody touches like branch votives, moss, and the most spectacular hanging floral branches, then contrasted that rustic loveliness with cut glass vases and sparkling chandeliers, and invited their nearest and dearest into this magical little space to celebrate their love. One of my fave touches has to be Amy’s heirloom wedding dress, which was remade from her late mom’s Chantilly lace gown into a stunning off the shoulder beauty that perfectly blended something old and something new. Hayley Takes Photos took these wonderfully moody pics.

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Inspiration Board: Autumn Botanical

I think it’s time for me to finally admit defeat and acknowledge that autumn is here (actually, winter really, but at least we’re always a little bit behind in Durban, weather-wise!). And while I’m always super sad to let summer go, I do love the coziness of the colder months, cuddling up with my spaniel under a warm blanket, hot chocolate and cookies, hot baths, etc. And of course, the rich autumn colour palettes! As you know, I love a fresh take on a classic palette, so for today’s inspiration board, I’ve turned to one of this year’s quiet heroes: dusty blue. Millennial Pink and Ultra Violet might be getting all the press, but the more soft and subtle blue is everywhere, making a beautiful cool base for so many other lovely shades. And while it’s more closely associated with the other seasons, it works just as well for fall, especially when paired with other muted shades like a matte forest green and a very soft mustard, as I have here, for a fine art, botanical feel that’s a gorgeously fresh take on the autumn look. What do you think?
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Top row (l-r): Elegant Autumn Bride (Heather Burris Photography/Amanda Blair by Design/Sweet Caroline Styles) | Tablescape (Sawyer Baird/TOAST Santa Barbara) | Semi-naked Drip Donut Cake (Tiffaney Childs Photography)
Row 2: Autumn Couple (Moira West) | Dusty Blue Botanical Wedding Invitation (Minted) | Blue Tweed Suit (ASOS)
Row 3: Centrepiece (Hannah Duffy Photography/Louise Beukes of BLOVED Blog/Bo Boutique) | Escort Cards with Flowers (Joey Kennedy Photography/Lora Kelley/Mallory Joyce) | Dusty Blue Bridesmaid Dresses (Erin Stubblefield Weddings and Portraiture/Magnolias)

Dusty Blue Autumn Botanical Wedding Inspiration Board | SouthBound Bride

Row 1: Norma J Skirt in Slate by Sweet Caroline Styles | Row 2: ASOS Slim Suit in Blue Mini Check (left); floral noir Wedding Invitation from Minted (right) | Row 3: Gray Blue Silk Ribbon by Krasnova Silk | Row 4: Dusty Blue Gauze Napkins by Linen Lark (top left); Dusty Blue Printable Table Numbers by Heaven and Fifth Studio (bottom left); LAICIGO Womens Cross Wrap Off The Shoulder Sweater (top right); Dusty Blue Flower Comb by Marolsha (centre right); Elegant Navy Blue Dripless Taper Candles (bottom right)


How to Steal Harry & Meghan’s Royal Wedding Style

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It’s official! Harry and Meghan (aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) are married! And with a guest list that meshed Hollywood royalty with actual royalty, the Royal Wedding 2018 is certain to go down as the wedding of the year. I’ve seen lots of mixed opinions about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress and big day style in general but I personally LOVED it – I think the gown was incredibly chic and looked stunnning on her, and that she accessorised it to perfection. I have a feeling it’ll go down as being just as iconic as the gown Princess Catherine wore a few years ago, and I have no doubt that many brides-to-be will be influenced by Meghan’s minimalist elegance, both at the wedding ceremony itself, and at the evening reception, where she wore a halter neck gown and aquamarine cocktail ring. Want to get a bit of Markle sparkle for your big day? Or get your groom kitted out like Harry (minus the military uniform, unless he’s actual in the forces, obvs)? We’ve got you covered! From jewellery to dresses to a classic black tux, here are ten ways you can steal a bit of Harry and Meghan’s wedding style for yourself. *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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Forest Food Truck Wedding at Helderberg Farm by Cheryl McEwan

Forest Food Truck Wedding | Image: Cheryl McEwan

In an enchanted forest setting, surrounded by their nearest and dearest, Kelly and Shaun’s dream wedding came to life. The couple decided to do as much as they could themselves, bringing their personalities into every detail they handcrafted and styled for their woodland ceremony and reception, from decor to favours. Love that! And I also LOVE that they decided on food truck catering, because OMG how fun, right? Forests and food trucks – two of our favourite things. No wonder there are so many happy smiles in these gorgeous pics captured by SBB fave Cheryl McEwan. Let’s take a peek shall we?

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Bold Feminine Industrial Wedding at The Old Tannery by Jenni Elizabeth

Bold Feminine Industrial Same Sex Wedding | Image: Jenni Elizabeth

You guys, THIS WEDDING. I first came across Mitzi and Klara’s big day on Insta, since Mitzi is one of SA’s top DJs (and has been featured multiple times on SBB) as DJ Chopper. I was instantly in love. An outdoor ceremony and reception in an unpolished, industrial setting, filled with bright blooms and tropical greenery, a tangible feeling of love and celebration, and two beautiful brides who clearly couldn’t keep their eyes off one another. I adore the bold palette of black and metallics underpinning pops of gorgeous colour, and the way that even though the couple chose an open, non-weddingy space (in the traditional sense), it has such a feeling of warmth and intimacy thanks to that palette, combined with clever lighting and reflective, transparent elements. Best of all, it looks like it was an absolute blast! The super talented Jenni Elizabeth was behind the camera, and was gracious enough to share these lovely images with us today. (PS Be sure to read the proposal story – so adorable!)

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15 Meghan Markle Style Three Stone Engagement Rings

15 Meghan Markle Style Trinity Engagement Rings | SouthBound Bride

Round Brilliant Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring by MS Jewelers

With just over a week until the Royal Wedding, speculation is running wild as to Meghan Markle’s wedding dress. But before the big debut, there’s one element of her wedding style you can steal: her three stone engagement ring. This classic, trinity engagement ring setting, with the three stones said to symbolise ‘yesterday, today, and tomorrow’, has been given a revival by Meghan and Harry’s engagement ring choice, and is now one of 2018’s hottest engagement ring trends. So of course, I just had to go and search Etsy for the prettiest three stone rings I could find, in a range of metals, diamond shapes, and price points. One thing’s for sure – all of them will leave you feeling a little more regal! *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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