A Bride Abroad #2: The Inspiration

When I was about 12 years old, I was driving in the car with my dad when a beautiful song by Ray Charles came on the radio. Turning the volume up, I mentioned to him that one day I want this man to play at my wedding. Without a beat, he immediately responded with a very determined “you shouldn’t be thinking of marriage yet, you’re far too young!” The fact is, most girls dream of that big day from a very young age and I was no exception. From the tiniest details, to the bigger meaning behind the “I do’s”, I LOVE a good old wedding bash!

Source: Just Jack

Chris and I have always known that we want a relaxed, fun wedding where people can kick off their shoes and just enjoy themselves. Which is why a barn-style celebration is what we’ve decided on. Think farm shed, hay bales, bunting, indigenous flowers and a truly South African touch to the décor. Want “local” is mos lekker!

Sources (clockwise from top left): Place setting {Mark Tattersall via Love My Dress}; succulents {Mary Swenson via Project Wedding}; envelopes with hearts {Celadon Home}; roses {Colin Miller via Colin Cowie}; table {Natural Light Photography}; bride and proteas {Bernard Bravenboer on SBB}; bell jar and table number {Gavin Casey on SBB}; bride and groom {Love Made Visible}; boat house {Christine Meintjes via The Pretty Blog}.

Since our engagement, the internet has been my best friend. I spend hours going through wedding, décor and photography blogs to find my inspiration. Ladies, if you haven’t discovered the myriad of awe-inspiring blogs out there, get cracking. All your answers are one click away. This is especially of importance to other “brides abroad”. Not only do you have pages and pages of prettiness to look through, but you can find some very handy information on vendors and suppliers. When the frustration of being far away from home and planning things long-distance starts getting to me, these are the little bits of magic that give me that excited feeling which warms my heart.

Sources (clockwise from top left): LOVE sign {welovepictures via Bridal Musings}; paper straws {Beve}; table decor & place setting {welovepictures via Bridal Musings}

Sources (left to right): protea bouquet {via Wedding Inspirations}; linens and proteas under glass {Cari Photography via The Pretty Blog}; succulent cake {Allori Photography via Style Me Pretty}

Sources (clockwise from top left): photo garland {via Ruffled}; sign {via Style Me Pretty}; shoes {via Style Me Pretty}; bride and groom {Jean Pierre Uys}


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