Lush Floral Wedding at Forest 44 by Justin Davis {Erine & Niel}

With greenery and foliage weddings being such a huge trend at the moment, sometimes I forget how much I adore weddings that are awash with blooms. And then something special crosses my desk, like today’s gorgeous wedding from photographer Justin Davis. I swear, it took me all of five seconds to fall in love – the bright colours, the hydrangea-filled bouquets, the garden feeling of the wooden planters, the hanging roses, and can we just talk about how much I adore the ‘Come Away with Me’ box hanging above the main table? It’s all just SO romantic. And I’m also crazy for the way that this sense of (slightly vintage) romance translates to the bride’s beautiful lace gown, and the gorgeous getaway car. But I think my favourite of all is the couple’s how-we-met and proposal stories… I dare you to read them without a huge smile on your face! :)Read More

Real Wedding at Forest 44 {Monique & Christo}

Purple, you guys. It’s the new pink. For weddings, anyway. Especially here in the UK, it has really been a breakout colour this summer, but I’m seeing more and more brides pick it in South Africa as well. As versatile, warm and pretty as pink, but with an extra dash of spice and intrigue, it’s no wonder. And today we have another bride and groom who chose it for their big day, in various shades from light to dark. So pretty! But that’s not all I love about Christo and Monique’s wedding, oh no. There are so many fun ideas. The post-ceremony champagne tasting for guests (LOVE this idea). The cohesive stationery ‘brand’. The couple’s shoot at a flying club. And of course, the lacy cake (although when I heard the flavour, I think that the inside might have been even better than the outside!). Photographer Jilda G. was there to capture every moment of these primary school teachers’ (and high school sweethearts’) big day.Read More

Inspiration Board: Love in a Forest

So much excitement today! But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean I would leave you hanging with an inspiration board for this week, and today’s is my favourite kind – a reader request! Maruzaan and her fiance are planning their Cape wedding at the moment, and found their forest venue (Forest 44) through the blog. They’ve decided on a dark purple and lime colour scheme, with a subtle forest theme to match their venue, and I was only happy to oblige with a few ideas. In fact, I found so many lovely forest ideas that it was hard to limit myself! This can really be an issue with some themes, but fortunately when you’re working with your natural surroundings, it’s a bit easier to keep it classy. One that I didn’t include here but totally loved was printing invitations on wood – it looks gorgeous, and gives your guests a subtle hint of what they can expect. But I also loved the use of this tree motif, because trees have so many wonderful connotations, and it can work as a great brand bringing all your stationery together.

This colour scheme is potentially problematic since it can be quite strong, but I think it looks amazing with the forest theme! I think either colour would be too strong as tablecloths or even runners (napkins are great though), but they make amazing accents, especially combined with lots of romantic, crisp white. I loved the use of trees on tables (or, indeed, saplings as favours), bark vases, fragrant pinecones and even a forest-themed dessert table. Purple flowers are so rich and beautiful, and then of course there have to be green wedding shoes! I love this board more every time I look at it – hope you do too Maruzaan!

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Colours: Plum, lime, white and brown

Top row (l-r): Bride (Duet Weddings/Jose Villa); moss ring pillow; forest themed dessert table (Martha Stewart); dark purple bridesmaid dress; table setting (Nikki Meyer)
Row 2: Flower; stationery with tree motif (Lara’s Designs); lime shoes; nest cake topper (Duet Weddings/Jose Villa); twig escort cards
Row 3: Blankets with tree sapling favours (A Stunning Affair/Events by Heather Ham/Meg Perotti); place setting with pine cone; wood vase (Beth Helmsetter/Jose Villa); bride and groom

Real Wedding at Forest 44 {Angela & Nick}

For those of you who follow our inspiration boards here on Cap Classique, you’ll know that aqua is a big colour crush for me at the moment. So you won’t be surprised that I was attracted to this pretty, classic wedding photographed by the super nice Mark Engelbrecht, who was kind enough to send it over a few weeks back. I love that it has loads of sweet personal touches, without trying too hard, and a sort of dreamy serene quality that’s a combination of Mark’s style and a bride and groom who were completely happy and relaxed. Thank you to both of them for opening their hearts to share their day with us! Enjoy!

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Real Wedding at Forest 44 {Ankia & Philip}

I have such a treat for you today! I spotted Ankia and Philip’s wedding on Joanne Markland’s website, and immediately begged her to let me share it with you (thanks Jo!). I fell head over heels for all the charming and original details of this wedding – the walk to church, the feather confetti, all the hearts, the nametags (LOVE that everything was in Ankia’s pretty handwriting – talk about the personal touch!), the bunting, the beyond adorable cake (not to mention a gorgeous couple). When I read Ankia’s description, all those details really came to life, and I was touched by how her friends and family were so involved in creating them. Philip is a lawyer and Ankia is the brand manager for Robertson Winery, and they met on Spring Day (1 September) in their first year at university. She tells me they are quite the opposite when it comes to their personalities, but it’s clear they are still just as crazy about one another as on that first day. Congratulations to both of you, and thank you for sharing your wedding with us!Read More