Rustic Navy, Sage & Blush Wedding at The Nutcracker Country Retreat by GingerAle Photography {Nadine & Renardo}

I’ll tell you why today’s wedding really has my heart, you guys. I mean, we all love some classic South African country vintage decor – proteas, and succulents and lace. Add in bold navy stripes and a sense of bringing the outdoor in with woodsy details like moss and raw wood, and you have a gorgeous wedding design. But what I really love (and this won’t come as news to any of you who have been reading SBB for more than five minutes) is that the conception of this pretty, pretty colour scheme and set of details was based entirely on the couple’s personalities and tastes. Which in my book, is pretty much everything a wedding ever needs to be. That attention to detail reaches right on down to the choice of wine, and includes a SUPER romantic gesture by the groom during his speech – a song written just for his bride. Swoon. So there you go. Navy, sage and blush and love all over. Captured to perfection by GingerAle Photography!Read More

Inspiration Board: Green Light

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? Needless to say, mine was Olympic obsessed, but I won’t bore you with more of that! Anyway, today’s board is another reader request, which I actually received a little while back from Lizelle. She didn’t tell me much about her wedding, just that she’s chosen a palette of sage, ivory and pewter, so that was where I started with the colour palette. I’ve landed up going for a kind of romantic country style, that would suit a variety of South African venues (and which always makes for my favourite boards). It’s equal parts whimsical, dreamy and elegant, with the more serious pewter playing off the bashful green, and that lovely romantic ivory making up the trio. Layers of tulle in the wedding dress play off ribbons in the breeze, pale green drinks, and soft flowers, while bridesmaids wear formal pewter dresses, and the table is adorned with pewter or silver vases and mercury glass. Give groomsmen a range of slightly varied boutonnieres (a nice twist on the individual bridesmaids bouquet trend) and invest in a set of beautiful stationery that can be used throughout. This is a look that is classic and effortlessly chic. Hope you like it, Lizelle!

Colours: Sage, ivory and pewter

Top row (l-r): Bottles {C: Mindy Weiss; P: Elizabeth Messina}; wedding dress and bouquet {C: Beth Helmstetter Events; P: Jasmine Star Photography}; shoes {C: Honey Darling Events; P: Melissa Schollaert Photography}; ceremony area {P: Annabella Charles}; centrepiece and menu {C: Beth Helmstetter Events; P: Jasmine Star Photography}; seating sign {P: Nadine Photography}
Row 2: Bridesmaids with bouquets {C: Beth Helmstetter Events; P: Jasmine Star Photography}; green and pewter table setting {S: Tying The Knot Wedding Day Coordination; P: Greer G Photography}; boutonnieres {F: Flowerwild; P: Jose Villa}; sapling favours {P: Alison Conklin}; rose hair piece {C: Sarah Carsten Events; P: Rebekah J Murray}
Row 3: Bride and groom {P: Photographs by Anjuli}; wedding cake with olive leaf decoration {S: Beth Helmstetter Events; C: Susiecakes; P: Steve Steinhardt}; stationery set {Ruby & Willow}; rowing boat {Elizabeth Messina}