Winter Elegance Wedding Inspiration

Time for some pretty! While we may be marching toward summer in SA (come on summer!), today’s inspiration is all about the simple pleasures of the winter months. With an outdoor setting in the beautiful Golden Gate area, a stylish bride and groom (LOVE the bride’s lace tattoo gown especially!), and simple elements that come together in the most beautiful way, it’s almost enough to make me wish the chillier months would last juuuust a little bit longer. I know many of you love the natural, minimal look, and this shoot perfectly combines those simple shapes and textures with a few of the fine art elements that I’ve been on about this month, including silk ribbon and gold cutlery, as well as a loose greenery bouquet and a simple, elegant cake. It’s a stunning combination, created by a team led by stylist Melissa Bredenkamp, and captured to perfection by Ian Odendaal Photography.

Here’s a bit of background from the team:
The inspiration behind this session was the beauty that winter, even in it’s bareness, can offer. Winter brings about a very blank canvas paired with a few simple yet naturally beautiful elements. The stationery really is the first glimpse of the wedding day, and it had to reveal the theme and inspiration. Bare plant roots, a monochrome palate and a touch of gold set the tone. For our tablescape, simplicity and nature were on top of the list. Beautiful minimalist centrepieces of glassware filled with plants with the roots exposed, white crockery and gold cutlery complemented the theme. The dress was a true example of winter elegance, paired with leather shoes and the groom in earthy grey. Makeup was kept to a minimum, to show the bride’s natural beauty, and hair was also a soft loose updo. To finish it all off, the jewellery (once again inspired by the beautiful surrounds and nature): earrings were made with crystal clear quartz set in rose gold and the ring was a set of grey diamonds, again in rose gold.

Photography: Ian Odendaal Photography | Styling, floral & decor: Melissa Bredenkamp of Melissa B Photography | Stationery: Hey Bokkie Design | Cake: Mmm Macarons | Dress: Elli Nicole Bridal from The Wedding Collective, Pretoria | Jewellery: Kolmio Jewellery | Leather bowtie: Rust Leather Goods | Styling surfaces for details: Magnolia Finery | Hair: Salon Fleur de la Porte, Bethlehem | Makeup: Urban Day Spa, Bethlehem | Suits: Tailor Me, Parkhurst | Venue: Farm Berlin, Golden Gate | Models: Johan Keyser & Shirley Erasmus

Winter Elegance Wedding Inspiration by Ian Odendaal | SouthBound Bride