We present to you a Sugary Sweet Wedding Wonderland, a concept from a few wedding suppliers brought to life. Carla Pereira, from Mooi Photography, explains the concept behind these incredible shots.
“A mix between Mary Poppins meet Alice in Wonderland. That was our dream or vision for this shoot. The venue, Laurent Estate, was the perfect backdrop for this to come true. A soft pink and white pallet paired with accents of gold, green and the pop of our magical blue crystal cake. The most beautiful floral gown fit for a princess with layers of cotton candy – like frills made for a room filled with girly twirls and echo’s of laughter! Fun fun fun!” says Carla.
Carla continues to explain the flowers and decor. “Flowers, greenery and bark flowing from the ceiling made the room look dreamy and oh so pretty. Bark and orchids and little blue flowers made for a fairy styled ring that any girl would dream of. A sweet table packed with yummy treats, like soft coconut marshmallows and coconut ice, green macaroons and golden popcorn delight.”
“A floral umbrella to brighten up any rainy day with shoes so perfect, even Cinderella could envy. Beautiful jewels sparkling on our models neck and hair swept ever so slightly so you could see her eyes and beautifully painted lips.”
“Pretty stationary to bring some depth to our shoot, with beautiful accents of golden metallics and navy. But don’t forget the bubbly… cooling in our lush bed off floral ice cubes to end of the day.”
Decor and styling – Melabee Events Company
Furniture – A Create
Cake – Chocswirl Cakes
Flowers – Dinique Emporium
Shoes – Imaani
Stationary – Fleur Design Studio
Dresses – Mrs. V
Jewelry – JADE South Africa
Hair and Make-up – Skoonlief
Photography – Mooi Photography
Model – Jessica Ledger
Venue – Laurent
Champagne – Lourensford Estate
Sweet and dessert table – The Sweet Alchemy Co.
Decor Hire items – Something Borrowed Decor Hire
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Everwood Country Wedding Venue knows that your wedding is a very special event, and should be in the hands of experts. They have designed, refined and perfected the major and minor details to make your big day just perfect. Just like they did for this beautiful couple.
Stacey Arnold and Kyle Kirk
19 August 2017
Venue: Everwood Country Wedding
Decor Style: Rustic elegance , colour scheme: mint green, white and beige/tan
Number of Guests: 90
A love story between Stacey and Kyle, they met 12 years ago as teenagers attending youth at Discovery Methodist Church. They entered into Youth Ministry together and developed a very close friendship over the years. In 2011 they officially started dating. Stacey said that Kyle proposed to her on their 5 year anniversary under the lighthouse in Umhlanga Rocks at sunset.
We asked Stacey about the highlights of their day. “The quality time spent preparing with my mother and bridesmaids, revealing myself to my father for the first time just before walking down the aisle (we both we sobbing) and definitely seeing each other for the first time as I was walking down the isle – I never took my eyes off him.
Our entire ceremony was so special and personal as we were married by Kyle’s cousin who is an ordained Methodist minister and who was our Youth Pastor all those years ago when we first met as teenagers. Kyle’s brother gave the most hilarious and perfect best man’s speech – every single guest was in absolute stitches! And finally, our first dance was so special – we danced to a song that was fairly unfamiliar to our guests but extremely meaningful and personal to us. We sang each and every word to one another as we danced. A moment we had that we will cherish for a very long time.”
Stacey’s something old was simple pearl earrings and necklace from her grandmother who passed away last year, her something new was her shoes and dress and for her something blue, she had delicate flower nail art on her ring finger with a touch of blue.
We asked the couple for advice for future brides and grooms, this is what they said. “Allow yourself to be present in EVERY moment. Take time out to appreciate the little details, the emotions, the smells and the sounds – it all goes by so quickly. There was a moment when we were sitting at the main table when we both just gazed on at every person and appreciated just how blessed we were to have the support we have. It was a special moment, because it was about more than just the décor and the food, it was about appreciating where we have come from and where we are going.
Photographer: Donovan Myburgh
Wedding Co-Ordinator: Everwood Country Wedding
Décor Company: Monique at Splendid Wedding Designs
Wedding Gown: Forever Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: Gelique
Make-up & Hair: Make-up – Nicole Amory
Hair – Elna Hair in Motion
Groom’s Suit: Woolworths
Flowers: Splendid Wedding Designs
Food: Everwood Country Weddings
Planning your wedding can become stressful and chaotic. You need someone that can remove your concerns and give you professional specialist services, so that you can focus on yourself and your partner and enjoy the count-down to that moment you say “I do!”.
Everwood Country Weddings has just that. They have had thousands of deliriously happy brides, and even more wedding guests enjoy their experience. Maybe it’s the unique open-air chapel, which offers the guests a view of 100km and the Magaliesberg Mountains in the distance. Maybe it’s their velvet green lawn and beautifully landscaped gardens that give everyone that sense of relaxed escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Maybe it is their five water features or the rustic ruin that adds the magical charm of a fairy-tale? Best part of all, photographers LOVE this place! Everwood Country Weddings is set 35 minutes from Sandton, the location is idyllic.
With the Everwood Country Weddings’ team of experienced and reliable wedding planners, they can offer you a tailor made package that will keep you from going into debt before you’re even married! They work with your budget to offer you and your guests, the best for what you can afford. You can choose from their selection of services to make your wedding dream come true.
Are you and your future partner for life looking for the perfect local 5 star honeymoon?
We have just the place for you. Named one of the best “Hotels for Romance” at the 2017 Trip Advisor Choice Awards, Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa is the ideal location for newlyweds seeking solace in an unspoilt, natural environment. Situated just 40 minutes from East London Airport on an uninterrupted 21 km stretch of pristine beach, the hotel allows couples to leave the world behind and enjoy each other’s company in one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Peace and tranquillity, as well as utmost privacy, make Prana Lodge stand out as one of the Wild Coast’s premier honeymoon destinations.
The lodge comprises eight luxurious suites, each with its own private garden and plunge pool (with the exception of the Forest Suite). These stand-alone havens boast luxury touches such as Persian carpets, fine linens and other five-star mod cons and provide total security in an intimate environment; the perfect setting for a romantic hideaway.
As the only five-star hotel in the region, Prana Lodge offers guests the very best in dining. Under the guidance of award-winning Head Chef, Jaycee Ferreira, Prana’s young and talented chefs are dedicated to preparing wholesome dishes marked by bold, palate-delighting flavours. With five chefs and eight suites, it is clear that much emphasis is placed on ensuring that guests enjoy an exquisite dining experience.
The Prana Lodge Wellness Spa on the premises is another highlight that honeymooners can anticipate. Each guest receives an individual assessment from the spa therapist in order to tailor the treatment to their specific needs. Uniquely, the ingredients for the oils, rubs and ointments used at the spa are picked from the property’s herb garden. In-house guests can opt to have certain treatments done in the privacy of their suite, or on the deck overlooking Chintsa Bay. Whether it’s a sensual couple’s massage, a herbal sauna session or some down-time together in the Jacuzzi, it’s an experience not to be missed.
Guests not only have Prana Lodge’s excellent service to look forward to, but can also enjoy nearby activities such as hiking, bird-watching, surfing, golf, fishing and horse-riding. The Wild Coast boasts stunning views and couples can take leisurely walks along the beach and admire the indigenous dune forests.
Prana’s three-night honeymoon package includes accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, a beach picnic, a 60 minute couple’s aromatherapy massage and a 30 minute couple’s foot massage in the garden or on the Prana deck.
We are in love with these incredible inspirations of unique wedding rings. Small clusters of different shaped stones with different metals make for a delicate feminine ring.
The free spirited couple Lauren and Shawn chose the beautiful Gourikwa Nature Reserve, in the Garden Route, to have their wedding day. Read more about their incredible day below.
Lauren Ambler & Shawn Mey
25 March 2017
Rustic and vintage wedding decor
Gourikwa Nature Reserve was the perfect back drop for this rustic, fun filled wedding.
Lauren and Shawn both met in school through a mutual friend.
We asked Lauren how Shawn proposed to her, she explains; “Shawn is a fisherman and it was so sweet the amount of effort he put into the proposal. I had been wanting to take the fur babies down to the beach for a while already but we just didn’t have the time. One afternoon he insisted on going and I wasn’t really in the mood. We went anyway and after about a 30min walk we ended up with a spectacular view and sunset. I noticed him scratching around in a bush and lone behold he pulled out a bottle of champagne and plastic cups. He had hidden them there a few hours before. He then pulled out the most beautiful ring and told me that I had to marry him. I didn’t even need to say yes!”
Something old, something borrowed, something blue?
“My something old were my moms pearl earnings. Something new was the silver chain I wore on the back of my dress, the something blue was the wedding band we had made with a blue tourmaline.” Says Lauren.
Regarding their ceremony, they were blessed to have Lauren’s father marry them. A very special gesture that they will cherish forever. Lauren and Shawn described the highlight of the wedding being surrounded by their guests and feeling their love seeing how much fun they where having.
Lauren says they tried to keep everything simple and stress free. They did most of the wedding things themselves and now they have such great memories about doing it together.
Advice from Lauren and Shawn; “Don’t stress, just enjoy the process. Its not about everyone else, its about the two of you.”
Photographer: Sharyn Hodges
Décor Company: Fancy Functions
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Carla from Mooi Photography and Plank Kreatief was inspired to do this extraordinary shoot at Bosjes that they titled, “The Enchanted Chapel”. With a variation of textures, lines and warm colours of red, black and gold, creates a very extravagant atmosphere. They explain all the details of the shoot below.
Inspired by the striking architectural curves of the iconic Bosjes Chapel, this shoot focused on modern lines and bold colours. Soft textures were used to compliment the structural designs. The chapel and surrounds offer a wide range of artistic masterpieces, the aim of the shoot was to play within the natural and constructed beauty of this environment.
We decided on alternative flower and decor to suit this alternative new chapel. Dried branches served as bouquet and base of the table arrangement. The bouquet was then further dressed with small red origami flower petals to complement the paper theme and create a sense of cohesion throughout the shoot.
The same effort was put into the table scape with dried leaves, dried herbs and black sprayed flowers to imitate the strong lines found in the art of origami. Layers of black and grey velvet and soft grey tulle was the perfect base for the matt black plates, cutlery and black glassware. The goal was to create a moody and bold table scape with dark colours and flashes of gold and red.
Photography and Image retouching: Mooi Photography
Coordination: Blank Canvas Event Design
Flowers and Table Decor/Styling: Kadou Floral Design
Hair & Make-Up: Skoonlief
Paper Accessories and Decor: Plank Kreatief
Cakes: Crumb Cakes SA
Dressed by: Cindy Bam Couture
Chairs & Tables: Grand Style Hiring
Table Linen: Tablecloth Hiring Company
Gold & Black Cutlery and Black Crockery: Two Birds at The Dairy Shed
Black Glassware & Vase: Function Hiring 4 U
Model: Listelle Visser
Model: Nina de Waal
Model: Poppy the bunny (Photographer’s fur baby and house pet)
Model: Daisy the bunny (Photographer’s fur baby and house pet)
Photographer’s Assistant: Marinda Labuschagne
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