Moody Winter Wedding Inspiration From South Africa

From the stylist, Amanda:
Our inspiration for this shoot was inspired by the winter season (winter is usually between June and August in South Africa), the dark corners of the venue, and the photographer’s interaction with light. Our beautiful model have the most gorgeous hair, so we decided to do a thick braid and dewy make-up. The stunning gowns were inspired by our beautiful country: celebrating our history, heritage, and freedom. Mixed metal jewelry was used to add a finishing touch to this alternative bridal look.

Our tablescape base was the mix of the natural wood of the table and the softer, moodier, dark charcoal tablecloth. Black and gray plates served as soft layers and perfectly framed the natural colored stationary. The flowers added softness to the tablescape. Butter yellow and blush garden roses, whimsy ranunculus, and fragrant jasmine made up the bulk of the flowers and were used in both the bridal bouquet and the table flowers. Natural colored candles with a frosted finish added more color and softness against the concrete wall. Final touches included gray and stone colored linen napkins and black schoolroom style chairs.

The hanging installation was built only with foraged, dried elements. Dried fern, oak branches, slangbos, hydrangea and mustard berries were used to create an airy cloud of interesting textures.

Photography Jani B Photography | Styling/Floral Design KADOU | Dresses Stephen van Eeden | Makeup Clarita Smit | Venue Kleine Liebe | Jewelry Gold & I  | Stationary Oh Yay | Crockery & Cutlery Two Birds | Model Harley Gones


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