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
Adorn Invitations enlightened us with this beautiful styled shoot, put together with industry experts, renowned stylists and wedding dress designs by Maggie Sottero and Nicole Spose, they have brought to life a beautifully styled shoot set amongst alluring lavender fields.
The talented team who helped to bring this elegantly ethereal vision to life have written up a style guide so that you can all take something away from it and use it as inspiration for your own magical day.
Influences & Inspiration of the Theme:
As you’ll find with your wedding, you’ll start off with an idea but you will witness it beautifully turn into something beyond your wildest expectations and so different, in a good way, to how you originally wanted it to be. When we started planning how we wanted this shoot to turn out, we had our hearts set on darker and moodier – think rich plums and velvet reds, set in an enchanting forest with that wild, untamed spirit of the boho couple.
Our ideas were ever changing, but at the heart of it all, we wanted to create something that wasn’t a copy of something that’s been done before. We took inspiration from images we had seen online and ran free with it, letting it take a life of its own. We found it organically move towards more earthy tones and we found ourselves then wanting to achieve a more feminine, fairy tale theme with the incorporation of our stylist’s own individual touch.
She defines her personal style as boho and hippy and soon realized it is hard to separate yourself from it all, just as you as a bride will find it hard to not bring into your wedding day you and your partner’s own personality and lovable quirks. You want to make the experience personal and you want to have a connection with it. You have to make the day well and truly yours.
In the end, it unexpectedly but pleasantly turned out to be a boho meets soft purple with that much-needed elegant touch brought in by the gold accents.
Location: Picking the (perfect) location is one of the most important parts in wedding planning because once it’s locked in, you can plan all the finer details around it. We looked at the possibility of hosting this shoot at a beach or forest until we realized that we would have to change our themes and colours slightly based on the location. Consider the surrounding and the lighting, we chose this location because it was stunning throughout each hour of the day!
Colours: Shades of purple ranging from deep to pastel blended with soft pinks will add that feminine feel while coupling that with crisp whites and creamy colours along with gold will contribute that perfect touch of contrast and highlight. The green adds that sense of vibrancy and should be present through the floral arrangements and natural surroundings so as to not overdo it. Adding touches of metallic throughout your special day will add that sophisticated and modern element.
Décor &Texture: A traditional wooden table adds that charmingly rustic, relaxed and countryside elegance feel and it allows for an intimate gathering that isn’t overly formal. Set against it lightly washed lavender fabrics for that soft, romantic feel. For that hippy, casual feel that really welcomes your guests, go with an elaborately unique patterned rug to set the base, then layer it with fur rugs, sequin and tasseled handmade throws, a range of cushions inspired by Moroccan prints, thickly stitched accessories and metallic gold ottomans. Find inspiration from the heart of Morocco and bring it into the 21st century.
Florals: Ask your florist for a blooming, elaborate arrangement that will speak for itself – leafy greens and succulents with pastel pink roses and lavender sprigs decorated throughout. Pay attention to detail and serve your guests a soft purple beverage in crystal glassware with real lavender sprigs for a thoughtful touch. Let the floral arrangement be unstructured and messy, the greenery is necessary for breaking up the richness of the purple. You want an effortless, natural, organic-looking and free-flowing arrangement that will steal the show.
Tablescape: Decorate the wooden table with the geodes and gems that will well and truly stand out – think purple, rose or clear quartz and amethyst. For that structure, add geometric vases and candleholders. For the platting, go with white gold edged paired with gold cutlery wrapped in ripped soft lilac silk ribbon with gold scripted ink name tags layered on a lilac cloth.
Indoor Tablescape: The main difference with the inside setting is that it was more elaborate and formal.
Centerpiece & DIY: Dare to be different and to really leave an impression on your guests. Cow skulls may seem a little too eccentric, but you can glam it up to your own liking and add your own touch to it. We purchased one from the $2 shop for $50, spray painted it white and the horns gold, glued on the lace and embellished it with pearls, diamantes, jewels and a sparkling earring dropping from its forehead. We made it romantic and feminine in our own way.
Food: All of your guests will be eagerly awaiting dessert, so continue the theme and make it extra special for them! Go with the crowd favourite: macarons and sprinkle some gold glitter and flakes onto it. Add berry filled desserts for that rich contrast of reds and purples. To continue through with that casual vibe, you can’t go wrong with a high tea spread.
Lighting: The daytime will give you that soft natural lighting, but you’ll be celebrating far into the night, so keep the atmosphere inviting and romantic and hang some lights from the tree above. Tie the glass candle holder to a thick rope and here’s our key piece of advice: go with electronic candles which should be easy to source from the local discount store. Surround your guests with a warm glow and even go with dressing the tree with fairy lights!
As relaxed as this wedding theme is, you do want to really draw your guests in with that luxe element. We recommend gold foiled and laser cut invitations, a favourite amongst the most stylist and modern of couples. Featured in this shoot was our elaborately detailed gated card with you and your partner’s personal monogram laser cut into the fold out and held together by a sweet lotus flower sticker. For a less over the top and more chic invitation, there is the floral framed laser cut design that has a more bohemian feel.
Beauty & Fashion
Makeup: You’ll be outdoors so keep it light and natural. For the base of your face, think dewy and luminous skin kept glowing with highlight or strobing. Top it with a baby pink or peach blush paired with rose gold or copper colored eyeshadow. For that contrast and move away from the glossy, keep the lips light and matte with a nude and neutral color.
Hair: Have your hair rather loose and free, think effortlessly natural hair-down waves or go with natural braids wrapped with real lavender sprigs and decorated delicately with handmade flower crowns or pearl and crystal embellished head wear that will really make a statement.
Wedding Dress: Picking the dress is perhaps the biggest moment for you in all of the wedding planning. The Nicole Spose gown with the lace backing, features a subtly embellished bodice with an illusion neckline, beaded floral embroidery, and delicate lace appliqués that cascade into a tulle skirt for the bride who wants to really make a statement.
The Sottero and Midgley gown is a chic lace wedding dress; accented with spaghetti straps; demure illusion back and V-neckline, finished with delicate pearl buttons is for the bride who wants something soft and light.
The long-sleeved Maggie Sottero gown classic sheath wedding dress features embellished illusion lace over jersey & atop a feminine sweetheart neckline and long sleeves with hand-placed lace appliques is for the bride who wants a boho meets elegant look.
Henna Stand out, get unique and go with white henna on your arm for that true bohemian feel that is coming up big in the wedding fashion industry! Embrace this extra touch to a modern wedding and make it extra special by having the design imitate the lace print of your wedding gown.
Kids in weddings:
There are always fun and creative ways to include children in weddings! Dress them up playfully and allow them to run free on the day and join in on the celebrations. A perfect way to make them feel included is to go with the held-up signs reading statements like “Here Comes The Bride” and “Don’t Panic Ladies, I’m Still Single.”
Flowers: Babylon Flowers | @babylon flowers
Food: Mary Eats Cake | @maryeatscake
Invitations: Adorn Invitations | @adorninvitations
Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca | @raffaeleciucabridal
Headpiece and Jewelry: Love On Jewellery | @loveonjewellery
Photography: Sephory Photography | @sephoryphotography
Models: Caity Caarels | @caitycaarels
Pastel was the latest wedding colour trend for 2014, which is great because pastel suits everything from outdoor garden weddings to beach weddings in our sunny climes. This pastel-coloured inspiration shoot is filled with hues of gorgeous soft, pastel colours and amazing floral inspiration. This shoot was styled to showcase the feminine beauty of the winelands, especially with all the blossom-filled orchards and blooming surroundings. We wanted to inspire everyone with some colours, textures and creative ideas – whether for a tea party, kitchen tea, wedding, or even just something beautiful to add to your dining room table.
Photography: Christine Meintjes
Styling: Anneke Roux & Nicola Pretorius from The Pretty Blog
Flowers: Fleur Le Cordeur
Make-up: Alicia Buckle
Hair: Ida Webster
Cake: Laura Michell Cake Couture
Cake stand: In Good Company
Plates, glasses & vintage props: Nest Vintage Shop, Stellenbosch
Stationery: Cottoncloud Letterpress
Models: Kim Rose and Carla Bester from ICE Genetics
A team of top wedding suppliers came together to create this gorgeous, bohemian-styled shoot. The day was filled with rich reds, purples, greens and golds. Our aim was to inspire you with a relaxed vibe and rustic feel, with lots of colours and textures and gorgeousness. This is what we came up with….
The make-up by Michelle was clean and classic, giving the impression of effortlessness. Her inspiration was that it was to be light-hearted and fun.
The gown, from the Dimity Collection by EcoBride, is a Chantilly lace and silk chiffon illusion dress with pleats. All of the gowns in the EcoBride collection are created from vintage or organic natural fabrics and handmade laces. The Chantilly lace used in this gown is a lace from the 1960’s which suits the bohemian theme exceptionally well.
Bridal fashion is currently enjoying a pink tinge as a refreshing change to the all-white gown, which brings romance and girliness to the story. This shoot has brought together a wonderful mix of suppliers, and the decor elements and carefully selected flowers complement the EcoBride gown and groom’s attire perfectly.
Pistachio Designs were hugely inspired by geometric patterns and shapes together with bold colours and touches of wood. The wood gave an earthy, natural feel, and the colours with the geometric shapes made the stationery vibrant and fun.
The wedding invitation is engraved wood with a subtle printed envelope, and the wood theme is carried through to the little arrows on the menus, the table numbers and table decorations. The laser-cut words are custom-made and add a special touch. The rest of the stationery has a rich green printed colour.
The inspiration for styling of the flowers and décor was the rich jewel tones so often associated with the bohemian style, rich fabrics and patterns providing a striking aesthetic. Different jewel tones are incorporated throughout the crockery and Indian ottomans and embellishments.
Deep red proteas mixed with rich purple sweetpeas and soft touches of pink, all brought together with greenery, created a look of romance and grandiosity. It is also important to bring in different textures, such as wood, ceramics, fabric and flowers, to stay true to the nonconformist approach.
All in all, it is all about colour, natural elements and happiness – which is what a wedding should be about!
Photographer: Laura Leigh
Decor & flowers: Eco-Chic Weddings
Stationery: Pistachio Designs
Dress: Dimity Collection, EcoBride
Make-up: Make-up by Michelle
Cake: All Things Nice Bakery
Models: Soula and Rynhardt from
Ice Model Management
The concept and design for this shoot was to remind ourselves of the unruly nature of the ocean, mixing smooth and raw textures together. The look we decided on was natural, romantic and feminine, since most brides give a description of their ideal wedding make-up containing at least one of these words. See how we pulled this whole look together.
Before the shoot took place Roné from Desert Rain Photography put up a mood board on Pinterest with images of looks that she would like for the shoot. She says: “This is a preferred method of working with clients – I always ask for images or a visual description of a look they would like to achieve.“
For this natural, romantic and feminine look, creating a flawless and dewy skin was very important. Suzanne used the Temptu Airbrush make-up, rather than ordinary foundation. Temptu Airbrush make-up contains silicone and is water- and heat-resistant – perfect for an outdoor shoot.
“The colour pallette I used on her eyes contained liquid eye shadows in nude, pearl, champagne and shimmery gold. I emphasised our model’s eyebrows to frame her face, and completed her eye make-up with a few subtle lashes applied to the outer corner of her eyes to elongate the eye shape and give a dreamy look.To enhance the glowing look I applied a shimmer blush and powder to her cheekbones which would catch the light and give a lovely, soft glow to the cheeks. I also chose a nude lip and applied light gold pigment mixed with a clear gloss on top.For our model’s hair I wanted big, soft curls that could be worn up or down. For the upstyle I created a loose, textured bun. This was achieved by using salt spray, and suited the coastal wanderer theme perfectly.”
The blushing radiant skin and windswept hair with hints of gold reflecting the natural rays of the sun evoke the sense of an early-morning stroll at the seashore. Take a step back to pause and be mesmerised by nature, focusing on the treasure of colour found at the seaside – sandy hues mixed with mysterious deep blues and contrasted with white pearl.
The dress evokes the image of tiny open shells being woven together, fluttering like a chime in the wind.
Photographer: Rone de Bruyn – Desert Rain Photography
Dresses: Teresa from Gelieft Bruid & Prêt-a-porter
Make-up & hair: Suzanne from Skoonlief
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Palm bangle: Kooky from Kin Shop Kloof
Model: Lauren White from Topco Models