Tatum and John were married in South Africa in April. They planned the wedding from London, where they now live. “Our wedding was boho-ish”, said the bride. “We really wanted the day to reflect who we are, so we didn’t follow any set theme but used elements of many things that we loved. There were lots of fresh flowers, candles in jars and pretty fairy lights everywhere. We also wanted to stay true to our African roots so included elements of traditional Xhosa fabric in the bunting, napkins and blankets.”
“Something we did differently to a lot of other weddings is that we walked down the aisle together”, she continued. “It was important to us because we’re partners in life so as cheesy as it sounds we wanted to do that together.”
The cute AF wedding of Michelle and Riaan was inspired by the bride’s love of Alice in wonderland, Unicorns, Cats and Glitter! Originally the South African couple thought they’d keep things very small and basic, but when they started to plan things they decided ‘to hell with it!’ and planned the creative wedding of their dreams!
“In our country most weddings are the same”, began the bride, “very normcore, always on a wine farm and they all follow the same script. We wanted our wedding to be individual and unique. All our guests commented on how they absolutely loved the wedding because it was such a memorable experience because of all the small unique details. It was very visually appealing and also entertaining. We made sure we DIYed all our décor and stationery to make sure it was one-of-a kind too. There were many nights I was covered in glitter and glue, but I’m not complaining, who doesn’t want to be covered in glitter anyway!?”
Nikyla and Jonathan’s nature reserve wedding was themed around a romantic forest with lots of lush greens and flowers everywhere.
“Our venue, Grin Court Nature Reserve, was the perfect venue for our day”, said the bride. “Jonathan and I really wanted nature incorporated into our wedding. There were so many great places for photographs and being within nature was exactly what we were looking for. I have also always been obsessed with Britain so the English countryside was a huge inspiration too.”
“We kept our wedding completely true to us”, she continued. “Jonathan and I are both huge introverts so having all eyes on us was so nerve-wrecking. The ceremony was short and sweet and the reception had to be the best part because then we could just relax.”
This is a bridal shoot of two distinctive parts. Styled by décor and concept experts, Goeters, based in South Africa, we have a stylish ‘concrete jungle’ bridal session followed by a much more colourful ‘urban tropics’ vignette.
They explain, “We always look for new décor trends, new venues, new ways of designing your wedding or event. We decided to do a concept shoot which is everything but traditionally weddingy. We did two concepts – a ‘concrete jungle’ and an ‘urban tropics’ shoot. Both concepts have so much possibility and we wanted to play with some ideas and designs.”
Chirese and Jannie had a fully DIY wedding at a game lodge in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains in South Africa. Their theme was bohemian and creative with a hit of geekiness thrown in for good measure.
“We chose to do a lot of the planning ourselves, by calling upon our family and friends to help out where needed”, began the bride. “Pinterest and blogs were a saving grace for us as we would easily share ideas with everyone involved. We got married at Shumba’s Rest Game Lodge in the lakeside chapel overlooking the sunset of the African bushveld. Our reception was at the main thatch roof hall at the lodge.”
“The aim was never to break away from the traditional wedding in the formal sense of the word”, she continued. “We just chose to combine the things we love as a couple and as individuals, such as his love of all things geeky and my love of all things funky! We both love Game of Thrones and Vikings and movies like Avengers so these were the inspiration for both of our hair styles!”
Timo and Kriss were officially married on March 18th. They had an intimate ceremony, just a few of them, and then a bigger Cinco De Mayo inspired reception a couple of days later. The bride wore an amazingly colourful skirt made for her by a friend.
“I am allergic to anything white”, said the bride, “white plates, white cups…drives me insane. I live in colour and am surrounded by colour so we wanted our wedding gold and bright pink! I spray painted vases with gold glitter and ordered the biggest bunch of pink carnations from my favourite florist. I decided to make carnations cool again.”
“There was no other way than going with the Cinco de Mayo vibe. In November 2014 we both ran a race in Chile, and as soon as we got there and had dinner in a small café with plastic table cloths, mismatched cutlery and plastic flowers, I knew this was how I wanted our wedding one day!”