Friday, November 17, 2017

An Italian-Inspired Rustic Winter Wedding

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Oh how I love a winter wedding. Nicholi and Jean-Rae married in South Africa and chose an Italian-inspired, rustic winter wedding theme for their day. Die Stoor in Khotsong, Bothaville, was the setting for this fabulous wedding. This rustic barn was a great blank canvas that allowed the couple to style away to their hearts’ desire.

Bride and groom walking in grounds of Langverwagt

Nicholi’s stunning dress, an intricate, sheer lace, high necked bodice upon a floaty tulle skirt, fitted their winter wedding perfectly. Her bridesmaids wore beautiful burgundy dresses with cosy wraps, and the little flower girl and pageboy looked so cute!

Winter wedding invitation

Wedding rings

Bride's bag and perfume

Earrings on top of perfume bottle

Flower girl looking at hanging wedding dress

Bride having make-up done

Doing up back of bride's dress

Lace detail on bride's wedding dress

Bride putting earring on

Lace detail on front of bride's dress

Bridesmaids in burgundy dresses with flower girl and pageboy

Groom's shoes and accessories

Groom wearing light blue jacket

Groom putting watch on

Groom leaning in doorway

Groom and groomsmen

Bride and bridesmaids

Cosy Vibe

The styling of this wedding is breathtakingly beautiful, with such a cosy vibe that draws you in. The first thing that caught my eye when I saw these amazing pictures by Michelle Du Toir photography were the fabulous canopies of eucalyptus suspended over the beautiful tablescapes. Eucalyptus makes such a beautiful addition to floral arrangements, but it’s rarely used on its own. Just look at it though! The abundance of this beautiful greenery adorned the tables, scattered with fabulous gold candlesticks, candelabras and gold laser-cut table names of famous Italian cities. Light bulbs and fairy lights suspended from the barn ceiling added a warming, cosy feel.

Wedding paper fortune teller

Wedding paper fortune teller

Groom putting ring on bride's finger

Bride and groom being showered in leaves

Wedding tables at Die Stoor

Love message written on wall at Die Stoor

Hanging lighting and wedding tables at Die Stoor

Hanging installation over wedding table

Milan Italian-Inspired wedding table name

Red winter wedding place setting Candles

I love wedding drink stations, and the drink of choice for Nicholi and Jean-Rae’s winter wedding was sherry. They created a delightful Sherry stand where guests could enjoy a schooner of sherry in cosy lounge areas. By all accounts Nicholi and Jean-Rae’s wedding took place on a freezing cold day, so I guess the warm blankets and heaters provided were well-received too!

Wedding favour

Cosy chill out area at wedding

Large foliage hanging installation over wedding top table

Sherry drinks station

Rustic winter wedding table styling at Die Stoor

Verona Italian-inspired wedding table name

Rustic wedding picture display

Wedding food Cheese and biscuits

Naked wedding cake

Die Stoor wedding reception

Awful Weather

You might notice that Michelle took Nicholi and Jean-Rae’s couple pictures at a different location. This is because the weather was unfortunately so awful on their wedding day. It was freezing, the wind and rain weren’t backing down, and the bride’s dress was soaking wet with a ‘mud ombre’ effect at the bottom. So, they decided they would have their couple pictures taken on a different day, and WOW; they are incredible!

Groom standing behind bride

Bride and groom

Bride and groom facing each other

Bride and groom walking holding hands at Langverwagt

Bride and groom

Bride and groom walking holding hands at Langverwagt

Bride and groom sitting together

This shows that not everything may go to plan on your big day, but there is always a solution, and sometimes it’s for the best!

Bride smiling

Bride with groom in background

Bride and groom

Bride with updo hairstyle Bride wearing lace detailed dress

Bride with fur shrug

Bride and groom

Photography: Michelle Du Toit

Reception Venue: Die Stoor, Bothaville, South Africa

Couple Shoot Location: Langverwagt, Kuils River, South Africa

Flowers, Decor and Catering: Wilinda Hanekom

Bride’s Dress: Janita Toerien

Bride’s Make-Up and Hair: Cecilia Fourie

Bridesmaids’ Hair: Christel Basson

Invitations: Fleur Design Studio

Place Settings: Kabous Design

Favours and Name Tags: Helen Thiart

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Picture of the Day – Ian MacMichael Photography

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Bride standing against wall with huge wings on it - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

Image © Ian MacMichael Photography



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Wheat Wedding Styling Ideas

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Including simple touches of nature is the ideal way to add a chic, rustic feel to your wedding day, and what could be more natural than wheat? Not only does it look beautiful on its own or combined with fresh and dried flowers, it is extremely versatile too. Shropshire Petals shares five wheat wedding styling ideas for your big day.

Wheat Wedding Bouquets and Buttonholes

Wheat sheaves make wonderful alternative wedding bouquets. They don’t wilt and will last for years, making the perfect wedding keepsake to display in your home to remember your day.

Wheat Wedding Bouquet

Choose from a pre-made wheat sheaf including dried flowers in a range of different colours, or get creative and make your own using a natural wheat sheaf as the base. Add fresh or dried flowers, and ribbon around the stems, styling your wheat wedding bouquet to suit your wedding theme.

Complete the look by choosing wheat buttonholes for your groomsmen and wheat posies for your bridesmaids and flower girls.

Country Garden Wheat Buttonhole

Wheat Wedding Aisle Styling

Make your wedding aisle look spectacular by decorating it with wheat. Attach small posies of wheat and lavender, tied with ribbon in your colour scheme, to pew ends or chairs. You could create your own aisle using wheat sheaves with a scattering of natural petal confetti in between to make a rustic petal path.

Wheat Wedding Table Décor

Wheat sheaves or wreaths look wonderful when used as centrepieces on your reception tables. Surround them with elegant candles and tea lights to add some soft lighting.

Cream Rose and Lavender Wheat Sheaf Table Centrepiece

If you’re having long tables, place several different wheat sheaves down the centre to create one long centrepiece. Complete the look by attaching wheat wreaths to the ends of your long tables, using them as an alternative way to display your table names or numbers.

Finishing Touches

Create simple yet stylish place settings by tying a few wheat sprigs together with some lavender. Tie a handwritten name tag on for guests to find their seats.

Wheat and Lavender Posies

Add a touch of décor to windowsills and other areas around your venue by placing wheat sprigs in glass mason jars with ribbon or hessian tied around. Make your own decorations by creating small bunches of wheat, lavender and dried delphiniums to attach to staircases, marquee poles or even the backs of chairs for your ceremony and reception.

Wheat Wedding Gifts

Give your parents and bridal party wheat sheaves or wreaths as thank you gifts rather than fresh flowers. They will last for years and you can add personalised touches for each recipient. This will give them a memento of your wedding day after the celebrations are over.

Country Garden Wheat Wreath

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