White Light Venue

Yesterday I attended the launch party of The Forum Company‘s new venue – White Light. It’s situated in Lanseria, great for guests who fly in via the Lanseria airport. The venue is situated on a plot with lovely natural surroundings.

White Light Venue

White Light Venue. Photo by Terry Parenzee

White Light Venue

White Light Venue. Photo by Terry Parenzee

I love a venue that has modern, simple architecture with natural light and beauty. White Light is exactly this – a clean white canvas with a few carefully chosen details and decor aspects to add interest. As a decor co-ordinator I often feel limited by existing over-powering decor that one has to work around or camouflage. White Light provides the bride (and decorator) with a fresh palette that will support whatever her style or theme rather than determine that style.

The venue is divided into two main structures : The reception hall with it’s high ceilings, big windows and two large patios and the chapel; an airy open-sided canopy amongst the pine trees. There is also a lovely bridal suit alongside the reception area for the bride and her retinue to get ready in and pop into if she needs a touch-up or breather during the night.

Being part of the Forum Company who also own the established venues, Turbine Hall and The Campus means that you can have faith that co-ordination and catering has an existing standard of excellence.

Here are a couple more shots I took at the venue.

White Light Venue

White Light Launch Event. Photos by Terry Parenzee

White Light Venue

White Light Chapel and Bridal Suite. Photos by Terry Parenzee

The Cowshed

Two Friday’s ago my usual workspace view was replaced by blazing grassy farmland and distant tumbling hills of Lydenburg. One of my closest friends hosted her merry nuptials at The Cowshed and I had the honour of creating her floral features.

The Cowshed by Lad&Lass Photography

The Cowshed by Lad&Lass Photography

We arrived late morning the day before the wedding to get stuck into work early and were greeted by the friendly coordinators Ann and Diana who were busy preparing the famous shed. It was a dry, hot day but Tammy the bartender kept us (and the flowers!) going with jugs of iced water.

Bride and groom with nguni cattle by Lad&Lass Photography

Bride and groom with nguni cattle by Lad&Lass Photography

If you’re looking for a farm style wedding that’s out of the Gauteng cities, (but not impossibly far) the Cowshed is one of your best options. The surrounding landscapes are magnificent and the venue is simple but filled with charm and personality. The shed, where the reception is held is the perfect rustic canvas for brides to continue with farm-style decor or glam it up with modern chic styling.  Earlier in the year, the construction of an open-sided chapel was completed. The style of the chapel matches perfectly with rust red of the corrugated iron shed and has an unspoilt view onto the mountains.

Exterior of the cowshed and new chapel. Photos by The Cowshed

Exterior of the cowshed and new chapel. Photos by The Cowshed

The Cowshed_Aerial view. Photo by Laurence Seberini

The Cowshed Aerial view. Photo by Laurence Seberini

My favourite aspect of the venue is the accommodation set-up. Hosting a wedding out of town allows for making a weekend out of the event. The farm has three main accommodation houses – perfect to set-up the groom and his entourage in one house and the bride and her crew in another. The houses have fully equipped kitchens, lounge and dining areas as well as large patios and boma areas. You have the option of doing your own catering for your stay so get the groomsmen stuck into braai-ing the night before and the favourite aunties to cook up a breakfast the next morning in the farm-style kitchen. My husband and I stayed in the boarding house with the bride and her family – chats at the breakfast table and being around while the bride had her make-up done on the patio really added to our memory of the wedding.

Cowshed Accommodation, Photos by Terry Parenzee

Cowshed Accommodation. Photos by Terry Parenzee

Keep a look out for my follow up post with some professional photos of the wedding and the beautiful flowers we did for the day!

Blog Refresh

Hi there! My name is Terry Parenzee. That’s me up there taking a photo with an old camera of pretty flowers I arranged.  I’m the owner of Ribbon Creative Studio  – we offer the services of stationery design, floral design and décor styling.

I originally created this blog in 2011 to share my planning experiences as a bride-to-be as well as share the work I was creating in the business. Being a part of the industry makes me wide-eyed and bushy tailed for all of the bits and pieces that make for these memorable days. Having been a part of the wedding industry for over 5 years,I have developed a perspective on styling, design, planning, trends and toils… what I like to call wedding woohoo. My blog has continued to be a place to showcase the studio’s work but also to share my finds and fascinations from a creator’s perspective.

Being kept so busy in the business, it’s hard to find the time to keep an updated blog. As part of my effort to do more regular entries, I refreshed the design of the site in the hope that it will inspire me (and of course, you!) to visit it more! Drop me a comment below and let me know what you think of the new look.

Peonies please!

Peonies are a big favourite for weddings. Unfortunately their window of availability is very short – a month, maybe two. In South Africa they are usually available from around mid October to mid November.

Andrea was fortunate enough to get married in this short period of the year. Peonies are in fact her favourite flower so perhaps this is why she chose to get married at this time. We were able to create soft and romantic blush and white arrangements for her and the bridesmaid’s bouquets.

The Blushing Brides in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and boutonnieres blended beautifully with the colour of the Peonies. Her colour scheme for the reception was coral, pink, yellow and green – the team put together 100 jars of arrangements which formed the table decor.

Pink and white peonies and blushing bride boutonnieres

Pink and white peonies and blushing bride boutonnieres

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Baobab Wedding Invitaions

Laser-cut invitations is one of our specialties and this invite is a great example of how it can make a beautiful feature. Jackie and Alwyn are getting married at the beautiful Mongena Game Lodge in Dinokeng. To match the bush setting, Jackie wanted a natural theme with the baobab tree as the stationery’s icon. Jackie is bring a pop of coral into her flowers for the day so we incorporated a spot colour of coral which worked beautifully against the natural beige background colour.

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Spring Blooms

“Came the spring with all its splendor, all its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers and leaves and grasses.” ~ Longfellow

Spring is in full bloom in Gauteng, South Africa and although we’re still waiting for a good shower of rain, the Spring flowers are popping up in every tree, every garden and more importantly, the cut flower markets! Spring also marks the beginning of Wedding Season and for those of you fortunate enough to be wed in this splendid season, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to decorating your day with flowers.

Here are a few of our favourite flowers that are only available in Spring:

Amaryllis

Photo credit : jenniferjevents.blogspot.com

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Ribbon Décor Rental

Ribbon has recently launched a very exciting venture! Since launching Ribbon Stationery, I have been collecting unique décor items to rent out for weddings and celebrations. My range has finally reached a point where I was able to put together a catalogue with a variety of items for clients to choose from.

Ribbon Décor Rental aims to stock unique and interesting decor items that are not available elsewhere and keep with the latest trends in wedding and celebration décor. The catalogue includes ranges of different materials such as wood, glass, metal and ceramic.

Some items are available in large quantities, others are vintage or unique items that are limited to a specific quantity. Please email us if you would like a catalogue emailed to you that includes quantities and product dimensions.

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Wedding Invitations : Bunting Bliss

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with pastel watercolour information cards.

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with pastel watercolour information cards.

One of my most enjoyable creations for the year so far has been these wedding invitations. Abi and Gary are living in the UK but are getting married in their home country, South Africa at the lovely Imperfect Perfection in Pretoria. Abi plans to have a lovely casual styled wedding with a bit of a garden party theme – bunting, baskets, bales of hay; everything that make for a cosy, personal and light-hearted atmosphere.

I was so excited when Abi mentioned that she liked the white on brown paper look. It’s a trend that I love so was keen to have my own hand at creating it. The white design embossed into the rich textured brown paper, coupled with the pastel colours and watercolour look made for a refreshing invitation design.

The invitation card came with a personalised matching envelope and two double-sided information cards, all custom designed to make a matching set that represents Abi’s style and wedding colours.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Wedding invite : white on brown paper, text close-up

Wedding invite : white on brown paper, text close-up

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper, matching brown envelope with personalised label

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper, matching brown envelope with personalised label

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with baker's twine tie

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with baker’s twine tie

Wedding invitation : pastel watercolour information cards

Wedding invitation : pastel watercolour information cards