Lauren and Kyle : Mosaic Merriment

I’ve never been quite as excited as I am to post this feature today. Lauren and Kyle Tee got married over the long weekend in September and Ribbon was fortunate to not only be involved with the stationery but the flowers and decor too!

The reception took place at Tony’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co in Pretoria – and it was from this unique venue that all the inspiration came. The venue’s main decor element is mosaic and so the theme was continued into the wedding’s stationery and decor. Lauren’s colour preferences were a tall order of green, blue, brown and yellow – any wedding planner’s colour scheme nightmare! Fortunately because of the mosaic theme, we were able to create an aesthetic blend of specific tones of the colours. A Moroccan touch was added with ornate lanterns as centre pieces as well as a Secret Garden feel with plenty of greenery and twinkling yellow lights. Thanks to 5 Talents Photography for the beautiful photos as well as a few from Murasaki-Ame Photography.

All-green orchid bridal bouquet and pale yellow tulip bridesmaid bouquets – Ribbon Weddings. Beautiful bridesmaid dresses by dressmaker, Anke Boersema.

Orchid boutonnieres – Ribbon Weddings with special thanks to Anelle le Roux.

Christ Church, Arcadia – flowers by Ribbon Weddings

Many thanks to all the girls who helped weave that ribbon and set up on the day. DIY coffee filter roses laboriously made by the bride.

Lanterns hired from The Decor Hire Company. Vases and runners from Nici’s Decor Hire. Flowers – Ribbon Weddings.

Invitation, menu and place card – Ribbon Weddings. Mosaic coasters made by the parents of the bride. Custom Thank You stamp for coasters – Ribbon Weddings.

Custom seating plan – Ribbon Weddings. Mosaic table numbers made by the father of the bride. Hanging votives hired from Moi Decor.

Beautifully lit photography by 5 Talents Photography.

The suppliers for this wedding are as follows:

Photography: 5 Talents Photography
Reception: Tony’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co.
Ceremony: Christ Church, Arcadia
Bride’s Dress: Olivelli                  

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Anke Boersema
Stationery: Ribbon Wedding Stationery
Flowers and Decor: Ribbon Weddings
Decor Hire: Moi Decor; Nici’s Decor Hire ; The Decor Hire Company

Friday’s Secret: Wedding Photography – Quality vs Quantity

Photo by Raine Parenzee

Photo by Raine Parenzee

Most brides will agree that a good photographer is one of the most important things for their wedding day. It’s the one thing that’s left to oogle at when it’s all over. You want those memories to be captured perfectly and be a true representative of how you looked and how the day felt.

Choosing the right photographer is not an easy task – there are many of chancers out there who haven’t got the experience in wedding photographer or simply don’t have that ‘special something’ in the images they create.

Now the problem comes in when brides think: great photographer equals great deal of money. This is not true! Yes, a good photographer will probably be pricier than your cousin who has a nice camera and had a few classes in photography (shudder); but if you go for the right package with the great photographer you’ll get awesome photos at a reasonable price.

So my secret revealed today is: find a great photographer and pick the smallest package. Most photographers offer different packages which cover a certain time period. I opted for a 5 hour package and in this time the photographer (Laura Jane) was able to cover an array of scenes, from the getting ready to the early reception guest shots. She gave us over 800 photos – more than enough to make an album from. If you’re on a tight budget, rather have the photographer there till reception than have an average photographer for the whole night. You can always ask friends and family to take pictures during reception.

Many brides are also fooled by the extras – “2 specially designed albums” or “100 edited, printed photos”. These things are great but that expense can be saved for a later day when money isn’t tight because of all the expenses of your big day. Take the package where the photographer just gives you a dvd with the photos – you can look into the printing later when you and your parent’s wallets have recovered from wedding shock!

Laura Jane Photography

Shoes: Anella Wedding Shoes

My chosen pair of Anella Wedding Shoes!

Finding the right pair of shoes for your wedding day can be even more difficult than finding the perfect dress. Somehow I never imagined this to be much of a headache until I began my search. I’m tall and my fiancé isn’t much taller than I so high heels were out. To make things more tricky, I decided I wanted navy blue shoes. Having non-white shoes is a great way to bring a little fun into your outfit. If you want to make a statement rather do so in the finer details like the shoes (an outrageous dress will be in all the photos!) So, navy blue, satin, kitty heel wedding shoes – my objective. I began at all the usual commercial shops in shopping malls; surprisingly blue shoes are in fashion but the royal blue colour. I probably came across 1-2 pairs of navy blue shoes but they were pumps and since I wear flat pumps often enough, I decided they wouldn’t quite do for such an important day.

I then wondered to online shoes shops – mostly UK based. I was able to find one or two pairs but they were pricey and shoes are something you need to try on before you buy them, especially when comfort is an important factor. I then moved on to the idea of buying white shoes and dying them navy blue. A friend told me about someone she knew who bought her shoes at Shoe City and spray painted them – desperate times! I felt more at ease with my new plan – white, low heel, satin shoes. Find suitable dye and be prepared to ruin the shoes with my inexperienced shoe-dying skills. Even Plan C was unsuccessful – shoes that are comfortable, not too high, pretty and white are few and far between.

When I had almost resorted to going hippie style with bare feet, I re-discovered Anella Wedding Shoes. I had seen the name on many Wedding dress websites but had never followed it up as the pictures were only of white shoes. A couple of days before I was to leave on a short trip to Cape Town, I read the ‘Tips on buying and wearing wedding shoes’ page on Anella’s website. I was delighted to read that all the shoes “can be professionally dyed in any color!” Finally, the answer which had in fact been staring me in the internet face all along.

I contacted Hanel, the Founder and Owner of Anella Wedding Shoes to find out more. Hanel is based in Somerset-West, Western Cape and even though she has 25 stockists in Pretoria and Johannesburg, I decided to visit the heart of the creations whilst on my mini-break to Cape Town. I wasn’t disappointed – Hanel is a lovely, warm and welcoming person who is clearly passionate about her business. Having been a “shoe-troubled” bride herself, Hanel knows exactly what is missing in the market. Anella shoes are beautiful; upon trying on the first pair I felt like a queen of the heavens! Each style has a different “personality” but all of them are classy and comfortable – something I had come to believe was impossible in a wedding shoe.

The shoes are affordable at R800 and come with black dye so that after your wedding you can get some “real-life” wear out of them – so clever! Hanel advised a gentleman in Wynberg, CT to do the dying of my shoes. I have left my gorgeous pair in the capable hands of my bridesmaid in Cape Town. Will follow up with pictures of my navy blue Anella wedding shoes!

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