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

And the Academy goes to… Wedding Dress Inspiration

This past weekend was the 84th Academy Awards. I’m not really one for sitting through three hours of thank you’s and curtsies but the fashion – I LOVE! This year, tones of white and silver were very popular amongst the ladies’ gowns. If you’re a bride this year then be inspired by these celeb beauties for your own wedding dress. You don’t have to be as daring but maybe there’s a detail in one of these dresses that’ll add a wow factor to your own “red carpet” moment.

My favourite from the night is E!’s interviewer on the carpet, Giuliana Rancic wearing Tony Ward. The nude chiffon mermaid style gown with detailed white beading and petal appliqué down the sides and on her shoulders is just so interesting and makes her look like a rare jewel.

From left to right:

Giuliana Rancic wearing Tony Ward

Cameron Diaz wearing Gucci

Rooney Mara wearing Givenchy

Milla Jovovich wearing Ellie Saab

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez wearing Zuhaiir Murad

Octavia Spencer wearing Tadashi Shoji

Shailene Woodley wearing Valentino

Kelly Ripa wearing Carolina Herrera

A Blog for the Modern Bride: B.loved

As a wedding blogger I’m spoiled for choice when it comes to perusing other wedding blogs. I made a great find today : B.loved. is a UK based wedding blog that has a clean, modern but pretty style. The site is wonderfully fresh but is infused with brides and weddings that are classic and inspiring.

B.loved - Monica Dart Photography

This photograph from B.loved is by a Cape Town based photographer, Monica Dart.

Wedding Dress: My Top Tips

Here are some of my top tips for choosing the right Wedding dress:

1. Try to distinguish what’s in fashion and avoid it!

Choose something classic and timeless. There’s one way to date your wedding photographs and that’s to go with a style that is in fashion at the time. It may not be as obvious as the 80’s puffy sleeves so try to be discerning.


2. Choose what suits you

Don’t choose a dress because you saw a photo of a model (or even an ordinary person) wearing it and fell in love with it. What works for someone else may not work for you. You’ll know when trying on a dress if it’s ‘you’ or ‘you trying’.


3. Reasonable comfort is essential

There were a couple of dresses I tried on that were so snug around my upper body that I struggled to breathe and had back-ache after 10 minutes! How you feel in a dress adds to how you feel it looks. I’m not saying you should feel as comfy as you do in jammies on a dvd night but if it’s discomfort that you need to vocalize, then it’s too uncomfortable. I recently saw someone on the style network say that there’s nothing wrong with being a little uncomfortable on your wedding day – that how you look in the photos is what will be remembered, not how painful your feet felt. I beg to differ – you’ll remember how you snapped at your new hubby and how you didn’t feel like dancing any longer coz you felt antsy in your dress.


4. Alterations can be made

If you’re buying a dress from a reputable place, chances are they have a talented seamstress in the background. Don’t dismiss a dress because it doesn’t have straps or has an ugly flower somewhere. Ask the person assisting you to bring a piece of similar material to your dress and do a make-shift creation to help you make your decision.

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Wedding Dress: Finding “The one”

So far wedding planning has been fairly stress-free. The only thing that’s been kind of a mission was finding the dress. The pressure exists even before you look at a single dress; it’s only the most important item of clothing you will ever buy. Even typing that makes me nervous. Unlike the flowers, bridesmaid dresses or snack platters – you can’t blame anyone but yourself for the choice of your dress. You’ll be wearing it, you’ll be in the photos and you will have to stand up for your choice in 20 years time when your children dissect your ‘olden day photos’.

I visited 5 different wedding dress shops; some small in a section of someone’s house, others the bigger franchise types. What frustrated me most was the lack of simplicity. Everything had lots of layers, lots of embellishments and lots of lace. As pretty as some of them were, they just weren’t what I was looking for and often felt heavy and uncomfortable. I did however come across a style that intrigued me – the Grecian look. These dresses are a lot lighter, simpler and more ‘flowy’ and as the name suggests, are inspired by the Greek Goddesses. There was one particular one that would have been my back-up had I not found the final one. The material was light and hung gracefully with embellishments only on the shoulders.

However, I found my eventual winner at the Pink Chilly Bridal Studio in Groenkloof. I avoided trying on what I then knew was not what I liked and tried best to explain to the patient ladies who assisted me that I needed a dress that is simple, elegant and classic. The second dress I tried on was exactly that – no frills and fuss but a beautiful soft satin, rouged and pleated cleverly to create a dress that made me say Yes!