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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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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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

Natural Inspiration: A DIY Wedding

When Mandy first contacted me about doing her wedding stationery, she explained the style for her wedding as natural, earthy and vintage with the focus on Proteas. As you’ll see in the images below, provided by Model Image Photography, this is exactly the look she achieved.

I love to see a bride who is so involved in the décor of her wedding – not only in coming up with her own ideas but also in getting her hands dirty with creating some of the items for the day. Mandy made her own table numbers, seating plan, gift for the guests and so much more!

Mandy and Piet Viljoen got married at the lovely Rosemary Hill – see a previous blog post about the venue here. The magnificent trees and farm feel acted as the perfect back-drop for Mandy’s vision. It was a morning winter wedding but Mandy and the venue brought so many warm touches to the day like a blanket with a “Keep Warm” tag for guests to use during the outdoor ceremony.

The protea motif that Ribbon Wedding Stationery created for the invitations and on-the-day stationery was reflected throughout the day – in the beautiful flowers arrangements and small details such as the seating plan painted on glass window panes.

It was a pleasure working for such a lovely bride with inspiring ideas. Ribbon wishes you all the best for a future that will be as happy and beautiful as your wedding day was!

Credits:

Photography: Model Image Photography

Venue: Rosemary Hill

Flowers: Party Design creations – Valdo Machine

Decor: The bride

Stationery : Ribbon Wedding Stationery

Make-up : Samantha Gage Kruger

 

Autumn Inspiration

Photo credits: www.stylemepretty.com and www.theknot.com

Those of you in South Africa will probably be starting to feel the early morning and evening chill in the air. It’s almost April and Autumn is round the corner. So in celebration of my favourite season, I’ve put together this Autumn wedding collage. Deep reds, mauve, orange, yellow, brown, gold, bronze and still a touch of green – these are the colours that make for the calm beauty and serenity of Autumn.

Flowers: Lisianthus

It’s the season of Summer and there are loads of flowers out in full bloom! This past Saturday I took a brave, early morning visit to the Multiflora Market in Turffontein, Johannesburg. A few months ago I made a great find at our local florist – lisianthus, so I was once again out to see if they’d be available at the market for my wedding in February.

Lisianthus or ‘Lizzy’s’ are a great alternative to roses which are very pricey and seen so many times before. I’m a big fan of Peonies – but sadly if you’re living in South Africa, they’re only available for a very short time in October/November. Lisianthus have a similar feel to Poenies – not as full petal-ed but soft and romantic like their sister Peonies in the rose family.

Lisianthus come mainly in white but also a deep purple and some beautiful pastel colours. One of my favourite things about them is actually the closed buds, they’re soft and beautiful and add so much character to a bouquet. Lisianthus are available all year round and go for around R40 a bunch.