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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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

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

Wedding Stationery: Protea Invitations

I created these natural, eco inspired invitations for Mandy who is getting married in July. I came up with a simplified protea design to use as a ‘window’ on the cover. The natural cover paper was laser cut to reveal the gorgeous pastel colours of the protea.

The invitation page was printed on transparent paper to give it a soft, translucent feel. If held up to the light, the colours shine through magnificently.The booklet-type invitation had a kind of seam down the side with a mint green lace to finish it off.

Looking forward to using these colours and the protea motif again for the Mandy’s on-the-day wedding stationery!

Friday’s Secret: Choosing a venue

Image: Copyright Rosemary Hill

When planning a wedding, most brides start here – looking for a venue. Rightly so as this is one of the most important decisions you’ll make and will set the tone for all the decisions to follow.

I’m busy doing stationery for a lovely bride who introduced me to Rosemary Hill. She’s getting married there in July and I have to admit, I have bride envy! Rosemary Hill is a family owned farm situated just 10 minutes from Pretoria East.

Apart from hosting weddings, it has been a practicing organic farm for 35 years. This fact alone excites me as you know you’re going to be surrounded by natural, established beauty. There’s also something endearing about a venue that isn’t just a conference centre or a set-up specifically for weddings but something that exists and enriches people’s lives without the weekend ceremonies. The farm produces African Potato, Sutherlandia, Rosemary, Lavender, Artemisia, Lippia, Spearmint, Eucalyptus and various other plants from which they distill essential oils.  There’s even a nursery selling a variety of shrubs, herbs, flowers and trees.

My absolute favourite feature of this venue is the maze. The maze is 80 metres in diameter and is made up of 2154 trees, herbs and shrubs! This serves as a most incredible and unique setting for a wedding ceremony. The guests can all be seated in the centre of the maze and the bride can make her way down the pathways with her dad in hand.

Image: Copyright Rosemary Hill

Having featured this lovely venue, I’d like to add what today’s secret actually is. When selecting a venue for your wedding, look past all the well-known venues that need to be booked two years in advance. Because these venues host so many weddings (sometimes up to 5 a week) – there’s a certain lack of intimacy and personalized service.

So my advice is to look for the smaller, lesser known venues. Often a place like Rosemary Hill that doesn’t only do functions will do fewer weddings in a week as they have other forms of sustainability. Look for the venues that are family owned and run with love rather than like a business with the end goal of monetary gain. These are the places that are likely to be willing to assist you in creating your dream wedding without the rules and restrictions of the more commercial venues. You are also likely to find that these are the venues that are a lot more affordable yet with triple the quality!

If you’d like to visit Rosemary Hill, make a booking for High Tea on a Sunday. Take your mom and bff and relax, take in the atmosphere and sample some of their delicious food. The prefect way to get to know a venue!

Colours: Wedding Stationery

I’m busy working on invites for a bride’s wedding in July. These are the colours I’m using to create her protea motif. The freshness of these colours is really going to bring a touch of bright vivacity to a dull winter morning. The crisp greens and blues from light sage, grass green and mint to aqua and sky blue blend so well together. They flow beautifully into each other instead of creating a muddy rainbow mess!

Ladies, are you ready to pop the question?

Leap Year proposal

Today, 29 February is traditionally the one day every four years when women can turn the tables and propose to their man. Personally, I’d be petrified to take the reins in this situation but at the same time I think it’s kind of a cool idea.

So many relationships these days are stunted by the woman feeling uncertain as to when or if her man is going to propose. It can often create strain in your partnership and make for a very unhappy woman – not something you want to mess with! If the woman proposing was more commonly practiced then perhaps this dilemma could be a thing of the past. Propose, and if he says no then you know it’s time to move on and not waste your time with him any longer.

On the flip side, a lady needs to be perceptive and not emotional in making this decision to ask. If it’s something that’s come up in conversation and he’s indicated that he needs a little more time then don’t push him to the point where he’ll have to break your heart. Take the opportunity to propose when you both know it’s time but your man needs you to be brave and make “the last move”.

We are politicians, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and in the army. We change light bulbs, fix the washing machine, drive by ourselves, go camping by ourselves, and raise little human beings by ourselves. Why not take the opportunity to propose and create a potentially beautiful union. The most difficult question should really be, who pays for the engagement ring?

In Studio: Working on my own Wedding Invitations

It’s two months till my wedding day and I’m finally wrapping up the creation of my wedding invitations. Being a Wedding Stationery designer, this was the most exciting part of the wedding for me. Wedding stationery is my passion and so it gave me such joy to execute what I envisioned. The envelopes are handmade so required cutting, folding and sticking…very tedious but so worth it! Thanks to my efficient bridesmaid and my obedient (hee hee) fiance, they all got done without too much back ache. All I have left now is to address the envelopes and send them out!