Bride and groom sitting on balcony of Centre for the Book

An Opulent Wedding at Centre for the Book, South Africa

Oh la la, I have something really special to share with you today. I love everything about Marina and Milan’s opulent Centre for the Book wedding in South Africa.

The couple chose to hold their wedding reception at the Cape Town venue due to their love of literature. This incredible Edwardian library building provided an amazing backdrop for their fabulous wedding, and the gorgeous domed atrium of the central reading room created the perfect setting.

The venue lent itself perfectly to their styling, with long banqueting tables covered with beautiful burgundy crushed velvet tablecloths adorned with candelabras, glassware and pretty flowers. I love that Marina and Milan gave each guest an old book, tied with a velvet ribbon; perfect for their concept.

Bride and groom sitting on balcony of Centre for the Book

The couple’s style influenced everything about this wedding. Marina wore beautiful embroidered floral shoes, which looked amazing with her stunning white column dress with plunging back detail from Carina Le Roux. She completed her bridal look with a marvellous over-sized bridal bouquet of burgundy blooms and loose foliage.

It’s not often you see bridesmaids in black (although I love this look) or wearing shirts, but this is exactly what Marina’s bridesmaids wore and it looks fabulous.

Our thanks go to Michelle Du Toit Photography for sharing these amazing pictures from Marina and Milan’s fabulous Centre for the Book wedding. Enjoy!

I Realised I Was In Trouble

“I had an eye on her when we acted together in our third year, but she made it clear that she wasn’t interested. The next year we were in a small class for our honours in acting. I was the only guy in the group so could pick who I wanted to act with. She was the best actress and I wanted an excuse to get her alone, so I chose her to act with.

“The play we were in had a few kissing scenes which I would usually act in just a little longer than necessary. After a lot of coffees and running lines together, she always made sure there was another person present for some irritating reason. I realised I was in trouble. I was really in love.

Bridal bouquet in a vase

Bridal shoes with colourful petal design

Wedding dress hanging in window

Bridal preparations

Bride holding bouquet in front of mirror

It Would Never Work

“One day she was coming to rehearsal in the pouring rain. I still remember she on a green jersey on with a long white dress underneath her costume. She looked up with her huge blue eyes and greeted me with a smile. I kind of cracked and told a friend who said he wouldn’t tell a soul – he told her in a matter of two days. Nothing is confidential in the Drama Department.

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Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection - Style 4014

Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection

Romance is what the Sincerity Bridal SS18 collection is all about. An illusion neckline here, a plunging back there… Take a look at Sincerity’s most romantic collection yet and feel those butterflies flutter.

Fit for a princess, the dresses in the Spring/Summer 2018 Sincerity Bridal collection are what dreams are made of. There are incredible classic silhouettes for traditional brides, and modern, clean styles for those a little bolder. If you want to be a little daring, the SS18 collection includes some sexy illusion backs and deep V-necklines which will show a hint of your décolletage; skin is in!

Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection - Style 4014

One of the features I love most about the new Sincerity Bridal wedding dresses is the amount of lace; lots and lots of lace. Intricate lace bodices, illusion lace backs, and all-over lace dresses; this trend is perfect for brides who dream of romance.

A lot of the beautiful styles in the Sincerity Bridal SS18 collection have extras that give the dress an alternative look. If you love one of the strapless dresses but don’t want your arms to be completely on show then there are adorable detachable sleeves. Fancy a train on your slinky number? Again, there are a number of detachable trains available. These extras allow you to mix and match to create your very own personal bridal style – just what every bride wants.

I found it so hard to choose my favourites in this collection but I think I’m just about there…

Style 4002 – V-Neck Fit and Flare Gown with Spaghetti Straps

Back of 4002 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4002 (Back)

Romance lives on in this crepe fit and flare wedding dress. Embroidered lace covers the sweetheart bodice and floats down the skirt of the 4002 dress. The spaghetti straps accent the soft V-back with cute button detail, and the scalloped embroidered hem really finishes the look from head to toe.

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Bride and groom looking at view of Lake Como

Simple, Elegant Lake Como Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by minimalist fashion and elements of nature, Nienke van Denderen created this amazing destination wedding inspiration shoot on the banks of Lake Como, Italy. If you are thinking of getting married abroad, or having an elopement, then I’m sure a Lake Como wedding will be one of your top choices after seeing these ideas.

For the concept, Nienke and the team wanted to keep the styling simple, showing that sometimes less is more. In this shoot it’s all about the couple’s emotions.

Bride and groom looking at view of Lake Como

I love the soft colour palette used, which works so well against the backdrop of the lake and mountainside. The bouquet of small thistles and eucalyptus looks so pretty against the bride’s stunning boho style Inmaculada Garcia wedding dress. The bride and groom have a real carefree style going on, particularly the groom is his tan suede jacket.

The relaxed, simple styling is all that’s needed against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Como.

So, as I said, if you are dreaming of a lakeside elopement or wedding in the Italian countryside, how about a Lake Como wedding? Pure romance!

Elegant pink and grey stationery for Lake Como wedding

Elegant wedding stationery

Grey bridal shoes

Inmaculada Garcia wedding dress

Bride in street in Lake Como

Groom carrying bride's bouquet down street in Lake Como

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