Bride and groom walking in grounds of Langverwagt

An Italian-Inspired Rustic Winter Wedding

Oh how I love a winter wedding. Nicholi and Jean-Rae married in South Africa and chose an Italian-inspired, rustic winter wedding theme for their day. Die Stoor in Khotsong, Bothaville, was the setting for this fabulous wedding. This rustic barn was a great blank canvas that allowed the couple to style away to their hearts’ desire.

Bride and groom walking in grounds of Langverwagt

Nicholi’s stunning dress, an intricate, sheer lace, high necked bodice upon a floaty tulle skirt, fitted their winter wedding perfectly. Her bridesmaids wore beautiful burgundy dresses with cosy wraps, and the little flower girl and pageboy looked so cute!

Winter wedding invitation

Wedding rings

Bride's bag and perfume

Earrings on top of perfume bottle

Flower girl looking at hanging wedding dress

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Bride and groom outside chapel at The Simondium Country Lodge

An Enchanting, Tolkien-Inspired Wedding

When you have a real passion for something, why not embrace it and use it as the inspiration for your wedding styling? That’s exactly what Chandré and Mark did for their incredible Tolkien-inspired wedding.

I love how the couple created such enchanting wedding styling based around Tolkien’s books. A charming, eclectic mix of literature-inspired details complemented by the most spectacular flowers.

The dark red and pink flowers work tremendously well with the dark evergreen foliage, creating a wonderful depth. These styling colours are warm and luxurious, and offer such intrigue to the concept.

Bride and groom outside chapel at The Simondium Country Lodge

Chandré’s floral crown of large pink and burgundy roses, framed with foliage, is so pretty, and complements her effortlessly beautiful bridal style. Talking of bridal style, wait until you see her shoes…*swoon!*

If you love Tolkien’s work too then you will really appreciate the effort this loved-up couple went to to use these elements in their wedding styling. The details were perfect for the wonderful rustic backdrop The Simondium Country Lodge offered – a perfect setting for them to create their own love story.

Photographer Michelle Du Toit captured Mark and Chandré’s amazing Tolkien-inspired wedding beautifully, and I am delighted to share their spectacular day with you…

Fairytale Character

“Our wedding was inspired by the beautiful settings and architecture of Rivendell, the Elven city envisioned in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ – what nerds! We both love the Tolkien stories and wanted to bring aspects from the books and films to our wedding.

“Although initially daunting, finding a venue which encapsulated the ethereal feel we were looking for turned out to be a lot easier than we thought. By chance we came across The Simondium Country Lodge, and were immediately taken by the beautiful gardens, charming chapel and exquisite reception hall. The few resident peacocks also added to the fairytale character of the venue.”

Peacock on train platform at The Simondium Country Lodge


Maroon bridal bouquet

Gold glitter wedding shoes

Maroon wedding shoes

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Bride and groom walking down country road

A Relaxed Winter Wedding in a Pub

An amazing pair of glittery Christian Louboutin shoes feature in today’s fabulous winter woodland styled wedding… oh, and a pub!

Jade and Danny wanted an informal affair so The Alma Inn was the perfect venue. This quaint, intimate country pub, with its roaring fires and rustic charm, was an amazing setting for their big day. The ‘winter woodland’ wedding styling featured hessian runners and sashes, winter flowers and pine cones, wood slices and lots of candles to add to the ambiance.

Bride and groom walking down country road

To complement the styling, the groomsmen wore trendy tweed suits, with Danny wearing his with a burgundy bow tie. Jade wore a lovely faux fur wrap which looked incredible against the backdrop of the surrounding rolling hills.

Rachel Joyce Photography’s pictures of Jade and Danny’s wedding tell the story of their day beautifully…

“When we began the planning process we started with a strong idea of what we didn’t want. Nothing too grand or formal; it was our day and we would do it exactly how we wanted. It was important to us both that we had a relaxed (but well organised so we could relax) day surrounded by our closest family and friends. So an intimate venue with only the traditions we really wanted were a must.

Intimate Country Gem

“I’d always thought I wanted a summer wedding; it was Danny who suggested winter. Although not entirely set upon the season we began visiting venues. When we visited our very first venue, The Alma Inn, in late November 2016, we knew it was the one. An intimate little country gem filled with lots of quirky features, Chesterfield sofas and roaring open fires. The breakfast room, with its beautiful beams and pastel colour scheme, was the perfect space for the ceremony and wedding breakfast.

The Alma Inn sign

Wedding dress hanging on wardrobe

Sparkly Christian Louboutin wedding shoes

Winter wedding bouquet

Coat hanger with bridesmaid's name on it

Bridesmaid sitting on bed

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Bride in boots sitting on chair

Luxury Silver and Grey Winter Wedding Styling

The elegance of a beautiful crisp winter wedding, with a neutral palette of white, silver, grey and sparkle, oozes sophistication. That’s exactly what this silver and grey winter wedding styling portrays. The team behind this shoot, styled by Liberty Pearl Photography, has created such a visual delight.

Bride in boots sitting on chair

Deer Park, a beautiful 18th Century Georgian mansion with 80 acres of glorious grounds, was utilised inside and out to bring this spectacular shoot to life.

We adore the white, silver and grey colour palette, which is sublimely expressed with the wedding cake and dessert table. The wedding cake was inspired by the beautiful agate and geode themed wedding stationery, and the cake and dessert table also featured marble macaroons – marble is a big trend for weddings this season.

With geode crystals, hints of rustic silver, lush green florals and wedding dresses to knock ’em dead, this styling really hits the spot for inspirational winter wedding ideas.

Thank you to Michelle Cordner Photography for capturing these wedding styling ideas for us to share.

“Liberty Pearl Photography styled this luxury winter wonderland shoot, which featured geode crystals, a hint of rustic silver, grey, and an abundance of green florals.

“Elegant geode and agate wedding stationery used the white, silver and grey wedding colour scheme beautifully.”

Silver and grey winter wedding stationery

Grey writing on wedding invitation

Deer Park County House Hotel

Groom sitting on steps at Deer Park

Bride standing by window

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Bride holding book in front of face

‘Once Upon a Time’ Wedding Inspiration

Happy Valentine’s Day! Congratulations if you have just got engaged – exciting times ahead. Today we have some romance for you with this ‘Once Upon a Time’ wedding inspiration, photographed by Twirly Girl Photography.

The shoot took place at Thornbury Castle, and its mystical, medieval nature makes it the perfect setting for this beautiful styling.

With a rich, luxurious look throughout, the styling reflects the romance of the ‘Once Upon a Time’ love story.

Dreamy, Mystical and Romantic

“‘Once Upon a Time’ was the perfect name for this dreamy, mystical and romantic shoot. The luxurious and elegant medieval influences reflect the beauty of Thornbury Castle and add to the romance and mystical nature of this shoot.

“Our lovely bride wore four different dresses, each one reflecting the romance of the story. Her gorgeous crown was handcrafted from champagne coloured keshi pearls, shell flowers and leaves, and a delicate mix of roses, clematis, ivy and cones created a dreamy wedding bouquet.”

Once Upon a Time wedding stationery

Lancelot name stationery

Bride with sword in grounds of Thornbury Castle

Bride surrounded by mist

Bride with silk scarf

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