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Origami Details

16 November, 2011

Hello, lovelies! It’s time for another roundup, and today I’m not only bringing you some detail candy, but also some fab DIYs to help you incorporate this particular trend/idea into your wedding. I’m personally a big fan of origami and as both an accessible DIY and one that’s flexible enough to look great in a number of different styles of weddings, I can see why it’s become more popular recently. Cranes are, of course, the big one (and they have special meanings for weddings – brides and grooms are supposed to fold 1,000 cranes for luck, since the patience and perseverance in folding all that paper is supposed to be a small taste of the qualities needed for a happy marriage). But recently I’ve seen some other lovely (and basic) origami details emerging as well, and I’ve rounded them up here. If you’d like to add a handmade touch to your day, or if you feel like your table needs that extra something, or you’re looking for cute escort cards, or or or… this may just be for you.


Left: Origami heart Save the Dates from Eat Drink Chic; Right: Origami heart place cards from Martha Stewart

How pretty are these? Origami hearts make for great place settings, escort cards, even Save the Dates. Here are two sets of instructions for the hearts pictured above:


Source: Browne Photography via Style Me Pretty

I love these little birds, and this bride used them as great little escort cards, surrounding a twig tree (which could also double up as a wishing tree, if you like).


Left: Origami boat garland via le Frufru; Right: Origami boat place setiing from Martha Stewart

How adorable are these for a beach or nautical wedding? It’s the perfect whimsical touch for your table, and makes a super sweet garland as well.


Left: Origami paper planes from Martha Stewart; Right: Storybook Photography via The Pretty Blog

If boats are for nautical-themed weddings, aeroplanes are just perfect for travel-themed receptions and globetrotting couples. Use them as part of your decor, or substitute them for confetti after the ceremony – just watch your eyes!

Fortune Tellers

Left: Origami fortune teller from Ruffled; Centre: Origami fortune teller from Martha Stewart; Right: Origami fortune teller from The Pretty Blog

Here’s another you’ve probably made before, back on the school playground. Updated for adulthood, they make the pretties menus/orders of service/Save the Dates/table decorations. And this DIY’s even easier for you, since some of the generous folks in wedding land have produced templates for you to work from.

Wedding Video: Libby & Grant

15 November, 2011

With the world premiere of Twilight: New Moon and a certain hotly anticipated forest wedding last night, I thought it was a good time to revisit one of my favourite weddings so far this year. Grant & Libby’s day was full of incredible, thoughtful, personal details (check out their full wedding post here) but it all started with the loveliest forest ceremony. When Peter Mann of Just Shoot Me sent over their highlights reel, I couldn’t help but share a second look!

Still images above from Adene Photography

Real Wedding at Clouds Estate {Ine & Riaan}

15 November, 2011

Attitude, baby. It’s all about attitude. In life, in work – even in weddings. The truth is (and I need to remind myself of this a LOT), that there’s a limited amount of control you have over the material you have to work with every day, but the one thing you always have control over is how you deal with it. I don’t know today’s bride, but I feel like she gets that. She planned her Clouds Estate wedding herself (with lots of help from friends and family) and put a lot of thought and effort into the perfectly pink details (how much do I love the Mr and Mrs style favours?). But on the day, she let it all go and spent her day basking in marrying her husband and spending time with all the people she loves. You just need to take one look at her radiant smile in these absolutely gorgeous photos by Lauren Kriedemann to know that kind of attitude was working for her, and then some! So even if you usually skip the text, make sure you read it today, because Iné really has some great, down-to-earth advice!

From the bride:
Riaan and I both studied accounting at Stellenbosch. Although we were in the same class at varsity we never really met until the day that I sang a solo as part of a competition where the different dorms competed against one another. He asked friends who I was and they told him that I was actually in his class. To this day, Riaan still loves it when I sing – hence my decision to sing at the wedding reception. We started dating in our second year of university, supported one another through a tough Honours year, qualifying exams and three years of training contracts, before both becoming qualified chartered accountants.
We got engaged on our five year anniversary, just before Riaan was leaving South Africa for a short term secondment to the Netherlands. He arranged a weekend away to Witsand and we stayed in a cabin overlooking the sea and river. He had a wedding ring designed and made for the engagement and I could not have asked for a more perfect engagement ring.

My whole family took part in organising the wedding so that I didn’t have to use a co-ordinator – my sister, mother and best friend spent a year’s worth of Saturdays looking at venues, dresses, flowers, ideas, etc. I absolutely fell in love with Clouds Estate in Stellenbosch when I saw it for the first time. The venue is really romantic, very French provincial with stunning views and it suited my idea of a very soft romantic theme with plenty of flowers in different shades of pink and white. The venue is quite small so we decided to also look at a number of others, but nothing else could quite compare. We then made the decision to rather limit the guest list to close friends and relatives to ensure that the venue was workable.

Another important factor was the food – my dad is in the food industry and we wanted it to be cuisine quality without one having to search for the food on your plate. We went all out, doing canapés; a tomato, mushroom and goat’s cheese quiche for starters; lamb shank for mains and crème brulee with nuts for dessert. We also had special mini-cakes for the wedding cake so people could have their little cake with coffee. We knew that our friends would probably stay quite late and organised a number of cheese platters for late evening snacks.

I have always loved the colour pink so there was no question around the colour scheme for the wedding. However, I wanted it to be very smart and classy at the same time and hence decided to use white and silver as my predominant colours and then bring in the colour with the use of different pink flowers and other special touches I organised to match my pink theme. These included the white wedding cake and mini cakes with small pink ribbons and decorative details, the invites (pink with silver and white damask), and table gifts of handmade shortbread cookies in either a dress for the ladies or a tie for the men. The flowers were spectacular – they exceeded my wildest expectations and made an already stunning venue an absolute floral marvel.

I think the speeches that evening were really representative of us and our families. I sang without Riaan expecting anything, which was really special as this is something unique to us and how we met. Riaan then actually played the song I sang when we originally met as part of his speech without me knowing that he was going to do that.

Our minister gave me the best advice in advance of the wedding: remember that the people attending are the people that love you the most – they are not there to judge the event, they are there because they want to share your big day with you. When things felt like they may become a bit overwhelming before the wedding, I tried to remind myself of this fact. In the end, the best part of the day was having all my closest family and friends at the wedding – it was a really relaxed atmosphere and everyone just really enjoyed themselves. I’d advise all bridal couples to actually take the time to chat to your friends and relatives and not waste time worrying about small details on the day. 

My advice to future brides…
Of all the things that I needed to organise, the photographer took the most time. It will be the only product from your wedding that will be the lasting memory of that day. Ensure that your photographer has an understanding of the look and feel of your wedding and that they know upfront the type of photos that you like (i.e modern, arty or more conservative). They play a big part in the flow and movement of the day and you need to meet with this person to ensure that it is the type of person you can trust to almost “run” your day. The good photographers get booked more than a year in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Organising a wedding can be very overwhelming. You see a million different ideas in magazines and you sometimes get so confused that you are unsure as to what you should be focussing on. I recommend that you decide on five special things that you want to be unique at your wedding. Focus on getting these perfect and the rest will follow. For me this was the flowers, wedding cake and table gifts that matched my theme. It was visible elements that enforced the overall atmosphere at the wedding.

Thank you Iné and Riaan for sharing your wisdom and beautiful wedding with us today! And thanks to the very lovely Lauren – always a pleasure to have you on Cap Classique! You can find more pictures from this wedding on Lauren’s blog here.

Service providers:

Venue & catering: Clouds Estate
Photographer: Lauren Kriedemann
Florist & decor: Gart from Lush (
Cake & table gifts: Nelle Cakes
Stationery: Nancy Flint from Creatus Designs
Bride’s dress: Lady Marmalaide
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bride & Co.
Hair & makeup: Fabienne Zadel

Real Life Bride #3: The Venue

14 November, 2011

The venue… Aah yes, this has to be one of the hardest parts of the whole wedding planning process! After visiting what felt like all of the hundreds of beautiful venues around the Cape Winelands, and still not finding exactly what we were looking for in our perfect wedding venue, I became quite desperate. After all, we are getting married in March, peak wedding season, and being a wedding photographer I should know better than to be leaving this vital part of the wedding so late! I began to have visions of hopping on a jet plane, just the two of us, and eloping to some far-off island getaway – something like Bora Bora would have been nice… but then our family and friends wouldn’t have been there to share in our special day. So back to the venue hunt we went!

This venue hunt went on for quite a while, and as time went by, I received a few worried emails from my close friends overseas asking just when our wedding date was. Of course, you can’t really announce your date before you have booked the venue, and with a number of guests coming from overseas they had to book their tickets, and so the list goes on!

So eventually after chatting to two of my good friends, Leigh and Kim, they suggested taking a look at a venue on the way to Paarl called Anura Vineyards. This gorgeous little gem, is quite unknown when it comes to the normal big and bold wedding venues, but as soon as we walked in we just felt it was perfect straight away!

Image source: Yvette Gilbert Photography

A few of the important factors on our list were that it had to be an intimate venue as we are having around 70 guests and didn’t want them lost in a big hall. Secondly it had to have a beautiful garden as we want a garden ceremony. Another important tick on the box was a good backup venue in case of the sometimes unpredictable Cape weather, and tick! they have a gorgeous cellar which acts as that backup!

Images top and bottom left from Bride Abroad; image bottom right from Anura on Facebook

Of course for me personally one of THE most important factors was beautiful scenery for our photographs (suprise suprise!) and the gorgeous Anura Vineyards has amazing scenery 360 degrees around the venue. It is small and intimate and has a rustic feel to it with a beautiful garden. The patio stretches along the venue with reeds overhead which we will decorate with fairy lights and white chinese lanterns, and of course have our outdoor dance floor! The trees in the garden will also be decorated with lighting and I love the fact that most of the wedding will be outdoors:) The lovely wedding co-ordinater, Kara, is also just amazing and very accommodating to my needs to have pretty things strewn about! And with around a 35 minute drive from our home and where most of our friends live it isn’t too far away, and there are plenty of options for friends and family to stay overnight.

Image source: Jani B Photography

So after all the blood, sweat and tears we have our perfect venue and now the wedding planning commences at last!

Inspiration Board: Dandelion Days

14 November, 2011

Good morning friends! Hope you had a fab weekend! Mine was good – I had the privilege of spending yesterday with a group of fantastic wedding industry people assisting on a shoot for my friend Louise of (aka @bijouxbride). Lots of hard work, but it was so fun, and I can’t wait to see the pictures. I know there are a lot of people who don’t like inspiration shoots, but for me, they’re a great way to pull together an idea (like a mood board, but on a bigger scale) and I know they’re where I get a lot of the ideas I use in my boards. Plus, they’re great for table settings, which I know brides struggle with sometimes. What do you think? Love ’em or hate ’em?

Anyway, on to today’s board. While it’s gone very cold and grey in London town, I know everyone in South Africa is on the other side of the spring/autumn equation, so I thought I would bring you a lovely spring palette to enjoy. A lot of brides shy away from yellow because it’s such a strong colour, but if canary yellow is too bold and mustard is too yellow, consider a soft pastel lemon. Combined with pale green and grey, it’s fresh and flattering, and it brought to mind for me the pretty gardeny side of the Kate Moss nuptials – a traditional church, lots of little flowergirls in white, wildflowers. Add in yellow shoes and a polka dot dress, plus of course a little hair braid (because we do love braids, don’t we!). And if you like the lovely invitations pictured here by my clever friends at Brancoprata, you can download the template for free right here. Perfect, non?

Colours: Pale yellow, green and soft grey

Top row (l-r): Bride & groom (Jose Villa); yellow shoes (Christine Meintjes); polka dot dress; frosted lemons (A. Hana Design); lemonade
Row 2: Dessert table (Amy Atlas); invitation (Brancoprata); macaroon ring shot (Kim Mendoza Photography); vintage car (Photogen Inc.)
Row 3: Dandelion; bridesmaid (Katelyn James); braided updo; flower girls; pretty church from Kate Moss Wedding (Mario Testino/Vogue)

Wedding Words #5

13 November, 2011

Image by Amelia J. Moore Photography via Fab You Bliss

This to the Crown, and blessing of my life,
The much lov’d husband of a happy wife.
To him, whose constant passion found the art
To win to a stubborn and ungrateful heart;
And to the World, by tend’rest proof disovers
They err, who say that husbands can’t be lovers.

– From ‘A Letter to Daphnis, 2 April 1685’, Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

The Love List

12 November, 2011

Happy weekend friends! Hope you’re having a lovely time! I’m having a chilled one, catching up on the work I couldn’t do this week when the power was out and cuddling up in this winter weather we are suddenly having. And tomorrow, I get to go along to a shoot organised by the lovely Louise of Bijoux Bride – you’ll have to wait to see what she has in store, but if you’re like to see some of her styling handiwork, check out this fab Art Deco shoot she posted this week. I absolutely love it!

It’s been an awesome week on the blog, with at least one special announcement I am still glowing about. Here’s more things that I’ve loved on the web this week…

  • What a clever way to commemorate your wedding song (and justify all those hours you spent listening to iTunes and arguing about it?)
  • This beach wedding is just gorgeous, in shades of aqua and pink. (Psst, if you like it, check out the Aqua & Rose suite from the brand new Cap Classique Stationery Range for your wedding. Yep, I totally just took an opp to plug it. But I’m so thrilled with it, how could I not?)
  • Autumn wedding? Love this inexpensive idea for votives.
  • I’m dying over these hanging artichokes with roses. DYING.
  • If you’re doing vintage and want to display family photos, this simple DIY is perfect.
  • Brilliant advice on making the most of your honeymoon photos.
  • Simple and free, these clever rustic wood placemats just blow me away in their amazingness. I love creative couples on a budget!
  • WOW. Now here’s a favour. The talented groom created framed art for each guest, tied it with twine and placed one at each setting. Can I be a guest and get one, please?

Keeping it local, this Cape Town wedding from our friends at The Pretty Blog has everything you could want. Team Bride and Groom badges, congrats flags, doily bunting, bendy straws on a lemonade stand, paper flowers and OMG THAT DRESS.  Be still my pretty wedding lovin’ heart.

And finally, here’s all the goods from Cap Classique this week!

And don’t forget to sign up on Facebook to hear more about new wedding magazine {MAG}rouge – see the details here, and lots of prizes to be won!

We have lots more to show on the blog next week, but have a great Saturday night meanwhile!


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