For our latest collaboration, we partnered up with Pink Book Weddings and headed to Ever Be Country Venue in Pretoria. The wedding theme for the day was a beautiful combination of earthy tones, rich copper and stunning natural pampas grass.
Pampas Grass and Earthy Wedding Inspiration
A French Industrial Wedding Venue in the Countryside
Ever Be Venue is a new wedding venue located between Pretoria & Johannesburg. The venue has been a dream envisioned by Nanette, Claudette and their family for many years and was finally established in 2017. Their industrial French design was inspired by a minimalist view and love for traditional French venues. The idyllic country setting makes for a great backdrop for our photos. And the rustic face brick wall of the reception hall looked amazing with our earthy decor elements.
An Amazing, Artistic Wedding Cake Design
Pro baker Elli, from The Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie, created the beautiful wedding cake design for this shoot. Here is what she had to say; “For the cake, I really wanted something out of the ordinary, as I felt that the shoot and styling was also very much outside of the ‘norm’. I was super excited about the concept. I wanted to include a textural feel to the surface of the cake as a backdrop. And for a focal-point, sugar flower arrangements. The arrangement ended up in a more unconventional position on the cake in terms of its placement, which I really enjoyed. For the sugar flowers, I wanted to bring in the moody, darker colours, which really pop off the cake, with a couple of unusual sugar flower elements, such as branches and grass.”
Wedding Stationery & Jewellery
The invitations and stationery for the setup was provided by I Do Creative Concepts. They matched the tone and colours of the decor perfectly with neutral paper stock and copper coloured typography. The wax seal on the menus added a charming touch.
We absolutely loved the outstanding set of rings, bracelets and earrings from Lorean Jewellery’s collection. The rose gold tied in perfectly with our theme, while the dark gemstones added a dramatic element.
The Flowers and Decor Inspiration
Lizelle from Pronkertjie has worked with Pink Book on quite a few expo’s and shoots, and we trusted her to take this concept and turn it into something beautiful. She shares her creative process and inspiration with us;
“When Pink Book invites you to get creative and do what you love most, there is absolutely no hesitation when answering “YES!” (especially when the chosen location for the shoot just happens to be your all-time favourite wedding venue). Earthly Pampas: the design inspiration that stirred excitement in my heart through-out the planning process.
I had the amazing opportunity to create something uniquely beautiful that would not only speak to Pronkertjie’s signature design style but also compliment the French-industrial building style of Ever Be. By pairing earthly décor elements with exquisite floral hints, it was easy to bring the vision to life on an almost magical tablescape.
The design came together by combining Ever Be’s raw wooden tables with a neutral coloured tulle, softly cascading from the table to the floor – this added a touch of femininity to the overall look and the elegance we desire at any wedding table. I made use of different textures and colours to gently lead your eyes over the table. A plain linen napkin that compliments the colour of the Pampas grass was paired with a softer accent napkin to draw the attention back to the detailed glassware.
Tall, tapered dinner candles were placed in a variety of candle holders to draw your attention upward to the floating Pampas arrangement, effortlessly dancing above the table. Statement florals like Orchids & Tulips in ever-so-elegant white looked luxurious alongside the soft, oatmeal-coloured plumes. The bridal bouquet was created with a beautiful selection of layered Pampas, Orchids, Anthuriums & Tulips; perfectly completing the bridal-look. It truly was a thrilling experience to create floral designs with Pampas!”
The Bride & Groom
The bride’s lace gown and the groom’s dapper suits were provided by Bridal and Tuxedo boutique in Fourways. The groom’s beige suit was complemented by a black and gold paisley tie and pocket square. And a small sprig of berries and dried grass acted as the boutonniere, tieing in with the wedding theme.
The bride was beautifully made up by freelance makeup artist, Zandi Loots, who went with a soft base and romantic touches of blush and eyeshadow. The wedding dress was a long-sleeve lace mermaid gown with feminine, frilly flared sleeve cuffs.
The Photos & Video
The styled shoot was captured by Flip van Zyl and his amazing team at Theme Photography Ent. His natural style set the models at ease and captured the pops of purple and earthly tones perfectly. Easy to work with, creative and professional; Theme Photography Ent. worked brilliantly with videographer, Chris from Nightowl Media. Here is what they had to say about the experience: “With styled shoots essentially being ‘free shoots’, you don’t always know what to expect from all the suppliers in terms of commitment to the shoot. I have to compliment Pink Book on their selection of suppliers for this styled shoot. Every single one of the suppliers were extremely professional and gave 100% to the Styled shoot. I can only imagine if this is the effort that they give for a ‘Free shoot’, what the level of service and commitment will be to their paying clients. Thank you Pink Book for selecting us to be part of this incredible experience. It was an honour.”
When we hear “Wedding Photos” our minds immediately jump to the beautiful, romantic portrait of the wedding couple, but in reality being the one standing before the camera isn’t always a piece of cake. Some couples are naturally at ease in front of the camera, but most find it difficult to relax and be themselves. Take a breath and relax, your wedding photographer is just another friendly human being holding a fancy time capsule who wants to assure that you have beautiful memories of your special day captured.Find 10 weird and wonderful tips for your wedding photos below.
1. If you have any Specific Photographs in mind, share them with your Wedding Photographer or Videographer before the wedding day to ensure that your Photographer or Videographer knows to capture them.
2. Don’t forget to just Be Yourself during your couples shoot. We are here to document your love and all of the adorable, intimate moments in between. Don’t shy away from the camera, these photographs are an eternal encapsulation of you in your individual-togetherness and should capture who you are as a couple.
3. To add a natural and timeless feel to your wedding photos, choose a venue with loads of natural light and beautiful greeneries. Your wedding photographer will love you for it. (Bonus Tip: doing your couple shoot in a forest setting will ensure that you have some extra privacy and alone time with your spouse)
4. Don’t forget to add some luscious lashes! Some volume eyelashes always look amazing in photos!
Invest in a good makeup artist. Your bridal makeup should look natural but it’s safe to go a little darker than you usually would, it translates much better on camera and your bridal portraits will look incredible.
9. Remember to ensure to have enough Photographers – if you would like yourself and your soon-to-be to both be photographed getting ready, one photographer just can’t be in two places at once so assure that your package includes a second shooter.
10. Take a Breath! Don’t be too focused on having The Perfect photos taken, that’s the photographers’ job! If you spend your entire wedding looking for the camera, the photographer won’t get the chance to capture those special, unforgettable moments of yourself and your new partner in crime.
The wedding of Meghan & Warren at Bryanston Country Club was a perfect one. Their day wasn’t only beautiful from Meghan’s stunning wedding dress, Warren’s sleek suit to the stunningly elegant decor elements, it was also filled with so much love, fun, family, friends, laughter and smiles. Every little element of the day just pulled together wonderfully to form a magical and special day.
They had some amazing speeches from their friends and family, delicious food, drinks and atmosphere. This is definitely a day that Meghan & Warren will both cherish for the rest of their lives!
The Bryanston Country Club Wedding Venue
The club offers a beautiful wedding venue in a tranquil country club setting which was perfect for the wedding day of Meghan & Warren. They have a true all in one experience as they offer a stunning ceremony area, reception hall and tons of amazing landscape photo opportunities for the wedding couples shoot.
Thinking back to our wedding day brings back a rush of emotion and beautiful memories. The build-up to the wedding was not easy but day of the actual wedding went down without a hitch. The day before the wedding was filled with a few last minute errands, my cousin had flown in from Cape Town as she was one of my bridesmaids, and my first childhood friend, we had our nails done, sipped champagne and spent some quality time together. The night before the wedding was very calm and relaxed, I thought I would be more nervous but instead, I was filled with excitement! I spent the evening at my mom’s house with family, we chatted and packed for the big day. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in the world.
The morning of the wedding came quickly and we were out of the house and on our way by 7. I arrived at the venue with my mom, sisters and my cousin. We had a lovely breakfast before we started preparing the reception area and church. My mom is the world’s best wedding planner, she took control and worked on the décor for months. She was so devoted to creating a picture perfect wedding day, she succeeded and some. Every element was carefully thought out and everything was done with the utmost love. I am so lucky to have had her help me every step of the way and I treasure the time we spent together leading up to create this perfect day.
It was important to me to add little details of our journey to the day and I wanted to be involved in everything and really enjoyed setting things up. I helped until the last minute, the hairdresser and makeup artist actually had to come and call me to sit down. When things had calmed down a little I spent the remainder of the day in the bridal suite with my bridesmaids. My two sisters were bursting with excitement which I fed off, they are my everything and I was so overjoyed having them next to me throughout the experience. They made my journey unforgettable. We drank champagne and listened to music whilst getting prettified by the best beauty team a bride could wish for.
My beautiful sister in law, also a bridesmaid, made sure we had enough sweets and treats to keep us going. She always provides a good laugh and has endless love to give. She helped me into my dress and that was the first time that the day did not feel so surreal. When I came out in my dress I felt like a princess, my bridesmaids looked stunning and my mom so elegant. We had such fun taking photos and these photos were amongst my favourites. I shared first looks with my two brothers, my stepmom, my stepdad and my dad. Those few minutes, before going down to the chapel, with all my family around were precious. Just before going to the chapel I received a gift from Kyle, a beautifully embroidered handkerchief, for the first time that day my eyes filled with tears and my heart started to beat a little faster.
When we got to the chapel doors the nerves kicked in, my dad and I were left outside the chapel alone. In that moment I realised once again that I was about to marry my best friend. When the doors opened I just stared at Kyle and couldn’t wait for him to turn around and see me, when he did my heart burst with love, joy, excitement and every other wonderful emotion. When I got to him my only thought was ‘don’t let go of me.‘ My legs could not stop shaking! The ceremony was beautiful and having everyone we love there to witness our commitment to each other was just magnificent. Walking out of the church is one of the most memorable moments I treasure of the day, appearing as Mr and Mrs Mills for the first time felt incredible. The rest of the evening was filled with love, laughter, good food and celebrations. It was a day that I couldn’t have imagined any better in my wildest dreams. I feel so fortunate to have been blessed with such beautiful memories and photos, of course, to look back on.
“How to describe my wedding day. A day filled with laughter, crying, love, sadness, stress, fun, so many emotions in one day. I wouldn’t describe myself as one for a fairytale wedding. I have always wanted it to be more real than that. And it was.. And yes technically it looked like the fairytale wedding. And yes I have my Prince charming. But that day I really cannot even put into words.
The day started when I woke up after having only 4 hours of sleep because that previous night, one of my bride’s maids only did my nails after 10 at night and us girls were sitting outside chatting for hours.
So I was tired but excited. The last few days leading up to the wedding was quite stressful.
.. Not because I am a perfectionist.. (anything but)
But because my 2 mothers in law were and that freaked me out. That being said I have to give them all the credit for making the wedding run as smoothly as it did. The whole day is somewhat of a blur to me. Because I have never experienced how one day flies by so quickly. All I remember before the actual wedding was that in 3hours we tried to set up everything in time before my groom arrived. Murphy’s law, he arrived and we weren’t done and so I had to leave everything in the hands of my girls and family. I then started getting ready, and I guess there it slowed down a bit because, for some reason, there was an incredible amount of calm and peace that washed over me. My sister started doing my hair and makeup, and she managed to turn me into this beautiful being, someone I didn’t know, but liked very much. And when I got into my dress, I was shocked at the perfect reflection in the mirror. So it was a good start… And all of a sudden it was time, for my dad to see me and to give me away. That’s where the sad part comes in because to see how my dad cried, made me realize that this is it, this is the moment when I am no longer his to look after. After 24 years of preparing me for life. Today my life changes.”
“We were waiting for what felt like forever to go to the chapel. But from the bridal suite I could hear the jazz, I could hear people talking and that made me excited. Soon enough we were there and all I could think of was what my soon to be husband is thinking. I think it’s quite surreal when you realize that someone has chosen to spend their life with you beside them. I think it’s a wonderful privilege to be able to share a friendship and a love with someone like that!
Anyway, I chose to walk into the church with Josh Groban’s when you say you love me playing in the background. I must say that day, it was the most fitting song because when the doors opened and I saw my Husband’s face, the world stood still. I stopped breathing and I felt like it was just him and I in that room. I have never seen him cry the way he did that day. I have never felt his love so deeply like that day!! I wanted to run to him. I guess it was like a fairytale, but filled with way more emotion which made it so real! The ceremony was short but beautifully done, by my dad of course, who is a Minister of Religion. So again it was filled with emotion until he took out his pellet gun when he asked my husband if he will love me and cherish me forever. My dad is one for terrible jokes, but he pulled it off as we all laughed. Soon enough, we were married and we kissed and life as I knew it changed. My wedding was amazing. There was jazz music at Makiti wedding venue, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, fairy lights, wine, all our friends and family were there with us and we even tried to do our best Argentinian tango for our guests. After many dance lessons, we failed properly, but it was the best time we had as we couldn’t stop laughing! My dress even broke before our dance! But with all the fails of the evening, it was the best time I ever had, and it was the best start to my life as a Coertze!”