Picture of the Day – Joel Davies Photography

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Two bride smiling as they hold each other - Picture by Joel Davies Photography

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An Opulent Wedding at Centre for the Book, South Africa

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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.

“A few days after she told me we had to talk. She said she knew I had feelings for her, our friend had told her, but it would never work and we had to finish the play professionally. She got a lot of attention when we went out dancing, so I knew my only ‘play’ with her would be to act as if I’m okay. I got up as if to walk away and said as nonchalantly as I could ‘I understand. Oh well, it was fun feeling this way’, even though my heart was breaking. I started walking away and I heard her say ‘Milan, wait!’ Then I knew, I had her.” – Milan

Groom's shoes and accessories

Groom putting jacket on

Groom fastening watch

Groomsmen standing by sliding glass door

A Joining of Two Communities

“I’m really not into minimalism; my aesthetic motto is ‘more is more’. When I pictured our wedding I was hoping for something opulent where our guests would feel really special. We both come from families who serve the Lord and who God has been faithful to, so we wanted to celebrate that. I was very mindful of the fact that it wasn’t just us getting married – it was also a joining of two communities.

“We married at the NG Kerk Tafelberg. It’s such a beautiful building with the most amazing organ. Neither of us are members of the NG Church but they graciously allowed us to get married there. It was really special getting married in a church with such a rich history. They were very accommodating and lovely to work with.”

Bride arriving for wedding

Wedding ceremony in NG Kerk Tafelberg

Wedding ceremony flowers

Organ in NG Kerk Tafelberg

Wedding confetti shot

Truth Steampunk Cafe

“We decided to have our pre drinks at Truth Steampunk cafe across from the church as Truth, for us, is synonymous with modern Cape Town. They were fantastic and the guests loved the informal experience of grabbing a coffee and snacks before the really formal reception.

Bridal party at Truth Coffee

Bride with bridesmaids in white shirts and black skirts Groomsmen wearing suits and bow ties

Bridal party crossing the road

Bride and groom holding Truth coffee cups

Bride and groom walking holding coffee cups

“We adore Cape Town and wanted to get married in the heart of the city. We regularly roam the city streets and wanted our guests to experience something of our love affair with the city by going on a mini adventure to the different venues.”

Bride and groom reading a book

Bride and groom sitting on couch in book shop

Bride and groom leaving The Book Lounge Bride and groom walking in Cape Town

Bride and groom

Bride and groom by steps of Centre for the Book Bride and groom

Bride wearing black shrug outside Centre for the Book

Centre for the Book Wedding Venue

“We chose the amazing venue Centre for the Book wedding venue for our reception. I’m a playwright and big reader, and Milan is also into comics, so the ‘centre for the book’ was a natural choice for us. The building is amazingly intimate yet still has the grandeur suited to a banquet. I wanted a medieval-esque banquet, and even chose the food to hint at this – lamb shanks etc. I would’ve liked a pig with an apple in its mouth but apparently they don’t do those any more – anyway, that’s the vibe we were going for.

“We served our guests gluhwhein as they entered as it was (supposed to be) the coldest day of the year. Even though I’m teetotal, gluhwhein is special to me as my family always has this when visiting the Grahamstown Arts Festival. My mom always jokingly says this was where I gave my first kick as a baby in her womb, and this was also one of the first places Milan and I went on a trip together with friends. He had a lot of gluhwhein, I had a lot of coffee. It was magic.

“We asked Sylvia Mdunyelva, our favourite jazz singer, to provide live music for us at the reception. She is a legend and it was an honour having her play at our wedding. The atmosphere with her playing was electric. We entered the reception to her rendition of ‘Pata Pata’.”

Bride and groom crossing the road

Bride and groom looking at bride's wedding ring

Bride and groom laughing together

Bride and groom standing on tree-lined path

Bride standing by monument

Centre for the Book wedding venue, South Africa

Antique Crockery and Meaningful Books

“My amazing mom sourced our crockery. I showed her a picture of what I wanted and she ran with it. A lot of it was pieces my gran collected; she adores antiques, as do I. When I was a little girl she always took me to antique shops and taught me about the cups, what made them valuable, and checking the rims to see if the edges still have all their gold on them. She couldn’t make it to the wedding, she has Dementia, but I know she would’ve loved all the colourful plates and cups.

“We wanted our guests to feel welcome and special, so we tried to choose a book which had some significant meaning to them as a gift. My mom and I roamed many second hand book stores to find one for each of the guests. We wrote their name cards on old library tags from inside books which I bought on eBay from England, and we wrote each guest a note on them.

“We chose minimal stationery as it was more cost-effective and greener. It was basically just one booklet which was handed out in church with all the info guests needed. The seating chart, menu, hymns, program, map, parking info etc was all in one place.”

Wedding tables inside Centre for the Book

Arches and windows inside Centre for the Book

Opulent wedding table styling

Book at wedding place setting Wedding table flowers

Long wedding table with books at each place

Foliage Pink peony

Opulent wedding table styling at Centre for the Book wedding

Book on wedding table Old book

Favourite Moments

“When I had 15 minutes alone with Marina in the Company Gardens. We watched the sun set behind Table Mountain on a park bench just after the photos were taken and before we entered the reception. A homeless man volunteered to be our guard (I don’t know what he was protecting us from). I loved being alone with her.” – Milan

“We had a black tie wedding. Even though a lot of guests complained, grovelled or threw tantrums, some of my favourite moments were when some of the guests would come and tell me about their special dress or suit. They had stories to tell about their outfits like ‘this was my gran’s’, and ‘my father wore this blazer on his first date with my mother’. Some even said ‘Look I wore velvet for you, Marina’. I love velvet. I felt so touched that everyone had worn their best to celebrate our wedding.

“Also, the moment at the very end was very special. Milan took my hand and said we had to go – there was an Uber waiting outside the venue – a real city wedding moment. It was incredible knowing I’m going home with him and I never have to say goodbye again. I still have to pinch myself sometimes.” – Marina

Bride and groom in hall of Centre for the Book

Bride and groom at balcony of Centre for the Book

Bride and groom sitting on balcony of Centre for the Book

Bride and groom sitting on couch in Centre for the Book

It’s Not Just About the Bride

“I’m religious so I’d say pray a lot as this helps you focus on what’s important. Also remember that it’s not true that it’s just about the bride – it’s about a lot of people coming together. If you expect it to be about a community you roll with it if there’s criticism, and you protect and value your relationships which have to last long after the day is done.

“That said, be nice, nod and say thank you, and then do exactly what you want. I ignored a lot of well meant advice about tablecloths, bridesmaid dresses and make-up, and I’m so glad I did. Some of my favourite elements in the wedding were things not everyone agreed on or where I was told ‘that’s not done on a wedding’. Use tradition if it has meaning, but if it doesn’t make sense to you then leave it! I didn’t throw my bouquet or garter, and we didn’t cut a cake. No one missed it. Those things didn’t make sense to me so I left them out.

“Speeches are my favourite part of a wedding. A lot of people tried to shorten the amount of speeches or said the bride shouldn’t speak. I ignored this and I’m so glad I did. I got to honour my parents and grandparents, and I got to make a mini love declaration to my husband. Why can’t girls do that? Basically, do what you want but in a nice way.”

Vintage crockery Books in cabinet in Centre for the Book

Wedding breakfast in centre for the book

Floral candelabra display Lamb shank wedding food

Bride and groom in Centre for the Book

The Best of Both Worlds

“We had a coordinator on the day who took over the week before. We didn’t want a full on planner as I was fine with organising everything beforehand and wanted to make sure we got the right look. I highly recommend this as it’s affordable and the best of both worlds. A venue like ours has a lot of logistics as everything needs to be outsourced, and a coordinator does all of the deliveries etc so you can relax before the big day.

“Finally, don’t choose vendors because they’re famous or cheap, but because they can execute the look you want. Take the trouble to talk to past clients and get advice from newlyweds. This helped us a lot. Also, if you want something specific, don’t be afraid to ask. Milan and his groomsmen’s outfits were very specific and we asked for exactly what we wanted. However, flowers are very important to me and I see florists as artists who shouldn’t be inhibited. Give vendors a good creative brief – I used a lot of paintings instead of flower pins – and don’t be too prescriptive. I think the same goes for your photographer. If they have to focus on getting a list of shots on your Pinterest board they may miss the moments Michelle captured so beautifully.”

Photography: Michelle Du Toit Photography

Ceremony Venue: NG Kerk Tafelberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Pre-Drinks Venue: Truth Coffee

Reception Venue: Centre for the Book, Cape Town, South Africa

Coordination: Nu Experiences

Wedding Dress: Carina Le Roux

Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Moi Styling

Groom’s Bowtie: My Bro Tie

Make-Up: Ryan Neves Make-Up Artistry

Hair: SCAR

Flowers: Okasie

Bar: Urban Tonic

Band: Sylvia Mdunyelva

Rings: Freerange Jewels

Tablecloth: Table Cloth Hiring Company

Catering: Malita Joubert Catering

DJ: That DJ Guy

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Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection

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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.

Style 4014 – Illusion Bodice A-Line Gown with Delicate Chiffon Skirt

4014 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4014

This is modern romance! This magnificent illusion bodice wedding dress is accented with Venice lace, soft Venice straps, an illusion square cut back and button detailing. I adore the way the lace cascades down the chiffon skirt of the Sincerity Bridal SS18 4014 dress.

Style 4015 – Satin Fit and Flare Gown with Detachable Long Sleeves

Back of 4015 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4015 (Back)

The lace really captures the beauty of the 4015 dress, with its deep illusion back and side cut outs. The soft tulle detachable sleeves with delicate embroidered lace appliqué and button closures at the wrist complement the soft satin of this stunning wedding dress.

The wedding dresses in the Sincerity Bridal Spring/Summer 2018 collection really are fit for a princess. See the rest of the show-stopping styles from the SS18 collection in the gallery below, and find out more at www.justinalexander.com/sincerity-bridal.

Sincerity Bridal SS18 Gallery

4000 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4000 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4001 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4001 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4002 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4002 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4003 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4003 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4004 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4004 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4005 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4005 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4006 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4006 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4007 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4007 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4008 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4008 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4009 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4009 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4010 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4010 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4011 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4011 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4012 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4012 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4013 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4013 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4014 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4014 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4015 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4015 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4016 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4016 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4017 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4017 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4018 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4018 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4019 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4019 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4020 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4020 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4021 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4021 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4022 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4022 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4023 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4023 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4024 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4024 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4025 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4025 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4026 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4026 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4027 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4027 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4028 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4028 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4029 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4029 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4030 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4030 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4031 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4031 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4032 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4032 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4033 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4033 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4034 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4034 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4035 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4035 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
4036 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection
Back of 4036 Wedding Dress from the Sincerity Bridal SS18 Collection

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Simple, Elegant Lake Como Wedding Inspiration

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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

Bride and groom

Bridal bouquet of thistles and eucalyptus

Bride and groom holding hands looking away from each other

Simple and Elegant Theme

“I’m in love with Italy and minimalist fashion, so I combined this with my dream of doing a wedding shoot in the mountains – a perfect wish list moment. Inspired by elements of nature we created this concept where less was more – a comfortable wedding look with a modern flare, and a simple and elegant theme that would fit perfectly with weddings.

“The combination of geometric shapes, light grey and marble for the wedding stationery is elegant, feminine and simple.”

Groom wearing tan suede jacket Bride with hand on hip

Bride and groom by rocks at Lake Como

Bride and groom Bride and groom touching heads

Open back of Inmaculada Garcia wedding dress

Bride and groom by Lake Como

Bride wearing Inmaculada Garcia wedding dress by Lake Como

Bride and groom standing on rock at Lake Como

Lake Como

“Lake Como was the perfect location – elegant, feminine and simple. During this shoot, in collaboration with a team of talented Dutch creatives, everything came together perfectly, and by keeping it simple, all the focus was on the lovely couple and their emotions.”

Bride and groom standing on rock at Lake Como

Bride and groom at top of mountain at Lake Como

Groom standing behind bride with arms around her waist

Bride and groom walking across mountain in Lake Como

Bride with lace detailed wedding dress with groom

Groom standing behind bride with arms around her waist

Bride and groom holding hands with Lake Como in background

Bride at top of mountain at Lake Como

Bride and groom smiling together

Photography: Nienke van Denderen

Styling: Frederique Schenkels

Flowers: Judith Slagter

Wedding Dress: Inmaculada Garcia

Stationery: Kijkkalligrafie

Hair and Make-Up: Nathalie van de Ven

Models: Ricardo and Stefanie

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