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Modern Boho Bridal Bliss

What do you get when a dream team of wedding service providers team up? You get pure unfiltered magic and leading wedding trends for the season. Needless to say, what you are about to view is our latest styled shoot which is pure unapologetic wedding goodness. Captured by the exceptionally talented By Bhavika Photography and Design - this styled shoot is a total feast for the eyes. From the picture perfect wedding venue to the statement dresses, bespoke wedding accessories to the luxurious tablescape - this spring summer styled shoot is a fabulous trend forecaster for the upcoming wedding season. Inspired by a Autumnal colour palette, accented with pops of pink and metallic gold, this wedding look book is perfect for the trend setter bride that loves natural elements, minimalistic details and lush florals!


The Venue

Needing no introduction, Buccara Wildlife Reserve is a secret oasis that calms a restless soul! Expect nothing but relaxation, peace and beauty when you drive through this picture perfect reserve. Nested in the Karoo, Buccara Wildlife Reserve is the perfect venue for a dreamy destination wedding in South Africa. Offering on site accommodation and plenty of dreamy ceremony areas and a stylish reception space, Buccara is perfect for an alfresco style celebration. If you’re dreaming of a wedding venue with nature on your doorstep, look no further. Our team got to experience the reserves warm hospitality during our overnight stay. Needless to say, we were handled like absolute royalty and were treated to an unforgettable experience by this talented and hospitable team. A special thank you to Nikita who made it her mission to ensure our team was well looked after.

Buccara Wildlife Reserve offers their discerning clientele a choice of 2 luxury lodges all equipped with the very best facilities to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyed to the maximum. This charming and peaceful sanctuary surrounded by lush gardens and endless landscapes offers the perfect setting for your big day.

Ceremony Area

With a venue like Buccara Wildlife Reserve a statement outside ceremony area is absolutely crucial to really showoff the incredible landscapes. Sophia’s Roses created a jaw dropping ceremony area that will make even the most classical of brides squeal with delight. A celebration of textures and tones, this masterpiece truly blew us away.

A round ceremony arch perfectly adorned with dried fan palms and Yukon Belle branches stole the show. The pop of warm orange reminds us of the dreamy sunsets at Buccara and boy-oh-boy did it deliver. Complete with Moroccan carpets and palm leaves all down the steps, this is one statement bridal entrance! Sophia included custom made hexagon stands with aloes beautifully highlighted by clear pillar vases from Hire Haus and the most incredible selection of candles from Candles4U! Needless to say, this boho chic ceremony areas deserves a standing ovation.

Reception Looks

We are so excited to showcase two dreamy intimate wedding reception looks. With the help of Sophia’s Roses, Hire Haus, Candles4U and Tablecloth Hiring we created two trendsetting reception looks. From concept right through to execution, these dreamy wedding service providers helped create the most incredible reception inspiration for your big day.

Romantic Blush and Gold

It is no secret that blush and gold is always a winning wedding look. There is something so beautiful about these colours merging together to create an overflow of whimsical delight, and when combined with a pop of metallic and chic table accents, the end result is magical! For this reception look, we wanted to have a strong focus on lush florals and striking decor pieces. We are not going to lie, a little understated opulence always makes for a winning reception look. Tablecloth Hiring set the tone with their decadent and luxurious textured off white linen table cloth. Sophia the beauty and brains behind Sophia’s Roses certainly outdid herself with a lush floral arrangement complete with textured greenery - certainly paying homage to the landscapes around her. All these gorgeous blooms were grown by Sophia and were freshly picked for the shoot. If that isn’t girl boss goals, we don’t know what is! Shades of pink and white were brought to life with pops of coral and greenery all perfectly positioned to create an organic and natural statement arrangement.

Hire Haus certainly brought the heat to this reception look with their fabulous decor pieces. We cannot recommend Hire Haus enough brides and grooms-to-be! This dynamic team offer their clients a wide variety of decor essentials and their amazing stock caters to all wedding styles, themes and budgets. For this intimate reception look, the stylish decor pieces added the perfect finishing touch. Ornate charger plates, pink side plates and opulent gold cutlery set the tone and were beautifully accented with ornate coupés and modern gold candlesticks! Little matte pink and gold votives picked up the tones in the florals to create an harmonious symphony of wedding gold! To complete this romantic look, Candles4U provided the most swoon worthy dinner candles in shades of rust and blush picking up each of the decor pieces and florals in a lavish, contemporary modernised classic bridal look!

Modern Black & Blush

Often we hear brides are a little hesitant when it comes to using black as a focal decor piece but we say why not! This modern black and blush wedding reception look focuses on layering textures with chic metallic accents and ambient lighting. Achieving the right balance with a black and blush wedding look is all about mastering the perfect blend between romantic and masculine. Soften the look with lighter tones and lush blooms and add depth and height with candles.

For this dreamy reception look, we used modern black lined underplates complete with slate dinner plates and a much needed pink side plate. Not only do we love the play on sizes but we love how the little pop of pink highlights the beautiful flowers and candles. Modern high gloss vases and candle sticks in various sizes, and chic black and gold cutlery add the ultimate stylish statement to this trend setting reception look. Don’t even get us started on those ornate coupés. Sophia included single stemmed cream roses and foraged foliage on the table with a strong focus on interesting textures and tones. As seen in the 2019 season, dried florals are all the rage and with good reason. This sustainable floral choice allows you to achieve really unique and interesting floral arrangements perfectly highlighted by your stylish decor. To finish the look off, add votives in various sizes for the perfect low ambient glow and a trendy modern perspex table number. Très magnifique!

The Wedding Cake

No wedding celebration is complete without a statement wedding cake! Blos Bakery certainly is no stranger to the wedding and event industry and their cake creations and sweet delights are well known back at SA Weddings HQ. The Blos Bakery team created a stunning two tier soft pink cake and our darling director, Katherine Ballantyne decorated it with lush blooms from Sophia’s Roses which featured that glorious white Dhalia! Needless to say, keeping our hands off this decadent cake creation proved to be quite a feat. It smelt amazing!

The Bridal Gowns

No stranger to the limelight, Cindy Bam Couture sure knows how to accentuate your best features with her jaw dropping wedding gowns and excellent craftsmanship. Each of her bespoke gowns is a labour of love and their timeless beauty has become her signature trademark. Needless to say, when it came to this Modern Boho Bridal Bliss Shoot, Cindy and her incredible team delivered two wedding gowns that were beyond our wildest dreams.

Boho Bridal Gown

There are not enough adjectives to describe this incredible masterpiece from Cindy Bam Couture. This luxurious and romantic Bohemian wedding dress was the pièce de résistance of this entire shoot and quite literally blew our team away. This breathtakingly well balanced Bohemian wedding gown featured the most incredible bell sleeves, with form fitting bodice and dramatic train with layer upon layer of delicate lace. Perfection cannot even begin to describe it. Every meticulous detail added to enhance comfort and showcase your best assets. Needless to say, our beautiful model Chanel looked exquisite. This couture wedding gown was so soft to the touch and epitomises what Boho Chic is all about. The clean lines and strategic placement drawing your eye to the areas of your body you want to show off, all whilst gently highlighting the décolletage and sexy low V-cut back line. It is truly feminine with a little edge, perfectly balanced Bohemian luxury.

The Classic Bridal Gown

Cindy Bam is a woman with many talents and our second statement wedding gown epitomises old Hollywood glamour! This form fitting gown with deep V in the front is sultry and sexy whilst still keeping it classic and chic. We absolutely love the open back and buttons that draw your eye down to the train! If your legs are you best asset, you’ll love the stylish slit in the front of the gown which glides gracefully as you move. “The simplicity of a minimal wedding dress highlights extraordinary craftsmanship and showcases your figure in a way that is subtly sexy” (Brides Wedding Blog). The minimal classic effect is gracefully achieved through structured fabrics that are clean, chic and ultra impactful! Cindy provided the perfect little Burgundy bolero jacket with embellished details which simply made this bridal gown pop. Perfect for those chilly evenings in the Karoo!

Bridal Beauty

Bridal Make Up

The talent in the Karoo is out of this world! Carlin Loots from HealthiSkin showed her talents off with a bold and dramatic wedding makeup look. Think bold eyes, defined brows and bronzed finishing. Chanel our model has beautiful blue eyes which were highlighted with brown and bronze shades and a fabulous top liner, all perfectly finished off with a darker shadow to create depth. Brides, pro tip never be afraid to go with a dramatic wedding look - if done correctly it looks magical! The skin was warmed up with bronzer, a touch of blush and highlighted in all of the right areas. Bridal goals is an understatement!

Wedding Hair

Your wedding hair is so important to pull your bridal look together. Erika Whyte from Mister Cut did a phenomenal job with the bridal hair! The statement boho wedding gown was beautifully complimented with loose bridal curls really drawing attention to the fabulous deep V in the back. The second bridal look featured a trending wedding look of the season. We are all about that textured bridal pony tail! This sleek bridal look with centred part draws your eye to the makeup and creates a fabulous contrast between a full bridal face and sleek hair! That you Erika, you are amazing!

Glowing Skin

Vita Liberta ensured Chanel looked like a golden goddess with her beautiful spray tan. Vita Liberta tans are absolutely amazing and are not harmful to the skin - making them the pro choice for a healthy and safe glow. The ingredients are the purest in the tanning world and make use of only natural, certified organic and Ecocert ingredients ensuring that your Vita Liberta tan conditions and nourishes your skin! Bonus, the "pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan" is the world's longest lasting tan, giving you a tan that lasts up to 4 times longer than regular tans. Trusted by A-Listers all over the world, your Vita Liberta tan will ensure you look and feel like an absolute star and didn’t Chanel look it! You heard it here first ladies.

Bridal Shoes & Accessories

In order to pull of a killer bridal look your bridal shoes and accessories need to have the right impact without overshadowing your dream wedding gown. We were lucky enough to partner up with Terusa Anne Jewellery and The Adore Collection for some lust have bridal accessories.

Terusa Anne Jewellery

Terusa is a true master of her craft and creates the most incredible timeless jewellery pieces that celebrate love, relationships and special events, which forever symbolise life’s special moments and memories. We had the pleasure of experiencing this first hand with bespoke pieces from this fine jeweller. We are so in love with the detailed craftsmanship behind each piece. The devil truly is in the detail.

The Adore Collection

Known for their modern bridal accessories and shoes, The Adore Collection caters for the modern bride who loves stylish accessories. Offering chic bridal earrings, hair accessories and shoes there is a little something (or two) for everyone! For this shoot we could not get enough of the trending Goddess crowns and bridal hairbands - perfect for the bride who wants to add a little drama and sass to her wedding look. How absolutely stunning is that pearl headband. Swoon!

The Adore Collection earring selection is really something special! Think handmade floral pieces, delicate beading and fabulous finishing such as tassels, pearls and more! So well suited to the modern bride, her wide array of jewellery will add that perfect classic elegance to your bridal look.

Don’t even get us started on those shoes! Your wedding shoes are arguably the most important accessory for the day. As a bride you want something stylish but comfortable. After all, we want you to be dancing the night away in your heels. The Adore Collection offers the most incredible selection of bridal heels. Think classic bridal, to boho chic, to bejewelled pairs, to strap and block heels to bridal boots for the adventurous bride. Each pair, hand picked to ensure you look and feel fabulous all night long!

Behind The Lens

Ah where do we even begin! Bhavika, the beauty and brains behind By Bhavika Photography and Design is truly a master of her craft. As a fellow creative, it was a true honour watching Bhavika work. The attention to detail, the precise composition and dedication to her beautiful craft was truly something to behold. By Bhavika Photography and Design is a notable fine art photographer and her style of photography focuses on images being taken in “natural light to create luminous imagery that is evocative, honest, elegant and timeless” (By Bhavika Photography and Design). Offering her discerning clientele a bespoke luxury experience, By Bhavika Photography and Design goes above and beyond to ensure her clients are left with beautiful images that are timeless. Thank you so much Bhavika, it was truly an incredible experience watching you in action. Ladies and gentleman, we cannot recommend her services enough!

Thank You

And that is a wrap! A massive thank you to each of the service providers and fellow creatives who played such an integral role in pulling off this trendsetting shoot. Without you and your fabulous expertise, this shoot would not be what it is. We are so overwhelmed by the talent in the wedding and event industry! We look forward to many more exciting collaborations in the future. Go on, show these service providers some love on social and book their services for your big day!


The Tablecloth Hiring Company

The Tablecloth Hiring Company

The Tablecloth Hiring Company is a National Company with branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch, with agents in Port Elizabeth.

The Hire Haus

The Hire Haus

The Hire Haus is a decor hiring company based in Cape Town and is run by 4 women, friends first, business partners second.

Blõs Bakery

Blõs Bakery

Blõs Bakery is a bespoke bakery that came to light from a secret love affair with all things blush.

Candles 4U at Functions and Events

Candles 4U at Functions and Events

We, at Candles 4U, pride ourselves in giving helpful and friendly service that will make your event that much more Special.

Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata

The Vita Liberata team are passionate experts in luxury tanning. From our Irish base we created the world's first odourless tan in 2007, our unique Odour RemoveTM technology is...

By Bhavika Photography

By Bhavika Photography

Bhavika is a luxury fine art photographer specializing in weddings, lifestyle and editorial photography.

Terusa Anne Jewellery

Terusa Anne Jewellery

At Terusa Anne, we get excited about your vision and ideas for your special day.

Cindy Bam

Cindy Bam

Cindy Bam creates luxury gowns that evoke drama and glamour of past eras whilst still maintaining a modern edge.