Adore Weddings & Events Celebrating Laughter, Love & Light

Sneak Peak - Zak & Mailin’s Enchanted Flower Filled Zulu / Norwegian Wedding

The first words Mailin ever said to me were “I love that your website is full of flowers, I love flowers so I want you to do our wedding” … best start of a working relationship ever!!! Flowers are what Mailin loves, and flowers are what Mailin had in abundance to celebrate this beautiful day. I absolutely loved being a part of this wedding!!!

Planning a wedding as a bride from Norway is TOUGH, but Zak is by far the most gracious, attentive, generous-hearted groom we’ve worked with to date. He handled the vast majority of liaising and on the ground decision making throughout our time together and it was a pleasure. Zak, we are fans! It has been a privilege to witness just how beautifully these two compliment one another and how graciously they have dealt with the logistical challenges of conducting both their relationship and wedding planning while being based at opposite ends of the world. Their relationship is a testament to the depth of their love, willingness to communicate, and their desire to live life together. I am so happy you get to have the rest of your ever after with one another from now on!

So excited to share the full wedding with you friends, but for now enjoy these beautiful sneak peaks from Vanilla Photography. Have a beautiful day friends xxx




Venue: Orchards
Photography: Vanilla Photography
Band: Beat Route
Catering: Aubergine
Cake: Murphy’s Bakery
Hair & Make Up: Nixon
Planning, Flowers & Decor: Adore Weddings

Sneak Peak - Lana & Herman

The first time Lana came to visit me she said “I love flowers and I want a lot of them at our wedding”. I knew right then and there that we were going to get along beautifully, and I was right! It was an absolute pleasure to get to create and make pretty for Lana and Herman’s beautiful wedding day. They are just the sweetest couple, and I am so honoured I got to be a part of their celebration. I’m so happy to share these beautiful images by Kate Martens Photography with you! Wishing Lana and Herman a lifetime of beautiful memories and joy xxx








Photography: Kate Martens Photography
Venue: Orchards
Dress: Bridal Manor
Flowers & Decor: Adore Weddings

Alex & Vaughn’s 1st Anniversary Shoot

I love the way a love story grows deeper over time, I love the way shared memories and experiences add a richness and depth to a relationship over the years, and I love the beauty of a marriage that encourages and grows these qualities. Alex and Vaughn chose to celebrate their first anniversary with a gorgeous shoot, and their continuing, growing love as they walk life together is so evident in these beautiful images captured by Vanilla Photography. This couple is just too special. Thank you for choosing me to play and make flower pretty for your shoot guys! Here’s to the next 50-something years of anniversaries. So much love to you both xxx






















Photography: Bron Vanilla Photography
Hair & Make Up: Camilla The Make Up Artist
Dress: Bride’s own by Casey Jeanne
Venue: Camp Orchards
Flowers: Carolyn Adore Weddings

Making Art

There are some people in this life of mine who stretch, challenge, nurture and grow me every single time we work together. Jacki Bruniquel is one of those special humans. It is with thanks to Jax that I even figured out I could make pretty with flowers and decor in the first place, in the kindest way she bullied me into helping her out with a styled engagement shoot for clients - you can see it here, and my world opened into a million new directions from that one day. Monday’s styled shoot resonated with the same energy I felt at that first incredible shoot. It’s not every day you’re on set for almost six hours working to create the perfect shot. Monday blew my mind. I hands down loved it! A new challenge, approaching styling in a different way, working with delicious texture as opposed to beautiful blooms, learning, learning, learning about what does and doesn’t translate from ground to lens … it was incredible. I loved it. And I love that this is the first of a series we’re planning on creating. Thank you Jax for stretching and inspiring me. Thank you Guy for being willing, thank you Julia and Liz for the support and love, and thank you Drew for being the genius you are.

Ang & Justin - Gorgeous High Glamour and Love

Oh my goodness, talk about high glamour and sheer beauty! I LOVED dreaming, styling and creating with Ang for her and Justin’s gorgeous wedding day. Not only is this special lady incredibly beautiful, she has a beautiful heart and is an amazing ballet teacher too!

We chose to focus all florals at this wedding on the gorgeous waterside ceremony arch, and in Ang’s bridal party bouquets so that they became true focal points. In the reception, we went skyward; with gorgeous, lush foliage hanging installations over every table, and a river of gold sequin and candle light on the tables themselves. I completely adored the delicious contradiction of reversing the “normal” by having light focused below and focal features above! The results were gorgeous.

Ang and Justin, I wish you both a lifetime of love, happiness, friendship and adventure together. Thank you for choosing me to help bring your vision to life. It’s been a honour! All my love in the world to you both xxx






Hair Drew Christie
Make Up Lindsay Nixon
Styling, flowers & decor Adore Weddings
Photography Jacki Bruniquel
Venue Eagles Cry

Andrea & Bester

Andrea and Bester celebrated their special wedding at Talloula on a glorious late Autumn day. I loved Andrea’s fresh, quirky take on her wedding look. From Nautical stripes, touches of rose gold, raw wood and clear glass to giant hand made paper flowers - creating and celebrating with this special couple was such a joy! Andrea thank you so very much for choosing me to make pretty for your wedding, and to go BIG with your bouquet! Thank you too for being the reason I got to meet Glynnis and the Talloula team, what a blessing and joy! All my love in the world to you and Bester. Wishing you a lifetime of joyful love and happy adventures together xxx






Venue Talloula
Photography Elrike Gericke
Flowers & decor Adore Weddings

Ryan & Laura

My sister’s wedding! I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

With a very special thank you to the community of Eston for being an integral part of being able to put together such a beautiful day. Our family is deeply grateful to all of you - you know who you are xxx






























Catering: Et Voila
Dress: Julia Ferrandi
Decor, Flowers & Planning: Adore Weddings
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Hair & Make Up: Nixon
Venue: Hope Valley, Gwahumbe, Eston

Cath & Dev

Cath and Dev celebrated their marriage at Cath’s incredible family home in Salt Rock. I absolutely LOVE a garden wedding overflowing with the love and helping hands of family and friends, and that is exactly the kind of love filled celebration Cath and Dev had! Thank you both so very much for roping us in to tie your various elements together, create a little flower crown and hanging magic, and inviting us to be a little part of your magical day. We loved every single minute of it!

Blessings, abundance and a life of joy to you both. So much love xxx








Catering Food Matters
Coordination Emily Lockhart
Hair & Make Up Nixon
Decor Settings
Flowers Ballito Country Flowers
Styling, flower crowns and hanging installations Adore Weddings
Photography Duane Smith
Videography Hellmot Productions

Nicks & Coops Beautiful Boho Marsarla Wedding

This was a wedding after my own heart! Abundantly rich texture, a marsarla colour palette to play with, and a completely bohemian feel - be still my wildly happy heart! Our brief had me excited from day one! Nicks and Coops were married on the most beautiful Autumn day on the South Coast. Between the gorgeously wild banana trees and the endless Indian Ocean, we have been spoiled for choice with beautiful backdrops for this incredible day. We really are so blessed to get to live in KZN!

A very special thank you to Kate Bain from The Wedding Company SA allowing us to dream and create for this beautiful celebration. Another very big thank you to Lara Rattray for capturing all the beauty so perfectly!

Nicks and Coops, your love and happiness is so evident in these images. Wishing you both a lifetime of joy together.

Enjoy the love friends xxx



































Dress: Kathrin Kidger
Photography: LarLar
Wedding planning: The Wedding Company SA
Flowers and decor: Adore Weddings

Amy & Benj’s Autumn Midlands Wedding

This wedding … this wedding! I loved every single minute of it! From the first time I met with Ames to discuss her day, to selecting her flowers, to setting it all up … even to packing it all away the next day, I just loved this wedding! It was such a pleasure to be a little part of the magic and love, thank you for choosing me to make pretty Ames and Benj! You are both just the loveliest humans and it has been a joy to get to know you. Wishing you a lifetime of adventure, joy, good memories and love xxx

To see the full wedding visit the Summertown Pictures blog here. Enjoy all the beauty friends!






































Venue: Orchards
Photography: Summertown Pictures
Catering: Food Matters
Cakes: Lemon Canary
Stationery: Stephanie Greene
Flowers & Decor: Adore Weddings

Sneak Peak - Benj & Amy

These two beautiful souls were married at Orchards on one of the most perfect Autumn days of this year. These beautiful sneak peaks by Summertown Pictures make my heart happy just looking at them. I hands down loved this wedding. From the very first time I met with Ames to discuss her vision, there was the most beautiful, deeply happy heart connection. Being a part if this special day was both a privilege and delight! Benj and Ames, you are both just beyond lovely. I can’t wait until you’re home so I can drink tea with you and hear all about your honeymoon! Love & Light to you both.

Enjoy friends x






















Jason & Justine

Jason and Justine celebrated their wedding on one of the most perfect days Early Autumn had to offer in Eston. Golden light, the warmth of love from family and friends, and the joy of committing to one another. The best light for one of the sweetest people I’ve met. Justine, thank you for choosing us to play with flowers for your special day! You are just lovely, and it has been a joyful delight!

Blessings, joy and happiness to you both always xxx






Flowers & Decor Adore Weddings
Photography Colin Browne Photography
Venue Shalywn

Shaun & Fay

Shaun and Fay are two of the most chilled, in love, and beautiful souls you’ll get to meet. Fay’s gentle boho heart and Shaun’s sense of humour and fun were an integral part of their family and friend filled celebration. As a South African heading back home to get married, I dealt with Fay via email for her entire flower planning process and in the end she gave me free reign to bring her heart’s desires to life … always my favorite way to work! Thank you Fay for trusting me to make pretty for your celebration. It was such an honour to get to be a part of your wedding. Wishing you and Shaun the best life of travels, adventure and love together always! Love these incredible pictures by Casey Pratt Photography, they capture the heart of this day and this couple perfectly!



















Photography: Casey Pratt
HAMU: Charelle McAllister

Sneak Peak - Shaun & Fay

A few absolutely gorgeous sneak peaks from Shaun and Fay’s wedding at the Hatchery this past weekend by Casey Pratt Photography! Hair and make up by the immensely talented Charelle McAllister.

Shaun and Fay, sending you and your special families the most beautiful congratulations. Here’s to a lifetime of love, laughter, adventure and joy together! Thank you for choosing me to be a little part of your special day. All my love xxx



Julian & Michelle’s African Boho Wedding Part 2

The second half of this wonderful wedding is up! Enjoy friends x









Here’s the list of our amazing team:
Venue: Nambiti Hills
Decor: 2Quirky info@2quirky.co.za and Adore Weddings
Flowers: Adore Weddings
Hair & Make Up: Make Up by Charelle
Dress: Casey Jeanne
Cake: Nambithi Hills
Priest: Simon Radford (082 4455 477)
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel

Julian & Michelle’s African Boho Bush Wedding

Michelle and Julian have been together for years, have two beautiful girls together, have moved countries, moved continents, changed careers and built a life together … and in April they tied the knot! It was such a delight to get to create, dream, and play with Michelle’s South African bohemian bush vision for their day. They had a small, intimate wedding weekend at the beautiful Nambithi Hills with their closest friends and family. I loved how beautiful, laid back and happy the entire day was! They started with a game drive, followed by breakfast with all their guests. What a beautiful way to begin a wedding day! It really set the tone for the remainder of the special celebration; which included a gorgeous outdoor bush ceremony set in the ruins of an old farm house, bridal party pictures in Africa’s wide open spaces, sunset cocktails on Nambithi Hill’s front deck (that view!), an enormous, wildly unstructured bouquet, and an elegant African boho reception. Not to mention endless hand made decor details created especially for the day by Michelle in person. It was a stunner.

A special mention needs to be made about Michelle’s ridiculously GORGEOUS wedding dress, a custom design by Casey Jeanne. It was an absolute show stopper! I still have dress day dreams about it.

Enjoy these beautiful pictures by Jacki Bruniquel friends. More to follow tomorrow! Love & light x













Here’s the list of our amazing team:
Venue: Nambiti Hills
Decor: 2Quirky info@2quirky.co.za and Adore Weddings
Flowers: Adore Weddings
Hair & Make Up: Make Up by Charelle
Dress: Casey Jeanne
Cake: Nambithi Hills
Priest: Simon Radford (082 4455 477)
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel

Sneak Peak - Dale & Natalie

Dale and Natalie got married! How completely beautiful are these sneak peaks by Carmen Roberts Photography? Natalie, you looked incredible! I absolutely LOVE all the happy colour you chose! Wishing you and Dale a lifetime of happiness together.

Thank you for letting me play for your special day! All my love xxx


Ty & Cam - Party Time

Ty & Cam’s gorgeous reception. What an incredible party!









Cam and Ty’s magic team:
Bridesmaids Makeup: Deanna Roodt
Brides Makeup: Camilla Smith- The Durban Make Up Artist
Hair: Stacy Shea @ Crop
Brides Dress: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Jessie
Brides Headpiece & Shoes: Lovisa (re-styled by Keegan Anderson) & Steve Maden
Bridesmaids Dresses: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Joan Gentle
Bridesboys’s Outfit: TopShop
Flower Crowns: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Flowers & Décor: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Palettes: Brides Father; Ashton Smith
Venue: The Orchards
Caterers: Harvey’s
Cake: Umhlanga Rocks SuperSpar
Photography: Bron Fourie @ Vanilla Photography
Second Shooter: Michigan Behn
Videographer: Michelle Rabe
Stationary: Designed by Keegan Anderson printed by House of Fine Papers
DJ: Kevin Cotton
Entertainment: Gary Nixon
Minister: Brett Nixon-James @ The Vineyard Church

Ty & Cam - Getting Ready, Making Pretty

This wedding!!! I am so completely delighted to share this special day with you! Cam is a beautiful soul and an incredibly talented hair and make up artist. Do yourself a favour and go visit her work here. We first met on a styled shoot and have had the pure delight of getting to work together ever since. When she asked me to be a part of her wedding I did bouncing happy dances around the studio in delight! She has the most incredible style and I knew we’d have a ball together … I wasn’t wrong! Cam and Ty, you guys rock. Thank you so much for picking me to play and create for your special day!

Another industry favorite Bron Fourie of Vanilla Photography was on hand to capture this special day. Enjoy part one friends! More beautiful pics to follow this week x









Cam and Ty’s magic team:
Bridesmaids Makeup: Deanna Roodt
Brides Makeup: Camilla Smith- The Durban Make Up Artist
Hair: Stacy Shea @ Crop
Brides Dress: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Jessie
Brides Headpiece & Shoes: Lovisa (re-styled by Keegan Anderson) & Steve Maden
Bridesmaids Dresses: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Joan Gentle
Bridesboys’s Outfit: TopShop
Flower Crowns: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Flowers & Décor: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Palettes: Brides Father; Ashton Smith
Venue: The Orchards
Caterers: Harvey’s
Cake: Umhlanga Rocks SuperSpar
Photography: Bron Fourie @ Vanilla Photography
Second Shooter: Michigan Behn
Videographer: Michelle Rabe
Stationary: Designed by Keegan Anderson printed by House of Fine Papers
DJ: Kevin Cotton
Entertainment: Gary Nixon
Minister: Brett Nixon-James @ The Vineyard Church

Ty & Cam - Shoot

Only this gorgeous woman and her entourage could pull off a full on editorial style fashion shoot on a wedding day and look this legit! Gorgeous! The hair, the make up, the styling, the flower crowns … I love it all!

Enjoy friends x














Cam and Ty’s magic team:
Bridesmaids Makeup: Deanna Roodt
Brides Makeup: Camilla Smith- The Durban Make Up Artist
Hair: Stacy Shea @ Crop
Brides Dress: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Jessie
Brides Headpiece & Shoes: Lovisa (re-styled by Keegan Anderson) & Steve Maden
Bridesmaids Dresses: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Joan Gentle
Bridesboys’s Outfit: TopShop
Flower Crowns: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Flowers & Décor: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Palettes: Brides Father; Ashton Smith
Venue: The Orchards
Caterers: Harvey’s
Cake: Umhlanga Rocks SuperSpar
Photography: Bron Fourie @ Vanilla Photography
Second Shooter: Michigan Behn
Videographer: Michelle Rabe
Stationary: Designed by Keegan Anderson printed by House of Fine Papers
DJ: Kevin Cotton
Entertainment: Gary Nixon
Minister: Brett Nixon-James @ The Vineyard Church

Ty & Cam - Ceremony I Do’s

Ty & Cam’s beautiful ceremony is up! Enjoy the love friends x








Cam and Ty’s magic team:
Bridesmaids Makeup: Deanna Roodt
Brides Makeup: Camilla Smith- The Durban Make Up Artist
Hair: Stacy Shea @ Crop
Brides Dress: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Jessie
Brides Headpiece & Shoes: Lovisa (re-styled by Keegan Anderson) & Steve Maden
Bridesmaids Dresses: Designed by Camilla Smith made by dressmaker Joan Gentle
Bridesboys’s Outfit: TopShop
Flower Crowns: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Flowers & Décor: Carolyn McNeil & Ashley Hulley @ Adore Weddings
Palettes: Brides Father; Ashton Smith
Venue: The Orchards
Caterers: Harvey’s
Cake: Umhlanga Rocks SuperSpar
Photography: Bron Fourie @ Vanilla Photography
Second Shooter: Michigan Behn
Videographer: Michelle Rabe
Stationary: Designed by Keegan Anderson printed by House of Fine Papers
DJ: Kevin Cotton
Entertainment: Gary Nixon
Minister: Brett Nixon-James @ The Vineyard Church

Cam & Ty’s Wedding - Sneak Peak

Cam and Ty got married at Orchards this past weekend and it was a beauty! I am completely smitten with these gorgeous sneak peaks from Vanilla Photography. I’m so excited to see more!

This was a particularly special wedding because Cam is a part of the wedding industry family! She is an exceptionally talented make up artist. You can see her gorgeous work here.

Cammy, you are absolutely exquisite my lovely. Most amazing congrats to both you and Ty! Sending you guys a lifetime of the most beautiful love and adventure! Enjoy your honeymoon xxx






Dan & Kendall’s Video

Gorgeous video of Kendall and Dan’s wedding by James Gibbs. Love this beautiful wedding! Such a special couple … Enjoy friends x

Bougainvillea Bohemia Styled Shoot

I love the playful boho whimsy from this day. Something bright, fresh, pretty and different for a beach shoot!

I personally love foraging and then supplementing what is in season and locally available with my traditionally pretty favorites (roses and the like). You always find the best perfectly imperfect flowers when they are allowed to grow wild. They emerge with interestingly shaped branches and stems and little quirks in their petals. I love their unexpected surprises. They are just so much more fun and pretty to work with when they bring extra movement and texture to a bouquet or arrangement. This shoot allowed for loads of playful foraging with hot pink bougainvillea, pink frangipanni and vine salvaged from the road side and out my garden. Sheer delight to the soul!

Thank you to the wonderful team that helped make this happen, you guys make my heart happy just because I get to love and work with you. Enjoy the playful pretty friends x












Service Providers:

Photography: Pickle Photography
Florist: Adore Weddings
Hair & Make-Up : Make-Up by Charelle
Model: Sasha Lee Boshoff
Head Pieces and Flash Tattoos: It’s a Bling Thing
Cake: So Whipped
Dress 1 (On loan from Sarah Reynolds): Madelain Clark Exclusive Design
Dress 2: Julia Ferrandi

Nicole & Matt

Nicole and Matt got married, and we made the flower crowns! That’s literally all we did.

Got see their full, beautiful wedding here.

Enjoy friends x




Foraging

Foraging with Derryn!


We’ve been featured!

Tash and Raj’s AMAZING wedding has been featured in Rock ‘n Roll Bride’s Magazine!!! The level of excitement is ridiculous!

To see their full, wonderful wedding, have a look here. Jax has one again outdone herself! Love you Tashy and Raj! A lifetime of colour, laughter, love and light to you both xxx

Venue: Picadilly Farm
Catering: Paula Mckenzie
Drink: The vodka portion of the bar was proudly sponsored by the Polish contingent.
Flowers & Decor: The flowers, décor, lighting and overall pretty stuff was a massive collaboration between Sunshine Adore Weddings, Ash, Woogy, our two amazing families and us (human and me).
Hair & make up: Lindsay Nixon
Dress: Ciociu Ella
Tux: Pierre Cardin Tux, with a bit of improvising.
Sound: DJ Ross
Photography: Jacki Bruniquel
Second Shooter: Elizabeth Donnell

The Language of Flowers - Kerry’s Bouquet

Kerry’s wild and whimsical forest bouquet was a personal favorite, and was named “Gaby’s favorite” on Southbound Bride‘s Best Wedding Bouquets of 2014.



This cascading beauty was created using the following flowers, with these beautiful meanings:

Asparagus Fern - fascination
Blushing Bride - bridal blessing
Dendrobium Orchid - love, beauty, refinement
Jasmine - attachment, sensuality
Spanish Moss - longevity, hardiness

Behind the Scenes - Chapel Flowers for Jo & Pierre

Blessed to have been snapped at work by Alana while doing flowers at Crabapple Chapel for Jo and Pierre’s wedding this past weekend. Such a pretty shot. Such a gorgeous chapel! And a very, very special couple.

Honestly can’t wait to share this day with you. It is hands down one of my favorites xxx

Making a Flower Crown

My lovely and talented friend Derryn captured the process of a flower crown being made at a shoot. Thank you for these lovely images! It’s fun to get to see the process x

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

- William Ernest Henley

Derrick & Louwna

Derrick and Louwna got married, and I had the joy of making the bouquets and flowers crowns! How completely gorgeous is this bride’s smile? I’m in love with the fun, happy love so evident in this wedding. Christy from Pickle Photography was on hand to capture this beautiful day, and she did a brilliant job! Go have a look at the full wedding here. Enjoy the love friends!
























Cam & Dina’s Engagement Shoot

A few months ago, Bronny, Tia and I hopped into my car and meandered down the South Coast to meet two high school sweet hearts who were recently engaged. Cam and Dina live on Dina’s beautiful family farm, with views over endless ocean and a river running through their land. Right on the river’s edge, where Cam proposed to Dina, we set up our shoot - how incredibly romantic? It was such a pleasure to meet this special couple (and their dogs, who were right at home in front of the camera too!).

Cam and Dina will be getting married on the farm in May, an old shed is being converted into a beautiful venue space! I think it is every farm girl’s dream to get married back home on the farm, Dina you lucky lady! This is going to be such a special day for you both, much love and happiness to you. I wish you a lifetime of adventure and joy!

Enjoy these pretty pics friends!








Photography: Bron from Vanilla Photography
Hair & Make Up: Tia from Nixon Make Up
Flowers & Styling: Carolyn from Adore Weddings

Pierre & Jolene

This is an immensely personal wedding for me. Jo has been one of my boho soul sister friends for over 7 years. We met at the beer tent at a music festival in the mountains, and have been adventuring either together or apart ever since. No matter where our respective adventures take us, we are always in touch. Jo is the kind of friend I won’t see for months (usually because she is floating to exotic places and sharing her light all over the world), but every time we reconnect it is as if we’ve never been apart. The very first time I heard Jo speak of Pierre, there was a sparkle in her voice … I had a feeling this was a very special man. When I met him I knew Jo had found her perfect match, he is even as tall a skinny as she is! I love the way his eyes light up when he looks at her. He is a keeper for sure! I love these two happy hippy travelling adventuring tallies!

Pierre is good friends with my good friend Jacki Bruniquel - isn’t this a crazy small world? Jax got the honour of shooting this wedding, and she did such a grogeous job! A couple of pictures follow below but please go have a look at the full post here, is it well worth the visit.

This was my first experience working at Cairn of Old Kilgobbin and I loved it! Not only is the space absolutely beautiful, but Carl is a pure delight to deal with too. This wedding has me completely sold on a day time celebration, so much so that Chris and I will be following suit for our own wedding in November!

Enjoy the pretty friends. Pierre and Jo, love you guys xxx



























In Jo’s own words:

Sometimes the best plan is to not to really have a plan, well thats how we operate anyway. No order, no seating arrangement, no colour scheme, no fuss & no traditions. All we wanted was to celebrate our love and union with friends and family. Just soaking in the real reason of being together.

And when we reflect, thats is what our wedding day was. Lots of laughter, tears, honesty, feasting, joking, merriment, rolling down hills & dancing in the rain. It was our day, it was us and we did it our way!

We are deeply grateful to all our service providers for just going with the flow with us. We wouldn’t change a thing. And the ever so lovely, dearest and talented Jax… we would only ever pick you!!!

Venue: The Cairn of Old Kilgobbin – Carlene Bronner, info@horseplay.co.za
Carl is the absolute greatest and dearest. We LOVE her! We would go and have a wedding meeting and spend hours chatting about dreams, travels, art, love, horses, relationships, family, life and laughter. We love Kilgobbin. It really is the most special and enchanting place.

Chapel: The Crab Apple Chapel – Helen and Barend, info@crabapple.co.za
Helen and Barend are the sweetest couple and so kind and accommodating. As soon as we walked into the chapel it was a done deal. It really is like something from Lord of the Rings.

Decor: Carlene Bronner from The Cairn of Old Kilgobbin
We told Carl to do whatever she wanted to do with the venue, decor & flowers. We didn’t have a theme, style or colours. We just wanted her to go for it and be free in her creativity. It was perfect. She has an incredible talent and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Catering: A Pinch of Salt Catering – Hayley Fyvie, apinchofsaltcatering.kzn@gmail.com / 0722217749
Hayley and team did an amazing job of keeping our family and friend’s bellies full. The food kept coming and it was yummy!

Flowers: Chapel arrangements, bouquets, flower crown. The lovely Carolyn from Adore Weddings
Its beautiful to be able to share a special day with the most special friend. Carolyn you are such a blessing. Everything was perfect and how I imagined it to be. You let me dream of what I wanted and made it happened.

Hair & Make up: Charelle McAllister 079 888 8777 / charelle.mcallister@gmail.com
Charelle is so lovely, warm-hearted, incredibly talented and professional. Totally recommend her, she’s just cool!

Brides Dress: Emma Pallet emmarachaelpallett@gmail.com and Lauren Taylor Lataylor@mrp.com
Having plan A, B & C fail and three weeks to go with no dress, I approached my dear friends Emma & Lauren to see if they could help me out. Thank goodness they said yes! I had a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted and they just got it and they get me. Sometime friends are the best people to ask for help. This was their first creation and a real team effort of figuring it all out. And I’m totally going to wear it again… often

Brides shoes: Given to bride as a gift from a dear friend

Bridesmaids dresses: Each bridesmaid chose their own individual dress. The less planning the better. They each just went with whatever they wanted.

Groom’s Suit: Hilton Weiner and then some shorts to make the groom feel like himself

Priest: Our dear friend Deta Clark

Live Music: The talented Aden Hinds – info@hindsbros.com

Craft Beer on Tap: The Standeaven Brewery oddbeer@thestandeavenbrewery.co.za
Craft Beer on tap is always fun. The Standeaven Brewery came to the party offering a great variety of home made brew for all. Watermelon Beer for the win!

Agility Studio Opening


I had the joy of creating a little bit of whimsical pretty for the opening of Agility Pilates Studio, based in The Design Factory, Durban. Headed up by Kim McCusker, former dancer and movement guru, this studio looks set to be the place to go to get your mind and body back in balance! This is a space well worth the visit.

Enjoy friends x




Ash & Jom Anniversary Shoot - Dark and Glam

Second look from Ash & Jom’s wedding anniversary shoot. Love the deep colours against the deepening sky, black rocks and deliciously textured sand!

Enjoy friends x






Photography: Bron from Vanilla Photography
Hair & Make Up: Camilla from The Make Up Artist
Flowers: Carolyn Adore Weddings

Ash & Jom Anniversary Shoot - Soft and Pretty

Ash and Jom have been married for 7 years! To celebrate this beautiful milestone, they decided to have a styled shoot. This is the pretty that Bronny, Cam, Ash, Jom and I pulled together in honour of their love story.

This shoot is especially special because Ash is a team member. She often comes in to help me create the pretty for weddings … her ‘job description’, along with an arm long list of skills and talents, includes keeping us watered and fed while we’re on the go! Bless you Ash for reminding me to eat, for your ongoing, deep enthusiasm and for all your support and love - especially after a couple of 18 hour days in a row! You are so deeply appreciated xxx

Enjoy the pretty friends!





Photography: Bron from Vanilla Photography
Hair & Make Up: Camilla from The Make Up Artist
Flowers: Carolyn Adore Weddings

What a wedding really costs!

Wedding planning can be overwhelming. Not everyone is involved in the industry every weekend, specifically with the planning of a wedding the way I have been, so it can be difficult to figure out exactly how much each aspect of a wedding can cost. Derryn and I have been talking about creating a shoot and article discussing the realistic costs involved with translating your Pinterest board wedding into reality ever since her wedding. This article is our way of saying, “these are the realistic costs involved with using a professional for your wedding.”

So often I have met with clients who have no idea of what to expect in terms of cost. It has been great to have a platform to openly, honestly discuss the costs involved with a wedding set up. After working on this article for over a month, Derryn has written a balanced, realistic piece discussing both general challenges faced by her clients, and her own personal journey as a bride. We hope it will be a helpful, realistic guide for you during your wedding budgeting and planning process! Derryn’s article follows below.

See the original post on her website here

In October last year I got married. So many people said to me, “Well it’ll be easy for you, you’re in the industry!”. I’d always smile politely but think to myself, if THIS is easy, then what is the regular bride going through??!!

This led to conversations with my decor and flower friend, Carolyn from Adore weddings. We chatted about how overwhelming planning a wedding can be and about how difficult it is for couples to get their dream wedding on a budget. Instead of prioritising and spending money on a few aspects that are really important to us, we try to do it all. I often hear stories of couples entering marriage overwhelmed with debt because they didn’t stick to their budget – or worse, they didn’t have one!

In my experience as a bride, the key to wedding planning is PRIORITISING. My advice is that you sit down together as a couple and think hard about what is really important to you – allocate funds in those areas and then rely on friends and family for the rest.

My husband and I sort of did this, but I wasn’t true to myself and I didn’t have my dress in the top 5 list. Long story short, I ordered a cheapy online – FAIL! Then I went to a cheap dress maker – FAIL AGAIN! I finally went to a dress designer, whom I paid more than I ever thought that I would, BUT who made me the dress of my dreams!

I just had no idea that a dress of that quality would cost that amount. I truly believed that I could get the quality that I wanted for R2000 online. I had no idea what flowers cost, I had no idea what venues charged, I had no idea what it would cost to hire a tent or a generator or candle sticks! Being a photographer meant nothing! I was as ignorant as your average person.

Since then, I have found myself asking brides “so, hows the planning going?” and then beginning a lengthly chat about vendors, suppliers and costs.

So when Carolyn approached me and asked if I wanted to do a styled shoot with her, I said yes on the condition that we would use it as an opportunity to educate our friends and clients on what our services really cost. We feel that if you go into the process with a better understanding of what it costs to throw a top class event for 100 people, you will feel less overwhelmed when the planning begins and hopefully allow yourselves the time to save appropriately.

Weddings are not cheap – we are NOT trying to rob you – but if you are after a certain standard or quality (as I was with my dress and as I hope you are with your photography) you will need to read this.

Since I am a wedding photographer, let’s start there…

Wedding photography in Durban can range greatly in cost. From my research, the average price for decent quality photography is between R10 000 – R25 000. Anything below this is maybe a little sub-standard, or they are possibly just starting their business (I started at R6000). When I look back at the work that I was producing at the beginning of my career, I cringe a little – but those prices and that quality of work suited those clients. Anyone who is charging above R25 000 and getting bookings, is likely to be very experienced and talented. What you pay for photography will depend on how much you prioritise photography in your wedding budget. If you hire a photographer in JHB or CT you are likely to pay about 20% more.

so, here are my packages…

DERRYN SEMPLE PHOTOGRAPHY:

  • Basic Package: R14 000
    8 hours wedding coverage, roughly 400 photos on USB.

  • Regular Package: R17 500
    10 hours wedding coverage, roughly 600 photos on USB, 1 large lay flat album.

  • Luxury package: R19 500
    12 hours wedding coverage, roughly 800 photos on USB, 1 large lay flat album, 2 small coffee table books.

For all couples regardless of the package chosen, I send a link to a personal gallery the week following their wedding with an overview of their wedding day.

When browsing through wedding photographers, be sure to take note of the type and style of the album you will receive. See an example of my wedding albums here.

FLOWERS & DECOR: Adore Weddings

Flower crown: R225

Bouquet: R575

WEDDING DRESS: Julia Ferrandi Designs

Getting a wedding dress made by a designer can be a costly process and the variables can be overwhelming. Be honest with your designer about your budget and what you feel comfortable affording, this helps us tailor a dress to your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about all the costs involved. I am very open about where your money is going and itemise my quotes. Some designers don’t do this but it doesn’t hurt to enquire on where you can save money without compromising on design value or quality. Remember, going to designer is costly however you are getting the invaluable benefit of experience and quality.

Things to avoid if you are budget conscious are too much lace appliqué. This includes those fabulous illusion necklines ladies, where the lace appears to float effortlessly on your skin. This is not magic but rather the skilled hand of a designer. This is expensive for two reasons, it is very time consuming and takes incredible skill to create a seamless finish on barely there sheer mesh. Opt rather for a design that focusses on a strong silhouette using plain fabrics or a whimsical textured tulle skirt. This can be equally fabulous and have that WOW factor you are looking for.

The cost of the dress featured in this shoot is R 16 500.

This dress in inspired by the textures of beach sand and the clean lines of a shoreline. This design represents the simple design philosophy of our brand “fashion design, done simply, done well”. The dress features a delicate halter neckline, plunging cut outs and sheer lace appliqué. The slim fit skirt is made in a fully beaded silk georgette that is comfortable to wear and flattering from every angle.

HAIR & MAKE UP: Make-me-up

Kezia says: “Makeup and hair is a huge part of your photos! There’s nothing worse than looking white or creepy in photos you want to look at for the rest of your life!”

For makeup we charge R550 for the bride (because she gets some extra special attention) and R450 for the bridal party. Those include bridesmaids, moms, grans or anyone else wanting their makeup done.

Hair styling for the bride is R500 and the rest of the bridal party is R300.

We then charge a travel fee to get to the venue, unless you are getting married in or around Durban, the travel fee then wouldn’t apply.

Some brides like to order a touch up kit for the day. This is usually a powder (Kryolan), lipstick (MAC) and a few clips for the hair/veil etc. This touch up kit generally costs R350-R450

CATERING: Funny Bunny

When I was researching wedding catering for my wedding, the average cost was R300 per head. Catering just wasn’t at the top of our budget, so we opted for something cheaper but still amazing. We had a gourmet braai with 4 salads by Cyniggy. The cost for catering was R150 per head. It was perfect for us…memorable, delicious, filling.

If you are having a more casual wedding and feel that a 3 course plated meal just doesn’t suit your vibe, I would totally recommend some local cuisine in the form of snack platters from Funny Bunny.

Pickle Photography and I held a networking event after the shoot, and hired Funny Bunny to cater for us. Well….people are STILL talking about the food.


Savoury items are 3 to 4 bites each and guaranteed to fill the gap at the end of the night.

  • Mini Lukka Burger:
    A rich brioche bun and a free range beef patty smothered in pineapple bacon jam (say what?) and red pickled onions

  • Mini Lamb Bunny:
    Slow braised lamb shoulder in a paprika, mustard and green chilli sauce, pickled carrots and red cabbage

  • Mini Wors roll:
    Cheese stuffed chilli wors on sauerkrout with a sweet mustard sauce and crispy shallots

  • Mini Veggy Burger:
    Brioche Bun, slow roast portabellini mushroom, and deep fried Brie topped with red pickled onions

  • Mini Veg Bunny:
    Butter beans, kidney beans and chickpeas, braised with tomato potatoe and the mother in law, pickled carrots and red cabbage

Sweets:

Mini chocolate and mint tart, mini Lemon tart, mini lemon merangue pie, mini cooked berry flan, mini melk tert, mini chocolate ecclair.

Costs from Jordan of Funny Bunny:

4 items – 4 savoury R100 p/p
6 items – 4 savoury 2 sweet R120 p/p
8 items – 4 savoury 4 sweet R140 p/p

Transport: R4.50 per KM return to Durban

Equipment hire: R500

Servers not included, if tray service is required please inform and we can make a plan for you.

Back to Carolyn who did our flowers and decor…

Every client has different requirements with regards to the look/feel they are going for, the number of guests (therefore number of tables and amount of flowers and decor) they will have, as well as their budget. Flower and décor quotes are therefore tailored according to each client’s individual needs. Consultations are available at Adore’s studio at a rate of R300 per hour.

COSTING SET UP 1:

100 guest wedding with banquet tables including set up, excluding candles

4 rows of banquet tables, 4 tables long with:

2 x rose gold tea light candle holders @ R15 each
2 x large arrangements in dark urn @ R700 each
1 x small arrangement in copper vase @ R320
2 x bronze candle stick holders @ R65 each
2 x hexagonal copper candle holders @ R85 each

Total décor and flower cost: R28 000

Set up and break down: R2500

Delivery and collection: R6 per km

Hanging wreaths = R205 each

COSTING SET UP 2:

100 guest wedding with banquet tables including set up, excluding candles

4 rows of banquet tables, 4 tables long with:

2 x rose gold tea light candle holders @ R15 each
1 x large arrangements in dark urn @ R700 each
2 x hexagonal copper candle holders @ R85 each
5 x hanging lamps @ R50 each
3 x hanging wreaths @ 205 each

Total décor and flower cost: R15 265

Set up and break down: R2500

Delivery and collection: R6 per km

VENUE: Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella weren’t able to give us a cost as they are still working on their 2015 wedding prices.

What I can tell you though is that it is an AWESOME venue. Apparently the space was originally used as a holding cell for female prisoners. It’s on Mahatma Gandhi Road (more famously Known among locals as Point Road) The area and the venue has SO much character and charm.

I am totally aware that the prices I have given you above are NOT the cheapest in the market. If you do some looking around, you will find companies that can provide a service for less. These are MY recommended suppliers. I trust their work and I value the service you will receive from them. When planning a wedding, its not just the end result that you need to consider but the journey working with service providers.

I really hope that this break down of costs has helped you to see what a wedding (as seen in this shoot) can cost you, and helps prepare you for the big event that you are planning. Weddings are an expensive affair, BUT if you are true to yourselves as a couple and if you are honest about your budget, you can make it work.

Don’t forget – at the end of the day you are beginning your marriage. You have him and he has you… don’t lose sight of that!

Big thanks to Dani, our super gorgeous model and to EVERYONE who was involved in the shoot.

Photography: Derryn Semple Photography
www.derrynsemple.com
https://www.facebook.com/DerrynSemplePhotography
hello@derrynsemple.com
Derryn Schmidt: 0825632282

Make up and hair: Make-me-up
https://www.facebook.com/kezia.makemeup
makemeup.kezia@gmail.com
Kezia Myatt: 0832677098

Dress Design: Julia Ferrandi Design
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Julia-Ferrandi-Design/637279836335606
juliaferrandi@gmail.com
Julia Ferrandi: 0724304100

Decor and flowers: Adore Weddings
www.adoreweddings.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/AdoreWeddingsandEvents
iadoreweddings@gmail.com
Carolyn McNeil: 0833644658

Catering: Funny Bunny
https://www.facebook.com/Funnybunnydbn
funnybunnydbn@gmail.com
Jordan: 0791859353

Venue: Ciao Bella
www.ciaobellacafe.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/CiaoBellaCafeDBN
031 3325917
ciaobellacafe@gmail.com

(Feel free to search the hash tag ‘pickleandschmidt’ on instagram to see more pics of the venue, food and decor)

Adore is looking for intern florists!

I must have flowers, always and always.”
- Claude Monet

The earth laughs in flowers.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adore is looking for intern florists to work on an ad hoc basis. Applicants must be reliable, articulate, presentable, willing to work hard, and able to interact respectfully with clients during set up. In addition to week day flower prep, interns will be required to work wedding set ups over certain weekends. Own transport to and from our Ballito studio is required.

To apply please email cv and references to Carolyn at iadoreweddings@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.”
-Edward Abbey

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

- Langston Hughes

My mistress’ eyes

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

- Shakespeare

daddy says

“daddy says the world is
a drum tight and hard
and i told him
i’m gonna beat
out my own rhythm”

_- Nikki Giovanni”