Adore Weddings & Events Celebrating Laughter, Love & Light

Industry Love

Anyone who knows me knows how much I just utterly adore my job. Being a part of someone’s special day, walking alongside them through their wedding planning process, the privilege of getting to know them, very often building a new friendship along the way, celebrating their ups and downs and then getting to design and create amazing beauty especially for the celebratory start of their marriage to one another,it is an incredible honour and joy. I LOVE what I do. That being said, it is hard work. Often it is crazy hard work. Long hours, deep sacrifice, often having to be an unconventional parent and spouse, bone deep exhaustion … it’s definitely not always sunshine and flowers … hearing kind, honouring words from an industry friend is like being given an enormous hug at the end of a long day ❤

I have so much respect for the wedding co-ordinators/florists/decor people of our industry. On Wednesday they are at the market with a team and multiple vehicles to collect the order, afternoon they are prepping flowers, Thursday and Friday their team is at the venue setting up - hard labor! Saturday they are co-ordinating the event, until late at night. Sunday they are clearing, cleaning and packing up. They are lucky if they get to their families on Sunday afternoon. Monday and Tuesday are the only days left for admin (emails, meetings, invoicing, stock take, marketing etc etc) Where do they get time off???? They work so much harder than you will EVER know. Thank you for making the weddings that we photograph run smoothly and look so beautiful. THANK YOU! .

This is the ever so lovely Carolyn and Maxine of Adore Weddings and Events doing their thing for Gen Fletcher.”

Derryn Scmidt thank you for this awesome moment, and thank you for your words! Getting to do work (and life, and motherhood, and friendship) with you is such a delight. We love working together with you and fellow wedding friends like you to create magic and share love … also, we get to create for such incredible people, and play with beautiful flowers … what is not to love about our jobs?

We’re in the process of updating our blog!

Thank you very much for your visit! It’s been an incredible few season’s at Adore, and in preparation for our re-brand, we are busy updating our website and blog, woo hoo! Please grant us a few week’s grace as we update our 2015 to 2017 weddings … so excited to have everything online for you to peruse soon.

I hope you have a glorious day!

Yours in love and flowers,

Carolyn and the Adore Team xxx

Keryn & Byron’s Softly Romantic Wedding

Keryn and Byron’s wedding was a bit of an Adore Family wedding. Keryn has on occasion joined us to create pretty with us as part of the team, and Byron is our very own Jessie’s brother. It is actually because of Ke that Jessie crossed our path and ended up joining the Adore team! The love already ran deep for this special family before a single bloom had touched a vase for their wedding!

Ke and By’s wedding was the epitome of soft romance, and was a flower lover’s dream. Everywhere the eye looked there was an abundance of flowers - my heart overflowed! Getting to love and bless a couple with the work of our hands is always an honour. Getting to do it for an Adore “family member” is an extra joy. By and Ke, we love you both immensely. We wish you a lifetime of gentle love, heartfelt laughter, travel, adventure and warm light. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so choosing us to create for your special day. Bless you and your special families always xxx






Catering The Farmer’s Daughter
Dress Casey Jeanne
Hair & Make-Up Juliet Downes Make Up
Flowers & Decor Adore Weddings
Photography CC Rossler Photography
Stationery Ruby & Swallow
Venue Orchards
Videography Josh Hundermark Films

Georgina Grace Hall - The Adore Family has Grown!

The reason we’ve been a little quiet o the home front … Georgina Grace Hall has entered our lives and hearts in the most beautiful way. She joined us 5 weeks early, and is absolutely perfect in every way. How adorable is this little hat the team had made for her? Exactly one week old today - my heart overflow. Thank you everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support over the past few weeks! There are no words for the amount of love and appreciation to you all xxx

Georgie Grace, one week old. My Little Flower Fairy x

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

Behind the Scenes - Mark & Derryn’s Wedding

A little bit of behind the scenes - collecting, prepping, arranging and transporting the pretty boho whimsy for Mark and Derryn’s wedding! I absolutely love the textures and layers of green, accentuated with pops of white, peach and yellow colour that Derryn chose for her day.

Flower meanings:
Alstromeria - devotion
Asparagus fern - fascination
Blushing bride - bridal blessing (included in Derryn’s bouquet)
Craspedia - good health / you light up my world
Lace flower - fantasy / haven / protection
Larkspur - light / lightedness
Leather leaf fern - sincerity
Lizianthus - appreciation
Stocks - you will always be beautiful to me
Wax flower - wealth

No meaning has been assigned to either kol kol or brunia but they remind me of the following:
Kol Kol - abundance
Brunia - strength

Flowers divided into buckets, ready for arranging
Flowers divided into buckets, ready for arranging

Prepping vases
Prepping vases

Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark's Wedding - Carolyn at work
Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark's Wedding - Carolyn at work

Dixie keeping her Mom company while I arrange
Dixie keeping her Mom company while I arrange

A work in progress
A work in progress

Love the textures!
Love the textures!

Trio of whimsical boho beauties
Trio of whimsical boho beauties

Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers
Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers

Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers
Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers

Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers
Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers

Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers
Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers

Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers
Adore Weddings - Derryn & Mark - Whimsical Boho Flowers

All packed for delivery!
All packed for delivery!

Happy caddy loaded with pretty
Happy caddy loaded with pretty

Behind the Scenes - City Center Styled Shoot

A little sneak peak behind the scenes at our City Centre styled shoot! Thanks Ash for the pics! Full shoot coming soon … I am so excited to share this one with you! Enjoy friends x


Ready to go!


Christy in action


Setting the scene for a little rooftop romance



Making magic, getting the shot


The team

Photography: Pickle Photography
Hair: Lorette Roux
Make-Up: Blush Makeup by Candice Matthee
Cake & Go to girl: So Whipped
Decor & Flowers : Carolyn & Ash from Adore Weddings
Buhle’s Tulle Skirt : Ash from Jom & Me

Behind the Scenes - Paul & Jen

Flower prep and delivery for Paul and Jen’s wedding!

Fresh and pretty
Fresh and pretty

Sneak peak!
Sneak peak!

Works in progress
Works in progress

Fresh, pretty country bunches ready for Jen
Fresh, pretty country bunches ready for Jen

Philisiwe working hard!
Philisiwe working hard!

Bunches ready to go!
Bunches ready to go!

Zanele moving flowers to the car for delivery
Zanele moving flowers to the car for delivery

Behind the Scenes - Gen Motley & Pickle Photography Styled Shoot

A fun little behind the scenes pick from our styled shoot! Thank you to the team for being so darn lovely xxx

Cake: So Whipped
Flowers: Gabi from Vanilla House and Carolyn from [Adore Weddings}(http://www.adoreweddings.co.za)
Hair and Make Up: Charelle from Make Up By Charelle
Jewellery & Cake Toppers: Genevieve Motley Jewellery
Models: Deta & Chantal
Photography: Christy from Pickle Photography
Styling & Set: Carolyn from Adore Weddings

Behind the Scenes - Romantic Styled Shoot

Just a little bit of fun - behind the scenes at our Romantic Styled Shoot at Barker Manor on a scorching hot Summer’s day in February this year!

Visit Romantic Styled Shoot - Whimsical Beauty, Romantic Styled Shoot - Quirky Glamour and Romance in Black & White to see the results of our labour. Enjoy friends x

Cooling off post-set up!

The beautiful and incredibly talented Lau working her magic on Rossland

Mid-shoot dress change

Caught tying bouquet ribbons by the sneaky Bron!


Decor: Planned to Perfection and Adore Weddings
Dresses: Ashleigh Hulley of Jomb & Me
Hair & Make Up: Laura Halgreen
Heart Biscuits: Lemon Canary Bakery
Model: Rossland from Models International
Photography: Bron Fourie from Vanilla Photography
Stationery: Ali Perks from Alice May Stationery
Styling & Flowers: Adore Weddings
Venue: Barker Manor

Bunches of Pretty

Peach rose sprays, Star of Bethlehem, lace flower and fresh white lizianthus. A sweet summer bunch of pretty x




Bunches of Pretty

An antique summer bunch for Heather - Kofi roses, Star of Bethlehem, antique lace flower




Bunches of Pretty


A pretty summer bunch for Ashley - Peach roses, Antique lace flower, Star of Bethlehem and crisp white lizianthus.

Behind the Scenes - Picnic Harvest Styled Shoot

Sometimes it’s fun to look back over your year and smile. Here are a few behind the scenes shots from our Picnic Harvest Styled Shoot at The Litchi Orchard with Dean Maber. A big thank you to the ever lovely Samantha Maber for these images, for being a great friend, support and supreme second shooter on the day of this shoot. Enjoy friends … and please excuse my bedraggled state! It was a hot day out!

Love & Light friends. Here’s to a wonderful 2014 full of abundant joy for each and every one of you xxx






Bunches of Pretty

Kol Kol, Lambs Ear and Waterfall Roses - so pretty!





Bunches of Pretty

Waterfall roses, lambs tail, yellow Star of Bethlehem



Bunches of Pretty

Antique roses, purple, green kol kol and lambs tail.




Bunches of Pretty

Waterfall roses, yellow Star of Bethlehem, lambs tail and fresh pink alstromeria. Summer loving colour!



Bunches of Pretty

Weekly deliveries:

Pale pink rose spray, kol kol, wax flower and leucospermum. Fresh and pretty with lovely texture!




Bunches of Pretty

A bunch of pretty!

Pretty pink tipped Lisianthus, Wax Flower, soft pink Stocks, miniature white Agepanthus and Kol Kol


Bunches of Pretty

A bunch of pretty!

White agepanthus, deep pink lizianthus,wax flower and kol kol





Bunches of Pretty

Bunches of pretty for The Litchi Orchard market:

Pale pink rose sprays, kol kol wax flower and penny gum - a bunch of pretty for your home x


I love my clients!

It is letters like this one that make me love what I do even more:

Dearest Carolyn,

When I received my wedding photos back I was not surprised to find this photographic evidence of just exactly how you go beyond the call of duty. When other peoples fingers were just too nervous to do up a myriad of tiny crystal buttons your calm demeanor was just perfect!

This clearly shows just how you seemed to be everywhere JUST at the right moment. I remember that on my wedding day every time I seemed to need an extra pair of hands you were there. When I asked family or friends if something had been done the answer was always a resounding “Yes Jacs Carolyn did it long ago”

You thought of things before I did and you ensured you did them how I would have done them myself which is the best thing about an awesome wedding co-ordinator in my books. As a bride to be able to leave someone to get on with things without having added stress to an already highly emotional day is priceless.

Once again thank you for all your hands on work at our wedding, your special touches and just your joyous presence which added a touch of magic to our day.

Jacs

Jacqui and Matt, from the bottom of my heart thank you for the joy of being a very little part of your beautiful and special day! See their bold and happy wedding day here. A big thank you to Kate van Onselen from Studio KOVO for capturing this special moment.

What a beautiful way to wrap up this week! Such a blessed heart x

Bunches of Pretty

Bunches of pretty

Yellow rose sprays, soft kol kol and chinkerinchee

Blue delphinium, yellow rose sprays, soft kol kol and chinkerinchee

Bunches of Pretty

Weekly delivery: Soft white stocks, kol kol, bright orange rose sprays and leucospermum foliage



Bunches of Pretty

A bunch of pretty!

Deep purple tipped Lisianthus, Wax Flower, soft pink Stocks, miniature white Agepanthus and Kol Kol


Bunches of Pretty

Such a pretty combination of colours and textures. I love flowers! Enjoy friends x

Pink rose sprays, kol-kol, wax flower and white heather, lizianthus and white iris.

Pink rose sprays, kol-kol, wax flower and white heather.

Pink rose sprays, kol-kol and white heather.

Bunches of Pretty

Weekly delivery: beautiful happy pink stocks, wax flower, chinkerinchee, white iris and mixed alstroemeria



Prepping for Penny Drew’s Wedding

A couple of sneaky snaps of some of the behind the scenes prep for Penny Drew’s Botanical Wedding!




Sneak Peak - Botanical Bohemian Styled Shoot

A few stunning sneak peaks by the incredibly talented Fiona Clair Photographyfrom Tuesday’s styled shoot at Eagle’s Cry. An enormous thank you to everyone involved in this fun and special day, with a special thank you to Laura for the sensational hair and make up, Terry-Lynn for braving the heat and looking so darn gorgeous, and the lovely Julia Ferrandi for her beautiful dresses, and Tessa Henderson for the generous use of her wedding dress. Very excited to share the full shoot with you friends! Enjoy x



Dress: Julia Ferrandi and Tessa Henderson
Hair and Make-up: Laura Halgreen
Model: Terry-Lynn from Ice Models Durban
Photography: Fiona Clair Photography
Styling and Flowers: Adore Weddings
Venue: Eagles Cry

Bunches of Pretty

November weekly deliveries: bunches of Snow-on-the-Mountain, Sweet Sarah rose sprays, kol-kol and white stocks. Sweet, pretty and fresh!

Behind the Scenes - Potting Wild Olives

Tomfuti and I hand potting Wild Olive saplings as table gifts for Ronny and Nat’s Wedding this weekend.