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A fresh spin on a re­laxed, farm-chic wed­ding theme

A re­newed fo­cus on or­ganic well­be­ing has inspired many trends, and wed­dings are no ex­cep­tion. Here’s how to cre­ate a re­laxed, farm-fresh cel­e­bra­tion with­out com­pro­mis­ing el­e­gance and charm.

1. From left: One-shoul­der Lindi dress (R950) MarethColleen. Casey hal­ter­neck gown with open back, leather straps and de­tach­able mesh train (R18 800) Janita To­e­rien. Wreath with fo­liage and peony buds (R850) Fleur le Cordeur. Cream slim-fit suit with white shirt and pink pocket hanky (POR) Moi Styling. Over­sized bou­ton­nière with fo­liage, peony buds and green berries (R350) Fleur le Cordeur. Blush pink mesh dress with lace belt (R2 900) Alana van Heer­den. 2. Vanilla but­ter­cream cake with sea­sonal berries (from R850) Ed­i­ble Art Cakes. 3. Pas­tel sta­tionery set with spring veg­e­ta­tion theme (from R6 000, depend­ing on quan­ti­ties) White Kite Stu­dio. 4. Wrist cor­sage (R80) Fleur le Cordeur, small bowl (R108) Mervyn Gers Ce­ram­ics. 5. Veronique golden leaf bridal crown with pearls and crys­tals (R950) Kath­leen Barry.

6. Blue tea-length tulle dress with beaded lace de­tail (R4 500) Alana van Heer­den, golden leaf bridal wreath (R650) Kath­leen Barry, Veron­ica bustier-style dress with om­bré silk chif­fon (R6 500) Janita To­e­rien. 7. Cin­na­mon suit with vintage denim bow tie (POR) Moi Styling, bou­quet with fo­liage, pink hy­drangeas, tulips, rose hips, radishes, parsnips and hy­acinths (R1 500) Fleur le Cordeur. 8. Plat­form lace heels (R1 200) Anella Wed­ding Shoes. 9. Lay­ered naked cake adorned with berries (from R1 950) Ed­i­ble Art Cakes.

For the dar­ing and quirky groom, choose a cin­na­mon-coloured suit and vintage denim bow tie.

‘For your wed­ding day, try to steer clear of high fash­ion and opt for a clas­sic and time­less look,’ says makeup artist Se­bas­tine Pe­pler. ‘Make sure that your hair­style suits the shape of your face, and if you choose a down­style con­sist­ing of loose curls, try to cre­ate a lot of vol­ume – and re­mem­ber to take pre­cau­tions for bad weather!’

SIL­VER GREY TULLE BALL­GOWN (R15 000) EL­BETH GIL­LIS. EMMA JEW­ELLED BELT (R399) FOR­EVER NEW

For this mod­ern bo­hemian look, de­signer Janita To­e­rien kept the sil­hou­ette and front of the dress ef­fort­lessly plain. ‘This al­lowed us to cre­ate a de­tailed back with ex­otic criss-cross bronze nappa leather straps from which a long, drapy mesh train flows,’ she says. ‘It’s a great al­ter­na­tive to the con­ven­tional train or veil as it won’t in­ter­fere with the beau­ti­ful flo­ral head­piece that per­fectly com­ple­ments this look. Ideal for the bride look­ing to get mar­ried bare­foot in the for­est!’

CASEY HAL­TER­NECK WED­DING DRESS WITH DE­TACH­ABLE MESH TRAIN (R18 800) JANITA TO­E­RIEN, FLO­RAL WREATH (R850) FLEUR LE CORDEUR

10. Flo­ral de­sign in­vite (from R20 each) and or­der of ser­vice (from R10 each) White Kite Stu­dio. Rings and ban­gles (R100–R160) Mat­ter of Fakt, rings (R220–R850) and ban­gles (from R300) Mil­ame De­sign. 11. Bou­quet with dried seed pods, pink hy­acinths, pink gar­den roses, yel­low tulips, pe­onies, black berries, green fo­liage and white king protea (R1 200) Fleur le Cordeur. 12. Glit­ter bal­let pumps (R499) Anella Wed­ding Shoes. 13. Veron­ica bustier-style dress with om­bré silk chif­fon (R6 500) Janita To­e­rien. Me­tal­lic bal­let pumps (R499) Anella Wed­ding Shoes. Wrist cor­sage (R80) Fleur le Cordeur. 14. Square wooden high ta­ble (R350 to hire), or­nate linen chairs (R850 each to hire), faux fur throw (R110 to hire), cake ta­ble (R95 to hire) and scat­ter cush­ions (R65–R85 each to hire) APlace. Cas­cad­ing ar­range­ment with pink hy­acinths, pink gar­den roses, yel­low tulips, pe­onies, black berries, green fo­liage, radishes and parsnips (POR) Fleur le Cordeur.

15. Nat­u­ral wood el­e­ments, pas­tel ce­ram­ics and over­sized trail­ing flo­ral ar­range­ments com­plete with veg­gie de­tail all con­trib­ute to the farm-style look. 16. One-shoul­der Lindi dress (R950) MarethColleen, golden leaf bridal wreath (R650) Kath­leen Barry. 17. Glasses: stylist’s own. 18. Quirky ac­ces­sories add an el­e­ment of fun and give the groom the chance to ex­press his per­son­al­ity. Add a tex­tured denim bow tie and brightly coloured hanky to any suit colour to do just that. Groom’s at­tire (POR) Moi Styling.

Look­ing for a spe­cial, one-of-a-kind gown that re­ally makes a state­ment? ‘This Chan­tilly lace mas­ter­piece is the ul­ti­mate in sen­sual fem­i­nin­ity – re­splen­dent in cas­cad­ing ap­pliqué, laser-cut flower de­tail, sparkling Swarovski el­e­ments and a plung­ing back,’ says de­signer Kobus Dip­pe­naar.

Es­chew tra­di­tion by dress­ing your bridal party in off-white hues. Depend­ing on the set­ting of your wed­ding, choose long, flow­ing gowns for clas­si­cal and slightly more for­mal ap­peal and keep the groom’s style neu­tral and sim­ple to com­ple­ment the bride.

FROM LEFT BODICE (PART OF A DRESS) (R18 000) ROBYN ROBERTS, TULLE SKIRT (R5 500) EL­BETH GIL­LIS, GOLDEN LEAF BRIDAL WREATH (R650) KATH­LEEN BARRY. COU­TURE GOWN (R138 000) KOBUS DIP­PE­NAAR ATE­LIER. SUIT AND TIE (POR) MOI STYLING. IS­ABELLA DRESS (R15 998) ANNA GE­ORGINA 2015 COL­LEC­TION, VERONIQUE GOLDEN LEAF BRIDAL CROWN WITH PEARLS AND CRYS­TALS (R950) KATH­LEEN BARRY

19. Lace plat­forms, dyed pur­ple (R1499) Anella Wed­ding Shoes. 20. Bou­ton­nière with green fo­liage, peony buds and green berries (R350) Fleur le Cordeur. Groom’s suit (POR) Moi Styling. 21. Blush pink mesh dress with lace belt (R2 900) Alana van Heer­den. Ban­gles (R100–R160) Mat­ter of Fakt. 22. Pink hy­acinth, cym­bid­ium orchid and mini car­rot wrist cor­sage (R80) Fleur le Cordeur. 23. As­sorted raw stone rings (R370–R700) Mat­ter of Fakt, rings (R220–R360) Mil­ame De­sign, hand­made small bowls (R108) and medium bowls (R160) Mervyn Gers Ce­ram­ics. 24. Bridal veil (R1 400) Robyn Roberts.

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5 ‘A minia­ture green wreath makes for an in­ter­est­ing al­ter­na­tive to a tra­di­tional flower bou­quet,’ says Heike.

‘For a touch of rus­tic flair, add some spring-fresh veg­e­ta­tion in pas­tel tones to com­ple­ment your flo­ral ar­range­ments,’ says florist Heike le Cordeur.

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6 There’s no rea­son to stick to just one look for your brides­maids: mix styles and colours to suit their fig­ures and skin tones.

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COU­TURE GOWN (R138 000) KOBUS DIP­PE­NAAR ATE­LIER, BIRD­CAGE VEIL (R800) ROBYN ROBERTS, OR­NATE LINEN CHAIR (R850 TO HIRE) APLACE, CLAS­SIC BOU­QUET (R1 200) FLEUR LE CORDEUR

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For time­less wed­ding pic­tures, swap bold-coloured shoes or an over­sized bou­ton­nière for ‘safer’ op­tions dur­ing the day. 22

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