Pretty in pastels: styling a Secret Garden- inspired celebration
Spring is the perfect time to celebrate the sweetness of blossoming love. Choose dreamy pastel hues and a Secret Garden- inspired setting for a whimsical, romantic feel.
1. Nude and oyster Abigail wedding dress featuring dotted mesh and lace appliqué on a bustier bodice, and a voile skirt with brimmed hem (R19 200) Janita Toerien. Groom’s attire: stylist’s own. 2. White buttercream 3-tier cake adorned with spring flowers (from R3 050) Edible Art Cakes. 3. To create a relaxed, springfresh wedding, we combined unstructured floral designs with vintage furniture and other mix-and-match decorative finds. 4. Floral stationery (R65 per invite, with sleeve) Secret Diary. 5. Unstructured floral centrepiece (POR) Leipzig Floral Design, wooden table number (from R35 each) Secret Diary. 6. A gauzy veil creates an air of mystery and magic. Veil (R1 400) Robyn Roberts. 7. Decorate liberally with fresh flowers for heaps of spring appeal. 8. A jaunty chequered bow tie and delicate bridal wreath add the finishing touches to this look.
9. For a beautiful, intimate portrait, lean in for a lingering almost-kiss. 10. A splash of burgundy adds some warmth to the spring palette. Bouquet of dusty miller, roses, pink hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, Passionate Blush Gaura and silver leaf foliage (from R600) Leipzig Floral Design. Chair: Langverwagt Estate. 11. Glass vase with seasonal berries (POR) Leipzig Floral Design. 12. Touches of gold add glamour to any table setting. 13. Combine strong, masculine proteas with soft seasonal garden blooms. 14. Floral centrepiece with pink, green and light purple hydrangeas, majolica cluster roses, pink ice proteas, wild olive branches, safari sunset, white and peach garden roses and Aechmea Fasciata (POR) Leipzig Floral Design. Golden cutlery (R10 per piece to hire) Two Birds at the Dairy Shed, crystal-cut glasses: stylist’s own. OPPOSITE: Golden leaf bridal wreath (R650) Kathleen Barry.
‘I decided on a very natural look for the makeup,’ says hair and makeup artist Alicia Buckle, ‘with a soft golden eye, which was perfect for her warm olive skin tone and beautiful hazel eyes. To keep this look warm and romantic, I added a soft coral to her lips and cheeks.’
Pair this dreamy bohemian gown with loosely curled locks and fresh, dewy makeup.
BLOUSON-STYLE, COWL-BACK DRESS IN IVORY GEORGETTE WITH LACE APPLIQUÉ DETAIL (R16 000), VEIL (R1 400) AND BELT (R400) ROBYN ROBERTS.
15. For picturesque photo ops, choose a full, flowy skirt. 16. Pink ice protea, hydrangea, wild olive branch, majolica cluster rose, safari sunset, garden rose and Aechmea Fasciata arrangement (POR) Leipzig Floral Design. 17. For a greener approach, use indigenous flowers like brunia and blushing brides to fill in around an exotic bloom. 18. Crystal-cut glasses: stylist’s own. 19&20. Menu (R25 each) and favour boxes (R16 each) Secret Diary, crockery: stylist’s own, golden cutlery (R10 each to hire) Two Birds at the Dairy Shed. 21. Soft, beachy waves go perfectly with this loose boho dress. 22. Laser-cut namecards (R14 each) Secret Diary. 23. This wooden door at Langverwagt perfectly fits the Secret Garden theme.
3 Combine eclectic, unstructured décor pieces, in hues that complement what nature has to offer.
Fill pastry cups with fresh seasonal fruits for refreshing, eye-catching appetizers.