We love a city wedding, but if your typical formal celebration isn’t quite your look today’s inspiration shoot from Pickle Photography combines relaxed African flair with modern city style.  From the steps of the courthouse, through the bustling streets and in time for a rooftop portrait session at sunset (oh how I need to visit this city!), the images are filled with joy, happiness and that beautiful golden African light.

Bride Buhle’s custom gown is the perfect mix of contemporary and romantic, satisfying my current lust for tulle.  With glowing golden make-up and a touch of sparkle she looks just right for an evening among the city lights.  I’m a fan of George’s outfit too, it could have been all too tempting to go down the traditional black-tie route, but his laid back style and tipped back hat injects some of his own personality into the shoot!

When it comes to the styling, it just had to be gold, sequins and champagne, translated beautifully into a ruffled and gold glitter covered cake!  Tall candles add elegance and a warm glow as the sun sets and city lights blink on, while touches of pink in white floral arrangements provide the only hint of colour.  As the evening draws to a close, you can almost imagine Toto’s ‘Africa’ playing in the background as our couple dance the night away with their loved ones.

Christy-Lee’s story behind the shoot –

I was actually working on a fashion shoot when I came up with the inspiration for this shoot! I could not stop thinking about how much amazingness the Durban city centre had to offer and how unbelievable this would be for a wedding styled shoot!  So feelers were put out to my amazing friends in the industry and before we knew it, a City Lights inspired styled shoot was pulled together using the golden Durban sunset as inspiration.

So we wanted to show off a young African couple who had “eloped” to the city centre to quickly get married – before heading off to their intimate rooftop reception.  Everyone came to the party so beautifully and I was so amazed with the final product, even Buhle’s dress was a combination of a tulle skirt that Ash made, with the top part from a friends old wedding dress and tied together with a piece of ribbon brought along by Carolyn! Candice and Lorette literally transformed Buhle into the African goddess that you see and even Georgie was hoping this woman would be his real bride! We laughed, we ran through the streets and we created some magic! The best kind of fun any shoot has to offer 



After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.