love shoot #21: antique-inspired affair {liz & jeffrey} part two

Welcome back to Part Two of Liz & Jeffrey’s elegant wedding day!  If you missed Part One check it out here!

The venue for the evening meal is simply stunning!  The Blue Barn at Hawksmoor House provides the perfect setting for an intimate family meal, a modern-vintage feel and did I mention how much I just love these florals and lighting? Well, I do.  A lot!

Back over to the Bride, Liz:

Our vision was a Vintage Wedding with African flair! A Wedding at Hawksmoor House in Stellenbosch and a safari honeymoon at Shamwari…perfect! Jeffrey and I live in the country in South Carolina and really love rustic, vintage furnishings and period architecture. The Hawksmoor House, barn and gardens were inspiration enough. Just looking at the photos on the web-site influenced the entire day! The furnishings and gardens throughout the property really set the stage , and Maike at Hawksmoor was kind enough to allow us to use so many pieces from the house to incorporate into the wedding. We literally used the entire property. We were married on the front lawn of the house and used the rustic foyer to sign our marriage license. We had canapes and cocktails on the back veranda, and dined in the old blue barn. Three unique venues all within walking distance to one another. Really gave the wedding a wonderful flow.

I love fresh-cut flowers including hydrangeas, wild roses, etc, and the florist captured this exquisitely. Again, she used many of the pieces/vessels from Hawksmoor to include into the venue. I really wanted some of my aforementioned floral favorites, but with a twist of African flair. I fell in love with the varieties of Protea and wanted to incorporate them into the mix. My bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere were very untamed/informal but beautiful. I loved how his boutonniere turned out with the succulent and herbs.

The caterer prepared the most delicious family-style meal. Living in the south (US), we love good food and company with whom to share, so we wanted to bring that down-home feeling to Africa. I selected canapes, salad, sides and main dishes, but Karen Dudley at The Kitchen, did the rest. So often you go to a wedding with only a sampling of canapes as the meal or a pretty plated dish with little flavor, both leaving you hungry. Karen coordinated the serving of the canapes intermittently on the veranda, then large platters of yummy side and main dishes served to the party in the barn. It was a magical feast!

{As a testament to Karen’s wonderful food, Michelle Obama visited The Kitchen just last week during her trip to Cape Town!}

How much do I LOVE Liz’s Vera Wang dress? It’s completely gorgeous, I love the soft organza folds and ruffled sash!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

We are a very untraditional couple and did not have a ‘first dance’, tossing of the bouquet, etc. I brought my iPod and Kate wrangled a docking station from which to play a Reception playlist I created. I selected songs I knew each of the guests would love, specifically picking one favorite of each guest.

Any advice for future brides?

Hire a fabulous planner and let them use their creativity and skills to make an unforgettable day! I had less than 6 weeks to pull it together from another country, and all went perfectly. So many brides take ages to coordinate and plan and try and pick every last detail. I’ve even heard of one bride gluing Swarovski crystals to beverage straws!!! Yikes! You can get lost in the details and ruin what should be an easy, fabulous day. I’m a Type A personality, but sometimes it’s better to drop your pad and pencil and let someone else manage the details. Trust me…serendipitous!

Kate, when you said you would flood my inbox with wedding gorgeousness, you were not wrong. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! If you’re planning a destination wedding, why not check out Wedding Concepts latest weddings and intimate celebrations on their website and blog?

You should also check out more of Gavin Casey’s vibrant and elegant wedding photography.

Liz & Jeffrey, here’s to many years of ‘serendipitous’ marriage, love and travelling together!


Dress: Vera Wang

Shoes: Prada

Veil & Accessories: Jude Frances

Venue: Hawksmoor House

Coordinator: Kate Rawbone, Wedding Concepts

Photographer: Gavin Casey

Flowers/Decor: Okasie

Groom’s Suit: JCrew

Catering: Karen Dudley, The Kitchen

Music: AmaAmbush Marimba Band

Bridesmaids dresses: I told the family to wear what was comfortable, and ironically most of the ladies chose wild prints which I thought added great color to the photographs. They had Africa on their minds when packing I suppose. :-)


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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