WEDDINGS

real wedding: a passion for fashion {suzanne & viseslav}

Hello everyone!  I know, it’s the middle of the first week back at work and we’re all still getting over the shock of the early mornings and workload.  So today I thought I’d share a simply gorgeous wedding to cheer us all up from the January blues.

You might remember back in October, I posted a very glamorous Tim Burton-inspired shoot to celebrate Halloween featuring the very beautiful couple Suzanne and Viseslav?  Well, fast forward a couple of months and these two are now enjoying their very first weeks as newly weds, and I’m very excited to share their stunning South African vineyard wedding with you.  The bride Suzanne has an impeccible sense of style, her vision for their Paris-inspired wedding has an abundance of pretty and romantic touches.

Their day was captured by Cape Town photographer Jani B.  Her fresh, clean and romantic style was made for this couple, capturing every elegant detail beautifully.

We met 10 years ago in our first year of medical school at the University of Cape Town and have been inseparable ever since. I was first struck by his strange Montenegrian name, pronounced “viscious love”, and exotic looks. We passed each other notes and doodles in class, he walked me to my car, we spent hours on the phone every night and chatted over coffee instead of going to lectures. We shared our stories and secrets. That is how it all began…


I had always joked about a Paris engagement and said “I won’t say ‘yes’ unless you ask me on the Eiffel tower”. A few years ago Vishi gave me a little Eiffel tower charm to symbolize this prospect. Then, during our holiday in Spain in September last year, he surprised me with a weekend trip to Paris and proposed under the Eiffel tower on the banks of the Seine River. Red roses, French champagne, exploring the city, dining in the Latin quarter and Paris night lights were the order of the day.

We got married at Kleinevalleij in Wellington, a beautiful venue created by my cousin and set in the wine region where my mother grew up, a place that formed an important part of my childhood. It was meaningful to get married in the familiar setting of the Wellington valley with the dramatic backdrop of the mountains and it was really special that my grandmother could be there with us. The venue was perfect in that it provided a clean white canvas that we could adorn just as we pleased.  Walking down the aisle to George Winston’s version of Pachelbel and seeing the look on my husband’s face was a moment I will never forget.

We wanted to create an atmosphere of love and beauty while bringing out our shared “passion for fashion” and my love of art and everything aesthetically pleasing. We focused on décor, guest entertainment, good music, good food and good photography. It was important to us that every guest felt important and included and we tried to reflect our personalities and relationship style in the personal touches.

Our wedding was Paris inspired – soft, romantic and fun. I started by deciding on the colour palette, flowers and invitation and moved from there. I was thrilled that peonies, my favourite flower, were in season for the wedding and took full advantage! The build up to the wedding involved months of trawling the internet, tearing pages out of wedding magazines, fabric shopping, attending bridal expos and trips to London and Barcelona. It was in Florence, Italy, where I eventually found the most exquisite lace for my dress. This happened with an unforgettable visit to Casa dei Tessuti near Brunelleschi’s dome, where the Romoli brothers took me through layers and layers of every lace imaginable while reciting Italian poetry and mottos on life and love!

We enlisted Viseslav’s mother to make 250m of granny print, striped and patchwork bunting. She also hand-made the gorgeous little knife and fork holders and custom napkins as well as bowties, fabric flowers and aprons for the waitrons. My mother painted 150 miniature canvases in pastel shades with a bird print on each. We hung them on a big wall as a main décor feature but guests could each take one as a favour at the end of the night. We made Paris postcards, survival packs for the girls and badges for the guys. There was a lot more planned in terms of décor that I didn’t get round to doing because time ran out!

 

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

Louis Armstrong – La Vie en Rose. Viseslav has always loved Jazz and Swing music. I think he secretly listens to it when I’m not around! We downloaded songs onto iTunes for months trying to find the perfect first dance song but when he heard this one it was a done deal. I was happy that he liked it and, well, now it’s “our song” and we can dance to it!

Any advice for future brides?

Your wedding has to represent you as a couple. Every element should be something you relate to, no matter what your budget is. Guest comfort and entertainment are essential as it is rewarding to know your guests enjoyed the wedding and were not mere spectators.  Think about how you will deal with conflict if it arises, emotions run high during the build up to the wedding and opinions are bound to differ.  Plan your getting ready process well, make sure you are ready on time so you don’t have to rush and make sure you have someone reliable at the venue ensuring everything is in order, you don’t want any nasty surprises when you arrive. Shop around for prices, I was a bit lazy and often accepted the first quote I got. In retrospect, we could have saved a lot more!

A big thank you to Suzanne & Viseslav for sharing your beautiful day, may every day remind you of the romance of Paris!

 

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Suppliers

Photography: Jani B

Dress: Lace Blossom

Shoes: Pedro Garcia at Nina Roche (South Africa)

Veil: Lace Blossom

Accessories: Jack Friedmann

Stationery: Elsje Designs, and the Bride

Venue: Kleinevalleij

Coordinator: Hannes Maritz at Kleinevalleij

Flowers: Floral Affairs

Lighting: Something Different

Décor: In & Out, and the Bride

Hair and Makeup: Liz Kaplan

Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith (even the pink shoelaces!)

Catering: Malita Joubert Catering

Music: Kevin Wonder

Bridesmaids dresses: H&M

Louise

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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