WEDDINGS

real wedding: romantic bohemian beach wedding {robyn & craig}

Good morning beautiful ones!  Today I’m thrilled to share an utterly devine wedding from the wonderful South African wedding photographer Jules Morgan.  Jules’ outlook on love and life, combined with her amazing talent and creativity makes her one of Cape Town’s top wedding photographers.  Her style is unobtrusive and honest, capturing all the special moments and details of your day as beautifully as the quiet, unnoticed ones.

As you read this, I am probably sitting on a beach not unlike the one that today’s couple were married on, a little further down the coast but with the same soft, white sand and beautiful blue waters.  The beach they chose, near Knysna, is on one of the most stunning coastlines in the world known as the Garden Route.  Beach weddings have a special, soft and romantic quality to them, and Robyn and Craig’s stunning wedding with it’s dusky pink proteas and rustic details is one of my all time favourites.  To this beautiful couple, the detail was as important as the sentiment of their day, subtly incorporating their personalities with a relaxed and laid back vibe.  Most of all I love the bride’s gorgeous outfit, bohemian and romantic and accessorised perfectly with stings of pearls and a protea bouquet.

Oh, and apologies for the huge amount of images.  I hope I’ll be forgiven, with pictures this insanely pretty how’s a girl to choose?!

Craig and I went to the same high school and were in the same group of friends but we didn’t take much notice of each other and were dating other people. After school, Craig went on a three year sailing trip around the world and we all thought he was never coming back. So it came as quite a surprise when I bumped into him at the Jolly Roger, a small but very lively pub in Johannesburg, where all the good men are found ;)! I literally did a double take. We had been dating for about four years when Craig proposed. He disguised his intentions with a picnic and a march around the Botanical Gardens (he says he was just trying to calm the nerves). After miles of walking we found the right picnic spot. Just as I had my teeth in a nice juicy plum, he popped the question; I asked if he was sure, not realising that he was serious in his proposal. When I realised Craig wasn’t joking I jumped into his lap and gave him the biggest kiss. It wasn’t fancy, it wasn’t elaborate, but it was the biggest surprise and most romantic and special proposal.

     

We decided to get married on the Wildside Beach in Buffelsbaai, just outside of Knysna on South Africa’s Western Coast. Craig loves to sail and has a very special connection with sea and everything to do with it. My family has a holiday cottage in Knysna and I have spent many a happy holiday there. So it made sense to bring our two loves together to make our day special for us.

South Africa is such a beautiful country and we love it! We wanted to give our wedding a typical South African flavour so we tried to incorporate some of the things we love about it. We used proteas and other fynbos (indigenous plants of the Western Cape) in the floral arrangements. We used old silver, enamel and pottery vases on the tables reminiscent of a relaxed Sunday lunch at the farmhouse. Old weathered wood was also a design element that pointed to sea battered drift wood and sun bleached farmhouse doors and windows from the Karoo.  I could go on for many, many paragraphs about all the inspiration. I spent hours looking at wedding blogs both local and international.

There was a whole lot of DIY that went into our wedding. I made all the save-the-dates and invitations, we screen printed our signature heart motif onto all the napkins and onto my dress. With a whole lot of help from our friends, we painted the table names onto old wood and made other signs that were used as part of the décor. Craig made kites for everybody to fly after the ceremony too.

There were four really important parts to our day ~

Photography – photos are all that you have after cake has been eaten and everybody has gone home, so I had to have Jules Morgan there to capture our story. Our wedding date was decided according to her availability!

Family and Friends – we only invited the family and friends that are closest to us.

Food (and wine) – if the food, the wine and the company is good then you have a recipe for a brilliant party!

CAKE!!!!!! I am a bit of a chocoholic; I may also have corrupted Craig. So it goes without saying that the cake was a BIG, rich, dark chocolate cake. Scrumptious!

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

Our first dance was to Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys. If you have ever tried to dance on the beach, then you know that there are pretty much only two options, either you bury your feet firmly in the sand and do a Madiba Jive (moving only your upper body and arms) or, you jump around like a monkey because gliding gracefully across the sand in a waltz is just not possible. We perfected the latter.

Any advice for future brides?

Details are what make it awesome, just give yourself enough time to deal with them, you can never start too early!

Take 5 minutes with you partner to absorb everything on the day. Look at how everything has come together and how much fun all your guests are having.

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Suppliers

Photography ~ Jules Morgan

Dress ~ Garnish Couture

Stationery ~ handmade

Venue ~ Wildside Beach, Buffelsbaai, South Africa

Flowers, decor & coordination ~ Wedding Wizz

Hair & Makeup ~ Gossip Hair and Beauty

Catering ~ Olive Twist

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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