Today’s romantic watercolour beach wedding inspiration shoot took my breath away. The utterly stunning setting (you’ve probably noticed that I LOVE a beach by now), the beautiful pastel tones, the whimsical bride style, love oozing from every photo; it’s all just totally perfect.

The lovely Joelene from Oh Happy Day, the clever people behind this fabulous presentation of pretty, is also here to tell you about the inspiration behind the shoot.

This styled shoot comes to you all the way from Sunny South Africa, shot on the beach of Umdloti in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. As a wedding stylist and event designer from South Africa, I am incredibly passionate about show-casing my beautiful province and country. Most of my styled shoot collaborations happen in wide open spaces and at carefully-chosen locations that show prospective brides the beauty of having a wedding in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Our inspiration for this shoot was drawn from the ocean and the earth, considering how these two elements coexist in perfect harmony together. We played with the colours of the ocean and the natural beige tones of the rock facings and the beach sand.

I asked Camilla and Tyrone, a ‘real’ engaged couple, to feature in the shoot as their wedding was coming up and they hadn’t had an engagement shoot at the time. Their personalities are so much like our interpretation of the beach and the sea, they just ‘work’ so perfectly together. Featuring ‘real’ couples in my collaborations works best for me too, because there will always be real emotion in every shot. Camilla spends most of her time behind the scenes at shoots, as she is a make-up artist – so being part of this shoot was a unique experience for her. Her hair and make-up was styled to follow the classic, fine art photography style that Eileen from Bright Girl is well-known for and Camilla wore a dress that had been designed by acclaimed Durban designer Kathrin Kidger, who understood the look and feel of our vision from the start.

Not all of the beaches along our coastline have the types of coves that were needed for this shoot, and I selected Umdloti Beach as the location because of the rock facings found here, in close proximity to the ocean. These rocks formed a perfect ‘hideaway cove’ for our table set up, and I found that the beige tones of the rocks complimented the dip-dyed linen table cloth which I had made for the shoot.

The watercolour accents came through beautifully in the stationery, table decor and cake, and these accents provided a natural contrast to the earthy colours of the rock finishes and the beach sand which surrounded us on location.


Emma K

I’m Emma, co-founder and editor of where I dedicate much of my time to encouraging people to live life to the full and say ‘yes’ a little more. But with a background in weddings (waitressing since I was 12 years old for my Mum’s catering business, and dabbling in wedding blogging), I am delighted to find a second home here at BLOVED

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