Botanical Inspired Wedding from South Africa: Josi + Jamess

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When I first saw this wedding photographed by the talented duo of welovepictures, I fell head over heels for their gorgeous + unique reception decor inspired by edible gardens, greenhouses, antique botanical illustrations + the wild flowers of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Simply stunning and pretty perfect for Josi since she is an environmental scientist and growing up in Cape Town she has a deep appreciation for nature. A bit more about the inspiration for their day from Josi:

I have always been fascinated by anything botanical: South African artist Clinton Freedman‘s photography, books like “Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History”, the vegetable garden at Babylonstoren’s  and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. I am also really passionate about food issues – growing your own food, farmer’s markets and foraging for wild food. I loved the idea of bringing all these things together as an artistic display of botanical beauty. Curly stemmed leek flowers, artichoke flowers, aubergines placed in bell jars, red onion arrangements and branches of pomegranates and new figs. On the napkins at everyone’s place seating we put a rose geranium leaf, which has the most beautiful scent. It reminds me of Cape Town on a sunny day. This is how I wanted to feel on our wedding day.

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lace wedding dress

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bridesmaids in long dresses

groomsmen

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Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

There were so many special moments! For Jamess it was walking into the marquee. We had finished our photo session and we were waiting next to the vineyard while all the guests were being seated. We had the opportunity to share a laugh with each other and take in the sunset, the fairy lights lighting up the marquee and the anticipation of seeing all our guests as we were presented as husband and wife.

For me it was the wedding ceremony performed by my wonderful aunt Liv, who has been an inspiration to both of us. We wrote the ceremony together over many skype calls and it was the most beautiful experience to say all those words surrounded by family and friends. I also loved listening to the special readings we had chosen for the occasion, having our bridesmaids and groomsmen beside us, sharing a special moment with my mother as she gave me away, seeing the baskets of rosemary, pomegranates and figs in front of us, taking in the mountains and marrying Jamess! I also absolutely loved the dance floor and never left our first dance

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Such a gorgeous couple!

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whimsicla green bouquet

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food seating chard

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I think their reception tent is one of the most gorgeous reception tents I’ve seen! Love all the crisp white with the food decor + flowers!

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Our Advice To Those Planning Now

1. Make the planning process as fun as possible!
2. Make sure you set time aside on the day to enjoy yourself + just have time with your husband or wife.
3. Once you have made a decision, move onto the next one, don't keep revisiting it. Trust your instincts on your choices, only you know what is right for you.

Congrats to Josi + Jamess and thanks so much for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us!

photography: welovepictures //  venue: Vrede en Lust, Franschhoek South Africa // event planner: Yolanda from Vrede en Lust // floral design: Heike at Fleur de Cordeur // wedding dress: Lace Blossom //  hairpieces: Lulu Belle // shoes: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: They each chose their own within a range of colours // hair + makeup: Cheryl Parker // groom suit: P.Johnson // cinematography: Peter from Just Shoot Me // invitations + paper goods: Secret Diary  // catering: Vrede en Lust // cake: Kanya Hunt // music: Heather Honeybee

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