Intimate + Rustic South African Wedding: Thomas + Sarah-Jane

South Africa wedding

Thomas + Sarah-Jane exchanged their vows in a truly unique location that holds a very special place in their hearts. They frequent the small town of Nieu Bethesda, South Africa together (Tom, his brother, and his father built a family holiday home there a few years back) and the charm, peace, and creativity of the locals has more than won this sweet duo over. When the question of where they would get married came up, they instantly knew that no other place would do, so plans for an intimate + rustic Karoo celebration began to take shape. Here’s a bit more about it all from Sarah-Jane:

We wanted our wedding day to reflect who we are as a couple, so we went for very natural, rustic details and used what we already had or could easily make. We spent the day before the wedding with our families as they helped us potting plants for wedding favours and making floral wreaths. At the wedding reception guests enjoyed rides on the local donkey cart and drank locally made craft beer while Tom and I walked around the forest with our photographer and planted our memory tree in his family’s garden.

Thank you so much to Charlie Ray Photography for the beautiful photos and big congrats to Thomas + Sarah-Jane!

pink and white bridesmaids

pink and white bridesmaids

groomsmen

jumping groomsmen

bride and groom


Oh hey cute bridal party!

wedding party

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

groom


It’s kind of a toss up for what we love more: Thomas’ rad Zara suit or Sarah-Jane’s adorable petiole crown!

bride

laughing bride

elbow path

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom


Such a great photo! :)

south africa bride and groom

Sarah: It probably started about 30minutes before the ceremony, on the front porch of the house my family was staying at, still in my robe, surrounded by my family and bridesmaids, as I jumped and screamed with excitement. Walking down the aisle with my dad and telling him to speed up (a bit too much!) and finally standing with Tom at the end of the aisle feeling that although everyone was there for us, and everything was beautiful for us, nothing and no one really mattered except for him, and me promising to love him always.

Tom: My favourite moment undoubtedly occurred about 45 minutes after our ceremony was scheduled to start, when I saw Sarah walk down the very long street/aisle. There was something really special about standing there in the street with my groomsmen, in front of the people that we love, overcome by nerves while I rubbed my cheeks to ease the pain caused from smiling. After what seemed like a lifetime, Sarah appeared in the distance, and it was as if everything else drowned out and I was standing alone waiting for her to join me. That moment, thinking of how far we had come and where we’re headed, is one that I will never forget.

ribbon door entrance

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony


With a population of only 60, Tom and I were able to to have our ceremony in the main road of Nieu Bethesda and were the first to use the town’s new wedding reception venue, an old converted pub called “Die Waenhuis” (or in English, The Wagonhouse).

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony


And you know we LOVE a good confetti exit!

flower petal exit

reception

wreath wall

initial letters

plant mugs

antlers in frames


Die Waenhuis is practically oozing with charm! And Sarah-Jane is right on when she says, There’s something about getting married in a place you know you will return to time and again, and knowing that the memory of marrying my favourite will grow each and every time. 

paper chandeliers

plant mugs

dance sign

Processional: Valium – Lisa Mitchell

Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall and Oates

First Dance: You Send Me – Sam Cooke

entrance

bride and groom dancing

bride and groom dancing

bar

succulent cake

dino thank you

wreath wall

speeches

bride and groom

reception

tunnel exit


Our day was filled with love, excitement, and encouragement from our friends and family, and we were so blessed to have close friends involved on the day, from my hair and make up artist who I went to university with, to our friend and pastor who married us, to one of my oldest friends, photographer, Ross Charnock (you should check out his work, he is amazing!), everyone that played a part in our day was someone we love.

Congrats again, you two, and thanks so much for sharing your day with us! :)

photography: Ross Charnock of Charlie Ray Photography // venue: Die Waenhuis Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape in South Africa // event planner: Jacques Muller from Die Waenhuis // wedding dress: Lauren Olivier // hair + makeup: Alana Pohlmann // groom suit: Zara // catering: Lizzie Strong // cake: Tabitha Weyer from Friendly Stranger

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Romantic Spanish-Style Wedding Inspiration

zorro inspiration

Ok, raise your hands. Who remembers Zorro? We know a couple of talented gals who do – laceandlikes and Witty Rentals – and we’re pretty in love this romantic, yet edgy, editorial they’ve created. With a rich, dark palette, beautiful textures, and an overall romanticism that just can’t be beat, we’ve officially come to the conclusion that inspiration can be found anywhere, as long as you’re willing to look for it!

Aside from Zorro, the girls flocked to old spaghetti western films, Stone Cold Fox, and Elle + Vogue editorials for inspiration. Oh, and black, black and more black! Tiffany + Chelsea of Witty share, We wanted to incorporate textures and fabrics that embodied the rough and rugged feel of the cowboy era by using leather, cow hides, and lots and lots of bones. The best part of the shoot in our opinion? Although there is such a fun focus on the film and so many unique details incorporated throughout, couples who are drawn to romantic, Spanish-style settings will find so many beautiful + inspiring ideas to integrate into their day. We’re so glad Keith A Savage Photo was there to perfectly capture it all!

steer skull and invitations

white and black bouquet

zorro inspiration

zorro inspiration


I guess you could say it all started with the dress. We found the spanish, romantic, Grace Loves Lace-inspired wedding dress at one of our frequented thrift stores and immediately knew we needed to do a photo shoot around this dress.

white bouquet wrapped in black ribbon

zorro inspiration

giant flower crown


Siren Floral Co. totally nailed it with that big floral headpiece + all-white bouquet!

hanging dream catchers

white bouquet wrapped in black ribbon

bohemian dress

viva tequila

steer skull bar


We love the idea of a tequila tasting or fun, Spanish-inspired drinks for a wedding!

bar drinks

bar drinks

bar drinks

masculine lounge

skulls and flowers

zorro inspiration

bohemian tablescape


Between the furniture pieces from Witty Rentals + the tabletop items from The Hostess Haven, we’re having a total love affair with this tablescape!

amber colored goblets

cow hide table runner

cow hide table runner

leather place card

white weaved chair

zorro inspiration

zorro lace makeup


Zorro babe alert!

zorro pistol

rich colored desserts

zorro inspiration

black veil

zorro inspiration

zorro girl

black veiled zorro

zorro inspiration


Want to see more? Check out the fun film Max and Molly shot!


A big thanks to the talented creatives below for sharing this one with us!

photography: Keith A Savage Photo // styling + concept: collaboration of laceandlikes and Witty Rentals // videography: Max Cutrone of Max and Molly // location: Desert Theater Nursery // furniture rentals: Witty Rentals // tabletop rentals + desserts: The Hostess Haven // florals: siren floral co // dress: vintage thrift store find // hair + makeup: 1011 Makeup and Hair // bar + cocktails: Please and Thank You Liquor Bar // paper goods: Alexandria Manson //horseshoe dreamcatchers: Woven Dreams

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Vintage-Meets-Urban Palm Springs Wedding: Laura + Ken

Ace Hotel wedding

Oh, The Ace. We love it so. And we think it’s so fun how every couple who ties the knot there puts their own personal spin on the setting + makes the place their own. We’ve never seen two of the same, and we’re definitely crushing on Laura + Ken’s vintage-meets-urban celebration! These two had a unique vision for their day: a bit modern, a bit vintage, and a bit bohemian, with a dash of Victorian influences. And they wanted their laid-back personalities and love of music to really shine through. Well, leave it to Beau & Arrow Events to make that happen + then some! Ellen + Kate are the queens of collabs, and once they joined forces with L + K, amazingness ensued!

More about it all from Laura, Having lived in Los Angeles for a number of years, the traffic, grind, and pace of life can take a toll which is why we like to escape a short drive away to the desert on the weekends from time to time. There’s just something about the desert landscape that we both connect to. Because we so often relish our getaways, we decided to make one of our favorite places to run away to, the place where we would get hitched. We loved the quirky, bohemian decor of the Ace and especially loved that all of the events of the wedding (ceremony, drinks, dinner, dancing) could be contained in one area – easy for us and easy for our guests. As for the event itself, we wanted it to reflect our personalities and our passions – low-key and non-fussy, with beautiful music and food that our guests would rave about the next day. 

Big thanks to Hugh Forte for these gorgeous images from the day  + congratulations to Laura + Ken!

Ace Hotel wedding

wedding sign


Have you ever seen a better desert-inspired bouquet?! Go, Tend Living, go! So pretty.

anemone and airplant bouquet

groomsmen ace 1

bridesmaids

airplant bouquet bridesmaids

Laura: The first look - just remembering the joyous, excited expression on his face as I made my way to him through the desert always makes me tear up. And definitely the moment we took for ourselves after the ceremony. We were able to chow down on a plate of the appetizers and sip on glasses of something bubbly and just allow the moment and magnitude of what we've done sink in and savor it. I'll also never forget piling into the photobooth immediately after and taking our first few photos as husband and wife.

Ken: Easily the most memorable part of the day was the vows. We decided to write our own vows, and I had spent so much time thinking about what I wanted to say to LD and how to express those feelings, that I really hadn't thought much about what it would be like to hear her say something to me. We didn't show each other the vows beforehand, so when she started speaking I went through these waves of emotion which basically went from "These are the most amazing words anyone has ever said about me," to "Keep it together man, you've got to go next and if you're weeping uncontrollably, it's going to be a long ride for everyone," to "Oh my god, I have to go next - I thought I'd written some pretty awesome vows, but how the hell am I going to follow this???" I think something that most people don't realize about LD is that she's an incredible writer - it's a pretty powerful thing to have someone like her articulate their feelings about you even if you thought you already knew.

first look

Ace Hotel wedding

bow tie

boutonniere

halo 11

Ace Hotel wedding

Ace Hotel wedding


Laura’s look is so up our alley! And, yep, Ken looked pretty great, too! :)

bridal halo

Ace Hotel wedding

ceremony programs

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony


A succulent + foliage garland = ceremony decor of the very best kind!

airplant garland

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony

Processional: Emer's Dream – Colm Mac Con Iomaire (Live Version)

Recessional: Sleepy Time – Fialta

First Dance: Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Acoustic Version)

Ace Hotel ceremony

wedding party

green napkins

airplant centerpieces

gold flatware


Throughout the reception space, a fun mix of emerald green + rich gold tones juxtaposed succulents, airplants and other local desert naturals.

anemone bud vases

anemone bud vases

table numbers

foliage wall

succulents in driftwood


Such a cute shot!

cake cutting

first dance

wedding exit

Laura: So much of what you've probably already heard is true. It's so easy to get swept up in the events and seeing all the people who've traveled from near and far to be with you but it's equally as important to take those moments together to step aside and revel in it. Hire someone to help you and trust their guidance. Roll with the punches. Even though I was wearing flat shoes, I tripped and almost ate it on our walk back down the aisle after the ceremony. It was hilarious, ridiculous, but so very me. Also, my husband, as he has had to time and time again, caught me.

Ken: I heard a couple pieces of advice that I would pass along. First, try to stay together as much as you can throughout the evening - it's really easy to fall into divide-and-conquer social mode since it's hard to see everyone as much as you'd like, but it's good to be able to have the same memories to look back on with your wife/husband so you can share the same moments later. Second, is to make sure to find time to step back with your new spouse and just take it all in. There's a lot of buildup and time spent planning leading into the day, and it's good to take a beat and really see it - it's probably the only time in your life you'll have that many people you love and care about all in one place.

photography: Hugh Forte // venue + catering: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California // event design + planning: Beau & Arrow Events // floral design: Tend Living // makeup: Amy Clarke // hair: Diana Lucia // paper goods: GoGoSnap // churro bar + cake: Ace Hotel // music: friend // vintage rentals: Found Rentals // linens: La Tavola Linen

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