Style Me Pretty » Locations » Africa The Ultimate Wedding Blog Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:35:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Romantic South African Safari Engagement Session Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:00:32 +0000 All I want to do in life is go on a safari in Africa and see animals in their natural habitats. In fact, I’m slightly obsessed with elephants (so much so that I “adopted” two this past spring), so it’s no surprise I’m obsessed with this South African couple’s engagement session from Rensche Mari—just look at this face! From the elephants to the curious meerkat and rich, romantic color palette, this shoot is pure magic.

From Rensche MariThis shoot was a safari engagement – the beautiful couple is getting married on a game farm (owned by them – and a brand new venue with beautiful views and game drives). They wanted to have a similar feel for their engagement so we went to another venue to get some wildlife in the images – their venue will only be ready in September 2015.

We wanted the shoot to have a romantic feel but also have some fun at the same time with really beautiful stationery and signage from Chrystalace, we got a dress from Silver Swallow and added in some silk flowers (unfortunately we could not use real flowers as the elephants tend to eat it  (I also had a similar experience with camels recently and know its not always a good idea to temp them with the real thing), some props and of course, what would a safari shoot be without an elephant or two – and a cute meerkat – he was following us around like a dog.

Photography: Rensche Mari | Dress: Silver Swallow | Stationery: Chrystalace | Venue: Adventures With Elephants

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Glamorous Floral + Marsala Wedding Inspiration in South Africa Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:01 +0000 Glamorous marsala florals and gilded details brought to life by the team at Agape Weddings, a to-die-for backless gown, and Kibogo Photography behind the lens? The ultimate recipe for wedding inspiration success. Brimming with the perfect mix of luxurious, romantic and rustic details (hello, beautiful naked cake!) this inspiration shoot has it all, and you won’t want to miss a single bit in the gallery here!



From Agape WeddingsShot in a Tuscan-inspired setting, with rolling vineyards and soft light. Rich Tuscan textural and culinary features, and lots of warm metallic accents add to the drama and romance of a wedding in the colder seasons. Bold Russian accents, such as the matreshka dolls and bold botanicals inspired by Dolce and Gabanna, were all inspirations.

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Event Design: Agape Weddings | Floral Design: Aspen Flowers & Co | Wedding Dress: Bo And Luca | Stationery: Lara's Designs | Groom's Attire: Top Shop Man | Venue: Brenaissance | Bridesmaid's Dress: Zara | Cake, Confectionery And Dessert: Centerpiece Cakes | Crockery: Sepia Range From Hemelhuijs | Cutlery: Gold Cutlery From Two Birds At The Dairy Shed | Decor Items: Urban Tonic | Groomsman’s Suit: More | Hair & Make Up: Lisa Brown | Model Cleo: Boss Models | Model Frank: Boss Models | Model Zoe: Boss Models | Photoshoot Location: Brenaissance

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Surprise Garden Inspired Birthday Lunch Wed, 27 May 2015 18:00:31 +0000 In terms of amazing birthday celebrations, this certainly ranks at the tippy top. It’s a surprise party for a Mom who is turning 60 years young crafted by Carol-Anne Kemp. And tucked inside are elegant details pairing vintage pieces with the modern look of ghost chairs and a dessert spread like you wouldn’t believe. Which is music to this birthday girl’s ears since dessert happens to be her favorite course. Find more captured by Cheryl McEwan right here.

My Mom is generally the family member to host birthday parties for the rest of the family but seldom hosts parties for herself. For her 60th birthday I wanted to change that so I planned a surprise birthday lunch for her. It was held in the spring so I wanted a light, airy look. My Mom loves floral and vintage pieces so we rented vintage crockery and mixed the crockery with pastel colored floral arrangements. We also rented vintage furniture and mixed the pieces with modern elements, such as ghost chairs, to give the venue a modern vintage look. Dessert is my Mom’s favorite course so we ensured there was a fully stocked dessert table that looked beautiful and tasted delicious. The result was a lovely afternoon thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Photography: Cheryl McEwan | Floral Design: Leipzig | Stationery: Lara's Designs | Venue: Dear Me | Cakes & Desserts: Lulubelle's Bakes | Event Planning & Design: Carol-Anne Kemp | Vintage Rentals: A Vintage Affair

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Marrakesh, Morocco Bachelorette Party Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:00:17 +0000 Hunting for the perfect bachelorette party locale? After you see these gorgeous pictures captured by O’Malley Photographers, you’re going to think twice about gorgeous Morocco! Draped in henna, these girlfriends sure look like they’re enjoying everything Marrakesh has to offer. Be sure to see all the stunning details here!

From O’Malley PhotographersBachelorette party in Morocco? Why not? How better to treat your leading ladies than a lavish getaway to one of the worlds most beautiful and diverse destinations! Tuck yourselves away in one of the many coastal towns on the Mediterranean or experience the lively culture in a bustling city like Marrakesh. For a truly unforgettable time, book an exquisite boutique hotel (such as Peacock Pavilions shown here) in the midst of quiet olive groves, where you can indulge in a moroccan oasis and unwind.

Relax poolside with drinks in hand, taste gourmet local cuisine, and get the inside scoop on the best local shopping from award winning lifestyle blogger, author and pavilion owner, Maryam Montague. For a fun cultural experience, have the hotel book a local henna artist to treat you and your girls. If you can pull yourself away from the gorgeous villa, venture into the city center for high-end spas, ancient baths (hamams), delicious food and the best shopping experience a girl could ask for!

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Styling: Camille Wynn | Shoes: Miu Miu | Catering: Peacock Pavilions | Venue: Peacock Pavilions | Dresses: Nicole Miller

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Morocco Engagement Session at Peacock Pavilions Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:15:53 +0000 I haven’t experienced Morocco first hand, but after perusing these images from O’Malley Photographers, I’ve decided this vibrant destination deserves a spot on my bucket list. And it just so happens to make the most gorgeous backdrop for snapping engagement shots. Peacock Pavilions perfectly captures that eclectic Moroccan vibe (my eyes are loving those blues). Hop over to the full gallery for more!

From O’Malley PhotographersNo matter where your destination wedding is taking place, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery and unforgettable memories you’re making by shooting engagement photos in the days leading up to the wedding. Morocco provided a stunning back-drop here, but no matter where you’re tying the knot, bring your photographer along while you explore the hidden gems and meaningful spots you and your fiancé share abroad. This session ended with an intimate engagement party for close friends.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Shoes: Zara | Catering: Peacock Pavilions | Wedding Venue: Majorelle Garden | Wedding Venue: Peacock Pavilions | Blue Dress: Nicole Miller | Sequin Dress: Sarah Seven | Stylist: Camille Wynn

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Tuscany Meets South Africa Wedding Inspiration Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:15:37 +0000 Earlier today, we brunched in style with Lisa Poggi & Gianluca Gasperoni—South African style with a bit of Tuscan influence, that is. And we’re continuing the festivities this afternoon with the jaw-dropping wedding portion, drenched in burgundy, lavender and blush. Tuscan DreamWedding Concepts and La Rosa Canina each added their charming touches and you can see it all right here.


From Lisa Poggi & Gianluca GasperoniWhen we left Rome, we had no idea what to expect on arrival in South Africa. Not only had we never traveled so far south before, but also we had never been so far away from home! However, our biggest fear in the end was not being able to interpret the light that we may find in this distant country! How would it be different to Italy, would we be able to distort it, work with it and produce work similar to what we would create back home? Who knew!

From the minute we stepped off the plane we realized that this would have been impossible. The light in South Africa is unique and inimitable. The constant wind that sweeps everything away creates a clear and fresh canvas, full of facets, even on rainy days. We hoped we would shoot on a beautiful sunny day, but an unusual spring thunderstorm greeted us and accompanied us throughout the shoot.

Despite this, the light that we found was perfect and unique. Totally in line with what we had in mind of “union” and “marriage” between Africa and Tuscany! We love to harness the natural light when we shoot and in this case the constant changes in brightness and contrast have led to a result extremely heterogeneous and totally in line with our general ideas.

The work of the wonderful team of people from both Tuscany and South Africa have led to a result creating the perfect balance between raw and rural elegance. We loved all the colour contrasts between cooler cypress and lavender mixed amongst warm earth African tones!

From Carolina Casini of Tuscan DreamWhen planning my latest trip to South Africa I would never in my wildest dreams imagined that it would be so different from all my previous ones. I had always loved the time at my parents’ house on the beach where yoga, running, swimming and reading were my favorite activities, which I always guarded jealously…but not this time…

A week before my departure, completely out of the blue, I received a call from Tommaso saying that he met Lisa & Gianluca in Milan the previous weekend and that they were all wondering what I was up to because they hadn’t heard from me lately. During our last dinner I shared with them my deep love for South Africa, talking about its blue skies, the energy and creativity of this gorgeous country as well as its commitment to change and told them I was planning to return to Cape Town at the end of the wedding season.

Next thing I knew, by the end of the phone conversation we had 4 tickets to South Africa, and I wasn’t flying alone anymore and guess what…I wasn’t going to be attending any yoga classes or relaxing, instead I would be planning an inspirational wedding photo shoot!

Now how to plan an inspirational shooting in a foreign country in less than 2 weeks that’s another story and involves my company TuscanDream having had the privilege to meet and get to know our friends at Wedding Concepts, a leading wedding planning agency in Cape Town. Like TuscanDream, Wedding Concepts specializes in working with a distinctive international clientele and are committed to deliver beautifully customized, luxury weddings.

Many of the best things in life are those that happen serendipitously. Our inspirational wedding project in South Africa has brought together creativity and friendship as a beautiful unexpected gift to an awesome photo shoot!

Tommaso of La Rose Canina FirenzeWhen Carolina Casini first spoke of the idea of potentially one day shooting an inspiration bridal shoot in the Cape Town wine region of South Africa – the idea immediately both impressed me and filled me with joy! This simply had to happen!

The presence of our close knit creative team, which included photographer and friend Lisa Poggi, gave me the confidence that we could, together, be able to create a beautiful result and find a real new inspiration in a country rich in energy and history. For me, this would be my first time visiting South Africa. So I knew this experience was going to be incredibly new and exciting!

When we first started scouting locations in Cape Town, I was struck by the similarities between certain characteristics of Tuscany and the Cape Winelands, the presence of cypress and olive trees as well as plant species typical of my region back home. I began to foster a strong sense of familiarity and at the same time I finally got to admire the indigenous flora in the beautiful botanical gardens of Kirstenbosh and how all the many varieties of Proteas grow so naturally here. I then tried to find inspiration for the entire design of the shoot in this extreme contrast between familiarity and extraordinary.

The “contrast” thus became the main focus for the whole shoot. Color contrast between the dark tones of the leaves we sourced, the fruit of the blueberry and the fig tree, and the brightness of the colour white of the winelands landscapes and Cape Dutch architecture. Contrasting materials were very elegant and others more textural, blending styles that were extremely classic with and ethnic atmospheres – typical of this rich country. All we knew was that we wanted to create together a shoot that spoke about a story of balance, love and joy.

Photography: Lisa Poggi & Gianluca Gasperoni | Event Planning: Carolina Casini - Tuscan Dream | Jewelry: We heart this | Venue: Hawksmoor House | Bridal Shoes: Aliverti | Cake Design: Roxanne Floquet | Calligraphy & Stationary: Betty Soldi | Design & Florals: Tommaso Torrini - La Rosa Canina | Female Model: Rouxmia From D&A Model Management | Groom Suits And Shoes: Fabiani | Hair & Make Up: Yolande Du Toit | Hiring: Urban Tonic | Male Model: Ross Chaplin from D&A Model Management | Menu & Seating Cards: Secret Diary | Wedding Dress & Bridal Outfits: Stefania Morland | Wedding Management: Wedding Concepts

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