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This Boho Wedding at The Cowshed Wowed with a Touch of Rock ‘N’ Roll

May 27, 2017 | juliette

Andrea and Garth nailed bohemian chic style in their wedding at The Cowshed! Using a color palette of dusty blue, cranberry, and rose gold, they combined the bohemian classics, including a DIY macrame ceremony backdrop and protea flower arrangements from Maliflora, with chic fashion and bold decor at the reception. The bride also gave her classic lace and chiffon White Lilly Bridal gown a boho twist lace gloves and a tasseled rose gold belt. Photographer Judith Belle captured every gorgeous detail of this wedding perfectly, including the couple’s epic first dance to a mash-up made by the groom!

The Couple:

Andrea and Garth

The Wedding:

The Cowshed, Lydenburg, South Africa

Garth‘s parents own a house on a game-farm in Hoedspruit, and we often pass through Lydenburg’s Badvontein Valley to get there. The thought of getting married in a piece of the world that fills us with so much joy whenever we pass through it sounded like heaven to us. The Cowshed was the third place we looked at, and we knew right away it was the one! It had a relaxed theme with all the boho charm but with none of the kitsch art that often accompanies that look. It was perfect! It also accommodated 41 people in a couple of different farm houses all over the property, which worked perfectly with our vision of having a wedding-weekend as opposed to a wedding day.

I wore my hair down in loose messy spiral-curls (which my sister braided up on the one side), paired with red lips, and a heavenly light lace dress with a silk chiffon overlay. I was happily in my comfort zone! We made a rose gold belt for the dress and actually bought a pair of beautiful tasseled earrings to add as a pendant to the end of the belt. Jace from White Lilly Bridal also made me some pretty lace gloves. Other than that, I wore my favorite day-to-day jewelry pieces, as well as a gold charm bracelet passed down from my grandmother, which her father made for her on her 21st birthday.

We never really chose a theme, but it organically evolved into a sort of bohemian vibe with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. I’m not a big “bling” girl and prefer natural textures and big beautiful flowers. Garth‘s a part-time musician in a rock band. We combined our styles without thinking about it too much.

During the ceremony, we had personalized vows, which we later dropped into a locked box along with some Polaroids of the day, a bottle of whiskey and some other bits and bobs saved over the last seven years of dating. We will probably open this again on our 10-year wedding anniversary. We were married under an exquisite tree in front of a beautiful macrame wedding arch draped in an abundance of our favorite flowers and married by a pastor who happened to drum in Garth‘s band many years prior and also happened to be my English teacher at a stage in high school. It was very special!

I made our macrame wedding arch with the help of my bridesmaids and an online tutorial or two after battling to find what I wanted online. It also served as our photobooth backdrop and was insanely beautiful draped in flowers.

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We focused on great food, warm lighting, hand-picked music from start to finish, and giving ourselves the opportunity to really celebrate with our friends and family in a way we would normally enjoy. We sat at a big table with our bridal party so that we did not feel too removed or unapproachable. It was great!

My dad carved out 100 small bread/cheese boards, which we laser engraved with a design hand-drawn by myself along with our wedding date and a thank you from the both of us. If we were going to bother with favors at all, we decided it needed to be personal and also useful. They were a hit!

For our first dance, Garth put his musical abilities to good use and created a mash-up soundtrack where we choreographed a slower, more romantic dance to to Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful,” and then broke out into a fast jam of Paramore’s “I’m Still Into You.”

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Judith Belle
Venue – The Cowshed
Floral Design – Maliflora
Catering – Markietie
Officiant – Pastor Ross Lester
Videography – Ambient Films
Invitations – Brad Blundell
Wedding Dress – White Lilly Bridal
Bride’s Shoes – Rainbow Club
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Hoiden
Rings – Mark Whitehorn
Table Runners – The Table Cloth Hiring Company
Favors – Laser Creations

 

Congratulations to Andrea and Garth, and a special thanks to Judith Belle for sharing this incredible wedding with Junebug! Looking for more bohemian wedding inspiration? Check out the free-spirited and and stylish flare in this beautifully bohemian Virginia Beach wedding!

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The Floral Design Will Blow Your Mind in This Wedding Inspiration at The Modern

Our wildest wedding floral dreams were brought to life in this incredible wedding inspiration shoot at The Modern! Using a mix of red, pink, and purple blooms, along with loads of lush greenery, Little Hill Floral Designs covered nearly every surface with spectacular installations, garlands, table clusters, runners, bouquets, and even a whimsical bowtie for the groom! Weddings by Cortney Helaine outdid herself with the overall design, which featured two different table designs using a classic black, white, and gold color palette, and two fabulous geode wedding cakes from Great Dane Baking Company. We love how Jessie Schultz Photography captured this shoot from every angle, allowing us to discover new treasures every time we come back to these photos!

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The Talented Team:

Photography – Jessie Schultz Photography
Event Planning – Weddings by Cortney Helaine
Venue – The Modern
Floral Design – Little Hill Floral Designs
Cake – Great Dane Baking Company
Videography – Kyro Digital
Invitations – Elizabeth King Design
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Stacey Alyson Beauty
Wedding Dress – Mary Me Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Friar Tux
Rentals – Signature Party Rentals

 

A huge thanks to Weddings by Cortney Helaine for sharing this incredible styled shoot inspiration with us! If you’ve got a soft spot for seriously impressive florals (like we do), then the sweetheart table installation in this moody fairy tale wedding in Southlake, Texas is going to make your heart smile!

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Earthy Irish Wedding at Ballintaggart House

May 26, 2017 | juliette

There is something quintessentially romantic about Irish weddings, and Kristi and Dave’s wedding at Ballintaggart House is no exception! Returning to one of their favorite towns in Ireland, the couple exchanged vows in a grand cathedral, then made their way to a local pub before the reception. Little did they know they would be getting a fun surprise and some great music while they enjoyed a pint! For their reception, the couple kept the vibe natural, relaxed, and elegant to blend in seamlessly with the feel of the historic venue and the charming town. Magic Wedding Photographer captured every detail and moment of this wedding beautifully, including the couple’s quirky and cute choreographed first dance!

The Couple:

Kristi and Dave

The Wedding:

Ballintaggart House, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

Dingle is such a beautiful town, and the venue itself was a perfect reflection of everything we like about it there. It’s stunning and steeped in history, but all the while staying relaxed and super friendly. Plus, Dave used to work there way back when it was being run as a hostel, so we have a connection to it, as well!

I knew what style of dress I wanted from the very beginning – long sleeves and lace, with everything else kept simple. I don’t think I ever pictured being married in Ireland in anything else, so that was an easy decision. Finding the dress was another story! I wanted my friends to look and feel as good as I did (or close, at least! haha) so had them pick out their own dresses, with the only requirement being that they were short and black (one of the only “colours” of the wedding).

Turning around at the alter and walking out of the church together was a pretty incredible feeling (we finally did it!!) only to be upstaged moments later when we walked straight into the bar across the street where (unbeknownst to us) a music video was being filmed…which we are now part of!

Our advice is that, if you think you already know exactly what you want, just go and get it! I spent a huge amount of time looking for cheaper alternatives and creative solutions to every single aspect. In the end, I often ended up needing to get the thing I’d originally wanted! Obviously you can’t do this for everything, but I’d definitely recommend making a short list of things you feel really strongly about, and then try to get creative with everything else.

For the wedding favors, I really wanted to give out something that could be used again, and not just discarded after the weekend. Being that so many of our guests were Irish, I wanted to bring a piece of Canada to them, so I picked, dried, and spray-painted some local Canadian maple leaves to create Christmas ornaments. I hung them on strings of lights at the entrance to the dinner hall, along with the their names and table numbers, so they also doubled as the seating plan. On the tables themselves, we wrapped some homemade maple and Jameson-roasted almonds as a nod to our 2 countries, and had the guests’ names on them, as well.

Our first dance started out with “Cannonball” by Damien Rice, and cut to “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie halfway through. We had practiced a choreographed dance to that part, which may or may not have been executed perfectly!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Magic Wedding Photographer
Event Planning and Invitations – Kristi Korotash
Ceremony Venue – St. Mary’s Church, Dingle
Reception Venue – Ballintaggart House
Floral Design – Every Occasion
Cake – The Granary
Wedding Dress – Tara Lauren
Groom’s Apparel – The Kooples
Rings – Tuula Harrington

 

Congratulations to Kristi and Dave, and a special thanks to Junebug member Magic Wedding Photographer for sharing these gorgeous wedding photos with us! If you’re look for more rustic and romantic European wedding inspiration, this Welsh wedding in a shed is unbelievably charming!

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