Tropical Meets Traditional Western Cape Wedding at Glenbrae

After moving to New Zealand from South Africa eight months before their wedding, Monique and George relied on the support of their families, fantastic vendors, and the understated elegance of their venue Glenbrae to create a beautiful and unique setting perfect for a social celebration planned from several thousand miles away. The indoor-outdoor space offered a stunningly peaceful forest ceremony, spectacular vineyard views, and fashionable reception space. Décor designed by Saffron Events featured a timelessly chic theme, tropical greenery and exotic florals combined with classic formal elements and accented with rose gold. We love the geometric-inspired candleholders, hanging macramé, and palm branches that created an incredibly inspiring space that perfectly complimented the bridesmaids’ gorgeous tropical printed dresses. Yeah Yeah Photography captured the fab décor, but even more beautiful were the quiet moments of the sweet couple enjoying their time with family and friends.

The Couple:

Monique and George

The Wedding:

Glenbrae, Western Cape, South Africa

I tried on a couple amazing dresses but still had my idea of what I wanted to look like. She understood my vision and was willing to cut one of her dresses in two to create my dream wedding dress. I honestly felt so beautiful on the day as I absolutely loved my dress and makeup which was done by my godmother. For my bridesmaids I wanted to incorporate the tropical theme but they also had to go with the my husband to be and his groomsmen who wore olive green andnavy.

For us the most important part of planning our wedding was to find a beautiful wedding venue that would allow us to invite all our friends and family as we moved to New Zealand from South Africa 8 months before our wedding. We wanted the venue to be both beautiful and unique but also give the opportunity for our guests and us to talk to each other or to dance the night away.

We wanted something unique that had a social feel to it, we also liked the venue as it had a great indoor outdoor flow with beautiful views from the veranda. The venue is set in the Apple valley of Elgin just outside of Cape Town with the most spectacular views over orchards and vineyards.

The day was so amazing and exceeded all my expectations in every possible way, but I think what stood out from the day was that I knew I was getting married to my best friend and love of my love andcouldn`t wait to see him and to be married. We had the best day overall and got to dance and spend time with all the people we love.

My engagement ring is rose gold so I wanted to incorporate it into our day. I know I wanted to have a lot of greenery for my flowers and therefor made green another main color. I thought white would compliment them andtherefore our colors for the wedding was rose gold, green and white.

I wanted to choose a theme/style that was trendy but also something that I would look back in a couple of years and still think looked amazing. As I knew I wanted greenery as my main flower inspo we leaned toward a tropical feel but combined it with a lot of classic elements by combining it with a more formal color like rose gold. The amazing team form Saffron Functions exceeded my decor expectations in every way.

Processional: ‘Voshaarnooi’ by Joshua na die Reen
Recessional: ‘Going up the Country’ by Canned Heat
First Dance: ‘To Love Somebody’ by the Bee Gees

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Yeah Yeah Photography
Event Planning – Saffron Events
Venue – Glenbrae
Floral Design – Saffron Events
Catering – Saffron Events
Cake – Birdcage
DJ – DJ Wico
Invitations – Saffron Events
Makeup Artist – Authentics
Hair Styling – Allure Hair Couture
Wedding Dress – Brides of Somerset


Congratulations to Monique and George on their beautiful wedding day and special thanks to Yeah Yeah Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding with Junebug! For more tropical wedding inspiration, check out this elegant tropical Phoenix wedding at The Boojum Tree!

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Sunset Santorini Elopement at Oia Mare Villas

November 19, 2017 | emy

Katherine and Austin’s intimate Santorini elopement featured the truly beautiful backdrop of Oia Mare Villa. The Greek island’s famous sunsets, blue rooftops and white washed buildings and magical uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea. The sweet groom designed the bride’s bouquet as a surprise with help from local florist Forget Me Not, featuring gorgeous blue orchids, purple-toned thistles, and green ferns. Photographer Brandi Sisson and second shooter Caitlyn Carr captured this adventurous couple celebrating their love and exploring the windy streets and mountain cliffs of the charming island.

The Couple:

Katherine and Austin

The Wedding:

Oia Mare Villa, Santorini, Greece

While I was getting ready the day of our ceremony, little did I know, Austin had walked to the local Greek florist shop. He spent a few hours with the owner, designing and customizing my bouquet. He surprised me with a breathtaking arrangement. It was the sweetest gesture and illustrated just why I chose him to be my partner for life.

Because we eloped, our families and friends were not there to share the special moments. The most important thing on our wedding day was capturing these moments through pictures. I wanted our loved ones to feel like they were there in spirit. Brandi, our photographer, exceeded our expectations and even made a few family members cry!

Santorini’s color pallet is breath taking and was the perfect backdrop for the intimate elopement we were looking for.

Brandi, our photographer, was a dream come true! Her work is wonderful and unique. She is great at capturing the moment and practices pulling the emotions of her subjects into her pictures. She is patient, kind, and best of all, someone I would call a friend!

Our ceremony took place in the town of Oia in Santorini, which is famous for it’s sunsets. Every evening, thousands of people gathered up in the mountains, lining the white-washed buildings. From our vantage point, the crowds were up behind us and we had an uninterrupted view of the setting sun on the Aegean Sea. After we said our “I Do’s,” the crowd began to cheer as we had our first kiss as husband and wife. The moment was just plain magical.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Brandi Sisson and Caitlyn Carr
Venue – Oia Mare Villa
Floral Design – Forget Me Not


Congratulations to Katherine and Austin on their gorgeously intimate elopement and special thanks to Brandi Sisson and Caitlyn Carr for capturing this adventurous wedding. For more destination elopement inspiration, check out this Scottish destination elopement in the Isle of Skye!

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This Cherry Creek Estate Wedding Showcases an Effortless Neutral Color Palette

Nicole and Joel wanted a fresh spin on a timeless tradition, and their Cherry Creek Estate wedding provided a perfect setting, beautifully accented by a dreamy, neutral color palette. The venue’s Bavarian barn and European styled mansion was the stunning focal point with a complimentary mix of neutral shades of white and beige with green and metallic accents for a romantic and effortless look that didn’t overshadow the rustic estate. This self-proclaimed rebellious bride also broke traditional with a two-piece wedding dress created with three different designer separates from Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique that created a chic and elegant look perfect for this sunny, summer wedding. The Jar Photography captured so many truly beautiful moments from the day, starting with a blindfolded first look and ending with stunning photos of the couple at sunset trying to keep the bedecked horses from munching on the bride’s stunning bouquet from MJ’s Floral Boutique.

The Couple:

Nicole and Joel

The Wedding:

Cherry Creek Estate, British Columbia, Canada

I always envisioned myself in something totally unique for my bridal look. I had tried on a million dresses and nothing seemed to come close to the idea I had in my mind. The fabulous team at Pearl & Dot helped me create a one-of-a-kind look by pairing three different designers pieces together. Initially, the thought of a two piece dress wasn’t in my realm of imagination, but after trying it on I couldn’t see myself in anything else. I loved the lace topper andthe elegance it provided for the ceremony. Getting married in the middle of summer made for a very hot & sunny day- the perfect weather for a 2-piece bridal dream. Not only was I beyond comfortable during the reception, but loved that without the lace topper my dress had a more sexy and glamorous feel to it.

Our single most important aspect of planning the wedding was staying authentic to who we are as a couple. We wanted a wedding that felt intimate andromantic, yet effortless and easygoing- attributes we have always shared in our relationship. A marriage is a celebration of love & commitment, we wanted our guests to viscerally feel this through every detail of the wedding.

Some of our most memorable parts of the day happened prior to the ceremony. Joel and I wrote letters to each other the morning of our big day. We opted to read the other’s letter aloud while holding hands- separated by a door between us. I could hardly wait to see him after hearing his voice andfeeling his presence. Joel was then blindfolded and we were both driven to a beautiful lookout of the Rockies, on a ridge that slopped up from behind the estate. Seeing his eyes catch mine for the first time is a moment we will both share forever. It was just the two of us surrounded by breathtaking views. We had long been against the idea of doing a “first look,” but are so happy we had a change of heart. It was an intimate moment we were able to share alone before the rest of the day carried on.

We wanted our ceremony to truly reflect our love and unity as a couple. We chose to write personal vows and honored my husband’s grandparents who celebrated their 50th anniversary the same year as our wedding. They were the first to walk down the aisle and open the ceremony. In a way it felt symbolic of them “passing the baton” to us as we embarked on our journey as husband and wife.

From the beginning I was a bit of a rebel bride. I had seen enough tacky replications of the “stereotypical” wedding that I was determined we were going to have a fresh spin on a timeless tradition. Cherry Creek provided a base for our palette with it’s beautiful Bavarian barn & European styled mansion. We paired neutral shades of whites & beige with subtle accents of greenery & metallic to compliment the natural essence of the estate. We wanted our day to feel chic, romantic, intimate and effortless.

We were both on the same page from the beginning as to keeping our wedding colors neutral. We both have attended weddings where bold, tacky colors overshadowed an otherwise beautiful venue anddidn’t want to make that mistake. Our colors were very neutral- soft whites & beiges with subtle greenery as we wanted our palette to compliment the venue. We also incorporated metallic accents to breakup our décor and give a bit of dimension.

Processional: Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow
Recessional: Beautiful Day – U2
First Dance: In Case You Didn’t Know- Brett Young

We have yet to meet a kinder, more talented couple than the dynamic photographer/videographer duo that make up The Jar Photography & Films. They knew we wanted photos that captured the real, authentic emotions of the day- nothing tacky or overly “posed.” We were absolutely blown away when we received the wedding album and video. I can’t express what a truly priceless gift it is to be able to watch the best day of your life play out on film. Even better, we were able to share the video they made for us with our family and friends who were unable to attend the wedding.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Jar Photography
Venue – Cherry Creek Estate
Floral Design – MJ’s Floral Boutique
Catering – Cherry Creek Estate
Cake – Pretty Sweet Bakeshop
DJ – Local DJ
Videography – The Jar Photography
Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Dress – Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Apparel – RW & Co.
Rings – Cullinan Jewelers
Rentals – The Local Booth
Transportation – Mountain High Shuttle


Congratulations to Nicole and Joel on their beautifully chic wedding day and special thanks to The Jar Photography for sharing this gorgeous estate wedding with Junebug! For more classic estate wedding inspiration, check out this Burnham Grove Estate wedding with a touch of Old Hollywood glamour.

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