You’re Not Dreaming – This Epic Sintra Elopement is 100% Real and 100% Gorgeous

August 30, 2019 | juliette

From the castle courtyards to the lush forest to the beach, this Sintra elopement was pure romance from beginning to end! After tying the knot in a ceremony in Latvia, Annija and Davis went on a whirlwind adventure with just their photographer, Diana Veinberga, to the famed palace gardens in Portugal. With nothing more than a gorgeous Rara Avis gown, a simple bouquet designed by Magnolijas Zieds, and a modern black and tan groom ensemble, the couple had one of the dreamiest destination elopements we’ve ever seen. Seriously, though, how are all of these backdrops even real?

The Couple:

Annija and Davis

The Wedding:

Montserrate Palace, Sintra, Portugal

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Diana Veinberga
Venue – Montserrate Palace
Floral Design – Magnolijas Zieds
Cake – Kapok Cakery
Wedding Dress – Rara Avis


Congratulations to Annija and Davis, and a special thanks to Diana Veinberga for sharing this unbelievable Sintra elopement with Junebug! Want even more elopement magic? This Thelma and Louise inspired same-sex elopement is full of road trip goals, desert vibes, and southwest romance!

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This Moody Autumnal Johannesburg Wedding Has Some of Our Favorite Modern Details Ever

August 29, 2019 | juliette

After 9 years of dating + a 15-month engagement, highschool sweethearts Simone and Drew threw the most epically romantic Johannesburg wedding at Inimitable! The couple dreamed of curating a day that felt more like a huge party than just a wedding. With the help of their planner, Zavion Kotze Events Company, they made that dream a reality with sophisticated decor, a moody autumnal color palette, and whimsical details. If we had to pick one favorite detail, it would have to be the bride’s mind-blowing Oksana Mukha gown! But coming in a very close second are the “bride’s flock” balloons the bridesmaids carried down the aisle, the newspaper-style ceremony program, the acrylic cube seating chart, and the pinata cake! Epic party status was achieved, and Shanay Green Photography captured it all in stunning detail!

The Couple:

Simone and Drew

The Wedding:

Inimitable, Johannesburg, South Africa

From the outset we were determined to create a day that felt like a true celebration: of our love, story, of our loved one’s who journeyed with us, of marriage, and of God who wove the sweet threads of our story. To celebrate in a way that felt authentic, and true to who we are as a couple and for our guests to see ‘Simone & Drew’ in every detail. We wanted our guests to feel like they were not just attending a wedding, but to have an experience so we focused our attention on food and entertainment. Life becomes more meaningful when you realize you never have the same moment twice. Our wedding day was one of those perfect moments that will forever remain frozen in time and in our hearts. We felt joy from every pore in our bodies. You will struggle to find a picture where we are not beaming.

Walking down the aisle was a surreal experience. A few months before the wedding, Drew and I had asked our parents to walk us both down the aisle, to honour and thank them for raising us and loving us. I was privileged to start my walk down the aisle with my stepdad and mom, to meet my dad halfway, to have my two dads exchange hugs with tears in all our eyes, and to walk the rest of the way down the aisle with my mom and my dad. I will always treasure the feeling of walking toward the love of my life, my husband to be, with tears in his eyes. Truly it was perfect — joy and love exuded from everyone in the chapel and carried through the rest of the day. Everyone was as happy as we were to finally be getting married!

Don’t spend your engagement season, wishing it away. Being engaged is a beautiful season. Enjoy the journey to the wedding day. We had once-a-month get-togethers with our bridal party, which allowed us to spend quality time together leading up to the wedding day and we made fun, happy memories that I am so grateful for. Also, don’t forget to date your fiancé now that you are engaged. Set aside time to talk about the wedding but make sure you spend just as much time talking about how you want your marriage to look. Attend pre-marriage counseling and schedule some sessions with your pastor/mentor couple after your wedding to check in with a couple you admire. It’s so important to have a community of people who are for your marriage! 

We went for a moody, romantic, modern feel, almost like bringing the forest inside. I had been planning and dreaming of my wedding day since I was a little girl. I fell in love with the warmth of dusty blue and white with touches of berry and gold accents. The venue was a blank canvas and we really wanted to enhance its natural beauty, with a touch of moody drama.

The Wedding Team:

Photography and Videography – Shanay Green Photography
Event Planning – Zavion Kotze Events Company
Venue – Inimitable
Floral Design – Zavion Kotze Events Company
Catering – Andrew Draper
Frozen Lollies – The Frozen Foundry
DJ – Purple Tomato Entertainment
Live Music – The Morning After
Stationery – Appy CoupleLiqerish, and Susan Brand Design
Hair Styling – JK Ginger
Wedding Dress – Oksana Mukha
Bridal Accessories – White Lily Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Bibi Rouge
Caricature Artist – Peter Mascher
Balloons – The Balloon Stop
Rings – Charles Greig
Flower Crown Station – Zavion Kotze Events Company


Our biggest thanks to Simone and Drew for sharing their incredible Johannesburg wedding with Junebug! Want more fall wedding inspiration? This fall Nashville wedding at home shows off our new favorite autumn wedding colors: burgundy and navy!

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Fun Wedding Confetti Alternatives for Your Ceremony Recessional and Grand Exit

August 28, 2019 | juliette

photo by Elina Upmane Photography

Throwing confetti as the couple walks down the aisle or exits their reception is, in our opinion, one of the best wedding traditions! And, while we do love a confetti canon, we totally understand that some couples aren’t comfortable with the idea — and that some venues don’t even allow it. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the fun and excitement of an epic recessional or exit! There are so many confetti alternatives that can help you make your exit in style, and we’ve rounded up our favorites for you today. From flowers to bubbles to smoke bombs, these confetti alternatives are environmentally friendly, hassle-free, and will make for some seriously cool photos!

Fresh Flowers & Petals

photo by Chelsea Abril Photography

photo by Kay + Bee

photo by Claire Thomson Photography

photo by Kayla Fisher Photography

photo by Kelly Lemon Photography

Dried Flowers

photo by Page & Holmes Photography

photo by Carla Penoncelli

photo by Lindie Wilton


photo by In Frames Photography

photo by Aase Pouline


photo by Catalina Jean

photo by Hana Alsoudi Photography

photo by Chelsea Abril Photography


photo by Jonnie + Garrett

photo by Dawn Charles

photo by Pablo Laguia


photo by Lauren Scotti

Smoke Bombs

photo by The Shepards Photo

photo by Jami Laree

Love these confetti alternatives and looking for more ways to personalize your ceremony and reception details? Look no further than these wedding planning articles:

45 Beautiful Wedding Aisle Markers for Your Ceremony

Affordable Wedding Decor You Wouldn’t Believe Came from Amazon

9 Tips for Decorating Your Wedding Reception on a Budget

photo by Lago Photo

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