Alfresco Dining in the orange orchards

How do I find the words to describe this styled shoot?
I want to say it is somewhere between an afternoon in Italy and a day in the life of a Disney Princess…
but I will let you be the judge of that!

The team behind this shoot wanted to create a combination of structure and soft tones, dark and light, love and magic – and we have to say, they absolutely nailed it!

From a fruit-topped wedding cake to a live painter, to the most intricate details, they certainly have shown off their talents in the best way, all while showing brides that you are able to think out of the box when it comes to your wedding day!

Blythe from By Blythe shares more with us today about the look and feel behind this styled shoot.
Take it away, Blythe. 

“This shoot is everything I envision the perfect Provencal wedding to be.”

Set in the inspiring grounds of Almost Orange with its magnificent country villa, lush orange orchards and the stunning and contrasting background of olive farms and rolling hills, this shoot oozes Provence. We wanted to capture the tranquil essence of such a beautiful area and its captivating scenery.

Our theme was natural and luxuriant, coupled with an abundance of tiny, multi-sensory details that, when combined together, created a feeling of understated luxe and a touch of magic. We let the flowers take the lead and worked with what was available and in season – a soft yet sophisticated palette of figs, berry and cassis – a deep rich shade that emanates elegance and glamour and is reminiscent of royalty and all that is luxurious and opulent. These tones complimented the exterior décor and surrounding landscape beautifully.

The Botanicus dress, designed by Elli-Nicole, was inspired by the natural landscape which we felt was perfect for this romantic shoot and venue.
“The dress is a mermaid silhouette that artfully combines two different types of laces which gives an organic foliage effect. The base is a deep oyster, which displays the lace beautifully and complements the natural surroundings.” – Elli Nicole

With a prominent floral focus, our asymmetrical arrangements drew on the bounty of figs, blackberries, peaches and pomegranates which invoked a truly romantic feel.
Our table styling remained simple yet elegant. Mixing antiques with modern elements gave a sophisticated look to the table. Together with the natural wooden tabletop, loose style florals as our centrepieces, and tapered candlesticks to balance the fine dining style with the relaxed setting of the venue, we achieved our perfectly-imperfect masterpiece!

Christy and I love having champagne on special occassions, and although popping champagne would be frowned upon in these lockdown times, there is no better time to do so than on your wedding day – and these pictures are here to prove it! 

Our picture-perfect setting was painted live by the talented artist Kelly Farrow, who captured the ambience of our shoot and the location perfectly. We are seeing more bridal couples opting to commission hand-illustrated designs of their venue, ceremony area, or themselves, and even use this as a unifying narrative throughout their stationery and décor. Exquisite, personalised stationery from handpicked calligraphy to delicate sketches, watercolours blended together, and stylised line drawings are ways in which couples are injecting their personalities into their wedding to ensure a unique celebration filled with heart and meaningfulness.

Through this styled vignette, my hope is to inspire couples to embrace the juxtaposition between soft and striking. The touches of organic textures, cotton linens, and pampas grasses will remain, but contemporary twists will add bursts of vibrancy when layered within design details and ornate installations.

So, what do you think?
An afternoon in Italy or Disney Princess vibes?
I am still stuck on it being a perfect combination of both, and I am in love!

The team behind this shoot really brought all their talent, well done to all involved!
If you would like to get in touch with any of them, click the links below.


Photography: Jenna Storey
Venue: Silver Orange Bistro
Planning, Conceptualising, Co-ordination: By Blythe
Flowers & Styling: Ruffles & Rust
Crockery: Gingham Ceramics
Stationery: Chrystal Lace
Artist: Kelly Farow
Cake: Cherry Whisk + Ruffles & Rust
Tartlets, eclairs & macarons: Patisserie de Paris
Wedding dress: Elli Nicole Bridal
Bride’s Shoes:  Elli Nicole Shoes
Makeup artist: Rebeca Make-Up Artistry
Models: Rhemi Viljoen and Hardus Viljoen

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