Beautiful Bronze South African Wedding – Laura and Chris

Hello OMG readers! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I’m pleased today to share with you a beautiful South African beachy wedding shot by UK and destination wedding photographer Michelle Joubert-Martin who has also recently launched a new website so make sure to check it out!

Today’s bride and groom were married in late February of this year in the beautiful South African wedding venue Blue Bay Lodge, Saldanha. The couple chose the venue as they wanted to getting married in a beachy location, but also create a destination “feel” for their friends who were coming from Cape Town, encouraging them to stay over and spend the weekend in celebration. Laura said “As soon as we saw the venue we fell in love and thought it was perfect for our special day.”

The overall style of the day was beach inspired with a dash of elegance incorporating bronzes, creams and browns which Laura had planned ever since she was a little girl. (Good girl!) She walked down the aisle wearing a gown by well known Capetonian designer, Vonnie De Beer and shoes to match, accented with pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet and a Swarovski diamond bracelet that was a wedding gift from all the bridesmaids who also wore Vonnie De Beer. Chris’s suit was made by Fabiani Designers.

With the help from some family members and friends, my Laura’s mother arranged all the decor. Laura said “we didn’t want flowers for centre pieces, so instead my mother bought glass bowls and filled them with sand and shells, with one big candle in the middle, they looked absolutely gorgeous. Very beachy and rustic, which was the look we were going for. For the main table though, Chris’ grandmother made a gorgeous flower arrangement from casablanca lilies and and other smaller flowers, driftwood was also placed with the flowers, it looked fabulous. For the bouquet we had casablanca lilies.”

Make-up: by Lisl Boshoff from Powder Puff Make-up & Hair

Advice from the Bride:
Obviously make sure you are marrying the right person hehe. But if I am to give advice regarding organising your wedding, don’t make the speeches or service too long. Obviously you do what makes you happy, but if you want to think of your guests as well, keep the speeches and service short and sweet.

Also choose a good DJ, don’t hold back on cash here, the DJ will make the party and atmosphere. We had an amazing DJ, and no one got off the dance floor the whole night. The following day the DJ was the topic of conversation from all our guests. I have been to weddings before where the DJ’s aren’t so good and you won’t believe the difference! This is what the guests will talk about, whether it be good or bad.

Pick a good photographer, remember these photos will be your lasting memory of your special day. Definitely have a videographer, for me the day just flew past and forgot a lot of things that had happened because I was on a complete high, now all the memories I had forgotten, I can relive watching the DVD of our wedding day.

And the most important bit of advice I can give ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY it will be the most amazing day of your life!

Anything else you’d like to share?
We chose Michelle because of her absolutely brilliant photography, we have never seen photography like it, the colours and the style of photos she does were perfect for us. Michelle lives and works in the UK mainly but we knew she also does destination weddings in South Africa so it all worked out perfectly. Make sure to check out her new website for more details!


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