2016 WEDDING TRENDS: CLEAN, ORGANIC & CONTEMPORARY

The clean and contemporary wedding trend is as relevant as ever this year. Natural elements like wild foliage, tropical ferns and exposed flower bulbs make for simple, yet unexpected features on tables.

We are witnessing an increase in demand for more organic forms, natural elements and metallics such as gold and copper features. Ceramics and interesting textures not only feature heavily in upcoming wedding trends, but also in our modern heirloom shoot.

Rose gold, brass, bronze and copper are some of our favourite metallics to use in 2016 and can be seen in range of areas – for example tableware, stationery and jewellery.

The Ceremony
The most important part of any wedding is the ceremony. Style the aisle – couples want the backdrop to their vows to have that real wow-factor, because it’s an emotionally charged moment, full of anticipation and can be over so quickly. We used a combination of tropical ferns and delicious monster leaves, paired with modern geometric, 3D shapes to create a contemporary feel.

Reception
At Agape we aim to use tablescapes as a way to fully express our style, choosing elegant and modern details for each wedding as opposed to the standard hiring catalogues for linens, crockery and other finishing touches.

Table Features
Artisan ceramics with a raw, organic feel and textured surfaces work well in both modern and more industrial settings, and personally I feel that this will be the way forward in creating exclusive and delicate celebrations! Textured linens and weaved tableware in muted tones are being layered with organic crockery, gilded cutlery and hand blown recycled glassware.

Floral Trends
We are seeing an increase in green foliage and wildflowers for a contemporary, just-picked look. Herbs, ferns and other green foliage are all featuring in wedding bouquets, alongside seasonal blooms and other beautiful wildflowers.

Cake
Last year there was a surge in naked wedding cakes and, although highly popular, this year we will see a return to the more classic wedding cake – though not without some modern features! Opting for a semi-naked frosting incorporates the simplicity of the naked cake trend, but allows for a play on texture, shape and form. When finished off with real floral details, it creates the ultimate contrast between organic simplicity and handmade luxury.

Fashion
Sheer, laser-cut and comfortable, yet simple, bridal gowns are making their mark in the wedding world this season, leaving us with the perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy. Pairing a whimsical tulle skirt with simple white collared shirt or denim is the ultimate modern statement. Sheer details, such as netting, lace and overlays, all give the illusion of more skin without being too revealing.

Don’t miss the shoot exclusively feature on The Pretty Blog! Concept, styling and decor by Agape Wedding and Event Design, photography by Tasha Seccombe, floral design by OPUS Studio, hair and make-up by Yolande du Toit, bridal gowns by White Lilly Bridal, tulle skirt by Janita Toerien, cake by The Birdcage, stationery by Lara’s Designs and venue The Modern Heirloom.

 

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