Sharing this shoot with all the beautiful people out there is like sharing a piece of my heart and soul… where do I begin!?
Tanja Kibogo from Kibogo Photography and I brewed this idea in a cauldron of long night-time conversations across a continent, but when the idea of a Marsala themed, winter wedding shoot was born there was no going back! Shot in a Tuscan-inspired conservatory, overlooking the incredibly beautiful Cape winelands in the wedding hub of South Africa – heaven!
It is no wonder Marsala is the 2015 Patone colour of the year, oozing utter luxuriousness, warmth, comfort and relish! The deep oxblood and aubergine tones were paired with an abundance of warm metallics, rich tuscan textures and deluxe culinary features. And what better way to emphasise the romantic atmosphere of a wedding than with bold botanicals. I was completely inspired by the latest Dolce and Gabanna fashion collections, and underlying Russian theme of bold botanical on black base. These immortal icons were the spirit behind the abundance and generosity of luxury in the shoot.
With the most incredibly creative team on board, Agape Wedding and Event Design selected the beautiful Brenaissance Wine Farm in the heart of the Stellenbosh winelands, a perfect setting to host a romantic wedding in Cape Town. A jaw-dropping hand beaded wedding gown from the incredible Bo and Luca stole the show, with the wedding party styled to continue the winter marsala themed elements. Think shades of berry, charcoal and dusty pinks. The genius behind the floral design was Jean Badenhorst from Aspen and Co, who literally heard half a sentence from me and interpreted the look of the shoot to a tee!
Our glorious confectionery, wedding cake and dessert were dreamt up and executed by the patisserie extraordinaire of Cape Town – Tara Moranduzzo from Centerpiece Signature Cakes & Maison Gateau. Absolute works of art, made from sugar and spice, and all things nice. Who can resist a naked almond sponge wedding cake, iced with pure vanilla swiss buttercream. The pears poached in masala wine, finished off with vanilla bean cream stole the culinary show of the shoot. The offerings continued with pink powdered hand made marshmallows, blackberry gold dusted truffles, and get this – Gluhwein macarons!
Tablescape features included vintage velvet cloth, warm metallic candelabra adorned with jet black dinner candles (for the bold and daring bride), mouthwatering floral designs which features edible elements of pomegranate and fig, textured charcoal dinnerware from the well-know Cape Townian designer spot Hemelhuijs, and beautiful bronze cutlery from Two Birds at the Dairy Shed. The tablescape was perfected by carefully conceptualised and beautifully handmade stationery from Lara’s Designs. Menus laser cut on gold perspex boards, adorned with bold botanicals on a gorgeous matt black card completed the beautiful dinner table. Lara designed the most exquisite full length drop down ceremony canvas, printed with a beautiful love verse and gorgeous blooms, which made for the perfect backdrop at the altar for the bride and groom. If you going for a statement piece at your ceremony – this is it!
The eye-smashing bride and groom and their wedding party were styled by myself, and perfectly groomed by Lisa Brown, hair and make-up genius! Furniture was supplied by out industry leader – Urban Tonic. I want to thank all the amazing suppliers for your endless hard work and creativity, which resulted in such a beautiful shoot! Tanja, your images add magic to each and every snap!