We have seen a real trend of Fairytale themed events this year, which I think will grow to pioneer the wedding industry in the coming seasons. This theme is a development on from previous popular wedding themes such as vintage, festival and tea party, tying in perfectly with a heavy focus on boho trends and culture which is currently making waves internationally. Fairytale as well as boho encompasses aspects from all these themes such as the hand made feel, outdoor locations and intricate finishing touches. The shoot also featured exclusively in Wedding Inspirations Magazine in the Autumn 2016 issue, as well as Confetti Daydreams Blog!

This whimsical boho theme makes for truly awe-inspiring celebrations. Natural elements such as wild foliage for table centres, the naked wedding cake trend dressed with living flowers can be incorporated to any venue to give a mystical forest feel. Here we have gone one step further on the contemporary bandwagon and create a half naked two tier, finished off with a fresh aloe! How daring!

We are witnessing more and more a demand for more organic forms, natural elements, and metallics such as gold and copper related objects. Cermaics and intereting textures also feature heavily in upcoming wedding trends, or so I feel!

Rose gold, brass, bronze and copper being some of our favourite metallics to use in 2016, the shoot features an incredible colletion of metallic handcrafted headpieces and jewellry from local SA designers Lorean and Black Betty!

Agape Wedding and Event Design always aim to push boundaries, and what better platfom to do it in than a styled shoot?! Having the creative space to to play around, go a little over the edge allows us to pioneer ideas and set trends for upcoming weddings season, promting modern brides to think out of the box, and take a few unconventioanl avenues with décor, colour, texture and tradition! This is certainly not a classical look for a traditional bride, but that is fast outgoing and a new, fresh and experimental bride is what I come across more and more lately! Gone are the days of white on white crystal tablescapes, as most contemporary and modern couples are looking for something a little more authentic, tasteful and rich to the senses.

First and most important element of any wedding is the ceremony! Style the aisle: Couples want the backdrop to their vows to have that real wow-factor, it’s an emotionally charged moment full of anticipation and can be over very quickly. I opted for a custom made sheer muslin drape perfected with lush green foliage, eucalyptus and features of magnolias – this created a dramatic backdrop to the focal point of any wedding – the bride and groom!

Agape Wedding and Event Design aims to use tablescapes as a way to really express our style footprint, choosing elegant and modern details versus the stock standard hiring catalogues for elements such as linens, crockery, cutlery, glassware and finishing touches like vases and candleholders.

Artisan ceramics feature heavily in this shoot, with their raw, organic feel and textured surfaces they work well in both modern and more industrial settings, and I personlaly feel 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.

One trend that we see for next year is the increase in green foliage and wildflowers, for a contemporary yet rustic, just-picked look – this just spells bohemian! Herbs, ferns and other green foliage are all featuring in wedding bouquets, alongside seasonal blooms and other wildflowers…. Dalton & Bloom created the incredible floral creations for this shoot!

The top two 2016 Pantone colours of the year are Rose Quarts and Serenity. These two colours feature heavily in our shoot, in most elements, ranging from the luxurious silk bridal gown, to the pink champagne, stationery prints (designed by Secret Diary) and blue grey palette of the eucalyptus! Colour palettes for this look span from dark ivy greens and browns to pastel pinks and delicate petal tones. The expansive platform of this look allows me as a wedding and event designer to be hugely creative, and allow for every element of the event, from lighting, (think festoon lighting draped through trees) to organic tablescapes featuring unusual organics, wild flowers and dense foliage to play a key role!

Last year saw a surge in naked wedding cakes, and although highly popular, this year we will see a return to the more classic wedding cake, but not without the modern features! Opting for a semi-naked frosting made by Flour Power incorporates the simplicity of the naked cake trend, but allows for a play on texture, shape and form! Frosting is a great way to incorporate next year’s trend of geometric shapes as well as the metallic luxe look. Gold foiling finished off with a real aloe leaf creatied the ultimate contrast between organic simplicity and handmade luxury.

Colors are in for the upcoming year. Last year we saw an influx in dusty rose-colored and light pink wedding dresses, and this year we’re seeing an expansion into the world of color. Sheer bridal gowns were making their mark in the wedding world in 2014 and 2015, leaving us with the perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy. These sheer details, such as netting, lace or overlays, all give the illusion of more skin without being too revealing. The gowns featured in the shoot are all from White Lilly Bridal, clearly illustrate these trends taking us into the seasons ahead!

I want to thank Jack and Jane Photography for the incredible images! Sam Scarborough did a seamless job on the hair and make-up for our stunning models Alexis and Cleo of Boss Models Jhb, and Tyron Naylor, our groom. The shoot took place at the magical Morrells Boutique Estate in Johannesburg.

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