Elegant Floral Marquee Wedding by Moira West | SouthBound Bride

Elegant Floral Marquee Wedding by Moira West | SouthBound Bride


Oh, this wedding. I'm pretty sure there's a picture dictionary somewhere with some of Moira West 's gorgeous images from Joyle & JP's big day illustrating 'chic', 'elegant', and 'amazing'. First of all, there are flowers - tons of them. Huge swags and wreaths and garlands, so pretty they absolutely blow me away. (To see how the clever bride made these work double time on a budget, see below.) Then there's Joyle's dress, which OMG is absolutely breathtaking. As are the sparkly, embellished beauties that her bridesmaids wore. It's such a beautiful take on classic glamour, and there are so many fab ideas to inspire other brides. So get ready to fall in love...

The Proposal Wedding Style Wedding Details The Flowers
The church flowers in front of the pulpit, on the steps in front of the house, at the reception and on the bridal table were created using roses, white blossoms, white Christmas roses (Hydrangeas), Giant Delphiniums and some foliage. Roses were also arranged all around the pillars in the church and at the pre-drinks area. In the house there were gypsophila wreaths all around the windows. My bouquet consisted of roses, green orchids, grey twigs, Pepper tree berries, white tulips and Muehlenbeckia. The bridesmaid bouquets consisted of Cineraria Centuria (soft grey leaves) and Vibernum "knoppies." The flower girls had Gypsophila fairy wands and head wreaths which looked very cute.
JP and I like the same colours and have a similar style, which made it easy to decide on decor. We used our initials to create a monogram which featured on all our stationery. This made it easy to create the organised, formal feeling we wanted.
My husband and I both grew up on farms so we are used to country living and big celebrations. We decided we wanted to invite everyone who is special to us and we settled on 300 people! A lot of people say it is more personal when you invite a small group, but in our experience, it was the most amazing feeling to have all our family and friends under one roof.

The colours we chose were navy, white and antique gold. We wanted the wedding to be simple yet formal in terms of the course of events and the stationery. The ceremony had a classic, dramatic feeling with bold flower arrangements. We also used broad ribbons that we draped in the church and made perfect big bows with. The church is very large and I wanted the decor to make an impact.
For the reception, the guests entered our house at the front door. The reason for this decision was because we wanted our guests to feel "at home". Our parents stood at the door and greeted everyone as they entered. There were flower arrangements placed throughout the house - on the tables, on every windowsill, inside the bathrooms, etc. For pre-drinks, the guests congregated around the pool. We created a lounge atmosphere with white couches, small bar tables and chairs. We wanted to create a contrast for the reception decor. We decided to only have flowers on the bridal table. We used the pots and flower arrangements from the ceremony, to create the same "bold" effect at the back of the bridal table. There were flowers on top of the whole length of the bridal table. We decorated the rest of the reception area with lighting. Our wedding monogram shone on the white dance floor, the big dark woven balls hanging from the roof were covered with fairy lights and the lights changed from shades of yellow to green, blue, etc. which created a perfect festive atmosphere.
We were at my parent's house (again) and on our way to visit friends in Jongensfontein for the day. As I came out of the bathroom, still with a towel wrapped around me, he was waiting for me on bended knee. I can't remember everything he said. What I do remember is that I couldn't get a word out, but it was the best feeling I have ever felt and eventually I managed to say yes. What made the day even more perfect was to be able to celebrate it with family and friends.

Image above by Joe Dreyer

You can see more from this wedding on Moira West's blog.

Venue: Private farm | Catering and cake: Antoinette Events | Photographer: Moira West Photography (second shooting by Joe Dreyer ) | Co-ordinator: Zoon Jacobs | Videographer: Vision on Fire | Flowers & décor: Antoinette Events and El le Fleur | Stationery: Gera de Wet | Bride's dress: Kobus Dippenaar | Bride's accessories: Errol Arendz (earrings), Kobus Dippenaar (shoes) | Hair & makeup: Corlé Barnard | Groom's attire: Hugo Boss | DJ/Entertainment: Dirkie and Talisa; DJ Chopper | Lightning and sound: Willem Steenkamp

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