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Planning a wedding in a place called The Hope

bride-crush #4 24 July 2009

Filed under: bride-crush,fabulous photographers — hoopfulbride @ 11:49 am

While it’s been a while since I posted a bride-crush, I’ve been “crushing” on this bride for a while: Sophy! Sophy!

Firstly, the gal’s got to be fab cos she lucked out and my fav ct photographer, Lizelle Lotter, took her pics: beautifulness:


Then, she chose a pretty rocking venue: Matjiesfontein is an amazing relic of Victorian days in the middle of the Karoo (a South African desert-type area). It is a true oasis: in the middle of nowhere you come accross this little perfectly working hotel estate filled with the kind of people who know they’re creating magic!



And Ms Sophy is clearly a style-goddess: how amazing is her dress? I love that it speaks volumes about her personality while being so darn elegant!


 Her brides-girls are gorgeous: decked out in quirky matching but not-so-matching PRETTY pink frocks. And don’t they look ridiculously delighted for their friend?


I LOVE their table flowers…


But again it’s the intangible aspect that makes me love this wedding so: the sense of community that is evident from the getting-ready to the late night party!




Bride-crush #3 6 July 2009

Filed under: bride-crush,fabulous photographers — hoopfulbride @ 11:10 am

Yes, Bridget, I have a bride-crush on you! Lucky for your husband Justin (um, the gorgeousness part, not the fact that i have a bride-crush…)

Bridget has been magically captured by Jose Villa.


I have a serious love for earrings. And those are just my cuppa tea: beaut!

And I love the tree she got married under:

Bridget tree

And the cuteness of the kiddies (the importance of which is eloquently explained by Ms A of Accordions and Lace):

bridget kids

And the loveliness of her bouquet (so wild and fresh):

Bridget bouquet

The vivid splashes of colour:

bridget colour

But, MOST of all, the buckets of stonking  fun it looks like her friends and family had:

bridget guests


A garland for my locks… 3 July 2009

Filed under: bride-crush,Flower girls,garland — hoopfulbride @ 12:31 pm

I very nearly shed small tears of delight when I tootled over to a.mountain.bride this morning and saw these beauties


I really, really, really want to wear my hair loose with a hair garland (there I was calling it a flower crown… “hair garland” is FAR superior!). I have a lot of hair and I have imagined that garland would look beauty: who says they’re only for flower tots? (Although my small army of nieces will all wear them too…) My garland will most probably be made out of blushing bride so as to match my dress and to be a little clever (how can one ignore a flower called blushing bride?). Blushing brides look like this:

All pics from flickr.

But, Internet, unfortunately, there is scant inspiration for garland-loving gals out there. The only other example I’ve yet stumbled upon that looks like something a real person would wear is this stunner:

hair and veil

This bride who was all over the internet like a rash a few weeks back, but alas, it was in the days when i had no aspirations of blogging myself so I don’t have the foggiest idea where she came from… Any ideas? I have small bride-crush on those pics above.

Anymore garland inspiration I’m missing out on?


bride-crush #2 29 June 2009

Filed under: bride-crush,fabulous photographers,fynbos — hoopfulbride @ 5:18 pm

Jani, you are exqusite…


At first I kept returning to this page because of the flowers and decor: the use of fynbos is SO inspiring for a gal whose wedding will revolve around fynbos (apparently decor is by “Chocolate Blossom” but, search as I might, I can’t find a link for them…). I adore her bouquet and the men’s buttonholes are cuteasabutton and the tables are too delightful…

bouquet and boutonnere

centre piece

But, actually, Jani just has fantastic style. How awesome are her earrings and ring??? I love them a million times over… Her dress is EXQUISITE (by Didi couture) and her husband is dreamy. She just looks so creative and fun and like the kind of girl you could spend a long holiday with!

Jani's jewellry

Jani 2

Thanks Jani and Marco for having such an inspiring wedding and to Nikki Meyer for capturing it!


bride-crush 1 23 June 2009

Filed under: bride-crush,fabulous photographers,Uncategorized — hoopfulbride @ 11:32 am

The first in (what i hope will be) a series of brides who look like they are ridiculously awesome people and whose “wedding aura” tickles me pink…

But Britta, you are Just Too Cool. Wish I was at this wedding!


Jean Pierre Uys did a pretty amazing job on the photography too…