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Hi Friends! 

I have great news! I'm planning to come up to see you lovely brides in Johannesburg and Pretoria at the end of January! The 26th, 27th and 28th to be precise. 

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Due to popular demand, I am having my very own trunk show for my fans up country. I am starting to take bookings now, so if you want to have a consultation on having your own wedding dress custom made, or you want to fit on my full collection, please be in contact now! The interest has been high and places are filling up quickly, so don't delay!
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I am also bringing up some of my Matric Farewell dresses, so I can have fittings for those too. Costom orders will be accepted by appointment only. 

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Looking forward to meeting you all!
Love Rose
Hi Friends!
I hope you're all enjoying the early arival of summer as much as I am! (ok other than the no water thing...)
So wedding season has kicked off with a bang and I am happy to find that the bohemian styel wedding dress is stil super popular! This of course makes perfect sense, as there is really nothing more Cape Town than the boho style of wedding dress. 
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For this reason, I thought I'd give you a little bit of inspiration from my past work and share some more information about the boho bridal styling. 

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What is a bohemian wedding dress?

Boho bridal wear is generally thought of as 1970's inspired, hippie styled dresses. This is marked by the use of loose, flowing fabrics, light dresses that skim the skin and often the use of a great deal of lace. The style rarely uses anything blingy and beadwork is kept to a minumum or is gypsey-esque in design. The use of chans can be popular, but generally the beadwork will be more organic than shiny. 
Bohemian doesn't neccesarily mean cheap, as the style often uses a variety of differnt fabrics mixed together and layered textured lace. 

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Are you the right fit for a bohemian wedding dress?

I think you should be able to answer this question yourself, but if not, then this is the vibe: Boho brides are generally those who don't feel the pressure to conform to societal norms. You're free spirited and fun loveing. You want to be comfortable on your wedding day, if you want to dance and have fun, then the boho dress is for you!

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Does my wedding venue suit the bohemian style wedding dress?

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Most venues in Cape Town are well suited to the boho style wedding but if you have an evening wedding or a very formal siore then perhaps think twice. 
Beach weddings, farm style weddings and, (as is very popular at the moment), forest weddings all suit the bohemian wedding perfectly. Basically, if you're out in nature, this is going to be perfect for you!

How do I accessorize my boho bridal look?

In terms of accesories, your best choice is to keep it natural. Hols back on the bling and rather than a very sparkly head piece, choose a flower crown, or some fine natural flowers pinned in your hair. Contemportary or handmade jewe;ry will suit best, and most boho brides opt for flat shoes, sandals, or even barefoot sandals. Leather sandals work beautifully, but whatever it is, keep it natural.
HI Friends!

I have been busy with my latest bridal range and the starting of wedding season. aside from that, I've been privileged to be involved in a number of incredible styled shoots of late. Recently Mary-Ann Wiggill approached me about a styled shoot she was planning in the stunning fields of Canettevallei Lavender Farm. I jumped at the opportunity to be involved, and am so glad I did!
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Mary-Ann is an artist and has created a business of offering the luxury service of having her at your wedding to paint a personal impressionist styled bridal painting of the bridal couple. While you celebrate your wedding day, Mary-Ann will sit and render a true to life painting to capture your special moment. Can you imagine anything more special? What an amazing idea! She wanted to demonstrate this by organizing this styled shoot. The models used were to be the lovely couple Anne McNally and Jeremy Osbourne and they were made up by the make-up artist Madeleine Conradie

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The team, including Moondrops Flowers on flowers, Blooming Wonderful on stationary, and Houthuis Event Furniture for the furniture hire, created an exquisitely romantic mock wedding set up that is fit for any modern day dreamer. Mary-Ann styled the theme around Monet, using the soft colour palette typical to the artist and the flowers and decor was arranged accordingly. 
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I provided a soft, flowing dress with a V neck illusion bodice and long sleeves with beaded lace applique'. The gown is perfect for the modern day romantic bride who wants an easy wearing, ethereal look. The open back add a sexy touch and the wedding dress from my up coming 2018 bridal range looked gorgeous on Anne.
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The Cake Duchess
made the most exquisite cake, hand painted beauty that is the stuff of dreams, and finally Six Dogs Distillery provided the bar art. 
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Overall, I think this shoot demonstrated an how incredible a wedding can be in Cape Town as we have the most amazing venues and service providers!

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Examples of Beautiful African Fashion for Weddings

African fashion is known worldwide to be full of vibrant colors and striking geometric patterns, making the fashions coveted by designers who are looking to create or wear clothes that stand out. Women’s clothing will oftentimes showcase the colorful cultures of the surrounding locale in both style and design. Much of the clothing is made of unique materials, like cloth from tree bark or treated animal hides. Depending on the country or region, certain traditional fashions will also be worn to ceremonial events like weddings.

Integrating a richly textured fabric that is common to African bridal clothing that reflects a colorful pattern with vibrant threads can make a wedding outfit all the more eye-catching and memorable. Common fabric-decorating techniques in African fashions includes applique designs sewn onto contrasting fabrics, dyeing, and selecting brightly colored threads for embroidery. Many of these designs are often associated with African cultural tropes, like particular plant names, animals, events, or proverbs. 

If you are planning a wedding in Africa, or you are preparing to go to a traditional African ceremony of some kind, you may want to pay tribute to the many beautiful African fashions by wearing something special. Incorporating an item as simple as an African accessory into your look, whether you are the bride or a guest, can put you more in touch with African culture. Or, you can go the extra length and wear something more formal, like a traditional gown, to express your admiration of African fashion.

Wearing Gomesi Gowns

Gomesi gowns are the trademark of Ugandan women, worn as traditional wear at major ceremonies and functions. The history of the Gomesi is mysterious, and it is unknown how it originated into Ugandan culture. Usually, it is a floor-length, cloth, silk, or cotton dress made of bright colors that has a square neckline and puffy sleeves. The dress is tied with a striking sash below the waist. A typical Gomesi usually requires up to six metres of fabric, making it a sturdy, formal piece with plenty of structure.

Wearing a Gomesi for special occasions is typical of some cities and urban areas, while in some rural areas, it is also a form of African daily dress. Though it may be difficult for brides to integrate the beautiful Gomesi design into a contemporary wedding gown, the style is one that is common for weddings and would be recognized as such. If you are looking to pay homage to African fashion, sporting a variation or an exact Gomesi gown is a stylish idea for a wedding.

Accessorising with Head Ties 

In addition to wearing a traditional African dress or gown, you can also be inspired by African style in the form of your accessories. The head tie, also called the head wrap, gele, dhuku, doek, qhiya, or turban depending on the region, is a symbol of dignity and class for both men and women in Africa. Knowing how to properly tie a head tie is crucial to adopting this look and can make a bold fashion statement.

At a wedding, wearing a head tie is an easy way to add color to any outfit and to highlight your personal style with a striking accessory. The gele head ties, worn in Nigeria, are the most famous and flamboyant ties due to the fact that they are typically very large and dramatic. Head ties can beautifully frame the face and put the finishing touch on an outfit for a special occasion

If you are wishing to attend a wedding in style, you may want to consider adding an element of traditional African fashion to your look in order to reflect the vibrant and vivacious local cultures.

Written by Jackie


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Hi Friends!

I have had the privilege of working with some pretty awesome clients over the past few years and one of my most fun projects was when I got to work with Saajida on her wedding dress.It was a collaboration between her, her mom, a very talented beader and my team at Molteno.

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Saajida had a few different pictures that she wanted to amalgamate into one show stopping wedding dress. She had the idea of this mesh beaded bodice and a full skirt with 3D flowers and a 2.5 meter long train. As I was not capable of doing the beading, she managed to find a lady who could. So I made the corset and over bodice with long mesh sleeves and a high neck. I then gave this constructed bodice to the beader to do her magic on. Saajida bought 9 meters of 3D flower lace to use for the skirt. She wanted this lace to be beaded too so she recruited her mom to hand bead all the little flowers and then bring the fabric to me.

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Once I had all the bits I needed, I created a wide tulle skirt and spent hours carefully appliqued the beaded floral lace together to create a voluminous skirt and long 2.5 meter long bridal train. I hand sewed flowers on to create a full design and once the beader was finished I put all the pieces together and started on the finishing.

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A true collaboration created this spectacular gown and on the day Saajida looked absolutely incredible!