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Hi Friends!
Here’s one for all of you brides to be who are wondering just where to start when it comes to shopping for your dream wedding dress. To keep it simple, here are my top three essentials for any good wedding dress shopping experience.

1 - Wear or bring well fitting underwear and/or shapewear


Recently I went to visit the team at Inner Secrets, a specialist underwear, swimwear, and lingerie company who import the very best brands and really know their stuff when it comes to bridal underwear. The reason for this is that I am acutely aware that when my clients wear the correct underwear, it both boosts their confidence levels, and helps me to create a seamless couture finish.
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Upon meeting the team, they told me that they actually refer to garments such as Spanx as “foundation wear”, and I thought this was really very apt. What they are saying, is that the underwear or shapewear that you choose, lays the foundation for the fit of the dress that I make. If this foundation is good, we can create a spectacular result. If your underwear is badly fitted, however, I will not to be able to create a couture finish, no matter what I do.

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The style of foundation wear you wear on your wedding day will depend on the type of shaping and support you need, as well as the style of your wedding dress, but for your best experience at your first fitting, I advise you to bring a form of shapewear such as Spanx, a very well fitted bra, and panties that do not cut into you. With this in your arsenal, you will be able to enjoy the experience of trying on various styles and be able to see clearly how they suit your figure.

2 Make a bit of effort on your hair and make-up


This is something that a surprising number of brides to be do not think about. Even though the dress fitting is a completely casual affair, you’re going to enjoy it far more if you like what you see in the mirror. Since this is an exercise in playing dress up for your big day, it will help if you’ve made a bit of an effort to straighten or wash your hair and put on a lick of mascara. This will boost your confidence levels and help you to envision how you would really look on your big day.

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3 A trusted friend or family member


In my experience, one or two of your besties is great to offer support and guidance in this important stage of your bridal experience. I ask that you don’t bring a huge entourage who will overwhelm and confuse you, but one or two people who know you well and can share in your vision is really helpful. Always be careful to select those who will offer honest but kind feedback and leave behind anyone who may be overly critical or negative.

I could go on forever with a laundry list of things, but in my opinion, these three are the most important to ensure that you have a fun and productive fitting experience.

For inquiries and any further questions, please feel free to contact me and I will help in whatever way I can.

For more advice on your foundation wear, why not pop into an Inner Secrets store and let the team of experts help you to achieve your perfect foundation!
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Nearly 150,000 weddings took place in South Africa in 2015, with many of them happening outdoors. The amazing weather and perfect scenery provide some of the best backdrops for these happy occasions. Planning for these picturesque events takes dedication and some creativity. It is recommended that wedding planning take six months to a year, but realistically, many brides plan the big day their whole lives. She knows what her perfect wedding dress looks like, and she knows where she wants to get married. When an outdoor wedding is your heart’s desire, you’ve got different options, and challenges than conventional brides. The perfect outdoor wedding will be everything you hope with the right planning, and a bit of flexible creativity.
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Count on Mother Nature


No matter where you plan to marry, Mother Nature may have different ideas for you. We all know her temperamental nature, so be ready for whatever she happens to deliver on your big day. Have a back up plan for rain, such as a decorative tarp or tent for an open-air wedding. Consider a beautiful fireplace for outdoor spaces in case the temperature takes a turn for the worst. One of the biggest reasons for an ethanol fireplace at an outdoor wedding is its comfort and aesthetically pleasing advantage. The idea of an eternal flame, carrying united love always, is represented by the fireplace in addition to unity candles. Plan to have someone on standby for unexpected wind, such as the maid of honor, to make sure your dress doesn’t decide to play peek-a-boo with the crowd. Provide parasols or sunglasses for guests at beach weddings or on sunny afternoons. Even if the weather man claims a perfectly sunny day, be ready for rain clouds just in case.
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Plan for Acoustics


An outdoor wedding is also an open-air event, which means there are no walls to contain sound. Remember that the guests will want to hear the vows, so consider a microphone for the officiant. Think about entrance music for the guests as well; a harp is beautiful but its sound could get lost in an ocean breeze. If you have older guests, consider seating them in the front so they have a better chance of hearing the ceremony.

Speaking of Older Guests...


Make sure older guests are able to get to their seats. Choose ushers who will help Grandma navigate over your chosen terrain. Some people find sand difficult, especially with a cane. Other people may not handle hills well, and if your wedding is near a lake, there may be hilly areas to maneuver. While it’s important to pick an area that is meaningful for you, consider how your guests will make it to their seats.

Consider the First Viewing of the Bride

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Traditionally, the groom is not to see the bride until she begins her descent down the aisle. Outdoor weddings lack the walls used indoors to hide the bride. Consider if you want to adhere to this tradition, and how you’ll make it happen. A folding screen works well, as long as the bride is able to move from the changing area to the screen. Other ideas include asking the groom to face forward until the wedding march plays, holding the wedding in a semi-secluded area where the bride emerges from behind a tree, or asking bridesmaids to shield the bride. The first viewing of the bride is trickier outdoors, but can be done with creativity and imagination.

An outdoor wedding is spectacularly beautiful. It works well for many people, but there are more unknowns involved in the ceremony. Plan for as much as possible, then know how to adapt. When you prepare for every imagined surprise, you’ll have a perfect day no matter what happens.

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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.
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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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