Bright & Beautiful Wedding Trends- Glamorous Summer Fiesta

“Feeling bold this season? Let our latest trend shoot by our Creative Team colour your love in bright hues inspired by a fabulous South American fiesta! ”

“Feeling bold this season? Let our latest trend shoot by our Creative Team colour your love in bright hues inspired by a fabulous South American fiesta! ”

Over the past winter months our Creative Team has been kept very busy after they received the creative license to think BIG and without boundaries. Wedding Inspirations Magazine entrusted our team for the 2nd year running to put together a trend shoot showcasing our predicted and most favourite trend for the up and coming 2014 wedding season.

So with summer just a few months away, the time is right to embrace all things bright and beautiful! This exquisite theme does just that! Scared of colour? Don’t be! With a few metallic touches and the right accessories, you can easily combine vivid shades to create a magnificent effect. Stylist Kate Rawbone, Senior Project Manager at Wedding Concepts, shares her expert advice and inspiration.

The idea

“The name of the look is ‘Glamorous Summer Fiesta’! This look is vibrant, sophisticated and rich in colour and culture, but with undeniable elements of elegance and glamour. Gold, champagne and bronze highlights add warmth and keep the look rich to prevent the bright colour combinations from becoming too playful. We kept the base colours solid and in dusty hues of brick red, dark brown and plum. The setting was an exquisite villa in Camps Bay from Cape Portfolios called Sasso House. We chose it so that we could take advantage of the dramatic views and the villa’s neutral-coloured interiors. Something for the brides out there to think about when looking for amazing bridal portrait locations!

The inspiration

“The current summer lifestyle and home décor trends in the US and Europe are bright and colourful with a focus on prints, specifically the ikat print, as well as a vibrant South American colour palette and look and feel. We were inspired by a sophisticated picnic table and our aim was to recreate the look with a definite glamour focus to make it suitable for a wedding celebration, but without losing the fiesta feeling!”

Key Notes

Colour and texture were key and combining both of them to create a look that works well can be tricky. The base colours needed to be solid to ensure the setting did not feel too busy, especially when using patterns. It was important to bring visible texture and colour through fundamental items such as linen, furniture, lighting and table-top decor – think flowers, base plates and glassware, for example. The floral prints in the stationery highlighted a trend where menus and invitations are painted by hand for a more luxurious, romantic and handcrafted appearance. We added gold foiling to keep the look sophisticated and elegant.”

The Menu

“The food was probably the easiest concept to develop! We kept the cuisine Mexican and South American, and instead of creating dishes we served an extensive and colourful canapé offering, including cocktails. From mouth-watering empanadas, succulent lamb chops, BBQ’d mielies and our ‘Jackson Pollock’-inspired churros with chocolate sauce, the proof is in the pudding!”

Style It Like a Pro – Our Expert Tips & Advice

“Floral prints should be used sparingly. Stick to larger varieties and combine with gold. Use warm metallic colours to keep the look from becoming icy. Stay away from ‘Dubai gold’ – rather use gold, bronzes and metals that look antique. Colours must have a ‘dusty’ appearance as this colour combination can quickly become playful if not managed closely.”


Credit Listing:

Concept and creative styling: Kate Rawbone of Wedding Concepts

Production and coordination: Kate Rawbone and Kim Werner of Wedding Concepts

Photography: Tasha Seccombe

Floral decor & Accessories: Heike le Cordeur of Fleur le Cordeur

Lighting, lounge furniture, plinths and screens: Something-Different

Cake: Roxanne Floquet Cake Designs

Wedding Dresses: Hendrik Vermeulen Couture

Menu & Food: Zest Catering

Vintage Accessories: My Pretty Vintage

Hair and make-up: Nicci Marx of Weddings By Nicolette

Hiring: Urban Tonic

Jewellery: Anisa Jonck Jewellery Design from Hendrik Vermeulen Couture

Model: Melissa Magiera of ICE Genetics

Hiring: Red Hot Events

Stationery: Secret Diary Designs

Venue: Sasso House via Cape Portfolios

Cigars: Casa Tabacs Tobacconist