Feminine, Beautiful and Youthful
This inspirational editorial pays homage to the remembrance of a dreamy summer time wedding celebration amid Kwanzan cherry blossom trees and jasmine vine in full bloom. Both these floral muses are evocative symbols of love’s fragility and beauty, yet tenacity.
The spread represents the integration of Western and Eastern elements all beautifully styled to create looks that are aimed at the bride that wants to look feminine, beautiful and youthful on her wedding day.
The 3 Key-elements of this shoot were the – Fashion, Flowers and Fine Jewelry.
Stephen believes that there is nothing more creative and powerful than simply creating innately and instinctively from his heart and not by following definite bridal trends – and it is with this approach that he designs each bespoke bridal gown.
For this 6-piece capsule (5 Bridal Ensembles + 1 Flower girl Ensemble) the designer drew inspiration from the old-world opulence of both Western and Eastern cultures and as always, attention to detail was paramount when these ensembles were conceptualised. Stephen juxtaposed simplistic A-line silhouettes with intricate beadwork, one-of-kind embroidery, lace details, structured origami pleats in Silk Lame Taffeta. All these elements are synonymous with his design aesthetic.
All the looks are figure-flattering and tailored to accentuate a woman’s body, slightly elongating the torso and narrowing the waist with bow-belts.
Multiple layers of bridal and Italian tulle contribute to the lightness of the designs and the way the fabric is cut creates authentic volume in these ensembles that add to the natural effortlessness of each design.
Subtle tones of blush, taupe, winter white and pearl in combinations with the various finishes of the fabrics create interest, depth, balance and above all a luxurious feel.
This capsule gives an implicit understanding that you are witnessing something magical, entirely unique and above all dresses made for Happily Ever After!
The flowers were inspired by the eastern influences that featured in elements of the shoot.
Japan is well known for its cherry blossoms and Jasmine. An ornamental cherry tree in our garden gave us the perfect opportunity to celebrate that beautiful aspect of Japanese heritage.
We incorporated the blossoms into a veil, that we covered in fresh blooms and petals, to give the idea that the bride was walking through a grove of cherry blossom trees and that the delicate blossoms were gently falling from the trees and onto her veil as she strolled – what a beautiful sight that would be.
In addition, we made use of a Japanese-inspired parasol and again adorned it with blossoms that resembled a cascade of soft pink hues that were gently draped over the parasol.
And our little flower girl had to have a parasol to match!
The bridal bouquet was soft and whimsical, with a slight cascade of jasmine and cherry blossoms to bring continuity to the styling.
A sandalwood fan, onto which we attached Phalaenopsis orchids and some tassels, made for the perfect accessory on a balmy summer wedding day.
For the finale centrepiece, we draped a gorgeous chaise longue in soft grey, pink and white flowers and various foliage, on which our beautiful bride reclined during pre-drinks. With this shoot, we established that flowers and fine jewellery really are the ultimate luxury accessories to beautiful bridal couture.
Fine Jewelry by Uwe Koetter was used as the perfect match for the finely crafted couture wedding gowns. Uwe Koetter – a well respected South African Jewelry brand was established in 1968 and today, after more than four decades is a distinguished manufacturing jeweller with an international reputation for innovation, design, superb craftsmanship and personalised service. All the jewellery pieces we selected for the editorial were delicate, subtle and beautifully complimented our bridal muse’s ensembles. A selection of tantalising pieces crafted from the most precious materials and gemstones like; Rose – & White Gold, Diamond, Sapphire, Morganite, Quarts, Tourmaline and Topaz. Jewelry that is timeless and classic with intricate details that are unconventional and modern.
Photographer: Lauren Pretorius Photography
Creative Direction: Stephen Van Eeden
Floral Styling: Epanouir Flower Studio & Juno’s Garden
Hair & Make-up: Sam Scarborough
Model: Lucea Toerien
Furniture: In & Out Events
Managing: Celeste Styled Events
Venue: Belair Pavilion
Paper Décor: Plank Create & Origami for Africa
Jewellery: Uwe Koetter