Urban Winter Garden
It’s not often that we get a chance to do something completely different and unique for a wedding. So you can imagen how thrilled I was when Hanneri & Chris ‘found’ me. Hanneri & Chris had very few images to show me, because there just wasn’t any pictures that matched their ideas. They had a very clear vision of what their wedding day should look like. No roses, nothing fluffy and white, but something all together new and exciting. They wanted it to be a winter wedding with fynbos and initially we had a very traditional idea in mind. ( We did a Equestrian Shoot in June last year that caught their eye. )
The wedding was held at Lourensford which provides such a classic Cape Winelands background with those incredible views of the Helderberg mountains. In May the trees turn the most amazing autumn colours, so in keeping with the season we chose a moody palette of moss green, burgundy, rust and deep purple. During the months leading up to the wedding the couple worked in Boston and Hanneri send me more images of things that caught her eye. Modern copper containers and hanging instellations. A more urban feel began creeping into our mood boads. In the end we combined our original traditional heritage ‘fynbos’ look with contemporary touches of copper, cement and black glass.
Chris’s dad is the biggest supplier of foliage in the Western Cape, so we had access to all this wonderful greenery straight from the Nikwaflora farm. We decided to create four big ‘green’ paintings, to create the look of a vertical garden in the venue. A labour intensive process of weaving individual leaves on to a wire screen, but I really love how it brought the outdoors in. Unfortunately we were still assembling them when the pictures were taken, so no pictures of the final set-up, but it looked like a magical garden at night lit up with some spot lights from below.
I feel so blessed by this couple’s sense of adventure and spirit of individuality and the end result of our collaboration, that really reflect who they are. Truly a dream wedding for studioBloem to have been a part of.
The stationary was every bit as chic and refined as the bride and groom and afterwards they send me this beautiful thank you note, on their personalised Letter Press stationary – for me the most delightfully civilised sign of refinement.