We absolutely love the colour black at Vivacious Weddings. It’s such a classical colour that really works so well with almost any colour you can think of. Today we feature a Whimsical Black & Nude Elegant Forest wedding shoot. Conceptualised by amazing South-African wedding service providers. If you are someone that loves dark whimsical vibe weddings, then today’s shoot will be on your shortlist.
Oh my, do we love today’s decor elements. The Romantic, Whimsical theme definitely comes through. The black and nude combination is a dramatic contrast, that works well together. Whites and nudes with touches of black and gold really just to add that interesting touch. With the light and dark elements working so well together it shows you how well different themes can blend.
Wedding Cake inspiration for days! That gorgeous three-tier black wedding cake is just gorgeous. The soft blush pink flowers that drape from the cake give it that soft touch. Wedding Cakes have become bold statements at wedding celebrations. One can get really creative and do something out of the ordinary. It’s your wedding cake, make it fun and bold!
Talented South-African wedding photographer, Jo-Ann Stokes photographed this styled shoot. Another tip we can give you is to choose a photographer whose photography style fits in with the vibe of your wedding and personality. Enjoy today’s gorgeous wedding inspiration by a team of professional South-African service providers. For more details about the service providers, please read through the feature below.
The concept behind the shoot:
The concept behind this shoot originated from the idea of combining black and blush/nude in a dramatic way. Creating talking points (such as the wedding cake) but to still keep with a really Romantic, Whimsical theme. Where the softness of the ‘blush’ was still a hero and the black accents were there to create focal contrasts, not overpower and overplay.
The idea of working with a theme of ‘white’ and ‘light’ definitely shines through throughout this shoot. By creating a more whimsical, romantic installation where the lighting and floral would be floating, having been strung between fish-gut, creating a more ethereal ‘floating’ look with more curated items of beautiful singular floral, plates and beautiful bespoke cutlery and crockery really spoke to us, combined by such a full tulle skirt in the wedding dress, we were able to keep the ‘romance’ in the inspiration
The photography style adapted by Jo-ann really aided this ‘feeling’ (white & light) with smoke machine magic helping to create a sense of a ‘floating’ bride in her exquisite Cindy Bam gown.
The floral bouquet was inspired by a more modern minimalist look, with the painted bamboo fan as a black back-drop, it enables for use less flowers to see flowers more individually, the black centred hybrid Delphinium, Café au lait rose was used to fit in with the theme
The hanging Cymbidium orchid installation between naked bulb Edison lights was key to this theme, and we worked from there as a starting point. For bride’s choosing a more dramatic look, black naked bulb cords could be used to create more contrast.
We also loved the Dendrobium orchids and blush Delphiniums used on the floral branch that we created to be hung above the wedding cake, to ‘frame’ the cake and to create a focal point.
Table-top centre pieces an singular items were created to ‘tie the elements to the table together’ so inspiration was taken from the cutlery, plates and beautiful stationary when I created these floral centre pieces. Harmonious whole was therefor achieved
Die Woud posted the perfect backdrop for the ethereal ‘white’ and ‘light’ feeling as it is a glasshouse erected in the middle of a natural oak and Black Wattle forest.
So with the black framework of the structure, it picks up on the darker dramatic tones, but if you preferred the ‘white’ and lightness of being equally the see through ghost chairs, glasshouse and floating floral between naked bulbs would work equally in your favour.
This is a magical wedding venue, where it is a clean modern pallet, open to interpretation, and envied for the many different ‘looks’ that can be created to suit any bride’s wedding dreams.
The Wedding Gown:
The bodice work was beautiful and romantic with flowers hand-stitched onto a tulle bodice. Then Cindy used a full textural skirt with layers of netting, created the idea that this dress is floating. I’m sure you’ll agree that this mocha/blush dress also really enhances the colour tone of Shaldene, our model.
Which is important to consider when choosing a wedding dress to suit your body & skin tone.
We were interested in combining a lighter more blush and gold and a darker black and gold table-scape so bride’s could choose between the two genre’s which are equally beautiful, but might not be for every bride’s personality.
So whether you opt for a marble plate with beautiful white & gold cutlery or prefer a more dramatic approach with more black stationary designs and black & gold cutlery, the choice is yours, which makes this such a lovely shoot, with inter-relating themes on the same concept.
Advice to couples:
I think it is important to really feel that you ‘connect’ with your service providers. Especially when choosing a wedding planner or a photographer, as you’ll be spending more time with them, than with your best friends at your wedding, so choose people that make you feel ‘comfortable’ and at ease with yourself.
Listen to how they describe themselves before you choose them. Are they interested in making the day about you, making sure they ‘hear’ what is important to you and want at all cost to create a day that brings you imeasuable joy? Or are they full of themselves, and in the end create a wedding centred around their ‘name’ in the industry?
In terms of floral design and décor, there are so many people to choose from, so carefully view their portfolio’s on Instagram, to find a common thread into their personalities. You’ll instantly know if their style resonates with your own once you’ve viewed their work.
Photographer: Jo Stokes Photography
Concept, bouquets, styling, lighting, flowers and decor: CreativeNook
Venue: Die Woud
Dress: Cindy Bam
Make-up and hair: Helga Bridal
Wedding Cake: The Mixing Bowl Cake Company
Stationery: Blooming Wonderful
Glasses and Vases: Sitting Pretty Bespoke Events
Plates, cutlery and candle holders: Two Birds
Linen: Table Clothing Hiring Company
Also linen: Set the Table