A Bright, Golden Age Yellow Wedding Styled Shoot

As told by Simone from A Dream Come True Events:

“On a somewhat chilly (5 degrees Celsius) winter’s morning in Wellington, we were out and about at one of Cape Town’s well-known and breathtakingly beautiful wedding venues, Kleinevalleij, for a styled shoot that was literally in the making for years. The Golden Age Yellow Wedding Styled Shoot was inspired by the ideas of Simone Hasselbach. The brain behind the concept and design for the day. She is the owner of A Dream Come True Events, specializing in wedding planning and coordination as well as décor and floral styling for events.

A Dream Come True has always wanted to do a yellow wedding themed styled shoot because it’s such an underused colour at weddings. Quite frankly, if you’re not careful, too much yellow can be very overwhelming, but just the right balance can make for a spectacularly bright and fun day! It was easy choosing a name for the shoot as we could associate it with so many of the ideas that brought the entire shoot about.

The Inspiration for this Golden-Age Yellow Wedding Styled Shoot:

The sun – it brings us a warm, golden light. The movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age – the attire and high-necked dresses, which inspired the neckpiece which was gold, providing an element of regality and the meaning of “Golden Age” – “a period of time when everyone was happy”. Something so easily relatable to how one feels at weddings. It was fate that this shoot was meant to be brought to life when one of the photographers on the day, Dee Walters, from Shoots By Design, had sent A Dream Come True a picture of an avant-garde neckpiece that both had been eyeing for a while. Simone undertook to make the neckpiece by hand and once completed, it exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

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Golden-Yellow Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoot:

“With a fierce love for bringing unique elements to the party, A Dream Come True Events also created a tortured willow headpiece covered in yellow orchids and yellow chrysanthemums. Stephen van Eeden came on board and provided the bridal wear for the day. We used his gold mesh dress with beautiful floral detail and beadwork. We also opted to use his boho-chic collection that lent itself to the very industrial look of the Neo venue. Stephen is insanely talented and was recently a contestant on the South African version of Project Runway.

We decided to showcase his pants suits which is an unusual choice for a bride but certainly not for those who are bold and want to be different. He also offers separate skirts with his suits so one could always have the familiarity of wearing a dress. Dress by day, pants by night. This is such a fun option and you get two outfits in one! Imaani Bridal provided us with stunning shoes for the shoot and we loved them all! Any bride looking for comfort, elegance and affordability in their wedding shoes need to look no further. Chrystal Erasmus is more than happy to discuss their dynamic range and will help you pick out the shoes that are perfect for you.

We wanted to have various lighting and furniture options and Goeters was our supplier for the day. We were so spoilt for choice and decided to use a variety of naked bulbs and different types of shades. They brought in their Scandinavian furniture which is modern and edgy and fit perfectly with the shoot. We offset this with a cream, velvet chaise lounge in the second setting and it just oozed luxuriousness. Our table setting was very simple.

We believe that when we’re doing a shoot we should always keep all couples in mind. Whether their budget is tight or the sky is the limit. One can always add more if there’s enough money to splurge. Never start off with an elaborate design that’s similar to a Pinterest picture from overseas. Some couples set themselves up for disappointment when they find out they simply cannot afford that design. Start small and add from there.”

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Sweet Treats and DIY’s:

“Adding on to the simplicity of our design, we used a cake from Tessa’s Bakery. A yellow, lemon curd flavoured, tiered, vanilla cake with white chocolate shards and yellow macarons on top. We know how much a wedding cake costs and there are so many cheaper and fun alternatives when it comes to saving some moola for other things. How about a dummy tier or two, a doughnut wall that can double up as dessert, speciality cupcakes and a tiny tier that just the two of you can share, petit fours or macarons that double up as favours. The options really are endless.

We simply love DIY couples and so of course, we brought along some of our own goodies from our storeroom like the mesh lemon-coloured runner, the white cake stand, white pillar candles, glass underplates and some of our white napkins. As previously mentioned, yellow can be quite overwhelming if done incorrectly and that’s why we kept the flowers on the table to a minimum. One large arrangement that is very budget friendly and another vase with some loose flowers in it. Some rustic, some modern.

The ever-talented Lezanne’s Designs made the most beautiful stationery for the day. We couldn’t get enough of the paper! Lezanne used laced with gold foil, semi-transparent paper, tassles and an abundance of yellow orchids as per our brief. What a treat! Madeleine from Madeleine Professional Hair and Makeup worked her magic, as usual, on our two models for the day, Listelle Visser and Victoire Kobo. We wanted something bold but understated. While you can’t imagine those two words in the same sentence, she did exactly that. So, yellow for your bridal makeup? No, it certainly isn’t for everyone but you can definitely pull it off if you have the right makeup artist who knows what they’re doing.”

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The Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer:

“Listelle has the most beautiful eyes and with pops of yellow it stood out even more! She’s a seasoned model who is lovely to work with and she has an amazing attitude that will take her far in the industry. Victoire has gorgeous chocolate skin and paired with white anything? – Swoon! She is an up and coming model in the industry but watch out – she’s taking it by storm! We had such a stellar photography and videography team once again who really brought this vision to life like we could not have imagined. Markus Gericke from Boland Weddings videographed the entire day and as always, he captured not only the fun and emotion but also has a knack for bringing all the bits and pieces together in such an amazing way. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Dee Walters from Shoots By Design and Katie Mayhew from Katie Mayhew Photography captured the beauty and the essence of the shoot in their pictures. We love having more than one photographer on site for shoots with different styles so that we can get different takes or perspectives on what’s in front of their lenses. These ladies were brilliant and we go back time and again to just really appreciate the attention to detail in their work.”

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A huge thank you to all who this amazing day possible! Here is a list of the suppliers for the day:

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