It is the pretty summer season and we find many couples tying the knot! Since the Boutique SS16 theme incorporated ladies fashion, a platform was provided for a small wedding party exhibition.
Expected brides were provided with a few local, bridal couture gowns to assess in detail and ask designers questions about their pieces.
Designers had formal and ready-to-wear ensembles available for rest of the wedding party to buy, try on or provide as inspirational ideas, including the mother-of-the-bride.
Apart from the garments, there were various small local businesses showcasing their products, providing the entire wedding party with the opportunity of sharing in that special journey with the bride-to-be, elaborated further on below.
Barron’s Estate & Caterers
This family run business from Schaapkraal is well known within the Cape Town community for numerous years and we were confident that they would be able to put together a display that would be on trend and loved by any bride due to their extensive experience.
Maryam Barron went with a gold and cream colour palette displayed by a gorgeous classic antique table setting on beautifully intricate satin 3d rose table cloth, accentuated with beautiful duck-egg jacquard napkins.
Platinum Weddings & Events
We were so excited to stumble across the gorgeous décor of Faatimah Hartley from Platinum Wedding & Events in Kenwyn. With her beautiful pieces and attention to gorgeous flower arrangements, it was quite clear that she would be able to provide the bride with her dream wedding. We were quite surprised to find out that she was a new little business, so we asked Faatimah to share a bit about her journey in event planning and décor:
“Planning events was a dream of mine ever since I was young. In 2008 I had the opportunity to plan my own wedding which I thought would be nothing short of perfect and like most weddings not everything went according to plan. Of course there were too many guests, too little venue space, too many food and décor options and an ever growing budget. Needless to say it was less than perfect and so stressful. So, in 2011 I decided to study Event Management at CPUT, I graduated with my Event Management Degree 2015 and opened up Platinum Weddings and Events. My Event style and inspiration is anything Sparkly, Glam, and Glitz. I love over the top décor, large floral arrangements and the perfect candle lighting. In the future id like Platinum Weddings and Events to be a complete “one stop” wedding and event shop offering planning and coordination, floral styling as well as a large range of furniture and décor rental items. Platinum should be everything I wanted and needed when I was the stressed out bride” – Faatimah Hartley.
This label is owned by Karen Sanders, who is 2nd generation to a very special part of the ragtrade, which resulted in garments always being a part of her life. Many years back she took ownership of this label, which provided customized ready-to-wear bridal gowns imported from the Far East. Overtime and due to certain business resources becoming available, Karen was able to start constructing the gowns right here in Diep River, Cape Town.
M-Couture specialises in gowns for the fuller figure but is able to provide gowns for any size and all occasions. Karen kindly popped in on a daily basis to change her gown displays. Read below for more information related to M-couture’s gown detailing.
The above pictured detail relates to a silver grey dress which is suitable for Bridesmaid / Evening / Matric ball. The bodice is a strapless sweetheart with pleated detail on the front and upper area, finished off with a corded lace detail on a crossover. A floor length flowing silk chiffon skirt is completed by a pleated belt. This dress is lined with the option for built in bra and corset.
The dress featured below is strapless sweetheart princess style wedding gown with corded lace bodice which leads onto an organza skirt, detailed with an empire line satin trim. This gown has been hand beaded with lace & pearls.
Back detail for the gown is available in various options such as lace-up, zip or buttons. The gown also features built-in petticoats, bra and corset.
Optional: matching long sleeve lace bolero for winter months or for modesty.
Below is a strapless, fitted A-line , sweetheart wedding gown in colour soft white constructed with a Satin underdress and organza overlay. Full length corded lace detail with hand beaded pearls and clear sequence. Scalloped lace detail on the neckline and hem with 70cm train and matching 3m lace mantilla veil to match. Again, as is the possibility at M-Couture the back has various options such as lace-up, zip or buttons. The gown features a built-in petticoat, bra and corset.
Optional: matching long sleeve lace bolero for winter months or for modesty is available.
Below is a Bridesmaid / Evening / Matric ball dress in soft shade of peach. Bodice is strapless sweetheart with overlay in tones of peach and sage green lace. Scalloped lace detail on capped sleeve with eyelash fringing. Soft flowing silk chiffon skirt with pleated belt detail. Dress is fully lined with option for built in bra and corset.
Cherry Blossom Couture
This label does ready-to-wear as well as couture garments. The garments created by Faatimah Meyer come with no compromise to fabric quality and detailing.
The dress is described by her as vision of elegance and grace, exuding mystique, resulting in a beautiful Victorian Vintage inspired rich cream wedding gown. The gown is made from high quality Akito Satin, with a high neckline akin to a choker. A defined waistline and skirt with a slight train following at the back. The sleeves are covered with embellished beaded bridal lace and the same lace covers the belt and bow detail at the back. The mantilla veil is made from Spanish lace which was hand beaded by the mother of the designer. She has over thirty years of experience and has worked for major fashion houses in Cape Town such as Dicky Longhurst, Errol Arendz, Gavin Rajah, Jenny Button and numerous other designers as well. Motives were cut out by the designer, Faatimah Meyer for the circled edging of the veil, hand beaded and hand stitched onto the veil, creating a unique border, and a vision of absolute modest vintage exquisiteness.
Miss H Designs
The youngest bridal couture designer that participated was the petite Hadjiera Davids, who recently married, and was able to display her very own handwork in the form of her morning ceremony wedding gown.
We asked Hadjiera where she drew her inspiration from for this dress:
“Fabric inspires me but lots of wedding sites too. When I saw this fabric at Elegance, a local fabric house with some very exclusive fabrics, I immediately knew the design of the dress I was going to create. The fabric on the dress is a white sequence base with a delicate mesh and a tripplina egg shell sateen as the lining to make the white pop. The dress was just as I imagined it would be.” – Hadjiera Davids
This designer who was featured recently in the Muslim Bride magazine is truly a glamour gown inspiration with her label Tanzanite Couture. We asked Nawaal Keet, owner & designer what trends we could expect to see in bridal gowns for 2016 and she responded that Jacquards, Silks, stones and motifs were on trend as fabric and trim selection. In terms of colour palettes for the modern bride dusty rose, pinks, champagnes and ivory are currently relevant. Embellished lace, floral and sequence are also a must. For real wedding glamour she advised brides to consider crystals in the form of edging and appliques.
Below is a vintage silhouette gown consisting of a modern delicate spider weave meshed lace with hand beaded Swarovski crystal beads and pearls, godet tulle insets in the skirt, button back opening and sleeve button opening, by Nawaal for a recent client.
With the above larger tasks of the wedding story board resolved, there is another element to the wedding process that literally had our focus, that is the photographer!
While cellphones are first to social media references of the special day for the wedding party, it is the carefully selected photographer that has and will continue to capture the style, emotion as well as the finer details of the day for the family to remember for all of their matrimonial days to follow.
We turned the focus onto the photographers by asking how they became engaged in their photographic love stories…
I started my business about 6 years ago. I had studied psychology for four years at UCT and hated every minute of it. While at UCT I joined the photography society and really fell inlove with it after having an obsession since I was a child. I dropped out of UCT to follow my dream of photography. I enrolled at City Varsity and completed my 2 year diploma in 2011. Kphotography as a business began in my first year at City Varsity. Besides assignments, I would do shoots inbetween to gain experience. With the help of social media I could showcase my work and gain followers, as well as clients. The main focus of my work is wedding photography and fashion photography. I’ve always had a love for both weddings and fashion and felt the calling to want to capture the beauty in both. My style is very simple, I prefer natural styled photographs. On weddings I like to tell the couple to enjoy the day and enjoy the fact that they have finally made a life long commitment to each other. I love to capture those intimate moments that they can look back on years from now and remember that specific moment. – Khadeeja Hendricks, K Phtography
“A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls” – Coco Chanel
One of the most exquisite jewellery pieces to own are precious pearls, which add that touch of classic vintage glamour to an occasion. Gurlie Purlie is owned by Lindy Rose from Cape Town who hand makes beautiful pearl strings and many other beautiful pieces such as these that were on display below.
For pricelists or details pertaining to any of the above local brands featured at the event, contact them directly via their business Facebook page or Instagram accounts.