Whimsical pastels – Helene & Sven, Stormsvlei

We love DIY brides! And what made this wedding even more fun was the fact that they  had over 1000 paper cranes – some they made themselves, and some was sent by friends from all over the world! The cranes formed a cohesive theme throughout the wedding – one of family, laughter, togetherness and love. The table styling was done by the bride and her family while Gypsyrose supplied the beautiful fresh flowers and bouquets in lovely soft pastels with pops of cerise pink for a touch of fun




Thank you so so much to Kyle Photography for the amazing pictures – you captured the essence of this day x


Red for Passion: Mariska & Rayno – Breede Escape, Bonnievale

It is an amazing thing to be able to make friends with your brides. Real friends, that remain that way long after the wedding is over. The look was chic vintage, using gorgeous red roses mixed in with country elements. The most touching thing was adding elements dear to the bride’s mom, who sadly passed away before the wedding – beautiful St. Josephs lilies and strings of pearls, as well as photo’s attached to the bride’s bouquet’s vintage lace wrap. 


The wonderfully creative Mariska was very involved – most of the DIY elements that made this wedding so special was done by the bride and her helpful groom, Rayno, such as the table seating plan and gorgeous serviette rings.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage



Jen & Tobie – Weltevrede, Bonnievale

Amazing, unconventional, original and very much exceptional is how I would describe the wedding of Jen & Tobie. That, and FUN, FUN, FUN! We used a myriad of beautiful bright colours and an eclectic mix of decor items and stunning fresh flowers to encapsulate the essence of this event – a joyous celebration of the union of a truly marvellous couple.


Jen’s gorgeous asymmetrical bouquet filled with gorgeous roses, lilies, snapdragons, pincushions and calla lilies

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A big thank you to the suppliers and vendors:

Lauren Kriederman Photography

Mariska Esterhuysen for the magnificent cake

Sound and Lighting by Primeaudio

Set up and styling, flowers and Coordination by Gypsyrose

Michelle Joubert Catering

Touareg Tents

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Information Overload

When a bride and I start the process of designing her perfect day, to help me with getting a feel for her vision I would ask for a few pictures of items/ideas she really likes. Even though this is right at the start of the process, this is usually where the biggest obstacle for every bride lies. TV shows, Pinterest, wedding blogs, magazines – there is so much information out there that it is almost a given that by this time the bride is confused, irritated, frustrated and just a little manic. Here are a few pointers to help you steer your way through the doldrums of modern day wedding planning:


1) Before you start your research – before you look at a single TV show or Pinterest page, make a list. Choose the colours you would like, and the general style – you don’t have to be terribly specific, but you should have the very basic outline of what your ideal wedding would look like.

2) Now Google your little heart out – but be specific. If you like soft colours and a “country” look and feel, then that’s what you look for. Narrow your searches down to a few key words or phrases – this way you are able to refine your look/theme without the distractions of a million other themes, colours, DIY tricks, and all the other things that would make you doubt yourself and your choices.

3) Make notes about what you DON’T want. This is of immeasurable help to your suppliers, don’t underestimate it! Florists and decor suppliers have experience in putting together themes and wedding looks – so being able to work within a framework of “I like bunting but I hate Chinese lanterns” for example, will make the quoting process easier and faster for your suppliers, and less stressful for you.

4) Stick to your guns – this is YOUR wedding. By all means listen to the advice and ideas of your mother-in-law, maid of honour, and every well meaning friend who got married in the last ten years, but don’t let them bully you into anything you don’t want or like. 

5) Educate yourself as to the real price of a wedding – so that you are able to budget realistically. I find that brides are unaware of the actual costs of things like laser cut table numbers and out-of-season flowers, and don’t take into account the labour costs of setting up and styling a venue, or designing and creating beautiful bouquets for the bride and her bridal party. Do your research so that you aren’t taken by surprise and end up disappointed.

6) Enjoy the process! So many brides are completely shattered by the time the wedding comes around, because they are so stressed out by all the little details and of course want everything to be perfect, that they completely forget what the day is about and end up not enjoying themselves at all. Make use of your resources – hand over tasks to people you trust, or make use of a planner if you are able to financially. And then trust them. If you want 100% control over every single detail you are going to end up brunt out emotionally and completely exhausted and look horrible on your wedding photos! All the professionals will tell you this, and you would do well to remember – your guests don’t really care that the ribbon on your guest favours aren’t the exact pink of the roses in your bouquet – they are there to see you betrothed to the man you want to spend the rest of your life with, and to celebrate this happy occasion with you. So how about you do the same?

Gypsyrose is the premier planning service in the Langeberg with over a decade experience in planning and executing extraordinary events and weddings. http://www.gypsyrose.co.za 


Love is golden: Samantha & Ranvor, Breede Escape – Bonnievale

I find it exhilarating working with brides who are conscious of the latest trends – this way I get to stretch my creative bubble and do wonderful new and exciting things

Samantha was also an amazingly trusting bride – her vision for her wedding was so clear, it was easy to offer her exactly what she wanted – and what she wanted was wonderful! Each table representing different fruits of the spirit, making use of gorgeous fresh blooms, props and decor in white, grey and gold. Working at Breede Escape is as always a pleasure.

ImageGorgeous fresh bright yellow roses, snapdragons, geralton wax, with organic and fun accents – poppy seed pods and tortured willow



Samantha’s gorgeous bouquet was made for her by a family friend


Each table setting different, using the same design palette throughout to maintain the theme. Gorgeous Queen Anne lace flowers, trusty crysanths and alstroemeria lilies completed the lookImageImageImage

Thank you for the beautiful photo’s Morne from Breedephotography. Christa at Breede Escape you are marvelous x

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Flower care

Here in Bonnievale we are now in the midst of the hottest period of our summer – temperatures topping 30 degrees almost every day. Most of us spend our time hiding in cool, air conditioned offices and houses, and are conscious of keeping hydrated. It is important to remember that your fresh cut flowers feel the heat too! Please read and follow the below instructions to ensure that your beautiful bunch of cut flowers lasts as long as they should 


1) When you purchase fresh flowers, please treat them as you would fresh produce – purchase them last and go directly home! Don’t let them lie in the hot car or in direct sunlight without water for any longer than necessary.

2) Remove the packaging – it is important for the flowers to be able to “breathe” otherwise they will end up slimy and wilted like lettuce left in the plastic bag for too long.

3) Remove all the foliage, especially any leaves that will be under the water as this will putrefy the water and shorten the vase life of your flowers considerably!

4) Make sure that your vase is spotlessly clean – no dust or dirt, plant material or detergent residue, as all of these will be detrimental to the health of your cut flowers. Add enough water to comfortably cover the bottom of the stems – do not fill the vase to the top! Add a teaspoon of chlorine bleach (jik) and a teaspoon of sugar if you don’t have a packet of flower food handy – this will keep the water clean and fit for consumption by your gorgeous blooms. The sugar helps to perk them up and keep them perky for longer.

5) Just before adding your flowers to the vase, cut off 2.5 cm of the stem at an angle, and then place them in the water immediately. Flowers can only absorb water and nutrients through this cut stem, so removing the bottom end will remove any dried out stem, dirt and bacteria, as well as provide a fresh clean absorption area and will ensure they are able to get all the water they need. 

6) Repeat step 4 & 5 every couple of days – the water in the vase only contains enough nutrients to sustain your flowers for a few days, and so must be replaced to ensure that they remain lovely for longer

7) Very important!! Place your flowers somewhere they will be appreciated and loved, away from direct sunlight and drafts. Please don’t put them too close to the aircon as they will dry out and wilt within days.

Following these simple steps will guarantee that your cut flowers will last for weeks! 

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Foodie Friday – Potato and Avocado salad with Herb dressing

With summer having caught me with my pants firmly up – I still have too much of winter stuck in flabby wobbles around my body – I’ve been doing my usual not-bikini-ready routine: salad and more salad. But salad gets boring. I saw a funny e-card the other day which defined diet food as “food you eat that makes you sad”… this pretty much sums it up for me.

So instead of sinking into the black hole of despair which dieting brings, I’ve trawled the many delicious websites and blogs available and found some wonderful inspiration to keep me on the straight and narrow.

Here’s a scrumptious salad full of lovely things – maybe it won’t top the list of healthiest salads ever, but it’s really very yummy. Which makes it acceptable as diet food in my book.

For this salad you need the following ingredients:

500g waxy potatoes

1 large avocado

3 celery stalks, chopped roughly

2/3 cup roughly chopped nuts – the recipe asks for walnuts, but I prefer pecans (even cashews would work)

2/3 cup sprouts – any nice fresh sprouts will do – I make my own mung bean sprouts because it makes me feel very domesticated and posh, but the shop bought ones are entirely acceptable

80 g creamy blue cheese – if you like strong, by all means.



2 table spoons olive oil

2 table spoons red wine vinegar

1/2 cup mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped – I’ve used flat leaf parsley, coriander, mint and chives

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

1 clove of garlic, minced



Boil the potatoes in salted water until just done, strain, and cut into wedges when cool

Mix together all the dressing ingredients, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper

Add the potato, celery, cubed or sliced avocado, nuts and blue cheese to your serving bowl or dish, drizzle with the dressing, and sprinkle with sprouts. Enjoy!



Posted with thanks to Kim Coverdale