Cerise and Orange Birthday Party

I can’t imagine a more fun colour palette for a birthday party than this one! While our brief was to keep it elegant and classy, the client’s favourite colours, and thus the choice for this event, are – you guessed it – cerise and bright orange. With this in mind we went to work creating this look using roses, star gazer liles, crysanths, carnations, poppies and gerberas.

The venue was ideal for the amount of guests, as we could set up one long table along the doors opening up onto the patio and the most beautiful view of the Langeberg Mountains. Setting the table this way allowed us to make full use of the gorgeous view while keeping the table setting quite posh – with a lighthearted twist in the form of the polkadot napkins and cheeky colour scheme.

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Rose Gold – Styled Shoot

Working and living in one of the most beautiful areas of our country, one forgives the inconvenience of “not having” – Bonnievale is a very small town to be sure, and we tend to regard things most people take for granted as luxuries – such as fast food chains, supermarkets and the like.  We’ve been lucky enough at Gypsyrose to be able to offer some of these “luxuries” to the kind folk of Bonnievale and surrounding towns – beautiful gifts, home décor, luxury imported toiletries and of course, gourgeous fresh flowers. As a proud local we really try our best to support local business, and not surprising that we have some amazingly talented, creative and capable wedding and event vendors right here on our doorstep!

We put together this styled shoot because 1) we love the new metallic trend, especially rose gold in all its fantastic applications, and 2) we wish to showcase the gifted wedding vendors of Bonnievale… i.e. Brides, you DON’T have to import your vendors from Cape Town, we have them all right here!

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It was truly a pleasure to work with the following wedding vendors on this project:

Photography –  Marlize van Zyl MvZ Photography |  vanzylmarlize@gmail.com

Hair & Makeup –  Mari Lombaard Hair Exclusive | maristemmet@hotmail.com

Furniture & Decor – Hilda-Mari Jonker Klasi Furniture & Rene Pieterse Gypsyrose | http://www.klasi.co.za; hmj@jonkheer.co.za | http://www.gypsyrose.co.za; rene@gypsyrose.co.za

Linen & Decor Hiring – Lizl Pieterse Flamboijant | http://www.flamboijant.co.za; flamboijant@gmail.com

Stationery – Rene Pieterse Gypsyrose | http://www.gypsyrose.co.za; rene@gypsyrose.co.za

Wines – Weltevrede Estate | http://www.weltevrede.com; info@weltevrede.com

Floral design & styling – Rene Pieterse Gypsyrose | http://www.gypsyrose.co.za; rene@gypsyrose.co.za

Model – Danique Fullard | http://www.danzalavida.co.za


More pics to come from this fabulous shoot!




Trish & Marc – Arendsig, Bonnievale

Gorgeous bride, beautiful setting, sunny Autumn day, what more can you ask for in the perfect wedding day? The bride’s bouquet consisted out of the most fantastic blush pink Esperanze roses – the epitome of feminine elegance. For the ceremony and reception venues we added to this a variety of fresh seasonal flowers in soft pinks to complement the theme – candy floss carnations, enormous snowdon crysanths,  wisps of limonium, and alstroemeria lilies. A mixture of bottles, jars and clear glass vases in different sizes, prettied up with an assortment of ribbons helped create the relaxed, minimalist look.

The wedding was hosted at Arendsig Wine Estate in Bonnievale. Thank you to the talented Cheryl McEwan for the amazing pictures!










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

See more of this wedding on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.602197809843024.1073741837.201161646613311&type=3



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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