My husband and I recently moved to Cape Town, and so I decided to do a shoot that captured the essence of our new surroundings.. and we went big! Our Wildeflower team planned a styled shoot for the top of Lion’s head, and we climbed with the chairs, table, all the decor, glasses and flowers, you name it. We had a team of 9 people walking the set up on foot, and it was a sweltering hot  35 degrees celsius day! The second team with the photographer, models and backup assistance came up later in the afternoon. This team was an absolute dream to work with. It was a challenge and a half, but well worth every bit of it as a styled shoot has never been done on top before.


Cape Town is one of the most gorgeous cities, and we wanted capture the the aspects which make up the essence of it’s beauty. With this vantage point from Lion’s Head, we could capture three elements; the city, the ocean and the mountains (especially Table Mountain). Our vision was to create a look and feel which brought visual synergy to these three iconic aspects. When conceptualizing this shoot, I wanted us to use nature and the elements around us to inspire the colour palette and theme, while still making it feel modern. We used green, as the base colour, as it’s the Pantone colour for 2017, and over-layed it with colour. The inspiration for the colour came from the elements around us; the terracotta and natural buff tones were inspired by the terracotta-tiled roofs of the city that one see from the mountain, the other element which is awe-strikingly beautiful from up there is the ocean, so to complement this expanse of blue we brought in  a grey-blue crockery set, and a spray of sea holly in the arrangements. Lastly, the pop of marsala cymbidium orchids was brought in to ground the design and give it depth.


I absolutely love to design my arrangements so that they complement the environment around them, and nature is my favorite place to do this. I wanted to create arrangements which were modern and avant-garde but still natural and with a touch of wildness. To accomplish this I chose the bulk of the plant materials to be indigenous, with a pop of garden roses and luxurious orchids which brought in an element of lavish class. We used a combination of wheat grass, willow, yarrow, pincushion proteas, leonotis pods, cymbidium orchids, hypericum berries, dried watsonis, leucadendron, garden roses, peach lisianthus and dahlias.


The gold in the cutlery, vintage gold candle sticks, and gold foiling on the stationery added a feel of luxury and a vouge style. This was beautifully complemented by the gold ring selection and choker from Dear Rae.


We had the most incredible team of creatives alongside us. We asked them a few questions about their industries and what styles they brought to the table.


Dear Rae  Jewelry

Trends for 2017

In recent months there has been a trend towards rose gold jewelry, bolder colour choices ad larger stones. There has also been a remarked mindfulness when clients are choosing pieces and they choose with more care and consideration.

Although it is lovely to follow trends we try our best to create timeless pieces. Trends come and go, but if you choose a classic piece of jewelry that suits your personality and style, you will get many years of wear from it.


What sort of bride will look good in these pieces

This jewelry can be worn by anyone, as long as it’s worn with confidence! A Dear Rae bride is  comfortable with herself, knows her own style and appreciates hand crafted items. She purchases jewelry that makes her feel amazing and look good.


Lisa-Brown Hair and Make up
Trends in 2017

It is all about obtaining a natural look and getting the lighting right. Contour is now out, and the current trend is more about enhancing your best features, so they look gorgeous, especially in your photos. If you are a bride, that radiant light that you have on your day must shine through your face.


What sort of bride will look good with this look

If you have darker skin and dark hair, with light green/blue eyes this look will suit you, because it will bring more contrast to your face and make your eyes stand out more. Also, if you are wanting your make up look natural, this look will highlight your face and not make you look overdone.

White Lilly Bridal Dresses
The details

Sophie gown is a one-of-a-kind design combines geometric mesh, hand-beaded French lace, pearl buttons and a soft, blush, crêpe lining. The silhouette is figure-flattering, while three quarter sleeves and an unusual open back to add interest. This gown also has a spectacular open back. The result is effortless elegance!

Lumi gown make you feel like a goddess in this Grecian-inspired, pure silk georgette dress! The bodice is draped with strips of raw edge silk georgette,  featuring 3-D floral details. This gown is lined in stunning, soft crêpe for comfort with a full, floaty silk georgette skirt that glides with the body.


Dresses trending now

While last season’s romantic 3-D floral details are still very important this season, showing off the décolletage with low plunging necklines is key for 2017! Interesting geometric lace patterns are also important, with otherwise sleek minimal looks with interesting cut out detail. This is perfect for modern brides looking to make a statement.

Sheer capelets, boleros, and ponchos are also very on trend for bridal this year. We are going to also see over-sized bows on the waist or lower back, which is a romantic addition to sleeves!


Practical: What brides would suit these dresses

Sophie gown – This gown works on many body shapes, but looks incredible on hour glass figures with the beautiful sculpted fit, it showcases curves.

Lumi gown – This dress showcases the décolletage beautifully and is designed for a bride with a smaller bust. This soft A-line silhouette also flatters a pear shape as the soft skirt creates an illusion of smaller hips.


White Kite Studio Stationery

We love it when the flowers and stationery tell the same story. In this case we tried to match the florals and colours exactly with the graphics on the stationery to create a unified look.

The invite consists of digital printing combined with gold foil. The foiling really adds that touch of glamour and luxury to the look. There is also the option of adding an extra rsvp card and a song request postcard that can be mailed back. We also love to save a bit on paper by combining the menu and name card on a single item. This declutters the overall look and forms a lovely rhythm on the table.


From the photographer

To me this was a very inspirational shoot, the colours used in the flowers and stationery could also have been picked up in the immediate surrounding area. The soft hues of yellow and lush greens. This is an amazing example of using your venue, flowers and stationery all to your advantage. Tying everything together beautifully and creating a memorable wedding day. The dark reds made this a moody scheme that would fit in perfectly with a winter wedding or a bold bride willing to break the mould on the norm.
The venue was a highlight
As far as my knowledge goes nobody has ever done a proper styled shoot on top of Lion’s Head. I loved the fact that we had to physically work for our images, it made the outcome so much more rewarding than it would’ve otherwise. As always, Cape Town did not disappoint, the light was gorgeous and the scenery, amazing!
Tips for couples
Believe it or not, I am super scared of being in front of the camera. But our wedding day a few months ago, I couldn’t care less about any cameras pointing in my direction. I was so in awe of the day, that one day that focuses entirely on you and your loved one. I was enjoying every minute of our beautiful wedding and I believe if couples start doing this instead of worrying how they look or what could go wrong, everybody will look amazing and truly happy on their wedding photos.
The team:

Concept & styling: Wildeflower (

Floral design: Wildeflower

Photographer: Dehan Engelbrecht (

Stationery: White Kite Studio (

Dresses: White Lilly Bridal (

Hair and make up: Lisa Brown (

Jewelry: Dear Rae (

Decor, cutlery and crockery: Two Birds (