This elegant, tropical beach wedding from Kirsten Weaver Photography is all the more amazing for the fact that it was planned in only a few weeks and initially sidelined by a tropical storm!! Luckily the radiant couple managed to pull everything together  and the result is nothing short of perfection!

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From Kristen Weaver Photography: When Ashley contacted me about her wedding I was pretty excited at the thought of travelling to a private island in the Bahamas, and staying on the most amazing stretch of beach I had ever seen. Unfortunately, the night before Ashley and Roland’s big day, Tropical Storm Bret made its way on to our little slice of paradise and the day’s events had to be cancelled.

Without challenges, you’re never quite as thankful for the moments that really matter. Although we were a few guests less (for those whose flights back to the states couldn’t be rescheduled), the following day, everything- the wedding, the decor and the weather – was perfectly beautiful.

Ashley and Roland’s beach-side lagoon wedding on the private island of Scotland Cay, Bahamas (near Abacos) was picture perfect, and even more so when we all heard the stories of the glorious summers and vacations they spent  there as teenagers. Every inch of the island held special meaning, and we were so happy to be invited to share it with them.

Ashley told me there were two things she did from the moment she got engaged – she bought her wedding dress and hired me. The rest of her wedding had been planned only a few weeks before.

I also had the opportunity to spend the week with some of my favorite people – Jillian Caro, who did the hair and makeup for Ashley, her mom and her girls; and Bryan and Tracy from Tampa Wonderworks Films. We spent the week with them in a little beach cottage on the water and were fittingly named, “The Glam Squad” and stayed in the only nameless house on the island – which we dubbed “House of Gaga”. We traveled by golf cart, drank more than our body weight in bottled water, frequently Skyped our loved ones and bonded while battling with bugs, hurricanes and home-cooking! There were no cars, no phones (we walkie-talkied every day!) and no shops (not even a grocery store!). It was definitely a trip I’ll never forget.

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I adore bridal fashion and over the years I have seen many stunning collections, but few have left me breathless as this! The 2015 Anna Georgina Bridal Collection from South African designer Kobus Dippenaar, is truly the epitome of romantic sophistication.

The collection was inspired by the vintage 1920s era and continues Dippenaar’s trademark exploration between masculinity and femininity, between structure and fluidity. Deep necklines plunge into bias-cut satin skirts and mermaid silhouettes, and corseted bodices flow into layered skirts of lace, tulle and bejeweled satin. Sparkling crystal elements, hand embroidery, lace sleeves, tiny belts and silk petals accent and soften the bold lines of this collection.

One of the standout pieces of this collection is the ‘Jade’ gown (pictured first). Underneath the corseted bodice and multi-layered tulle skirt is a delicate lace body suit with a high neckline which can be removed to give the bride two different looks on her wedding day. Every detail is so perfectly dreamy!

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Dippenaar’s work is always so stunning, if you haven’t seen his previous collections, do yourself a favour and take a look here. You can also find out more about the designer and his other work here.

Part 2 of the beautiful, tropical styled shoot from Christine Meintjes and Leipzig Wedding Functions and Design (see part 1) takes a studied,  understated approach to bridal inspiration with a simple backdrop and a bride attired in a minimal, lace wedding dress with matching veil. The light, natural charm of this bridal portrait is quite breathtaking! I also love the fact that the bouquet of hot pink peonies and fun, confetti shower, offer a winking tribute towards the vibrant colour seen in the rest of the editorial.

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