Fire It Up with This Winter Wedding Inspiration

Inspiration comes in many forms and this month’s Fire It Up editorial theme urged us to look beyond the usual dark colours of winter cozy. All about the fiery hues of orange, red and mustard yellows, this bridal inspiration had us swooning for days! If you’re planning an autumn or winter celebration, we promise that this styled shoot is all you’ll need this season. We asked photographer Juliette Bisset to tell us more about how they brought all the elements together.   

The Shoot 

Autumn is a magical time in the Cape. There’s a balance of elements which is both calming and invigorating – we were completely inspired by the transitioning natural Autumn palette.

We were totally blessed by the elements – the combination of earthy textures, fiery hues, still water and the lack of wind during this time of year created a harmonious and beautiful balance. We had chosen an outdoor location for its picturesque vista and Storm created an idyllic setting perfect for a winter wedding. Simone is absolutely gorgeous – truly a natural beauty – and Juliette Carroll had free reign to enhance her features, doing so with muted tones, subtle highlights and a classic, elegant style. 

The romantic blush-coloured dress from Cindy Bam transformed her and enhanced her natural colouring. The white dress from Sadie Bosworth was another element of fairytale couture – I loved how the skirt panels cascaded around her softly. Simone wore subtle touches of gold jewellery from Waif, as well as her own wedding and engagement rings. We kept the decor clean and elegant, with an emphasis on the environment and hints of complementary colours coming through the floral arrangements. Lion Heart created the perfect classic sponge cake with a textured butter cream finish and dressed it with autumn leaves, roses, persimmons and a splash of gold. Matilda added the finishing touches to our look with beautifully illustrated stationery – both simple and modern.

Tips to recreate the look

Keep your decor clean, minimal and elegant, with little touches of magic. We used hints of gold to enhance the warmer tones in the flowers and balanced it out with soft, grey dinner plates. The clean white table cloth and unassuming decor complimented the florals and allowed them to stand out.

“We wanted to incorporate the changing autumnal leaves and paired bare branches, pods and seasonal persimmons with softer, romantic blooms like peonies and garden roses. The rich colours of the leaves added texture, with warmth coming through the soft yellows, oranges, peach and browns.” – Storm Ross, Holloway Floral Design