So you’re getting married in Kwa-Zulu Natal and you’re looking for some trendy, fresh ideas and awesome wedding suppliers that won’t break the bank? We got you covered! If you’ve got that little bit of edge, then this is for you.
Here’s a little collaboration of some of fresh new faces in the Durban wedding industry who will help you to make your big day… absolute “goals”!
Stuart Vivier Photography is “so hot right now”. I call this guy “the master of the moody shot”. His hipster edge ensures that he gets arty shots of real moments that you will want to frame and hang on every available piece of wall in your house. Doesn’t hurt that he’s so fun to be around either.
I have had my eye on this spot for a long time, desperately hoping that somebody would turn it into a cool new venue…and they did!!! This industrial shed at The Point in Durban is sheer perfection. With it’s exposed brick walls and high ceilings, it just screams UrbanDurban. Oh ya, and those hanging naked bulbs you see there? Totally included in the venue cost! I know, right? Sigh.
Cara Michelle Stirton is THE girl in wedding videography at the moment – i like to think of her as the silent killer. She’s so inconspicuous that you don’t even notice her filming, and then she produces this absolute banger of a video that captures every single special moment. I know for a fact that she’s booking up fast, so best you get in there asap. View her video of the shoot here
Rachel Harding of Harding Designs is responsible for all the gorgeous evening wear you see in this shoot (here’s looking at you, little gold number). She makes custom items to order that are absolutely breathtaking – pure artwork. The fabrics, the detail, the lace, i was just crushing so hard all over her dresses! If you’re looking for a dress that’s straight up art – she’s your girl.
Wedding gown “goals”
Coral Island is an incredible spot for all your wedding dress needs. I don’t know what’s more awesome: the fact that you can buy pre-loved gowns that wont break the bank, the fact that you can order your very own new gown, the fact that you can whale watch in-between fittings, or Wendy herself. Have some bubbly with this bubbly gem while your find your dream dress that you wont have to take out a second loan for.
Kitted (that’s me) is responsible for getting this freshie groom looking the way he does. Yes, it’s the bride’s big day – but we believe that the groom matters too! Kitted will style your groom and his groomsmen for the wedding and get them looking in nick for the big day. Hassle-free and stress-free. The groom and his boys will receive a box on the big day with everything they will need to look picture perfect (socks, belt, tie, shirt, suit, shoes, the works). Brides, we take care of the guys, so that you can get on with everything else.
Tayla Barker is flipping sensational. Her make-up is the kind that makes you look in the mirror and say “dayyyum guuurl” to your own reflection. She’s the queen of the palette and does a smoky eye like nobody’s business, but whats more – she’s funny and relaxed and adorable and she makes you feel the same way. Book her to get you and your bridesmaids looking fire!
Benchly provided these tables – hello wooden whitewash! Tablecloth??For WHAT? These beauties are far too good to cover. You can hire them for your big day and they will get delivered and assembled for you! They have a range of options that will suit whatever style you’re going for. Who knew something so practical could be so pleasing to the eye? Benchly did.
Wonder Bunch is responsible for this fresh flower prettiness? Dawn is SO accommodating and works with whatever requirements you have. She’s so bubbly and passionate that you can’t help but be excited around her. On the weekends you can find Wonder Bunch working at weddings, but in the week, you can find them online where you can order a gorgeous weekly bunch to be delivered to somebody you love! Husbands, you make wanna take note of this one! (You’re welcome.)
Succulent favor “goals”
Aloe, aloe, what do we have here? These fresh succulents are the work of Mandsmade. Looking for something a bit different for your table decor? Succulents! These incredible aloes and succulents in glassware are available for hire or purchase. And how sensational are these air plant glass hangers as favours? Don’t worry guests, you can say goodbye to the organza bag of sugared almonds. Mandy has an amazing range of favour options for your guests and she can make to order. Lucky you!
Jadi Clark from Baked is a total cake boss! Just look at all this prettiness. She crafted every edible succulent and flower detail on this cake by hand! She is the princess of precise perfection! She makes customised iced biscuits too that you can use for bridal showers, hens nights, engagement parties etc. You can even do a cookie decorating workshop with her! Do yourself a favour and go and check out some of her work, honestly – mind. blown.
LuluPop is responsible for these heavenly little beauties. I mean, come on, glitter gorgeousness!! Caley from LuluPop is so incredible and has such an eye for all things pretty. If you’re looking for wedding invites, menus, gift tags or any stationery at all – LuluPop is the biz! The attention to detail is incredible and it comes in the prettiest package too – which never hurts.
Callen Jade Designs makes the most beautiful, delicate, original jewellery. Her earrings are so light, you will keep forgetting you have anything on, but you won’t forget how good you look. Callen works with gems and stones that are so eye-catching and mystical, that you can’t help but stare. By the end of the shoot, i think every supplier in the room had ordered something from her. She custom makes pieces for you and she also has the coolest range of midi and knot rings (helllooo bridesmaid gifts).
Chelsea Gerritson and Enzo Missio are so good looking that you kinda wanna hate them – but then you talk to them and realise that would be impossible. Adorable overload. Soon they will be all famous and stuff and on the covers of magazines and we will be all like “hey, we worked with them once”. Thanks, you two, not only for being gorgeous and making us look good, but for being so much fun to work with.
Concept, co-ordination and styling by: Kitted
Written by: Lauren Woods of Kitted
Images by: Stuart Vivier Photography