I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to finally share these images.  I was visiting family a little while back in August, and as always, I had a lot of creative ideas running through my mind. As all creative individuals know, Artists cannot help themselves; we are driven to create by our nature. So with no budget, a little bit of time on my hands, and a lot of inspiration, I decided to take action.

My Inspiration:

As a full time Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, I see so many editorial work that include all the splendid details and extras of a Wedding day, shot at amazing locations or outdoor venues and I do love that. However, I decided to focus on creating and capturing a more intimate setting, and wanted to keep it as simple as possible. I wanted to work with only natural light and capture elegant, beauty inspired Bridal Portraits, that could very well potentially be you, on your Wedding day, getting ready, enjoying some bubbly, having fun! My hope is that you will feel inspired by a Bridal style and incorporate that with your own personality to create something unique. Or maybe just to get a clear idea of what style of Bride you wish to be.

These looks are so easy to recreate and take inspiration from.  I personally was inspired by blush coloured tulle, vintage glamour with a touch of gold and sensual, feminine details with natural elements.  What type of Bride would you say you are? Do you envision yourself as a natural, Boho inspired Bride.  Would you love to portray a more modern, minimalist, yet soft and feminine look. OR are you a vintage loving, glamorous, old Hollywood style of Bride? What are your thoughts on a simple, effortless Elopement or Bridesmaid dress? Tough decision right! ;)

These Editorial inspired Bridal Portraits, will hopefully convince all you lovely ladies that any type of style can easily be created with the right accessories, make-up and styling and that you can look gorgeous in any style.

I scouted and chose three lovely ladies who I thought would be perfect for the type of images I wanted to create and knew I wanted to collaborate with a really talented make-up artist and hairstylist to help create beautiful images.   I am truly amazed by their work and their gorgeous talent and I would say that these talented ladies are artists in their own right. The entire shoot was organized fairly quickly, and with only a little more than a week available I decided to put my skills and hobby as a dress designer to good use and create simple, elegant couture that came together beautifully with the location and styling.

I considered a few indoor locations, but none really had the style and feel that I envisioned.  Upon arriving at the stylish Tredenham Boutique Hotel, on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, situated in the calm Tredenham Valley, I immediately knew I wanted to tell the story of a lovely bride just getting ready for her Wedding day, at this incredible venue. The management team and staff were so friendly and helpful and I truly cannot thank them enough for accommodating us so effortlessly.

The models were absolutely gorgeous – truly natural beauties, (I’m all about the natural) and the talented Ronel le Roux enhanced their features, doing so first with natural flawless skin and muted tones, and oh so subtle colour, then transforming the look into an elegant, glamorous, more modern feel with a classic red or darker lip, gorgeous luminous skin and striking eyes. These looks suit any woman and can easily be recreated with the right products. Ane Maritz, our talented hair stylist pulled the different looks together with amazing ease and skill. I kept the rest of the look clean and elegant, incorporating the beautiful venue and hints of complementary touches like the beautiful flower arrangement and a fresh cut flower crown, from "Rosepark Floral Design".

The entire shoot came together beautifully on a sunny Saturday, and I couldn’t have wished for a better team. What a fun day!! I’ll leave you with this inspiring thought…

“Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication” … (Leonardo da Vinci)

REFERRALS / VENDORS:

Styling and Concept:  Summerheart Photography

Make-up:  Ronel le Roux Image Consultant

Hair:  Ane Maritz

Bridal Couture:  Sone Fourie

Jewellery and accessories:  Stylists own

Flowers:  Rosepark Floral Design

Venue:  Tredenham Boutique Hotel

Models:  Carmin Cornelius / Elizka Marais / Lu-san Fourie

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Tulle skirt, accessories: Stylist own / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Hair: Ane Maritz / Model: Carmin Cornelius

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Hair: Ane Maritz / Bridal Couture: Sone Fourie / Flowers: Rosepark Floral Design / Model: Carmin Cornelius / Venue: Tredenham Boutique Hotel 

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Dress: Model's own / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Flower crown: Rosepark Floral Design

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Hair: Ane Maritz / Flowers: Rosepark Floral Design / Tulle skirt & Accessories: Stylists own / Venue: Tredenham Boutique Hotel / Model: Elizka Marais

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Hair: Ane Maritz / Bridal Couture: Sone Fourie / Model: Elizka Marais / Venue: Tredenham Boutique Hotel / Champagne: Compliments of "J.C Le Roux" ;)

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Hair: Ane Maritz / Soft Gold Satin Dress: Sone Fourie / Model: Elizka Marais / Venue: Tredenham Boutique Hotel

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Hair: Ane Maritz / Tulle skirt: Stylists own / Model: Lu-san Fourie

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Styling: Summerheart Photography / Make-up: Ronel le Roux / Hair: Ane Maritz / Bridal Couture: Sone Fourie / Flowers: Rosepark Floral Design / Model: Lu-san Fourie / Venue: Tredenham Boutique Hotel

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This vintage inspired, Champagne-Gold Satin Dress is extremely lightweight, luxuriously comfortable and reminiscent of Hollywood's glamorous golden age.

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Elopement / Bridesmaid Dress: Sone Fourie | Make-up: Ronel le Roux | Model: Lu-san Fourie

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Styling & Concept:  Summerheart Photography (Sone) / info@summerheartphoto.com

Make-up:  Ronel le Roux Image Consultant / hello@ronelleroux.com

Hair:  Ane Maritz / aneroos612630@gmail.com

Bridal Couture:  Sone Fourie / sone.fourie@gmail.com

Flowers: Rosepark Floral Design / info@roseparkweddings.co.za

Venue: Tredenham Boutique Hotel / Gavin@tredenham.co.za

Models: Carmin Cornelius / Elizka Marais / Lu-san Fourie (contact Summerheart Photography for more info)