Modern Bohemian Sophistication Produced Locally

For the Love of Local Design


A group of talented Northern Cape vendors recently put to action an idea birthed through collaborating with locals, and portraying that there’s more to the Northern Cape than good wine.  A bridal shoot with a twist: stylish, feminine and bohemian. Perhaps not something the traditional bride would wear, but for the one who dares to be different.

Local wedding vendor and friend, Ann-Lee from Ann Lee Couture, together with other role players, spent a day frolicking with some talented creatives and we loved the final product.

We asked them to give us some insight into their inspiration for the day:

“Nicole (the gorgeous model), and I met earlier this year through a mutual friend. The idea of working together came about casually as we were discussing the industry we’re both in. We thought that Nicole’s occupational therapist, part-time model experience and ideas, together with my designer knowledge, might make for great collaboration.  As a designer there’s always creative ideas in my head for projects or collaborations. It’s just not that easy to find the time for such a project. A photo shoot is a good idea for all parties involved. It’s a great way to get professional photos for our portfolios, marketing and social media.”

Nicole is originally from Stellenbosch. After high school she completed her degree and worked as a part-time model. She had something to add:

“I took a sabbatical from modeling to complete my community service in occupational therapy in the Northern Cape. When I had a coffee date with the person I believe to be the Northern Cape’s most upcoming designer, it was inevitable for us to collaborate. We spoke fashion, design, photo shoot, marketing, and life. I was excited about doing something outside of my expected Northern Cape experience.”

The goal of the project was first and foremost to have fun, whilst doing something creative and unique in the Northern Cape. Ann-Lee aimed to create a feminine feel to the shoot, capturing her designs in a natural manner.

“I chose vendors throughout the Upington area, who have already made a good name for themselves in their particular fields:”

Photographer: Donovan Eva is a friend and we’ve worked together on numerous occasions. He’s always open to my ideas, and then brings his own flair to a shoot, which is exactly why it works so well. Donovan says: “What a great experience working with Ann-Lee at the lovely African Vineyard. Nicole is professional and knows exactly what to do before I even have to ask.”

Hair & make-up: Jo-Ann van Wyk is a popular hair stylist with great ideas. She is passionate about her profession and that’s what makes me want to work with her.

Jewelry:  Elzanne van der Linde (Miglio) added the final touch to our dresses with just the right Miglio pieces to finish off the bohemian look.

Flowers: Paula de Gois (Red Ribbon), the bride’s first choice regarding wedding décor and flowers, did three different bouquets that complimented our theme perfectly.

Venue: African Vineyard Guest House & Wellness Spa, Kanoneiland – the most beautiful place to get married or enjoy a good old pamper session. With so many spots and beautiful decor to capture great pictures, we had a ball moving from the one place to the other in search of photo magic.

Truandie Louw
Web Designer
& Bloggist

A wife and mother. Promoter of noticing the beauty of the little things in life. Owner of ncweddings.co.za 

All images taken and supplied by photographer: Donovan Eva

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