The Lost Garden

by | Dec 15, 2020 | 0 comments

Tucked away in a distant valley is an enchanting private estate comprising of ancient ruins. A hidden oasis in the fields of the valley, you feel as if you are transported to another world as soon as you enter through the gates. The grounds are expansive yet intimate and evoke a feeling that the entire property is meant only for you and your love to share.

Delicate details, regal architecture, and an ethereal quality in every photo, this exquisite vignette speaks to my heart in too many ways! With a talented team of poised creatives, I pieced together this editorial to echo the distant histories of The Old World.  

Clareece speaks through her photography with eloquence, whispering of timeless fantasies just within reach. Each photograph is reminiscent of soft sunlight on bare skin, gentle winds dancing with silk skirts, and cool textured stone. A wildly romantic vintage gown of gossamer and lace by Marlize Meeding soaks in the delicate sunlight as our bride explores the European-inspired grounds.

The architectural details still have me swooning: regal columns set the stage for a grand occasion. I marvel at the stories held within these walls. How many treasures found within this historic building? How many people have fallen in love here? I love the opportunity of working at a location brimming with history, culture, character and – above all – people’s stories.

Sage-coloured taper candles complimented the organic style of the florals effortlessly. Nyoka of Wild Leaves crafted beautiful bouquets of lush, soft rose petals sprinkled between the organic movement of wildflowers and deep greenery. The florals grew up the front of the table and really stole the show. Entangled florals were a design element that can be found throughout from the tablescape, bouquet, stairway, and cake display.

The entrancing artistry of Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie never fails to mesmerize. The movement of this showstopping design beautifully mimics the wind blowing through the bride’s veil.

As for the invitation suite, I think you’ll find that it, too, captures a story of a gentle nature. This delicate suite by Chrystalace sits on handmade paper with deckled edges and brings a level of intimacy to such a monumental structure of grandeur. Subtle water-colour washes complement the fine-art wedding calligraphy, and hint at the organic and artistic nature of the venue. Romantic blooms, vintage stamps, and textured place cards – this suite is perfectly suited to the delicate bride.

From the bride’s romantic hairstyle to the vintage gown’s fine lace details, every aspect of this bridal look captures a feminine essence and intimate feel. This vignette combines soft romance with an old-world feel of distant eras gone by…


Planning, Concept, Coordination: By Blythe

Photography: Clareece Smit Photography

Flowers and Styling: Wild Leaves Floral Design

Napery: Set The Table

Crockery: T-HS Tableware

Candles: Candle Lite

Stationery: Chrystalace

Confectionery: Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie

Bridal Gown: Marlize Meeding

Hair and Make-up: Jessica Herman

Bride: Mionette Short