A profusion of indigenous florals – both old favourites and stunning newcomers – makes this a glorious local love story

Styling by EcoZest. Photography by Melanie Maré

Afro Botanical Styling by EcoZest. Photography by Melanie Maré

Local is lovely

Immerse yourself in the exquisite Cape floral kingdom and be captivated by a host of as-yet unknown stunners for an invigorating expression of beauty. It’s easy to imagine the excitement of botanical explorers from centuries ago on finding this unmapped landscape of contrast filled with countless species that contributed to the world’s horticulture. Take a good look at our local plant world, historic natural explorer writings, and botanical images for inspiration, and then combine that with contemporary rural African craft design that uses natural plant fibres as raw material. The results will astound you…

Afro Botanical Styling by EcoZest. Photography by Melanie Maré

Colour Combinations

The intentionally layered colour combination of muted earth tones and dramatic indigo, grey and black bring to life the burnt orange and warm pink nuances and green variations.

Kniphofia flowers arranged in an entanglement of dried creeper on a structured frame become a temporary landmark for loving vows. Navy linen and a hand-woven Lamba over-cloth from Madagascar set the perfect background for a curated cultural heritage inspired tablescape. Rush place mats, indigo dyed papyrus containers, Umtsala baskets, black crockery, cotton napkins and artistic glass pieces sit alongside handmade ceramics and concrete vessels displaying sensitively arranged flowers, botanical matter, and plant specimens.

Indigenous Florals

All the plant material and flowers are indigenous florals. A variety of proteas (some rare and some that only flower at this time of the year) provide an element of botanical curiosity, and the selection of aloes, euphorbias and other succulents embody a cherished and nurtured energy that speaks of the care associated with collections of rare plants in botanical garden conservatories.

Afro Botanical Styling by EcoZest. Photography by Melanie Maré

Handmade candles in warm glowing tones placed inside glass containers with subtle colour gradation provide ambient illumination amongst the carefully conducted tablescape.

A museum-inspired feature display of larger plant specimens, reed plumes, flowers, a herbarium-like display inside a large glass jar, and candles are placed against a large graphic image of a historical illustration of African vegetation. This contemporary display serves as a place of reflection and observation as well as a beautiful setting for photographs.

Winter issue of Wedding Inspirations magazineTo see more of this gorgeous styled reception theme, as well as more info about hosting an eco-friendly wedding, pick up a copy of the Winter 2017 edition of South African Wedding Inspirations, on sale now nationwide at Pick ‘n Pay stores, CNA, Exclusive Books, PNA, Clicks and Dis-Chem, as well as selected SPAR supermarkets and independent retailers.

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