With summer on its way, brights are back in vogue. This season’s hottest colour combo, coral and aqua, takes its cue from the ocean to create a wedding look that’s fabulously fresh and fun! 

This article was taken from Wedding Inspirations magazine September/Spring 2011


Sunny days lend themselves to bright celebrations as skies are blue and moods are high. This season all eyes are on coral and aqua, says Hannes Loubser, creative director of Wedding Concepts in Cape Town. “It’s just such a striking, unlikely and refreshing colour combination – perfect for the zest of spring,” he explains. “By being daring (with these colours), one can establish an atmosphere that is as unpredictable as it is stylish and sophisticated.”

Follow Hannes’s top tips to make this hot colour palette – or any bright look – work for your wedding day:

• Don’t make your colour combinations overtly matched or obvious. Instead of limiting yourself to just two colours, rather work within a selected scheme of different hues and tones all belonging to the same colour family. This makes things feel less contrived and adds points of interest or focal highlights throughout your set-up. Don’t hesitate to be bold, though – this is not a look for the faint of heart!

• For this reception look, Wedding Concepts opted for a variety of different place settings in order to avoid repetition and formality. We also added some neutrals to help create strong contrasts and spread out the impact more effectively.

• Use Perspex Tiffany chairs, stone-coloured linen and plain crystal glassware to create a strong, unassuming base. Add character and complexity by bringing in mismatched crockery, interesting floral arrangements and frisky bunting. Use fragrant flowers such as tuberoses to liven up the ambiance and neat posies of carnations for a tongue-in-cheek element. Spray-paint twigs in your favourite hues of aqua and coral to lend a touch of the abstract. We ensured our colours ranged all the way from light blue to pale pink.

• Stationery is very important and one should again opt for bold fonts and patterns in order to do the colours justice. Design playful lolly-shaped order of service cards and laser-cut guest names to demonstrate your attention to detail.

• Apply the theme to your food by preparing similarly coloured cocktails such as Cosmos and Blue Hawaiis. We set up a fantastic Bloody Mary station with cute little flags identifying the respective ingredients so that guests could help themselves and interact. As for dishes, ingredients like salmon, tuna, melon, grapefruit, beetroot, nuts and ginger typically possess the beautiful coral colour you’ll want to incorporate. Design your ideal menu with these in mind and serve them on aqua-coloured bric-a-brac and objets d’art. This celebration is a relaxed seaside spectacular, so we opted for a variety of seafood dishes and wholesome salads that are easy to share. Your cake can be brought into the overall mix by using ribbon and floral decorations – make sure it’s as simple or grand as you like. You can also add mini cakes, petits fours, macaroons and cookies to your dessert offering as all these can be enjoyed on the go.

• One of the key areas of application (for this look) is suitable bridal attire and accessories. Spend time hunting down a unique pair of shoes, handmade shirts and eye-catching bridesmaids’ dresses. Round off your look with unusual jewellery, bouquets and boutonnieres.

• This theme lends itself to various interpretations, so you can really keep things quite simple and natural – or glam it up by means of either vintage or super-sleek styling elements.

Apply the theme to your food by preparing similarly coloured cocktails such as Cosmos and Blue Hawaiis. We set up a fantastic Bloody Mary station with cute little flags identifying the respective ingredients so that guests could help themselves and interact.

Concept and creative styling: Hannes Loubser, Wedding Concepts 021 426 5783; www.weddingconcepts.co.za

Production and coordination: Kate Rawbone, Wedding Concepts 021 426 5783; www.weddingconcepts.co.za
Additional styling, stationery & bespoke bridal fascinators: Donna Christie Gibbon 083 274 0541; email donna@lovelythings.co.za
Photographer: Annemari Ruthven 082 822 7197; www.annemari.co.za
Venue: The POD Boutique Hotel 021 438 8550;www.pod.co.za
Flowers: Jean from Aspen Flowers & Co 021 424 6511; www.aspenandco.co.za
Hiring: Urban Tonic 021 706 0133; www.urbantonic.co.za
Lanterns, lamps, chandeliers: Something Different 0861 266 2378; www.something-different.co.za
Wedding cake & cookies: Roxanne Floquet Cake Design 083 226 2471; www.roxannefloquet.com
Menu: Food Fanatics 021 797 9819; www.foodfanatics.co.za
Wedding dress: Kobus Dippenaar 021 423 7810; www.kobusdippenaar.com
Coral dress & white belt: Mungo & Jemima 021 424 5016;www.mungoandjemima.com
Candelabra, Vivienne Westwood shoes, blue necklace: Imagenius 021 423 7870; www.imagenius.co.za
Various crockery: Plush Bazaar Hiring 021 447 6495. Esra Bosch 013 751 2859; www.esrabosch.co.za
Pearls & coral blue necklace: Baroque 021 426 4247
Suits & belts: Fabiani; www.fabiani.co.za
Shirts & tie: Blue Collar White Collar; www.bluecollarwhitecollar.co.za
Laser-cut stationery: Doodles Laser, Amy Mongie 021 852 0457; www.doodleslaser.blogspot.com
Hair and make-up: Nicci Marx 084 516 4801; info@weddingsbynicolette.co.za
Models: Kristi Launder and Bunnie Loubser for Wedding Concepts







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