Elegant African Styled Shoot

We desired to create a setting that held rustic elements in tension with a gentle luxury – the exquisite tension one would find in a whimsical African Garden of ones dreams. The Red Repens protea provided the inspiration for our African Garden styled shoot. This particularly unique variety of our national flower boasts the gorgeous marsala red that is currently Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year. Once you’ve taken a look at these pictures you’ll know why. The richness of the marsala pairs perfectly with the earthy tones and textures we incorporated.
Using the heavy cream table cloth as a base, we combined the rustic elements in a way that still produced a quiet refinement. The green moss runner, twisted logs, and wooden discs set the overall outdoor feel, complimented by the champagne and wine glasses in forest green and auburn. The crowning splendour of the table is the garden mobile. This whimsical element is comprised of bent branches, thick leaves, and pink tinged hydrangeas. Hanging from it at different lengths are crystal embellished lampshades, soft green hydrangeas, small glass bottles and cream bird cages which provided a stunning vintage feel. Just below this we hung a larger rust coloured, wrought metal bird cage filled with greenery, creating the ideal space for two love birds in stone.
The final glory lay with the proteas, which nestled in the moss and protruded from the twisted wood centre pieces. Our decision to pair these with stone coloured candle holders in the same floral shape added more eye catching detail and atmosphere. As with all the finest styled shoots, a touch of glamour is required, this was showcased in the three gold-tinted King Louis styled frames and the bright gold dusted pairs at each place setting.
Our beautiful model epitomized the heart of the shoot – a true African beauty. With her dark features, we felt the red lip and marsala accented floral headpiece made the perfect pairing with the elegance of the delicate shoulder strap on her white silk gown. Overall, a combination of outstanding, natural and decadent elements, and not to be forgotten ‘hints of luxury’, formed our African Garden styled shoot.
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