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10 Unique & Beautiful Wedding Bouquets | Floral Inspiration

One thing I love about weddings is the flowers, and in particular, the bouquets. Many brides I’ve known have had the most beautiful bouquet of flowers, some traditional and some a little different. I’ve decided to put together 10 gorgeous and unique bouquets, just to show that you don’t have to always use the typical baby’s breath & white roses combination, or even real flowers at all!

From jeweled bouquets, to posies made out of sweets, lace, soft fabric and even wire butterflies, there’s really a whole lot you can do with your wedding bouquet. My advice if you’re keen on something a little different, is to still make sure it fits in with your general dress/design/decor of the day – maybe even follow through with same treats on the table, vintage books covered in the same fabric or jewels in your hair…

Be inspired ladies! Here’s 10 of the best 🙂

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Mint Green Protea Bouquets | source Green Wedding Shoes

Rainbow Rose Bouquet

Rainbow Rose Bouquet | source SnapKnot

Lace & Fabric Bouquet

Lace & Fabric Bouquet | source Etsy

All Green Bouquet

All Green Bouquet | source SnapKnot

Woodland Wedding Bouquet

Woodland Wedding Bouquet | source Bespoke Bride

Candy Coated Bouquet

Candy Coated Bouquet | source GadGether

Pinecone Bouquet

Pinecone Bouquet | source GadGether

Bouquet of Jewels & Rhinestones

Bouquet of Jewels & Rhinestones | source Weddbook

Peach & Grey Cloth Bouquet

Peach & Grey Cloth Bouquet | source Etsy

Simple King Protea Bouquet

Simple King Protea Bouquet | source Love and Lavender

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Creative Use of Vases in Your Home | Decor Inspiration

For me, there’s nothing that brightens up a room more than a vase of flowers. It can change the theme of the room (proteas for South African flavour), add to the season (daffodils for spring), create a mood (roses for romance) or bring freshness to a space (think wild flowers or jasmine with those amazing scents).

But one of the best things about flowers is the actual vase! I’ve seen so many creative ways of how different objects, buckets, jugs and more can be used as a vase – and all of that really complements a room’s decor as well as work well with the flowers chosen.

Remember that vases can also contain fruit, vegetables, grasses and wire flowers – it’s really all about what sort of statement you want to make with your vase and arrangement. If you’re looking for some great flower tips & ideas (especially for a wedding or event) in and around the Cape Town area, then I would check out Audrey & Kay.

In the meantime, here are my ideas for creative vases!

Some Amazing DIY Vase Ideas

Some Amazing DIY Vase Ideas | source here

Vintage Tea Pot as a Vase

Vintage Tea Pot as a Vase | source Ana Rosa

Gilt Edge & Vibrant Purple Flowers

Gilt Edge & Vibrant Purple Flowers | source Erin Ever After

DIY Can & Clay Pot as vases

DIY Can & Clay Pot as vases | source Just Imagine

Clear Cut Glass Vase

Clear Cut Glass Vase | source Pinterest

Bronze, Cream & White Tins as Wedding Vases

Bronze, Cream & White Tins as Wedding Vases | source Crazy About Weddings

Floral Inspiration: Bring Spring & Beauty into Your Home Decor

It’s August next month, and just around the corner is September – Spring! In Cape Town it traditionally rains on the 1st of September (pretty much every year), but it’s still a hopeful time of new things.

Flowers traditionally speak of celebration and new birth, but can also show love, appreciation, sympathy, joy and happiness.  I found this quote recently and it just emphasises the symbolism of flowers as something beautiful that grows from a seed:

“By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity – Robert A Heinlein

We often buy fresh-cut flowers for home, but after about 10 days you have to say ‘goodbye pretty roses’ or ‘farewell lovely proteas’… why not add the effect of flowers to your home though floral decor?

Florals do not have to mean your grandmother’s choice of lounge suite cover; in fact, florals can be amazingly attractive and uplifting to a room – whether real or imitation. And by imitation I do not mean fake flowers, but wall hangings, wallpaper, stickers, lighting fixtures and more. Have a look at my inspiration for SpringFloral Decor!

Lilac Wall Art

Lilac Wall Art | source Victoria Hudgins on Project Wedding 

Black & White Flower Wallpaper

Black & White Flower Wallpaper | source Etsy.com

Wreath Around the Doorway

Wreath Around the Doorway | source Room Service

Real Flowers as Wallpaper

Real Flowers as Wallpaper | source Pinterest

Hanging Vases

Hanging Vases | source reasontobreathe.tumblr.com

Floral Prints on Canvas

Floral Prints on Canvas | source Etsy.com

Romantic Flower Fairy Lights

Romantic Flower Fairy Lights | source Pinterest

Flower Heart Decor

Flower Heart Decor | source prima.typepad.com

My Pretty Vintage – Gorgeous Vintage Styled Events

Happy Friday Good Girls! Found this gorgeous website company called My Pretty Vintage; they specialise in decor for vintage styled events like weddings, kitchen teas and birthdays – and all their decor is their OWN! fabulous stuff.

My very own wedding was vintage inspired with old suitcases, books tied with ribbons, glass jars and candles and fynbos, proteas and wildflowers all over the place. But imagine creating an event with silver cakestands overflowing with goodies, beautiful china teasets adorning the tables, lace tableclothes and an old fashioned post box? That’s My Pretty Vintage, conveniently South African, affordable and beautiful 🙂

So this post is dedicated to all things Vintage 🙂 Enjoy the lovely photos below, taken by the talented Monica Dart of Monica Dart Photography.

Pretty Vintage - Tea Cup

Bird Cage

Suitcase & Vintage Books

It's Vintage Baby

Tea Light Tea Cup

Beautiful China

Romance Captured

All photos from My Pretty Vintage by Monica Dart


Flower Power: Using Proteas in Your Wedding

I love proteas. They are such a gorgeous, stand-out flower and really add a natural element to any occasion! With the Bokke winning (closely!) over Wales this morning, I thought I’d pay a tribute to the humble South African protea – my country’s national flower.

Proteas look amazing for a wedding, AND they are pretty affordable. The best thing is that they don’t need much additional foliage to make a statement. White linen, clear glasses and white candles are actually the best complimentary items that’ll make your proteas stand out.

Have a look at the great inspiration below, from gorgeous protea-inspired wedding bouquets, to table decor and more, only on The Good Girls Guide:

King Protea Wedding Inspiration

King Protea Wedding Inspiration | source here.

Protea Bouquet

Protea Bouquet | source here.

A Gorgeous Bunch

A Gorgeous Bunch | source here.

Pin-Cushion Protea

Pin-Cushion Protea | source here.

Mix & Match Vintage

Mix & Match Vintage | source here.

Beautiful Karoo Inspiration

Beautiful Karoo Inspiration | source here.

Protea With LoveProtea With Love | source here.