Deconstructed Vogue – a celebration of fabulous

From our recent editorial in the latest edition of Wedding Inspirations Magazine:

“The modern-day flirtation of structures, wedding themes and bridal fashion we are currently experiencing allows us to freely explore various creative possibilities never been seen before.  With this in mind our theme was centred on a migration journey to discover how far creative boundaries can be stretched to embrace old and new, broken and structured elements, and feathered feminine frills.  Our aim was bold, high impact, jaw-dropping styling but with an equally soft feminine expression.

The concept of a deconstructive look is showcasing the beauty in broken, caged, worn-out pieces.  What is normally seen by some as cast-out rubbish is another man or woman’s treasure. This is exactly why we can, in today’s modern wedding scene, play out a depiction of a bride’s personal style.  All the pieces make up the whole and when shown together portray a beauty even in its broken state.

What kind of couple, season and setting would this theme suit?

Our theme will appeal to design-inspired couples who get a kick out of unconventional, slightly daring, themes.  They are very confident in their own style, in their skin, in their careers and life in general.  They embrace a ‘go big or go home’ attitude and they want to leave their guests with a spellbound experience of beauty in both simplistic and broken form.  They dare to be different.


When Celeste approached me with the theme of ‘deconstructed/Vogue inspired’ it immediately appealed to me as an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary. To break with the current trends and design something eye-catching and avant garde.

I selected ideas for flower designs that I believed would work in a high fashion or interiors publication – like the lampshade with flowers and twigs suspended from it – this takes the concept of suspended flowers to a different dimension to the current trends. Incorporating vegetables into the flower arrangements – whilst not a new concept, when they are grouped together with a wild mix of flowers and then placed in a concrete bowl that is a “separated portion” of the lamp shade, they take on quite a modern feel. We took this further and incorporated them into the hair pieces and bouquets as well – for a bride who really wants to make a statement with her flowers.

We went for very graphic shapes in some of the structures and bouquets, that were then softened by adding flowers. And also added some unexpected elements – like incorporating real birds nests into the big floral structures.

By adding a ‘deconstructed’ element to the décor – like the backless arm chair, the concrete lampshades etc- we also created an interesting juxtaposition or tension between the industrial elements of the décor and the more romantic side of flowers.

This theme allows you the opportunity to utilize almost anything at your disposal.  The key is to see the beauty in each element and to display it so that, even in its distressed form, it tells a story.

These looks will appeal to the high fashion bride that thinks outside of the box. The styles will be used as inspiration for brides who are not afraid to use different design elements in their hair and makeup look.

Look for inspiration in places other than the traditional wedding related media – look in architecture or home décor magazines or blogs, look at high fashion magazines for ideas on makeup and hair styling and dress designs. The design for a unique wedding can often be centred around a unique light fitting, an interesting vase, a fabulous piece of furniture and then run from there.

Follow your heart and do what works for you – this is after all your day and you need to be happy with your memories when you look back on them.

Take a calculated risk with your décor and do something that will get all your guests talking – it will create many happy talking points for months and years to come.

If you are going for a look like this, my advice will be to have a focus on one particular element or feature, and keep the rest simple. It is important to have a balance with this style. Pair a strong lip colour with toned down eye makeup, or vice versa. You can also choose either your hair or your makeup as a focus, and tone down the other. Always keep in mind your dress design when finally deciding on your hair and makeup style. ”




Concept, styling and co-ordination – Celeste Styled Events, 0823931239,

Flowers & concept – Epanouir Flower Studio, 082 956 6559,

Photographer – Kim van Zyl, 0825573842

Decor items – Celeste Styled Events, 082 393 1239, and To-Netts Flowers and Décor, 021 863 3635  ,

Dresses – Gavin Rajah, , 021 424 7842/9

Food Styling – Cape Town Chefs, +27 72 749 3130 ,

Models – Listelle Visser , Ashleigh Caddick, Tanya Vee ,

Hair & make-up – Donna Tayler, 061 225 5220,

Venue – Ashanti Estate, +27 (0)21 001 3198, ,

Stationery – Fleur Design Studio, 082 046 9431,