Those of us who have had the privilege to visit South Africa know of its unparalleled natural beauty and spectacular juxtapositions. Idyllic blue oceans meet awe inspiring mountain cliffs. Fertile rolling plains brush along stretches of desolate deserts. Geographically and culturally a unique and inspiring place, we are not surprised to have stumbled upon a group of wedding professionals whose design style pushes the creative envelope. Strictly Weddings introduces Western Cape based florist, Fleur le Cordeur and wedding photographer, Tasha Seccombe Photography, who share with us an exclusive, sneak peek of their 2014 fall & winter wedding inspiration.

What intrigues us most about these looks are the the balanced contrasts each contain: soft femininity charged with bold color; sophistication with a strong dose of daring; organic compositions with unexpected twists. "With this shoot, we aimed to push the idea of a fall or winter wedding a little further to show our brides that you can still bring an elegant feel to a more extreme theme," says florist owner, Heike le Cordeur. Read on to discover how these enchanted looks are also perfectly cued with fall and winter trends happening in bridal fashion and wedding decor all around the world.

Autumnal Romance

A refreshing breath of fall with ultimate reverence to the delicateness of the peony. We adore this soft, whimsical take on a fall wedding where autumnal colors playfully mix with vibrant hues, where cascading winter berries reinvent the shape of the bouquet, and where just a touch of lights and graphic decor tell a fairy tale story.

Jeweled Exotism

Jewel tones remain hot on the scene as a favorite color palette for brides. What's not to love about its regally hued allure, especially when united with a design of rare exoticism. Here, a dark palette of flowers yield major drama while rich layers of texture captivate the eye. Adding unique flair, a suspended floral creation acts as the reception centerpiece and a rather unforgettable visual feast.

Organic Regalia

Similar to how we are seeing North American fashion influenced by a bare and organic "pioneer" mood, this outdoor look takes on the quiet thrill of the rolling plains. Never have verdant bundles of all green foliages ever been more popular for a bouquet or centerpiece, unpinning an innate call towards untamed wilderness.

Radiance Redefined

In the year of Radiant Orchid, this deeper magenta color cousin creates quite the striking statement. "An increasing number of brides are opting for an alternative to white and we loved using a classic black dress to showcase more daring floral accessories like the wooly amaranthus 'cape' and deeply saturated orchid neck piece," says Heike. Complementing the drama of dark on dark, is an accent of 24 carat gold, a glamorous metallic tone making a huge appearance on the luxury bridal scene.

Special thanks to South African florist, Fleur le Cordeur, for sharing their daring 2014 fall and winter looks with all our soon-to-be brides. "We love the more dramatic edge and slightly darker romance that can be achieved during this time of year. There are brave and creative brides out there and we hope to inspire new ideas and share a totally unique approach to including flowers into their wedding day," says Heike le Cordeur. We also wish to thank Tasha Seccombe Photography for generously providing us with the gorgeous imagery in today's feature.

Credits:

Floral Design: Fleur le Cordeur / Photography: Tasha Seccombe Photography / Decor concepts and styling: Agape Weddings / Installations, furniture & lighting: Something Different / Make-up & Hair: Yolande du Toit / Stationery: Secret Diary Designs / Oyster dress: Stefania Morland /Black dress: Jacques La Grange Couture / Cake: Roxanne Floquet / Venue: Ashanti Estate / Model: Silke Viljoen