Marsala, was announced the Pantone colour of the year for 2015, and is the inspiration behind this Marsala Wedding theme and hot chocolate wedding table styled shoot. I never thought that this styled shoot would create so much of a hype. It was featured on Burnett’s Boards and the print version of the Wedding Inspirations magazine (Winter 2015) to name but a few publication features.
Marsala Wedding Theme
The name ‘Marsala’ is that of a wine, dry or sweet, produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily with the distinct purple red colour. This colour is the perfect hue for an autumn or winter wedding and provides a richness to any palette. We opted to add some bright orange and other wintery feel colours to the shoot to create some warmth and excitement. Combining it with the on-trend rose-gold colour – this is the perfect colour palette for a 2015 wedding!
Whilst scouting for the perfect backdrop I initially turned my search to a grapevine of sorts, but when Heleen from Little Honeypot volunteered her house with stone walls, wooden flooring and more, my search was complete.
DIY Hot chocolate bar
Heleen’s side-board provided the perfect spot for a DIY Hot Chocolate bar and items from her store we used included some heart bowls and teacup set with gold rims to compliment the decor. A huge thank-you to Boardmans who also allowed us use of products for the shoot that included a lovilee rose-gold tray and jewellery box that we re-purposed for the Hot Chocolate Wedding table.
I made each guest their own hot chocolate mix by adding hot chocolate powder, chocolate baubles (sprinkles) and mini marshmallows to test tubes. I then melted some baking chocolate in a pot, poured it into ice trays and added wooden spoons till it set. These can be used by guests to stir their hot chocolate with and add some more decadence.
Marsala wedding cake
Nadine from Pippa & Polly Cakery based in Pretoria supplied the naked red velvet cake and some other delicious treats. A red velvet cake is a Marsala wedding cake by default as it is already the right colour when iced ‘nakedly’. The ‘LOVE’ cake topper was purchased on-line from That Little Shop. I also created another topper for the cake that we paired with some flowers.
What a great idea to use a chalkboard pen to decorate your glass decor with a love poem?! The dome will also keep a cake moist before it is served to your guest and is easily washable afterwards.
Marsala wedding flowers and table decor
Natja from Garniche Studio did a phenomenal job with the wedding flowers and styled the shoot with me. It was amazing working alongside this talented lady. Natja opted for a DIY floral table runner that she created using mesh from a building store and adding fresh flowers. It was draped off the one side of the table to create something magical.
Our Marsala wedding stationary was designed by Hello Dolly and matched the look and feel we aimed for to the T.
Winter wedding dress and wedding accessories
Natja brought along some geometric rose gold shapes from @Home to use outside with the model in front of the bare stone wall backdrop. I also brought one of my wing-back chairs along to soften the look. Gin & Tea, that specialises in custom jewellery, custom made some jewellery items for the shoot.
My mom knitted a cowl for the day that we used for images outside. Local designer, Elli-Nicole spoilt us with some true eye-candy of her current wedding dress collection that is sure to take any groom’s breath away. The Gold glitter hanger is from my store an available for purchase. Hair & make-up was done by Valencia Mcleod, this lady was perfect for the job and we just loved the looks she created!
Winter wedding favours
As wedding favours we used some small glass bottles with old keys that I sprayed gold. The jars were filled with bubble solution that you can blow through the top of the key (also a nice alternative idea for confetti). Also a brilliant idea for confetti. The eating utensils were plastic?! from In Good Company. A big thank you to Carike Ridout, who as usual, took the amazing images for us!
If you like this inspirational shoot you might also just LOVE our geometric wedding styled shoot that can be viewed in this link.