Q & A with Fox and Co

I chatted to Fennec from Fox and Co Event Styling. Flowers and decor form a big part of your wedding budget. Choosing flowers is often a difficult task and can sometimes be overwhelming. Hiring a professional to help you make informed decisions is one of the best things you could do.
I asked Fennec a few questions that brides might like to know the answers to.

1. How long have you been doing weddings?
For two years.

2. What made you start doing décor and flowers?
I’ve wanted my own business since I was in junior school and I’ve always been interested in décor. My interest in flowers is more recent but I’ve fallen in love.

3. How would you describe your style?
I like an eclectic mix of old and new. Experimenting with styles outside of my comfort zone is important, there is always something new to learn.

4. Do you help brides choose their linens, chairs and table décor?
I do often make recommendations regarding chairs, linen and other décor.

5. What is your favourite flower to work with?
This changes all the time. I like all flowers, they each have their place. If you put a chrysanthemum next to an orchid you won’t do it justice but use it in a bohemian headband with a collection of ‘just picked off the side of the road’ foliage and it will shine.

6. Is there ever a flower or piece of décor that brides should stay away from (allergies, reactions, pollen) Yes, if you have allergies flowers like Casablanca lilies, narcissus and tuberose will most likely affect you as they release a lot of scent. Also beware of any plant that emits a milky sap such as Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) as it can cause dermatitis which results in tiny little blisters on the skin. I personally react to this so I never use it in bouquets and wear gloves when I work with it.

7. How do you charge for your weddings? Can you work with most budgets?
I custom quote for each wedding. Flowers vary considerably in price so I prefer to quote this way. I’m happy to work with any budget provided that clients are flexible and open to ideas that can bring costs down.

8. How far in advance should brides contact you in order for you to make sure they get the flowers that they are wanting?
At least six months in advance for summer weddings, I tend to get booked up for these months quite far in advance but I try my best to accommodate clients. With regards to brides wanting specific varieties, I need a minimum of three weeks but I never guarantee flower varieties. They are a natural product and are at the mercy of Mother Nature, if something is not available I substitute it with an equivalent that will suit both the style and budget of the client.

9. How does Pinterest work for you? Is it sometimes too much inspiration for a bride and they give you impossible tasks?
I think Pinterest is a great tool for planning a wedding and being able to express the style a bride is after. I like the visual inspiration as I often find that clients find it difficult to express what style they want in words. So often the description a client gives me in an email varies considerably to the pictures I find on their Pinterest boards. The pictures are a far better resource for me. BUT, my advice is that once you have settled on a style for your wedding stop looking on Pinterest! There is such a depth of inspiration available there that you will almost certainly find something different you like and change your mind. Changes can be costly and the more back and forth there is between you and your suppliers, the more chance there is of things not quite coming together. Also, bear in mind that if that picture you have fallen in love with is densely laden with enormous flower arrangements, 10 layer cakes and thousands of candles, it’s going to be very expensive to emulate so stay away from inspiration like this if you are on a budget or you will only disappoint yourself.

10. What is your favourite wedding to date and why?
My favourite wedding to date was the wedding of my friends; Kate and Percy. It was at Rockhaven in Elgin and a number of my close friends were there for the weekend of the wedding. They all came to help me do the set up the day before and we had such a laugh that it made their wedding particularly memorable for me.

11. Is DIY the way to go when planning your wedding flowers?
DIY is a very good option if you are on a budget or if you are a creative person who wants to make a fun, crafty project of your wedding. I would recommend keeping it simple as some floral arrangements are complex and require specific floristry skills. Also bare in mind that doing all of your arrangements and setting up your décor on the day of the wedding may take more time than you expect and you don’t want to exhaust yourself right before your wedding so I suggest enlisting some friends and family members to help you.

12. Do brides ever want a specific flower that is not in season at the time of their wedding? How do you fix this? Can flowers be ordered from overseas or grown for their date?
Brides often request flowers that are not in season when they are getting married. This is often because we see a lot of inspiration pictures from Europe and the US and we experience opposing seasons. We are able to import flowers but they still need to be in season on the other side of the world and they will also be more expensive. It is best to settle on a style you like and not worry about the specific flower varieties, rather trust your florist to choose the blooms that are in season at that time.

13. Best piece of wedding advice?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, no one will remember the shade of the icing on the cake or the exact variety of flowers. They will remember whether or not it was a happy day and the mood of the bride and groom set the tone for the ambience of the event so enjoy the fact that you are lucky enough to have such a celebration surrounded by the people who are important to you and just have fun.

You can contact Fennec on the information below to discuss any decor or flower options you might have for your big day. Fennec has worked on a lot of weddings with me and my brides have all loved her work.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FoxCo-Event-Styling-Flowers/284236221683414
Website: www.foxandco.co.za
Email: fennec@foxandco.co.za

The above photos were taken by a mix of the below photographers:
Jules Morgan, Stephanie Veldman, Catherine Mac, Tasha Seccombe, Lara Scott, Jilda G, Julia Winkler, Sunkissed Studio, Heather Steyn, Abby Anderson, Christine Watters, Moira West and Claire Nicola

Q & A with Illuminate Photography

Welcome to my Q&A with Tabitha Mee from illuminate Photography.

I think it is important to learn about the providers that you are going to book for your special day.
They know a lot about the industry and are really talented at what they do.

Tabitha is one of those talented providers. I LOVE her work. She has a beautiful style that is so calm and serene. Everyone looks so relaxed and happy in her photographs. I asked her a few questions and here is what she had to say.

1. How long have you been photographing weddings?
2011 was my first wedding season. I had shot one or two weddings for friends and acquaintances before that, but I’d say 2011 is when I got “serious” about it.

2. What made you start in this industry, or have you always known you wanted to do wedding photography?
Very soon after I got my first “real” camera in 2009, I realised that I was most drawn to portrait photography. Weddings just seemed to flow naturally out of that love, and I haven’t looked back ;)

3. How would you describe your style?
Natural and romantic with a creative and personal touch.

4. Is there a photographer that inspires you in your work?
I am hugely inspired by SO many photographers! I feel like I can really learn something from everyone, including from my amazing second shooters who push me to be a better photographer without even realising it! In terms of the bigger names in the wedding industry, I really admire both Ryan Brenizer and Jonas Peterson’s creativity and love looking at all the fearless photographers’ work. I also really enjoy following some lesser-known fashion and fine Art photographers.

5. If you could shoot a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That’s a really tough one! I’m going to be sneaky and pick two countries – India and Indonesia. The Mediterranean coast or somewhere in the dessert would also be amazing!

6. How do you charge for your weddings? Can you work with most budgets?
I have different collections depending on your needs, and am also happy to customise something for you specifically. I’d say that I can work with most middle-range budgets.

7. How important is photoshop and/or lightroom or any other editing programme to you? Do clients ask you to “photoshop out their wrinkles” How far is too far when it comes to editing?
I do spend a decent amount of time on the post-process as I am a bit of a perfectionist, but my aim is always to keep the pictures looking natural and to honestly reflect the wedding day. I always try to think of what I would want if I was a bride. No one wants photos that look obviously photoshopped! However, if you woke up with a big zit on your chin on your wedding day, I’ll ensure that you won’t need to remember that every time you look at your wedding pictures!

8. How far in advance should brides book you for their wedding day?
6-9 months seems to be the standard. If you are getting married in season, you’d probably be safe closer to a year. I prefer not to take on weddings that are too much further away than that.

9. How does Pinterest work for you? Is it sometimes too much inspiration for a bride & they give you impossible tasks?
I am always open to trying news things! Some of my favourite shots have been based on ideas sent to me by brides. As long as they understand that there are many factors that influence how a shot looks and therefore I cannot guarantee an exact replica. What I can guarantee is that I will add my own creative flair to it :)

10. What is your favourite wedding to date and why?
I am going to be very cheesy and say “my own!”. And the reason I loved it so much has nothing to do with the venue, the weather, the decor, the dress or even the photos – I love that I got married to my best friend and that we had our favourite people around to share in that joy. Weddings that echo that sentiment are my favourite.

11. What equipment do you normally bring to a wedding?
Besides my “paparazzi” 70-200mm lens that I use for outdoor ceremonies, everything I own just about fits into one small bag. I don’t feel that flashy gear suits me at all. I shoot with a Canon 6D and mostly use 50mm or 85mm prime lenses to achieve the look I want. I may bring out my flash during reception if need be, and I like to use a video light for some more creative shots occasionally.

12. Best piece of wedding advice?
Remember that a wedding only lasts a day, but marriage lasts a lifetime. If something doesn’t go 100% as you planned it, just let it go. It’s not going to be what you remember about your wedding in 10 or 20 years time, unless you allow it to bother you endlessly on the day, which is just counter-productive.

Thanks for your time Tabitha!

If you would like to have a chat with Tabitha about her work or would like to book her for your wedding, contact her on the information below. You won’t be sorry!

Website: http://illuminate-photography.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/we.are.illuminate
Email Address: tabithamee@gmail.com

Sarah and Stephan tie the knot

Sarah and I initially met over skype for the first time when she decided she needed a planner in Cape Town for her wedding. Sarah and Stephan live in Johannesburg, so they were looking for someone who could help plan their wedding in Cape Town.

I was super happy when they hired me. Sarah and I got on right away, we spoke often and emailed back and forth with ideas and comments. She is a bride who knows what she wants, so when they mentioned that Tokara Wine Estate was one of their all time favourite places, I got to work and we booked the venue.

When working with couples that don’t live in the area, Pinterest is a great help for inspiration. Sarah invited me to her board and it helped me make sure that her ideas came to life. Fennec from Fox and Co was the perfect addition to this wedding. Everything looked fabulous!

It was a boiling hot day, so once the ceremony was over the Oysters from Oyster King were served along with some bubbly and everyone cooled down and had a wonderful time. The couple and their friends danced the night away and Claire captured some seriously amazing moments!

This wedding was small, intimate, emotional and filled with love – which is exactly what a wedding should be filled with if you ask me.

To Sarah and Stephan, thank you for bringing me in on such a special day. I loved getting to know you both and I can see the love you have for eachother will last a lifetime! I wish you love, light and happiness in your marriage.

Thanks to the lovely providers who helped make this day a reality for the happy couple:

Photography: Claire Nicola
Venue – Tokara
Decor and Flowers: Fox and Co 
DJ: Oh my Gosh Productions – DJ Craig 
Live Music: Daniel Eppel 
Pastor: Troy Goldie 
Oysters: Oyster King 
Crepes/Midnight Snacks: Martjie Malan
Cake & Brownies: Love at First Site 
Brides Dress & Veil: Olivelli
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jovanista 
Wedding Rings: Browns 
Hair and Make Up: Francois Nel – francois.stylist@gmail.com
Thank you gifts: Sweet Temptations
Accommodation: Alluvia