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Pure Wedding Blog Top Post’ Of 2015

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It’s the last Tuesday of the year and this is the last post of 2015 for Pure Wedding Blog. I cannot believe I’m actually saying that. It seems as if this year has pulled a sprint on us. Anyway, I’m not complaining. I’m excited, ready and super organised for 2016 (maybe not super organised but nonetheless excited to see what opportunities await on the other side).

For my final post, I want to take you back to the epic weddings, styled shoots and ideas I’ve shared in 2015. I cannot list all of them because this post would be waý too long. So I’ve picked top five weddings, top five wedding dress collections, top five planning tips and advice posts and two styled shoots( the only two I shared, more coming in the new year).

eastern cape xhosa traditional wedding6This was by far one of my favourite weddings. An entirely Xhosa wedding from full circle photography has been the most viewed post of all time. To think that this wedding was shared in June and still inspires a lot of you is amazing.
5rF__jE9NpKMTHa7OFSgIWnfJ7bip4NUkk_sOZINmIUThen we were off to Pretoria, where I shared this gorgeous vintage wedding. Yessa!!! there are some of you who are sold out for vintage, you won’t have it any other way.

Zulu WeddingFrom there we indulged in a Zulu extravaganza. A gorgeous makoti in yellow traditional Zulu attire. Shuu!!! I honestly thought this wedding was simply beautiful, no mangamaga (Zulu word meaning fuss) just two people who embrace and love each other’s cultures.
Cape Town WeddingAnd then came Amiee and Ashraf’s cape town wedding. This wedding was simply beautiful and their love story proposal story is is cute. Plus Aimee is such a sweetheart, she shared details of her day with us. If you’re reading this Aimee, thank you so much.
aisha weddingThe final wedding on my list was Aisha’s pink and purple wedding. I included this wedding  in my top five because even with the frustration of her hairstylist turning up three hours late, Aisha still had the biggest smile on her face and refused to let anything ruin her day.

And so that’s it. Five beautiful yet diverse weddings. After sharing so many beautiful weddings, I now realise how diverse South Africa really is. A rainbow nation indeed.

The Styled Shoots
I was hoping to share a lot more styled shoot this year. However, things did not work out as I had mapped them in my head. Anyway, I’m thankful to have shared two ridiculously beautiful shoots with tons of inspiration. Still taking baby steps in this area but I hope to produce at least two styled shoot of my own to share ( working extremely hard to bring that forth.
1Let love sparkle Shoot
2.Aviation Styled Shoot

Brilliantly Styled, Playful Engagement SessionEngagement Sessions
I’ve been asking myself whether or not to make these sessions a weekly feature. But decided against it. Not because I don’t love them but because they can end up looking rather the same. I will, however, feature those in other countries( the logic behind that is, honeymoon scouting without much effort), with a flavour of culture, or something different; like this one with an explosion of colour or this one from the Dominican Republic.

Wedding Dresses
I’ve featured soo many gorgeous collections during the last twelve months, it was hard to narrow it down to just five.
Alonuko-70Alonuko: The designer behind this collection is a young British woman with a passion and self-believe so admirable that I’m lost for words. This young lady is a testament to the fact that all things are possible.


steven khalil4Steven Khalil  :The best of couture. For the 2015 collection Steven Khalil served us with breathtaking dresses fit for royalty.

Mira Zwillinger 2016 Bridal CollectionMira Zwillinger : I loved sharing this collection because of how diverse it is. There’s literally something for any type of style in it.

julie vinoJulie Vino: Israeli designer Julie Vino spoilt us with her stunning collection with magnificent back details.

The Chic Blush Collection By Hayley-PaigeHailey Page: Stunning collection perfect for a bride getting married on the beach or a couple planning an outside ceremony.

david tlale2David Tlale: The go-to designer for alternative wedding style. Hoping to feature more of his work and homegrown designers in 2016.

Planning Tips and Advice
Shocking Wedding Costs
How to have a debt free wedding
Shocking lobola revelations

5 Things to consider when sorting out your guest list

Tips for wedding dress shopping 

Other Post’
This post had me in tears. A gentle reminder of how life can change in just a short space of time. Cherish every bit of it.

Pearls of wedded wisdom series: Well this series never took off. I posted only one post of the series. Can you believe it?  So it’s only fitting for me to explain why. I hadn’t realised how sensitive couples are( at least the ones I contacted) when it comes to talking about their relationships.

But 2016 is a fresh start and I’m hoping to start over again with the series. I believe miarriage advice is important and who better to offer it than the ones who have done it and are still doing it. I want this blog to be a place where people can feel comfortable enough to share and discuss a lot more than just pretty weddings. After all there’s a  marriage to live when the wedding day/planning ends.

Shuu!!! 2015 has been awesome. A big thank you to all the photographers who selflessly agreed to share their work on Pure Wedding Blog. I cannot thank you enough. To all you precious lot, thank you for reading. You’re AWESOME


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Hi! I'm Ika. Thank you for visiting Bontle Bride, a gorgeous space where I share exquisite weddings with a flava of culture.

(6) Comments

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    This is a great recap post. I only discovered your blog sometime this year and I have been loving it.

    1. Ika
      Ika says:

      Thank you

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    Kayla says:

    I love all of these dresses! Simply beautiful! Great blog!!!

    1. Ika
      Ika says:

      Thank you Kayla

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    That love sign is gorgeous! I want one!!!

    1. Ika
      Ika says:

      It’s from the talented people at Thanks for commenting Naomi

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