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By the Book | Paper Couture Bridal Style Part 1

Something unique and memorable, that is what most brides want to wear on their wedding day. Something that will have wedding guests talking about for months and also make them look amazing. In this bridal style editorial we used recyclable paper as our fabric of choice to create unique couture creations for the modern bride.

“Little girls dream big, big dreams of the day when Prince Charming will come and sweep them off their feet, to be whisked away into their own “Happily Ever After”. On secret pages, in secret books, these dreams are doodled and drawn and they take on a layered kaleidoscopic life that changes when you blink and takes shape when you are not looking. In those moments, the dresses on paper become paper dresses and you soar on the beautiful wings of the fairytale… ” ~Sunelle

The concept was dreamt up by the creative Sunelle & Margaux from the Blank Canvas Event Design  with amazing paper designs contructed by the talented Hermien from PLANK Create.

The Blooming Bride 

In look 1 the Blooming Bride the designs are on fleek with the floral extravaganza that we will be seeing as part of the 2017 bridal trends.


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Cecilia Fourie  used a striking two toned lip in contrast and as accent to the all white look. In combination with Andeline’s gorgeous copper colouring it creates quite a striking affect.

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The fascinator styled with the Blooming Bride look is also great as an accessory for the MOB or MOG as a statement piece. Seen here as perfectly fitted by Ida Webster in this beautifully modern bridal chignon, she created for this elegant bridal look.


Fake It Fabulous

Not a fan of fur or even faux fur and want to show your support for environmental causes . This bridal accessory designed by Hermien is perfect for just that. A beautifully textured paper shrug that can add that couture feel to your bridal look book for your bridal portraits but is guilt free.

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Cecilia’s use of bright colours to compliment the contrast between Listelle’s dark colouring in comparison to the white of the paper just adds that extra vava voom to this look. Ida styled Listelle’s hair in a very modern faux hawk to create volume and height for this daring look.

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Forever & Ever

One of the biggest regrets I have as a recent bride is not being able to preserve my bouquet. Even though my flowers lasted for more than a month, I wished could keep it forever. This beautiful hand folded giant floral origami design by PLANK Create is perfect for the floral bride who would like to keep her bouquet as a token from the day.

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A woman should be like a single flower, not a whole bouquet. ~ Anne Held

The Beginning

Most ideas and dreams have come to life once conceptualized on paper. A starting point to so many life changing events: of which marriage is one. Paper forms an intricate part of all the dreaming as well as the planning of your wedding day. So with Look 4, we chose to do a complete outfit from paper and an extra special memory book to capture the transformation from dreams into reality.

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The flapper skirt and single flower hairpiece brings together the concept of this shoot for us. Both items are soft and more fabric like than previous looks and makes the paper couture items more wearable and comfortable for that walk down the aisle.

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Keep an eye out for part two of this unique bridal look book where we look at some more fun items designed for the playful, dare to be different bride.

Who Made It Happen

Concept, styling and co-ordination: Blank Canvas Event Design
Paper couture and accessories: PLANK Create
Listelle Visser
Andeline Wieland
Lighting and effects: Magnetic Storm Cape Town


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