i don’t share a lot of weddings these days. i felt like weddings on blogs reached a fever pitch a few years ago (even blogging about our own wedding gave me pause) and like many things in the online world became a show of magnificent venues and expensive dresses and insanely beautiful flower arrangements… i don’t want to take away from that and people’s experiences, but after a while i just felt very meh about it all. it would take something quite cool and different for me to want to share another wedding with you.

the wedding of Johannes and Francois certainly fits the bill. a “design-minded ‘non-wedding’ of laid-back luxury” – in their own words. Francois is a banker and keen art collector, and Johannes is the creative director for a furniture & interiors company. they were married at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town, an awesome venue in the centre of town housed within the National Library of South Africa. after a short ceremony on the steps outside their guests, dressed in evening wear, were treated to fine food, drink, art and design…

We always joke that Johannes is the contemporary to Francois’ classic (even though these roles are regularly interchanged), so we wanted to make that the feel of the celebration. We share a keen interest in art and design and merged our collections when we met and have been collecting together ever since. That set the tone for all creative decisions and led to the classic artworks superimposed with contemporary imagery. We selected the artworks from familiar and unfamiliar works, based on our reactions to their styling, colouring and subject matter – a little bit proper and a little bit tongue-in-cheek. Our tables were all set with art and objet that we have collected or have received as gifts from some of our wedding guests throughout the years.

Thanks to Reni and Deon of Modern Hearts who shared this wedding with me, and obviously took all the beautiful photos. you can see more images on their website. their wedding stationery was designed by White Kite Studio and flowers arrangements were designed by Botanicus.

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