{Couple Shoot} Steve & Be

A few weeks back, I was inspired to take on a personal project – The Love Project… celebrating the Real Love Stories that have been tested and found solid and still going strong.  These are the Love Stories that I look at and hope to one day have too; these are my “Relationship Goals”…

So Couple 1 is Steve & Belinda – I have lost count of how any times I have photographed them (either preggy shoots or with their 3 boys), and love them like family.  As a couple they not only live and love eachother in a way that glorifies God and really testifies of a Christian marriage, but they have fun while doing it… and that’s one of the qualities I love most about them: they laugh together.

Married for 12 years, they are partners in life; talking and praying through every tough situation that may present itself – and no matter how busy life gets (and it really does with 3 gorgeous boys running about) they still prioritise eachother.  The success of their family is due to the strength of their marriage and they know regular Date Nights are important.

Be’s advice for a great marriage: “Apart from the obvious like keeping your heart humble in constantly being changed by the Lord as you lay your life (including your selfish wants and desires) down for your spouse, have fun with each other.”

 

{Newborn} Butterflies and Roses for Amelia

Imagine me and you, I do
“I think about you day and night, it’s only right
To think about the girl you love and hold her tight
So happy together”

It feels like we have been looking forward to Amelia’s arrival for ages and now that she’s here… well, it just feels so natural, and her parents are smitten.  in this house, three is most definitely not a crowd!

 

{Wedding} Candy & Jono

[WARNING: Contains overload of Gorgeousness] I just can’t help myself; I have gone waaaaaay overboard with the images in this blog… but if I could only show you all the other beautiful photos from this wedding too… the kind of problem every photographer dreams of! Candy has set the bar high for other brides and really did get her dream wedding: a boho-forest fest at the stunning Winery Road Forest venue.

From a photographer’s perspective, what made this wedding such a pleasure to photograph was not only the beautiful scenery, gorgeous bride (and bridal party), attention to detail in terms of decor and flowers – but best of all: Candy allocated enough time for photographs at the best time of day, even working that Golden Light Hour into her programme to get those “glowy” portraits.  Thank you Candy!!

Thank you to the other vendors for their hard work in contributing to the day’s success…

Accommodation: Country Guest House

Hair & Make Up: Joscelyn Harding

Dress: Weddings by Design

Venue: Winery Road Forest

Flowers & Decor: Creative Nook

Cake: Emma’s Cake

 

Thank you, Alida Olivier for second shooting xx

 







{Wedding} Inge & Niel

I promised myself I would set boundaries when it came to how many hours I spend editing photos… yeah… one look at this wedding’s results and I couldn’t help myself!  Despite the torrential downpour that prevented their outdoor ceremony, this was a breathtakingly beautiful wedding from start to finish – and possibly the calmest bride I have ever met too.  Inge, you were stunning and Niel has found himself a gem of a wife; I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.  Thank you for trusting me with your memories xx

Location: Witrivier, Mpumalanga (South Africa)

Venue: Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Hair: Lieze Hilligin

Make up: Elscha Tintinger (Blazing Beauty, Nelspruit)

Dress: Thomas Webb

Flowers: Marelize Jacobz (Classic Flowers, Nelspruit)

Reception Venue: Magnolia Restaurant, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

Decor: Doug’s Hiring

Cake: Liza Barnard (Frizzy Lizzy)

{Couple Shoot} Taryn & Duncan

I love how diverse Cape Town is when it comes to finding locations for photo shoots – there’s the pick of the most beautiful beaches, mountains, fynbos, forests… and then in the middle of it all: Century City.  I love this place.  The modern eco-friendly architecture blends almost effortlessly with the canals and Intaka Island. I’ve wanted to photograph a couple here for a while and was thrilled when Taryn entered my Couple Competition – Taryn and Duncan are natural models, super comfortable in front of the camera and an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Location: Century City


 

{Wedding: assist} 12 Apostles

I am incredibly fortunate to have Christelle Rall (uber-talented and internationally acclaimed photographer) as a mentor and when I get the chance, I love to assist her.  This stunning wedding was held at the 12 Apostles in Cape Town.  Wow, talk about classic beauty! This was most definitely a good day… so much prettiness makes my heart sing.

 

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{Wedding} Cayley & Ewald

Set at the beautiful Langkloof Roses venue in Wellington, this wedding is still one of my favourites: I love listening to the vows at the ceremony.  This wedding had me in tears.  And I don’t cry at stuff like that. But its moments like those that remind me what an honour it is to capture people’s most precious moments…

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{Wedding} Mari & Hennie

Not many people know about this hidden gem of a venue, but tucked away in the Overberg, Utopia made for a beautiful rustic wedding, complete with forest ceremony and donkey cart.  And when your bride is a jewelry designer, you know its going to be a special event… all the jewelry featured was hand-crafted by Mari herself ( do yourself a favour and like her FB page or follow her on instagram: Van Nierop Jewelers).

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