{Wedding} Kayley + Jarred

I honestly do not know where to begin describing this couple and their gorgeous Industrial Wedding… their Love Story is beyond special – family friends, as a child Kayley announced she was going to marry Jarred. Well, this girl got what she wanted (it may have taken a few years…), but even after dating for 9 years, Jarred is as smitten with his beautiful bride as any man can possibly be – you just have to look at his face when he is with her, to get all the warm fuzzies so many girls dream of…

A massive thank you to all the service providers who lent their creative talents to making this wedding absolutely beautiful –

Venue – Colourbox Studio (Paarden Eiland)

Flowers/ Decor – My Pretty Vintage

Cake – Sheena Henry

Dress – Billie’s Boutique

Hair & MUA – Alicia from BLUSH Hair and Make Up

Marriage Officers – Ava & Symi from Tie the Knot

DJ – Mark da Silva

 

And a special thanks to Katie Mayhew for being my second shooter.

        

    

 

   

 

 

             

                            

    

    

{Preggie Shoot} Yolande + Andre

One of my absolute favourite things about photography is getting to spend time with couples and hear their stories… and Yolande and Andre were amazing: they grew up in the small town and fast forward several years (and moving to two different big cities later), they fell in love and well, the rest they say is history… but such a fun, lovely couple!  I don’t think I have laughed as much at a shoot as I did at Meerendal.

Thank you Yolande + Andre for being great, for giving G and I relationship advice and simply sharing your hearts with us: we wish you all the very best (and God’s greatest, most special blessings upon Andie Mae) for life as Three+

 

{e-shoot} Kayley + Jarred

We were supposed to do Kayley and Jarred’s engagement shoot a few weekend’s ago… and then winter arrived in Cape Town with a vengence… but yay for it finally happening and bigger YaY for the beautiful golden light they got as a reward! Llandudno beach never disappoints – we are so spoilt in Cape Town…

So here it is: a beautiful setting and sunset for a gorgeous couple – am sooooo excited for their wedding in October (sneaky inside info: they have the coolest venue! #myownweddinggoals )

 

 

 

{Love Joy Clothing promo shoot} Eva <3

From the moment I met Eva, my heart melted and I was in love… her joy is contagious and we had the best time taking photos of her, while she squealed and played on the couch. This little girl is going to change the world; softening the toughest hearts and shining Jesus’ love wherever she goes…

Outfit by Love, Joy Clothing (on Insta as @love_joy_clothing).

{Styled Shoot} Nika (introducing ‘love, Joy clothing’)

This shoot holds a very special place in my heart… not only was it absolutely amazing meeting Nicolene and getting to spend an hour chatting to her about relationships and hearing how God wrote her Love Story or even what a cutie baby Nika is (is she not adorable??)… but, this shoot is me stepping out in faith and marks the start of New Things.

A few months ago, God spoke to me about slowing down and living a more simple life that wasn’t filled with a constant need to chase after everything ‘the world’ said I needed – and to start redefining my identity in Him.  And somehow that began my new found love with sewing; first my own dresses and more recently, my heart has been drawn to baby rompers and cute baby outfits.  So this is me extending my vision for Lauren Joy beyond photography and allowing God to use my creativity to birth ‘love, Joy clothing’.  As I said, its a step of faith filled with courage, trust (in God) and simply opening my heart to the new adventures ahead… let’s see where this goes..?

Let me know what you think..?

{Styled Shoot} Unicorn Party

I have been wanting to do a styled shoot for ages and the concept of a Unicorn Party swirled about my head for a while before putting it into action. We had such fun and little cutie Lea looked adorable in her tutu, kindly donated by Noochi Kidswear.  And doesn’t that cake look amazing?  I can tell you first hand that it tastes as good as it looks 😉 contact BASH function venue for all your kiddie party needs and specialty cakes!

Thank you Marali for helping with the set up and allowing Lea to model xx

{Family Lifestyle} Bird Family

My favourite thing about doing family lifestyle photography is getting to see couples together – how they relate to eachother – and by far, my favouritest (yes, I made that up) are couples who laugh together.  Kerry and Kevin are such a couple; knowing bits of their story, I know they haven’t had the easiest time of things but they have endured and overcome by God’s grace and their awesome sense of humors.  And as they prepare for Baby #2, I know that whatever lies ahead, their home will still be filled with laughter and love… and Moet (couple goals, anyone??)  Such a special couple and a beautiful family; Claire is going to be the best big sister…

Location: Arderne Garden, Cape Town

 

 

 

{Family Lifestyle} Angela + Elijah

Last week I did a collaboration with Angela of Our Sunshine Journey blog (please go read her story… just have some tissues close by, its got all the feels!) and spent the morning with her and her amazingly gorgeous son, Elijah; what a sweetheart!

Elijah is dressed by Clever Little Monkey

Angela is dressed by Label Collections

{Wedding} Wendy + Ivor

I honestly cannot decide which is my favourite memory from this wedding, there are just so many… an incredible (beautiful) bride, gorgeous dresses (both bride and bridesmaids – Hoiden bridesmaids is by far my favourite SA brand!), that breath-stopping moment when the zip got stuck (and several terrified looks were exchanged behind Wendy’s back), bright florals (Monique Ritson is so talented), amazing venue (I love shooting at Winery Road), fun guests who knew how to party the night away to a great DJ… it was just such a wonderful wedding!  Thank you Ivor and Wendy for allowing me to capture your love story; it may have started 10 years ago, but I pray this is just the beginning of God’s ‘next level’ for both of you.

Venue: Winery Road Forest
Flowers: Dinique Emporium
Guest House: Country Road Guest House (Winery Road)
Make up: On Q makeup
Bride’s dress: Bridal Alchemy
Bride’s shoes: Imaani
Accessories: Lovisa
Bridesmaid dresses: Hoiden Bridesmaids

Something every bride who gets married at Winery Road Forest can expect: a visit from the resident cat…

{Couple Shoot} Love Project #2 – Simone + Ber

This post is a little bittersweet: we prayed Simone + Ber ‘out’ of church tonight – and by that I mean, we prayed God bless them as they leave Cape Town and move to Oudtshoorn.  What an awesome, truly exceptional couple.  As much as my heart is sore that they are leaving, I know this move is a God-thing and that even as they look forward to the new season with excitement… I don’t know if they are fully aware of how much of a blessing they will be to their new church and community.  If you don’t know them, you must be wondering what makes this couple so wonderful… well, nothing really… other than their Realness. They’re just themselves – Real, Raw and sometime totally Ridiculous (in the best possible way) and by being so, they give others permission to do and be themselves too.

So seeing that they are leaving Cape Town, it seemed only apt that we do a shoot in Woodstock, embracing their cool, quirky love for street art and having the mountain peek through in the background…

They’ve been together for almost 18 years – both being eachother’s “first girlfriend/ boyfriend”.  They have lived overseas, away from family, returned and are raising two beautiful, spunky, fun-loving little girls. My favourite thing about Simone and Ber is the complete acceptance they have of one another; they are eachother’s Safe Space… and yet, there is no sense of complacency: they challenge eachother on to comtinually become the best version of themselves, stepping out of comfort zones, overcoming fears, finding healing and victory.  They are going to be used greatly in God’s Kingdom, simply by being who they are: humble, honest, real.

As is my tradition with my Love Project, I always ask the couples what has been the key to their successful relationship… and as Simone says, “Knowing that without Jesus we are nothing. We are broken people who need Him completely and can do nothing without Him.” Agreeing, Ber added “And we don’t take ourselves seriously – we laugh together.” And they really do.  After every shoot I have done with them, I always say they are my #MarriageGoals and its still true…