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When you’re living in the UK but your heart remembers this…

There’s nothing complicated about this recipe and everything beautiful – robust veggie gems from the ground glistening with peppery olive oil, nestled in an abundance of fragrant garden herbs… Mother Nature is a good lady… Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on the Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.

Here are some photos from our Horns and Orchids styled shoot that we did last year – the most amazing service providers brought something fragile and powerful into existence… a dreamlike mix of textures, natural and man made. Enjoy!

Floral Design and Concepts – Fleur le Cordeur / Decor and Concepts – Agape Wedding and Event Design / Make-up and Hair – Yolande du Toit / Dress – Stefania Morland / Stationery – Secret Diary Designs / Cake – Edible Art Cakes / Model – Silke Viljoen

…Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,Or animals feeding in the fields,Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, Or of stars shining so quiet and bright, Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring; These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles, The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place. To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle…

from Miracles by Walt Whitman

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These two are ‘glamour and love’ in one perfect bundle… Nelita risked devil thorns and cloud bursts for this field – it was so worth it! A little sneak peek from their lovely day at the Conservatory.

New York, New Yoooork… Vanessa and Shaun added a little bit of Manhattan glamour to Elgin with their gorgeous Rockhaven wedding! The weather was exquisite, the guests were dressed to the nines and the band played us all into the happy night… What a day for these gorgeous two!! Enjoy the photos…

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As we move toward autumny afternoons, it’s nice to have a light lunch with a heartier core – I think this is really a wonderful change of seasons salad – lots of leaves and micro herbs with a mustardy, zingy dressing but with griddled asparagus, toasted cashews and parmesan shavings to keep you going until a lovely warm dinner. Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on the Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.

One moment to breathe in… Beautiful Amy on the morning of her wedding…

Amy and Gray – words won’t work as well as pictures for these two…

Kerry and Nick on their happiest day… Rockhaven in autumn never disappoints with the perfect light…

So the days are shortening here and the light is lower and gentler. Autumn is my favourite time of year and I feel this beautifully gentle and comforting dish is the change of season in a bowl. Saying good bye to flushes of growing herbs and abundant sunshine, but welcoming warm soups and hearty fare in time for winter. Enjoy the incredibly delicious simplicity of this dishes heart. Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on the Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.

Oh this engagement shoot is all about misty greys, crystal blues and shell whites… with a few beautiful kisses thrown in ;-) I’m always honoured to be asked to photograph other photographers and even more delighted when they have the best laugh in the business and the happiest ice blue eyes you’ve ever seen :-D Lovely Elaine and her gorgeous beau, Rudie spent the afternoon with me on a deserted beach just before the rain set in… Enjoy the photos.

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Be still my beating heart… A little peek from Vanessa and Shaun’s perfect day at Rockhaven

We all sat watching the weather the week before Gerry and Andre’s happy day at Val D’Or, updating the screen every half an hour to check if anything would change and the forecast rain would blow over to give these two the day they had hoped for… At the eleventh hour their luck triumphed – the rain plans were put away and all Gerry’s family from Scotland and Andre’s from Villiersdorp got to experience the beauty of Franschhoek in summer! Granted the day had a windy edge to it, but when you were expecting downpours this is pretty easy to handle with a smile! And smile they did… Enjoy the photos of these two lucky lovebirds – they were meant to be… You can sing Gerry’s theme song (1000 miles by the Proclaimers) in your head while you look at the photos :-D Assisted by the ever wonderful Illyan Cloete.

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The theme for March at the Pretty Blog was neutral and natural and I think the Food Fox made the perfect recipe to celebrate all things calm… A simple, rustic white farm loaf, with all the good bready wafts that you’d expect from a hot, crusty loaf straight from the oven :-) Find the super recipe here on the Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.