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My job is essentially an incredibly optimistic one. There really is a lot of love and so many happy connections out there in the world that I get to see… I know a lot of life is hard and demanding, but it’s an amazing thing to be able to witness this energised and inspiring time in two peoples lives when they can’t hide their adoration for each other or how excited they are for their future. I know these two, Margot and Leonard, will carry that beautiful spirit forward into their marriage together.

Margot, you have a 1000w smile and you and Leonard have been a joy to spend time with! I look foward to each of your lovely emails and I hope you love these photos and feel that they’re a wonderful start of your photo story with me which carries on in November! tx

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A true South African staple for our Local is Lekker month of July! Spicy and tangy, savoury and sweet, all with the most divine bay leaf egg custard topping! What more could you ask for for a winter weekend cook-in!! Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on the inspiring Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.

Kate and Warren were my last wedding for this season! What a happy and emotional celebration they had on a softly lit day to welcome in winter. It was also my first wedding shoot at Landtscap and wow, what a view!

Kate, you’ve been a delight to email and chat with and I can see why there were so many tears of happiness from your family for you both! You have such a wonderful bond with your loved ones! It’s the beginning of something wonderful for you two!! I hope you love the photos and that they bring back the happiest memories for you always!!

Assisted by the ever wonderful Illyan Cloete.

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Well, I thought it would be awesome to go ALL OUT on the colour fest element of these photos! Danielle and Neil met us in Woodstock to shoot some townscapes for the Lovebirds engagement shoot and nothing says urban to me more than grafitti and bright lights :-) Oh and the vintage Harley of his grandfathers was just the cherry on the top!!! I hope these photos bring a seriously warm and colourful smile to you on these cold days :-D

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There’s so much to love about Taryn and Ivan – for me they’ve been a total delight from day 1! They’re the loveliest, happiest and most genuine couple and considering they first met and fell in love back in the day when they were just out of school and working at Edgars together, it’s incredible to see that they’re still very much in love… an inspiration really! Taryn and Ivan were married at the lovely Hidden Valley and enjoyed some really lucky clear winter weather with their friends and loved ones!

I hope you enjoy the photos and are all keeping snug in this crazy cold snap! Assisted by the inimitable Illyan Cloete.

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I love so many pics from Margot and Leonard’s Lovebirds engagement shoot, mostly for Margot’s incredible smile and the beautiful woods we found to shoot in, but I’m choosing this for the sneak peek because of the simple perfection of winter textures and it’s such a tender moment between these two… More photos coming soon!

This is the wedding I’ve been waiting for all season… because I just love this amazing family!! And I’m SOOOO delighted/ honoured/ overwhelmed/ crazy happy to have been a part of such a special life mark for Silke, Brink and all their loved ones. Just as I knew it would be the whole day was the most perfect mixture of down to earth beauty and laid back happy charm – no drama and only the happiest tears. It’s just how a wedding should be…

Silke has been a model for us so many times in the styled shoot collaborations that I’ve shot with her sister Heike from Fleur le Cordeur, but it was so wonderful to photograph her on her actual wedding day and watch the real delight and happiness truly show through. She was radiant… I hope you all enjoy the photos of this amazing couple and the day they started their new family.

The stunning venue was 401 Rozendal and of course the breathtaking flowers were crafted by Fleur le Cordeur. Yolande du Toit (dream team make up artist!) was on hair and make up and I was assisted by the lovely Angelique Smith Photography.

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I am not the braai queen in our household – baking is more my area of enthusiasm ;-) But even I can manage this pimped up version of gourmet boerie rolls! It’s all in the three sauces… the creamiest homemade mayonnaise, sweet and tangy caramelised onions and the curve ball of this tasty trifector – the chimichurri! I love to use green chillies for this but for the more fiesty of you out there do feel free to rather add some red hot little squibs :-)

Find the recipe here on the wonderful Pretty Blog’s weekly food column. Please give it a go and let me know if it’s the best churri boerie you’ve had!

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A little sneak peek from our shoot with Seven Swans stationery to capture the beauty of their foiled prints. They’re selling these lovelies right here.

So on Saturday Danielle, Neil and his grandfather’s vintage Harley motorbike met us down in Cape Town for a lovely city Lovebirds engagement shoot :-D Here’s a little sneak peek!!

Libby and James are friends of ours here in the Elgin valley and this is their second happy family shoot to capture the fleeting baby days of their second gorgeous son :-D What an amazing thing it is to grow up in such a special area, on such a beautiful farm… Here are some photos of a happy childhood on an apple farm.

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These two very special lovebirds have taken a lot of life in their stride, hand in hand. I feel very honoured to have been able to capture the beginning of their own lovely family memories :-D It was a crisp April day at the gorgeous Hawksmoor House outside of Stellenbosch – the perfect setting for such a happy celebration, with a silver lining of romance and glamour! Kate and Riaan, I hope you love the photos as much as I’ve loved being a part of your wonderful story!

The day was put together beautifully by the talented Anne Mann Celebrates and I was assisted by the lovely Illyan Cloete. Many many thanks go to Ilse de Klerk Photography for such awesome guest shots! Enjoy the photos :-)

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This is my last sneak peek for this wedding season, in the last rays of May’s soft light… Kate and Warren’s beautiful and emotional day was the perfect way to close this year’s photo journey :-)

I love the ritual that surrounds the getting ready part of the wedding day. It’s something everyone goes through but at the same time is obviously so unique to each bride. It’s often a time for special family to get involved and I love this happy photo of Kate and her sister for that exact reason.

Another little sneak peek from our styled shoot with Fleur le Cordeur! Beautiful model – Silke Bosman, amazing hair and make-up – Yolande du Toit and breathtaking dress – Kobus Dippenaar Atelier. Big thanks to 401 Rozendal for the gorgeous venue!