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So yet another perk of living in lovely Elgin is that I stay pretty much right next door to the wonderful Pool Room which is seriously awesome as not only do they have a great restaurant but they make ciabatta’s to die for, sell fantastic wines, acorn-fed pork, ham, flowers etc etc etc… I could go on for a while ;-) What I actually wanted to talk about was how this was all a backdrop for Mariana and Laurence’s lovely day. As they’ve been together for 10 years they didn’t call it a wedding, but rather a commitment ceremony – that’s really wonderful! They were joined by just their closest friends, their children and grandchildren (even Mariana’s jeweller daughter Lisa made the rings!) and sat down to champagne-filled lunch under the oak trees afterwards.

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These are our lovely friends (and awesome landlords!) – the Bruwer family :-D After some rained out dates we finally managed to reschedule our shoot and what a gorgeous ‘sunlight through the trees’ afternoon we got! Elgin is just so beautiful and chock full of sticks and stones and acorns and flowers – perfect for keeping kiddies amused while I click away :-) That being said these two are some of the most natural kids in front of the camera that I’ve ever photographed!! Enjoy the photos. Assisted by the lovely and helpful Charne Strauss

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This light was worth missing a waterfall and standing in an ants nest for :-D The very blessed Elizabeth and Jordan…

Candis and Stuart chose a beautiful November day with crisp West Coast vistas (and perhaps a litttle bit of wind, but on the West Coast I think that’s a given ;-)) to get married by the sea in the Cape St Martin nature reserve at the Sea Trader. Candis spent an incredible amount of time in England collecting up bits of vintage lace and needlework and, along with her amazingly helpful bridesmaids and family, did all the decor herself. Any bride will tell you this is no mean feat and adds another layer of demands to an already busy day, but she took everything in her stride and their day was a wonderfully personal affair that really felt crafted by loving hands. Candis and Stuart, I hope you love the photos (especially all the kiddies!!) and that this is the start of your own happy path as your own precious family… Thank you so much to the lovely Kusjka du Plessis Photography for being such a help on the big day!!

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I think these two are going to blow you away… like hurricane/ tornado/ gale force winds blow you away… Dani and Ross said their vows in the little Anglican church in Greyton here in the Overberg and celebrated the rest of the day at one of my absolute best venues to photograph – The Oaks Estate. The views from the property over the Zonderend Mountains and the loving restoration of this old farmstead made me fall in love with it all over again :-) So enough of me jabbering on! I can’t adequately put into words all the emotion that ran through this beautiful wedding, so I hope the photos can tell the story better… Dani and Ross, I was already blown away from the your Lovebirds engagement shoot and the connection you two have is something truly wonderful and here for the world to see… xxx Thank you so much to the lovely Angelique Smith Photography for assisting me!

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Nothing wrong with getting a bit stuck in to a glorious and messy bowl of hot, crispy, cinnamon churros with chocolate chilli dipping sauce! It’s the festive season after all :-D The Food Fox shares her fabulous recipe for a more puffy and wonderfully misshapen version of the Spanish original – Go now…. make them!! Find her recipe here on our weekly food column for the lovely Pretty Blog :-)

Brandon, bag and BMW. A bit of fun with the groom’s portraits :-)

Oh how classy and gorgeous is Anchen??? Perfection…

So yesterday we shot another lovely foodie feature for Poetry Stores with the talented Food Fox at her cooking studio, the Demo Kitchen and it reminded that I never got round to blogging the last shoot we did with Poetry. Put it down to wedding craziness ;-D So here are a few pics from the last shoot which Ilse based around the cookbook A Homegrown Table, by Emma Dean. Milk rolls and pulled pork sticky ribs??? Yummmmms!!!

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So wow…what a day!!! Grainne and Etienne, all the way out from Uganda, were married, hand in hand, on a hot November afternoon in a beautiful piece of the Paarl valley tucked away amongst shady old trees and purple Jacarandas at the stunning Palmiet Valley Estate. Through the happy tears and even happier kisses Gra and Et celebrated this beginning of their own family surrounded by their loved ones (minus two doggies that were sorely missed!) and so many good wishes!! Wedding Concepts laid out a truly gorgeous celebration with the help of some extremely talented people behind the scenes – Fleur le Cordeur’s amazing flowers, Yolande du Toit’s gorgeous make-up, beautiful stationery by Lara’s Designs and Something Different’s fantastic set ups. That’s a team and a half!  Enjoy the photos of their wonderful day…

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Candis and Stuart, down on the rocks by the Sea Trader. So much handcrafted effort and love on their big day… More photos coming soon!

This is another SERIOUSLY simple dish for the lovely Food Fox Ilse van der Merwe. Pan con tomate is so much more than the sum of it’s parts and a perfect starter snack with a glass of dry sherry while you’re chatting to friends on a warm summer’s evening. Find the super recipe here on the Pretty Blog’s weekly food column.

Julia and Henry’s big day at Cape Point Vineyards started with gale force winds and low dramatic clouds hanging over the whole of Noordhoek from the mountains to the bay. By the time we got to the couple shoot the wind had died down to a very photogenic breeze and the sun made the most timely appearance for some beautiful backlit shots! They took the day in their stride with such happy hearts and beamed through all the blur of emotion and hubbub :-) Julia and Henry, thank you soooo much for sharing your classic and timelessly beautiful big day with me… I feel very honoured!! Enjoy the photos… A special thank you too to the wonderful Claire Harries Photography for assisting on the day, driving me around her ‘hood and jumping in last minute to help with some beautiful guest pics!

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You can tell just how much these two lovebirds were missing their beloved dogs by how happy they were to see this local lab on his daily beach walk :-D They came down from Uganda to celebrate their gorgeous wedding at Palmiet Valley Estate in Paarl and we managed to sneak in a little engagement shoot the week before :-) Grainne even managed to organise a beauuuuutiful Fleur le Cordeur flower crown for our shoot! Cream peonies and baby pink orchids *swoon*… Grainne and Etienne are such a perfect match – a ying and a yang – and it was really fantastic to spend the day with them on this wild bit of the Cape coastline :-D Enjoy the pics – more from their lovely big day with Wedding Concepts coming soon! P.s I have not photoshopped how turquoise that water was!! Huge thanks to Claire Harries Photography for helping trudge bags and reflectors (and keeping spirits up) through miles of sand and wind!

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Sjo…these two… A little sneak peek from Dani and Ross’ wonderful wedding at The Oaks Estate this last weekend.