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Sisters23/01/15

A little sneak peek from yesterday’s gorgeous sisters shoot! Such a special idea…

WHAT a lovely couple Margaret & Curshwin are!! We got on like a house on fire during our meeting to chat about the day, and even then I got such a great feel for their wonderful relationship (which started when she was the new girl at his school – how awesome!) :-D When I saw Curshwin on the wedding day he looked so cool and collected and I asked him if he was nervous at all – he said ” Why would I be nervous? This is the best decision I’ve ever made!” Loving that, Curshwin!!! :-D So here’s their photo story… and their love is glowing!! Assisted by the wonderful Illyan Cloete.

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There’s been lots of chatter over the Banting method of eating in the last year (that’s basically Paleo to any non-South Africans). This is a really great option for a Paleo healthy diet and although Ilse did use normal flour here to coat the aubergine sticks I have no doubt that you could try using coconut flour or a similar substitute if you wanted to go all the way. What a nyummy snack! Find the Food Fox’s super recipe here on the Pretty Blog’s weekly food column :-) Enjoy!

We literally had one minute to snap this shot of the serenely GORGEOUS Kerry before her ‘lift’ was due to leave for the church :-) Love love love the geometry and the simplicity…

Soft light once the sun had gone down… The last night of 2014.

The sheer gobsmacking talent of so many creatives down here in the Western Cape never ceases to amaze and inspire me! The team for this shoot was chock full of people I adore and admire – Heike from Fleur le Cordeur, once again blowing us away with the scope of her limitless imagination, appreciation of the interplay between beauty and texture, as well as her fundamental playfulness ; Yolande du Toit wowing us again on superb hair and make-up for our stunning models Karen Engelbrecht and Alana Jass; Valery Zelenyuk from Agape Wedding and Event Design with her endless energy, flawless taste and willingness to lug an unbelievable amount of heavy furniture up the vertiginous sides of Paarl Rock; plus the talented team at Secret Diary for our beautiful African graphic stationery, M Patisserie for the perfectly hand crafted, gold dusted cake and beautiful dresses from Stefania Morland and Eve’s Bridal wear. Sjo!!

We started talking about this shoot over a year ago now and the main elements we really wanted to play with were textures and graphic patterns against a muted background with a real African backbone to all the designs. A way to showcase a different side to Africa than we usually see. It was a lot about a nude colour palette, dried and foraged foliage and flowers with the tiniest touch of gold glamour to make the monotones sparkles. I am so proud of this shoot and am always alway always grateful to work alongside people who just love to create… and they do it so beautifully…

The shoot was originally featured by The Pretty Blog and we couldn’t have been more delighted to have such an uplifting and South African platform to share the work.

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Have you been to the Christmas market at Gabrielskloof here in the beautiful Overberg? ‘Our Favourite Things‘ market is the most wonderful way to spend a summer’s afternoon! Wine, paella, crafts, happy wanderers, oysters, more wine, wafts of delicious food cooking and… more wine ;-) Plus some goats, so you really just have to go!! If you felt the hole in your life after Kamers finished in November, here’s your next hit!

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Jumoke and Seyi came down all the way from Nigeria with their family and dearest friends to celebrate their amazing wedding day at Allee Bleue in the gorgeous town of Franschhoek. Wedding Concepts put together a stunning affair with such amazing attention to detail! Opulent flowers, a cake to die for, food by Ruebens and a little bit of Vera Wang thrown in for good measure – a real visual (and tastebud!) delight :-) Assisted by the lovely Lourie Denysschen.

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Today I have such a beautiful story to share…Elizabeth and Jordan’s amazing, laughter-filled, tear-filled, family-filled and devotion-filled wedding day. Wow…

I was checking the weather forecast for that weekend in the gorgeous Kouebokkeveld for the week before the wedding and it predicted around 37oC – eeeeek! In the end I think it topped out at around 38oC, but the fire of devotion burned even hotter still :-) These two found each other through their faith and I can see it will guide them and the family they make through an amazing life together! p.s. Jordan is Australian and shared the secrets of the Tim Tam slam with us – you have to try it!! :-D Assisted by the lovely Nicole Rich Photography

Elizabeth and Jordan, I’m so happy to share your precious moments and all these joyful faces as they celebrated with you and wish you so much happiness and strength on all your mission work and life together.

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A very special moment for Elizabeth and Jordan as they pray with their bridal party before leaving for the ceremony…

Anchen and Brandon were originally guests at the gorgeous Elgin wedding of another one of my couples – Karen & Doug. We’ve been chatting so much over the last year and since they drove out back to Elgin for their wintery Lovebirds eshoot earlier this year it’s really felt like we’ve become friends, not just client and service provider :-) Their wedding was such a fun (and beautiful!!) day and as much as I’m not the bravest in rush hour Cape Town traffic we managed to get down to the stunning 15 on Orange hotel for the guys photos and back to 12 Apostles for the girls photos and the wonderful wedding itself, without too much incident :-) I was assisted on the day by the super helpful and lovely Claire Harries Photography who also helped with the gorgeous guest shots at canapes – thanks Claire! Enjoy the photos of a beautiful day on the Cape Town coastline and two lovebirds starting their lives together :-D (I love the very last shot of the night in the 12A elevator – some fun at the end of the day :-))

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How much do we love her black ribbon! What a stylish pair :-D

 

Some photos from the last Poetry Stores shoot we did with the Food Fox at her Demo Kitchen studio in Stellenbosch :-) Not Christmassy in the traditional sense, but oh so festive with all the red and green florals! The recipes all come from the cookbook Share which you can buy here :-)

A little sneak peek – such a happy moment!! – of Jumoke and Seyi’s big day!

 

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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