Be it the prettiness of a peachy fifties-inspired skirt or the high-drama of a froth of black tulle, the Abigail Betz 2015 collection is all about gracefully breaking the staid bridal mould with four beautiful bridal looks for free-spirited brides

4 Hauting Beautiful Looks from Abigail Betz's 2015 Collection

“In a bridal market with so much over embellishment and lack of variety, I wanted to set the modern bride free to look as enchanting and have as much fun as possible on her special day without being weighed down by excessive, restrictive petticoats and overstated trimmings. It is her unique spirit that should be on display in the most magnificent way. That is what we strive to achieve with our pieces,” explains Abigail Betz, designer and owner of Abigail Betz Bridal Couture.  READ MORE


“I want a marriage that is more beautiful than my wedding day” – Unknown

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That’s one of my favourite quotes about marriage. Okay, so it seems like a pretty tall order because seriously, who looks like a bride every single day?! But I get it… the sentiment is that marriage should be celebrated every day and not just the wedding day. That’s what I like about this married couple photo sessionREAD MORE


If you’re planning a couple maternity session and want to make it unique, draw inspiration for this couple’s gorgeous maternity photos…

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According to photographer Charl van der Merwe, it was a cold and misty at the Debegeni Waterfalls, near Tzaneen in Limpopo, when Phillip and Lené’s couple maternity photo session started. However, the clouds parted, the mist lifted and it turned into a beautiful, sunny day…  READ MORE


A breathtaking African landscape, complete with a majestic baobab tree, made the perfect backdrop for this sweet family photo session.

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Pierre, Bianca and their little girl Christiney recently moved to Lephalale in Limpopo. To celebrate and capture their lives together, they booked a family photo session with Nadia Farinha of Wildflower Photography and chose the d’Nyala Nature Reserve as the location.

Put a beautiful young family in a stunning natural setting with a talented photographer and the results are bound to be gorgeous. What’s more, little Christiney took her first steps during the photo session.

“It was so special to have been able to capture those brand new steps,” said Nadia of Wildflower Photography.

Aww, it’s that the sweetest?!



5 Wedding Dress Trends 2015 – 2016

by Monique on September 7, 2015 · 1 comment

What is about a wedding dress that we just can’t resist? You don’t even have to be a bride-to-be to love them. I’m 4 years into married life and still love looking at wedding dresses. Is anyone with me?

new 5 Wedding Dress Trends 2015 - 2016

From high necklines, dramatic décolletages to plunging V-necks, apparently the next big thing in bridal fashion for 2015-16 is a focus on necklines. Now I’m fashionably challenge but, fortunately Bride&co, South Africa’s largest wedding and special occasion department store, are able to dish the details on the latest wedding dress neckline trends…


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That Spring Feeling

by Monique on September 5, 2015 · 0 comments

The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and air is filled with that spring feeling…

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Okay, it’s a cliché but, as I heard someone say (or read it somewhere), ‘The best things in life usually are clichés.’ 



I started wedding blogging to avoid driving loved ones crazy with wedding talk. Almost five years later and it has taught me one of the most valuable life lessons.

How wedding blogging changed my life & why I’m taking a break

Blog, sweat and late nights

Looking back, I had never worked as hard – in the office (as an online writer and social media manager) and on this wedding blog – as I did during the year I got married. I was throwing myself into my work and my new hobby – passionate about weddings but desperate not to come across as the ditz of a bride-to-be at work.

Late into the night I emailed (see begged) photographers and recently married friends (and friends of friends) to feature their weddings, learnt to schedule social media updates, designed blog headers and badges (even though I’m not a designer) and read hundreds of related blogs and tutorials. Between wedding planning and wedding blogging, I pretty much didn’t have a life (my poor Mr).

At work, I was implementing what I learnt after hours and was I was doing well. It was only after the wedding that things started to fall apart…