The Ugly Side of Pretty

by Monique on January 9, 2015 · 2 comments

While standing in front of a mirror, in a wedding dress with a zipper that wouldn’t close, I felt the weight of weddings. This is the ugly side of getting ready for what is supposed to be the prettiest day.  Yes, this is personal but I’m not alone…

The Ugly Side of Pretty:

Many women have had similar experiences. It seems that, if a woman falls short of a certain standard of beauty, it’s as though she loses value.

You only had to have followed the nasty articles and tweets about Renee Zellweger’s appearance, when she stepped out at ELLE’s 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards last year, to know that people feel the right to publicly pass judgement on a woman based solely on her looks.

When did that become okay?



Set in and around the magnificent Karkloof indigenous forest in Howick, Rochell and Wiam’s enchanting engagement session will forever be treasured illustrations of their modern-day fairy tale.

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Photographed in the Karkloof Canopy Tours’ forest, the photo shoot ended in the same place they had stopped after the proposal, a restaurant called the Yellowwood Café. “The whole shoot was kind of a re-living of their proposal, which I thought was kind of special,” said photographer Katie Wisdom of Summertown Pictures.

Here is their love story, as told by the groom-to-be…  READ MORE


True Love & Tulips {Wedding Inspiration}

by Monique on December 17, 2014 · 0 comments

Bold and beautiful, this modern wedding inspiration session takes it’s cue from jewel coloured tulips.

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Photographed by Samantha Jackson, the emphasis was on colour for this festive tulip-inspired styled wedding session, which took place at the Allesverloren estate.  READ MORE


Lizel & Guy’s African Safari Wedding

by Monique on December 10, 2014 · 0 comments

Game drives, dinner under a starlit sky and rustic décor, this African safari wedding is mesmerising!

Lizel & Guy's African Safari Wedding

Using a neutral colour palette of soft grey, complemented by white roses and DIY hessian (burlap) décor, this wedding is a must-see!  READ MORE


3 Bridesmaid Dresses You’d Love To Wear Again

by Monique on November 12, 2014 · 0 comments

Here are three timeless bridesmaid dresses that you would be able to wear again and again!

3 Bridesmaid Dresses You'd Love To Wear Again

Let’s face it – many of us have at least one bridesmaid dress or a matric dance gown that hangs in a closet of shame. It’s why we laughed so hard (and empathised) when Katherine Heigl opened a closest to reveal her character’s array of kitsch bridesmaid dresses in the movie ’27 Dresses.’

If you’ve ever been suckered into buying and/or wearing a bridesmaid’s dress you’d never want to be seen in again, don’t make the same mistake twice (or 27 times). Instead, suggest a dress with classic understated style. I found three dresses in the Love by Enzoani range that are elegant, without upstaging the bride, and could be accessorized, with a statement necklace, a cardigan, shrug or bolero, so you could wear them again and again!  READ MORE


Frances & Hanno’s Forest Engagement Session

by Monique on November 5, 2014 · 0 comments

There’s a magical quality about forests – one I imagine could have inspired those first fairy tales.

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Paradyskloof Forest in Stellenbosch was the perfect setting for Frances & Hanno’s magical engagement session. Photographed by Marli Koen, there’s a sense of serenity to these images, so beautifully highlighted by soft golden light filtered through pine needles.

Simply looking at forest scenes has a soul-soothing effect – something we could all use during a hectic week! I believe Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish novelist and poet who lived in the late 1800’s, may have summed it up best when he said, “It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”   READ MORE


Kerryn, Matt & Oliver {Fun Family Photos}

by Monique on October 31, 2014 · 0 comments

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” – George Santayana
2014-10-22_0027What a lovely quote! Let’s celebrate the masterpiece that is family with a gorgeous photo session of Kerryn, Matt and little Oliver.

In honour of Oliver’s first birthday, this young family met Anthea K Photography for a fun, care-free photo session on Llandudno beach on a beautiful but windy Sunday afternoon. The images are oh-so sweet and joyful. Take a look…  READ MORE