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


Ally & Pete’s Winter Engagement Session

by Monique on October 21, 2014 · 0 comments

Set a gorgeous estate garden, this sweet winter engagement session warms the heart!

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Apparently, Pete went all out to surprise Ally with his proposal, which started with a romantic lunch in the winelands followed by a helicopter flip over the Cape Peninsula. That evening they celebrated with family, who had secretly travelled to Cape Town especially for the occasion. How sweet!

 Ally and Pete’s winter engagement session took place in Vergelegen Estate, which boasts one of the most exquisite gardens in Somerset West. Enjoy the charming images by Shantelle Visser Photography.



Here are three ways to make your wedding budget-friendly and have fun while doing it!

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Feeling restricted and frustrated by your wedding budget? It’s slippery and depressing slope to slide down when you start making a mental list of all the things you can’t afford for your wedding. I know because I’ve been there.

So what’s the cure?

Well, to start with it helps to stop looking at those ultra lavish weddings. Instead, seek out down-to-earth wedding ideas. To help you get started, here are three ways to make your wedding budget-friendly and fun!  READ MORE


Here’s a cute idea… To remind friends & family about their upcoming wedding day, Nick & Shelley had a ‘Save the Date’ video made.

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Made by The Shark Tank, a Durban based husband and wife team who offer video, photography and audio production, the video tells Shelley & Nick’s beautiful love story (which I’m sure they will treasure for many years to come).

It was love at first sight. Nick and Shelley, Miss Deaf SA 2011 and an ambassador for Talk Sign SA, dated long distance for two months but Nick, who was based in Joburg at the time, missed Shelley too much. So, he did what any sensible man in love would do… he quit his job and moved to Durban where he started Durbanite, a company that highlights everything Durban has to offer. Le sigh, it’s an awesome love story!

Here’s the video and their gorgeous engagement session, captured by Kate Martens…  READ MORE


When Love Has Been Lost {Behind The Blog}

by Monique on September 30, 2014 · 0 comments

A neighbour knocked on my door and, with tears in her eyes, told me “he’s dead…”

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She was talking about the man she had been in love with for the last two years.

What do you say when love has been lost?  READ MORE