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.”  

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How We Met
Hanno and I met during our second year at the University of Stellenbosch. To this day, we still argue about when we actually first met, but we met through a mutual friend who’s name is also Hanno. This mutual friend, studied with Hanno and they were also in the same res. It took us 8 months and several ‘will you be my significant others’ before we were officially dating.

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The Proposal
Hanno asked me to be his wife at the same spot he officially and successfully asked me to be his girlfriend, on the hills of their family farm which overlooks the whole district. He had arranged a collection of beautiful stones to be packed in the shape of a heart and packed a picnic basket. He went on one knee and, after I said yes, he drove me back to the farm house where a surprise party awaited with all our closest friends present for the festivities.

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{Photography} Marli Koen Photography {Location} Paradyskloof Forest, Stellenbsoch

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