Birthday getaway: Longview ranch, Dullstroom

As I get older (as we all tend to go), I find it more important to spend quality time with my family and friends. I’m lucky, I’ve got lots of family to go around. Last year Renier and myself escaped to Longview ranch for a weekend and what a weekend it was! A cosy rock cottage on a hill overlooking the surrounding hills and valleys. A perfect spot to rest and recharge. The owner, Lydette, was kind enough to show us the other accommodation options on the farm. Wattle creek caught our eye as an awesome option as it can house 20 people in separate chalets. Fast forward to my birthday and that’s exactly what we did, went to Wattle creek. It was the perfect weekend of relaxation, fishing and fireside chatting. At times, my camera laid forgotten as I spend some time with my peeps and it was exactly what I needed! Here’s a few shots of the weekend....

A nibble and a show

For those that read about our wedding would know by now that I was extremely blessed with 4 aunts that really knows how to put a spread together. You know there’s some things that you’re completely useless at and really admire it when someone else knows how to do it and do it good? Well this is like that, totally! Lientjie, showed me some of her planning and the things she wanted to use but never in my wildest dreams could I imagine what she’d come up with. So for the occasion, she decorated two tables – one in a refreshing mint green (with black and white as the backdrop) and the other in a pretty puff of pink. I was so glad I brought my camera along! It was a bit of an internal battle for a while because I was confronted with two of my favourite things – my camera and a 5 week old baby – and I could only hold ONE of them at a time. I did however give the mother fair warning that as soon as I put my camera down, I will be taking her son for a while. She didn’t think I was serious 😛 We were treated with an inspiring talk by Janine van Aswegen of RadioKansel and then a show with Quentin Prinsloo. I didn’t know either of them before yesterday, but definitely found inspiration from them both. Thank you! Here’s some shots I got of the delicious...

Alex is here!

So last week I showed you Debbie and Pieter’s maternity photos and got myself all excited for the arrival of our godson, Alex. Alex obviously heard me say that I can’t wait for him to arrive because just a week later he arrived! (A day before his baby shower). All I can say is that this little man makes a frown look CUTE! Here’s Alex!...

Maternity: Debbie and Pieter waiting for Alex

Debbie and Pieter chose us to be Alex’s godparents(Yay!), so even though I don’t really do Maternity shoots, I couldn’t deny Alex some cute photos of his parents just before he’s born. We kept it very simple for the shoot as Pieter doesn’t like photos very much. I even tried my hand at makeup, but we did it extremely lightly as Debbie has a “cookies-and-cream” complexion and don’t need much to enhance her natural beauty! Alex is going to have a crowd of people standing by to simply love and adore him. He’s one lucky boy! Update: Alex arrived not even a week after our shoot. Have a look at my gorgeous little godson here!...
A new year and a bit about our wedding

A new year and a bit about our wedding <3

A New Year, a new love and a new life – thinking back on the year gone by, is a bit of a shock really. A lot has changed since I last updated. It doesn’t really seem like I’m the same person, but I am, inside at least. My story since then was most definitely a whirlwind romance filled with moving house, a stunning new family and an old-new city to get used to. So if you think the myth of catching the bouquet and garter is untrue, think again! I met my new hubby on my cousin’s wedding in March last year – the only reason that he mustered the courage to talk to me is because I caught the bouquet (for the first time in my life!) and he caught the garter! His first words to me was: “I can’t dance!” and he tripped me up with those blue eyes of his! One of the biggest challenges of our new relationship was the distance – he lived in Pretoria and I was cosily settled in Somerset West. We made the decision that I would move up to Pretoria, as both our families were up here (except my mom and sister). And even quicker we decided to get married, with support from both our wonderful families! So 5 months and 1 day after we met, we got married and it was perfect in every way! We were surrounded by family and there was no lack in help. My hubby’s 4 aunts offered their help with the food, decor and venue (even including the cutlery, crockery and table flowers)...
Memories, photos and family

Memories, photos and family

Memories, such a loaded word. For me, memories have always gone hand in hand with photos. It might be because I had a grandfather (Jaap Nel) that almost always had a Nikon welded to his hand, or my mom still talks about her Praktica and Brownie (she got it on her 12th birthday as a gift) cameras like they were close family members. When we went to visit my grandparents, we had photo evenings where my grandfather set up his slide machine and showed us his photos. And there was a LOT! Just the photos that he took on their trip through South Africa after he retired probably fills a whole box (easily 1000+) photos. Now, after his death, my sister and mom is still trying to scan the 10 + boxes of slides. And I can still remember the exasperation of looking at gazillion of Namakwaland flowers, but it’s all bittersweet memories. For my grandparents, photos of their 6 grandkids were something that took pride in their house. So much so that they actually got a photographer every year to capture the horrendous styles of the 80’s and 90’s. I still cringe when I see the photos where we were all sporting white pantyhose and white court shoes.       When my grandmother (Sannie Nel) passed away last year at the tender age of 93, we had the sad job of sorting through her belongings in the old age home. We laughed and cried at the things she kept (we found a knitting pattern that she tore out of a 1953 magazine) and the half knitted toys,...