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....
Oakfield Winter Bridal Expo 2014

Oakfield Winter Bridal Expo 2014

You’ve got to simply love the amazing people that’s in the wedding industry – since when would someone (that can be regarded as your competition) ENCOURAGE you to do something that’s good for your business? Kelly Morgan from KellyM was that person for me – she convinced me to do this year’s Oakfield Winter Bridal Expo. Oh my word, I was nervous! I’m not always the most organised person but I knew this time had to be different otherwise I won’t make it. I threw together a pinterest board with all the ideas I could find on the internet (there’s not a lot, I can guarantee it!). When we visited the beautiful George and Cape Town in April I found the most amazing easels and frames for very good prices at a farmer’s market and I formed my colour scheme and ideas around that. Bright blue and red to catch the eye and the beige for raw wood. Text in grey and the table cloth in white. My biggest aim of my booth is to really be true to myself and my brand and boy, did I have fun! My support team: My brother did the most amazing canvas prints (contact me any time, I can get you some good prices for you on the most amazing canvasses!). My uncle built my backdrop in record time exactly to my specifications and lots and lots of advice to improve the design. My hubby kept me company on the Sunday even though I KNEW he was bored out of his skull and my mom and Hans for their support! Here’s some of the...
Nirox and some kickass sculptures

Nirox and some kickass sculptures

I’m the first to admit that I know nothing about sculptures and close to little to the process on board, what I can say with confidence is what I like. A friend of mine is a total rockstar when it comes to events and building cakes (he did ours for the wedding, go have a look here. Hurter phones me up and tells me to come join him after his function because “this place have these sculptures all over the place!). He got me all curious and I jumped in the car Wow, was I surprised! There was everything from these small finger-like protrusions from the ground to massive pixelated people. When I saw the Johannes Maswanganyi sculptures, I realised that I actually saw something about this exhibition on Pasella the previous evening! Thanks Hurter for telling me about this place. Here’s some of my favourites: There was just something about this one – the pregnant woman with the little dead bird in her hand that had me. Setting was just as special! We fondly called this one “Dude with his rock” – epic big sculpture, him staring at his rock. The pixelated person – that is some awesome metal works! This one was the only one I didn’t quite get – I think I need to sit with this artist as pick his...

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!...