So one of my favourite pass times with my mom is watching the TV Show Suidooster and I'll admit it's currently ranking under my favourite TV shows. I love the stories, the Cape Town culture and the accents. So as most of the fans know, recently they celebrated the wedding of Imraan and Kaashifa and we all followed the tumultuous build up to this special occasion. The thing that stood out the most was the endless arguing as the couple lost sight of the most important thing.....the marriage not the wedding.

So I thought I'd write a blog based on my own personal experience as a bride almost 15 years ago and conversations I've had with brides I've photographed on the day of the wedding.

1. Breathe

Start your day with just being still. Say a little prayer and draw your peace for the day. Meditate on what this day means. You have found the one whom your soul loves and this is start of your lives together. Be in the moment. Take it all in, every, single, moment. Consciously smile as you choose to feel nothing but excitement, butterflies and constant impending tears of joy. Don't allow anything or anyone to steal your joy on this day.

2. Don't sweat the small stuff

I cannot emphasize this enough. You have planned your day to the finest detail. You've done your absolute best. No one is going to know if the flower girl's shoes were suppose to be gold, but because they weren't packed she had to wear the white pumps she came to the venue with. Silly example I know, but on the day, the smallest thing can be the straw that broke the camel's back. So on the day, all you must focus on is getting ready and the love of your life who's going to be waiting for you at the altar.

3. Remember why you chose your bridal squad (bridesmaids)

Your bridesmaids are most likely the first names who jumped to mind right after you made the "we're engaged!" phone calls. So these are ladies who has a proven track record of having your back. So allow them to do their duty. With a good bridesmaid, the bride won't even be aware there was an issue as she anticipates your needs. At least that was my experience with my squad :-)

4. Hydrate and snack

You're probably thinking "duh that goes without saying", but I know the very common "I'm too nervous to eat". Now don't get me wrong, I get that the last thing you want is to bloat or feel like you need the ladies room every 5 minutes, but I can't tell you how many brides I've had feel faint especially if it's a summer's day wedding with an outdoor ceremony. Take tiny sips of water throughout the morning and light snacking as you go.

5. Smile. laugh, cry

In other words, just feel every emotion of the day. This ties in with point 1 and 2. This is goin to be one of the happiest days of your life, with many more to follow. Take in every emotion, but don't allow any negative energies into your space. When you look back on your wedding photographs, it should make your heart smile at the raw emotion that was captured on the day and you'll feel those emotions stir with every image.

I could probably keep going, but these are definitely my top 5.






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In December 2020 I decided to do a giveaway on Instagram specifically for a styled maternity shoot to add to my Beautifully Pregnant portfolio. Maternity Photography has always been a beloved genre for me and it had been so long since I did one. So I wanted to bless a mommy-to-be with a beautifully glamourous session. I teamed up with some stunning collaborators to make this shoot possible. Check out their website links below.

Our lovely winner, Azure Heynes, is a true Capetonian and a first time mommy-to-be. She was an absolute joy to photograph and we had the best time creating some timeless keepsake photos for her to cherish for years to come. You'll also catch a glimpse of Azure's husband Chad during the session. These two did not have to pose, their love painted each picture. They met as colleagues and their relationship soon blossomed when they discovered that they were perfect for each other. 2020 was filled with celebrations as they promised forever to each other and got the news that they were expecting their first baby.

I am so happy to have been part of their journey. Maternity photography is just one of those genres that gives you all the warm and fuzzy feels. I hope you enjoy this session as much as I enjoy photographing it.







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"When love runs deep, it can stand the test of time" ~ me

I am a total stranger to Malmesbury area and I really had no idea how hot it gets in December. Morne and Saajiedah's summer wedding at 50 Shades of Hay was an absolute scorcher. You would never guess when you look at how cool and in love these two seemed.

It was the 5 December 2020, when I had the pleasure of documenting this beautiful union of not only two people, but two families. My pre-consultation with Saajiedah I asked her, what are the most important moments to you about this day, and she said, "Our children". She wanted very much for their children to feel part of the day. The day this blended family became one, through the love of two people, who not only love each other, but love each other's children as their own.

Morne & Saajiedah started dating in 2016 and in their journey they went through everything that was meant to break them, but instead only came through stronger. Through the past few years they've grown together in so many ways, all through mutual love and respect. When I asked them about their love story, I told Saajiedah that I've only spent a short time with them, but it was so evident that their love runs deep.

What made this couple extra special, they shared their day by arranging s surprise proposal for their groomsman and Maid of Honour during the portrait session. So for a few moments they took the focus off their union and celebrated the love of two people dear to them. It was so lovely to witness.

Morne & Saajiedah, thank you for privilege of capturing your union. May you have many happy years together...

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