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Jaco & Kailey’s elegant countryside wedding at Granny Mouse Country House

Jaco & Kailey’s elegant countryside wedding at Granny Mouse Country House

Where do I even start with these two?? Kailey first contacted me for her wedding at Granny Mouse Country House at the end of last year and immediately booked her wedding.

It was only later this year, that I finally got to meet Jaco and Kailey at a coffee shop. We immediately connected and I was so excited that these two were going to become one of my bridal couples!

Kailey is the kind of person that you fall in love with instantly – she’s kind and caring, heartwarming and graceful. Her beauty shines from the inside, out and it’s obvious why everyone around her simply adores her.
It’s no wonder she found her match in Jaco – who is the epitome of a gentleman with integrity, pride and love for those in his life. These two have the best hearts – and ensured all their guests, and service providers, felt appreciated and cared for.

Their day oozed with sophistication and heart, country warmth and Midlands magic. Granny Mouse never fails to impress with its rustic elegance and was the perfect backdrop for Jaco and Kailey’s day. I love the Granny Mouse Chapel and gardens so we used both as spots for their creative session, as well as the beautiful view of the Midlands from just behind the chapel.

Here are just a few of my favourites from their beautiful day!

Thank you to my assistant and special friend, Chloe from Dear Chloe Photography for assisting me and feeding my creative heart. <3

(PS. You can view their engagement session here!)

x

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Bride’s dress:
Blissfully Bridal by Enzoani
Bride’s Hair and Make Up:
Blend Hair and Make Up
Groom’s bespoke Suit:
Cavalier, Melrose Arch
Flowers and Decor:
E by A (Events by Anne)
Venue and Catering:
Granny Mouse Country House
Cake:
Smith’s Bakeshop
Pastor:
Mark Price
DJ:
KZN Wedding DJ
Wedding rings:
Marion Rehwinkel Jewellery

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Jaco and Kailey | An Engagement Shoot a Day Before Their Wedding

Jaco and Kailey | An Engagement Shoot a Day Before Their Wedding

There is so much I could say about this couple. But I’m going to save it for when I publish their wedding photos!

Jaco and Kailey arrived in Durban two days before their wedding in the Midlands, so the day before, we headed down to the beach to do an engagement shoot, and prepare them for their wedding day photographs.

I love this idea – and it was a great way for them to get to know how I photograph, and how they can get the best out of themselves during their wedging day creative session.

Being comfortable in front of my camera plays a huge role in getting the soft, romantic photos that I try to create – and I know that’s not always easy – being in front of a camera! But with gentle guidance and prompts, it’s easily achievable and soon the camera is all forgotten.

You can read my tips on how to rock your couple shoot here!

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Clinton and Carla’s beach engagement session

Clinton and Carla’s beach engagement session

We ran, we splashed in the ocean, and we took photos on a beautiful rock overlooking the sea. And when we were done with that, Clinton and Carla got to have some fun with their two favourites – Glencoe and Snowy!

Carla has been following my work for the longest time, and has also shown the kindest support with lovely comments on posts. So it was so amazing to be able to have her in front of my lens and create magic for her.

When discussing locations, Carla wanted something that reflected ‘them’ and so this lookout point was chosen and couldn’t have been more incredible.

I can’t wait for their wedding next year, and get to create beautiful photos all over again!

Enjoy! x

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Thobezweni and Thobeka | St Ives, Midlands Meander

Thobezweni and Thobeka | St Ives, Midlands Meander

While the rain poured down, love and the joyful sounds of singing raised the roof on Thobeka and Thobezweni’s wedding day.
Everything from the beautiful location, sparkly fairy lights to Thobeka’s A M A Z I N G McCarthy Wolff wedding dress was just a pleasure to photograph and Nats and I loved every second.

Thobeka and Thobezweni are two of the world’s warmest and most loving people who ensured everyone at their wedding was thought of, cared for and having a good time. When the rain finally stopped us photographing, we rushed back to the reception and were met with more entertainment and cheering.
We quickly sneaked off for five more minutes out over the dam.

Thank you Thobezweni and Thobeka for sharing your special day with us – we loved photographing it! <3

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Venue: St Ives, Midlands Meander
Bride’s Dress: McCarthy Wolff
Bride’s Make Up: Zee Ntuli
Groom’s Suit: Kurt Geiger
Decor: Intwenhle creations
Cake: The Frost Goddess
Marriage Officiant: Reverend Norman Raphahlela

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Warren and Stephanie | Thorner Country Estate

Warren and Stephanie | Thorner Country Estate

Warren and Stephanie’s Thorner Country Estate wedding was full of love and joy, that when it came to deciding which photos to put into this blog post, I really struggled to keep it short!!
With their closest friends and family, Warren and Steph were married by one of their best friends (and groomsmen), in the old stone chapel at what can only be described as the most welcoming wedding venue in KZN.

From the potted trees to the handmade bouquets to Steph’s incredible wedding dress, every little detail was thought of and a beautiful reflection of these two as a couple. I love nothing more than photographing details and the creations that everyone has put so much love and hard work into creating!

These two are something special!

Grab a hot cup of tea and enjoy this peek into this lovely day.

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Venue: Thorner Country Estate
Marriage Officiant (and groomsman): Stuart Laing
Dress designer: The Vintage Twist, Meekha Duggan
Catering: A Pinch of Salt Catering
Decor: DIY by couple, Crystal and Vine and Shells of Decor
Cakes: Forever & Cake

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Craig & Chantelle | Hilton Bush Lodge Wedding

Craig & Chantelle | Hilton Bush Lodge Wedding

I met Craig and Chantelle in a coffee shop, and immediately liked them. And when I heard how much DIY was going into their wedding at Hilton Bush Lodge, I really liked them!
I love DIY. And I love when brides take their ideas, whether that’s from their own imaginations or loaned from an idea on Pinterest, and interpret that idea into something magnificent.

THAT is what Craig and Chantelle did.

They took family heirlooms, family recipes, creative ideas and fresh approaches and they created a wedding that is every DIY bride’s dream wedding. Every little detail was thought of, and Chantelle went out of her way to ensure every person in attendance knew they were loved.

THAT is what I love about photographing weddings. And that’s why I loved photographing this one so much.

Here’s a little peek into all the love from their wedding day. x

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Venue: Hilton Bush Lodge
Hair and Make Up: Make Up by Charelle
Cake: Aunt
Bride’s Dress: VIP Brides in Hillcrest
Marriage Officiant: Warwick Nelson from Dream Ceromonies
Decor: Bride and family and friends.
Suit hire: Johnson’s Suit Hire
Bouquets and flowers: Gordon Stuart Landscaping Company

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Things I’ve learnt in my second year of self employment

Things I’ve learnt in my second year of self employment

They say the first three years of self employment are the toughest. While this year has certainly been tough, it’s been an adventure that I would continue to choose, year after year.
This time last year, I shared my lessons from my first year of self employment (Tanya Jacobs Photography is actually 5 years old this year). You can read that post here.
I read it last night and I had to chuckle. While some of the lessons still apply now, there are so many more in my second year.

So here they are.

Real, honest lessons from my second year of self employment.

Master your workflow
I don’t have this down just yet, but I was forced to streamline my processes and get my workflow into some sort of arrangement when I was shooting back to back weddings and juggling late night editing, while being a mom and wife. Life with a busy toddler in the house and a business to run can be so hard, and yet, so rewarding.

It’s okay to be a mom first
I love spending mornings with Ella doing art classes, horse rides, ice skating or attending Baby Bright Stars or Clamber Club. So that’s what I do – I schedule mom hours into my day and I schedule work hours into my day. I’m a mom first, and that’s my most important role.

Believe in your worth
We all struggle with stuff. Confidence, habits, jealousy… Me? I struggle with believing in my worth. But with some mentoring and self teaching, I’ve worked through this and you know what… I’ve got this! I believe in myself. I believe I’m worth my prices. I believe I offer my clients a fantastic service and quality and I deserve to charge what I feel that’s worth. If you don’t believe in your own worth, how can you possibly expect clients to?

Give your clients an experience they’ll love
I’ve loved this – researching and refining my packages, my service, my offering to offer the very best of me and my products to my clients.

Forget about the likes
Facebook and Instagram are basically forcing you to think this way – unless you’re advertising with a bajillion Rand each week. Forget about the number of likes and the hearts. They’re not an indicator of how well your business is doing or how good your work is.

Be real. Like, Real, real.
I’ve received the most heartwarming interactions and connections with people online when I’ve shared openly, and honestly. I shared about my mom/entrepreneur struggles and other moms shared back. We joined forces and united and pushed each other along. I’ve found a tribe and I like my tribe. A lot.

Love your industry friends
I’ve been so fortunate to have amazing support all around me, and that includes the support of industry friends and colleagues. They were there to fall back on when I needed to rush to my mom’s side when she was in ICU and they were there when I hit an all time low in my career when I disappointed a client.

Which leads me to my next point…

Mistakes. They’re going to happen and they’re going to effing hurt. 
Badly. But you have to, HAVE TO, get up and try again, no matter how hard it is. Mistakes in business are hard lessons that need to be learnt.

Community over competition
Sharing work you can’t take on, and sharing with people who believe in community over competition, is one of the most rewarding ways to help another person’s business grow. Choose community over competition, every time.

Set your intentions
If you’re going to succeed – succeed.
If you’re going to step up – step up.
If you’re going to do it – do it.
Intention is everything.

Invest in yourself
I’ve spent hard earned money on investing in courses, books, holidays and guides, all to better myself and my business. Investing in myself and my knowledge has been worth every cent.

Burn out is real. 
Very real. There were days when I didn’t know how to face my workload and be a good mother and wife. Learn to help yourself, and learn when you need to reach out for help. Back to back weddings, no normal life balance, and a non-sleeping baby in the house is a recipe for some pretty ugly crying.

Sleep training. 
Completely un-photography related, but it was so necessary for me to function properly and to try regain control of my own balance. By sleep training, I mean sleep training Ella. 😉 It took her 21 months to finally sleep a straight 8 hours. Two nights ago, she pulled a 12 hour nighter with me (we had just arrived home after almost 23 hours of travelling). Sleep is important and Ella is a champ!

With every shoot, comes experience. 
Your portfolio will grow, you’ll learn to co-ordinate your work to show only what you love, and want to shoot, and you’ll grow with time. Enjoy the journey.

Be grateful.

Be ready.

Be you.

Daniel & Megan’s wedding day at Providence, Midlands Meander

Daniel & Megan’s wedding day at Providence, Midlands Meander

Daniel and Megan’s wedding had everything that I love about weddings in the winter in the Midlands.

Warm winter light? ✓
Love and happiness all around? ✓
A beautiful bride, both inside and out? ✓
A couple who write their own heartfelt vows? ✓
A bride who walks into the chapel, on her father’s arm, to a song that reduces everyone to tears? ✓
A choreographed first dance that breaks out into a flash mob! ✓
Love? ✓

I arrived at Providence, Midlands Meander (where I also got married in 2012!) excited to photograph Dan and Meg’s beautiful day and left feeling so full of love and gratitude. What an amazing day!

From Megan’s incredibly moving entrance into the chapel, to the way Dan looked at Megan, to the way the guests filled the small chapel with the most AMAZING hymn, to the way everyone just beamed with love and warmth for this couple… Everything was just perfect!

Thank you Daniel and Megan for letting me photograph your wedding day, and making me feel so welcome. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek and reliving the happiest day of your lives.

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Tommie and Kim’s Engagement Session

Tommie and Kim’s Engagement Session

Tommie and Kim travelled to Durban from Ladysmith for their engagement session, so we hit the beach and soaked up some of that last beautiful light for the day.
I’m so crazy about shooting at this time of the day on the beach and just love these photos! Tommie and Kim said they were nervous – but they both did such a great job! They’re such a gorgeous couple, and so perfect for one another, that I think I’m in for a real treat when I photograph their wedding later this year.

Enjoy this peek into their engagement session! x

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Jitesh and Damain | Collisheen Estate

Jitesh and Damain | Collisheen Estate

Damain and Jitesh got married on, what I believe to be, the hottest day this year.
And still, they had a celebration that warmed every single heart who bore witness to this union.
Everything about their wedding at Collisheen Estate was perfect; the decor, the details and especially Damain and Jitesh.
So much love for this wedding!

Tomorrow, Damain jets off out of South Africa to join Jitesh in America. I timed this blogpost just in time to make the reunion in the USA even sweeter. 😉

Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, adventures and love. Thank you for choosing me to tell this chapter of your story. It was a beautiful one!

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Venue: Collisheen Estate
Florist: Peter’s Florist
Decor: Amanda Janisch
Bride’s Dress: Gideon (designer)
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Pastor: Pastor Kisten
Videography: Jay Pillay

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