I met Ashley and Kayleigh in January last year at Kayleigh’s brother’s wedding where they formed part of an awesome bridal party. I knew the minute I met them, that what they share together is magic. When Kayleigh smsed me to say she wanted me to photograph her wedding – I was BEYOND STOKED! YESSSS!
These two are the best of friends and have the cutest smiles that they share with one another. From the way they look at each other, to the way they do life together, they’re just downright awesome. I LOVE photographing them, and the way they laugh, love and relax together!
Ashley and Kayleigh wanted to do a sunrise beach engagement session at Ushaka beach so we hit the beach suuuper early and had some fun. I’ve wanted to do a shoot here for ages and it sure did deliver on a fresh Sunday morning.
Enjoy this peek! It’s going down as one of my favourite engagement sessions, ever.
Here’s the thing about people from small towns who love animals; they have the hugest hearts and warmest personalities.
This is definitely Jason and Kerryn – one of my 2018 wedding couples who I recently met up with for their engagement shoot down in a paddock in Ramsgate, on the south coast.
When a couple ask to include their pets in their engagement sessions – and that includes four dogs and two horses – I know I’m shooting my kind of people!
I had an absolute blast with these two and CANNOT WAIT for their wedding next year! Bring on 2018!!
Daniel and Megan are getting married in just a few weeks and I can’t wait – not only do I get to spend the day with them, photographing some amazing memories, but I get to do it all at the same venue where I got married! #superexcited
I met Daniel and Megan on a city rooftop in Durban for their engagement shoot. The weather started to turn really quickly but resulted in some pretty skies!
I’m so excited to be photographing this journey for these two – and can’t wait for the wedding day!
Kim’s hand in Charl’s, we set out on a lovely Sunday afternoon to explore and snap up a few photographs. The light was absolutely perfect on this afternoon and I love how it sparkles all around them!
These two are the perfect pair, and I’m so excited that I get to share in their wedding day next month.
I first met Kim at her sister’s wedding, which I photographed in Umdloti, and loved how kind and caring both these sisters were. That I get to photograph their weddings in the same year is such an honour!
Congratulations! That you have found your way to this blog post tells me that he’s been down on one knee and you’re flashing a new diamond on your left finger!
I’m not sure if it’s the holiday season or the year end bonus, but December is a very popular time for guys (and girs!) to propose! Christiaan proposed to me on New Year’s Eve in 2010. It had been a remarkable year for South Africa with the Soccer World Cup and an even better end for us with a proposal on the beach in Kenton-on-Sea.
Christiaan chose a super windy, overcast day to do it too, but it was still incredible. We went horse riding on the beach just before sunset and after a little journey by horseback, we came across a message written in the sand, “Tanya, will you marry me?”
The rest, as they say, is history.
Enough about our story though…
THE FUN OF PLANNING YOUR WEDDING STARTS NOW!
You may be feeling excited, overwhelmed with no idea where to start or eager to get going with all the planning.
Here are a few of my tips on getting you started and on your way to the chapel.
Celebrate… And set a date
Pop the champagne, take multiple ring shots and share the moments with your nearest and dearest.
They’ll want to know a date so between celebratory kisses, discuss a date that feels right to you and your future husband. If you’re unsure of a date, set the year. Guests who need to to travel will appreciate knowing so they can start saving.
Think of the time of year, favourite month, travel seasons and venue availability when deciding on a date.
Decide what you both love
Scroll online, visit my Pinterest boards or buy a few wedding magazines to get inspired. Imagine what kind of style and vibe you want for your wedding.
Weddings should be a celebration of YOU BOTH so getting your significant other involved is important.
There’s no rules when it comes to your own wedding. If you both love picnics, forests and being barefoot, go for that! I love picnic weddings out on the lawn!
Book your venue and your photographer
Venues and photographers can get booked up 12 months in advance so if you don’t snap up your favourites, they’ll be taken pretty quickly. Certain times of the year are high season for weddings and there’s only so many Saturday’s in Spring/ April/ May/ September! The same applies for any other service provider who have your heart set on for your wedding day – book them early!
When it comes to choosing a venue, look for a property that suits your style. We opted for a classical wedding and chose Providence in the Midlands for its sophistication, timeless appeal and of course, the exceptional service and food!
Set a budget
Even if it’s just to decide on priorities and where you should save or spend, setting a budget will help you.
Start with a simple Excel spreadsheet, determine what it’s important to you (excellent venue, photographer, flowers etc) and work from there.
Pick your team
Girls to the left, boys to the right; it’s time to pick your bridal party! You’ll want your best girls at your side and he’ll want his mates too. Decide whose important to you, and think of a creative way to ask them to stand by your side.
Get to it
Once you have set your date and locked down your venue and photographer, breathe and enjoy the time it takes to find the perfect make up artist, florist and so on for your day. You’re only going to do this once, so enjoy the journey!
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