Photographing a proposal

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Sunday morning and I am hiding like a stalker in the willow trees at Mont Rochelle wine estate. Why? One of my besties is about to arrive for a picnic with her boyfriend. She has no idea that I am here. Feeling a little like Katniss from the Hunger Games, I pray she doesnt see me… one last text message from said boyfriend: this is it.

She said yes!

What an incredible honour to photograph such a personal moment and get to be there to celebrate their joy.



{Real Engagement} Powder Paint Romance

We just love this fun approach to an engagement shoot; who says e-shoots need to be super intense, sunset moments spent staring longingly (and sometimes awkwardly) into eachother’s eyes? Big up to the couples like Dederika and LJ who have fun capturing their unique couple personality… may your future together be filled with as much colour and laughter…

Location: Newslands Forest, Cape Town (South Africa)

Images courtesy of Photography by Lauren Joy


Decor inspiration: Going Green with Herbs

Looking for an alternative to flowers for your table decor?  Why not try herbs? Green is one the up as a wedding trend and herbs are a quirky way to play with textures, shapes and well, fragrances… mix these up with candles, glass bottles and even an apple or two and you’re well on your way to a country fresh theme.

Why not even extend the idea a little further to include your wedding favours and a refreshing ice tea?  Doesn’t the Berry & Rosemary ice tea below look gorgeous?

Cutting the blooming expenses

Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers.  But flowers are expensive and although they really do add to the beauty of a wedding, many brides fall into the trap of spending unnecessary money and blowing their budgets.  Here are a couple of practical tips to save those pennies…

  1. Choose local.  Orchids and tulips may be breathtakingly beautiful, but you’re probably going to have to import them and if you’ve taken a look at the Rand-anything exchange rate lately, its going to get costly.  Rather look for equally lovely flowers that are grown locally, in that way you will save on transport costs.
  2. Choose seasonal.  This probably goes hand in hand with point 1, but flower pricing depends on their availability and that all depends on the season.  Do a little research and get flower-season-savvy, find out which varieties are available around your date and use that as a foundation to start selecting.  The alternative is, if you’re determined to have Blushing Bride proteas in your bouquet, ask yourself whether you’re prepared to set your date in August? Its a matter of priorities.
  3. Simplify the table flowers (and even the bridesmaids’ bouquets) to single flowers; think single statement blooms like King Proteas or Stralitzias or Gerbers.
  4. Do It Yourself (or ask a friend/ aunty/ friend’s aunty) to arrange the flowers.  With YouTube and Pinterest, it really is a viable option to create your table flowers without the help of a specialist.  With the current trend of rustic/ DIY style weddings, you can save lots of money and have some creative fun at the same time.
  5. Think alternatives.  There has been a recent trend in weddings to forgo the blooms in favour of succulents (which can be re-potted after the wedding!) and even herbs and ferns… most of which are still in their pots, just decorated in quirky ways.  You could even consider ditching the flowers altogether and opt for pretty glass jars with candles.  I’ve even seen paper origami flowers! The sky is really the limit and when money is a problem, look for creative alternatives to the traditional rose and orchids.

Real Wedding {Silke & JP}

A beautiful celebration for a beautiful couple – inside and out.  Both Silke & JP were very hands-on in every stage of the wedding planning, even designing their own website for guests to RSVP… every aspect of the wedding carefully planned to show their personal love story.

Venue: The Suikerbossie Restaurant, Hout Bay (South Africa)

Photography: Le Papillon Rose Photography

Dress: Bride & Co

Bride’s Jewellery: Swarovski

Suit: Woolworths

Cake: Velvet Cake Company

Bouquets: Moondrop Florists

Invitation Designs: The Ruby Tree