Romantic South African Safari Engagement Session

All I want to do in life is go on a safari in Africa and see animals in their natural habitats. In fact, I’m slightly obsessed with elephants (so much so that I “adopted” two this past spring), so it’s no surprise I’m obsessed with this South African couple’s engagement session from Rensche Mari—just look at this face! From the elephants to the curious meerkat and rich, romantic color palette, this shoot is pure magic.

From Rensche MariThis shoot was a safari engagement – the beautiful couple is getting married on a game farm (owned by them – and a brand new venue with beautiful views and game drives). They wanted to have a similar feel for their engagement so we went to another venue to get some wildlife in the images – their venue will only be ready in September 2015.

We wanted the shoot to have a romantic feel but also have some fun at the same time with really beautiful stationery and signage from Chrystalace, we got a dress from Silver Swallow and added in some silk flowers (unfortunately we could not use real flowers as the elephants tend to eat it  (I also had a similar experience with camels recently and know its not always a good idea to temp them with the real thing), some props and of course, what would a safari shoot be without an elephant or two – and a cute meerkat – he was following us around like a dog.

Photography: Reem Acra | Photography: Rensche Mari | Dress: Silver Swallow | Stationery: Chrystalace | Venue: Adventures With Elephants | Vendor: Elephants Adopted At (to Fit With Travel Theme)

Glamorous Floral + Marsala Wedding Inspiration in South Africa

Glamorous marsala florals and gilded details brought to life by the team at Agape Weddings, a to-die-for backless gown, and Kibogo Photography behind the lens? The ultimate recipe for wedding inspiration success. Brimming with the perfect mix of luxurious, romantic and rustic details (hello, beautiful naked cake!) this inspiration shoot has it all, and you won’t want to miss a single bit in the gallery here!



From Agape WeddingsShot in a Tuscan-inspired setting, with rolling vineyards and soft light. Rich Tuscan textural and culinary features, and lots of warm metallic accents add to the drama and romance of a wedding in the colder seasons. Bold Russian accents, such as the matreshka dolls and bold botanicals inspired by Dolce and Gabanna, were all inspirations.

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Event Design: Agape Wedding And Event Design | Floral Design: Aspen Flowers & Co | Wedding Dress: Bo & Luca | Stationery: Lara's Designs | Groom's Attire: Topman | Venue: Brenaissance | Bridesmaid's Dress: Zara | Cake, Confectionery And Dessert: Centerpiece Cakes | Crockery: Sepia Range From Hemelhuijs | Cutlery: Gold Cutlery From Two Birds At The Dairy Shed | Decor Items: Urban Tonic | Groomsman’s Suit: More | Hair & Make Up: Lisa Brown | Model Cleo: Boss Models | Model Frank: Boss Models | Model Zoe: Boss Models | Photoshoot Location: Brenaissance

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Surprise Garden Inspired Birthday Lunch

In terms of amazing birthday celebrations, this certainly ranks at the tippy top. It’s a surprise party for a Mom who is turning 60 years young crafted by Carol-Anne Kemp. And tucked inside are elegant details pairing vintage pieces with the modern look of ghost chairs and a dessert spread like you wouldn’t believe. Which is music to this birthday girl’s ears since dessert happens to be her favorite course. Find more captured by Cheryl McEwan right here.

My Mom is generally the family member to host birthday parties for the rest of the family but seldom hosts parties for herself. For her 60th birthday I wanted to change that so I planned a surprise birthday lunch for her. It was held in the spring so I wanted a light, airy look. My Mom loves floral and vintage pieces so we rented vintage crockery and mixed the crockery with pastel colored floral arrangements. We also rented vintage furniture and mixed the pieces with modern elements, such as ghost chairs, to give the venue a modern vintage look. Dessert is my Mom’s favorite course so we ensured there was a fully stocked dessert table that looked beautiful and tasted delicious. The result was a lovely afternoon thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Photography: Cheryl McEwan Photography | Event Planning & Design: Carol-Anne Kemp | Floral Design: Leipzig | Stationery: Lara's Designs | Venue: Dear Me | Cakes & Desserts: Lulubelle's Bakes | Vintage Rentals: A Vintage Affair