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This groom went all the way to Dubai to pop the question!

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Weltevreden Estate Wedding.

~The Secret Garden Chapter.

Brad & Tayla is the perfect example of fate bringing the right people together.  A simple tweet to go hike Lion’s Head turned in to the most beautiful romance.  Read their story below and get a glimpse of what I saw on their beautiful wedding day.

 

Destination – Fate.

Tayla and I both moved to Cape Town 5 and a half years ago. Tay from Durban and I from Johannesburg. We first started chatting on Twitter like real Millennials. I still remember the first time I saw Tayla in person and remember thinking – “She is way out of my league”. Luckily, she hasn’t realized this yet!

Dubai – The City of Gold, Diamond and Proposals.

In December 2016, we planned a cruise around the UAE, visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman. Little did Tayla know, that’s not all that was planned! It was the 25th of December and I needed to find a way to get Tay dressed up. I managed to convince her that it was family tradition to dress smart for Christmas which seemed to work and so, off we went, in 30+ degree weather, on a tourist bus and looking very out of place. We booked a trip up the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. We wondered around and around, admiring the view (actually while I tried to find the perfect backdrop) and eventually I got down on one knee and proposed.

Weltevreden Estate Wedding.

We wanted the style of our wedding to reflect the abundance of natural beauty our venue, Weltevreden Estate had to offer. We decided to stick to a neutral colour palate of greens, whites, greys and silvers to compliment the Cape Dutch architecture.

We chose Weltevreden Estate as it encompassed everything we had envisioned for our day. The gardens at Weltevreden Estate are stunning, which allowed us to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The venue had a vintage-feel, due to its Cape Dutch architecture but still a hint of modernism, which was a perfect fit for the style of wedding we were planning.

 

Rose Moltena Couture.

When I first went dress shopping I wasn’t set on a particular style of dress. I did, however have a designer in mind. After trying on numerous dresses at various wedding boutiques across the Western Cape, I decided to book an appointment with Rose Molteno. From the minute I entered her show room I fell in love with the simple yet elegant bohemian style. All of her dresses were fascinating, and it was evident that she puts tons of love into each and every design.

 

Flawless Hair and Make-up.

Leandre van Rooyen was the hair and make-up artist for me and my bridesmaids on the day of our wedding. She was absolutely fantastic and far exceeded my expectations!

The moment.

Bride:  The most memorable moment of the day for me, was walking down the aisle towards my future-husband. That is the moment when all the nerves and excitement started kicking in, and the moment when I realized that this is our day and the beginning of the rest of our lives together.
Groom:  Taking Tayla’s hand at the altar. I was in complete disbelief that this was my wife standing in front of me and how lucky I was.

The harpist and flutist from Zest music complimented the serene environment. The duet played at our ceremony and canapés.

Our Marriage Officiant.

Our officiant was Basil Sparks from Durbanville Baptist Church. We choose Basil as we look up to his wisdom and his ideologies surrounding marriage. Basil delivered a very meaningful message during our ceremony that has really stuck with us.

Photographer Research.

We searched high and low for a photographer that suited the style of photography we were looking for, for our special day. Tayla has always had a great interest in photography so she knew exactly what she was and wasn’t looking for in a photographer. When we found Landi we knew she was the one! We booked our photographer before we booked our venue!

 

Rings are eternal and so are Tattoos!

Groom: I stalked Tayla’s Pinterest with the jeweller but already had 2 styles in mind. Eventually, with the help of Grand Diamonds, the perfect style and stone was chosen.

Bride: Brad wasn’t all that keen on wearing a traditional wedding band and even considered getting a tattoo! We found Brads ring at the Canal Walk Wedding Fair. Brads ring is made of black tungsten and rose gold.

Weltevreden Estate Caterers.

Weltevreden Estate did all of the catering for our wedding. For starters we had waldorf salad, caraway beetroot, crème fraiche & orange segments and Maple & pumpkin pie. Mains were served as a buffet and included a variety of catering options to suit everyone’s dietary needs. For dessert we had panna cotta, vanilla & roasted white chocolate sponge, strawberries & cream and our salted caramel wedding cupcakes from Tessa’s Bakery.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic punch was served at the canapes. We ensured that there was enough champagne to go around during the speeches and each table was set with a bottle of red and a bottle of white wine from Somerbosch winery in Stellenbosch.

Brad & Tayla’s Advice.

Do your research on your service providers and read the reviews!

The day in one sentence.

Everything we hoped and dreamed it would be – the perfect start to our happily ever after.

 

 

Service Providers:

Venue:  Weltevreden Estate
Photography: ORGANICTALES
Dress: Rose Molteno
Music: Zest Music
Florist: My Green Love Affair
Hair & Make-up: Leandre van Rooyen
Gowns: Vows Adornments
Photo Booth: Fun Photo Booth
Fairy Lights: Lekker Trou
Cake & Cupcakes: Tessa’s Bakery

How a Fortune Cookie predicted this Pregnancy

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Newlands Forest Maternity Photos

~Zara’s first chapter.

Let me read your fortune.

Donna: I took about three different pregnancy tests that afternoon. It showed all positives. It was so overwhelming. I so much immediately wanted to share the news with Graeme but decided to wait and do a surprise announcement the next morning. The pharmacist said it was better to test in the mornings for confirmation.

So, I went to buy a few fortune cookies at ‘Jewel of the East’ in Rondebosch. So, what I did was that I wrapped the one fortune cookie in a wet damp serviette and microwaved it for 30 seconds. I unwrapped it and opened the soft fortune cookie and swopped the note out with my handwritten one. I then closed the fortune cookie and it went hard in a few minutes. I put it back in the same plastic packaging and used the GHD to seal end of the packet. It looked brand new and not tampered with.

Graeme: I got up early in the morning as usual and I went to make my coffee and Donna’s tea for her sleeping in bed. The weird thing was Donna was up and about as well, with a big silly smile on her face.  I felt there was something going on. Then, Donna said that she has a surprise for me. It was a fortune cookie but I still had no idea. And when I opened the fortune cookie. It said ‘You are going to be a father J ”. I felt so overwhelmed and started getting teary eyed.

Can you guess the gender?

Graeme: I always wanted a girl and I always knew it was going to be a girl. I knew I was going to get a girl anyway because of my sins. Haha. And my wish came true.

Donna: Being the tomboy in the family, no doubt, I always had a feeling it was going to be a boy. Looking at my family side, all boys were born first. The boys outnumbered girls by 3 to 1. So, when we went for a fetal assessment scan at 12 weeks and she was a girl! I just couldn’t believe it! Graeme was right!

 

A name for a Star.

Graeme: We were going through a million names and one day I came across Zara, the name just felt right. It sounded exotic and unusual to me. I like the Z. It is the last letter of the alphabet and it means Princess in Russia or star in Arabic. 

Donna: Her full name is Zara Georgia Galloway. Why I chose Georgia as a second name is that she named after both my deceased grandmothers from my side of the family. Both had the names Georgina.

Actually, Zara was conceived the same week when my grandmother passed away. I could pinpoint the date with my ovulation days. It is quite bittersweet because my grandmother is always asking when we going to have a baby.

 

 

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How this one-eyed horse became a therapist

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Bazzy – The Pirate Horse.

~The Animal Therapist’s Tale.

When it started.

I started riding in Sweden as a child. I never had my own pony or horse, though. I stopped riding at 20 when I went to university, and only picked it up again in South Africa when I was way over 30. Bazzy, who I bought in 2013 after leasing for a couple of years, is the first and only horse I’ve owned. When I bought him, he was in his teens already and a level-headed, easygoing horse—just what I wanted to get me back into the swing of things.
We’ve had our ups and downs. He’s been hospitalised three times since I bought him. Twice for a persistent sinus infection—he ended up having three teeth taken out and holes drilled in his face. The scars are still visible. Then last Christmas he suffered an eye injury and subsequent infection, and his eye needed to be taken out. He has recovered remarkably well, despite getting on a bit (he’s turning 20 in September) and I’m already back to competing my ‘pirate pony’.

Bazzy the therapist.

Bazzy is my therapist, my gym, my child and my valued employee. He costs a bomb but then I don’t have to spend money on therapy, a gym card, or school fees… It’s a bargain, if you think about it.

The Five Day Ride.

I try to ride five days a week. Bazzy is getting on a bit and it’s important for him to keep moving, or he can get stiff. Just like me! I have a flexible job that allows me to ride during the day (I’m a journalist and I work from home). I’ve also chosen to limit my workload so that I earn a bit less but have more free time to spend with my horse.

What kind of riding do you compete in?

We showjump in the lower grades. I’ve done the odd dressage show. We used to compete in showing—working hunter classes—but we can’t do that anymore since he’s lost an eye. He’s not exactly ‘true to type’ anymore.

What have horses taught you?

To be in the moment. I have a very cerebral job, and I constantly worry about deadlines, editors, having too much work, or too little. But when I go to the stables I forget about everything except what is in the moment, because that’s the only way you can communicate with horses so they understand. When I get back in my car, it’s as if I’ve spent a couple of hours in a different world. That’s incredibly special.

What made you decide to do a photo session with your horse?

I’ve wanted to do one for a while, but then he lost his eye and I was reminded that nothing lasts forever. I didn’t want to try to recapture the past, but to capture the now—scars, wrinkles and all.

 

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Rich Ting popped the question in Cape Town.

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Rich & Angela

Rich Ting might sound familiar to you and you might recognize him from quite a few successful drama series like NCIS and Waco.  Also from movies like Lone Survivor and SALT.
On a recent trip to South Africa to film the new drama series Warrior – a series inspired by Bruce Lee, Rich brought his darling Angela with him to Cape Town.  It was with splendid mountain and ocean views in the backdrop where Rich went down on one knee and popped the question to the unsuspecting Angela.

A few weeks later they decided to get a few portraits to celebrate this beautiful event in their lives.

 

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Look what happened at this Rainy Knorhoek Wedding

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Rainy Knorhoek Wedding

~A Rainy Chapter.

All the weather channels predicted rain on this Knorhoek Wedding day, and dark clouds were looming with heavy drops all day.  Although, as a wedding photographer, I was beyond excited about the overcast light, I couldn’t help but secretly worry that the beautifully planned outside ceremony might possibly get moved inside.  But oh boy – all the element were so ready to celebrate this Knorhoek Wedding day and right as the first kiss were about to happen the most beautiful sun rays broke through the clouds and trees to congratulate Zurena & Wayne on their promise to one another.  Read their story here:

 

When eyes met across a dance floor and a beautiful story unfolded.

Bride: Our eyes locked across the dance floor for the first time. It was his broad shoulders, strong jawline and beautiful hazel-brown eyes that first lured me in. However, I soon fell head over heels in love with his genuine, kind and humble character.

Groom: We saw each other across the dance floor for the first time. Somehow I felt immediately that there was a connection and an attraction. Her spontaneous laughter, similar outlook, philosophy on life and just her loving nature attracted me to her. She showed me how to love and how to receive love.

A Proposal after a silent drive.

We had been talking about getting married long before the actual proposal so I knew it would happen at some point. However, with Wayne being a very ‘matter-of-fact’ guy, he did it the only way he knew how. We were strolling around in the mall and he suggested that we head into the jewellery store. He then asked me which rings I fancy and insisted that I try a few on. I was hesitant as I was not sure whether he was kidding or not. After some convincing I settled on a ring and we left the store. On our way to the car I asked him whether we were ‘engaged now’ to which he replied, “Don’t jump the gun.” After a long, silent drive home, he opened up a bottle of wine and popped the question.

A Vintage Romance Wedding Style.

We both like all things vintage and I wanted to add some femininity so we ended up with ‘vintage romance’.  We wanted a timeless and elegant atmosphere so we combined some very rustic items with touches of gold and lots of greenery. This was complemented by the soft blue and pink accents in the flowers and other décor.

 

Knorhoek Wedding Venue.

We chose Knorhoek as our wedding venue as it just represented everything we had envisioned. We wanted an outside ceremony among the trees and they were able to offer this and more. What really bowled us over was the absolutely gorgeous restaurant that was already decorated to suit our theme and it made for a very intimate and cosy setting. Furthermore, they took care of the flowers, catering and having a guesthouse on the farm made everything more convenient.

Inspiration from her Mother’s Wedding Dress.

My mother’s dress was very modest and I always thought she looked so classy on her wedding day so I wanted to emulate that. I always knew I wanted a lace dress – it is soft and feminine and timeless. I chose a mermaid style dress with a boat-neck and open back. I wanted modesty with a hint of sexy. The detachable skirt added a touch of drama – just enough to make my dress extra special. After a long search for the perfect lace, I had the dress custom-made by Shienaaz Adams.

 

Make-up and Hair by Zylia Lennox.

Zylia Lennox! What a marvel of a women – beautiful inside and out. She did a fantastic job on everyone and she was super professional from day one. I would recommend Zylia not just because she is excellent at what she does but also because she is a genuinely kind person.

An Endearing Wedding Officiant.

Our wedding was officiated by Father Stephen Tekana. We chose him because he made us feel comfortable. Our pre-marital sessions were long chats over tea and it felt as though we were simply visiting an older and wiser friend. He has a very endearing persona and had our guests captivated throughout the ceremony.

A Violin, Cello and Flute.

The beautiful setting came to life as the string quartet from Zest Music started playing. They set the tone for the day and created the perfect atmosphere. Our pre-drinks and reception music was provided by Ingrid Wolff.

The most memorable moment.

Bride: It has to be walking down the aisle, trembling and nervous and facing my husband-to-be for the first time. When he looked into my eyes as we were about to say our vows, my soul was at peace and my heart was smiling.

Groom:  As my bride walked down the aisle, my back was faced towards her. The string quartet was playing “A thousand years” in the background. Simply knowing that this is the most important defining moment in my life and knowing that my bride was walking towards me, the tears rolled down my cheeks uncontrollably.

Towerbosch Catering.

The food was provided by the Towerbosch venue. We had a smoked salmon and asparagus starter and the main was a buffet style feast (served at the tables) that consisted of slow cooked lamb, sirloin, a melange of vegetables, couscous, a red onion and tomato salad and the best roast potatoes ever! This was followed by a granadilla panacotta.

Wouldn’t change a thing!

Both my husband and I had wished the rain away but when it eventually started raining, it actually contributed to the cozy and fun atmosphere inside the restaurant. So, no. I would not change anything.

 

The Wedding Photographer Experience.

I am going to be honest and admit: I fought for Landi. Wayne is very budget conscious and it took a lot of convincing but I am so very glad he conceded and today he is even happier that we chose her. She is so bubbly and friendly and made us feel comfortable from day one. I really admire her passion for photography and it is reflected in each and every image. She was very professional at all times and I am eternally grateful that she even got Wayne to enjoy having his pictures taken – he was very camera shy at first. Lastly, if you are looking for someone who will go the extra mile to get the perfect shot and to ensure her client’s satisfaction: choose Landi Groenewald from Organictales Photography.

Groom: Landi, you are certainly unbelievable. The casual, yet professional approach made it very easy for us, especially me. I do not like somebody taking photos of me, but you had me it smooth, comfortable and easy experience. THANK YOU.

Advice to other couples:

Bride: Don’t spend too much money on a cake unless you’ll be serving it as dessert. Our guests were not concerned with the cake at all and we forgot the top tier at the venue. If you are going to have a guestbook, ask your bridal party members to ensure your guests sign it – we forgot about it and so did our MC. The most difficult was coming to an agreement on wants versus needs. The important thing is to be willing to compromise and to remember that the day is about the two of you.

Groom: It is important that you create a budget and try and follow it tooth and nail. It helps having a T-accounting system as it provides a concrete indication of a money trail. Furthermore, if you intend using a service provider, ensure that you read the fine-print and understand its implications on the budget.

The Wedding In ONE SENTENCE.

It was simply magical and an unforgettable experience.

 

 

Service Providers on the day:

Venue:  KNORHOEK TOWERBOSCH WEDDING VENUE

Photography:  ORGANICTALES – LANDI GROENEWALD

Hair & Makeup:  ZYLIA LENNOX

Music: ZEST MUSIC

Fairy Lights: JOLI CREATIONS

Accessories: Hashtag with Love

DJ / Music: Ingrid Wolff from DJ Dean

Unity Candle: Unity Candles / Arlene de Jager – 0846277607

 

Hudsons Wedding – Lisha & Sebastian

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Hudson’s Wedding

An Austrian Chapter.

Lisha & Sebastian’s wedding was the kick start to my 2018 Autumn Wedding Season.  With a beautiful warm day and not a hint of wind, it definitely was a perfect day to exchange promises.  Read their tale below.

 

An Online Gaming Story.

We met playing against one another online in 2004, we became rivals, competitors and then friends… Years later we were chatting online (as our friendship was based online) and decided to get a coffee together…. We met, chatted, stayed way passed a reasonable time and found ourselves on a 7-year journey to the most beautiful day… The day I married my best friend. The attributes that drew me to Lisha… Her unending and unfathomable happiness, her positivity and her eyes. That’s what got me to buy her coffee the rest was just perfection.

What attracted me to Sebastian first was that he has the ability too always see the best in every situation, his charmingness and that he always made me smile till my cheeks hurt … let’s not even get started on the handsome topic.

How did the proposal go down?

Hmmmm, a lot of sweat, sore fingers and subterfuge.  I lured her to my family’s holiday house, sent her for a hot bath and told her to really soak and enjoy it… while doing that I made Dinner (Ravioli which i had prepped before) and lit 200 Fairy lights and placed them all over the room. I had a roaring fire going in the fire place and had set the table in the middle of the room… When she came out of the bath, there was a trail of candles from her door to the table and me…. Desert was the most sweet when she said she would marry me. Yes, I was on one knee.

What was the style of your wedding?

Lisha really spear headed the style of the wedding, it was more of what it shouldn’t be than what it should be, because you can define something so Organic into a box. The wedding was not going to be a Cinderella ball, or an earthy farm style but rather just an amalgamation of what she felt best personified our tastes and you wonder why I married her ?

 

How did you choose on your venue?

We Looked at a lot of venues and some of them were great but unrealistically priced and some of them had aspects that were beautiful but then lacked a reception area… in the end we found the Hudsons at the Vredenheim and we knew after walking the grounds that it had everything we wanted and more! Long grassy gardens, beautiful flowers and fountains, willow trees, a lake, friendly people and beautiful seating areas….

Is there any special story behind your rings?

Lisha’s Engagement ring I made myself as we are manufacturing goldsmiths… Her wedding band was her own design with the uniformity of the channel set diamonds to match her engagement ring and with the rose gold filigree underneath to complement the delicacy and bring out the beauty of the design.

How did you decide on your dress?

After many many dress fittings and feeling unimpressed I went for a consultation at Didi Couture. I got her contact details from my bridesmaid and mc who got her dress made by her. After going to Didi I was blown away by her honesty and friendliness, she made me feel at home. I was looking for something comfortable and breathtaking at the same time. She made exactly what I had in mind with her amazing style and perfection.

Who made sure your Make Up was perfect?

I did get quotations from many different vendors, I am not an everyday make-up wearer so I was looking for something lite and airy, then I found Talita from Mist Make-up, she does airbrush makeup which is just that and it is tear proof as well. When she did my make-up on the day it was beautiful and suited my personality and skin perfectly.

The most memorable moment of the day:

The most memorable moment of the day was when Lish first came into view in her wedding dress and started walking down the aisle towards me… I’ll never forget the moment till the day I die and probably not even then.

For me it was when I was walking towards and then down the aisle, I was so nervous I was trembling. As I was walking though the rows of family, friends and loved ones I looked up and saw Sebastian face, it was as if my heart shifted to tranquil quietness and my soul could breathe. In that moment I have never felt so much happiness and loved so completely.

Who officiated the ceremony?

Our Officiant was – Willie Viljoen, after meeting him and a few others we both felt that he was the right pick and that he understood us and who we were. We did not supply him with any material and we were not disappointed.

How did you experience your Photographer’s services on the day?

Wow…. The photographer’s services were and are above and beyond… ORGANICTALES was on time, friendly, straight to the point, comforting, complementary and helpful all at the same time. She would move the room around and get you involved, laugh with you and put you at ease. She would requisition a boat to cross a lake for a perfect shot… and even scale a tree to get the perfect angle. I’d say that as far as services go, how can you describe someone or a relationship of services rendered if you then befriend them like they are family or an honored guest because they were that…. I’m at a loss for adjectives. Their role in the day was irreplaceable and unforgettable.

 

Who were your videographers and how did you experience their presence on the day?

Mustard seed films – They were the perfect complement to the photographer’s entourage in the way they stayed out the way but where present and how they made you feel comfortable and feel befriended at the same time. They offered valid points, opinions and were constantly on the ball. They helped make the whole experience that much richer and fuller without making you feel uncomfortable or like you had the paparazzi after you.

Who were your caterers?

The Caterers were the venue themselves The Hudsons at the Vredenheim, the food was great, well planned and made brilliantly. For Starters we had Roasted Vegetable & Feta Tartlet with Tomato & Basil Coulis, Mains was Prime Roast Beef with Chef’s Gravy, Traditional Chicken Pie. Served with Roast Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Savoury Rice, Pumpkin Fritters, Greek Salad and for Desert we had Home Baked Malva Pudding with Custard or Ice cream and ended with our amazing 3 tier Wedding Cake.

If you could change anything of the day, what would it be?

I wish we could have extended the evening more, added a few extra hours into it, like made it a 36 hour day instead of 24 hour day!

 

Advice to other couples still planning?

Talk to each other, be open and be willing to compromise for middle ground… also start early and don’t settle for anything but the perfect “thing” for you 🙂

 

Tell us about the honeymoon!

Honeymoon still coming! but we went away for 4 days to a spa and retreat to be alone and just be together without anyone or anything to pull us away from ourselves 🙂

Describe your wedding in ONE sentence.

The most unforgettable, beautiful and amazing day one could spend with family and friends to join two souls who know they are meant to be together.

 

Vendors and Service Providers on the day:
Venue / Decor / Ceremony:
Hudson’s Venue – 021 881 3590

Photography:
Organictales – 071 274 8358
Assistant – Karien Saaiman

Dress:
Did Couture – 082 772 2033

DJ:
Dean – 0849224757

Makeup & Hair:
Mist Makeup – 084 444 5266

Bridesmaid Dresses & Groomsmen Ties:
Joan – 083 259 5073

Officiant:
Cape Marriages – 071 677 6072

Videography:
Mustardseed Films – 073 923 1112
Video Diary:
Clifford Wort – 083 419 1251

Invitations:
Good Letter Best – 021 510 8600

Bride & Groom Prep Accommodation:
The Wild Mushroom – 021 881 3586

Cake:
Wade’s Cakes – 082 932 4522

Cape Town Engagement – Anje & Chris

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Anje & Chris

~A Seagull’s Song.

 

At the start of a brisk and fast paced week, Anje sent me a message; “Landi, we will be in Cape Town for 2 days, can we please fit in an engagement session?”
With all my evening slots already booked for the week, I knew that we will have to make a plan.  We met at 6:15am at the V&A Waterfront.  The morning was still waking up from the crisp and cool night air.  Seagulls were circling and crying their morning hunger cries at the fishing boats.  And in the distance we could hear the city traffic starting to awake.

Anje & Chris are both extremely talented photographers themselves, and when they contacted me to be their wedding photographer, I felt insanely proud and honoured.  We had copious amounts of fun during this session. From waving good morning to the resident seals, to chasing the sun, to chasing pigeons, to trying in vane to get the attention of the ever so noisy and hungry seagulls.

I hope you enjoy their visual story below:

 

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The Beauty in the Beast

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The Beauty in the Beast.

~An Equine Tale.

A while ago I published a blog post that depicted my journey in to becoming a photographer.  This journey kick started with my childhood love for horses and the adventures and companionship they brought me. If you haven’t read it, you can do so by clicking HERE.
Claire and I have been connected with each other via social media for around 12 years because of our shared love for horses.  We even share a birthday! Therefore I was quite excited and honoured when she asked me to do a shoot with her and her horse, Olympic City aka BEAST.
Here follows their story:

A Childhood Dream Becoming a Lifestyle

I started riding at the age of about 11 or 12 years old.  It was something I always wanted to do and my mom surprised me by booking me on a pony camp.
Horses are basically my lifestyle now.  Living on our own property means you have a constant responsibility, and your priorities have to adapt.  Riding was my one “happy place” getting through the terrible teens, and I’ve met most of my closest friends through horse riding.  They also taught me dedication, perseverance, humility but also confidence in myself.
Their role is also for me to learn as much as possible.  My intention is to compete my horses and I always have a desire to keep learning, keep growing and always achieving the “next level.”

 

 

A full time passion and responsibility:

I ride on average 6 days a week.  Usually 2-3 horses exercised a day (ridden or lunged) but this varies depending on whether I’ve got injured horses or adhoc riding work. I have regular clients and offer adhoc exercising for some extra income to afford my lessons.
Sometimes if I don’t have a day off during the week, it can become difficult to coordinate them all in a day sometimes.  I exercise 2-3 before work in summer or 2 after work.
In winter it’s a lot more difficult so I’d ride 1 in the morning, 2 in the evening and increase the numbers on weekends.  I do work a full time job and I teach for the riding school half day on Saturdays.

The different disciplines explored:

I started out show jumping but it just wasn’t Beast’s thing, so we started dressage.  Once I started understanding dressage and feeling the difference it made in Beast, I couldn’t get enough.  I’ve dabbled a bit in eventing and loved it, but I’m now most ambitious in dressage and just play in other disciplines.

 

Inspiration behind a photo session:

I’ve wanted to do a photo shoot with Beast for years and have been putting it off because of costs.  Beast is my first horse I’ve owned solely and we’ve been together almost 12 years.  It was a real roller coaster of a time learning on him as he was actually way too much horse for me and I was way too much of a novice to know this.  But we managed to accomplish and fail at enough things to get as far as we did by doing Elementary dressage when I had only ever dreamed of Making Elementary level with him.
Last year his age kicked in a lot and sooner than I expected.  Instead of just retiring him from competition we made the decision to retire him to just hacking.  I was devastated even though my gut feel knew it was coming.  I knew it was now or never for a photo shoot as he started dropping muscle quickly and I wanted to remember him healthy and strong.

 

Location:  White Hourse Stables

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Riaan & Mardené

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Riaan & Mardené

– A Thirsty Chapter.

It’s dry.  When the sun is not scorching the earth and licking up the last bit of moisture with its flaming tongues of thirst, it is the wind that evaporates any traces of water in to thin air.
This is what the Western Cape is currently facing.  With none of the regular lush green landscapes we are used to, we are now learning to find the beauty in what we once saw as devastation.
The dry, sandy banks of dried up reservoirs have become art.  We see the bittersweet beauty of white dust reflecting the pink sky.  A world transformed.  A reminder that love will conquer our deepest fears.  Love can florish where we plant it – we just need to believe.  Here follows a story:

 

 

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