An infectiously joyous after wedding photoshoot where a handful of Cape Town’s fiercely talented females came together to produce something truly exceptional with a real married couple.
My heart is absolutely bursting to be able to share this special photoshoot. Something so magical came together with some of the most incredible girls. My sister-in-law Kate who is the queen of finding amazing brands on Instagram shared the Ayeh Khalatbari Photography Instagram account with me last year while we were on holiday together. We have been obsessing over Ayeh’s incredible photographs ever since.
If you had to visually translate our hearts, you would see our wedding.
Nestled between a windy Friday and a cloudy Sunday, lay a surprisingly summery Saturday perfect for a secret garden wedding in spring. Our wedding was a true expression of love not only for each other, but for our friends and families as well. From the hand written letters and illustrations, drought friendly touches, hand drawn family crests, the song my dad and cousins sang me down the isle to and even a harpist – it was a spectacular day thoroughly and thoughtfully celebrated.
If you had to visually translate my heart, this would be it.
It is my humble opinion that a physical invitation is a gift that you offer to all of your loved ones that will make the time to attend your wedding, travel very far sometimes and most likely have to spend quite a bit of money. It is a first glimpse of what they can expect and a beautiful way to invite them to get excited about the celebrations to come. It’s a costly thing that is mostly ignored nowadays, but it is something that is deeply meaningful to me and there’s nothing I love more than receiving beautiful post amidst all the usual bills.
Sean and I are both originally from Port Elizabeth so we have a very special place in our heart for all things Eastern Cape. Part of his proposal was surprise tickets to visit our families two weeks later where his mom had arranged for an intimate engagement party to celebrate.
“Married in veils of June mist,
Fortune your wedding-ring has kissed.
Married in days of July’s cheer,
Love’s star shines brighter from year to year.”
– Ancient Wedding Rhyme
I adore styled shoots. There is something so refreshing about stepping away from my desk and spending the day with an assortment of local creative females. The inspiration, enthusiasm and delightful creativity is intoxicating. Generally, I love being behind the camera but when working with a photographer that I trust I have no problem playing the role of the normal, curvy, girl-next-door schmodel.
Sean told me he was going to marry me about six months into our relationship. From the very first date we sort of just fit together. It felt more like I was remembering him than getting to know him. He is one of a kind. The most humble, generous, loving man I have ever met. Most of all, he is a good person. I am still not sure how I managed to find someone this incredible and that he somehow seems to feel the same about me.
Long before I even dreamed of becoming an illustrator I used to gift drawings to my loved ones. It is my love language and the most vulnerable and authentic way that I express my love to them. During the beautiful struggle of making ends meet – the joy of pursuing a career in the art industry – these cards were all I had to spoil my beloved friends.