We are writing this sitting at Starbucks and having their "ultimate festive season delight" - two Venti Gingerbread Lattes (with whipped cream, of course. Dieting can start again in the new year). Isn't it amazing how Starbucks markets their products though? Like these Gingerbread lattes - almost making their signature holiday coffee into a character of it's own with illustrations, it's own Instagram page (I kid you not) and creating huge hype around it waaaay before the holidays even start. All of us entrepreneurs have something to learn from, Starbucks!
But the actual reason Goshia and I are sitting at Starbucks poring over our laptops is because we are booking our tickets and stay in Positano, Italy. And in 2018, Mykonos beckons. It is just a testament of how "putting it out there to the universe" really does work. At the beginning of 2016, we listed our business goals and one of our top priorities was to grow our business (we since added a full-time videographer and editor to our team) and shoot more international weddings. We did a facebook post about the destinations where we had already shot weddings and then listed a few places we still wanted to shoot. (Number two of goal-making-got-to's is to be specific, right?! We don't only want a car, we want a Bentley!) Not too long afterwards, we booked a wedding in both Positano and Mykonos.
Like my dad always used to say: "the harder I work, the luckier I get..."
This year, one of our goals is to help other entrepreneurs, especially female entrepreneurs, to grow their businesses through successful marketing. One of the biggest challenges that female business owners face these days is burnout. We feel we need to do everything, be everywhere and still have enough time and energy to be successful wives/partners and moms. We have both been there and it has meant serious meltdowns! So 2017 will also mean better automation, less stress and more time to have fun and do what we most enjoy doing (which of course, includes shooting weddings).
So as the sun rises tomorrow, things will not be completely different than they were today, but also not exactly the same. It is so awesome, though, that as a society, we've decided to create and celebrate a time for new beginnings and a renewal of sorts.
Let this year bring only cheer and may you be indifferent to the things that make no difference.
Jen & Justin planned their beautiful Mauritius destination wedding from London, and what a celebration it was! 20 something of their closest friends and family descended on the island to witness this gorgeous couple tying the knot on the stunning white beaches of Shandrani Resort.
We had so much fun capturing their wedding, as well as the "Day-After" shoot in the water!
When we arrived at Shepstone Gardens last Saturday morning (skies beautifully clear, a couple of white doves perched on the chapel steeple), we were told that "the weather is just too perfect...it will surely rain later on...".
But it didn't. And it stayed perfect.
We were so ridiculously excited about Ursula & Kevin's wedding, we were shaking with excitement (quite literally actually!) - not only by the dripping blooms from every ceiling beam and arch but by Ursula and Kevin's contagious excitement (and of course, Ursh's AMAZING wedding gown). Zavion, Lauren and the rest of the Zavion Kotze Events Company team was in top form arranging and decorating, while the crew of Zavion's TV show was filming their every move.
We feel blessed to have been part of such an awe-inspiring production!
THE WHO | WHERE | WHAT
Venue | Shepstone Gardens
Floral Design | Zavion Kotze Events Company
Ursula's, Bridesmaids' and Flower Girls' Dresses | Vesselina Pentcheva
Makeup | Leslie Whitby
DJ | Soundworx
To say that we'd been looking forward to Sabrina & Agnello's wedding in Italy is just a horrible understatement...we were counting down a year, then months and then finally it was just a few weeks away...
Sometimes, when your expectations of a place are so overwhelming, it very often turns out to be disappointing when one actually gets there. Take Paris, for example - there is so much excitement...one dreams, conjures, pictures seeing the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe for the first time (no pressure Paris!). Sometimes the expectations are met and other times it is less than expected, or just different.
Our expectations and experience of Sorrento? Unequalled! The food, the people, the atmosphere. It was what we dreamed and so much more. Sabrina and Agnello's wedding topped off our time on the Amalfi coast and I think everyone involved felt that this was something so incredibly special and a once-in-a-lifetime. If only time could be stopped we would have that beautiful Saturday afternoon, a vision of a regal-looking bride, a breathtaking cathedral, palace venue against the coastal cliffs and a feast fit for a king over and over again...
THE WHO | WHERE | WHAT:
Sabrina's gown | Garnish Couture
Bride's Jewellery | Swarovski
Stationery | Ruby Grey
Nicci and Darren's wedding was one of our favourites of last year! Although they are both very busy professionals and we only met them at their rehearsal cocktail party the evening before the wedding, we immediately felt a rapport with the couple and their awesome group of friends.
The surroundings (cue: the Sound of Music soundtrack) are mesmerising and any photographers' dream...not to mention such a gorgeous bride and dashing groom. We had the best time being flown into the mountains for their couple shoot (even though the windy conditions made the helicopter flight on the nerve-wrecking side...).
Thanks to Nicci and Darren for allowing us to share their gorgeous day!
THE WHO | WHERE | WHAT
Venue | Cathedral Peak Hotel
Nicci's Dress | Pronovias
Darren's Suit | Hugo Boss
Makeup | David John
Our first meeting with Nicole was at the Palazzo hotel for coffee one morning early last year. It was the perfect setting: this gorgeous woman in regal surrounds - looking like it was all made for her.
Then, she opened her mouth. Magical smile, relaxed laugh - absolutely dazzling - not by her beauty only, but by her warmth. Nicole Flint must be the most down to earth, "real" and just genuinely nice celebrities that we've ever met and had the pleasure of working with. You look, look again, and listen and every time you just love her more!
We are sure that her handsome husband, David, fell for this side of Nicole, and although we only met him on the wedding day itself, he also made us feel like we'd known each other for years.
David and Nicole's stunning country-style wedding took place at Cranford Country Lodge in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. We arrived on a chilly and foggy Friday afternoon, but the next day the weather couldn't have been more perfect - bright and sunny with a cool breeze blowing. Like it was ordered!
Eve of the Splendid Wedding Company was responsible for the gorgeous flowers and décor (we especially loved Nicole's stylishly loose, country chic bouquet!)
Lastly, we would like to thank AtPhoto for sponsoring Nicole & David's leather wedding album - here is a little clip of them picking it up at the studio:
We are on the brink of a new year and sitting here in our little studio, drinking our Nespresso (me) and camomile tea (Goshia), we are just so grateful at how wonderful this journey and this year has been. It takes a while to write a "Gratitude" post, as one never knows even where to begin...
So let's begin right at the start. Estilo was born at the beginning of this year and Goshia and I have never been as excited about a project... it honestly feels like Estilo has been our little baby that we've been taking care of, feeding and getting on it's feet. But this brainchild of ours has also allowed us the most amazing and exciting opportunities that we could ever have imagined. We got to travel to the most stunning places in Europe and South Africa, meet and photograph extraordinary people and gorgeous events and work alongside our idols and colleagues.
A few things that definitely stood out from 2015 is Sorrento, Italy, where we shot Sabrina & Agnello's wedding, being invited to be guest speakers at the Photo & Film Expo and winning first, second and third places in the Admired in Africa Awards.
We have big plans for 2016 and can't wait to share more, learn more, work more...and having some fun along the way. It was said once that if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life... Here's to an amazing year!
To say that we've been looking forward to this wedding the whole of this year is an understatement. Cassandra is the kindest, most endearing person to work with and Ryan is the perfect match...they tied the knot on the perfect Spring day two weekends ago at Morrell's Boutique Venue in Northcliff. Here are some of our favourite images from their special day.
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