Nina and the wind

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” 
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

So we got dressed (with mostly everything we had on hand) and set out on an adventure, an adventure that went literally as the wind blew. We did not try to fight the fact that mother nature had to have it her way, we embraced her in all her glory! 

What a wet, windy, sandy cold and wondrous undertaking. 

Lets do it again sometime... 

JT & Gerda - Engaged, Lets celebrate!

A love story is not about those who lose their heart but about those who find that sullen inhabitant who, when it is stumbled upon, means the body can fool no one, can fool nothing— not the wisdom of sleep or the habit of social graces. It is a consuming of oneself and the past. —Michael OndaatjeThe English Patient

So these two wonderful souls got engaged and we had a blast doing their shoot together, not only did we completely go overboard but we ended of the day with a well deserved glass of vino and I got to make two new amazing friends. Thank you guys, I'm looking forward to share your wedding day with you. xoxo

How Malawi Saved My Life - True Story - Part 1

It did not all begin here, of course not, but it made what came afterward so much easier to Love...

This is not a Eat Pray Love Tale, or wait, perhaps it is...

Eat what you can find that looks respectable and has no more than four legs. 

Pray that where you think the bus is going and where the bus is really going will be one in the same place.

Love every single moment, every single hour and every single second of where you are, supposedly on a bus,  you might be there for a while...

We started our Journey to Monkey Bay from Lilongwe on a bus. A local bus, definitely not the first choice of transport that most tourist would choose, but I suggest you do.

At first I was reluctant, even after traveling all over Africa for 5 years.  I haven't done this before, so lets go!! I had good conversations, strange but very convenient one stop shops, got my hair done, shared smiles and learnt more than just a bit, all in one bus trip. 

Below Part I of my trip in Malawi, my experience, and my tears of absolute 'ambedo.

Thank you to the people on the bus that allowed me to include them in my shots with a friendly nod of their heads or a smile. 

'Ambedo

n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—briefly soaking in the experience of being alive, an act that is done purely for its own sake. - thoughtcatalog

 

Paul and Jocor - Oh so Elegant Farm Wedding

There wasn't a more perfect setting for Paul and Jocor's wedding day. On the banks of a river where two countries meet. This is where they came together to start their happily ever after. 

Their day was filled with laughter, friends, family and enough love to give anyone goosebumps. With the setting on the farm where Jocor grew up it took a lot of hard work, effort and love to put this spectacular day together. 

You guys are so close to my heart and we wish you all the best for your future, thank you for making us a part of the beginning of the rest of your lives together.

Oh and thank you for not making a fuss when we had to leave our car behind and catch a lift with you on the back of your cruiser. (In Africa people tend to get stuck in the sand or mud, more often than not in our case) 

Leaving you with a piece from Paul and Jocor's favourite song... " I can sing it if you sing it with me, and I can dance if you teach me, so take my hand, lets go dancing...."  - Sunset Sweatshop

 

Venue: Plaas York   Decor/ Tables: Corli Van der Linde   Catering: BGorgeous  Make-up: Lizelle Lombard Make-up  Hair: Lizelle Lombard  Bride Gown: Bride & Co  Bridesmaids Dresses: The Space  Second Shooter: Maryke Albertyn  Brides Ring: Deonne le Roux  Grooms Ring: American Swiss

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Brent & Chanee - "Come on Charlie lets climb a hill and drink some wine"

For Brent and Chanee's engagement shoot we headed up the hill chasing the light. Packed with enough wine for all we started our little adventure with Charlie tagging along. What an amazing fun loving and adventurous couple, I loved doing this shoot with you guys. May you be blessed with love, friendship, endless laughter and happiness till the end of days. 

 “Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” e.e. Cummings

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Ett & Shannon

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate then when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
– Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Heino & Ilandi - Its a Girl!

Congratulations to Ilandi and Heino, may your little one only bring you joy and endless laughter. 

As we spoke about sexy vegetables and cowboy hats, I realized that this little girl is going to be one happy little baby growing up with lots of laughter and love.

I am thankful to have been a part of this special time in your life, if only for a little while. 

Be Blessed. 

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. -George Sand

xoxo

Paul & Jocor - Wine, cake and You of course my dear.

Winter, love, wine and cake all go hand in hand, so why not indulge on a winters day..

Paul and Jocor have a special kind of warmth when they are together, the kind that makes everything move in slow motion while a Shawn Mendes track plays in the background of your mind. - Yes I have a vivid imagination, but this all is true -

After a chatty and fun filled afternoon with these two, we ended off with a glass of vino and a bit of banter. Thank you guys for letting me share these moments with you, exited about your wedding day... of course yes! 

"Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk."

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf
 

Mauritius - Life without the beach

Mauritius as we know is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations to retreat to. Mostly for its amazing beaches and friendly locals. With my canon at my side, ops normal, I decided to grab my reluctant husband by the hand and head to the streets of Grand Bay on the West Coast. Cheap option in mind, we took the bus. 

My mind completely submerged with our surroundings, I tried to capture those less mentioned honeymoon moments.Not including any beaches, coconut drinks or beach bods, if you are interested in that, please don't scroll any further. 

If you are interested in the daily routines of Mauritian locals, bus rides, resting street dogs and half built buildings, I suggest you have a look. I hope you see the beauty and simplicity of life in my images, I hope you keep an open mind, I hope you will seek adventures in this beautiful honest place, but most of all, keep in mind that Tourism is the main income of this amazing country and it is deserving of every penny spent. 

Enjoy and feel free to give your feedback below. 

Wanderlust Love - Blanche

Beach Hues - Clifton - South Africa

"Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard." 

As we rushed to the beach to catch the sun set. Our rush was soon at halt as we could not help to notice the shades that the sun poured over the beach. In awe of our surroundings I decided to try and capture those moments in time, the beauty of mother nature and the colour she brings. Never forgetting that I am blessed with good company. Thank you friend, you are beautiful.

 

My subjects tend to force me to pose.... So I try

My subjects tend to force me to pose.... So I try

Hannes and Anja - Sharing a special moment as Newlyweds

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” 
― John Joseph Powell

These two, as close to my heart as they are have a certain type of love, a love most of us wish for, something they only share with one another, only for them to know, only for them to smile about and for the rest to wonder. To me this is the ultimate friendship in love, two souls entwined. 

Anja and Hannes know that you are looked up to, your love for one another and God inspires those around you. 

Thank you for alowing me capture your intimate moments. 

All my Love

Blanche

Ronelle and Francois - Intimate Hoedspruit Wedding

There are no words that could explain the love and friendship between Ronelle and Francois. They planned for a small wedding affair at one of my favourite venues, Francines Venue in Hoedspruit, so excitement was running high. Their intimate wedding was perfect, not only the decor the dress and the venue, but the mood, the utter most relaxed and fun attitude of both Ronelle and Francois before walking down the isle. I am in awe of these two wonderful souls. Thank you for making me a part of your special day, and may your love and friendship grow forever more in all that you do. 

“Because everything of value that we will know in this life comes from our relationships with those around us. Because there is nothing material that measures against the intangibles of love and friendship.” 
― R.A. SalvatorePassage to Dawn