A few months ago I sponsored a prize for the Little Seedlings Montessori school in Hilton. Shelley Joseph won and we at last managed to get a weekend where we were both free to photograph her and her beautiful family. Keira & Chyler stole my heart on Sunday morning... We set them loose at a nearby field and it was pure joy photographing their energetic spirits. Thank you Shelley and Lee for letting me in for the morning to capture your beautiful family!
You may have already seen it on my facebook page (what feels like ages ago) but we spent an incredible five days in Cape Town at the beginning of May. So it's old news but Cape Town truly is what everyone says: "a little bit of overseas in our own country". Cape Town is nothing like I could have ever imagined yet it is everything I imagined and more. I put it to friends to suggest cool things to do whilst we were there and boy did we get bombarded with itinerary options galore. Who needs travel agents? You just have to ask your friends!
The above image is the moment I first set eyes on Cape Town from the aeroplane. Beautiful! We were honestly spoilt for choice in terms of what to do and what to see so we decided to narrow down the options by highlighting the main touristy things to do first! We flew to Cape Town early Thursday morning and got straight to the sight seeing.
Upon arrival we raced to the baggage carousel, collected our luggage, rushed to First Car Rental and picked up our ride for our holiday in Cape Town. I just want to go back! The more I look through our photographs the more I just want to post them all. But I won't. I'll stick to the basics of what we did and include photographs respectively.
Some stops on day one included: Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simons Town, Hout Bay and World of Birds, up Chapmans Peak and a short stop at Clifton Beach. We checked in at our hotel: Hotel Graeme and ventured down to the V&A Waterfront for some supper on the harbour.
Early morning breakfast at the hotel then a day trip exploring Table Mountain, local Cape Town coffee roasters, and a ferry across to Robben Island Museum.
Today we hit the Old Biscuit Mill for the Neighbourgoods market. It was so worth it! Loved all the stores. Had no idea what to buy so left empty handed. Unfortunately I can't just buy things on impulse. We decided to visit a few more coffee roasters: Rosetta Coffee and Truth Coffee. We visited Boulders Beach and the precious penguins. Hitched a ride up the funicular to the beautiful Cape Point then enjoyed a lunch at the Two Oceans restaurant. We took the scenic route home and ended up racing against the sun to catch the Signal Hill sunset which we missed by a minute or two but still managed to get some beautiful photographs. We enjoyed dinner at Hudsons with our cousin Jared: the most scrumptious burgers with Jack Black Beer and a sinful Milkshake takeaway.
Day 4 and 5
On our fourth day in Cape Town, the heavens burst open and we were set in for a rather miserable day. We decided to go ahead and keep to our plan of exploring Stellenbosch and all the pretty wine farms. Whilst there wasn't much open we still managed to enjoy a stop at the Moreson farm (Miss Molly wine and flowers). Our best stop was at Muratie for some port tasting (yes, we paired it with chocolates). Enjoyed some cheese tasting at Fairview then met some old friends at the cool Route 44 Market for some lunch and coffee. We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying a chocolate and wine tasting at Spier Wine Farm.
On our last day we visited a few more coffee roasters: Origin Coffee and Legado Coffee. We also visited the cool JC Le Roux for Methode de cap Classique and chocolate tasting. We missed our chance for lunch at Fairview the day before so we made damn sure we had a booking on our last day. We then visited the new Spice Route for CBC beer tasting and DV Chocolate Tasting. Then it was a very sad farewell to Cape Town but we enjoyed Lime Milkshakes at the airport before boarding.
Three weeks ago we celebrated the wedding of precious Lauren and her beau Lee. We had such fun photographing the crazy bunch and have put together a collection of photographs that will hopefully last them until all the pics are edited and handed over to them at last. I am as impatient as they are to get these finished up because honestly, we all had the best time. Please feel free to leave a short message to the newly weds below.
Welcome to Providence: Venue & Decor
A few weeks before the wedding I sent Lauren and Lee a questionnaire that dealt with the build up to their wedding, and why certain decisions were made... They always have a fantastic sense of humour and I might sneak a few titbits in here and there. As for why they used Providence, they said that they really just knew walking into it that it was their perfect wedding venue and it would be the perfect setting for their vintage and earthy styled decor. The decor was hired from both Spotted Owl Decor, and Labola. Flowers were arranged by Lauren's mom-in-law, Beth Thompson. It honestly was the most beautiful setting. When I asked Lauren and Lee what they are most looking forward to on this special day they said that it would have to be celebrating the most important day of their lives with the people who matter most in their lives.
Going to the chapel and we're gona get married... then eat some cake
As to when they realised they were meant for each other, Lauren's response was: they had been dating for only six months when they decided to move in with each other and it was about a year after living together that she felt she couldn't live without him. Lee's response, somewhat on the lighter side, replied: the week that he proposed! How did Lee propose...? Whilst other plans were at play, the weather wouldn't comply with Lee's agenda and it was on a rainy afternoon where they were all snug and curled up on a couch that Lee simply lent over and asked her out of the blue. Of course, Lauren said YES. As to what they love about each other, Lee loves Lauren's amazing and bubbly personality... In my books I think her laugh is the most contagious I've heard so I would have to agree with Lee. Lauren loves the good advice that Lee always gives her even though she often goes against what he says.
Then... the fun we had in the pasture
Rowan and I couldn't have asked for a more entertaining crowd, especially the boys who were honestly up for anything. It was such an honour photographing Lauren and Lee's wedding. They have always supported us, almost from the outset, and it means so much to us that we have been able to watch this little relationship blossom... Photographing you as a couple, then an engaged couple and now a married couple has meant the world to us. We sincerely wish you both everything of the utmost best in your beautiful future together as husband and wife!
Please feel free to leave Lauren and Lee a message of well wishes and congratulations below.
The weeks since Lauren and Lee's wedding have been filled with lots of highs and lows, including the loss of a soul too young to die. Lauren and Lee's wedding, at Providence Country Weddings, was a day to remember. Everything was perfect, and everything had Lauren's special touch of perfection. Until I finish editing, I thought I would share a quick sneak peek of their gorgeous decor! A blog post will be up soon with their wedding photographs.
It is with great sadness that we sit here writing these horrific words. My last blog featured Avril and Mike's engagement shoot on their family farm out in Eston called Little Harmony. That was little over a month ago and it was fast to become the most fun I have ever had on a shoot. Last Friday, dear Mike, was suddenly, and tragically, taken from us. Our hearts are broken at the loss of such a kind and beautiful soul. We left their farm just a month ago feeling like long lost pals and now we feel a terrible emptiness as Mike no longer walks the earth with us. The world was a far better place with Mike. In the time we got to know him we learnt of his amazing and infinite love for his precious Avril. The loss has rippled into every person he has ever come into contact with. No words could take away the pain and suffering from those who know him and love him dearly. The space left here with us will never be filled and whilst we all know God's plan is at play, we cannot rationalise exactly why this had to happen. All we can muster right now is a simple "I'm so sorry for your loss", and all we want to do is take away all the pain.
Mike, as is testament by the words of family and friends in reaction to his passing, most undeservedly passed away last week. He will forever be celebrated as the happiest and warmest friend around. We were so lucky to have met Mike and he will always serve as a reminder to make the most of the time we are given on this earth... Most of all to love, and to do so with all your heart and soul as he so assuredly did in loving Avril.
Together with Avril, and the Marwick and Karlsen families, we all say: We love you to heaven and back.
Candice Christie Photography
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