love shoot #14: barefoot beach {shaun & tamara}

I completely adore today’s wedding!  Shaun and Tamara tied the knot in a beautiful barefoot ceremony in Mozambique.  It was a day that revolved around family, friends and love, and they chose to keep their wedding unique and intimate by involving them all throughout the day.

The relaxed beach vibe was captured perfectly by their photographer, Mike Rose.  New to the world of wedding photography, Mike is experienced in commercial and magazine shoots, which gives his wedding photography an unobtrusive, editorial feel.  Which, by the way, I love.  You have enough people taking pictures of you on your wedding day, without your wedding photographer sticking their lens in your face all day like the paparazzi!

During their relationship, Shaun and Tamara spent many happy times and holidays in Mozambique,  and Shaun proposed to Tamara on the beach there!  So it was only natural they should choose to get married at their beach house at Ponta Malongane.

I love the soft, dusky pink colours of the flowers, such a break from the usual white and aqua theme for a beach wedding, even Shaun’s scarf coordinated perfectly!  Tamara makes such a beautiful bride, her light and floaty dress and soft hairstyle are perfect for a relaxed wedding.  And the King Protea bouquet?! Protea’s get me every time, simply breathtaking!

Tamara is currently expecting a little one (huge congratulations!), so I caught up with Shaun to find out more about their day.

Tamara and I met at a boxing-gym about 4 years ago, we both knew as soon as we laid eyes on each other that business was far from over.  After a brief courtship, we started dating in December 2008.

Tam and I both love the outdoors and especially the beach. We love the rural aspects and beauty of Mozambique as a country and the ability to completely kick back and relax. We always had our hearts set on getting married in Mozambique, it was made even more special and attractive because we got engaged there.  We even had our honeymoon in Mozambique, much further up the coast at a place called Medjumbe, in the Quirimba islands.

Looking back on our wedding weekend, there really isn’t one thing we would change, there couldn’t have been a better start to our marriage together. We were hugely blessed to have the support of our family, and commitment from our friends to drive 9 hours over potholed roads to share it with us.

The first priority was to have it at a place that held meaning to us and was close to our hearts. We have had many happy family holidays and times in Ponta Malangane, so it was almost unsaid that we would always get married there. The ability to have a small and meaningful wedding with just close friends and family (54 people) was also hugely attractive. We wanted everyone to get away and relax, come and share in the beauty of Mozambique with us and enjoy a full long weekend. It was a weekends celebration rather than a day. The inspiration was love, nature, beauty, good times, family and friends and of course the beach!

The whole wedding and weekend were very personal. We had no professionals, everyone was either friend or family, everyone just got stuck in and helped where they could. Our photographer was a very good friend of ours with an amazing talent, Mike Rose. A famous South African musician friend of ours Ard Matthews played guitar as Tam walked down the aisle, and my sister who was also Tam’s bridesmaid did the service and married us.

What advice would you give other brides?

Be true to yourself and your relationship, do what’s right for you and keep it simple. Try not to get wrapped up in the whole wedding hype and other people’s opinions. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend amazing moments with the people who matter most to you.  Enjoy your honeymoon!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was Sade’s – Lovers Rock. It’s a song that we’ve always loved and sung way too loud to each other!

Thank you Tamara and Shaun for sharing your amazing day with us!  Congratulations on your wedding, and wishing you lots of happy times together with your new arrival!

Dress – Bride and Co, Johannesburg

Shoes – Compulsory barefoot for everyone!

Venue – Behind a dune on the beach at Ponta Malongane

Flowers/Decor – Tamara

Hair & Makeup – Bridesmaid Mellissa Varga.

Groom’s Outfit – Pringle

Catering – Tarryn from Ponta Do Ouro

Music – Ard Matthews and our favourite party playlist.

Bridesmaids dresses – Bride and Co


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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