our wedding: engagement shoot

Happy Tuesday ladies!  I hope you’re enjoying my real wedding feature this week?  I’m really enjoying sharing it with you and am very excited by all the wonderful comments you have been leaving me.  Tuesday is engagement shoot day on Bijoux Bride, so today I’m sharing our own beach engagment shoot with you!

André and I love South Africa, it’s where he grew up and it captured my heart.  Immediately after our engagement we knew it was the place for us to get married, and we set a date in 2012…  We organised a trip back to SA after our engagement to find a venue but things didn’t work out quite the way we expected!  After a couple of months back home, I stumbled upon the stunning Morgansvlei Country Estate via CapClassique (a must read blog for any Cape Town bride-to-be).  We made some enquiries, and the coordinator let us know there were still some dates left in 2011.  A few frantic phone calls later across the world to various families and friends, and checking that our photographer was (amazingly) available, we booked it!  February 12th 2011, a whole year earlier than planned, and only 6 months away!!

Choosing our photographer was such an easy decision!  We had come across the stunning work of Christine Meintjes months before we were engaged, and always knew that when we got married she would be the one we wanted to capture our day.  Wedding photo’s are the lasting reminder of your day, and it was really important to us to choose the best we could afford.  Christine’s clean and creative style, along with her natural ability to capture all the details and private moments made her our perfect choice.

A few months after our engagement, Christine  visited London, so we met up and we chatted about our upcoming weddings.

{Christine got married to her wonderful husband Iaan last October.  You really should check out her wedding pictures and video.  Words cannot describe the love, care and attention that went into their day.}

So, Christine and I were chatting about weddings, and that Andre and I were soon to be visiting Cape Town again.  As part of our wedding package we had a couple shoot included, so decided to organise a little trip down to Camps Bay, where we got engaged, when we were next in SA.  As it worked out, we couldn’t have our shoot in Camps Bay, but dedicated Christine (along with her brand new husband – who did a brilliant job as photographer’s assistant) drove the 3 hours down to the coast at Struisbaai where we were staying with family.

It was a cloudy and windy day, but we really had fun on our shoot at the little harbour and on the beach of Struisbaai.  Clambering in and out of the old boats without tipping them over was fun!  I love the different colours, the rust and textures.

This dress was an amazing find!  I was on a business trip in Newcastle (of all places!) and whilst running for my plane spotted it in the beach section of Accessorize.  My boss held the plane while I made the very necessary purchase (thanks Mark!)  I hope you’ll agree it worked really well with the colours and location of the shoot!

I did my own hair and makeup, with a few tips from my wedding makeup artist.  I would really recommend getting a professional involved on your shoot though if you can, as your usual day-to-day makeup can get a little lost on camera.  I decided to pull my hair half up right at the last minute to stop it blowing in my face with the wind, it worked quite well!

There are usually so many of these beautiful green shells on the beach here (although on this particular day we could hardly find any, typical!).  They remind us of Andre’s family whenever we see them, so it was really special to include them.  The ring shot is my absolute favourite!

These shots in the dune are some of my favourites.  It was so quiet, with no one else around, so I think these really capture us in a really special moment.

A HUGE thank you to Christine for capturing the beautiful memories of our engagement!

I am nervous and excited about tomorrow, I will be sharing the first part of our wedding day with you!!







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.

inspiration board #1: bijoux bride

So, what exactly is a 'bijoux bride'?



We’ve had a spate of snowy engagement sessions of late, and with the weather turning


#109: Beach Brights

As I’m busy spending my bank holiday weekend in Dubai, I thought it was only fair to


love shoot #5: a stroll in the park {ter

Terri & David took a stroll through Bushy Park for this relaxed and informal couple sh