A few weeks ago I received one of those emails you wish you got everyday! Monique from Oh Darling Days had selected me as the winner of a “Wedded Bliss” photoshoot with Abigail K photography. The idea was to celebrate couples who had been married for some time.
After a bit of convincing I managed to get the other essential participant to agree to be photographed and then started planning our shoot location, date and of course, what to wear! I managed to arrange to have my hair and make up done on the day so that I could arrive feeling confident that I looked presentable!
We decided on the Alphen Greenbelt in Constantia as it is a very beautiful spot that we have visited over the years – from our dating days to taking the kids for bike rides. One memorable occasion was Brad pacing me up and down the day before my induction date of our firstborn, in an attempt to kickstart labour…. it only succeeded in wearing me out completely!
Our chosen afternoon turned out to be a stunner, the light was magical, the air warm and the spring greens in abundance. Abigail was a real professional, with a very easy-going nature that helped us to relax into things quickly. It’s never a completely natural thing posing for photos so it really helps to have someone who can make you feel at ease and she did this amazingly. There were times when we forgot she was actually taking pics! As we wondered down the greenbelt she was quick to pick up on the perfect light or tree or angle for her shots and came prepared with a blanket and stool just in case. (Behind the scenes there were one or two hair-raising moments when wet dogs came bounding for me, and another went for our son who was holding a stick….)
As with all photo shoots you can only hand over control to the photographer and hope that in the end you are presented with pictures that you can share with confidence. I did this and waited patiently for the results…. And my verdict. I am so pleased we took the time to do this “Wedded Bliss” photoshoot. It’s not often I get out from behind the camera and very rare to have a photo of the two of us together. I love that Abigail has captured our relationship and not just a posed once off pic and I’m so excited to be able to share these in years to come with our kids, and even grandkids. I’ll definitely be printing a few of my faves out and one day in the future I’m sure we will be reminiscing about how young we once were!!
Thank you to Monique and Abigail for a wonderful experience. See a few more pics on Oh Darling Days.
Images: Abigail K Photography
Makeup: Kirsten Murphy Makeup
Dress: Mr & Ms
Venue: Alphen Greenbelt, Constantia