Our amazing photographer, Mark Engelbrecht has posted some of our wedding photos on his blog and facebook!! πŸ™‚

We should be receiving our photo disk soon.

Here are some of my favourites:

I will be blogging soon about all our wonderful suppliers – Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Venue, Cake, Dress, Shoes…everything!
Our wedding would not have been as beautiful without the help of all these committed and talented people!

Carla Satram


Post Wedding Glow

Its been about 2.5 weeks since our wedding…and what a day it was!

During my planning process, a few newly married women all told me the same thing: “Make sure you relax so that you can enjoy your day – it goes by so fast!”
They weren’t kidding. The day literally went by in a flash!

The last 2 weeks leading up to the wedding was really emotional for me.
A few family members confirmed that they would not be coming to my wedding. People I grew up with. Someone I considered one of my best friends decided that she wasn’t going to be a part of the most special day in my life. It crushed me. I am still incredibly disappointed in her, but I realise that I can’t change other people or help them if they don’t want it. But I can pray for them.

Besides that, I struggled to eat or sleep. In a way I was kind of relieved that I wasn’t eating. Everyone kept telling me I was going to lose weight, and it was beginning to piss me off because I hadn’t lost a single centimetre! So when the infamous “bridal weightloss” finally happened, I managed to lose a measly 2 kgs…lol.
Needless to say, I gained it all back over our honeymoon! πŸ™‚

Our honeymoon was fantastic. Just what the doctor ordered – some well needed resting time together. We had an awesome time in sunny Robertson and Montagu! We decided to have a local honeymoon (cheaper), and perhaps travel overseas next year.

And before anymore people ask us about babies…No, we won’t be having any anytime soon!

Brendon and I are almost 100% settled into our new apartment. Its been a big adjustment for both of us since we didn’t live together before, and we are used to having our moms cook and clean for us…But we are adjusting for sure! One step at a time, we’ll be pros at this marriage business soon!
For me, its a bit of a jump to cook everyday. I am most certainly not used to it (and the time it takes to make a meal…WTF!), but I am enjoying experimenting in the kitchen. I am just going to have to learn to manage my time..

So far so good, we are loving living together and learning from each other. Its been a long wait and we are finally here. After 5 years of dating and over a year of wedding planning, we are married!!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our wedding and shared in our love and friendship for each other. It was a beautiful day and it all came together with the presence of our guests πŸ™‚
We are so grateful for your well wishes and gifts.
A big shout out goes to Archbishop Henry! (Yes, a shout out!) Everyone has been asking us about this happy, funny, down to earth man! Our nuptial mass was amazing and we are truly blessed. Thank you Lord for all our rewards and blessings.

Photos coming soon, I will upload as soon as I get them! Sneak peek below from our awesome photographer Mark Engelbrecht! (the last pic)



What makes a wedding…?

I want to do a series of posts about our wonderful suppliers. Without them, our dream wedding would not be on its way to becoming a reality!
I realise that I haven’t given much information about them, so I am devoting the next month or so to our venue, photographer, videographer and florist. They are all superb and I think that they all deserve some advertising!

First up is our photographer, Mark Engelbrecht of Creative Weddings.
We recently came across Mark’s website after we decided to find a new photographer. We met up with him and immediately felt a connection. He is a relaxed, humble man, passionate about his work, and oh so creative! (Hence the name I suppose…lol)
Mark has about 20 years experience in the field and has won numerous awards, which really made the choice much easier when we had 3 photographers to choose from. Mark, we love your natural, effortless approach to photography!

We met up with Mark and his assistant Alfonso yesterday, at the UCT grounds for our engagement shoot…..Wow what an afternoon!
It took me about an hour to get into it, but surprisingly, Brendon was a natural! Smiles and poses down, he gave me a run for my money!!
It was a bit unusual since I am used to the camera. Perhaps it was strange because the shoot was non belly dance related, or because I had to ‘act natural’ with my fiancΓ©, in front of random inquisitive students….?
I don’t know, but let’s just hope I don’t have a dazed and confused look on my face in the pictures…. πŸ™‚
Well done to my Zoolander, you were excellent babe!!
(I will upload some pics as soon as we get them!)

Please view the gallery below to see some of Mark’s work. We can’t wait for our wedding to be amongst these unbelievable photos!!

Until next time,


Trash the dress…..?

I’ve just come across a really sad story about a bride who died a few days ago while doing a ‘Trash the Dress’ shoot. For those of you who don’t know, Trash the Dress shoots have become very popular over the past few years. Its a photoshoot of the couple or bride by herself, in their wedding attire after the wedding. It’s often taken in unusual locations, and can include the bride in water, mud, or even paint! Why this is popular, is beyond me…

Anyway, one reason NOT to do a Trash the Dress shoot in a lake or the ocean, is because its dangerous. A Canadian woman recently drowned during her Trash the Dress photoshoot, when the dress became too heavy for her to keep herself afloat.
See article: Bride drowns in wedding dress

When Brendon and I got engaged last October, I immediately thought (and assumed) that I would hire a dress or have one made and then sell it afterwards. I always thought that buying a wedding dress was a stupid idea. How things have changed! My wedding dress is at home, safe and hidden, and I can’t wait to wear it on my wedding day! What I am going to do with it afterwards, is something I will figure out next year.

I have never met a local bride who’s done a Trash the Dress shoot….and I most certainly will not be doing one!
It took me 5 months to pay off my wedding dress and I want to treasure it for as long as possible πŸ™‚
What do you think? Would you consider trashing your dress…?


The Engagement Shoot…

The engagement shoot is a very important learning experience for both the couple and the photographer. It gives both parties the chance to loosen up, and eliminates the chances of ‘freezing’ up and or giving those awkward fake smiles on your wedding day…
Our engagement shoot is booked for the end of September, and we need your help! Which location do you think would fit us best?
Please give us your answers via the poll on the right…