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I enjoyed this venue so much, I am thinking of celebrating my own big birthday there. It’s homely, it’s quirky, it’s artistic, the food is wholesome, the service friendly and efficient and the setting is beautiful.

The view as one enters Knorhoek Farm, with guesthouses up ahead and to the right. The restaurant is in a little glen down below on the left (out of the picture).

The restaurant is fairly small, creating an intimate environment for a special occasion.

Organza curtains divided the venue in two, so that the ceremony could be held away from the eating area.

The venue is intimate enough so that no one need miss out on a weepy moment. Large windows allow the natural light to stream in.

The restaurant is furnished with 'real' tables and chairs (not that plastic and laminate stuff), and the whitewashed beams and twigs against the reed ceiling create an airy feeling.

Old silverware decorates the ceiling.

Home-made preserves, books and flowers decorate the old piano, and porcelain plates adorn the walls.

I love the decor of the place, as well as the mismatched silver cutlery and old porcelain crockery on the tables. The wholesome farmhouse-style food is placed on the tables in large serving dishes, so there is no queuing for food. The portions are generous, and the staff pay a visit to each table to check if anyone would like more of anything.

Some guests had their hearty soup starter served in these delightful mini-tureens.

I can highly recommend their award-winning wines – not that I had the opportunity to sample too much, being on duty and all. However, I did have some of their Two Cubs White Blend, which is a John Platter three-star, and I made my way to their wine sales on the way home to buy a few bottles of excellent red to enjoy at home.

All good meals end with coffee. At Towerbosch, traditional moerkoffie is served.

A roaring fire in the fireplace keeps guests warm, and a small lounge area, complete with a bookcase groaning with books, provides a cosy place for becoming better acquainted with someone interesting. The wedding couple used this area to sign the register.

A lounge area is a good place for conversation, as well as a quirky, colourful place for photographs.

The venue is great for both summer and winter: the swimming pool and large lawn provide a great space for summer, and the large fireplace and roaring fire provide comfort and atmosphere in winter.

The twig-lined bridge provides a some extra detail to that going-away shot.

For more information about Knorhoek, their guesthouses and farms, and, of course, Towerbosch Restaurant, pay a visit to their website here – and do let me know if you’ve paid a visit to the farm itself, and what you think of it.

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There was no messing around with these guys. If we’re calling it ‘trash the dress’, then trash the dress is what we’re going to do!

The shoot was at U-Tac, a very cool paintball range on the R304 towards Atlantis. We were hoping for stormy weather – just to add to the grunge atmosphere – but the worst of it happened while we were driving, which is just as well, since I had forgotten to pack the huge umbrella that was supposed to protect my gear. Atmosphere was provided by dark clouds, but the shoot remained dry (until we drove off!).

We started with a few tame images in and around the wooden buildings –

All cute –

… and romantic …

But we soon got our teeth into it …

Don’t you just love the gumboots?! Soon our bride got ready to kick some ass …

… and she was taking no prisoners!

They soon patched things up, though …

The dress was a gonner …

But the big, strong, handsome groom saved the bride …

And they both lived happily ever after …

Andrew and Reva’s wedding was just amazing. I’ve put a little montage together, which I posted on You Tube (my first montage, my first You Tube video … watch this space!).

Photographed by Deirdre … might I have been selected because of my initial?

This was a busy-busy house, with loads of people coming and going, kids barrelling about, and a completely unphased bride sitting in the middle of it. I’ve already posted pics of the little flower girls lower down in the blog. Here are some shots of the bride and groom

A wedding somehow seems complete only when there are little girls dressed up as princesses – miniature versions of the bride. They seem to be more starry-eyed and excited than the bride herself.

A recent wedding had two little girls, identically dressed, complete with up-do, nail varnish and mascara, who were thrilled to be part of the proceedings, and equally thrilled to be photographed at every opportunity.

Getting ready involves paying as much attention to details  such as accessories and perfume as the bride does.

A little heart-shaped bling completes the look

Heart-shaped bling completes the look

Every girl needs a stroke of glittery body lotion

Then there’s the preening in front of the mirror … well, what’s the point of being a girl if you can’t preen in front of the mirror … right?

How do I look?

BFF ... we look FAbulous!

A quick peek to see how the bride’s preparations are doing …

Flowergirls taking a peek through the bride's bedroom door

And then they’re ready …

Little flowergirls, ready to go

Transport befitting a princess whisks the girls to the venue …

A limo ride for the princesses

And one of the great things about being a flowergirl is that you get front row seats, which is a good thing, because if your feet don’t yet touch the ground when you sit on a chair, there’s little chance of seeing the fairytale over the heads of the grown-ups.

Little feet that can't yet reach the ground

Little feet that don't yet reach the ground

The ‘trash the dress’ shoot has become quite trendy. It’s a fun, relaxed way to show off your wedding dress without worrying about having to do your first dance with bits of seaweed attached to your hem, or trailing bits of leaves and bark through the entrance hall of the Mount Nelson.

This shoot on the beach was great fun, and I think I was about as wet as the model by the end of it.

I would like to add to the ‘trash the dress’ option the ‘celebrate the dress’ option – getting it all dressed up and fabulous, and shooting in the studio.


Andrew and Reva’s wedding day is coming up really soon. They’re such a great couple, and I can’t wait to be part of their wedding day – I just know it’s going to be huge fun, and they’re going to give me the opportunity to take amazing shots.

We did their engagement shoot yesterday. Instead of heading off somewhere idyllic, they decided to be photographed on their stomping ground: the streets of Cape Town and in the Company Gardens.

It was a perfect day in Cape Town yesterday morning and, still feeling somewhat battered from the previous day’s wedding shoot, I gathered my kit and headed out into the quiet Sunday morning streets with them – Reva wearing a fabulous dress and the most awesome shoes! She had no problem whipping them off and walking barefoot when she felt like it, though.

We meandered past the divorce courts en route, and they decided they should have a pic that denotes no stopping … no stopping at the divorce court. Andrew found a movable no stopping sign, dragged it into the road and, being the sports that they are, they did a few runs up and down past the sign. (He’s a good citizen – he put it back where he found it!)

There will be no stopping at the divorce courts!

The bright red of the call box, the coke advert and the take-away shop against the dull black and grey of the streets and buildings caught my eye, and the ‘open happiness’ slogan, I thought, aptly described this couple.

Open happiness!

Then it was time to take off the heels, climb onto stuff and jump off them again. Why be grown-ups if you don’t have to?

A leap of faith

Then it was time to get the shoes back on and camp it up on Greenmarket Square. We purposefully kept the litter in the pic to keep the grunge-sophistication contrast.

Camping it up, grunge style

A quick, normal portrait, for convention’s sake …

I loved this blue wall, and had to shoot a pic or two against it, even though the security guard was not impressed at all.

Time for a tango, and a kiss or two, in the Company Gardens.

Thank goodness our opening dance is not the Tango!

Don't drop me!

The shoe fits

And it’s a wrap. Time for some coffee at Mugged and to talk over a few wedding plans.