Our aim was to create a storybook feel, where each image was specifically thought out, each one the next page of an unfolding narrative. We wanted to illustrate an emotional journey – a meaningful narrative almost every woman could connect with, the hope that it would inspire not only beyond images, but emotionally too. The first scene saw a woman walking in the ‘forest’ of womanhood, getting to know herself as we all did at one stage of our awkward teenage years. She then walks on and finds the ‘steps to sweetness’ – our metaphor for entering womanhood. Scene three see her searching for her one true love, and finding him in the wilderness – two soulmates just happening to find one another in between all the wondering souls. She falls deeply in love with him, unsure if he will always be there for her, and sinks herself into possibility of drowning in love and possibly sorrow, a fear of the unknown. And of course, as in every fairytale, he saves her – even so, it’s a haunting ending, reflecting the risk we take when we commit to our spouses. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but if we are willing to take the risk, we may come close to happiness and pure love.
Photography: Gingerale Photography | Planning, Design and Flowers: Absolute Perfection | Videography: Motion Craft Films | Venue: Toadbury Hall | Dress (out of water images): Vesselina Pentcheva | Cakes: Pippa and Polly Cakery | Catering: Prep’ed by Sasha | Make up and Hair: Maureen Grobler | Stationery: Chrystalace Wedding Stationery | Breads: The Bread Republic | Models: Elnè Pretorius & Fuaad Abdool for BOSS Models International