Earlier this year we shot Thomas and Dag’s beautiful wedding in Noordhoek. A couple of days before that, we met up in our hood District Six and went for an early morning walk; we ended it off with muffins and cupcakes at Charly’s Bakery 🙂 Today we’re leaving for Europe with our first stop in Germany, so this shoot is perfect to share as Dag and Thomas are two awesome Germans/Austrians. Happy Tuesday and good-bye South African friends. We’ll see you in August! xx dna – Desmond ‘n Antonia
Hello dear friends! It is so much fun being in Europe (today a BIG hello from Berlin), we are having an absolute blast. Last weekend we spent a couple of hours in Hamburg and met up with Bridget (Chinese American) and Andreas (German). They met in Hong Kong and relocated to Europe together… – you know we love international love stories as we have one ourselves 🙂 So we started our little walk at the U-Bahn station Landungsbruecken and walked through an incredible tunnel that saved us from strong winds. Bridget and Andreas are a super fun couple and we are so excited for their wedding at the end of September! See ya soon!
dna – Desmond ‘n Antonia
We met Isis (French Lebanese) and Christopher (South African) last week when they were on a short Cape Town holiday to plan their wedding. As they live in London and will only be back in SA in December, we decided to do the couple shoot asap and decided for beautiful Glen Beach close to Camps Bay. We think they are a pretty good-looking couple. Agree?
Isis and Chris, we are looking forward to seeing you again in December! Cheers, Toni & Desmond
We shot our neighbour Jo. She needed a portrait of herself for the magazine Fairlady that will feature her and her blog Pretty Pretty in a coming issue. It was a rainy day and not really the time for an outside shoot, but we were lucky to get a few great shots of designer Jo in our hood District Six.
When Stephan arrived at the hotel where the interview took place he just came from the airport and this was his first hour in Africa. He seemed so relaxed and he is really the slickest cat in Cape Town at the moment with his tailor made suite, that’s for sure!
After the interview I had 30 seconds to take a portrait, I nailed it!
Antonia wrote an article about Matjiesfontein so we went there with the train and stayed in the Lord Milner Hotel for two days!
I love taking portraits and this place is portrait heaven!
It was cool playing around with this morse code machine, to think this was super high tech not so long ago…
The ladies in the hotel have to wear this traditional “thing” on their head (a bonnet) while they work and serve the food (and the food is amazing).
Matjiesfontein is like going back into time, you won’t see a Coca Cola, MTN or any modern sign, you can’t even buy a chocolate. I you want something sweet you will have to go to the small little coffee shop and buy fudge or a koeksister. Here is Toni in our super vintage hotel room, catching up on all the techy stuff she missed the day while walking in the 70’s.
Every night at 6PM this dude (Jon, he is the official town entertainer) blows the trumpet and then its SHOWTIME as he would say! He will take you on the shortest bus trip of your life! (up and down the streets of Matjiesfontein) it’s awesome!
Then after that you go to the bar for beers, good chats and awesome tunes on the piano by Jon and ABF themselves!
So after this we were on our way back to CT with the train the next morning at 9:30AM, well this was another story on its own, I will give you the short version…
Firstly the train was late by 3 hours and then the train track broke just outside of Matjiesfontein and it would have taken 6 hours to get somebody in to fix it.
We left the train and walked over a farm (with our bicycles) to get to the N1 (the highway) and a dude we met in the bar the previous night gave us a lift to Stellenbosch. Here we got off and took the train to CPT. Because of trains being late/faulty this took4 hours, yip four hours of hectic busy stations and trains. So we arrived home at 9PM that night! By car Matjiesfontein is less than 3 hours away from CPT so no worries!
It’s the perfect getaway if you are sick of the new century.