This weekend we got the DVD of photos from Jeanette from our engagement shoot!!

They are so lovely.. thank you SO MUCH Jeanette!!

Now… I want to have 3 photos blockmounted on canvas for our room… above the bed… probably about 40cm x 40cm each… but choosing WHICH three is SO hard!!

I have narrowed it down to my 11 favourites… and i’d LOVE your opinion on which 3 you like best… I’m also trying to decide on colour or black and white — or a mixture… do you think i’ll get bored of b&w too quickly…?

please leave your thoughts in the comments :)












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After my “HELP!!” blog a few days ago, i got some links & ideas from various people for The Engagement Shoot … I had a look at the sites recommended, and found a bunch of really nice stuff :D

There was a suggestion that we take the beagles to the shoot – but I’m not totally sold on that idea… dont get me wrong, you all know how much a ADORE my boys – but they are quite a handful… and we are going to a place we haven’t explored before, so I’m a bit nervous to take them along… BUT i was thinking, maybe later in the year we can do a “family” shoot – the 4 of us at a nice park or something… I’d like that a lot!! :)

Anyway… back to the task at hand …

I saved a couple of pics that I really like – for some reference etc… hmmm, is this like the start of wedding planning?? eeek!! i don’t need to be thinking of that kinda stuff! Sheesh!

Oh well… here are some snippets of photos i liked :) … there’s not really a particular “feel” that i like more than another – i seem to like everything – the fun shots, tender/romantic and the more abstract stuff…

Off Christine Meintjies site, I really loved this shoot – particularly the pics of the couple lying in the grass: (more on the site)


Off Rock ‘n Roll Bride I liked this fun pic


I found a lot of sweet, romantic tender pics…

I really like this one off Rock ‘n Roll Bride (I think its my favourite pic i found)


also off Rock ‘n Roll Bride – i like how it looks so natural, not posed at all… like the photographer snuck up on them :)


Then, I like these more abstract type ones too:

Rock ‘n roll bride (Thanks Angel, I think I’m becoming addicted!)


I think this is super cute


Then, we must get a couple of shots of the #Sparkly!! Most of the shots i could find are REALLY cheesy… like her hand resting lovingly on his… I mean, I know that the whole idea probably is quite lame… but i managed to find a few that weren’t that awful ;)

This one is a little cheesy, but not too bad, hey?


This one I like – it’s different and something new


and then this one is a lovely shot – maybe it would look cheesy if the ring wasnt so pretty ;) but u can almost see the movement here – it doesn’t look staged – which is cool.


And then, Jeanette sent me some links of shoots that couples did with their dogs :)

- like i said, maybe we’ll do that later in the year – I would really like to!!

Take a look at the doggy-friendly engagement shoots here, here and here… it looks like it could be a lot of fun… but The Beagles are quite naughty little buggers sometimes…! But ever so photogenic! :)

So – I’m really looking forward to the shoot… which is just over a week away. Thanks to everyone who commented and sent me some inspiration :D much appreciated!!

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About a week ago, I saw Pinkhairgirl had a post on her blog “Show me your Tat!” … unfortunately, I don’t have a tattoo – so I can’t join in that discussion, but I want to challenge you to SHOW ME YOUR #SPARKLY!


leave a link to a pic of your #sparkly below…

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so… my sisters have been hounding me on Facebook for all the gory details etc about the events that took place on Christmas eve, 24 December, 2009 … at about 8pm :)

I suspected NOTHING! Getting married is something Peter and I have spoken about once or twice… but at the last count the consensus was “when we have more money” … which is certainly not now, as we just bought a house!

So, anyway… i was carrying along with my life very merrily, trying my best not to attack everyone who keeps hassling me with the “so when are you guys getting married” questions… It isn’t something I have given too much though to, and I never expected that I would have to give it any thought for a while to come!

So, come Christmas eve… Peter decided that we would have a nice quiet evening at home, just the two of us (and the beagles) … as Christmas day was gonna be with his family, and Boxing Day with my family… I didn’t think spending the evening at home was suspicious at all! I am not one of those people who gets all into the Christmas spirit and stuff (Peter is very much that kind of person tho!) … so I thought this was for my benefit – a compromise… quiet at home, and then two days of crazy family stuff.

So, he bought a little leg of lamb from Woolies, and some veggies and salad and dessert etc… I went to jump in the bath, and when I got out, the table was all beautifully set: (ok, it looked way better in real life!!)


Our dinner was delicious… i was so full (and full of wine too!).

Peter had also decided that we would open 2 presents each on Christmas eve… and the other one the next morning (we each had 3 prezzies, so it worked out well :) ) … the deal was: I could choose one from him for me, and he would choose the other one for me from him (and visa versa).

I chose a super light one that I had been eyeing out for days… it was quite biggish and the weight of a feather! He chose for me a “set of presents” to open… he said the 3 boxes were all part of one present that went together in an order: green box, red box, white box (they were also very light)… so I opened my first present that I chose and it’s a nice leather pouch for my Blackberry :) yay – i have been wanting a nice pouch since i got the phone.


so, i can’t remember the exact way things went down after that… but then it was my turn to open my set of 3 presents…

first box was quite big, and sounded like cereal when i shook it… i opened it up, and inside was a keyring with pink ducks on, a gold beaded bookmark and 3 little christmas tree decorations – silver presents about the size of a matchbox – just square. Interesting,…. a keyring and a bookmark. I was a little dissappointed, I wont lie! peter is usually really good at getting me awesome presents, but he has had a few bad ones (like the time i got a pen for christmas a few years back).

so, next present was a slightly smaller box… opened it up – 3 candles – star shaped and covered in red glitter … weird. and another 2 silver present decorations. he says to me “the candles are for your bathroom”…. i say “thanks honey”… but think to myself – ummm, my bathroom is PINK – why do u get me RED candles…??

next present… open up, and its 2 more silver present decorations. wow – great – i got tree decorations for christmas! then he says to me, look, one present is heavier than the others… and gives it to me. I unwrap it:


now i’m a little nervous as i am guessing it’s jewellery, and well… our taste in jewellery is VERY VERY different – although, the last few pairs of earrings he bought me were really nice.

I open it up and see this:


now i am confused… it is looking at me with all sparklies and bling and i’m thinking it looks really expensive and stuff… and suspiciously like a You-Know-What-Ring… but it can’t be!!?!??  I have no idea what i did or said… but he took the open box, got down on his knee and said the magical words… “Tanya de Ville, will you marry me…?” – again, I dont know what i did or said – other than sitting there staring at him with a bit of a frown – i was totally confused (too much wine maybe? yes, let’s go with that!)
Eventually he got a yes out of me – when i found my voice! :) he he! and then he asked me which hand it goes on, coz for the life of him, he has never known and probably never will know! <3

so – yes, the ring is HUGE and sparkly and beautiful! it would be something i would have looked at in a shop, but glanced over very quickly and gone for something smaller and plainer – but it is beautiful!!! one big-ass round diamond in the middle, with 3 smaller (note i say smaller, and not small – as even the smaller ones are big!) diamonds on either side…

It’s elegant and classical and shiny and wonderful. oh, and it fits!! can you believe it! it actually fits my fat sausage fingers! like a glove… no, *better* than a glove! :)


so – that is the story of the sparkly!!

Thanks to everyone for all the twitter and facebook love :)

and thanks to my stukkie, who is amazing beyond belief. Anything, everything and more that any girl could possibly want! Kind, funny, generous, caring, loving, patient, gentle, strong, sensitive, motivated, understanding, supportive,  friendly, interested and interesting, hard-working, fun-loving, Tanya-loving… oh, and he is really handsome too!! I love you honey bunch… so very much xxx thank you for everything!