Almost thirteen years I’ve been living overseas now (how the hell did that happen?). People at home often ask if I get homesick, and the truth is, mostly I don’t. Not that I don’t love my home country or miss my family, but I think mostly if you just don’t indulge it, it goes away. Although someone should have told that to me three months ago when I was on a solo road trip through Limpopo and Enya’s Exile came on the car stereo (ugly cry deluxe), or about five minutes after I finished watching Invictus. Seeing today’s engagement shoot was another one of those moments. Not only are Kara and Lance a truly lovely couple, but they recreated their engagement on Lance’s family farm, Anura (where our Real Life Bride, Cheryl, was also married). It brought rushing back to me the absolutely breathtaking, awe-demanding beauty of the Cape winelands, and what it was like to wake up there every day for my four years at university. It sort of made me hurt a little, right in my heart, the way you do when you see your first love again. But in a good way, I think. It’s a tribute to Vibe Photography that the pics are not only a glowing keepsake of Kara and Lance’s pre-wedding happiness, but a celebration of the countryside they love so well. Perfection. Enjoy. Now, ahem, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play some Toto. (Oh, and speaking of Toto, how CUTE is their dog?)
Kara was kind enough to send over some background info for us:
Lance and I went to the same school and both grew up in the Cape Winelands. Growing up, we both felt like we were always part of each others lives. However, it wasn’t until we were finished school that our romance blossomed. Unplanned, we fell in love over a summer holiday, but Lance was shortly due to leave for America to study, so our romance had a deadline. We managed to keep up a long distance relationship with many hours spent on Skype, email and a good few ‘movie-worthy’ tearful airport scenes. Finally, Lance decided to move back home and take up wine-making on his family wine farm.
Five years later, Lance took me on a romantic sunset picnic on his farm. It wasn’t something too out of the ordinary and seemed like a spontaneous decision so I never suspected a thing. We found a beautiful spot under the trees in the forest, overlooking the vineyards. Feeling very romantic, we started reminiscing over of all our past adventures together and planning new ones. Suddenly, Lance told me to jump up because there were ants everywhere. This was of course a decoy and the next moment, I found myself standing, looking down at the man of my dreams, who was on one knee with a ring in his hand. Before he even managed to ask me to marry him, I said YES and helped myself to the ring!