Today we are sharing this unique engagement shoot by Bianca Asher Photography with you. We just adore this shoot, it’s something so special and different, shot in the beautiful Cape Town!
The Theme | What was the look and feel of the shoot?
Andrea wanted something a little different to the traditional engagement photos. They wanted to incorporate stand up paddling into their shoot. As they had never paddle boarded before – we decided to meet up at the Shift Espresso Bar at the Waterfront before we headed out into the canals for their shoot.
The Couple | Tell us a bit about your couple?
In their own words:
How we met:
Andrea: Funnily enough we met on Valentine’s day in 2012 when we were both still students. I was working at the JC’s Pub in Cape Town and Jako came in with two friends for the brandy special… Since I spotted Jako on their way in I asked to serve their table. It was so busy and they got really rowdy! The one friend that was with Jako was burning the red hearts we hung from the ceiling! Eventually Jako took his friend home and came back again to chat for a little bit.
How we got engaged:
Jako: In Constantia there is a little green belt with a stream called “Die Hel”; we often go there for a walk and it feels like a little piece of Heaven, away from the hustle and bustle.
One morning I asked Andrea’s friend to take her to the shops while I bought food for a picnic and a big bunch of roses. There is a small bridge across the stream and I decided it is the perfect spot for the proposal. Upon my instructions, Andrea walked down the way we normally do, as she came around the corner I stood waiting and asked her there and then! By 09:30 am we were drinking sparkling wine & enjoying the moment.
The Trends | What’s hot at the moment?
Andrea has an extremely unusual and unique engagement ring. In Jako’s words:
Andrea wanted something out of the ordinary and since I collect minerals, I suggested Alexandrite, a very rare colour changing stone, named after Czar Alexander from Russia. I couldn’t find any good stones in South Africa so we rather opted for colour changing sapphire, an equally rare stone from Brazil. It is green in the sunlight, blue-grey in the shade and in incandescent light. The one diamond is from my grandmother’s ring and we designed the ring itself together.
Simply You | One last word?
I love when my couples want something different and this was a really cool experience as Jako and Andrea stepped completely out of their comfort zones for this shoot. Personally, this shoot was a standout for me as I shoot a lot of extreme sports – it was so much fun to combine my to photographic worlds in this way.