End of last year Charlene participated in Wedding Friends‘s 24-day Xmas Give Away. Here’s the blogpost regarding the awesome competition hosted by Wedding Friends: Win a Free Engagement Session worth R1000. The winner of the competition was announced on Wedding Friends’ blog as Charlene Riep! They won an awesome engagement session with top photographer Izelle Labuschagne. Charlene and her then fiancé (now hubby) Morne wanted to do an engagement session with a retro feel so we headed to Ed’s Diner in Pretoria. It was such a fun photoshoot. Ed’s Diner is really such a great spot for an old-school setting! What an honour to showcase their E-shoot.
In Charlene’s own words, this is their love story
“Who says second chances don’t happen? My brother & Morne’s sister & brother-in-law have been friends for about 16 years. At that time, I was aware of Morne’s existence and I even had a high school crush on him, but being 9 years my senior that was all it was… a crush. In 2009, Morne and I started chatting on Facebook and immediately hit it off. We went out for about 9 months but it was not meant to be. In 2010 we met up again and decided in 2011 to give us another go. This time, things were perfect. In January 2012 we decided to go to Kruger National Park for my birthday. I felt I could kill him the first few days. He was super snappy and irritated. Two days after my birthday, he insisted we go for drinks at the Lower Sabie restaurant after supper. I didn’t suspect anything as we were already having our own braai. He kept on insisting to go to the restaurant. Finally, i just gave in and said fine let’s go. When we got there, there was a beautifully set table. I figured, a bit late, but a nice birthday present. Still, the man could not sit still, up and down, here and there, taking photos, watching fireflies, etc. And then ,as we sat down again for the twentieth time, there he was standing on his knee. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but I can remember me crying and saying ‘YES! YES! YES!’ We got married on the2nd March 2013 and I can blissfully say that I am married to my best friend!”
About Izelle Labuschagne
Izelle Labuschagne is a very passionate Johannesburg based photographer that mainly focuses on weddings, engagement sessions and lifestyle photoshoots. She especially enjoys working with creative and off-beat couples. Izelle loves pretty lace wedding dresses, colourful flowers, quirky boutonnieres and adores capturing spontaneous kisses between her newlyweds (and almost-to-be-weds). Izelle Labuschagne is available for weddings all over South Africa as well as destination weddings. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org regarding their pricing, packages & availability.