In the time I’ve been running SouthBound Bride, I’ve had submissions from photographers, brides, planners, florists – even grooms. But I’ve never had a submission from a bride’s sister before! So I was intrigued when Katherine wrote to tell me about her sister Melissa’s love story, and to share the super sweet engagement shoot that she and fiance Gavin had done with photographer Yvette Gilbert. I think it’s just so lovely that Katherine wanted to share Melissa’s happiness with us! And who could resist an adorable shoot in blue, red and white, with cute props to add to the beautiful Cape scenery? I love the little details, from a boho crown to a stripey towel, and of course, I also love the bookshop alternate setting. These are clearly pics that not just the couple, but their famlies too, will treasure.
Melissa and Gavin grew up down the road from each other, attended the same primary and high schools, and moved in similar circles – but never quite got to know each other. Melissa had just matriculated and Gavin had arrived back from playing soccer in Germany. They decided to celebrate these occasions by attending the same party. The rest is history! Gavin chose Christmas Eve 2010 (after dating for seven years and 27 days) to propose – and this was just the most special time, due to the holiday season being one spent with family and friends. He took her up Signal Hill to see the city lights, where he went down on one knee – right in the middle of the road! Needless to say, the cars slowed down for this Romeo and gave him time to finish what he had started.