Remember our photography feature on Adrian Frost? Well after chatting with him for our interview on Ruby & the Swallow, he mentioned that he had recently taken an incredible set of engagement shoot photos in the city of Joburg and that he'd love for us to see them. And WOW, are they fantastic! They are one of the most unique set of engagement photos we've ever seen - and the lovely Nikki was happy to share her engagement story with us to accompany them. We'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Full names of
the couple: Christopher Felgate and Nikki Grundlingh
Date of your
engagement: 5th March 2011
your love story?
Chris and I
met by chance through a friend whilst he was visiting family friends in
Johannesburg for a few days. We instantly connected and spent the whole weekend
together leaving his family friends
wondering where he had disappeared to! He sadly had to leave for a trip to
Zimbabwe over the Christmas period of 2007 but we had made up our minds to give
our relationship a proper go after that first wonderful weekend. After Zimbabwe
he came back to SA to spend some more time together and we knew we had
something great going which we wanted to pursue. Chris at the time was qualifying for the 2008
Beijing Olympic Games which meant racing in many different countries throughout
2007 and 2008 but in the end he qualified and participated in the Games in
Triathlon. After the Games Chris, who was based in Perth at the time, moved to
South Africa for us to try living together and build our home. We moved into
our apartment at the end of 2008 and have lived there ever since with our two
dogs Gunston (Staffie) and Fatty (Bulldog). He is currently trying to qualify
for London 2012.
‘something’ which was supposed to be a birthday surprise as my birthday is on
the 8th March so under that guise he woke me up at a ridiculous hour
on the Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and a note instructing me what to
pack and to be ready in 45 minutes. Well-that was never an option as I take 45
minutes just to get myself ready-nevermind the packing. Anyway, I did as I was
told and was packed and ready in the 45 minutes. We drove in darkness just
outside of Johannesburg to a little game farm where a hot air balloon ride as
the first surprise of the day. As we landed one of the other couples jumped out
and he proposed to her which left Chris sweating as this was his original idea.
Popping the question as the champagne was popped to celebrate the safe landing
as is the custom with hot air balloon rides. Plan B was not far away little to
my knowledge. We all went back to the lodge enjoyed some brunch whilst watching
the resident Zebras drinking from the pool. I then thought that the birthday
surprise was over and got ready to leave when Chris suggested we should head
down to the dam and take one last look at it all before we left. We sat down
talking and relaxing when he got onto one knee and proposed. I was so surprised
that I spent the next while crying and crying! Second surprise. Third surprise
was when we then went to collect our bags and checked in for the night. We
popped our own bottle of Moet and watched the sun set over the dam with the
resident Giraffe only metres away along with the other buck and zebra. No
cellphones, no TV…BLISS!
unexpected or extra special happen on the day you got engaged that surprised
you and your fiance? (Or just you!)
I think Chris
was most surprised when the hot air balloon co-ordinator asked that Chris not
bring his backpack with him on the ride as if there was to be a bumpy landing, the
backpack could seriously injure him. He was panicking as inside he has hid the
ring which was tied onto its own little balloon in a basket to mimic the hot
air balloon ride that we were about to go on. Quickly he has to stash the
backpack in the boot, rip the basket off the balloon and hide it in his pocket
without me seeing. Thank goodness it was still dark so I didn’t notice any of
this commotion in the boot of the car!
I was most
surprised by the way he proposed I think. He had a little twig and some fishing
gut in the basket to mimic a fishing rod as Chris loves to fish (and we were on
the side of a dam at the time) so he asked me to open the basket and take out
the ‘fishing rod’ he had made. He then made a little speech and put the ring
trough the fishing rod and let it slide down the fishing gut around my finger-I
was his catch!
Tell us about
He has asked me about rings and we had
casually spoken about designs so at least he has some direction as to what I
liked. Us gals have to wear this ring forever you know! He came out tops with a
18ct white gold ring set with 3 diamonds-Trilogy setting. For me the stones
represent the past, the present and the future and I absolutely LOVE IT!
Have you set
a wedding date?
was the most crucial part of it all as we wanted a time when Chris’ family
would be able to come out to South Africa and make a good trip of it as well as
making it easy for South Africans to also attend so in the end we settled for
the 15th December 2012 as this is well after the London 2012 Games
and allows family and friends from abroad to make a good holiday out of their
time here in SA and it’s a long weekend for the locals!
Any wedding plans so far to share with us?
The moment I
told my folks that we were officially engaged, my mum set off building a
wedding venue on our farm in Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape! So we plan to
marry at this special venue on our farm and have the ceremony at a stone chapel
on a neighbouring game farm which is perched on the top of a hill in the middle
of our corner of Africa.
Service providers for the engagement shoot:
Park and New Market Square, Johannesburg
Adrian (and Jax) Frost from FrostFoto
supplied some of his and we supplied the dogs!
We wanted something plain in the park shots and something more formal against
the backdrop of the best graffiti Johannesburg has to offer
from Beautifully Touched Hair in Bryanston
from Professional Touch Day Spa in Sandton
All photographs taken by Adrian Frost of Frost Foto, and may not be used without permission.
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