Bennu House – Pegeng – Ubud – Rice paddy

Monica, Charlene and I left the hustle and bustle of the tourist trap also known as Kuta, after the Fearless wedding conference needing some peace and quiet. Charlene had booked us a villa on the rice paddies just outside of Ubud through airb&b and we really had no idea what to expect as so often photos can be very misleading. Our jaws had to be picked up off the floor when we walked into Benu House and we had to give each other a good pinch just to bring ourselves into reality and realise that we had landed with our bums firmly in the butter.

Benu House is not only in an absolutely breathtaking piece of paradise surrounded by coconut trees and working rice plantations it is also exquisitely decorated. All three of us love interesting and quirky design and we have all commented that Benu House is our idea of a dream house. It is a reclaimed Joglo house from Java, which has been given a modern open plan design and it is mostly blue which is my colour! The furnishings are just perfect and even though it is really modern and spacious it has an Indonesian charm and aesthetic which is exactly what one wants when visiting Bali!

Our first few days in Balangaan Bali

I am sitting on our villa’s stoep listening to an orchestra of Christmas beetles, frogs and geckos, the air is balmy and I am sipping on a glass of wine which was left by our hosts. I keep pinching myself that this is all real because it’s hard to imagine that I was in South Africa stressing my head off in a total tizz trying my utmost to get all of my work done before leaving on a two month sabbatical just 8 nights ago.

Zunguness Notthingham Road Wedding – Linda + Bruce

It feels like just the other day that Linda called to make a time to collect her brother Sbu’s wedding album from me. I so clearly remember her complimenting me on the pictures and telling me that I would be taking her wedding pics one day, just as soon as she found the right man. Fast forward a year and some, and there I was, camera in hand watching Linda say her I do’s in an absolutely ravishing champagne coloured Francois Vedemme gown to a man she clearly absolutely adores.

Bruce and Linda got married at The Zunguness in Notthingham road and although their wedding could be described as extravagant there was a deep reverence and respect that ran through all proceedings of the day. Both of them hold their familes in very high regard and it was really lovely for me to watch just how close the Thusi family is all over again. There was alot of energy at this wedding, ALOT of speeches, the most delicious food, incredible outfits, spontaneous singing and impromptu dancing. It was just as you would expect an African wedding to be and I felt really privileged to be a part of all the excitement and spirit.