Enchanted Forest Styled Engagement Shoot – Nicole + Luis

When I first met Nicole and Luis I was struck by just how small Nicole is, and then she told me about growing up near a forest and I immediately pictured her as a little woodland fairy!

Nicole and Luis wanted to do something special for their engagement shoot and we threw around a few ideas but I just couldn’t shake the idea of photographing them in a forest. I chatted to my good friend Carolyn McNeil from Adore Weddings and we hatched a plan to create an enchanted dinner table in the Dlinza forest for them. The idea was to style up a magical midsummer nights dream feast for the eyes. I had a vision of photographing Nicole in a black wedding dress and Tracy Laubsher from Olivelli Durban kindly leant us one of their gorgeous creations. There were alot of people involved in this shoot, It was a production but well worth the effort!

Huge thanks to Peter Engblom and Richard Chennels of  The George Hotel for having all of us, lending us props and helping us out! We so appreciate your generosity! Thanks to Neil, Stu and Tash for being such wonderful assistants! Thanks to the ladies at Love and Cheese for the amazing Cheese Wedding Cake and finally to the very talented Charelle McAllister for makeup and Drew Christie for the amazing hair!


  1. Jeannie on August 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

    So much prettiness and what a tiny petite beautiful woman. Absolutely love this shoot.

  2. Jana on August 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

    WOW! This is gorgeous x

  3. Andre va Niekerk - VividBlue Photography on August 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

    WoooooooW, The way you captured the light beaming trough the trees, it is just spectacular.

  4. Charlene Schreuder on August 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Jacki, You’re in a league of your own, my goodness. I’m in constant awe – you consistently deliver such high quality work which is such an inspiration to me.

  5. Lucia Laubscher on August 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Wow, wow, wow! Such a fantastic shoot, beautifully done Jacki!! Very inspiring!

  6. Sheugnet Christie on August 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

    My goodness Jacki – these images are SO artistic – you are one highly talented girl. The creativity just oozes out of you. Well done darling, to you and your team!

  7. Taubin on August 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Absolutely blown away!! Stunning photography

  8. Selma on August 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Wow wow wow!!!!!! This is just phenomenal!

  9. Bronwyn on August 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Am in love with these images!!!

  10. Brenda Pratt on August 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Totally inspired – and inspiring! So glad you thought up this outstanding shoot – and then went ahead and DID IT!

  11. Melanie McNiven on August 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This is nothing short of amazing. I am usually a quiet follower of your work but this needed words.

  12. Luis Dos Santos on August 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    LOVED working with you Jax…pictures are just what we wanted. Thank you SO much!! 😉

  13. Elise Rosato-Devin on August 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This is absolutely stunning! You work continues to amaze me!! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hire another professional photographer after being spoiled by your work! Beautiful!

  14. Delia on August 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    You are one of a kind Jax, one of a kind!!! Your work is the most amazing art ever!!!!

  15. Ray Roberts. on August 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Jacqui, awsome work once again, great to see people wanting different shoots for an engagement!

  16. Carolyn McNeil on August 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Jax this turned out BEAUTIFULLY! I am completely thrilled! Thank you to everyone involved for an incredibly magical experience … can’t wait to do it again! Love & Light friends x

  17. Mandi on August 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! Jacki, your work is amazing 🙂

  18. Tanya Bouic on August 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Nicole what a mystical setting and the two most beautiful people. Wow is all I can say Luis is super blessed to have a princess like you.

  19. Tricia on August 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Breathtaking – I have goosebumps!

  20. Roxy on August 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Wow Jax, these are wonderful! You have an incredible eye.
    Dale says to tell you these remind him of the movie “Rivers and Tides”.
    Lots of love x

  21. Debby on August 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Absolutely Gorgeous as usual Jax. xxx

  22. nikki on August 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

    This is crazy beautiful! Your lighting – oh my word – gorgeous!!

  23. Tracey Laubscher on August 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Your work never disappoints! I cannot stop scrolling through the images… so proud to have been involved in your amazing work (even if it was just for the pretty dress!) 🙂

  24. Henrik on August 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Stunning!!! If Guillermo Del Toro was a photographer, he would create something like this:)

  25. Tanya J on August 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm


  26. Love and Cheese on August 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Wow Jax, This is really stunning, well done you creative genius. You, your team and Carolyn McNeil have tremendous work ethic and commitment and it was great to be a part of it. Hope to do it again sometime. Thanks you. Regards, Nikita

  27. Laurie on August 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Wow! Stunning!!!

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