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Hello, My Name is Lize Hartley

18 Oct

We’re married!

And after almost a month away there is so much to catch up on. For now, a few wedding pictures. You can see the rest here.

The St Anne’s chapel.


The men getting ready.

St Anne’s admin building and front lawn.

My amazing maid of honour, Nina, who I love even a million times more [if that were more] post-wedding!

Reading my vows.

Praying at the ceremony.

My Loubis [of course].

Super love this picture.

One of my favourite pictures ever.

In the chapel.

It was pretty cold. Love this picture, too.

Dancing with my dad.

Just love this picture of my new brother in law.


The night was just perfect from start to finish. Best wedding ever.

I have to mention Clip-In Hair. Yes, Natalie is a magician with hair and make-up but she would not have been able to create such a fab up-style with the measly bit of shoulder-length hair I have! They helped me out with some gorgeous, super duper long extensions. It took all of ten minutes to walk in, find a colour, attach them, and leave! They’re not permanent so you can re-use them as and when you please, without the pain and hassle of those glue-in ones. Can’t wait to use them again and be a Unicorn Mermaid Princess!


Cuff Links: Check. And Check! Which Ones?

1 Aug

SC ordered two sets of cufflinks from over the seas recently, and they have arrived! I love them both. Quirky, like him [think: half-white beard (which is natural, not bleached); brightly coloured sneakers; interesting sense of humour], and fun without being too silly [think: naked women or talking mouths].

Option 1: Red Vespas. Cute, hey? Also perfect for two people who love Vespas, and who are going to Europe on honeymoon [totes taking Paris and Provence by Vespa in October!].

Option 2: Silver paper planes. Still quirky, but slightly less so. Fits in with the “travel” theme of our stationery, though.

Decisions, decisions! Can’t we just get married twice so we can use all the amazing ideas we have stored up?

Which do you like best?

Engagement Party #1: Durban

16 Apr

On Saturday morning we flew to Durban to go view some venues in the Midlands [more on that later]. We almost didn’t make it for many reasons, including one o us oversleeping by an hour, 33 missed calls [on a phone NOT on silent], being locked outside an apartment, inside a stairwell, broken intercoms, and a lack of required documentation. How we got on our plan on time, I do not know.

But we did.

After viewing venues it was a quick stop at SC’s parents’ place, and then off to our first engagement party on Virginia Beach.

It was exactly what we planned: a barefoot gathering of friends and family, barefoot, on the beach, with punch in paper cups, a bonfire, and mini bunny chows!

My fiance is hot!

He also struggles to use my SLR.

Beach vibes! Gotten my Bridesmaid Margie.

Nicky and Greta contemplate how to help the balloons survive the wind.

These guys tried to crash our party.

Bridesmaid Margie creates beach-vibe straws.

SC with Groomsman Will. Future Father-in-Law, without whose help this would not have happened, in the background.

Friends and future family!

Future Mother-in-Law [second from left], who put in tons of hard work for all of this.

St Anne’s girls unite!

Bonfire, beach, bare feet.

I assume it’s a guy thing…

Friends around the fire.

Massive thanks to William The Groomsman and Margie The Bridesmaid as well as SC’s parents who put it all together. They did everything for us. All we did was come up with the idea. And arrive.

Oh, and to everyone who came. It really was quite wonderful.

The Tallest Man on Earth

12 Feb

On Friday, SC and I saw The Tallest Man On Earth perform at the CTICC.

Of course it was one big hipster convention…

But it was also one of the best gigs I [we] have ever been to.

Beatenberg was the opening band. Neither of us had heard them before but their music is really beautiful.

The Tallest Man on Earth is eccentric, quirky, probably a little mad, and an absolutely amazing live performer.

Of course, watching him with SC, with my head on his shoulder, made it even more amazing.

What a great night. It’s awesome seeing big- and small international acts coming to South Africa.

All pics by SC’s fancy new picture app.

A Little Jog Up Signal Hill

8 Feb

We really aren’t the fitness freaks this blog suggests sometimes…

But we went for a jog yesterday after work that was fairly brag-worthy.

We started at the Lion’s Head parking area and jogged to the top of Signal Hill.

It isn’t impossibly difficult, but a nice little challenge (especially for someone who hates hills).

That’s Lion’s Head behind me. It was packed because everyone wanted to go on a full moon hike.

I am reminded of how wonderful it is to be with someone with whom I can be healthy and active.

Once we reached the top we stopped for a minute or two to take pictures (and dodge tourists).

And take in the amazing ocean view, of course.

And then we jogged back, which was pleasant. Cooler, and downhill.

We really do live in a very beautiful city.

No wonder SC was having such a field day with his new iPhone photo app! (He took most of these pictures).

I mean, it is ridiculously great to look at.

Hey Liz

22 Jan

You’re the delight of my heart.

I love you, dive-buddy.


Coping, And The Future

16 Aug

Alright! Good!

Liz has been away for three whole days, and I haven’t consumed myself. This is encouraging.

She is thousands, thousands of kilometres away. But technology eases my anxiety. No single person has ever had such satisfaction in a cellphone text as I do when her name pops up on my iPhone’s homescreen.

Also, there’s that whole “marriage” thing, which excites me.

And it may or may not have inspired the opening of a savings account.

I love you, Liz!