On the 23rd March, Rico asked his long-term girlfriend, Mariska, to marry him and she said YES!
We just loved doing this proposal at the prestigious private gardens of Beechwood Gardens (owned by Christopher and Susan Greig of the famous jeweller Charles Greig’s family)! The gardens are so beautifully maintained with roses everywhere, open lawns, winding paths and amazing sculptures and fountains.
Rico knew he wanted somewhere private and romantic to propose to Mariska, and that she would love something with fairy lights and a small picnic. He also wanted to include a photo wall of the two of them. We knew Beechwood would be perfect for this!
Rico came up with an elaborate plan to get Mariska to the gardens without her being suspicious. He even so far as to make up a fake wedding invitation inviting them to a colleague’s wedding there. He was so convincing that Mariska didn’t even realise that the setup and Marry Me sign were all for her as she was busy looking for the other wedding guests! Only when she realised that it was just her and Rico by the fountain and that he was holding a ring did she realise what was going on.
We had decorated the rose garden with festoon lights (bare bulb lights), a copper pipe arch with greenery and a Marry Me sign hanging, a heart frame displaying pictures of them and set up a blanket on which to drink their favourite bubbly.
Minisha, from Minisha Ramadu photography, then took them to explore the gardens for their couple shoot and we love how their pictures came out.
Mariska and Rico then enjoyed the gardens all to themselves under the twinkling lights until the sun was well set.
Rico and Mariska Joburg garden proposal was amazing!! We wish the couple well on their next journey together.
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Photography: Minisha Ramudu