M.STUDIO SPRING BRUNCH 2020

M.STUDIO SPRING BRUNCH 2020

Spring is my most favourite time of the year!!! 

Here, in South Africa, ‘spring’ falls over the month of September. It’s a time of the year when flowers bloom & blossom… It’s a time when nature spoils us with the most beautiful colors all around us & it’s just amazing that we get to experience this EVERY year! As I’ve grown a little older my deep love, appreciation & ‘awe’ ( a feeling of reverential respect mixed with wonder ) for flowers have ‘grown’ immensely!

I also married Werner, my sweetest husband, soul mate, business partner & best friend in the SPRING of 2017. We filled my bouquet, hair & wedding details with cherry blossoms that my Mom gathered from our neighbourhood. I cherish the delicate little cherry blossom flower the most… for reasons I do not exactly know yet. I also really dream of one day experiencing the cherry blossoms season in Japan with Werner!!!

Spring, for me, is a season of ‘new’! It’s a time to bloom & blossom… it symbolises a time for fresh starts in whichever aspect of life where it’s needed… our careers, personal stuff, emotional stuff, relationships etc. Maybe it’s also just a time for us to love ourselves a little more & appreciate our life’s journey a little more, a time when we should put fresh flowers somewhere in our homes & spaces where we can appreciate this delicate, perfect & colorful piece of earth that just BLOSSOMS.

In the past, I hosted my annual #mstudiospringbrunch for M.studio’s clients, our brand ambassadors, bloggers I often work with & fellow industry friends. I received so many requests to open this event to the public as well & in 2020… I did JUST THAT… I invited all of YOU to come & brunch with me.

The M.studio Spring Brunch is an inspirational morning spent with beautiful people, in a beautiful space, surrounded by flowers, inspiration & beautiful food. It’s a morning dedicated to just taking a break, spoiling yourself with some ‘me’-time & networking with a bunch of pretty inspiring & strong women ( mammas, friends, sisters, #girlbosses, entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, corporates etc etc. ) . We all, basically, spend the morning mingling, chatting & also of course… stuffing our faces with vanilla konfetti cake!

Words cannot express what a beautiful day this year’s spring brunch was with all of you. ( especially in a year like ‘this’ one… a year that’s been ‘different’ for all of us. ) 

I tried my best to share everything about this day in this blogpost… from setup to event day! There were cherry blossoms… lots & lots of them! I hope to host another one in Sept 2021 & maybe we’ll do one in Cape Town too… let’s see where this creative journey takes me next year! THANK YOU to each & every lady who supported me & continue to support my journey! Without you… beautiful M.studio events like this will not be possible.

I would also like to send so much love to each & every creative who worked with me on this M.studio event! I want to thank you for following your heart & also doing what you love… because through that, you are inspiring my heart & those of many others, to also create, make & follow their creative curiosities. BIG THANKS TO YOU ALL…

HELLO TIMBER – one of my most favourite venue spaces in Gauteng

A SEED TO SOW – this girl is just amazing with flowers

SARIE TYDSKRIF – dankie vir ons elkeen se bederf, julle is vir ons ‘n inspirasie

EATRITE & YUM STUDIO – you have spoiled us with bags & bags & bags full of treats

WHISK AWAY – best homemade ice cream in the world

JAURNE ILLUSTRATES – this girl! …gifted each girl with the most beautiful personal illustration 

KONFETTI LOVE – prettiest decor details

PILATES BY LUCINDA – thank you for gifting each lady with a pilates class!

TISH & SHOO – prettiest tissue paper details for the M.studio goodie bags.

ANSU VISSER – girl, thanks for the freakin’ beautiful spring brunch film

*Thank you for the beautiful giveaways : PLANT PRETTI , PICTURE ME&U , LOVILEE , KONFETTI LOVE, BRONNY CREATES, HELLO TIMBER, WEDDING WONDERS

( also throwing in a SPECIAL thank you to my family… everything I do won’t ever be possible without you… you always just show up to assist, unpack, run, pick up, wrap & deal with all the behind the scenes… I LOVE YOU! )

…Flowers grow without anyone asking them to grow, they just grow… & sometimes they even grow in the most difficult spaces & places. They are a symbol of this beautiful thing called ‘life’ & how we need to experience the seasons in our lives as much as we experience them in nature. We need to allow things to flow & respect where we are NOW. So go buy yourself some flowers girl! ( I do it often! ) Put them in beautiful jars & when you look at them feel what you need to feel & also… just love & adore them for their beauty!

Sending you all so much love!

Mariaan

here we go!!! …full day of setup that ended with the most amazing golden sunset amongst a beautiful mess, a mess that I absolutely love, & always comes with ‘getting ready’…

M.studio Spring Brunch day…

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THE FIRST KLEINE RIJKE MARKET

THE FIRST KLEINE RIJKE MARKET

I had the pleasure of attending the very first Kleine Rijke market. Kleine Rijke ( pronounced Klyne Ryke ) is dutch for ‘little riches’. Owners + partners Jasmyn & David from david krynauw ontwerp created the most beautiful space with attention to every little detail… but I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

Our morning at the first Kleine Rijke market was filled with little pleasures & riches, lots of inspiration, fresh homemade goods, delicious coffee under the trees on beautifully designed wooden furniture & the best lunch by food enthusiasts, ani&lea.

I am so excited for future events at Kleine Rijke & wishing Jasmyn & David so much success & joy with this new chapter in their lives!

WEDDING DAY – BRUNCH IN THE GARDEN

WEDDING DAY – BRUNCH IN THE GARDEN

I’ve always wondered what I will feel like waking up the morning of my wedding! How my heart will feel & what will be going through my mind & thoughts. I’ve photographed so many weddings with werner for picture me&u & always wonder how the bride’s morning must have been like, did she sleep well, how she felt when she opened her eyes & what she did before everything of her wedding day ‘started’! In my next blog post I pour my heart out & share my full wedding story ( it’s going to be a BIG one ) …with all my favourite wedding pictures… but today I just want to share a little bit about the morning of my wedding!

We wanted everything about our wedding to be personal… also why I decided to ‘get ready’ at our apartment in Pretoria. I wanted to be calm, have things that might be needed close-by + myself & werner always love taking photos of our clients in their homes, it tells such a beautiful story.

I had a really good sleep…woke up & things felt unreal… it was not as calm as I hoped for, haha ( I mean… what bride goes & decorates her wedding cakes at 7am at the wedding venue… uhm; me ) …but that’s a story for next week! Family arrived on schedule, music was playing in the background & the ‘girly’ stuff got going! I had my ‘relaxing’ bath with candles ( a quick one ) & in between finished all our bouquets & the men’s boutonniere’s from flowers we collected at markets, the streets ( spring was in the air!) & our garden.

But today’s blog post is dedicated entirely to a friend I carry very close to my heart… Rachelle! ‘Thank you’ will never be enough! Months before the wedding she said she’ll treat us with this wedding breakfast brunch! SHE styled & made & did everything… even painted the vintage cupboard to match with all the other pretties! While we were getting all glammed up in our garden, she worked her sexy butt off in the kitchen! It was thanks to YOU I got a little time to slow down… take it all in & sit calmly with my sisters, mom & now mom-in-law; laughing & getting beautifully emotional about everything the day still had in store while we munched on the most delicious homemade sugar syrup waffles with white chocolate ganache & turkish delight! We sipped on pink champagne & enjoyed ‘to-pretty-to-eat’ macaroons!

Rachelle… my beautiful friend… I love you so much! Thank you for this wedding gift & all the pretties & such a special + delicious brunch! Thank you for being such a massive inspiration to me in every aspect of your life… you’re the most amazing mom to your four little ones, such a successful business woman, a loving wife to your husband & you are super talented, strong… & you inspire me! Always stay the beautiful woman that you are !!!

KITCHEN TEA CELEBRATIONS

KITCHEN TEA CELEBRATIONS

I remember paging through my mom’s photo albums as a young girl & looking at her kitchen tea photos… can’t believe that it was now my turn in life for this celebration!

My kitchen tea was such a special build-up to my wedding! My sisters worked really hard to put together the most amazing tropical picnic in the park with attention to every little detail… everything was perfect! We made freshly picked flower crowns, laughed over wedding talks & had too many pink meringue kisses. My mom even made & hand-painted all the pretty tropical picnic cushions!

My mom & two sisters made & baked all the delicious treats. The pink meringue kisses are from Sugar&Eggs & the handmade lollipops from The Lollipop League.

To every beautiful lady in my life who made this day so special & spoiled me like crazy with the most gorgeous gifts… Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You all made it such a beautiful day filled with heartwarming moments that I will remember forever! Thank you for making time to come & celebrate with me… I love you all dearly!