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Our Destination Wedding in Thailand

Our Destination Wedding in Thailand

This is a story about my husband and I. Our Destination Wedding in Thailand. The day that made everything worth it!

It all started out as flatmates who fell for each other. I still remember the feeling when I noticed I’m developing a little crush on my best friend that was undeniable. No matter how uncomfortable, I knew this could be great… So you know, I moved out as soon as I could haha! My mum and sister always prayed for the kindest, sweetest, soft spirited man to sweep me off my feet. OKAY! Before I go any further… You have to know something about me if you don’t already.

I’m the most romantic obsessed person ever. The one who will watch Nicholas Sparks movies OVER & OVER again. I live for passionate love. The, I am your soul mate love. So it kind of makes sense that I’m a Wedding Photographer. Back to the story. You probably wondering why would we choose A Destination Wedding in Thailand of all places in the world? After 6 months of dating we were positive a 4 week holiday in Thailand would give us the unanswered questions we had in our relationship. Note that I was only 21 years old and Ricky 26. I was always a serious person when it comes to dating.

As I knew, my soul mate will be my first love. We travelled the beautiful tropical islands and discovered ourselves connecting more than ever. Arriving in Koh Tao, the smallest island with no cars, just pure beauty and serenity. Sitting on swigs with our toes in the sand we gazed to our left and saw Sensi Paradise resort and right then and there I said to Ricky, how wonderful it would be to get married here one day. He looked at me with his eyes filled with love and he smiled. I knew. We had a future. And yes he was the first ever man to hear me say the worlds – I LOVE YOU. On 2 February 2014 (2 years dating) we decided to send out invitations, message in the bottle style for a tropical wedding in Koh Tao at the same venue we dreamed of. Sandy toes, Salty kisses.

5 TIPS

  • A wedding planner is a must! Could not have done it smoothly without one. We planned the wedding in 8 months through Fairy Tao Weddings .
  • We arrived 2 days before the wedding to settle the little details.
  • Relax and let it be. I found that stressing about things you can’t change would only add disappointment.
  • If you’re traveling with your guests before the Wedding – DONT. Have your Wedding at the beginning of the trip. Rookie mistake. This way you can enjoy the rest of your trip drama and hassle free.
  • Take two dresses. One for the ceremony and a comfortable dress for the party! No shoes of course.

Nkima x

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My Love for Life in London

My Love for Life in London

Have you ever had a thought so colourful you just had to make it reality? My Love for life in London inspires and motivates me to become the photographer I know is in me.

Me and my wonderful Boo took our bicycles (yes, I own a pretty white vintage bike) and wandered through the streets of Battersea Park and Chelsea. I always find that just taking a little break from all things GO GO GO that it really refreshes your mind and insight. I totally recommend sharing a cute day like this with your loved ones! I’ve not written a blog in quite some time. It’s safe to say I’ve been distracted with spring in London! But it goes deeper than that. I always find myself going back and fourth on these questions…

What do you love about life and how do you show it?

Well, this is a fun one for me! Even through life is so scary at times and can give you so many disappointments… You have to be strong and show yourself that it really is what you make of it. I choose to see the world as “sunshine and roses” a phrase that stuck with me since I was a teenager, my friends would see this as my outlook on life. Yes of course I was naive back then but now knowing how much LIFE I went through I still like to see it all in a positive way and I show that through my photography work and my attitude towards little bumps in the road, although some more challenging than others, YOU are the reason for your happiness and how you live your life.

Who do you need in your life?

Need or want? Haha. Firstly I NEED God in my life as I’ve always found that believing in something greater than ourselves is so powerful and nothing can describe the peaceful feeling of knowing He will always be there to guide me through life’s journeys ahead. I will always say I can’t imagine life without my husband Ricky. He fills my heart with so much joy and love. He’s also a great partner to have in my business and I mean he has the patience of my mother! Talk about her, ha! I will always try and mention her somewhere in my posts, as she is one of the reasons for everything great in my life, even my relationship. Her strength and creative mind inspired me since I was a little girl. Love you mamma x

What drives you in everyday life?

What drives me everyday, is knowing that I’m so fortunate to be living my wildest dream and to continue making it a success, I know I have to do my part. Work hard, play hard right?! Nothing comes easy.

These are all valid questions and I’ve noticed as I grow older (damn) I’ve become a woman of contentment.

Nkima x

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Bonjour | Boudoir

Bonjour | Boudoir

.Good morning my French lovers…

Here’s a treat that will inspire a little trip abroad to France featuring Rita on a recent Boudoir session.

I love everything FRENCH and what better way to celebrate that kinda feeling with a Sunday morning, rain is falling vibe. We turned my ALL WHITE bedroom into a studio heaven. And yes. She woke up like this… she’s flawless! Rita is a fashion designer herself and fully understands the essence of detail, story-telling and being a girl embracing womanhood over breakfast. This shoot was inspired by our big move from the city of London to a more peaceful environment in Wimbledon. The city drew me in like a wave over the ocean but as soon as I started working as a full time photographer I needed a place to call home. This shoot represents how my heart feels living on the other side… FUN, QUIRLY, SEXY & CONFIDENT and my hope is to inspire other woman out there to be yourself as a strong confident individual who can take life’s challenges one croissant at a time!

La vie est belle…

Nkima x

Featuring | Rita Cardoso

Location | Wimbledon

Video | Nkima De Faria Vimeo 

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Nkima de faria Vimeo video | Bonjour Boudoir

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So, You’ve got a car?

So, You’ve got a car?

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That impresses her very much!

This story is about a young South African loved up couple. Hanri is dear to my heart and Pieter to hers… We traveled from Los Angeles, 3 hours in the heat of the desert in a old vintage Ford Mustang convertible, thinking we’re too cool. Believe me it was an experience… Cameras overheating, leather burning like fire we just knew. It will all be worth it as soon as we get to our destination.

Joshua tree. Oh Joshua tree. You beauty.

We had about 40 minutes of golden hour and boy was it GOLDEN. Hanri & Pieter are the easiest couple to photograph as their authentic cute moments need no planning at all. They are just comfortable with each other and made the most out of this amazing experience being the only ones by the side of the road just breathing life in, together. Roxette (Joyride) kept on playing in my head. You can’t get more road-trip vibes than this.

Dust in her hair.
Lipstick on his cheeks.
Tyre marks in the sand.
We made history that day.

Today these two love birds are ENGAGED.

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Girl meets world

Girl meets world

Small town girl with a big city life.

Here I am, Nkima… just a girl from a small town called Hazyview in South Africa. I can still hear the Sabie River crushing through the rocks close to my bedroom window… What a divine sound that brings you back to life. We can get so caught up in all day things that we sometimes forget were we came from. At a young age I would sit on our little beach with my Barbies (yes a girly girl) and dream of a life far away and missing someone I don’t know. Ha! That describes me to this day.

At the age of 13 we moved to the UK and what a change that was! Coming from a farm to live in a far away place called London just seemed unbelievable. My life truly changed in so many ways. Goodbyes, challenges, scared and just starting a brand new life and I was ready for the unknown. By the time I was 20, London became my home and my playground, I developed a real passion for detail and photographing everything I see as beautiful. That included my friends! A few years on I knew my photography needed to be explored… I always struggled with the decision on making it a full career but after a very special someone pushed me in the right direction It just bloomed from there on. I am happy to say that from this day I am a full time photographer, living the life that I feel that I’m destined for. Blessed is an understatement. My husband played a big part in all of this and I’ll be forever grateful. He took all of these arty pictures of me in Central London and captured the real essence of my blog post today.

Just a girl with a passion. Making the most of this crazy life.

Let’s dream beyond infinity..

Nkima x

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