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Tracy + Richard – Randlords wedding

As you walk into the Cathedral, the light and colours strike you first…then the calm peacefulness of this beautiful space in the heart of Jozi overwhelms you. It really makes for a wedding ceremony with meaning. And it was the perfect setting for Tracy and Richard’s ceremony, creating a feeling of intimacy, even in the huge space. A choir, the amazing organ, all of it reminds you that there is more to a wedding than the decor, the politics, the planning.

It was a perfect Autumn day in Johannesburg as we rushed around the city centre in a little bus, looking for pretty light. I like to plan my couple shoots so that I know where we are going and to save time, but there is something to be said (besides the stress) for unplanned chaos πŸ™‚ – it pushes you to really look and to try different things, technically and creatively. We ran out of light pretty quickly but we made the most of the time we had. We got chased away by security guards, several fingers got slammed into doors in the rush to get to that spot … but what fun!

The reception was held at Randlords, overlooking the city skyline – emotional speeches, a song dedication by the groom, a phenomenal 5 course menu…it all contributed to this beautiful wedding.

Tracy and Richard, may all the days of your married life be as wonderful as this first one.

xxx

Thank you to my friend Corinna for assisting me and being my always reliable back-up.

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Mandla + Siyabonga | Part 1

I have recently made a change in my editing process for weddings, so blogposts are a bit behind…but finally, here is Mandla and Siya’s wedding πŸ™‚

Surrounded by family and friends that flew in from all over the world, these two tied the knot in Randjiesfontein…and what I love about them most is their unaffectedness (is that a word?). Even though they come from powerful and important backgrounds, had celebrities and government officials at their wedding, they are just them. Two people who love each other and are completely just themselves at all times. I love that πŸ™‚

And the joy – so much joy and happiness, laughter and tears…everyone there celebrated with abandon, just the way a wedding should be!

This is part one of an epic wedding – day 2 is the traditional part and will follow on Friday…

Mandla and Siya – I loved shooting your wedding, you are two of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met xxx

Thanks again to my second on the day, Corinna.

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Justine + Karel | Narina Trogon

December, January and February was a blur – the studio was crazy busy and weddings had to be edited…and inbetween time just slipped away and I never got to post some of the weddings that I assisted on – I love second shooting weddings! It is all the emotion and adrenalin without the stress πŸ™‚ You can play and try new things and just soak up all the happiness…so without further ado – Jutine and Karel’s urban wedding rocked!!!

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Turbine Hall Wedding Workshop

I am on a adventure this year – I want to learn more, try more, play more…and so I am planning on attending a few workshops. The first one was by talented Cape Town photographer Jean-Pierre Uys. It was an inspiring two days and I have come away with some extra knowledge, but more importantly, a slightly changed perspective…a different way of looking at certain things, which excites me πŸ™‚

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Nadine + Brett – The Oyster Box Umhlanga

I have been wanting to shoot at The Oyster Box on the South Coast for a while, the old colonial architecture and location of this hotel makes my photography heart happy πŸ™‚ So, when my talented friend Lindy asked me a few months ago if I will assist with her wedding, I jumped at the chance…oh, and I loved this venue!!!

Nadine is a stunning woman, but more importantly, her inner beauty shines through so strongly that you can’t help falling in love with her – which is why Brett told her that she would one day be his wife the very first time he met her. Love at first sight does exist it seems πŸ™‚ Their wedding was a celebration of this special love – full of passion and happiness and people that adored them. They are a truly special couple…and up for anything – even photographers that insist that 100km winds make for good photographs πŸ™‚ and it did.

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Lelanie + Hardus | Platvlei Farm, Lichtenburg

We are on our way to Durban in a hour or so, doing a wedding for a very good friend of ours in some small dorpie on the North Coast…and as it will be when you know that you have loads to do, still pack, and drive 8 hours, I had very little sleep. So, I am trying to find the words to describe Lelanie and Hardus’ wedding, but my brain is on go slow….

I completely adore farm weddings, they have an ambience and character so unique and special. Combine that with Lelanie’s vision and creative flair, it makes for a wedding that blew me away…the decor, the hospitality, the down to earth easiness of the whole day… I can tell you how beautiful she looked, how we made a total of 21 U-turns during the day trying to find all the spots we picked to do photo’s or about the bakkie with a bachelor party and blow-up doll on the back as we made our way to the reception. But I am going to let the images speak for themselves and go have another cup of coffee πŸ˜‰

Lelanie and Hardus, thank you, thank you for letting us share in your wonderful day – it truly was so very special.

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Isabelle + Jason | Avianto

When I met with Isabelle last year (she was out here from the UK), I knew that this was going to be a wonderful wedding…how could it not be??? She is delightful, sweet and gentle, just downright nice…and throughout our correspondence the last few months, I have just come to like her more and more πŸ™‚ In her emails, you could tell she was so excited and happy to be marrying Jason. And the feeling was definitely mutual – a few days before the wedding, I received the loveliest email from Jason (I hope they don’t mind me sharing it with you) :

“We haven’t met yet but as the butterflies start waking up deep in my belly I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for your email this morning to Bella and for making her so happy! I can’t wait to meet you. It is going to be a great day to be alive!” … sigh… who wouldn’t want to marry him?!

So, needless to say, by the time the wedding day arrived, I was so excited to finally get to see this special couple together.

What a wedding it was! They made sure it was personal to them, adding little touches from handmade programs to Jason dancing down the isle with his best men and opening up the dance floor with a very fast swing number. It was them. totally. and uniquely. There were some tears during the ceremony (well, a lot of tears actually), McDonalds cups (yes indeed), laughter and above all, a very personal message. And then they were finally married!

Off we went in search of some photo spots…attempting to drive in 4×4 territory without a 4×4…and found this gorgeous piece of veld next to a lake. Only problem is that the gate is locked and we can’t get to it…well, let me just say – Isabelle, you rock!!! Up and over a fence with a lacy wedding dress is a manoeuvre most brides should definitely practise πŸ˜‰ Thank you for giving us loads of time and being such huge sports!!

Belle and Jase, you were wonderful and I thank you for trusting me with your precious memories. I know that you will be happy, your connection and sense of fun will carry you through anything!

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Hendrien + Cliffe | Lady Gray

As it is, I have issues with cutting down my images for the blog…now add in a gorgeous bride, handsome groom, a little town in the platteland, a seriously amazing farm wedding and a township – image overload basically guaranteed! πŸ™‚

Andrea and I hit the road on a Friday morning, leaving behind Joburg and driving through the boring flatness (except for the occasional sunflower patch) to Bloemfontein…from there we went inland and the landscape slowly changed – rolling hills, green fields, kosmos, skies that stretched on and on. We made it to Lady gray in one piece (although I might have taken out one of Andrea’s tyres with a pothole – its undecided who’s fault that may be πŸ˜‰ and checked into our hotel…by this time its dark and we couldn’t see much of the town, only to wake up the next morning to a beautful, quaint dorpie, nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. Heaven!!!

Excitement kicks in as there is nothing better than photographing a wedding in beautiful natural surroundings and we go exploring. On the way to the farm where Hendrien and Cliffe will be having the reception, we pass through the little township…out come the cameras and the little kids’ excited faces make this day even better πŸ™‚

At the farm, the working barn has been cleared out of livestock, hay, equipment etc and turned into a reception venue – all the goodies came from Joburg and it looked simply amazing – funky, stylish with loads of personal touches. The food were being prepared by tannies in town, as everyone there knows Hendrien…the fact that she is a TV sports presenter, marrying one of our cricket players probably made this day even more special for everyone. Talk about royalty πŸ™‚ And what beautiful people they are…relaxed, game for anything and so very much in love. Cliffe looks at her and you just want to hug him for loving her that much…and she looks at him and cannot help but smile – now there is something special right there.

So get comfortable, get a cup of cofee or a glass of wine and join us in Lady Gray for a bit…

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