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Stephanie + Ross | Botswana

We’re getting married in Botswana, they said. On a game reserve. Well, I can do that, I replied…trying not to embarrass the new clients by jumping up and doing a awkward (but rhythmic) happy dance 🙂 So, nearly a year later, off we went in the 4×4, armed with lists of camera equipment and serial numbers just in case), crossed the border into one of my favourite countries…vast open spaces, amazing people and hospitality. Tough job I have.

Stephanie and Ross’s wedding were all about the people, friends and family had come from all over the world to be there to celebrate with them… and as they got married on a clear Spring day overlooking the vast savannah, there were tears and smiles as everyone shared in their excitement and joy.

We did the creatives the normal bush way – jump on the back of the game vehicle and shout STOP numerous times when we see pretty light and probably irritate the poor ranger by doing this repeatedly and annoying loud…I tell you getting in and out of those vehicles with cameras is an art 🙂 Not to mention a wedding dress and heels… Once we reached the lake, we wanted to take some time and enjoy the setting, but there were 2 rather grumpy hippos not too far into the water making it known that they were not at all impressed – it is safe to say that all of us were a little nervous but the light was so pretty, we had to stay. With one eye on them, one of the ranger, we managed to not get eaten and stayed until the sun set over the water and Mokolodi… absolute bliss and peace.

Steph and Ross, we wish you much joy and thank you for the opportunity to share this day with you!

Special mention to the awesome Ian from Vision on Fire, Corinna (as always) and my hubby, that drove us all over the show xxx

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Bronwyn + Stuart – Kuthaba Bush Lodge

By now you know how I love the bush – the smells, the big skies, the sound of cicadas as the sun sets…the African-ness of it. What better place to get married than surrounded by bushveld, under a massive old Fig Tree, open plains around you. Yup, it makes me happy.

I had the pleasure of assisting Andrea at Bron and Stu’s wonderful wedding at Kuthaba Bush Lodge in the Waterberg – here are just a few of the images from the day…

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Sandi + Kevin | Casalinga

Johannesburg thunderstorms are wonderful, everything feels clean and fresh afterwards…but on your wedding day, it causes total havoc. We have had some extreme weather the last few weddings, and my brides have had to just go with it and try not to stress. On Sandi and Kevin’s day, the clouds rolled in just before the ceremony…everything quickly gets moved inside and the photographer pops out of the ceremony every few minutes to check the dark skies. We ended up with some lovely skies, some very wet grass and a very small window of light…but we managed 🙂

Sandi and Kevin’s happiness is infectious…they were so excited to be getting married, it felt like I was holding my breath the whole day 🙂 It is an amazing experience as a photographer to record that kind of joy. Thank you both for letting me be a part of this very special day – xoxo

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Marcelle + Dion | Aloe Ridge

Sunday morning broke clear, no clouds, blue skies…well, that changed. A LOT. By the time it was time for Marcelle and Dion’s ceremony, a gale force wind had come up and it was raining hard. But nothing was going to put a damper on this day.

Marcelle and Dion chose Aloe Ridge for their wedding – the ceremony site and Hedwigs restaurant is situated in the mountain, surrounded by the most beautiful countryside imaginable. A perfect setting for a perfect celebration. After the chuppah, we darted off in the 4×4 to try and get some images before the rain came again…and even though the wind was howling, it stayed away just long enough for us to get some great images of the two of them. Marcelle donned some gumboots and braved the wind like a trooper, in and out of the game vehicle, ignoring baboons, to the point of climbing on a bridge wall (their idea may I add 😉 These two are fabulous!!! They have such a strong connection and they are so beautiful, inside and out, that it makes me love what I do even more. (Insert soppy love song)

Thank you both for an fantastic, adventurous day – I loved shooting your wedding and feel very blessed to have been a part of it.

BTW…the food at Hedwigs is great!!!

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Franziska + Marius | The Cradle Restaurant

The last few days (it feels like months!) have been pretty much wet and dreary in Joburg – continuous rain, more rain and then some more. Very un-Joburgy weather and a solid introduction to winter…a lot of wedding photographers up here have been doing a lot of praying and thumb holding so we can get that all important window of pretty light, cloudy skies, but most importantly, at least half an hour of no rain.

We were blessed at this wedding that the weather held out so that Franziska and Marius could have their African wedding in the veld under huge trees…what a beautiful setting! And what a wonderful, sweet couple – congratulations to you both and may you be as lucky as you were with the weather all your lives 🙂 Thanks Jeanette for letting me assist 🙂

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