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Rowena + Jhean – Shepstone Gardens Wedding

Shooting Rowena and Jhean’s wedding was like attending a family wedding – besides the fact that I photographed her sister’s wedding a few years ago and recognised a lot of the people there, it was the spirit of togetherness and welcome that made it so special. It’s a real honour to be part of a family’s history, to see their beautiful daughters get married, to meet the babies, and to experience their journey. There were so many special moments at this wedding – the giggling through the ceremony, the tears as she danced with her dad…just to name two that comes to mind.

Rowena and Jhean, thank you so very much for choosing me – it was such a special day! And Jhean, I hope the posing was worth it 😉

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Anny + Michael – The Bridge Wedding

Anny and Michael tied the knot on a rainy, overcast day… things went wrong, things got misplaced – all of this added some hilarious moments to the day. And none of it bothered either of them 🙂 They laughed through it all and focused on the important things, the day they had waited so long for and spent a lot of time in airports for. It was beautiful and sincere, a real love story.

Thank you both for being such sports and braving the wet veld, climbing through fences and fending off rather large stick insects 😉

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Shanna + Victor | St Fort Country House | Clarens Wedding – Part 1

I have fallen in love with Clarens…this quaint little town nestled in foothills of the Maluti Mountains is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. It is built around a central square where people sit and drink coffee or wine in the afternoon sun, art galleries, antiques and is surrounded by some of the prettiest countryside in SA. So when Shanna and Victor said they were getting married at St Fort, I was excited (to say the least) 🙂 And on meeting them, I knew this would be one of my favourite weddings of the year – they are relaxed, easy-going, gentle people, one of those couples you want to keep as friends…people that realise that the wedding is about getting married, that it is about sharing joy with those closest to you and that it is a celebration of finding the one that makes you smile every day. It was an absolute joy photographing this wedding – thank you both so very much!!

And because there were so much that I loved at this wedding, I am blogging it in 2 parts … here is part one of their day.

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Lauren + Jared | Nirox Art Foundation

December was a crazy month – and with about 30 shoots and 7 weddings, to say I am behind on blogging and editing is a understatement…but it is all systems go and the blog is going to be flooded with some gorgeous weddings over the next 2 weeks 🙂 Happy 2013 friends!! I hope this year treats you well xx

Here we have Lauren and Jared…they got married at the beautiful Nirox in Muldersdrift, a venue that don’t do weddings, but it has special meaning to them. So, everything was done from scratch, including the electricity to the tent and a satellite kitchen. It was gorgeous!!! They got married surrounded by art, water, green lusciousness and family and friends that loved them. A special day indeed.

From a photography viewpoint, it was a bit challenging – the day was rainy and overcast (as most of December seemed to be here in JHB) and we had very little time to do the creatives as the sun disappeared behind the clouds. But they walked fast, posed fast and made it all fun 🙂 The way they love each other is beautiful, they laugh and tease and rejoice in each other. Thank you both for making it such a special experience!

Thank you to my second for the day, Natalie.

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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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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 🙂

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 🙂

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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Danielle + David | Red Ivory

Some weddings are easier than others, maybe not the flow of events, the light, or the timing – but the people. By the time I arrived at Danielle and David’s wedding, it felt like we have known each other for years. They are just those type of people, easy going, relaxed and always laughing – people that you want to be friends with and hug a lot 🙂 The wedding was special in so many ways, but mostly because of the two of them.

I am not going to use a lot of words since I went totally overboard with the amount of images I posted (so be patient while they load), but there were a few things that stood out on the day – the bus with the guests that arrived more than an hour late, as it could not make it through the gate and up the drive…and no-one panicked. The girls stayed calm whilst the boys organised cars to go up and down and collect people. I think the most panic on the day was when the men realised they had no idea how to tie a cravat 🙂 You Tube to the rescue 😉 The surprise performance by Elegant Entertainment that got mom upset at first and then made dad cry with their amazing voices, the dancing, the champagne…and the joy.

Mostly the joy.

Thank you both for letting me capture this amazingly special day xxx

Venue : Red Ivory
Dress : Crystal Brides
Music : Derek Sassen
Videography : DVI
Second shooter : Corinna

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Heather + Clinton | Oakfield Farm

Big gifts come in small packages – this we learn as girls from a very early age…well, Clinton got himself a very big present 🙂 Heather is tiny, but full of feistiness and spunk, spirit and to top it off, she is gorgeous. Clinton on the other hand is calm and cool, but with a wicked sense of humour. So, between them they make the perfect gift – small package, big rock 😉

A large wedding, lots of family and friends, lots of celebration and love – thank you both for choosing me to capture this lovely day xxx

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