It was a pleasure doing Jared and Paige’s engagement shoot, they’re a really fun couple who were full of smiles and laughs. They like to play around and gently tease each other but you can see that under all that there is a deep love and commitment to each other. We did their engagement shoot out at Summerveld on a late afternoon, we had to time it for when Paige is back in South Africa because she works for Emirates Airlines which means she spends a lot of time abroad. Coincidentally I shot an engagement shoot and wedding a few years ago for another bride who also works as an air hostess for Emirates.

I’m looking forward to the wedding, it’s going to be at one of my favourite venues called Providence in the KZN Midlands.

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Melissa and Terence were such a fun-loving couple to shoot, full of smiles and laughs. It always makes my job much easier to capture natural moments when I don’t need to prompt them and crack silly jokes to get reactions. I asked them to please be on time for their photo shoot in order to catch the sunrise, and I was so pleased when they actually arrives 5 minutes early. We did photos along the beach, on the pier and the walkway and then took a little spin over to the lagoon where they arrived with a change in outfits. What a great morning!

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Bicycles are popular items when it comes to wedding décor, I often see them leaning against a tree or at the the reception entrance, they usually have baskets of flowers or chalk boards attached. Sometimes couples bring them to engagement shoots to have some fun with. Darrell & Jess however had a very good reason to incorporate a bicycle in their shoot, they are both cyclists and Darrell owns a bike shop named Bring It On Cycles in Kloof, KZN.

We decided on the beautiful Thompson’s Bay beach to do their engagement shoot, we sped down there early to catch the morning sunrise. We had a lot of fun and went to breakfast straight afterwards. What a great way to begin the day. I’m looking forward to their wedding in May.

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When a couple comes home from the rainy UK to get married in sunny South Africa, the last thing they want is rain on their wedding day. Unfortunately this is exactly what happened, but Shaun and Rachel didn’t let it bother them at all. They had a wonderful wedding despite the odds, we did a good long photo shoot and they danced the night away with their friends from SA and the UK. It was definately one of the more spirited parties I can remember from recent weddings.

Umtamvuna River Lodge is one of the venues I enjoy shooting at a lot, there is plenty of spots for photos if you look hard enough. Congratulations Shaun and Rachel!

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Stanton and Zenilla had two wedding ceremonies and two photo shoots, the first was a Catholic ceremony and the second was a traditional Hindu ceremony which was held at Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga.

I normally do outdoor photo shoots at sunset, but with the way the day was planned out it wasn’t possible so we did a lot of indoor and night shots at the hotel. I was taken completely out of my comfort zone but I believe they turned out great. Congratulations Stanton & Zenilla!

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It was wonderful spending the day up at Haycroft Farm shooting Barend and Elserie’s wedding. The ceremony was held in the forest next to the lake which was stunning in every way, it provided plenty of photo opportunities for later too. The reception was in the main hall which was kitted out in loads of wonderful décor, all of it being very special to the bride and groom. It was a daytime wedding, so it finished quite early and there was no dancing. One of the best things for me is that Barend and Elserie were keen for good photos, so they didn’t mind climbing over rocks and doing all the crazy things I asked.

Congratulations Barend & Elserie, thanks for having me document your big day!

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Njabulo and Nombulelo came down from Johannesburg to Alpine Heath resort in the KZN Drakensberg to get married. They had a wonderful celebration full of joy and laughter. Njabulo got ready at the venue, while Nombulelo got ready at her parents house as per tradition, and arrived already in her wedding dress and ready to get married. We did half the creative shoot straight after the ceremony and the other half at sunset after the reception, both times a chap from the venue came along with a white horse which we used for some of the photos.

Congratulations Njabulo and Nombulelo, your wedding was stunning.

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Tobias and Prinita had a multi cultural international wedding, with guests from five continents. Prinita is originally from Durban, she met Tobias while she was living overseas and the two got together. Tobias is from Germany, but has lived in different countries all over the world and collected friends all along the way. They live in Germany now that they are married, and kudos to Prinita who taught herself the German language and can speak fluently.

The wedding started off with a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by canopés, then the Christian ceremony followed by more canopés and finally the reception which included video messages from friends all over the world and a fireworks display. It was great working with pros like Jonno from Videoccasions, Dave Yapp from Top Jocks and the band Afritude.

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It’s not often one gets to be a bridesmaid or a groomsman at one of your parents weddings, but that’s exactly what Malcolm and Roz’s children were. This was a really fun wedding with major emphasis on having a lot of laughs and a great celebration. Roz wore a Marie Antoinette inspired dress and a bouquet full of baby’s breath, Malcolm and his groomsmen opted for brown waistcoats and trousers.

It seems like every time I shoot a wedding at Cranford Country Lodge it ends up raining, which really emphasises the green outdoors country feel of the venue. Luckily it held out just long enough to take a walk around the dam and get some photos, and we went in when it started coming down again. Congratulations to Malcolm and Roz!

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I met James and Sarah at the crack of dawn for their engagement shoot, we decided that Summerveld was going to be a great spot for it’s wide open spaces and beautiful areas. What we didn’t count on though was all the racehorses making their way to the race track for their morning races. We got some wonderful photos when the morning sun peaked through the clouds before disappearing for the rest of the day. I’m looking forward to this fun couples wedding next year at Talloula.

Thanks for choosing me James & Sarah, hope you like the pics!

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