Clayton and Nicolle strike me as the sort of couple who have been through one or two rough times, but have worked through them and are now stronger and more in love than they were before. They seem to share a very deep bond, and they have a beautiful baby daughter too. They celebrated their marriage with their family and closest friends at the picturesque Calderwood Hall in Boston, Kwazulu-Natal. There was a feeling of undying support from everyone around them, of which some had flown in from abroad. Nicolle’s dress was hand made by Clayton’s sister Natalie, and her husband Richard and son were the MC and DJ respectively.

We were fortunate enough to have a wonderful sunset to work with for the photo shoot, together with with the long grass, deep valley and forest areas. The bridal party were a hoot and were keen to have a good time, ensuring it was a great day and a wonderful celebration. Congratulations to Clayton & Nicolle, thanks for having me document your big day and for the lovely bottle of wine!

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David and Cassandra live in Wales but came to South Africa to get married, Cassandra is originally from SA but David is a true Welshman. It was a pleasure shooting their wedding and meeting their guests who came from all over the world to share in their big day. Cathedral Peak was as breathtaking as ever, the weather was perfect and we had plenty of time to do our photo shoot.

I never noticed this on the day of David and Cas’s wedding, but while I was editing the photos I realised that Cas has a resemblance to a young Princess Diana. David also has a striking resemblance to a friend of mine who’s name is also Dave. How peculiar. In a way I kind of felt like I already knew them, which made the day all the more easy and pleasurable to shoot. Cas told me she had been following my blog leading up to their big day, it’s always nice to know things like that because the couples who are enthusiastic about the photos are the one’s who get the best pictures. Congratulations guys!

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Before every wedding I go back through all my emails and interactions I’ve had with the bride and groom to make sure I haven’t forgotten a special request and that I’ve got all my ducks in a row, and as it turned out Stacey first contacted me in April 2013 and enquired about me being their photographer. That’s over a year in advance, which is almost unheard of nowdays. As it turns out my wife Bronwyn went to school with Heath, funny coincidence. Thanks to my friend John who volunteered to film Heath and Stacey’s wedding, I’m sure you’ve put together a wonderful video for them.

I loved shooting their big day because I knew that Heath and Stacey were enthusiastic and willing to do what it takes to get great photos. The venue was decked out brilliantly with loads of personal touches, the retinue were good fun and the golden light turned up too which made for some great shots. Thanks so much for having me shoot your big day Heath and Stacey, hope you like the pics!

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I did another engagement shoot at Tala Game Reserve, this time for Hollis and Nikoshia. These are two scientists who are shy by nature but very sure of what they want. When they told me they were brining props to their shoot I got a bit nervous because I’m not really one to incorporate props in my photo shoots. I like to take natural photos and I have a very free-flowing style of shooting. Somehow I think it turned out brilliantly, it turns out they were right all along. I’m guessing that neither of them are generally wrong about anything judging by their professions and the amount of effort they put into this shoot. Thanks guys, you made me look good.

We were blessed with a golden sunset which we took full advantage of. I was doing my usual leopard crawling in long grass, climbing trees and walking in ditches to get those different angles. Hollis and Nikoshia decided on a change of outfit mid way through the shoot too for a different look. I’m looking forward to the wedding!

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On the 17th of April I was at Providence shooting Travis & Juanita’s lovely wedding, when my phone beeped with a message from Cape Town wedding photographer Michael Rose. He said that some family friends of his were getting married at Providence the following weekend and since his wife was going to go into labour any day, there was a possibility he wasn’t going to be able to make it. He wanted to know if I was available to fill in for him. I was hesitant because I had already shot weddings every weekend for 6 weeks in a row and felt like I needed a weekend off. I thought about it some more and decided I would do it. He then confirmed two days before wedding that it was on.

It turned out to be an absolute breeze, Rob and Tam were relaxed and very grateful that I had been able to step in at such short notice. The décor was magnificent, the weather was perfect and everything fell in to place exactly as planned. The videographers for the day were Beyond Measure Productions and the DJ was David Yapp of Top Jocks. Congratulations Rob and Tam, it was an honour and a pleasure!

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I was so glad when Lisl and Ryan told me they had decided on Tala for their engagement shoot, because not only did I know there was a good chance there was going to be a magnificent sunset, but also I hadn’t been out on any form of game drive for way too long. I was starting to have withdrawals. A bit of very sad news is that since we did this shoot, the two rhino in these pictures were poached for their horns. We met up at the main gate and drove around to a few spots until the light got right, then we went in to overdrive shooting mode. Lisl was smiling from ear to ear throughout the shoot which can only brighten up a photo, Ryan had a few photo ideas of his own. It was great that they had prepared for the shoot too, Lisl had her hair and make-up done and Ryan went clothes shopping.

I’m really looking forward to the wedding in October, which is going to be at the newest Midlands venue called The Orchards. Thanks again for choosing me to be your photographer guys!

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Andrew and Laralyn got married at Crab Apple a few days before we did this photo shoot at Thompsons Bay tidal pool. We met first thing in the morning, I was hoping for a spectacular sunrise which didn’t pitch but the light was still nice and soft, and we weren’t dodging any crowds. The tidal pool water was so warm that I couldn’t resist getting in myself, and once we’d finished the shoot I hung around a bit longer to have my legs nipped by the fish in the tidal pool. It was a wonderful hour or two spent away from the computer screen!

Thanks for being willing to humour all my crazy ideas guys, like climbing up rocks and rolling around in the sand!

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Laralyn is originally from East London and Andrew is from Kloof. Although they both live overseas in the UK, they decided to come back home to get married. They chose their venue without actually realising it and before they were even engaged, they happened to be in the area a few years ago and they popped in to Crab Apple chapel. They fell in love with the magnificent views and country charm. There was a lot of effort put in to the wedding, with lots of little signboards, props and wonderful paraphernalia. Instead of having a formal sit-down reception, they decided on a daytime picnic in the gardens of the chapel. It turned out to be the dream wedding they had always imagined.

We did a few creative photos with the bridal party after the ceremony, and then did some more photos at the end of the day as the sun was going down. We discovered a lovely field of horses, of which one of them tried to eat my camera as I was crouched down taking photos. Next up on the blog will be their Post Wedding Shoot which we did on the beach a few days later. Thanks so much for choosing me to be your photographer guys, it was an honour and a pleasure.

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I had been looking forward to shooting Travis and Juanita’s wedding for quite a while leading up to it, partly because these are two softly spoken gentle souls who I just knew were going to be game for a great photo shoot. Another reason is because it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo at a picturesque venue like Providence. Juanita enjoys photography herself, she chooses to shoot on film instead of digital which will always speak volumes about appreciating the art of photography. They’re also both keen on fly fishing so it was absolutely necessary that we incorporated a bit of that in to their shoot too.

It was a morning wedding so I arrived at Travis at 06h30 to shoot his preparations, followed by meeting Juanita at Knotts Salon where she had her hair and make-up done. We did a few pics after the ceremony and a longer shoot after the reception, which was great because there was no time limit and we carried on shooting until dark. Congratulations guys, your wedding was stunning. It was an honour to be a part of it!

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More and more couples are having less traditional weddings nowdays. I’ve shot weddings in all sorts of places, one was even in a cave. Many traditions are falling by the wayside in favour of backyard and DIY weddings. The opposite was true with Candice and Trevor, there was a wonderful sense of tradition in how their wedding day was organised. Not that change is a bad thing, I’m the first to do things completely differently to anyone else, but sometimes it’s nice to give a salute to what once was and is slowly dissipating.

Candice looked absolutely radiant in her stunning white wedding dress, and Trevor was a dashing groom in a full tuxedo complete with bowtie and a Ferrari. Candice got ready at home, followed by the ceremony and photo shoot at Kearsney College and the reception down the road at The duBoirs in Waterfall. There’s always something magical about a wedding ceremony in a grand old chapel. It was a wonderful day with perfect weather and it was an honour to be a part of it all. Congratulations guys!

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