I remember becoming an uncle for the first time when I was a young teen. It was huge. The phone call came through, then the family piled in to the car and headed off to the hospital where my older sister Julia had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl named Donna. I remember looking at this tiny baby through the glass thinking “That’s my niece!” A few years later I remember carrying her on my shoulders while hiking during a family holiday in the Drakensburg. Then it was school, then her 21st, then in June this year I had the honour and privilege of shooting her wedding.

It’s very different shooting a family wedding, the major one being that I obviously knew almost everyone’s names (besides some of Ricky’s family) and I knew who needed to be photographed with who and it made life easy for me. I also got to sit down for a bit during the reception, and at one stage I was actually ordered to put the camera down and go dance! It was a also a little difficult getting through the editing process without shedding a tear at the more emotional shots. Congratulations Donna & Ricky!

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Richard and Tatum were the wonderful couple whose engagement shoot we did on a misty morning in Summerveld a few months back. Richard is a graphic designer, which is what I was before I started doing photography full time, and Tatum works in public relations. Their wedding arrived and it it was a perfect day of clear skies, family and a big celebration. The Zimbali beach is always a stunning in that it’s flat, secluded and sheltered which is perfect for a wedding ceremony. The sun always sets over the hill at the exact right time of day too.

One of the real highlights of the wedding for me was hearing a song which Tatum had recorded in a studio prior to the wedding, it was called ‘I Adore You’ and it brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the room followed by a standing ovation. John Roux from The Wedding DJ was on the decks to make sure the party didn’t stop. It was great being at Rich & Tee’s wedding and playing my part in making it the success that it was. Congratulations guys, hope you like the pics!

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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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I’ve always supported The Windmills as a wedding venue because I was there before they started doing weddings, and I helped rebrand the venue from when it was still called Stonehaven Lodge. One of the ways I’ve supported them is by exhibiting at their bridal show, which is where I met Pam and Romano for the first time. They came up to my stand, looked through my albums and we chatted a bit. Then soon afterwards they emailed and booked.

It was a very emotional day, with a lot of family present. Pam arrived at the chapel on a horse and carriage, then was walked down the aisle by her two brothers as they sang. Luckily the weather held out for us and we ended off the reception with a good party. Congratulations Pam & Romano!

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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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We were hoping for a golden sunrise over the sea, unfortunately we got an overcast day instead. It also started raining as we started shooting. Not to let that deter us, we carried on shooting anyway. We moved from the main Umhlanga beach to the lagoon by the Breakers Hotel where it started clearing just in time for us to get some fun shots walking over the pathways and on the beach itself. The first image below was blown up onto a canvas for their wedding guests to sign. Congrats on your engagement, I’m looking forward to the wedding at Collisheen at the end of August.

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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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