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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Since 2012 I’ve wanted to upgrade my Canon Mark II camera body to the new Mark III, but it took some time because it costs about the same as a small car. Finally I was able to order it, and it got delivered the day before Lauren and Brent’s wedding. First on the agenda was to shoot Brent’s preparation, I suggested that him and his groomsmen get in the pool for a few photos. I crouched down next to the pool waiting to take my first official wedding photo with my brand new camera, and what happened next may as well have happened in slow motion. Brent did a running summersault dive bomb, emptying half the pool in the process. Both my camera and I got completely soaked. The mortified look on Brent’s face was priceless once he surfaced and realised what had just happened!

I didn’t get a chance to meet them before the wedding because they live in JHB. Lauren looked like a princess in her stunning dress, she was surrounded by her nearest and dearest throughout the day. Their baby daughter Brooke looked as cute as a button. Congratulations Lauren and Brent, thanks so much for choosing me. Your wedding was wonderful!

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Not long after Marcell & Monique’s stunning wedding in Dalton, we met up in Ballito to do their post wedding shoot. Monique didn’t want to actually trash her dress by swimming in it, but rather wanted more of a fashion inspired ‘cherish the dress’ shoot. I hauled out the flash lighting and went to work on getting her to pose like a fashion model, something I don’t often do. I really enjoyed doing something different for a change. Hope you like the pics guys!

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I had been looking forward to Marcell & Monique’s wedding for quite some time, we had a blast doing their engagement shoot so we were familiar with each other and it felt like I was on my way to go shoot the wedding for some old friends. They decided to have a local wedding, in a small chapel close to where they live in Dalton and the reception in the only building big enough to house their 250 odd guests.

The day started off with the guys having a round of clay pigeon shooting with plenty of beer, followed by their preparation at one of the family farms, also with plenty of beer. We then did a few portraits of them in the suits, holding their beers. The ladies got ready at Marcell & Monique’s lovely farm home, the atmosphere was buzzing as the ladies were discussing make-up, hair, babies, family, etc. The day went really smoothly, and who could forget the magnificent sunset nature presented us with for the creative shoot. Congratulations Monique and Marcell, it was an honour and a privilege to be part of your big day!

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Koobasen and Subashnee live in Johannesburg, but are originally from Oslo Beach. When Koobasen originally got hold of me he said they were going to get married in India, and they wanted me to go over and be the photographer. Then as plans were being made they discovered that some very important family members were’t going to be able to make it over, so they decided to get married close to home instead.

They had close to 300 guests at their wedding, which means they had to find a venue big enough to host such an event. It was great to be able to do their creative shoot on the beach close to where they spent their childhoods. Subashnee was a bit camera shy at first but soon got used to it, but by the end of the creative shoot she was raring to go. Congratulations guys!

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My weekend of shooting at Summerveld kicked off with Sphe and Nonhlanhla’s engagement shoot on Friday afternoon, we had some stunning afternoon light which we took full advantage of. The original plan was to do a ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ theme, but hiring a vintage car plus extra props and a suitable location turned out to be a real challenge. We opted for something more natural, and decided to include a picnic which they came well prepared for. These two have a really playful side to them, and they were full of smiles and laughter throughout the shoot. Nonhlanhla is a doctor and Sphe is in human resources so these are two highly educated individuals.

I’m looking forward to your wedding in December, it was a pleasure spending the afternoon with you!

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Adriaan & Heather are a really wonderful couple who had a travel themed wedding at one of the most stunning and picturesque venues in the Midlands. Heather works for Emirates airlines, which means she travels a lot and spends a lot of time in Dubai. She collected wedding items from all over the world for their wedding, how wonderful. Adriaan is a practical hard working man, an electrician by trade with a keen love for motorcycles.

They decided to ditch a number of the typical wedding norms, the most significant one being that they got married on the jetty on the lake instead of in the chapel. Towards the end of the creative shoot it was almost dark which made for a bit of a challenge for me, as well as the sun coming and going throughout the ceremony. All in all it was a wonderful day, congratulations Adriaan and Heather! Please click here if you’d like to see their engagement shoot.

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