Gareth and Roxy had a classic styled wedding at The Windmills in Nottingham Road, with it’s picturesque chapel on the lake and wide open spaces it is always easy to see why couples like to choose it for their big day. Throw in experienced and organised staff and you’re sure to have a smooth and professionally run wedding.

The day started out at Troutbagger Farm where Gareth got ready with his groomsmen, it was sunny in the morning so we were all quite pleased that the weather was good. Next I headed on to Roxy who got ready at The Windmills, it was starting to cloud over at this stage. The ceremony was heartfelt and wonderful, then during the creative shoot it started raining. Right before we headed in to the reception we got a tiny peak of a sunset so we grabbed a quick silhouette photo and headed in. The videographers were Heartistic Productions and the DJ was Pierre Venter-Maher. It was a magical day of love and family, congratulations Gareth and Roxy!

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I met a cool, fun and creative girl by the name of Lisa a couple of years ago when we did a photography workshop together, since then we’ve remained friends on Facebook. Then out of the blue came an email from her asking if I would shoot her wedding. Her and Tristan had been engaged for 4 years, and had decided the time was now right to make it official. They opted for a very intimate wedding on a week day with just close family, followed by a photo shoot and a dinner. We did a few pics at the venue and then decided to head down to the beach for a few more. Shooting for another photographer is so easy because they already knew what to do every step of the way and they also had everything ready in time for me. They were an absolute dream to shoot for.

You can see more of Lisa’s awesome photography on her website, she’s got a strong fashion influence which is just great: www.lisastayt.com
Congratulations guys, thanks so much for picking me, it was a pleasure shooting for you. Hope you like the pics!

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Tyronne recently popped the question to Jo-Anne at sunrise on the rocks on the Ballito beach, so they wanted to have their engagement shoot at the same spot and at the same time of day. The day arrived and we had arranged to meet up at 6am, however I was on my way there and decided to turn around and go back home. It was too late, the good light had already passed, so we arranged to meet the following day instead at 4.30am so that we could still catch the sunrise. Tyronne brought his bicycle, Jo-Anne brought her winning smile and we shot away.

I’ve had a few photographers ask me how I achieved the light spots in the below photo after they saw it on my facebook page, the answer is very simple, I simply flicked a few drops of water on my lens and aimed it towards the sunrise. Viola.

Thanks for being so great to work with Tyronne and Jo-Anne, I’m looking forward to your wedding!

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I always know it’s going to be a good day when I go shoot at Providence, it’s such a magnificent venue that it’s really hard to take a bad photo there. Of course it always helps if the couple are game for anything and are a lot of fun too, Dane and Lisa had a crazy bridal party who were up for a good party. We were blessed with perfect weather all day, only right towards the end of the evening did it start to rain, and it came down in buckets. The electricity tripped but Providence is so organised that they have backup generators, so not a moment was lost on the dance floor. The boys got ready at Troutbagger Farm which is next door to Providence, and the girls got ready at Rawdons hotel which is a grand old hotel in Nottingham Road.

Dane and Lisa came down from Johannesburg to get married close to Lisa’s home town. Dane brought his groomsmen which included radio personality Sasha Martinengo who also served as master of ceremonies, which was only ever going to be hilarious. Congratulations Dane and Lisa, thanks for choosing me, and thanks to Fern from Providence for assuring Lisa that I’m a good guy and that she should book me for her wedding photos!

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I was looking forward to shooting Lisl & Ryan’s wedding, partly because they were a lot of fun during their engagement shoot, and partly because the venue is one of the newest in the Midlands, it’s called Orchards and it’s absolutely stunning. The main house is a thatched double story mansion with lots of rooms and hallways and stairs, the chapel and reception hall have a very modern yet countrified feel and it’s all set on a perfectly manicured rolling lawn with a stream at the bottom. I arrived at the venue straight after Ryan’s preparation down the road and instantly knew I had my work cut out for me, people were buzzing all over and setting up while the girls were having their hair and make-up done.

Three moments that stood out for me was firstly Lisl’s dad who took about three seconds for a tear to appear in his eye after seeing Lisl in her wedding dress, the second was the exact same thing when Ryan saw her, and the third was the amount of smiles and family love that I could just feel all around me all day. Congratulations Ryan and Lisl!

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When Zimasa first got in contact with me she said the wedding was going to be in April, but I wasn’t available. Then one day she emailed again and said it was going to be in October instead, this time I was available for their date. Her and Zamani came down from Johannesburg to get married at the lovely Orchid House at Collisheen Estate where I spend a lot of Saturdays shooting weddings. The venue is really well run, with everything being planned out to perfection by the efficient staff. Zimasa got ready in the bridal suite, with it’s lovely light that comes streaming through the large windows. The ceremony was full of singing and dancing. We had about 15 minutes of daylight to do the photo shoot, then when it got too dark I had to bring out the flashes and get creative. A memorable moment was during the throwing of the bouquet and garter, I’ve never seen someone so happy to catch a garter before in my life, he was so overcome with sheer joy that he fell to the ground with his hands and feet in the air!

Jonathan from Videoccasions was capturing the video who is always a pleasure to work with. Congratulations Zamani & Zimasa, thanks for choosing me to be your photographer. Hope you like the pics!

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I always love shooting at Bellwood Cottages in Nottingham Road, it’s definitely one of the more scenic venues in the Midlands with it’s long line of trees along the roads, stables and old barn chapel. Thabani first got in contact with me during the week of Adriaan and Heather‘s wedding which by amazing coincidence was at Bellwood too. This time I saw a very different side to the venue because the day started being sunny and warm, and slowly turned into rain and very thick mist just in time for the creative photo shoot. So what did we do? We used umbrellas and shot anyway, towards the end of the shoot it was starting to clear up so I took Thabani and Judith to the little jetty on the dam.

This was a very festive wedding, with a lot of singing, dancing and laughing, which is exactly what weddings should be. They’re a celebration, and my job is to capture the essence of that celebration in a unique and creative way. Congratulations Thabani & Judith, it was a pleasure shooting for you!

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Jean Marc is originally from Durban, whereas Emma and her bridesmaids are are all from the UK. They came out for the wedding at Zimbali, and it was a stunning wedding too! My hat off to Emma for arranging it all from there.

I didn’t think we were going to have much time for creative photos because the ceremony was held at a church in Durban North, then it was a matter of driving through to Zimbali afterwards. With the strict access control, I thought they were all going to be waiting for me but I somehow ended up there before them. From what I gathered Jean Marc is quiet and sincere type, a guitar player. Emma is genuine, honest and down to earth, together they make a stunning couple. DJ for the evening was Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ. Congratulations Jean Marc and Emma, thanks for being so awesome and for choosing me!

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I had planned a photo shoot route for Westley & Andrea’s wedding at Zimbali which I shot two weeks before Tumelo & Kulu’s. After the beach photos I planned to take them along the pathway walk that leads to a waterfall while shooting at various spots along the way, unfortunately we completely ran out of time at that wedding so Tumelo & Kulu ended up being the recipients of that route. We were very blessed to have a wonderful afternoon sunset to work with too, which always makes such a difference to the photos. It was so windy on the beach during the ceremony and creative shoot that we eventually headed up to the bridge for the bridal party portraits.

It always makes such a difference to shoot for a couple who really want good photos and are prepared to put a bit of effort in to get them, at one stage they were bent down walking through a cave under a waterfall to get to the other side where there is a clearing where I wanted to do some photos. Thanks for putting in the effort Tumelo & Kulu, congratulations!

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I got an email from an ecstatic sounding Eduardo, he told me that him and Sunette had gotten engaged the day before and that they’d like to do an engagement shoot to remember the occasion. They wanted it to be at the exact place that they got engaged, which was standing at the bottom of the Umhlanga lighthouse overlooking the sea. How romantic. So I met up with them that afternoon at 4pm and we began doing some casual beach photos, what I didn’t expect was for them to be so brilliant in front of the camera. I didn’t really have to say much for the duration of the shoot, simply because I was able to get great shots just by letting them interact with each other naturally. They were laughing, having fun and being close the whole time, which is exactly what I normally prompt couples to do anyway. I was a happy photographer.

Congratulations on your engagement Eduardo and Sunette, it was wonderful spending a bit of time with you guys!

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