Nonhlanhla & Sphe’s wedding was my last of 2014, and it was definitely one of the most festive. African weddings tend to be wonderfully laced with spontaneous dancing, singing, smiles and laughter. Nonhlanhla decided to follow tradition by getting ready at her family home in Pietermaritzburg, followed by the ceremony at St. Vincent’s Parish and reception at Ascott Inn. Despite a little bit of rain during the photo shoot, it all went brilliantly.

It was nice working with them again, they did an engagement shoot with me too which you can see here. I thought it was going to be tricky because of the height difference, Sphe is very tall while Nonhlanhla is very short, but it was absolutely fine. We had good fun taking photos and I did the same thing that I always do, try my best to capture their personalities and natural interaction with eachother in between the more structured shots. Congratulations guys, thanks for choosing me to shoot your big day!

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Kyle and Lauren are a fun down-to-earth couple who had a stunning wedding at Chantecler Hotel in Bothas Hill. I’ve shot there many times over the years, and I decided it was time to ditch my flash for the ceremony even though it’s one of the darkest chapels around. I’m glad I did, the ceremony pics look far more honest and a lot closer to how it actually looked. It was also great to shoot so close to home for a change, it was about five minutes drive and I was already walking through my door.

There was a bit of a threat of rain during the morning, then it cleared, then it came down again during the creative shoot, then it seriously came down during the reception. Lauren and Kyle didn’t let that bother them though, they loved their wedding from beginning to end. Lauren had wanted to wear ballet shoes at her wedding since she started dreaming of her big day, I love it when couples do things that are a bit different or unique. Thanks for having me document your big day guys, congratulations!

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I loved shooting Damian & Elaine’s wedding, they were an absolute pleasure from beginning to end. They even arranged to get ready at two separate friends houses in Hillcrest because they knew that I live in the area and they didn’t want me having to drive down to Durban for Damian’s preparation then back up the hill to Hillcrest for Elaine’s, that was really thoughtful. It also makes such a difference when couple’s really want the best wedding photos, which means they’re prepared to do whatever it takes. At one stage during the creative photo shoot I was lying on my stomach in a wet field while Damian & Elaine danced in front of me in the pouring rain but with the biggest smiles and having the most fun of their lives. It’s couples like this that keep me shooting weddings.

The décor was stunning, the Collisheen food was delicious as always and DJ Vivian Westergreen made sure the dance floor rocked all night. Congratulations Damian & Elaine, thanks for choosing me to capture your big day. I wish you all the best for your new life in the UK!

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This has got to be a contender for the biggest wedding of 2014. Muhammad & Rumaisa celebrated their union with 1500 guests at the Durban Exhibition Centre, which I’m guessing is one of the only venues big enough to house a celebration of this magnitude. I was told by one of the guests that there are definately certain neighbourhoods in Durban and Pietermaritzburg that were empty. The décor, lighting, tables, flowers, sound and staging were all top class, it was an event one won’t easily forget.

My work started the night before at Rumaisa’s pre-wedding function which was held at the popular NMJ Hall in Durban, then we did the creative shoot on the Umhlanga beach the following week. I’ve put it all together in one long blog post, so grab a cup of coffee and sit back because it’s a big one. In March I’m going to be shooting Muhammad’s sister Faaria’s wedding too which I’m looking forward to. Thanks so much Muhammad & Rumaisa for choosing me to shoot your big day, hope you like the pics!

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Those of you who follow my blog will recognise the Stoyanov family from a previous shoot I did for them on the beach, and you will also recognise André and Brigitte from their wedding and engagement shoot which I did last year. Finn is Nick and Zana’s baby, Nick was André’s best man and his mom Joan is Finn’s doting gran. It’s absolutely wonderful to be referred to family members and friends to do various types of photo shoots, it felt like I was meeting up with old friends when I arrived at the Stoyanov’s beach house.

It was an honour to witness and be part of the dedication of a young soul, after the service I set up some lighting and we took some family photos. Thank you Joan, Nick and Zana for having me document an important occasion such as this!

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My second to last family shoot for the December season was for the Jacobs family on the KZN South Coast beach of Scottburgh. I felt like it was a little too early in the day to do the shoot because the sun was still out in full force, but we shot anyway and we ended up getting some stunning shots. It’s wonderful how families are prepared to hire a photographer to capture some memorable images that will eventually end up on their walls at home, it keeps me on my toes creatively and also in business.

Unfortunately my car got broken into during this shoot and my wallet stolen, but Marietjie and family were very understanding about us having to end the shoot 10 minutes early. It was a privilege spending a little while with this family, the Jacobs children are just too gorgeous!

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On my way back from doing the Pollard Family photo shoot in Salt Rock, I stopped at Umhlanga and met up with the De Jong family for their beach shoot. Like most of the other families, they came down from Johannesburg to KZN for Christmas. When we arrived at the beach we found it to be quite busy, so we headed along to a relatively quiet spot and started shooting. Vanessa and her husband have three daughters with all very different personalities, the middle one wanting to pose for the camera a lot!

It was a fun shoot, and it was great to spend a bit of time with this wonderful family!

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Tyrene and her husband came down from Johannesburg to their folks new home on the beach in Salt Rock for Christmas, while they were there they decided it would be a great idea to get the whole family together for a photo shoot on the beach. When I arrived everyone was eagerly awaiting and in a very festive mood. We took a few shots with gran and then the rest of us headed down to the beach for some fun.

It was wonderful to spend a bit of time with this close family!

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It was a chilly day in Summerveld when I met Carla and family to do their family shoot. They had come out from the UK to spend Christmas back at home in South Africa and decided they needed a photo shoot done. Their energetic 16 month old took centre stage for most of the shoot, watching and photographing her running around and discovering things was wonderful.

It was great to get out in to the fresh air with this fun family!

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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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