If you’re familiar with my blog then you may recognise Clint & Kelly as a bridesmaid and groomsman from Jaimi & Raquel‘s wedding which I did recently, and what an honour it was to shoot for them. These two must be two of the kindest souls I’ve ever met, and they were all smiles throughout the day. Clint and his groomsmen got ready at the Quarters Hotel in Florida Road while Kelly got ready at the family home around the corner. The ceremony was held at St. Michaels Catholic Church followed by the reception at Braeside in Ballito. We did the creative shoot at the microlight airfield and surrounding areas, where I was laying on the ground and climbing trees to get all sorts of different angles.

Thanks so much to Hannalee who agreed to help me out by shooting Clint’s preparation and a bit of Kelly’s preparation while I was on my way back from shooting Coenraad & Jayde‘s wedding in Sodwana Bay the day before. I also stopped on the way and shot the reception décor at Braeside, what a busy weekend.

Thanks so much again for hiring me to shoot for you guys, it was an honour and a privalege. Congratulations!

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I met Richard and Tatum at the crack of dawn in Summerveld to do their engagement shoot. We were all hoping for a lovely sunrise with amazing light, but instead we got amazing mist. There’s always something absolutely magical and ethereal about photos that have been taken on a misty day, especially in lush green open spaces surrounded by tall old trees. Looking back at the photos now and it all seemed as if it was a dream, and it happened far away in a distant land. We did a fair amount of searching for horses, and eventually discovered that they had all been taken off to the races for the morning. Eventually we found one and managed to get a few shots.

Richard is a graphic designer and Tatum is in public relations, they live in JHB as do most of the other couples whose weddings I shoot. They decided to get married in June at Zimbali on the beach which I’m stoked to be shooting. Thanks for being so willing and keen for your photos guys, looking forward to your big day!

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Coenraad & Jayde met at the Coral Divers Resort in Sodwana Bay 5 years ago, they were both working there as diving instructors. They now live in Limpopo, but it only seemed fitting that they returned to the spot where they met to get married. They made everything for their wedding themselves, including the benches.

I met them for the first time the day before the wedding. They were kind enough to show me the wedding site, we chatted and got to know each other a bit too. They told me that they were planning to go diving on the morning of their wedding so I said “Great, I’ll shoot that too!” I met them at 7am the next morning on the beach, I arrived a bit earlier to take some sunrise shots. They opted for a first look and creative shoot before the ceremony so that they didn’t have to keep their guests waiting while they were having photos done. It worked out perfectly because the light was incredible. The whole day went off without a hitch, and it was absolutely wonderful to spend some time away at a beautiful beach location. Congratulations Coenraad & Jayde!

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I met André and Brigitte at the crack of dawn in Shongweni where we began their engagement shoot. Brigitte had told me that they have a red MG Midget convertible car, so that’s where the idea came from to have a vintage road trip theme. Nearby the location where I had in mind was a couple of giant power pylons which I decided to incorporate too, which gave us a sense of grandeur and vastness. She also mentioned that she would love some photos by a waterfall, so after looking around at a few, I decided that the one at the Kloof gorge was going to be the best. I asked if they were keen to get a bit wet. It also gave us opportunity to do some shots on the way there, because you have to follow a path through bush and do a bit of climbing too.

The wedding is going to be in June at Old Halliwell, which I’m really looking forward to. It was wonderful spending the morning with you guys, a bit of exercise at dawn was just what the doctor ordered!

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There’s two words I can use to describe Sabelo and Thabile’s wedding, and that’s ALL OUT. They had an ice cream van, popcorn machine, photo booth, cigar bar, disposable cameras, croquet, heel stoppers for the ladies, loads of chalk boards all over with wonderful sayings written on them, an old bicycle with flowers hanging off it, and to top it all off she wore a Vera Wang wedding gown. Thabile says she lived on Pinterest while planning the wedding.

Despite so much attention paid to the details and decor, she never lost sight of what her wedding was really all about. That’s the coming together of two people in front of their loved ones, a lifelong commitment followed by a celebration. There was tears, laughter, celebration, good food and champagne. Both Thabile and Sabelo thanked me in their respective speeches, but not just a passing thanks, it was about a solid minute each of saying thanks. I really appreciated that, and I was walking with a spring in my step again after a long day of shooting. I’m so glad I could help with your planning.

Sabelo and Thabile are both doctors. When they first contacted me they were trying to book their wedding for Hartford House, then out of the blue they said they had decided on Netherwood. Equally stunning and exclusive venues. Dave and Terence from Brand New Day Imaging were the videographers, make up and hair was by Kiss The Bride. Congratulations Sabelo and Thabile!

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Shawn & Megan’s intimate wedding was so chilled that I was the only one wearing shoes. I made my way to Umtamvuna River Lodge early to make sure I could get all the setting up and take enough shots around the venue, it was a wonderful sunny morning and it was so hot that I broke my first sweat of the day within 10 steps of getting out the car. Shawn fancied a round of golf with his mates on the morning of the wedding, while Megan and co were at the venue seeing to last minute details and getting ready.

I was glad that Megan & Shawn didn’t book the boat ride for their creative shoot, it takes a lot of time to get down the river to the beach and back. We did the creative shoot in the gardens of the venue and I think it turned out great.

Thanks for giving me the honour of shooting for you guys, your wedding was stunning!

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I was watching the weather closely leading up to Marnus & Marlize’s big day, because it seems that every time I shoot at Collisheen, we never get a golden sunset. Unfortunately Marnus & Marlize’s wedding continued the tradition, the sunset didn’t pitch which meant I had to work with the environment and surroundings a lot more during the creative shoot. Marlize broke her ring finger a few days before the wedding, so during the exchange of rings it had to go on a different finger. Regardless of these small issues, it was a magical day of love, family and togetherness. For some reason I suspected that the dance floor was going to be relatively conservative, but I was dead wrong. Together with their guests they had a party of note, DJ Benny from The Wedding DJ insured the dance floor was rocking all night. I was getting such great shots that I didn’t want to leave.

Here’s a link to their engagement shoot which we did in August if you’d like to have a look at that first.

Thanks for choosing me to be a part of your wedding guys, it was memorable and wonderful. Congratulations!

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I don’t even know where to begin with Byron & Meagan’s wedding. It was my first of 2014 and my goodness gracious me, it was an absolute cracker! Let’s just rewind for a moment, if you’d like to see their engagement shoot click here.

Meagan designed everything herself, from the menus, invitations and guest book all the way through to the bridesmaids dresses. Now that is some serious talent right there. It’s clear that Byron will do absolutely anything for her. The ceremony took place in the picturesque chapel on the lake, followed by the creative shoot which we did all over the Windmills property. When they entered the reception, the bridal party had choreographed and performed a fantastic dance, much to the delight of the guests. When it came to Byron and Meagan’s first dance, I could have sworn I was watching a 1930’s hollywood musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. That’s a high compliment.

Byron was a presenter on YoTV growing up amongst other things, now together with Meagan they have their own TV show called Travelling Unplugged. They travel all over the world and document their journey. Definately check out their website. I wish you all the best for the future guys, it was an honour and a privalege to shoot your wedding. Thanks so much for being so willing and keen to put the effort in to get wonderful photos. Thanks also to the immensely talented Eileen from Brightgirl Photography for assisting and second shooting, wish I could have you along more often.

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I only seem to do one or two traditional Hindu weddings a year, and 2013 brought me Shiv and Jay. Being my final wedding of the year, I was hoping I was going to be shooting for a wonderful couple at a stunning venue. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Shiv and Jay live in Cape Town, and are humble, young, fun and a ‘game for anything’ couple. Towards the end of the evening I had them standing in a flower pot on the other side of the balcony railing six stories up, overlooking the city of Durban. They didn’t even flinch when I told them my idea. Now that’s my kind of couple.

The wedding started the night before with Jay’s Mendhi at Shiv’s family home in Durban. They both got ready there the next morning too. We headed off to Coastlands on the Ridge and did a quick photo shoot before the ceremony, then another quick photo shoot at the end of the evening overlooking the lights of Durban.

The videographer for the day was Dave and Terence from Brand New Day Imaging. Congrats Shiv & Jay, hope you love your pictures as much as I loved taking them!

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If you’ve ever been to Vryheid, you’ll notice that the entire town is built around the NG Moedergemeente church. It was completed in 1895, so one can only imagine the history. Both Lizelle’s grandparents and parents were married in that church, so it was only fitting they Michiel and Lizelle got married there too. The reception was held just down the road at Lancaster Lodge, which has a stunning waterfall and small damn which was perfect for the photos.

It was a Great Gatsby themed wedding, so you’ll notice that the majority of the guests were fully kitted out in their 1920’s outfits. Everything went very smoothly, and it was a wonderful day with perfect weather. I only met Michiel and Lizelle for the first time when I arrived at the venue the day before, they were really easy to work with and easy going. Soon after the wedding they jetted off to Mauritius for their honeymoon. Congratulations Michiel and Lizelle, it was a real honour to be part of your wonderful wedding. Thanks so much to yourselves and your family for your exceptional hospitality!

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